Open Design Alliance Adds Measurement to Visualize SDK

Interactive measurement of CAD and BIM models now available for desktop and web.

Interactive measurement of CAD and BIM models now available for desktop and web.

Revit model annotated with measurements in ODA Visualize Viewer. Image courtesy of Open Design Alliance.

Open Design Alliance (ODA), provider of CAD and building information modeling interoperability solutions, has released measurement support in its Visualize SDK, a high-performance graphics engine for engineering applications.

The new measurement functionality allows interactive selection and measurement of distances during visualization of IFC, Autodesk Revit, DWG, Autodesk Navisworks and DGN models. It is available in ODA visualization solutions on desktop, mobile and cloud platforms.

“The new measurement capabilities in Visualize simplify the process of integrating custom design review into any application,” says Neil Peterson, ODA president. “Snapping is also supported to provide precise results during measurement.

“In addition to the new measurement ability, we’ve improved the user interface in our example applications to support selection during pan, orbit and free orbit operations,” Peterson adds. “It’s a small change, but one that greatly improves overall usability of our visualization technology.”

Availability and Pricing

Measurement support is available in Visualize and Open Cloud SDKs version 22.5 and later, and it is accessible to all ODA members at

The latest improvements to Visualize, including measurement and various user interface enhancements, can be seen in version 22.5 of the free Open IFC Viewer available at

Pricing for ODA memberships can be found at

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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