At first glance, Autodesk's FormIt app looks like SketchUp, Trimble's 3D modeling tool. But Autodesk says this app does more, such as adding more site information to the building information model. Users can pinpoint site location on imported satellite images and run sun diagrams, among other features. The app debuted at Autodesk University 2012, Las Vegas.
Matt Jezyk, senior manager of the AEC conceptual design group with the San Rafael, Calif.-based company, showed off the app at the show. He says it saves users' files as SAT files and syncs with the cloud when connected, so no exporting to a desktop is needed.