Autodesk, Inc. announced a restructuring plan to reduce its annual operating expenses. The company anticipates the restructuring will result in annual pre-tax cost savings of approximately $130 million annually starting in fiscal 2010.
As part of its restructuring plan, Autodesk plans to reduce its workforce by approximately 750 employees, representing approximately 10 percent of the company's global workforce. The company also plans to consolidate certain facilities. The actions announced are in addition to the ongoing cost reduction initiatives previously announced, which include a hiring freeze, business travel restrictions, and other reductions in its operating expenses. See press release
Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances
COADE announced that TechnoCAD, headquartered in Quito, Ecuador, is the company’s new dealer in the region. Founded in 1998, TechnoCAD provides engineering services for plant design, construction, maintenance and inspection in a wide range of industries.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast projects an 11 percent decline in design and construction activity in 2009. To revitalize the building sector, which accounts for about one in every ten dollars of the United States GDP, the AIA developed the Rebuild and Renew Plan, which details its recommendations for the allocation of funds in President-elect Obama's economic recovery plan. The AIA is calling on the new administration and Congress to create policies that ensure these monies are spent on the planning, design and construction of energy efficient, sustainable buildings and healthy communities that are advantageous for both the environment and economy. If implemented correctly, the nearly $100 billion plan would create 1.6 million jobs throughout the design and construction industry.
Meridian Systems, the Plan-Build-Operate technology solutions leader for project-based organizations, announced that Proliance software has been named a Top Product for 2009 by Building Operating Management (BOM) Magazine.
The BOM Top Products Awards recognize the most popular manufacturers and suppliers of the year, as determined by building and facility executives who sought further information about the products when they appeared on the FacilitiesNet.com Web site.
Patrick Olson teaches Revit MEP 2009 in this comprehensive tutorial series from CADLearning. This is a complete, 181 lessons, 15 hour course for the new or experienced user of Autodesk Revit MEP. Watch Patrick's screen as he takes you from the basics through schedules and details, from Plumbing and HVAC to Fire Protection design. The files used in the recordings are included so the user can follow along at their own pace.
The course overview, sample full length lessons and printable outline are available at: CADlearning website
Findings from the UK Architectural CAD User Survey report published this month by Revelation Research show that some CAD software developers are meeting the requirements of UK architects better than others.
The survey measured architectural CAD software users' experience of both the CAD products they used and their associated support services. The research was conducted in November 2008 and included responses from 925 architects based in the UK, representing a statistically valid sample for the survey.
In terms of product functionality, Autodesk’s Revit and Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD had the most satisfied users. Revit scored slightly higher on collaboration while ArchiCAD was rated higher on its ability to evaluate design alternatives easily and overall ease of use.
Open Design Alliance (ODA) announces its first ODA World Conference to be located in Leiden, The Netherlands, April 27 – 29, 2009. The ODA World Conference Planning Committee also announces a call for industry-related papers and presentations to be delivered at the conference.
For those individuals and companies interested in delivering presentations to the world-wide audience at the ODA World Conference, contact the ODA administration offices at Open Design Alliance website.
Deltek, Inc. , provider of enterprise applications software for project-focused businesses, announced that it will release its fourth quarter and full-year 2008 financial results on Thursday, February 12, 2009. The Company will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET to discuss these results.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, has appointed Pieter Neethling to the newly created position of solutions executive, mining and metals. In this capacity, he is responsible for establishing an integrated suite of software solutions and products that support the complexities of a mining operation’s production and business planning process.
Craft Animations announced the availability of its Craft Director Tools™ for users of MAXON CINEMA 4D. Craft Director Tools utilize high-end artificial intelligence and autonomous control systems to drastically condense traditional animation processes. Combining these unprecedented animation tools with CINEMA 4D's ease-of-use and image quality, users receive a time-saving and cost-effective animation solution capable of saving hours, days and weeks of laborious animation time.
CADDIT announced their release of a new line of CAD software products for building design without the overhead involved with Building Information Modeling (commonly known as BIM). CP-System is an affordable CAD software add-on for AutoCAD, AutoCAD LT (using LTX), progeCAD, BricsCAD and other IntelliCAD brands. CP-System represents a much easier, low-cost and practical approach to the needs of designers who need to work quickly but accurately.
Cadac Organice, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and developer of Organice, a SharePoint based engineering document management solution, has signed a contract with Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc. for the implementation of Organice explorer and Organice Publish.
Kolbe & Kolbe manufactures high-end wood and aluminum-clad windows and doors. Their goal is to produce a product with superior features that are built into every window and door. These quality-in-detail features are evident in all their units - from the most intricate custom units to utility windows.
Open Text, a global leader in enterprise content management (ECM), announced the latest versions of Open Text Desktop Viewer and Open Text Thin Client Viewer, with expanded support for new file formats. The solutions help enterprises lower costs and improve productivity by providing a simple way to manage the creation, capture, viewing, markup and publishing of content across departments and the enterprise. Using the Open Text Thin Client Viewer, customers can view, share, distribute and collaborate on documents online with partners, suppliers and customers via a Web browser.
First Trace, Inc. has released Kinnosa 4.1 for engineering document management of complex CAD files and design processes. New enhancements have been added to Kinnosa's service-oriented architecture (SOA) to improve Engineering Enterprises' visibility of critical data, improve collaboration among distributed teams, and automate business processes.
ABViewer is the quick CAD viewer, converter and CAD editor with subsequent saving as DXF file format. As a multi-purpose application ABViewer has advanced functions for dragging, zooming and centering images, for their marking up, printing, converting and coping to the clipboard for further pasting. ABViewer allows easy and friendly managing the files. ABViewer allows printing of one large image to multiple sheets as "tiles" which can be assembled to a large format sheet afterwards. ABViewer converts all supported files to PDF, BMP, EMF, JPEG, GIF and TIFF formats.
In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk has released AutoCAD Civil 3D Land Desktop Companion 2009 Update 2, which fixes or addresses a variety of issues discovered by customers and by Autodesk's internal testing team.
Oce Business Services, Inc., a leader in document process management and electronic discovery, introduced CaseData, a rebranded and significantly enhanced version of the company's current dataDeliver ASP document review system. Designed by attorneys for law firm and corporate legal professionals, CaseData is a new, scalable online system that enables collaborative production, search, and review of electronic data and scanned paper files for litigation and regulatory matters.