McGraw-Hill Construction/Sweets to Provide 3D Models of Building Products in Google 3D Warehouse


NEW YORK, March 6: McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), today announced the availability of three-dimensional models of building products for architects and engineers in the Google 3D Warehouse. This initiative will deliver professional 3D content in a way that is fast and easy to use.

By making 3D models available in an organized Sweets3D Collection, architects will be able to integrate specific building products early in the conceptual design process, thus making it easier to convey their full vision for the project to their clients.

"Designers stake their reputation on the quality of their designs. They want to create compelling models that help clients truly and accurately visualize an idea," says Norbert Young, president of McGraw-Hill Construction. "Adding 3D models to our Sweets portfolio, which is the design community's leading source of building product information, will help us serve architects in this early conceptual design phase."

The Sweets3D Collection in the Google 3D Warehouse is launching today with 3D models from Assa Abloy Door Security Solutions, CENTRIA Architectural Systems, DuPont Building Innovations, Nystrom, PPG Industries, Sloan Valve Company, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, and Whirlpool Corporation. "We constantly seek to provide designers with the easiest and best means possible to include Sloan products in their designs. We are very excited to be involved with Sweets3D and Google SketchUp as they break new ground in helping architects realize their vision in a whole new way," says Susan Kennedy, director of marketing, Sloan Valve Company. To view Sweets 3D Collection, go to http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/.

Searching for products in the Sweets3D collection will be consistent with industry standards based on Sweets CSI indexing, keyword, and company names. "This reflects the way architects, engineers, and contractors think and seek out information. From Google's 3D Warehouse, architects and engineers will be able to link directly to the product's web page in sweets.com to get more detailed information including product catalogs, CAD details, and 3-part specifications. Having all of this information connected will help architects throughout their design process," adds Mr. Young.

"SketchUp is an absolutely wonderful 3D tool that enables me to be re-involved in the design process - even on the road," says Peter Moriarty AIA, CEO of 600-person A/E firm Burt Hill. "Best of all, it has revived the fun I used to have when I was on the drawing board. I often work with it in my hotel room, after a client meeting, in order to develop my thoughts on the design direction, which I then email to a design team in one of our offices. Typically, they advance my concepts in SketchUp, then export the model to a more sophisticated CAD or BIM tool for final design. Knowing that I can extract actual building products from the Sweets Collection for SketchUp in the Google 3D Warehouse to insert into the model, I am more confident that the initial concept will work without requiring major resizing or reconfiguration."

SketchUp is compatible with CAD products such as Graphisoft(R) Archicad 10, MicroStation(R) V8, Autodesk(R) AutoCAD(R) Revit(R) Series Systems Plus, VectorWorks(R) Architect, DataCAD, Nemetschek, Rhinoceros(R) and Softech.

Building Product Manufacturers who would like additional information on participating in Sweets3D can call 1-800-221-0088.

About McGraw-Hill Construction

McGraw-Hill Construction connects people, projects and products across the design and construction industry. For more than a century, the Company has remained North America's leading provider of construction project information, plans and specifications, product information, industry news, and industry trends and forecasts. In print and online, The Company offers a variety of tools, applications, and resources that easily integrate with its customers' workflows. Backed by the power of Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record and 11 Regional Publications, McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers within the $4.6 trillion global construction community. To learn more, visit: www.construction.com.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP) is a leading global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial services, education and business information markets through leading brands including Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2006 were $6.3 billion. Additional information is available at www.mcgraw-hill.com.

Source: McGraw-Hill Construction

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