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The new TestFit Industrial configurator software is designed to speed feasibility studies and site evaluation for warehousing, storage and distribution projects. The product “can create a 3D site plan, all the metrics — including financial and quantity takeoffs — and multiple options in a few minutes,” says product owner Nat MacDonald.

 

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Dallas-based software firm TestFit Inc. has released a building configurator product for industrial and warehouse projects that the company says will help fast-track construction and slash the time it takes for owners to plan their developments.

The new building configurator, Testfit Industrial, is designed for real estate developers and companies conducting feasibility studies for warehousing, storage and distribution projects and will enable quick evaluations of potential sites.This new product follows on the heels of other TestFit configurators for architects, brokers and general contractors.

Nat MacDonald, product owner at TestFit, told The Construction Broadsheet that the technology firm talked to 49 companies as part of its beta testing and feedback process for TestFit Industrial and established that traditional feasibility design for industrial and warehouse spaces takes about two weeks. This includes producing multiple iterations to come up with two or three potential 2-D site plans.

“TestFit Industrial can create a 3-D site plan,” MacDonald said, “all the metrics – including financial and quantity takeoffs – and multiple options in a few minutes in the hands of an industry professiona.The overall project planning process, he said, could be reduced from three to four months to just a few weeks depending on project size and approvals.

All of these factors underscore the need to accelerate the construction process if developers are going to meet the demand.”Industrial buildings are built incredibly fast,” MacDonald said. Construction on buildings of up to 500,000 square feet can be completed in about six months and projects of up to 1 million square feet can be built in 12 months.

 

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