June 04, 2007
BE Conference 2007 – The Building Group
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One of the big questions these days is how does a BIM software interoperate with various other softwares such as those providing lighting or electrical analysis?

The Bentley applications have some direct connections to the analysis applications. For example, the electrical application ties into circuit analysis software, The mechanical application ties into airflow, structural ties into the loads, etc. Architectural uses mostly IFCs to make connections.

Bentley can do direct integration with another company’s software such in the case of lighting analysis. Sometimes, however, those solutions don’t scale well. “Rather than write thousands of different translators, what everyone is centering on is that universal translator –the interoperable standard IFCs which are really picking up steam in a good way,” said Roberts. The IFCs are good as long as the user knows that what he/she is using works well with IFCs.

Roberts said that IFCs are great for exchanging information. Some products such as Bentley Structural and RAM Structural, integrate back and forth dynamically like a shared environment. “You can’t do that with an IFC exchange because you’re going out to a snapshot and you’re coming back to a snapshot so you can’t get a high degree of live interaction. It’s still really good, and the integration is going to be functionally better than interoperability,” Roberts pointed out. “Interoperability is far more scalable and a great way to make sure that you can connect anything. We’re pursuing both modes.”

GenerativeComponents and BIM

GC now works well with Bentley BIM solutions as it is parametric and allows you to tweak your parameters to influence your result.  An example used at the conference was GC driving an office building, with floor to floor height and the curve of a window bay and the slope of a façade, which were all parameters being changed in GC. The building itself  had been created in Bentley Structural for the steel beams, Bentley Architecture for walls and curtain walls. When you change the floor to floor height in GC, all the columns got longer but more importantly, they became longer as BIM columns so that tied into the analysis, the loads and the amount of steel you need to

buy…all the information a BIM tracks and manages.


Deltek, a leading provider of enterprise applications software for project-focused organizations,  announced that it has acquired
WST Pacific (WSTP), its longtime earned value management (EVM) partner, to add additional EVM skilled development, services and support resources.

Meridian Systems, provider of enterprise project management software for optimizing capital projects, programs and facilities,  announced a newly expanded relationship with
Byrne Software Technologies, Inc., as its latest value-added reseller.


Nemetschek Group, and
Adobe Systems Inc. will be working together more closely in the future. The two companies are thus consolidating their roles as technology leaders with the introduction of PDF as the format of the future for the exchange of data in the building industry. The aim of the strategic alliance is to optimize processes of architects and engineers. To do this, Nemetschek will integrate the PDF generation function on the basis of the original Adobe PDF Libraries with its CAD software Allplan.

ModernTech is pleased to announce their acceptance as the first reseller partner for
Altiva Software. Altiva’s CADconform software is designed to enforce compliance to Computer Aided Design (CAD) standards in an engineering environment.

ModernTech has provided leading-edge technology solutions to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) markets since 1988. With a primary focus on design and engineering software from Bentley Systems, CADconform will complement ModernTech’s existing product and service offerings enabling engineering firms to reduce design time and increase profits.

Bayer Technology Services GmbH (BTS) Germany has signed a Global Alliance Agreement (GAA) with Intergraph Corp. to use Intergraph's design and operations software suite for its chemical and pharmaceutical plants worldwide.

BTS offers fully-integrated solutions along the life cycle of chemical and pharmaceutical plants from development through engineering and construction to process optimization for existing plants. Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise suite provides a variety of interoperable, modular applications to engineer, procure, construct, operate and maintain plants from design to decommissioning.


Deltek, a provider of enterprise applications software for project-focused organizations has become a major sponsor of Architects for Aid (A4A), a charity founded by a group of leading UK architects and supported by the entire AEC industry. Deltek, whose applications are used by some of the main players in the UK AEC industry, has given £25,000 towards A4A’s work. In particular, Deltek is the exclusive sponsor of a project involving the re-building of a residential children’s counseling unit in Lesotho, a small country where HIV/AIDS and high unemployment mean that 59% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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.

New Products


Matrox Graphics Inc.,  announced the release of the Matrox PowerDesk-SE 2.04 display driver featuring a new Joined graphics card mode and improved widescreen resolution support. The enhancements in this driver provide more control for displaying information across multiple screens—a critical requirement for professionals in industries such as financial trading, energy management, train dispatch, and process control.

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced the immediate availability of Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) 3D Version 8 software, a major upgrade to the desktop application for driving document-based 3D design collaboration and CAD data interoperability capabilities to virtually anyone inside manufacturing organizations and across the global supply chain.

ProSoft, nationally known for industry leading MicroStation®, InRoads®, and AutoCAD® courseware, has announced the release of the new
Revit Architecture 2008 Fundamentals Exercise Workbook. 


Revit Architecture 2008 Fundamentals Exercise Workbook  provides a detailed introduction to Revit Architecture 2008 design software (formerly Revit Building). Readers will use a realistic workflow to design and model a complete office building, offering an understanding of how Revit Architecture can assist in designing architectural projects. Appropriate as a self-training tool or for a 3-day instructor-led training class. Spiral bound. 900 pages.

Cimmetry Systems, an Agile Software company and global leader in collaborative visualization solutions,  announced the immediate availability of Cimmetry's Integration Software Development Kit (SDK). The Integration SDK provides AutoVue end users and Cimmetry ISV partners with a comprehensive framework to integrate AutoVue viewing and collaboration capabilities, respectively, into any internally developed or commercial Document Management (DMS), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.


IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) announced  the release of IntelliCAD 6.4 Beta, another release of the IntelliCAD 6 family aimed at improved quality, DWG 2008 compatibility and increased stability.

IntelliCAD 6.4 Beta uses the latest advances in the ODA DWGdirect 2.3.1 libraries, which interpret the updated DWG 2008 file format. IntelliCAD 6.4 Beta will read, display, and write DWG 2008 files, which include several new entity types and over 40 new system variables.

Intergraph Corp.'s Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) division has launched a Standard Database (SDB) for SmartPlant Reference Data that delivers a comprehensive range of commodity codes that uniquely describe bulk materials throughout a project's lifecycle. SmartPlant Reference Data provides clients with a centralized capability to efficiently manage catalogs and specifications for multiple design systems and materials management.

Upcoming Events

Date: May 30 - June 1, 2007
Place: Radisson Resort

8701 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 USA
Date: June 10 - 14, 2007
Place: Hilton London Metropole

London, United Kingdom
BE, which stands for “Bentley Empowered,” represents the achievements of Bentley users, how Bentley can help them reach their goals, and the common vision and causes Bentley and users share.
Date: June 11 - 12, 2007
Place: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
This conference examines new capital infrastructure plans, science building designs, construction details, and the facility operations and management models for Canada’s fast-growing, leading-edge research and science teaching agenda. Here you’ll get the advanced concepts, details, and costs (capital and operating) for cost-effective, flexible, long-lived science buildings housing science teaching, medical research, imaging, animal programs, biocontainment, and vibrant non-lab interaction “where science really gets done.”
Date: June 20 - 22, 2007
Place: Baltimore, MD USA
Debuting at The CSI Show in Baltimore, the Product Education Lab will provide exhibiting companies an additional opportunity to ensure key attendees and buyers see the new, exciting and industry-changing products they have to offer.
Date: June 25 - 29, 2007
Place: Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

Honolulu, HI USA
Welcome to the 2007 International CAD Conference and Exhibition.The conference is aimed at CAD researchers, educators, developers, vendors, and the business community dealing with CAD technology and its financial issues. The exhibition is open to all CAD businesses including software houses, hardware manufacturers, vendors, e-businesses, educators, publishers and sectors from various government agencies. CAD'07 has tutorial presentations, parallel paper sessions, product demonstrations, and several forms of exhibits.
Date: June 26 - 28, 2007
Place: San Jose, CA USA
We periodically organize a 2- and a 3-day "Piping Design and Analysis" seminar in San Jose, Calif., which includes theoretical and practical training on piping design, stress analysis (statics, dynamics), piping code compliance issues and CAEPIPE usage. The class will be taught by our engineering manager (Instructors), who has a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engrg., and has over 25 years experience in the field including shells, nuclear containments and plant design, and an ASME/B31 code committee member (former chairman of B31 Technical Design Committee, see profile) with over
40 years experience.
Date: June 27 - 28, 2007
Place: W Hotel

Set Your Sights on Success with Enterprise Visualization

AutoVue Customer Cimm’posium 2007 is Cimmetry System’s first User & Partner Conference, and is a great opportunity to network with market leaders in major industries who have used enterprise visualization to enhance product development performance, achieve faster time-to-market, and meet corporate demands for profitable growth.


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