August 06, 2012
BIM, the Cloud and Mobility are Primary Topics for Trimble/Meridian
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Tweet this: @Newforma licenses @MSIXVEO platform to integrate #PIM and #BIM streamline AEC/O project delivery

The integrated solution will provide Newforma customers with model coordination and review capabilities, including: 
  • View and navigate 3D building models without the need for the underlying authoring software.
  • Search for information in models with the benefit of rich visual context linked directly to Newforma PIM data.
  • Tie workflow items, such as action items, requests for information, submittals and more, to objects in the model.

  • The number of
    Vectorworks users who can access and share files from their mobile devices continues to grow, as today the launch of
    Vectorworks Cloud Services in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg is realized! All members of the
    Vectorworks Service Select software subscription program receive access to Vectorworks Cloud Services and 5 GB of storage capacity.

    Announcements

    Trimble announced second quarter revenue of $517.6 million, up 27 percent as compared to the second quarter of 2011. 

    GAAP operating income for the second quarter of 2012 was $58.9 million, up 14 percent as compared to the second quarter of 2011.  GAAP operating margin in the second quarter of 2012 was 11.4 percent of revenue as compared to 12.7 percent of revenue in the second quarter of 2011, down due to expenses related to acquisitions.

    GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2012 was $53.7 million, flat as compared to the second quarter of 2011.  Diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2012 were $0.42 as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.43 in the second quarter of 2011.  The tax rate for both GAAP and non-GAAP results was 16 percent for the second quarter of 2012 as compared to 10 percent in the second quarter of 2011, due primarily to the geographical mix of revenue and the failure to date by the federal government to reinstate the federal R&D tax credit for 2012.

    Construction spending in June rose to a 2-1/2 year high as double-digit percentage increases in private residential and nonresidential construction more than offset an ongoing downturn in public construction, according to an analysis of new federal data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said they expect the disparity between private and public construction is likely to persist and urged policy makers to put more funding into infrastructure projects.

    “The June spending gains come on top of upward revisions to May and April totals, reinforcing the notion that private construction is now growing consistently,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Even more encouraging, the improvement is showing up in a wide range of residential and nonresidential categories.”

    The agenda for the upcoming
    Meridian Systems 2012 Customer Summit, coming to Sacramento, CA, September 11-12, has been announced. Some general session highlights include:


    - Executive Keynote:  Building a Better World with Meridian 2.0 Technologies

    Hear Geene Alhady, General Manager of Meridian Systems, present new insights on where construction technology trends are going and how Meridian will help its customers prepare for the future. Mr. Alhady will speak to Meridian’s continued investment in a market-centered product strategy, our mission for growth, and how organizations can achieve true plan-build-operate efficiencies leveraging Trimble’s technology portfolio.


    - The State of Construction Visualization

    Both owners and contractors are actively leveraging visualization technologies to improve project collaborations and the as-built results. This session will explore adoption of visualization techniques and the valuable integration points to construction project and program management solutions. Hear from our technology pros about how Meridian is responding to this technology trend, including Prolog’s BCF viewer capabilities, integration touch points with Tekla, and an introduction to SketchUp – a product recently acquired from Google.


    Early Bird Ends August 8: Reserve your ticket and save $100


    Register:

    New Products

    Autodesk, Inc. has announced that Autodesk Inventor Fusion technology for 3D CAD modeling is now available for download in the Mac App Store for the first time. Autodesk Inventor Fusion for Mac takes advantage of new OS X Mountain Lion capabilities to help increase productivity and transform how designers share designs and receive feedback, whether in face-to-face meetings or participating in social communities.

    Building Systems Design, Inc. (BSD) announced a major software release of its flagship BSD SpecLink-E product for automated production of construction specifications. The new version of the product includes major software modifications but no data updates. The biggest change is quite significant -- all data edits in a project are saved immediately to the projects database on the server instead of being saved initially to a temporary file in the client software for batch uploading at a later time. This approach results in much faster operation of many functions (such as section check-in and closing), greater stability in the software, and significantly enhanced data
    management and control.

    Axiom announces the release of video-based, searchable courses for MicroStation V8i SELECTseries 3 (SS3).

    Courses in the MicroStation V8i SS3 Update Essentials Library focus on the changes, capabilities and tool enhancements that have been introduced in MicroStation V8i SS3.

    Around the Web







    Events
    Date:
    March 27 - November 23, 2012
    Place: Level 8 & 9

    1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

    To meet these educational needs the SBRC, with support from the NSW Government, is offering professional development short courses for professional engineers and other interested participants.  Each short course is designed to be delivered over two days, with a significant component dedicated to hands-on, interactive, or discussion based activities.  Each short course is offered on a stand-alone basis, while also remaining complimentary to the overall programme.


    Date:
    August 7 - 8, 2012
    Place: Overland Park Convention Center

    Overland Park, KS USA
    MCMC Annual Conference
    
    
    
    Overland Park Convention Center
    Overland Park, Kansas, USA
    Date:
    August 8, 2012
    Place: Louisville Marriott Downtown

    Louisville , KY USA
    Event Title: Bentley's SidePlate Seminar Louisville, KY
    
    
    
    Date & Time: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Louisville Marriott Downtown
    Description: Bentley is excited to partner with SidePlate Systems, Inc. to deliver a series of technical seminars for engineers across the United States. Along with relevant information for practicing engineers, these complimentary, 4-hour events will also include a presentation from The American Institute of Steel Construction on the state of the construction industry.
    REGISTER HERE:
    Date:
    August 9, 2012
    Place: Atlanta Marriott Downtown

    Atlanta, GA USA
     Event  Title:  Bentley's  SidePlate  Seminar  Atlanta,  GA
    
    
    
    Date & Time: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Atlanta Marriott Downtown
    Description: Bentley is excited to partner with SidePlate Systems, Inc. to deliver a series of technical seminars for engineers across the United States. Along with relevant information for practicing engineers, these complimentary, 4-hour events will also include a presentation from The American Institute of Steel Construction on the state of the construction industry.
    REGISTER HERE:
    Date:
    August 14, 2012
    Place: designLAB Architects

    35 Channel Center Street,Suite 103, Boston, MA 02110 USA
     
    
    
    Description:
    Clear your schedule and come join us for the second (and final) user group meeting of the summer here in Boston. At this meeting special guest Jared Banks, AIA from Shoegnome will do all the presenting. He'll share projects and talk about some of his favorite techniques, tips, and tricks. Feel free to bring anything you want to share and any questions you might have. If there’s anything specific you’d like to learn about, or you want more information, feel free to e-mail Jared before hand. Don't miss out; Jared heads back to Minnesota just a few days after this meeting! And remember,
    the rest of you New England users... Boston isn't that far away.  
    To Register Please Visit
    Date:
    August 15, 2012
    Place: USA
         Bentley  Raceway  and  Cable  Management  Overview  
    
    
    
    Date: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
    Location: Adobe Connect Pro
    Description: Bentley Raceway and Cable Management provides complete layout, routing, and material estimating functions in a single, integrated system
    REGISTER HERE:
    Date:
    August 16, 2012
    Place: USA
     Event:        Bentley  Raceway  and  Cable  Management  Overview  
    
    
    
    Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
    Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM BST
    Location: Adobe Connect Pro
    Description: Bentley Raceway and Cable Management provides complete layout, routing, and material estimating functions in a single, integrated system
    REGISTER HERE:
    Date:
    August 21, 2012
    Place: Courtyard Marriott

    Downtown, 500 East First Street, Long Beach, CA USA
     
    
    
    Date :

    August 21 - Bentley Bridge Information Modeling for California;

    August 22 - Bentley Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Day for California
    Location: Courtyard Marriott – Downtown

                  500 East First Street

                  Long Beach, CA USA
    Description: Bentley Civil invites bridge and geotechnical/geoenvironmental professionals interested in improving project quality, reducing time to delivery, and increasing competitive edge to attend two, complimentary seminars and accrue continuing education credits. Presentations will focus on bridge design and analysis using LEAP Bridge and RM Bridge; geotechnical data management and subsurface modeling using gINT and Power InRoads; and automated detailing capabilities using PowerRebar. Agenda details and registration information are available at
    REGISTER HERE:
    Date:
    August 22, 2012
    Place: USA

    Learn about the
    environmental load generation, execution of the analysis and post
    processing and how your organization will benefit from it, including:
    foundation modeling, seastate load generation, execution of analysis,
    beam element check and tubular connection punching shear checks
    Date:
    August 23, 2012
    Place: Hyatt Regency Chicago

    Chicago, IL USA
     Event  Title:  Bentley's  SidePlate  Seminar  Chicago,  IL
    
    
    
    Date & Time: Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Hyatt Regency Chicago
    Description: Bentley is excited to partner with SidePlate Systems, Inc. to deliver a series of technical seminars for engineers across the United States. Along with relevant information for practicing engineers, these complimentary, 4-hour events will also include a presentation from The American Institute of Steel Construction on the state of the construction industry.
    REGISTER HERE:
    Date:
    August 28, 2012
    Place: USA
     
    
    
    Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:00 p.m. EDT
    Description: Register for a live eSeminar: Innovations in Flat Slab Concrete Building Designs. Learn about the RAM structural product line’s powerful new concrete design and integration features. Then discover how to apply these capabilities to flat slab concrete building designs for seismic requirements and floor vibrations--and how working in unison they bring your designs to deliverables.
    Register here :
    Date:
    August 29, 2012
    Place: Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek

    1475 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO USA
     
    
    
    Description:

    Power up for greater success with the innovative, proven technology that enables you to work more effectively with the Colorado Department of Transportation. Agenda details and information are available at
    REGISTER HERE:

     



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