January 18, 2010
Facilities Management: Beyond Buildings
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What about the learning curve for all those FMDesktop users who might be migrating to FM:Interact?


According to Schley, the hands on “power user” who knows Revit or AutoCAD will probably have a 2-4 day learning curve. The occasional user’s learning curve is close to 0 because the product is web based and designed to be intuitive. “That’s the type of user who has never been an FM Desktop user.”


There is also the system administrator who has a 5-day learning curve to learn the product top to bottom.


Chobot said the implementation/migration plan they have in place will assist the FMDesktop customer transition. “We’re also working migration routines that help move the data from one platform to another, we’re going to provide some free consulting services to make sure that people make the transition easily and well and then the training and ongoing support, it’s a holistic view of getting to A to B.”


It would appear that this partnership addresses a number of issues that have been raised by users up to this point.


The BIM vision that Autodesk and FM:Systems share has a larger scope and includes the owner and architects, engineers and contractors so they can participate in the process. The two companies will now work together to integrate BIM data from Autodesk software products, such as Autodesk Revit Architecture, with FM:Systems’ facilities software to support enhanced building operation and maintenance.


FMDesktop customers are allowed to extend their subscription at no cost for an entire year, until Jan. 14, 2011. This will allow them more time to use FMDesktop and then transition over when ready to FM:Systems solutions. Essentially for every seat of FMDesktop, FM:Systems is offering a comparable seat of FM:Systems products.


Top News of the Week


Cadac
Organice, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and developer of
Organice, a SharePoint based engineering document management solution, has received an order from Oceanco for the implementation of Organice. Oceanco will use Organice to create a structure working method for managing their documents.


Oceanco is one of the world’s finest yacht builders. After a sound selection process for the selection of a document management system, Oceanco has chosen Organice. 
Organice Explorer will be used by especially the Engineering Department to manage and archive CAD drawings, documents and e-mail correspondence.



Alliances, Agreements, Acquisitions


Intergraph has acquired
COADE Holdings Inc., provider of CAESAR II, PV Elite and TANK products, the industry's most widely used software for pipe stress, pressure vessel and storage tank analysis, as well as its popular CADWorx plant design suite.


Leading enterprise engineering and capital project management software providers
Intergraph and
Skire have formed a strategic partnership to enable engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and owner-operators to integrate their engineering enterprise with project management and enterprise accounting systems for comprehensive project financial visibility into today's multi-billion dollar CAPEX projects. As part of this strategic initiative, Intergraph is now the exclusive distributor of Skire's Unifier solution in the U.S. and Canadian process, power and marine markets. Intergraph will begin working with clients to identify key opportunities where they can use Skire's project management solution (Unifier) and where they can better integrate Unifier
within the engineering enterprise.


Qualcomm
Incorporated announced it is working with
HP to design an Android-based smartbook device. The design utilizes Qualcomm's Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset platform with integrated Scorpion central processing unit delivering speeds up to 1GHz. The device demonstrates how long battery life, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a highly intuitive user interface and other features can meet the needs of consumers with mobile and constantly connected lifestyles. HP will provide a technology demonstration of the device at the Pepcom Digital Experience and ShowStoppers events taking place during the International Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in Las Vegas.


Announcements


Autodesk,
Inc. and
Dassault
Systèmes
SolidWorks
Corp. agreed to settle a lawsuit pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

In the lawsuit, Autodesk’s allegations included that SolidWorks inappropriately used Autodesk’s trademarks AutoCAD and DWG. SolidWorks asserted counterclaims against Autodesk.


To resolve the matter, Autodesk and SolidWorks have each agreed to dismiss all claims and have entered into a confidential settlement agreement.


The lawsuit is Case No. 3:08-cv-04397-WHA, pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that registration is now open for the SmartGeometry 2010 Conference -- the premier event focused on innovative design tools, technologies, and methodologies that allow and encourage new forms of architectural and structural expression. The conference takes place March 23-24, 2010, in Barcelona, Spain, and carries the theme "Working Prototypes." All those who register for the conference by Feb. 19 will receive -- upon its release next fall -- a complimentary copy of the book SmartGeometry: The Evolution of Computational Design and Practice, which is being published by Bentley Institute Press. To register, visit


Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "


Engineering software automates all the business processes and data management activities; from conceptualization, planning, designing to execution (manufacturing, construction, or others). It includes CAD (Computer Aided Design), CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing), CAE (Computer Aided Engineering), PIM (Product Information Management), and other engineering applications, which include EDA (Electronic Design Automation) and AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction).


Constructive
Solutions, a Meridian Systems Authorized Value Added Reseller (VAR) in Canada, will hold three one-day seminars in January 2010 to showcase the Prolog software solution for construction, engineering and real estate professionals in British Columbia and Alberta. To register for the complimentary seminars, go to the


The
Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) is seeking broad input on enhancements and changes for a revision of the 
OGC City Geography Markup Language (CityGML) Encoding Standard. CityGML is an open information model and XML-based encoding for the representation, storage, and exchange of virtual 3D city models. CityGML is implemented as an application schema of the 
OGC Geography Markup Language 3 (GML3) Encoding Standard , an international standard for spatial data exchange and encoding approved by the OGC and ISO.


Ameri-CAD, Inc. - An ITW Company has announced availability of their Concept to Production - Building Information Modeling (BIM) Consulting & Implementation service to the residential building community. The Language of Building, Powered by Autodesk Technology, is the foundation of Ameri-CAD's industry-leading knowledge and expertise at implementing measurable enhancements to the product development cycle through BIM technology solutions.


Awards


Avatech
Solutions announced the winners of the Render Us Speechless contest.

Avatech selected 45 finalists from hundreds of entries submitted by designers who use Autodesk 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. During Autodesk University, these 45 finalists were showcased in a 
video and industry peers cast their votes for their favorite rendering. The four submissions in each category that received the most votes at Autodesk University were then given to a panel of Avatech experts who made the final winning selections. First place winners in each category are:


Architecture: Ryan Tow, Yung Design Group

Civil: Randy Burton, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Manufacturing: Thomas Balaguer, Academy of Art University

Wild Card: Jogi Nomura, Raytrace Studio


Over $5,000 dollars in prizes was awarded to designers with the most photorealistic renderings. A first place, second place and third place prize were awarded in each of the three categories: Architecture/Building, Civil/Mapping/GIS, Manufacturing/Mechanical, and Design and a Wild Card award was given to one designer.


Nemetschek
North
America is pleased to announce that its Vectorworks Architect software has been tested by the National 3D-4D-BIM Program with the 
General Services Administration as complying with the requirements of the BIM Guide Series 02, Spatial Program Validation. Vectorworks Architect software (version 2010, SP2) may now be used on GSA projects that require BIM.


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