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HOK builds a 3D model of 2 million buildings

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.
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The key to project feasibility

HOK faced the complex task of building a virtual representation of a real-world 130-square-mile city.

Rather than hand-modelling the 2 million buildings, HOK used FME 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 extensive library of tools allowed HOK to execute data manipulations that would not have been possible using BIM and GIS applications. The resulting workflows saved them immense time and effort while allowing them to retain intelligence from existing information.

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“We wouldn’t have been able to do this without FME.”
Greg Schleusner
Director of Design Technology, Innovation, HOK
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