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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Autodesk Showcase 2012 for Architectural, Construction, and Engineering Users

April 19th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Autodesk® Showcase® real-time 3D presentation and rendering software offers architects, designers, engineers, and managers the ability to quickly and easily transform digital prototypes or architectural designs into compelling imagery, movies, and real-time presentations. With Showcase, creating high-value, interactive design reviews, stunning marketing materials, and convincing sales pitches is as simple as a few clicks.

The feedback from Project Newport (Autodesk Labs) has been incorporated into Autodesk Showcase 2012. Check out this video to learn more:

What is new in Autodesk Navisworks 2012

April 19th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

Autodesk Navisworks 2012 accelerates BIM project review through integration, analysis, and communication enhancements. File interoperability improvements help boost productivity by supporting workflows between the latest enhancements in Autodesk Revit products and third-party applications. New user interface and API (application programming interface) for the Timeliner tool provide greater control and flexibility when working with 4D simulations. New multi-sheet 2D DWF support enables users to open, review and explore 2D data sets alongside 3D models.

Here are a series of videos showing new Navisworks functionality (on the next page):

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What is new in AutoCAD Architecture 2012

April 19th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal

The 2012 AutoCAD Family adds a more robust set of 3D modeling tools that enable improved surfacing and conceptual design functionality, expanded point cloud support and direct access to the AutoCAD WS application via the AutoCAD user interface to enable users to view, edit and share DWG drawings through a web browser or mobile device. Other enhancements provide faster start times, faster commands and overall improved product performance, and a premium graphics and visual experience.

AutoCAD Architecture 2012 now offers faster startup and drawing load times for more immediate access to tools and large drawing navigation. A new corner windows capability makes it easy to add a single window in the corner intersection of two walls.

See the video below for new features in AutoCAD Architecture 2012:

Intergraph 2010 User Conference

September 7th, 2010 by Sanjay Gangal

I attended the Intergraph 2010 conference last week in Las Vegas. It was held in the spanking new Casino resort called ‘Aria’ in the ‘City Center’. Aria is a beautiful hotel with great restaurants and the most high-tech rooms than I have ever stayed in before.

The conference was well-attended with over 2,000 attendees. Intergraph was very generous with free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and evening entertainment for all attendees. There were more than 50 partner booths and a number of educational sessions.

I listened to the keynotes by Halsey Wise (President & CEO) of Intergraph. He talked about how Intergraph has shown consistent financial performance with both revenue and profits growing for the last 7 years. He also mentioned that the customer satisfaction rating has gone up during the last 12 months. He also announced that he will leave Intergraph next month when merger with Hexagon is completed. He introduced Ola Rollén, President and CEO of Hexagon who will take over his role at Intergraph with the current heads of PP&M and SG&I divisions reporting to Ola. Ola then came on the stage and talked about the rationale for the merger.

Ola joined Hexagon in 2,000 and since then Hexagon has acquired more than 50 companies in last 10 years including Leica, ERDAS, and Novatel. It has 7,500 employees in 39 countries. Hexagon has traditionally been a ‘measurement’ company. With Intergraph’s acquisition it moves a little beyond that label.

I interviewed Mark Doherty, V.P. and CTO of the SG&I division. I also interviewed the following executives:

  1. Scott Warner, Director of GeoSpatial Services, Avineon
  2. Peter Schlegel, Managing Director, CAXperts
  3. Adian Laud, Consultant, Noumenon Consulting
  4. Brian Beha, Director of Partner Solutions, Pictometry
  5. Dale Lutz, CoFounder, Safe Software
  6. John Leet, Director of Marketing, Skire
  7. Carl Taylor, Business Manager, Tekla

2010 AIA Convention Interviews

June 15th, 2010 by Sanjay Gangal

Miami is hot and muggy. Evenings are perfect. The beaches are beautiful. People are friendly. I loved it out there.

The 2010 AIA Convention definitely was much better attended than last year’s conference.  We recorded 15 interviews at the 2010 AIA Convention. The interviews are now available at:

Here are the highlights from some of the interviews:

More Interviews …

Interviews @ AIA 2010

May 5th, 2010 by Sanjay Gangal

We are planning to record video interviews at AIA 2010 in Miami in June. Feel free to contact me if you want to schedule an interview. We are planning to interview industry executives and selected conference presenters.

Watch Interviews from Digital Plant Conference

March 9th, 2010 by Sanjay Gangal

I had the privilege of meeting a few AEC industry executives and record video interviews with them. The interviews are now available at:

Here are a few highlights:

  • Siemens
    Erica Simmons, Global Marketing Manager talks about an innovative concept Siemens is promoting called ‘Plant of the Future’. Watch the Video

  • Skire & Intergraph
    John Leet, Director of Marketing talks about their product called ‘Unifier’for Capital  Project & Program Management  and also about a new partnership with Intergraph which is  enabling Skire & Intergraph to deliver a true complete life cycle project management  solution.

    Watch the Video.
  • Autodesk
    Robert Shear, Senior Industry Manager talks about Autocad Plant 3D which was launched 6 months ago and has received more than 5,000 downloads and a number of companies are moving into production with it. Watch the Video.
  • Bentley Systems
    Anne-Marie Walters, Global Marketing Director, Plant & Ken Adamson, VP Plant Product Management talk very enthusiastically about three new announcements:

    • A “Smart Plan” for PDS Users
    • New OpenPlant products
    • Value-creative pricing for OpenPlant products

    I wish the audio had come out better for this interview because Anne-Marie and Ken have a very compelling story. Watch the Video.

  • Dassualt Systems
    Rolf Gibbels talks about the Product Life Cycle Management Solutions offered by Dassault Systems and the new acquisition of the IBM PLM group bringing 600 new PLM professionals to Dassault Systems. Watch the Video.

Welcome to the AECCafe Blogs!

May 29th, 2009 by Sanjay Gangal

I personally invite AECCafe experts to start your blogs here. Using the blogs, you can share your opinions, ask questions, let people know what you are up to, and project yourself to be an industry guru. You have an audience of  more than 100,000 unique visitors/month. The blogs are also included in our daily newsletter to 40,000 subscribers.

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