Search Tool from Centric Software

Welcome to AECWeekly! This week, Centric Software released Centric InSight 6.0, a specialized search tool for vertical markets such as construction, manufacturing and engineering. According to the press release, Centric has developed this unique search capability for the enterprise that provides broader and deeper searches than Google. Read about it in this week’s Industry News.

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Search Tool from Centric Software
by Susan Smith

This week, Centric Software released Centric InSight 6.0, a specialized search tool for vertical markets such as construction, manufacturing and engineering. According to the press release, Centric has developed this unique search capability for the enterprise that provides broader and deeper searches than Google. Centric InSight 6.0 is an off the shelf product that can identify and classify all structured and unstructured product information stored behind the firewall in disparate, enterprise wide systems, while addressing the specific needs of engineering, manufacturing and facilities teams looking for specific technical content, drawings and construction project data. It enables teams to access documents, drawings bills of materials and other content very quickly.

The application features comparisons of results, the ability to manage results as needed, and recognition and adherence to established network and data security restrictions that protect document sources. Access is allowed based upon roles.

According to the press release, ”additional product intelligence built into Centric InSight 6.0 recognizes duplicate results, categorizes results against data types, and gives users options to navigate through unindexed document relationships. To manage results, users can select to share documents or organize them in a project folder for secure sharing with a cross-functional team over the Internet. Selected unmanaged files instantly become manageable with the automatic assignment of revision control identity and population of relevant data-management tags.“

Ray Kurland, president of TechiCom, a CAD industry analysis firm, stated that, ”demonstrating unparalleled power in discovery and management of results in comparison to other search engines, Centric InSight 6.0 will reduce cycle times and improve cost controls in many companies.“

Chris Groves, chief executive officer at Centric Software, spoke with AECWeekly about some of the features that are applicable to the AEC market.

AECWeekly: How long has Centric been in existence and what market does it serve primarily?

CG: Founded in 1998, Centric serves a variety of markets -- from AEC to aerospace, automotive, apparel, consumer goods and medical devices.

AW: What benefits does InSight bring to AEC and what are some of the customers you have in that area?

CG: Kiewett Construction, Best Buy, Princeton University are some of Centric's AEC customers. Some benefits brought to AEC include: Insight 6.0 enables rapid access to technical drawings and manuals to control the costs and schedules of construction projects, and reduce the timeline and costs of repairs for capital construction programs or facilities maintenance. Also, improving productivity is a big benefit, and users will be able to quickly conduct a search into project control tools and find a document that they need.

AW: What is the extent of InSight's "intelligence" - I'm assuming it can index specific parts of CAD drawings and understand the relationships between them?

CG: Yes, absolutely. Google does not understand or index the content of a title block in a CAD drawing, nor can it discover the relationships in the results, much less categorize the results.

AW: How does the product integrate information from various CAD, PLM and PDM systems?

CG: This is like Google in searching and indexing files, conducting a search and retrieving the information you want. See the link for the demo of Centric InSight.

AW: What kinds of structured and unstructured data does the AEC industry want to be able to use in their work?

CG: Centric actually did a survey and found that the project control tool used most often are spreadsheets. Also Word documents and email messages.


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RiverGuide, Inc. announced that it has partnered with Sage Software to present a free Webinar, "Best Practices for Selecting Construction Software." RiverGuide's founder and president, Don Fornes, will present the Webinar. The event will focus on ten critical steps to successfully manage the selection of new construction software.


Avatech Solutions, Inc., nationwide technology experts for design, engineering, and facilities management, invites CAD managers, IT managers, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineers (MEP) who currently use AutoCAD® to learn about the benefits and uses of Autodesk® Building Systems.

Both the webcasts and the hands-on workshops are designed to show people who currently do not use Autodesk Building Systems how the latest technology for MEP can improve workflow efficiency and dramatically reduce design time, allowing companies to complete more projects with existing resources. Attendees will also learn how Building Systems interoperates with Autodesk® Revit® Building, Autodesk® Revit® Structure, and Autodesk® Revit® Systems and Autodesk® Architectural Desktop to ensure the smooth flow of information and document management between and among MEP professionals and architects. Register here

Primavera Systems Inc., announced Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH), a global leader in programme management and environmental engineering solutions, will be featured on the webcast titled, "Leveraging Technology & Best Practices to Increase Profitability in the Water Utility Industry." The event, hosted by Waterworld Magazine, will take place on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 11:00 am EDT/ 4:00 pm GMT.

To register for this webcast, please visit the website.

Intergraph Corporation, a global provider of spatial information management (SIM) software, will report third quarter 2006 financial results on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 after market close. Due to the pending acquisition by an investor group led by Hellman & Friedman LLC and Texas Pacific Group in a transaction valued at approximately $1.3 billion, the Company will not host a conference call relating to third quarter results.

Autodesk has launched the "Educational Solution Sets 2007 (ESS 2007)" program targeting educational institutions across India.

The company says that its ESS 2007 is a unique program that provides the complete set of the latest Autodesk Software, Courseware, Subscription, and other benefits in a single package to meet the curriculum requirements of educational institutes focusing on architecture, civil, and mechanical engineering.

GiveMePower Corporation’s latest PowerCAD SiteMaster Pro 3 building surveying and information management (BSIM) software helps those in building assessment, inspection and construction, and facilities, property and real estate management projects do their jobs better and produce results up to 10 times faster.
New buyers among the first to experience the benefits of PowerCAD SiteMaster 3's new features include Walt Disney World Co., Florida Hospital Group, Texas A&M University, UFCW International Union, Universities of Calgary and Toronto, West Virginia University and Pace Compumetrics.

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