December 18, 2006
Avatech on Technology Trends
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“3D laser scanning is the fastest technology adoption cycle we’ve has seen in the last 15 years for the surveying industry,” said Breslin. 3D laser scanning provides surveyors an ability to venture into facilities and areas they wouldn’t be able to access otherwise.

Building Solutions 

Matt Mason, director of software development, Building Solutions, Mike Haddad, vice president, Building Solutions, and Beau Turner, solutions consulting manager, talked about their team’s focus on architecture, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, and construction. Their job is to buy technology, work with sales and technical groups, and do fulfillment work. Ultimately, they focus on delivering an integrated system, which is integrated into a customer’s current business processes.


A lot of growth is taking place in this area, and still coming from Avatech’s traditional clients. The MEP market is moving more into 3D modeling. Haddad said that “everyone is still doing 2D,” but structure is also coming online. The majority of their work is coming from the architecture side, as well as design/build.


“We’re getting into more integrated practice concepts, with more collaboration early on,” said Turner. “We show clients how to do a five year plan and how to get there.”


“We’re now focused more now on the projects themselves, less on let’s get your whole company trained. We’re seeing more of the structural side, and MEP side,” Turner continued. “The Revit platform has taken off for us. As there are many things we’re only able to do from Revit, our scope and services has changed accordingly.”


Mason said that they want to create a “shared resource within the company.” Owners are driving their firms to implement technology, to go from drafting culture to modeling culture. “We want Avatech to be the kind of company, where owners say we want to engage over the whole project, get different design teams working together. From a software development perspective, there’s an opportunity to take what’s available from Autodesk and other partners to deliver point solutions for architect, engineer and contractor.


Mason noted that some forward thinking clients want to make use of the Revit BIM model, take Revit BIM data and push it out to other systems like SharePoint. “Some engineering firms want to have better workflows between Building systems and NavisWorks for roundtrip workflows for interference detection and resolution, for example. They want to take a lot of pieces and tie them up to support the kind of workflow people want to have to envision a better process. We’re seeing more of this. We didn’t previously do too much of that kind of work.”

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According to Turner, more customers are moving from straight BIM to Building Lifecycle Management (BLM). “The GSA are wanting BLM all the way to Facilities Management. Once customers see the progression from the BIM, other commercial companies will want to do the same.”



Deltek, provider of enterprise management software for project-focused organizations,  announced a new channel strategy that utilizes both domestic and international distributors in the Deltek Partner Program to target small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the architectural/ engineering (A/E), management and IT consulting industries. The SMB market for these industries represents a significant opportunity for Deltek and its partners, with more than 350,000 domestic firms alone in the A/E, management and IT consulting industries, according to

American Business Information.

Primavera Systems, Inc., announced that it has acquired two companies: ProSight, Inc., a portfolio analysis solutions company based in Portland, Ore., and Pertmaster, Ltd., a risk analysis and mitigation solutions company based in the United Kingdom. Terms of the transactions were not released. The acquisitions will make Primavera Systems the market share leader in the project portfolio management category.


Nemetschek North America announced  that Spanish-language versions of VectorWorks Fundamentals, VectorWorks Architect, and RenderWorks 12.5 are now available. Enhancements to VectorWorks 12.5 include support for Apple® Macintosh OS X operating on the new Intel®-based Macintosh, Adobe® PDF import and export support-including batch export, and support for Google(tm) Earth's KML files, as well
as overall speed and performance improvements.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated  announced that the city of Franklin, Tennessee, has joined Bentley's Municipal License Subscription (MLS) program.

Bentley's MLS offers municipalities all the software they need to design and manage all their infrastructure for a fixed annual fee based on population. The breakthrough program enables them to improve productivity and reduce administrative costs by outfitting their entire mapping and engineering organizations with fully integrated software for GIS and engineering workflows. This leads to improved services and more efficient government.

Hobart is the first full-line commercial food equipment manufacturer to become a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.


Further validating Graphisoft's position as the leading provider of Virtual Building solutions, ArchiCAD 10 won a highly coveted spot on Cadalyst's 2006 All-Star Award roster.  The award seeks to recognize products reviewed by the Cadalyst Lab Reviews Editors in the second half of 2006 that truly standout as exceptional products among those that earned Highly Recommended ratings.  These products offer the best-of-the-best when it comes to sleek and sophisticated functionality and powerful and measurable benefits for users.

style="COLOR: black">The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)  celebrated the opening of the first design-build roadway project in Virginia. The transportation infrastructure improvements provide access to a new container terminal which will double the shipping capacity of the Hampton Roads port and fuel the economic growth of all of Virginia.


AVEVA, a provider of plant design and engineering lifecycle solutions, is proud to announce that it has won the techMARK company of the year award 2006. techMARK, is a specially developed segment within the London Stock Exchange's Main Market and is one of the world's leading markets for shares in companies at the forefront of innovative technology. The award was presented at the 7th annual techMARK awards dinner on November 30th at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

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Oce Imagistics Inc. has been awarded two "Pick of the Year" awards from Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI). BLI, the leading independent office equipment test lab and business consumer advocate, recognized Oce Imagistics performance with two Fall 2006 "Pick of the Year" awards in the fax-centric multifunctional category:

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