How FME Helps Architecture, Engineering, & Construction

Operational efficiency in AEC projects is hindered by data silos, manual workflows, and the complexity of sharing and accessing data. By integrating data across systems and streamlining workflows, your teams can plan, design, build, and operate with increased accuracy and efficiency.

Improve Stakeholder Engagement

Clean, validated, connected and shareable data can help you plan and make strategic decisions for your AEC projects. Doing so enables others to have a holistic view of the project at hand. When you have collaborative efforts and a clear objective, it’s easy to be more effective and support various projects.

Streamline Project Workflows

Integrate large datasets like BIM, CAD, or GIS with automated data transformation workflows to save time and money on repetitive, manual tasks. Whether you’re using point clouds for 3D modelling, or aerial imagery from drones to monitor project progress, having streamlined documentation and communication workflows will help drive operational efficiency.

Maintain Data Integrity

Increase data quality no matter where your data is coming from. With repeatable workflows that can run on a schedule or based on trigger events, QA/QC and data validation tasks can be completed before you even start your workday. When the tasks are complete, send status updates to keep everyone updated and informed.

Enhance Cross-Team Collaboration

When working with multidisciplinary teams, data coordination is crucial. Integrate data from interior designers, urban planners, engineers, and surveyors to paint the full picture. By moving data into an accessible, centralized database and removing traditional barriers, stakeholders can engage more effectively.

Mitigate Risks

Test your designs and survey sites virtually so you can create and maintain built environments with increased efficiency, quality and safety. With 2D and 3D visualization, you can easily monitor construction progress, determine needs for facility maintenance or take things one step further and create simulations for training purposes.

Design Smart Cities

Cities with rising economies are incorporating IoT technologies into their environments. Use FME to integrate sensor data and building management systems to create digital twins that make assessing asset performance and forecasting maintenance activities simple.

Customer Stories


HOK was tasked with creating a virtual world replicating 130 square miles (that’s the same size as Seattle!). Without FME, this would’ve meant having to hand model over 2 million buildings which is not an easy task. But, with the ability to integrate BIM, CAD, and GIS datasets automatically, HOK was able to complete this project in record time.

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To identify which underground utilities would clash with the planned expansion of the Sydney Light Rail System, Arup used FME to create a 3D clash detection mode. This allowed them to see what needed to be moved and what new utility lines would have to be planned. Arup was able to integrate various survey and design data and create a high-quality output that all stakeholders were wow-ed by.

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FME Is the Tool Roland Needs for AEC

Bohannan Huston

To create a flowline network for Santa Fe County, Bohannan Huston needed 3D models of culverts for over 3,000 sites. Typically, this would be a very manual and repetitive task, but with FME they were able to automate the data transformation process. With orthophotos, DEMs and other data integrated, Bohannan Huston was able to share their creations as 3D PDFs. Who said creating powerful visuals had to be difficult?

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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
  • "You could remove every single piece of software from my desktop, but the one that I would need is FME."

    Roland Martin, Arup
  • "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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