HOK was faced with the complex task to build a virtual representation of a real world 130 square mile city.

Rather than hand modeling the 2 million buildings, HOK used FME Desktop to automatically generate the 3D buildings from existing data without writing any code. Using FME, they transformed and integrated BIM, GIS, CAD, and raster data, extracted subsets of data, added attribute information, and carried out calculations along the way.

FME’s library of tools allowed them to execute data manipulations that weren’t possible using BIM and GIS applications. The resulting workflows saved immense time and effort, while retaining intelligence from existing information.

HOK is a global design, architecture and planning firm with 1600 employees and a total of 24 offices located in North America, Europe and Asia. Its mission as an organization is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions for clients through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art.

“We wouldn’t have been able to do this without FME.” -- Greg Schleusner, HOK