May 28, 2007
New Approach: Making 2D More Accessible
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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1) “The first is we’re focusing on how to partner with the construction industry. The question to the owner is, do you care about the coordination of the documents the most or the delivery of the building on schedule and on budget? We think the schedule and budget is of greater importance to an owner and that an owner’s attitude is they expect to have documents coordinated, and they don’t really care how it’s done. If a BIM model does it that’s great, but they don’t mandate a BIM model to get coordination. But if they understand that with a product like Control, they can get 10% time reduced from the schedule, which has been the case on the past
150 projects we’ve done on average. If they understand that the only way to get 10% reduction on their schedule is through what we call location based scheduling which is dependent on a model to analyze, then they will mandate a model to the entire AEC team. Without the model they can’t optimize the schedule.”

2) “The second difference is we’ve been doing it for 25 years now, longer than any other BIM vendor in the U.S., and we have a lot of people out there who have this talent. If you’re searching for people to staff your projects, there are thousands of people who have ArchiCAD skills,” said Mays. “We think for a few years that will be an important differentiator.”

3) “We don’t try to do everything – we spun off many companies we had acquired three or four years ago to get refocused on redesign. It’s a tool for architects focused on design. We feel it’s going to be important for us to be able to work well with other people’s products. While we do invest IFCs as much as anyone else, we think there are other ways for interoperability to happen. We look for file exchanges that are more direct than those having to do with an IFC translator.”

Mays said there are four or five products for sustainable design for energy analysis – including Energy Plus, DOE 2, Ecotech and IES. Most of these have a native file exchange and don’t rely on IFCs. Other software tends to rely on some type of IFC translation.

Additionally, Graphisoft does not have a wide range of products so they don’t need to invest in how files interoperate with their own products first. “We want to do a few things well,” said Mays. “And interoperate as well as possible. Our first priority is to work with everyone in the world.”


Software Equity Group, LLC (SEG), a leading investment bank and M&A advisory serving the software and technology sectors, announced the sale of its client,
Applied Integration Management (AIM), a consulting services leader in schedule-driven earned value management (EVM), to
Deltek, a leading provider of enterprise applications software for project-focused organizations.


Autodesk, Inc. reported record quarterly revenues of $509 million, an increase of 17 percent over the first quarter of fiscal 2007.

Autodesk's performance was driven by strong increases in revenue from its model-based 3D design products, maintenance revenue from subscription, revenue in the emerging economies, and revenue from new seats. See

Autodesk, Inc. announced that it has passed the one million mark for users of its 3D model-based design solutions -- Autodesk Inventor software, Autodesk Revit software and AutoCAD Civil 3D software. This milestone underscores the broad demand for Autodesk's 3D solutions that deliver digital prototyping, allowing customers to visualize and simulate the real-world performance of their designs without a heavy reliance on costly physical prototypes.

faciliCAD LLC announced support for AutoCAD(R) 2008 next generation design software from Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading software and services company for the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, digital media and wireless data services fields.

Deltek announced that H+L Architecture has selected Deltek Vision 5, a leading enterprise software solution designed for professional services firms to improve business performance, streamline operations and ultimately win more business. This end-to-end solution will help H+L Architecture automate planning, tracking and administration of all of its resources and projects across its entire organization.

Intergraph Corporation recognized six industry and government leaders with its inaugural Icon Award, the company's highest customer distinction for product innovation, partnership, and proven results.

The Icon Awards were announced at Intergraph 2007, the global spatial information management (SIM) provider's international user conference in Nashville. The Icon Award honors those companies and organizations that have fully deployed and leveraged Intergraph software in a visionary manner with proven and tangible results that have significantly contributed to their business or industry. See

Cyon Research Corporationannounced that its ninth annual COFES – the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software – will be held April 10-13, 2008 at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. The annual gathering brings together the community of engineering software vendors, developers, resellers, analysts, and users for private and public discussion in a relaxed and informal – but intense – atmosphere.

New Products

Autodesk has combined powerful viewing and conversion tools in DWG TrueView 2008, its latest software for accurately viewing, plotting and publishing native DWG files.

DWG TrueView 2008 features enhanced viewing capabilities, and a 64-bit version lets users take advantage of their computer power. DWG TrueView 2008 is available for download

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC) announced that its Brava!(R) Enterprise viewer is integrated to the new EMC Documentum TaskSpace. The integration is being debuted at EMC World 2007 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

NavisWorks Ltd., developers of JetStream, the leading collaborative 3D design review software, announced the release of their latest version 5.4. Enhancements include support for Autodesk 2008 products and the latest releases from other important industry leaders.

JetStream v5.4 delivers updated and improved file support in the core JetStream Roamer and the TimeLiner plug-in. With this release NavisWorks maintains its excellent long standing support for Autodesk 3D products and also offer benefit for users of other popular design and scheduling applications.

Autodsys, Inc. announced the release of AcceliCAD 2008, a significant update to the CAD platform that redefines the cost/benefit relationship.

CADopia, a leading developer and supplier of CADopia IntelliCAD announced the availability of Rhino 4.0 bundled with CADopia Professional 6.

“Rhino 4.0 is the most significant upgrade in the history of Rhino, with hundreds of new features and enhancements. CADopia users get a complete suite of solutions when they purchase the CADopia Pro/Rhino/Flamingo bundle,” said Surya Sarda, CEO of CADopia. “CADopia customers can also create various types of animations using the bundled product.”

Intergraph's new SmartPlant Foundation Model Loader now brings the benefits of Intergraph SmartPlant Foundation to AVEVA PDMS users permitting them the high integrity viewing and navigation capabilities and the same level of confidence previously available to Intergraph PDS customers.

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