Managing Your AEC Content – Part I


Another area where data and document management capabilities are adding value is in the sustainable design movement. Sustainable design requires organizations to manage documentation throughout the lifecycle of a project, complete with metadata about various materials and loads, etc., plus managing the additional LEED and other certifications required by the green movement. According to Synergis Software Authorized Reseller, Ken Hiatt of Peraska Corporation in Beaverton, Ore., “Data management and the need to control all the documentation within a project is essential to achieving sustainable design and green building business processes.”

Summary

In summary, Lubow said that in the real world of solving problems and data management, Synergis’ role is to understand the customers’ problems and processes, and to be there to support customers. “It’s not just about software. It’s about streamlining processes within the entire company.”

“Basically our philosophy is, you own your data,” explained Lubow. “We make it very easy for people to get at their data, which is, by far and away, their most critical business asset.”

Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances

Nemetschek AG has reached an agreement with the shareholders of the Hungarian company Graphisoft SE, allowing Nemetschek to acquire a majority stake in Graphisoft (call option) on a acquisition price of 9 EUR per share. Nemetschek is aiming for a strategic financial interest in the Hungarian competitor Graphisoft, announced Gerhard Weiß, CEO of Nemetschek AG. Subject to a successful completion of the customary due diligence review and the financing agreements, Nemetschek plans to exercise its call option for the majority stake in Graphisoft shortly.

Autodesk, Inc. announced its elevated relationship with Oracle to provide customers with complete solutions for the creation and sharing of geospatial data within workgroups and across entire organizations. As a Certified Partner with the Oracle(R) PartnerNetwork, Autodesk and Oracle will collaborate on software bundles, technology integration, sales, training and customer support.

Announcements

Deltek, provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations, has announced that international engineering services provider, the Wilde Technology Group has selected Deltek Vision(R) industry leading enterprise software designed specifically for project-based firms of all sizes, to help manage the organization's growth across four different companies.

The American Red Cross announced that Bentley Systems, Incorporated of Exton, Pa. has donated software and services, valued at over $500,000 for the design and management of infrastructure in areas impacted by the December 2004 tsunami. This donation is supporting the design of urban and rural water systems to be reconstructed as part of the American Red Cross Tsunami Recovery Program, which provides relief and long-term recovery for millions of people and communities in Indonesia and other tsunami-affected areas.

The Open Design Alliance announced that its corporate headquarters have been relocated in Phoenix, AZ, effective January 1, 2007. The new location will provide a larger, more integrated approach to managing planned future growth. The move indicates the first step in an expansion phase for the Open Design Alliance and its mission to deliver highest value and quality software to its members.

Sivan Design announces that after months of evaluating alternatives, a group of leading roads design companies in Israel have decided to choose CivilCAD as their major design software tool.
The list of companies include a well known and established ones:
  • Ami Metom
  • Hason-Yerushalmi
  • Dagesh Engineering
  • S.Karni
  • Mahod
  • Tedem engineering
  • Halva
      

    New Products

    Cimmetry Systems, an Agile Software company, announced the immediate availability of AutoVue 19.1 Service Pack 1 for Solaris servers 9 and 10. Service Pack 1 for AutoVue 19.1 (UNIX) provides Solaris users with 2D and 3D native document visualization for AutoCAD 2007, Autodesk Inventor 11, Mechanical Desktop 2007, MicroStation V8 XM, OneSpace Designer Drafting (ME10) Version 14, Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0, and SolidWorks 2007.

    You can now make TRUE photo-realistic rendering of your SketchUp model without the pain and frustration of learning a complex program. Podium runs completely inside SketchUp from start to finish. It uses SketchUp features such as textures, background colors, groups and shadows to achieve impressive results. Podium is intuitive to SketchUp users. Plus, its simple interface cuts the learning curve to minutes instead of days. Make an impression without the pain. SU Podium Version 1 

    Contractors can find documents instantly in Dexter + Chaney’s Forefront(TM) Construction Suite using a Google-like search capability in its Document Imaging module. Users can locate individual documents in their entire Forefront file system by entering any word or group of words. Forefront finds those words and lists each document that contains them, displayed by relevancy, and provides a link to open each one.

    New Zealand-based ArchonCAD has announced a new 3D Modeling Manual for VectorWorks, specifically aimed at 3D CAD modeling functions in the popular Mac OS X CAD program. It is designed mainly for architects and landscape architects who want to learn advanced 3D modeling.

    New VariCAD 2007 1.05 Released This new version of VariCAD includes tools for assembly support (assembly-part links), identical copies (allowing to make the same changes to more solids at once), support for 2D drawing updates after changes in 3D, and other improvements. A free trial version is available for download.

    From CAD Systems Unlimited, Inc. comes Slick! ViewPlus v2.0 for Windows. Now supports AutoCAD 2007, Autodesk Mechanical 2007 drawings, and 3D DWF files. View AutoCAD drawings (DWG), design web format (DWF), and drawing interchange files (DXF) files from R12 to 2007 and a wide variety of raster formats. Batch printing of all supported files including PDF. Front-end to SolidWorks, MicroStation, and ACIS viewers. Latest version uploaded 12/25/06.

    Around the Web

    Autodesk takes back old space to grow, North Bay Business Journal, by Loralee Stevens, December 18, 2006 -- Autodesk is expanding into 20,000-square-feet at 1 McInnis Parkway in San Rafael, the same space the software leader gave up during the high-tech slowdown six years ago.

    Between the Lines The error ARX_ERROR: eDuplicateKey can occur if you are working with a file that was saved in the 2004 or earlier DWG format from a 2007 based product. This error is caused by the presence of more recent version of AEC objects that are too complex to save back to an earlier drawing format. Three Object Enabler Hotfixes have been released to prevent these errors.
  •   Macworld Conference & Expo 2007
     Date: January 8 - 12, 2007 
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