Getting Smart About 3D Plant Design with 3D CADWorx

Wise said that “I hope the company continues to live by the core values we have, how we do things is as important as what we do. And you can talk to most of our customers and they see that. I hope they continue to focus on the strategic growth opportunities that we have. We’ve taken profits and they’ve increased nine times since 2003 and our R&D, customer satisfaction and the number of patents and trademarks are as high as they have ever been. We use change and innovation and plowing back investment in our customers as really something that’s differentiated.”

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Tilt-Up Design Systems, LLC (TDS) and Nemetschek Scia announced  at the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s 2010 Annual Conference the availability of a new software bundle that provides design-build firms, architects, engineers and contractors with an integrated whole-building solution for site-cast precast (tilt-up) construction.

Alliances, Agreements, Acquisitions

Deltek, Inc. announced that it will acquire INPUT, Inc. for $60 million in an all cash transaction. The transaction is expected to close on October 1st, 2010.

Autodesk, Inc. has named KETIV Technologies, Inc. as North American Reseller of the Quarter for the second quarter of the 2011 fiscal year. The company is being honored for its proven industry expertise, exceptional client satisfaction levels and dedication to sustainability through superior training, technical support and value-added consulting. Autodesk selected KETIV Technologies from among more than 100 resellers throughout North America.

Announcements

IBM announced that Autodesk, Inc. has joined the Green Sigma Coalition, a consortium of industry leaders in metering, monitoring, automation, data communications and software. Autodesk's expertise in 3D design and engineering software for buildings and construction will complement the coalition's focus on helping organizations deploy smart solutions for energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas management.

Autodesk, Inc. announced the Autodesk Plant Conversion Program for CADWorx Customers. The program is designed to help users of Intergraph CADWorx software transition to the benefits of the Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011, a new software suite for plant designers who need powerful plant design and whole-project review capabilities in a single integrated package at a low price. As part of the program, CADWorx users who wish to transition to the Autodesk Plant Design Suite will be provided a 6-step project start-up tool kit upon purchasing a license to the Suite. The kit provides new project templates, migration tools, and reference materials to help simplify the conversion of legacy CADWorx specs and catalogs to the new Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011.

Autodesk, Inc. has unveiled Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, an online portal of educational content providing mechanical engineering students and teachers with the resources they need to practice sustainable design. The Workshop features lessons that illustrate the principles and practice of sustainable design, such as Whole Systems Design and Lightweighting. The tools and resources on the Workshop are free* of charge and available to anyone interested in learning about sustainable design.

QlikTech announced that Autodesk, Inc., a world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, will standardize on its QlikView dashboarding capability for all BI users worldwide. Autodesk selected QlikView because it required speed and intuitive ease of use for a broad roll out to every organization and business process across the company. The QlikView enterprise solution will be pulling in data from over 30 data sets to deliver useful information to employees at all levels.

Financials

Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2010. press release

New Products

Autodesk, Inc. announced the availability of AutoCAD WS, a new free* web application that uses cloud computing technology to enable AutoCAD software users to view, edit and share their AutoCAD designs and DWG files through web browsers and mobile devices. The AutoCAD WS mobile application for iOS is also now available as a free* app in the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

mental images announced  that its iray rendering solution has been incorporated into the Autodesk Subscription Advantage Pack for Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 and 3ds Max Design 2011 software. Harnessing iray rendering technology and the parallel processing power of NVIDIA® graphics processing units (GPUs), 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design 2011 subscribers will now be able to render images with much higher speed and accuracy, more effortlessly achieving photorealism.

Graebert integrates Lightworks Artisan within ARES CAD Software Lightworks, the world's  supplier of rendering solutions for developers of advanced 3D computer graphics software, is pleased to announce that Graebert GmbH – one of the pioneering companies in high-performance CAD solutions – has become a Lightworks customer and has integrated rendering technology from Lightworks. Graebert’s ARES software is one of the first CAD products to be integrated with Lightworks Artisan SnapShot Studio, a new application which facilitates the quick and easy generation of photorealistic images from 3D CAD data.

Intergraph has released the first production version of its SmartPlant Enterprise solution for the mining, port, power, pulp and paper industries, SmartPlant 3D Materials Handling Edition, to automate the design and modeling of bulk materials handling systems.

Ameri-CAD, Inc. - An ITW Company will premiere its VisionREZ 2011 architectural design software solution at the 2010 Building Components Manufacturing Conference (BCMC) trade show. BCMC is the premier conference for the structural building components industry.

ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd, a provider of CAD/CAM software, announced  at its annual ZWSOFT Partner Conference, the release of ZW3D 2010, a complete 3D CAD/CAM suite that provides ease-of-use, performance, and super-fast modeling functionality.

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. announced  that PanzerCAD has released the 2011 version of its CameraMatch plug-in to be compatible with the Vectorworks 2011 line of software products.

The CameraMatch 2011 plug-in allows a user to easily align a 3D model view to a photograph. With this plug-in, a user can also superimpose the rendered model into the photograph, saving time by eliminating the need to spend hours creating models of a project's surroundings.

Trimble introduced  new software products that provide advanced information extraction tailored for three mobile mapping workflows—Trimble Trident Analyst 2010 for: Spatial Imaging, Roadway Signs, and GIS. The software family addresses a diverse range of projects from network-level Geographic Information System (GIS) inventories to high-accuracy Computer Aided Design (CAD) projects, and provides users with increased capability and productivity.  

Bricsys NV and FreshTL announced  that Vondle Live has been added to the list of "Integrated Apps" available on the IBM LotusLive platform.

Bricsys NV of Belgium is the developer of Vondle Live, a cloud based application. FreshTL is the worldwide distributor of the product.

Around the Web

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Events


Society for Marketing Professional Services
Date: October 11 - 12, 2010
Place: Club – Columbia Square, Lower Level
Washington, DC USA

The Foundation of the Society for Marketing Professional Services ( SMPS ) is hosting its third Think Tank program on October 12 in Washington, DC, for firm leaders, marketers, and business developers in the design and building industry. This day-long session features two relevant and timely panel discussions and a special luncheon keynote presentation on "Fast Forward—Marketing for Changing Demographics " by James Chung, President, Reach Advisors.

SMPS Foundation Think Tank: “Wake Up, Recover, and Grow in 2011”
Date: October 11 - 12, 2010
Place: Washington City Club
Columbia Square, Lower Level, Washington, DC USA

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The Foundation of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is hosting its third Think Tank program on October 12 in Washington, DC, for firm leaders, marketers, and business developers in the design and building industry. This day-long session features two relevant and timely panel discussions and a special luncheon keynote presentation on "Fast Forward—Marketing for Changing Demographics" by James Chung, President, Reach Advisors.

Webinar: SmartPlant InstrumentationTechnical Update
Date: October 12, 2010
Place: USA

Projects in existing plants are part of daily business but often present engineering challenges such as accounting for as-built data and merging modified/add design data back in the plant engineering environment for operations. In this session we will discuss how SmartPlant Instrumentation as-built can help you with this challenge. The second topic of this session will address instrument specification sheets and how intelligent spec sheets in SPI can help drive quality and consistency.

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

Webinar: Safety Instrument Systems (SIS) Design for Safer Plant Operations
Date: October 12, 2010
Place: USA

Instruments are the most common and trusted method of risk mitigation. Per the hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies, design practices, and company standards, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) factors (1-4) are determined, which defines the protection layers and control system methods for the process. Intergraph SmartPlant Instrumentation can then, based on the SIL, help to design and manage the safety systems to ensure a safe state of the operating plant. SmartPlant Instrumentation can help to group the instruments to make sure the required type and number of back-up/layers is in place to achieve the required protection. In this webinar, you will learn how SmartPlant Instrumentation can help design safety into your plant and create a consistent and high quality set of associated documentation.

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT

The IDDEA Group 2010 Conference
Date: October 13 - 15, 2010
Place: Scheman Center on Iowa State University Campus
Ames, IA USA

We are a independent user group which represents the Iowa D.O.T., city and county governments, utilities, engineering and consulting firms, and universities.  Most of our conference attendees are from Iowa, although there are routinely attendees from Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri and Nebraska.  Our Special Interest Groups are MicroStation, GIS, Transportation, and Systems Management.

Webinar: Safety Instrument Systems (SIS) Design for Safer Plant Operations
Date: October 13, 2010
Place: USA

Instruments are the most common and trusted method of risk mitigation. Per the hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies, design practices, and company standards, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) factors (1-4) are determined, which defines the protection layers and control system methods for the process. Intergraph SmartPlant Instrumentation can then, based on the SIL, help to design and manage the safety systems to ensure a safe state of the operating plant. SmartPlant Instrumentation can help to group the instruments to make sure the required type and number of back-up/layers is in place to achieve the required protection. In this webinar, you will learn how SmartPlant Instrumentation can help design safety into your plant and create a consistent and high quality set of associated documentation.

Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT

AVEVA World Summit
Date: October 18 - 20, 2010
Place: Las Vegas, NV USA

The new AVEVA World Summits are just the first step in creating a much larger AVEVA World Community for our existing customers, future customers, and partners.

Be Inspired, Bentley’s Premier Thought Leadership in Infrastructure Event
Date: October 19 - 20, 2010
Place: The Hotel Okura
Amsterdam, Netherlands

On October 19, the world’s leading practitioners will gather at Bentley’s premier thought leadership and networking event to share the best practices behind the successful realization of their current projects and explore new ways to respond to the challenges driving today’s business.

METALCON International
Date: October 20 - 22, 2010
Place: Las Vegas
NV USA

METALCON International is the single resource for anything you’ve ever wanted to know about using metal in construction. It’s a tradeshow that educates professionals on how to integrate metal into traditional and sustainable construction.

MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1) User Upgrade - Online
Date: October 20, 2010
Place: USA

More Info: For MicroStation users who are moving from MicroStation V8 2004 Edition or MicroStation V8 XM Edition to the latest release, MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1). Learn the new capabilities of MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1) including the new graphic interface and many of the new tools and enhanced features of MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1).

Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: EnvisionCAD Online Event

Axium Training Workshop for Ajera users
Date: October 21 - 22, 2010
Place: Portland
OR USA

Whether you're new to Ajera or you still aren't taking advantage of everything it has to offer, Axium's training workshop provides two tracks of hands-on software training this October that will turn you into a difference maker at your firm.

MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1) User Upgrade - Classroom
Date: October 21, 2010
Place: EnvisionCAD
8517 Excelsior Dr., Suite 102, Madison, WI USA

More Info: For MicroStation users who are moving from MicroStation V8 2004 Edition or MicroStation V8 XM Edition to the latest release, MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1). Learn the new capabilities of MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1) including the new graphic interface and many of the new tools and enhanced features of MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1).

2010 HDS Worldwide User Conference
Date: October 25 - 27, 2010
Place: San Ramon, CA USA

Leica Geosystems believes fundamentally that the success of our users is key to driving the success of our business. So, this conference focuses on helping our users increase their success with their HDS tools. We've found that when our staff and HDS users from different areas gather to teach, network and openly share information, the success of our users increases, often very significantly. This is the essence of the annual HDS Worldwide User Conference. Since its inception, a mountain of evidence & user testimonials support its extremely positive impact.

DASIP - Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing
Date: October 26 - 28, 2010
Place: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

The DASIP Organization Committee and ECSI are pleased to invite you to the Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing (DASIP) 2010 Conference that will take place in the historical city of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, UK, from the 26th to the 28th of October 2010. The goals of DASIP are to present the latest results in the domain of design and architecture for signal, communication and image processing and to provide to researcher and industry community a reference exchange platform addressing this topic. The conference program will include keynote speeches, contributed paper sessions, and demonstrations.

Bentley Map V8i (SELECTseries) Fundamentals - Online
Date: October 26, 2010
Place: USA

This course is designed for GEOPAK, InRoads, and MXRoads users who want to incorporate GIS data in their civil workflows. This course covers use of Map Manager for creating and managing map layers and themed output. Also covered are ArcView Shapefile interoperability capabilities, the topology tools, as well as coordinate system operations and transformations including Grid-to-Ground transformations

Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: EnvisionCAD Online Event

Bentley Map V8i (SELECTseries) Fundamentals - Classroom
Date: October 27, 2010
Place: EnvisionCAD
8517 Excelsior Dr., Suite 102, Madison, WI USA

This course is designed for GEOPAK, InRoads, and MXRoads users who want to incorporate GIS data in their civil workflows. This course covers use of Map Manager for creating and managing map layers and themed output. Also covered are ArcView Shapefile interoperability capabilities, the topology tools, as well as coordinate system operations and transformations including Grid-to-Ground transformations.

Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm

MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries) Fundamentals
Date: November 9 - 12, 2010
Place: EnvisionCAD
8517 Excelsior Dr., Suite 102, Madison, WI USA

This 4-day course introduces the fundamental features and capabilities of Bentley's release of MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1) software. This class is suitable for users new to MicroStation and also to AutoCAD users wishing to understand MicroStation V8i (SELECTseries 1).



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