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Project Butterfly previewed

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Project Butterfly is an Autodesk Technology Preview of a cloud computing solution that enables AutoCAD users to edit and collaborate on AutoCAD drawings through a Web browser. With Project Butterfly, AutoCAD users can share and work on DWG files with colleagues and clients from any computer with an Internet connection. Users don’t have to have AutoCAD installed, nor do they need a Butterfly account to access this preview.

http://labs.autodesk.com/technologies/butterfly/

Bentley announces Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

This morning Bentley announced to the press the launch of its Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) methodology for those using and creating structural project information. This solution is designed to allow structural engineers to more fully participate in multi-disciplinary, integrated project workflows, and also take advantage of BIM best practices.

Included in the solution are two new apps, Structural Synchronizer V8i and Structural Dashboard V8i which are downloadable from http://bentley.com/getISM at no charge.

New partnership links BIM and FM

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Today Autodesk announced their partnership with FM:Systems, a company that has focused on facilities management for over 25 years. FMDesktop users can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they can move forward without the fear of losing their FM product – they can use FMDesktop until they are ready to transition to FM:Systems tools.

The preferred industry partnership between Autodesk and FM:Systems ensures continued customer support for Autodesk FMDesktop software users. The terms of the agreement state that FM:Systems will provide extended support to FMDesktop users as well as the option to migrate to FM:Interact Workplace Management Suite.

The announcement is a step toward integrating BIM and FM so that owners, architects, engineers and contractors can participate in the process.

Comeback predicted for tech sector

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The technology sector is poised for a comeback in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday morning by Forrester Research, an industry analysis group. IT firms will benefit as companies and governments restart their spending on tech infrastructure and software, the firm predicts.

–Daily Finance

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/tech-spending-set-to-rebound-in-2010/19313261/

Intergraph acquires COADE

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Today Intergraph acquired COADE Holdings, Inc. , the Houston based company that provides CAESAR II, PV Elite and TANK products,  widely used software for pipe stress, pressure vessel and storage tank analysis, as well as the CADWorx plant design suite.

In a conversation with Patrick Holcomb, executive vice president Business Development for Intergraph, he said that Intergraph’s existing SmartPlant Enterprise product line does not have analysis capability, so the acquisition will greatly enhance their offerings. In addition, the DWG-based CADWorx plant design suite is a direct competitor to Autodesk’s Plant 3D product and Bentley Plant. This acquisition will fill Intergraph’s need for a product that addresses the entry level plant and process user.

COADE employees and offices will be retained by Intergraph.

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