History of 12d Synergy

by | Mar 8, 2018

History of 12d Synergy

12d Synergy is a data and document management system developed by Australian civil engineering software developer, 12d Solutions.  The system provides users with a platform to centralise data, with the aim to improve efficiency, data integrity, worksharing and collaboration.

The initial concept was first developed in 2006 as a source control platform for 12d Solutions developers.

Version 1

In 2011 the first version of 12d Synergy was completed, the system was then released at the 12d International User Conference in 2012, with the first demo being shown to around 400 civil designers, engineers and surveyors.  The product was received well at the conference and the adoption of the system began to take shape, mainly for email management and office document control.

Version 2

In October 2013 12d Synergy Version 2 went into BETA phase, and was released in 2014.  12d Synergy continued to take on common data and document management problems in the Civil Engineering and Surveying industry.  Version two focused on managing a broader range of geospatial packages by providing users with an ability to manage folder-based data sets, unlike any other data management product on the market.  Beyond 12d Model, 12d Synergy could manage other packages such as TUFLOW, XPSWMM and SPACE GASS. This is additional to other industry products such as AutoCAD and BricsCAD.

Version 3

In 2016 Version 3 was released at the 12d International Conference in Brisbane, Australia.  Version 3 would prove to be the most successful release to date, taking the 12d Synergy user tally to over 3,000 in the Australia & New Zealand markets.

File Replication Server (FRS) was the major ticket item.  The FRS enabled efficient worksharing across multiple offices or job sites.  This feature was particularly popular among large civil engineering consultants, major infrastructure projects and joint ventures.

Data Syncing was introduced for contractors in large construction projects.  This feature was client driven by the NorthConnex project, in large projects using a central data model, there can be issues with transferring data to and from staff using 12d Field and other tablets.  12d Synergy ‘Data Sync’ establishes a system which pushes the data out to the tablets as well as drawing it back into the central data base as required.

Version 3 also saw the introduction of Connectors, you could now import from CSV to draw in contact information, and 12d Synergy integrated with accounting and project management packages such as Xero, MYOB, Abtrac, WorkflowMAX.

Email management saw further enhancements such as a drag and drop zone, an improved ribbon bar for ease of use and email attachments could be managed from the plugin.

CAD plugins were further developed for major CAD applications including AutoCAD and BricsCAD.

Version 4

12d Synergy Version 4 is due to be released in July 2018.

Version 4 will include advanced CAD management capabilities for BricsCAD, AutoCAD, Civil3D and Sheetset Manager (as well as other packages like Map3D, Plant3D etc).

New to 12d Synergy will also be the Workflow Engine, allow you to manage project workflows through it’s various phases.  The customisable workflow engine enables you to track project progress, approve and review documents, ensure documents are properly processed before issuing and more.

Version 4 will also introduce enhanced searching capabilities including the new spacial search tool, allowing you to access data and files by searching its spatial coordinate or address.

Learn more about 12d Synergy Version 4,
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Mitch helps engineering and construction teams achieve success through the adoption of world class common data environments. Mitch joined 12d Synergy in 2017 and now champions our growth across Australia. Mitch helps engineering and construction teams achieve success through the adoption of world class common data environments. Mitch is also a sports fanatic and self-confessed cricket tragic.