How FME Helps AEC

With the world population and rates of urbanization increasing faster than ever, there is no shortage of the need for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) projects. More people and projects means more data! Learn more about how you can optimize your plans by using FME.

Manage Large Datasets

It is inevitable that any AEC project will have heaps of data associated with it. Whether you have siloed data to integrate or want only a sliver of a dataset rather than the entire collection, manipulating your data for your exact needs will help save you time and lead to your innovative solutions quicker.

Access, Share, and Collaborate

To create the best results, you need the best ideas which often result from teams collaborating. By moving data into an accessible, centralized database and removing traditional barriers, team members can all be on the same page. Anyone onsite or offsite will be able to learn and contribute their informed opinions.

Unlock Data from Proprietary Systems

A variety of extremely knowledgeable people are involved in the AEC workforce. However, different areas of expertise also tends to mean different types or proprietary data formats being used. By converting your data into AEC standard formats like IFC and COLLADA, you can integrate each piece of your AEC puzzle.

Mitigate Risks

The development of any infrastructure affects all people in or around it. Therefore, it is extremely important to get things right the first time. Combining various datasets like DWG models, point clouds, and aerial imagery will help you capture your project in reality before its built. Make your mistakes virtually, not physically.

Design Smart Cities

New cities with rising economies are incorporating IoT technologies into their environments. Analyzing people’s behavioural patterns via WiFi connections, indoor mapping, or mobile apps can provide design insight. Making a setting both safe and comfortable will generate happiness and productivity.

Exhibit Project Proposals

The real measurement of success for an AEC project is the response given by the users of the infrastructure. Preparing data for use in AR and VR can give the public and your customers a chance to experience your projects and provide feedback before implementation to reduce design coordination errors.

Customer Stories


HOK was tasked with creating a virtual world replicating 130 square miles (that’s the same size as Seattle!). When you think about the end results, this project sounds amazing. But if you think about having to hand model over 2 million buildings? Not so much. To mitigate the tedious, mundane tasks, HOK used FME Desktop to integrate various datasets like BIM, CAD, and GIS and FME Server was used to automate workflows. The amount of work that was done in a short amount of time wouldn’t have been possible without FME.

Learn More About HOK’s Story

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Where do we even start with Arup? They have been involved in a variety of engineering and designing projects including the Sydney Opera House and the Øresund Link between Denmark and Sweden. FME Desktop has been a key part of their workflow for tasks like integrating GIS and CAD, cleaning data, outputting data to various database systems, and converting GIS data to web maps for colleagues to access. FME has helped Arup save countless hours and accomplish more than what they thought was possible!

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FME Is the Tool Roland Needs for AEC

Bohannan Huston

As veteran FME users, Bohannan Huston knows how powerful FME can be. To create a flowline network for Santa Fe County, they needed to create 3D models of culverts over 3,000 sites. Typically, this would be a very manual and repetitive task. But, Bohannan Huston knew they could create workflows in FME Desktop and re-run them on different sites automatically using FME Server. Orthophotos, DEM models, and other referenced data were integrated and made easily shareable by writing the final models as a 3D PDF. Who said creating powerful visuals was difficult?

Learn More About Their Story

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Read Customer Stories

  • "We deal with a whole bunch of different types of data, and that’s where FME becomes a real key. I don’t touch the engineer’s data; I read it from FME and then convert it."

    Tim Albert, WSP
  • "We chose FME Server due to the number of report formats it could read; its excellent tools to work with XML in an efficient way; and its complete set of tools for all kinds of spatial analyses you may have to perform to validate the data quality."

    Anna Halvarsson, Metria
  • "The only regret I have using FME is: Why didn’t I start using FME sooner?"

    Ronny van Laarschot, FACTO GEO

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