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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

2019 Release of MicroSurvey CAD Employs the Latest IntelliCAD 9 Platform

 
December 13th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Hexagon-owned MicroSurvey CAD 2019 is built on the latest IntelliCAD 9 platform with improvements such as:

  • natively read and write AutoCAD® 2018 and 2019 .dwg files;
  • import Revit® and IFC BIM
    models;
  • many new drafting tools including Arc-Aligned Text and Reference Lines.

MicroSurvey CAD 2019 also provides streamlined workflows for point cloud users; Artisan 3D Rendering; a new workspace for MicroSurvey Point Prep users; and many more features. MicroSurvey CAD is used worldwide by land surveying and civil engineering professionals.

Morgan Worobec Technical Sales, Central Territory and Jeran Hopfe of marketing teamed up to answer questions for AECCafe Voice  about the latest release. 

How long has MicroSurvey CAD been around? 

Microsurvey was started in 1985, became Microsurvey Software International in 1986, and was purchased by Hexagon of Sweden in 2012. Hexagon is a very large company with over 12,000 employees worldwide, generating approximately $3.5 billion USD of revenue annually. Hexagon also owns Leica Geosystems, who is renowned for being the leading producer of high quality survey hardware; we frequently collaborate with Leica Geosystems in our products, both presently and historically.

Where are most of your users geographically located? 

Microsurvey has customers all over the world. We create software for surveyors, engineers, and construction workers; we also produce a whole line of products for people in the public safety sector and law enforcement. Our largest user base is within North America, particularly in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, California, Washington & Texas.

Since the IntelliCAD 9 product includes full support for AutoCAD 2018/2019 .dwg files, Revit and IFC BIM Models, do most of your customers also use AutoCAD and Revit? 

Surveyors quite often fill an intermediary role between engineers and tradespeople, and as such, work together with other firms to complete a project.  Architects, civil engineers, and earthworks contractors who collaborate with surveyors may all use differing forms of software, and it would not make sense to produce a package that did not work with other products that are readily used across the industry. Most of our customers use or are familiar with both AutoCAD and Microsurvey CAD, and usually have no problem switching between the two, depending on the job they are doing, or what their clients’ requirements may entail.

What benefits do customers derive from using MicroSurvey CAD over AutoCAD? 

Microsurvey has its own set of intelligent tools made by surveyors who know the business, intended to increase efficiency through smooth, logically connected workflows that are free of clutter.  These tools are essential to the daily operations of surveyors, who may have previously felt that they were lacking a product that was designed with their needs in mind.  The learning curve for an AutoCAD user to begin using Microsurvey CAD is gradual, and commands feel familiar within our software.  Our industry-leading technical support and training courses will ensure you are never left on your own to navigate issues, and perpetual licensing (non-subscription based ownership) guarantees that you own the product that you paid for; if you like the version you have, you can use it as long as you like.

What do you feel are the  most important new features of this latest release? 

I feel that the most important new features are the REVIT/BIM compatibility and the LGS point cloud import. With the new BIM compatibility, you can now take an architectural or engineered drawing of this format, manipulate it, and use its stored data to easily create layout files for your field crews, maintaining your participation in the BIM process. We have also made some great improvements to point cloud use in Microsurvey CAD, including support for Leica’s new LGS format.  This format imports nearly instantaneously, and does not require interaction with any external programs, increasing the speed and usability of point clouds.

The downloadable version will run for 30 days as a full version. You can create jobs, download from data collectors, process traverses, calculate contours or volumes, and plot finished results. FREE training movies are shipped to you when you purchase.

The download includes Studio, Ultimate, Premium, Standard, and Basic editions.

Features include:

IntelliCAD 9

Intellicad 9 which includes full support for AutoCAD 2018/2019 .dwg files, import Revit and IFC BIM models, many new commands, tons of bug fixes, and more.

Point Prep Workspace:

Point Prep Workspace to configure MicroSurvey CAD with the look and feel of MicroSurvey Point Prep and includes powerful new BIM and AEC Tools.

Artisan Rendering:

Artisan Rendering to generate near-photorealistic renderings of your drawing by applying textured materials, lighting, shadows, reflections, backgrounds and more.

Point Cloud Engine updated to Leica EpcA 3.2 which Supports Leica Cyclone 9.3, Leica JetStream 1.5 and Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 1.5; automatic regeneration of Cyclone point clouds on view changes, without running the CWREGEN command

AECCafe’s Holiday Technology Wish List 2018

 
December 6th, 2018 by Susan Smith

While technology purchases take place all year round for AEC organizations and users, listed here are some ideas for products you might want to put on your wish list.

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Autodesk University 2018: Focus on Automation

 
November 30th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Autodesk University 2018 in November in Las Vegas, opened with its usual youthful cool vigor, dancing and mix music for the opening session. CEO of Autodesk, Andrew Anagnost, presented opening remarks, outlining the company vision of automation.

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Co-Venturing Defines Bentley Partners

 
November 23rd, 2018 by Susan Smith

Dr. Horst Kayser, chief strategy officer, Siemens AG, presented a keynote in London at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2018 conference in October on the position of Siemens in the world of business. Siemens has gone from a PLM company to software company, and is now rated number two in its space, just behind SAP. It is the largest industrial manufacturing company in European industry, with a focus in the areas of Energy, Healthcare, and Infrastructure & Cities.

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NavVis IndoorViewer Upgrade Automatically Renders 360° Immersive Imagery from E57 Point Clouds

 
November 15th, 2018 by Susan Smith
AECCafe Voice spoke with Lisa Cali, Senior Product Manager, IndoorViewer about NavVis’s latest software upgrade to their web-based application NavVis IndoorViewer. A provider of indoor spatial intelligence technology, NavVis is now able to automatically convert E57 point cloud files into interactive, realistic 360° walkthroughs, with the latest software upgrade to IndoorViewer.

NavVis IndoorViewer Upgrade Automatically Renders 360° Immersive Imagery from E57 Point Clouds. Top photo: E57 point cloud file, captured by a static laser scanner Bottom photo: E57 point cloud file automatically converted into an immersive 360° walkthrough in NavVis IndoorViewer

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Tekla BIM Award Winner Foniles del Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico Features Largest Tekla Model Ever Built

 
November 9th, 2018 by Susan Smith

One of the winners in the Tekla BIM Awards was the

Steel Winner: Foniles del Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico

Company: Constructora Terminal Valle de Mexico

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AECCafe Editorial Calendar 2019

 
November 1st, 2018 by Susan Smith

AECCafe will focus on specific editorial for 2019, so be sure to check in with our Editorial Calendar to find out when might be a good time for your story to be shown. Throughout the year, we provide space for Current Events, as the technology industry is evolving, and we can’t know at the time of this writing just what will be new, groundbreaking and/or disruptive in the coming year.

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Going Open and Digital Twin Cloud Services Shape Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2018

 
October 25th, 2018 by Susan Smith

The Bentley Year In Infrastructure Conference held in London this year at the Hilton London Metropole attracted over 1,200 attendees, a record number for that location and event. The company advanced its theme of “Going Digital” with the inauguration of Digital Twins and iTwin Services. iTwin Services are digital twin cloud services for infrastructure projects and assets, that can be transparently provisioned within Bentley’s Connected Data Environment (CDE) for ProjectWise and AssetWise users.

Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2018 Awards Ceremony and Dinner

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Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference Features Year in Infrastructure Finalists’ Best Practices, Real-World Implementations, and State-of-the-Art Technologies

 
October 15th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Every year the Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure conference showcases finalists in their Year in Infrastructure competition. The event highlights the company’s prestigious Year in Infrastructure Awards, where finalists in 19 categories present their most innovative projects of the past year and describe how they were able to solve real-world challenges using Bentley applications. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony and gala on Oct. 18.

Image courtesy of CCCC Water Transportation Consultants, Ltd.

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Epson SureColor T-Series Adds Models for Small-to-Mid-Size CAD or GIS Offices

 
October 11th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Matt Kochanowski, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. spoke with AECCafe Voice about the newest of their SureColor T-Series printers.

SureColor T3470

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