March 20, 2006
3D Dominates the News
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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“The image data in Google Earth is not always in the same high resolution, depending upon where you are located on the earth,” explained Croser. “That's one of the reasons why it's important to be able to enhance detail with the imagery that you have, not only when you're working in MicroStation when you develop your model, but also when you take that out to Google Earth and you want to zoom in really close to your projects and get a good understanding of what's happening there.”

As Croser zooms around, he can access the generator on one of the Bentley buildings and link to the company that maintains it. He can move over to the main Thomas P. Bentley building and link directly to the PDF floor plan of the office building there. “Google Earth is providing a very simple, very intuitive, graphically rich environment for us to be able to move around our project and access a whole range of different pieces of information in the format which is most relevant to the person accessing the information, for example, 2D drawings in PDF, weblinks, images, and we could just as easily have links to Word documents and Excel files depending upon the needs of the audience that
we're publishing that information to.”

Saved views in MicroStation are also published to the Google Earth environment, so that you can turn on and of level information, turn on and off reference files to be able to see the additional information that was first added to MicroStation and later published to the Google Earth environment.

Moving location to central Philadelphia, shown in the demo is a model of a proposed extension to the Philadelphia Convention Center. Towards the top left hand corner there is another link, that upon a closer look, you see another link to planning details. “This is a complex junction,” Croser noted. “We want to have a different file format here that would communicate a different level of information to the reviewer. By following the link I can open up a 3D PDF file which is a richer model that is already rendered, and we can have a pre-defined animation in here and interact with it dynamically. We just created this model at a different level of detail and illustrate the
different purposes so we can see how the various components might be assembled.”

Moving across the country to San Diego, you can see the utilities grid overlaid across the imagery in San Diego. Here you can turn levels on or off and include simple block modeling of the existing city buildings within the Google Earth environment. You can also zoom in and rotate in Google Earth to see how the utilities information overlaps the city grid.

It would seem that CAD data would slow transmission across the internet considerably. By using the KML format from Google you can optimize your MicroStation content, and selectively determine what content you want to publish to that KML file. Bentley has used 3 Mb as a practice example.

Features of MicroStation Geographics coordinate systems are exported to the correct locations in Google Earth. Raster references can be added to DGN and DWG files and be published in the KML format within the Google Earth environment. MicroStation levels are also transferred to the KML file as are the saved views in MicroStation to make it easier to move around to pre-defined positions. “Very importantly, url links in MicroStation are published as Google Earth placemarks so it means that we really can treat the model that has been initially prepared in MicroStation and publish to Google Earth as a fabulously rich and intuitive graphical environment for navigating models, finding other
extended pieces of information and being able to communicate that to a wider audience, and make far more informed design decisions about projects in their context.”

In order to place MicroStation information in the correct location, the user must define one or more points by going into Google Earth, and importing those points that signify where in MicroStation design they're located. Then it will calculate the projection for you. This does mean that you're registering your CAD file to Google Earth, which is done once as a one time use.

It all sounds good, but what about access control, an issue that has been raised around Google before? “We're publishing the KML file and integrating into the MyPlaces on the Google Earth interface. At this point I don't think there is any level of access control in the free download - you certainly could control access to the KML file through any of our tools in ProjectWise systems,” lead developer, Ray Bentley, noted.

Beta testing took place at 150 sites for about 1 ½ months. As the product is part of the MicroStation V8 XM toolset, it will continue to be part of the product and enhanced, based on user feedback worldwide.

What do you have to buy? Everything demonstrated on the website works in the readily available product that you can download from Google Earth's
website . The Bentley Google Earth Tools Integration is available right now for existing SELECT subscribers and the tools will be included in the V8 XM edition of MicroStation when it's released in May.


Hagerman & Company, Inc. announced its Mt. Zion corporate headquarters have been designated as an Autodesk® Premier Authorized Training Center for MSD-Mechanical and Manufacturing. Hagerman & Company joins a worldwide network of Autodesk Authorized Training Centers, which meet the highest standards for training personnel, classrooms and quality of their course offerings.

e-Builder announced it has earned certified status in Microsoft Corp.'s Partner Program, which recognizes e-Builder's expertise and total impact in the Project Management and Collaboration marketplace. As a Certified Partner, e-Builder has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customer needs. Microsoft Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support that give them a competitive advantage in the marketplace.


Daratech, Inc., the market research and technology assessment firm, reports that the company's recent PLANT conference highlighted the significant challenges and possible solutions facing the process & power industry. The cry for change came from around the world; from keynote speakers Brian Chang, who spoke of Asia's process and shipbuilding industries being at a critical juncture and the need to modernize, invest in collaborative technologies, change business practices, and enable innovation across the organization, to John Voeller, Senior Vice President of Black & Veatch and member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who said that "the speed of change around the world is
faster than what our industry has previously been able to embrace."

Plant design software and services will enjoy robust growth of 11% to $800 million in 2006, by Daratech's most recent forecast. Partly as a result of robust demand for oil and other forms of energy, process and power owner/operators and EPC firms are projected to step up their investments in IT solutions that enable the quickest time to product, and to control the total lifecycle cost of the asset.

Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems, Incorporated, and other business leaders in Greater Philadelphia met with U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez at Bentley's headquarters last week to discuss innovation and competitiveness in America. The secretary also heard remarks by Mr. Bentley promoting America's supply chain of innovation, and a presentation by the second-place winners of the National Engineers Week Future City Competition for young innovators.

Cimmetry Systems Corporation, an Agile Software Corporation company, announced the launch of Cimmetry Certified(TM), a new VAR Certification Program available to all Cimmetry VAR partners. Cimmetry Certified(TM) will be introduced during the Agility 2006 User Conference in Las Vegas, which Cimmetry will be co-hosting with its parent company, Agile Software.

According to the
Microsol Resources website, Autodesk is raising the SRP (suggested retail price) for almost all of its software on the same date, March 23rd. This is a significant increase, and will most definitely result in a price increase to our clients. For example, the SRP for a standalone license of AutoCAD is going up by $250.00. For the network license of AutoCAD 2007, the increase is $495.00. For that reason, if you are considering purchasing additional licenses in the near future, or converting licenses from standalone to network deployment, we urge you to contact us immediately to obtain a quote,
either by phone or via email by writing to
our sales . Again, the price increases will take effect on March 23, 2006

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