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December 20, 2010
Readers’ Top Ten Picks for 2010
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Readers' Top Ten Picks for 2010

By Susan Smith

Here at AECCafe we can get an idea of which articles, blog entries and press releases readers were most interested in over the course of the year. In this year-end wrap up, we base our Top Ten Picks on these reader responses and summarize how these picks translate into trends or directions.

From the beginning of 2010 these are the topic areas and the companies that proved most newsworthy to our readers:

1) Structural Modeling

On February 1, we published the article on Bentley's Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) which by itself garnered more page views than any other article published during the year - by a huge margin.

Bentley's Integrated Structural Modeling basically has four focal points: shared repository, tracking revisions and comparison between versions, visual review, and change management. Bentley Structural has been renamed Structural Modeler and in addition, included are the free downloads Structural Synchronizer V8i and Structural Dashboard V8i which are not dependent upon another Bentley software program.

According to Gus Bergsma, VP Structural, global sales for Bentley, the primary issues engineers report are that loss adds up to 4% of their cost compared to 2.5% for owners and 69% of industry cites lack of software compatibility as the primary impact to sharing amongst build teams.

“There are many industry standards for sharing information, there are engineers, architects, mechanical, fabrications, special purpose software, all these products are trying to be linked via various industry data exchange standards with limited success,” explained Bergsma. “The problem gets even deeper into the project with regard to the construction phase of the project - architects and engineers producing design then the information being replicated at the construction phase. A great example of that is steel fabrication as well as rebar fabrication and construction. At this point I think the industry is confused, there has been a lot of work done to link these
processes and integrate these processes, but in general the industry continues to struggle with where do we go, how do we go.”

“We're always talking about buildings, BIM - the problem is there are all different kinds of structures that are non-building types,” Santanu Das, VP of Structural Software Division, noted. “We don't want to concentrate on one structural asset, we want to create a schema or platform that embodies many of these types of assets. It's more comprehensive than BIM and more dynamic than the interoperability formats that exist today.”

In spite of that, Bentley assures that ISM is not designed to replace interoperability formats, but rather complement them across many different verticals.

Flexible Workflows with Bentley Integrated Structural Modeling

2) Plant Design

Intergraph's acquisition of COADE in January marked the beginning of a renewed interest in plant design by AECCafe readers. The Bentley 3D AutoPlant suite was announced this summer, Autodesk announced their 3D plant software around the same time, Intergraph announced their acquisition by Hexagon in July, and Intergraph held their first CADWorx University in September. To top it off, Autodesk announced a conversion program for CADWorx users.

In early January of this year, Intergraph acquired COADE Holdings Inc., provider of CAESAR II, PV Elite and TANK products, as well as its popular CADWorx plant design suite. For Intergraph this was their biggest acquisition in the Plant Process Marine (PPM) sector in the past ten years. The acquisition will extend Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise engineering suite by adding COADE's software for pipe stress, pressure vessel and storage tank analysis, capabilities that SmartPlant has not had.

Many Intergraph customers are also COADE customers, according to Patrick Holcomb, executive vice president, Power, Process & Marine, Intergraph. COADE has approximately 11,000 customers.

This acquisition positions Intergraph in head-to-head competition with both Autodesk and Bentley. Last year Autodesk announced its Plant 3D design system and Bentley already has the Bentley OpenPlant suite, with Bentley named as the #1 provider of plant design software, according to Daratech. 89% of plant and process users are AutoCAD users, which makes one wonder why it took so long for Autodesk to enter that market.

Meanwhile, companies such as COADE have known it all along and their 3D CADWorx product is built on AutoCAD.

In July Intergraph signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by Hexagon AB, a global measurement technology company, and the transaction is valued at approximately $2.125 billion.

Next up was the CADWorx University User Conference sponsored by Intergraph in October.

Concurrently with the CADWorx University User Conference, Autodesk announced the Autodesk Plant Conversion Program for CADWorx customers. The program “is designed to help users of Intergraph CADWorx software transition to the benefits of the Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011, a new software suite for plant designers that offers plant design and whole-project review capabilities in a single integrated package,” according to the press release.

Intergraph has served larger projects very well, but has not focused on solutions for smaller projects. CADWorx represents a new customer base for them. That may be changing and broadening with the acquisition of Intergraph by Hexagon AB as well as customer requirements, which reflect the need for applications for smaller projects such as brownfield projects.

In an interview with CEO Hexagon, Ole Rollén, he suggested that CAD systems may be in their future again, “What we need to do is to deliver good application software and good solutions to the professionals….we have certain markets where I can see the need for CAD systems, going forward, but that's more construction-related. You should be able to download a 3D model of a building, for example, and download that into your measurement device that will guide you where to put the air conditioning, spotlights, cabling in walls, etc. and these are technologies we are developing.”

Rollén also said: “Plant is probably our single largest application within the Hexagon group.” It stands to reason that the company would want to invest in as many aspects of plant design as it can to serve an existing and possibly growing customer base.”

So there you have it. Although there are a lot of AutoCAD users in the plant design market, Autodesk does not have a strong foothold in that market vis-à-vis 3D plant. Will CADWorx users want to make the switch from a product they have been happy with up until now…or will they stay with what they know best?

Getting Smart about 3D Plant Design with 3D CADWorx

New Plant Design Suites Address Common Challenges

Intergraph Acquisition of COADE

3) Facilities Management

At Autodesk University 2009, the topic of facilities management came up repeatedly, in response to the fact that in January of 2009, Autodesk had discontinued their FMDesktop portfolio of products.

The discontinuation of that product signaled a shift in the industry. Phil Bernstein, FAIA, vice president of industry strategy and relations for AEC, stated that FM is sorely needed in BIM: “We need a bigger solution around FM and the owner.”

And that's just what happened: Autodesk partnered with FM:Systems, a company that has focused on facilities management for over 25 years. FMDesktop users were assured they could use FMDesktop until they are ready to transition to FM:Systems tools.

Beau Turner, director of Business Development at Avatech Solutions (now IMAGinIT), said that they had experienced “good growth” in FM in professional services. There was a need for FM processes “that the customer can execute themselves.” He also noted that architectural and civil are maturing in their use of FM.

Michael Schley, IFMA Fellow, CEO and founder, FM:Systems, explained that FM:Systems will work with Autodesk to really push the state of the art BIM during the operational phase of the building.

Schley pointed to two drivers on this, partly the technology - “Revit, Navisworks, GBS, Ecotect are really giving us the technology we've been wanting, so now the question is, okay the technology is here, what do we do with it?”

The second driver is the worldwide mandate to deal with the climate change and the statistics that U.S. buildings use 38% of all energy with 72% of all electricity.

It would seem that this partnership is well in hand as not much was said about it at AU 2010.

Facilities Management: Beyond Buildings

4) iPhone apps for AEC

In another facilities management related announcement, Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), a viewing, collaboration and redaction technology company, announced in March that its Net-It Enterprise 7.0 automated document publishing platform would convert oversized CAD drawings -- including AutoCAD, MicroStation, and SolidWorks formats -- images and office documents to Microsoft Deep Zoom images for use on the iPhone.

Created by Microsoft Labs, Deep Zoom is a way to do collection of high resolution images in thumbnails and allowing the user to zoom seamlessly in to see details. The images can be accessed through Silverlight, Seadragon AJAX and the Seadragon iPhone App.

Director of marketing Christine Musil said there are a number of ways Net-It Enterprise can output to the Silverlight viewer. With Deep Zoom the user will use the slider at the bottom of the page and grab and pan the thumbnails of pages to bring the pages into view. It operates like a touch screen on an iPhone. A CAD drawing is a perfect image of a CAD drawing. The user then views this through their Silverlight viewer.

NoteVault , available for the iPhone in the Apple iTunes store, adds the capability of reporting construction observations on site so that contractors can store information, capture and send voice notes, indexed photos, and location at the time of making the notation.

Since this
article was published, a number of CAD applications for the iPhone have been announced - see
Top Five Best CAD Apps for iPhone or iPad Similar applications are also available or under way for use on Android and other mobile phones.

5) Cadac Organice

Netherlands-based Cadac Organice BV released in March their Cadac Organice Product Suite 2010. This product is unusual in that it leverages the Microsoft SharePoint environment which is familiar to most professionals in the AEC market, so does not require a steep learning curve.

According to Guus Weitzel, Cadac Organice international marketing manager, Cadac Organice Explorer provides integration with AutoCAD, MicroStation and Revit, providing an integrated solution for engineering document management and BIM in Microsoft SharePoint. Revit users are able to use the Cadac Organice Toolbar in their application to open, save, check out and check in RVT and RFA files from and to SharePoint. Cadac Organice also supports the 'load family' functionality, offering an advanced solution for companies using Revit to store and manage their Revit families in SharePoint and easily retrieve and open these families in Revit from SharePoint.

The most significant advancements in Cadac Organice 2010 includes Cadac Organice Explorer 2010, a true smart client for SharePoint that provides users the possibility to work offline (for instance when they are travelling or at a construction site where they cannot connect), it provides a flexible user interface that users can configure according to their needs and the possibility to create and save personal views. Search capabilities to retrieve the right information are enhanced including a Filter Editor to create advanced filters and the capability to search sites, site collections and servers for information. The integration with Microsoft Word includes Advanced Document Creation
functionality to build templates for letters, faxes and reports and automatically populate these templates with SharePoint metadata like company, sender, recipient and project information. The integration with CAD applications include linking of title block data and SharePoint metadata, and reference file management, where Cadac Organice automatically recognizes reference files, presents them to the user for import with the main CAD drawing and resolves the reference file links (e.g. XREFs).

Familiar Look and Feel Characterize Cadac Organice Suite 2010

6) Newforma Project Center

Newforma Project Center Seventh Edition, made available in late April, is the first re-architecture release for the company, according to CEO Ian Howell. The two biggest changes to appear in this release are 1) the company migrated all their Newforma Project Center data from what was previously XML flat files on a file server into an enterprise level database, in this case MySQL. 2) They also completely redesigned and rebuilt their search engine.

In a more recent press release, Newforma announced customers Corgan Associates and SHW Group have fully implemented the Newforma Project Center solution on virtualized servers. The Newforma PIM solution can now deliver in both physical and virtual server environments.

Newforma Project Center indexes the information on a firm's file servers so that team members can get quick results from its search function. “The advantage of deploying in a virtualized environment is that it saves us from having to purchase and/or deploy a dedicated server in each of our offices for Newforma Project Center to index file servers in those locations,” said Corgan Associates Vice President Dav Rice. “Newforma simply runs on the VMware ESXi infrastructure we already have in place.”

Newforma Project Center Undergoes Re-Architecture

7) Open BIM Workflows

Another story that touched on structural modeling is the August 2 coverage of Nemetschek North America's “Open BIM” BIM workflows based on open standards. The AIA National Convention 2010 held in Miami this year in June highlighted how far Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) have come in the past year.

Sean Flaherty, CEO, Nemetschek North America, said their company focused on BIM workflows and promoted what they call “Open BIM,” which is BIM workflows based on open standards. Nemetschek showcased a number of different products used in conjunction with their Vectorworks on design projects.

“We showed the “Level of Detail” (LOD) 200 kind of exchange for structural information and the LOD 300 and that's been building on a story that we've been pushing all year,” said Flaherty. “I think BIM tools are finally getting to the point that they're working fairly well and their interoperability is getting pretty strong. I think the burden is shifting back to the customers to actually find a way to put this into their practice.”

Flaherty commends the AIA with doing a really good job of defining a practical structure for doing BIM and sharing BIM among the different parties. “They're one of the only ones in the world that deals with the issue of model detail,” he said.

Six Degrees of Model Detail

8) Skape 3D City Scapes

As architecture expands into the realm of 3D cities, the AEC industry encompasses more diverse data to populate the broader canvas of those cities.

Known for its aerial imagery and height data, UK-based geospatial company Infoterra has been acquiring high resolution lidar data of big cities in the UK for its new 3D product Skape.

Skape is a geospatial 3D city mapping service product from Infoterra that offers advanced imagery of 3D heighted buildings of the UK's major cities. 99% of the data collected for this product is Infoterra-owned, and the company uses its own dedicated fleet of aircraft to capture fully textured imagery. The new product is designed for environmentalists, architects, planners, local authorities and surveyors, among others. Skape enables users to manipulate urban landscapes online by combining high resolution 3D textured city models with 2D mapping and terrain data.

According to Jamie Ritchie, director of marketing for Skape, Skape allows users to access major UK cities, enabling urban planners to quickly develop highly detailed architectural models and save time and costs.

Ritchie said, “One of the differences between Skape and other 3D building products is that the buildings and the terrain are very high resolution, we're talking about in London the lidar height accuracy is sub 1m and the oblique imagery resolution is between 5cm and 8cm."

Ritchie said they liken the product to being more “like building information modeling (BIM).”

Those people who are accustomed to using Google Earth and SketchUp will find Skape to be “second nature.” AEC users as well as users in local authorities who are not familiar with 3D will find it easy to use. “The cost of exporting an average 3D model would be in the region of £200,” said Ritchie, adding that in terms of licensing Skape licenses 3D models for the duration of a project so that many engineers and third parties can use it.

Infoterra (Skape) is working with architects and engineering companies to provide point cloud data service. At this point it cannot actually import point cloud data but is working with clients. Skape's Bespoke Solution makes it possible to acquire point cloud data on the streets quickly and cost effectively.

Skape Takes on 3D City Scapes

9) Indoor Mapping

Trimble's Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) translates indoor environments directly into 2D & 3D models of structured interiors. The product offers a way for building owners, facilities managers, engineers and construction professionals track and manage indoor assets and facilities.

Peter Canter, director Advanced Mapping and Imaging Systems for Applanix, a Trimble Company and wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble, said, “We recognize the general public is getting familiar with mapping and the opportunity that is wide open is learning to do indoors.” Applanix' core competency is in inertial positioning, so it was a natural place to begin. GPS indoors is still relatively new.

The TIMMS unit has wheels, and some of Applanix's computers are inside the cart. Lidar and a spherical camera are also included on the cart, as well as positioning sensors. The unit is designed to be pushed with one hand through interior space and maneuvered in and out of cubicles and small spaces. “100,000 square feet a day is not difficult for us, it depends on the building," said Canter. "We walk at about 1 meter per second and the lidar sees 50 meters in each direction for 360 lidar, and the cameras are 360 degree as well, and everything is georeferenced.”

All of the data TIMMS collects is also available in 3D. The mobile capability allows the user to go into spaces that would normally be difficult to get into. It's possible to use the TIMMS to go behind the desk, into all the cubicles, into closets. “It's important to be able to get into all spaces,” explained Canter. “You can do that with mobile scanning but setting up in every corner is too much work. But the other value proposition is more in how people use the data, if we can produce 2D and 3D datasets of buildings we've started to prove that you can optimize the management of building resources and all phases of the building lifecycle.”

TIMMS demonstrates some real value for BIM models, but Canter said there is a workflow involved in doing that. This involves taking the workflow at the Trimble level to georeferencing the data and then the other party vectorizes and attributes it and gets it into CAD models that work in BIM.

Much of the functionality used in TIMMS is existing Applanix workflow previously developed for airborne and land mapping.

Revealing the Interior - Indoor Mapping

10) ArchiCAD 14

The importance of BIM workflow was reiterated in the June release of ArchiCAD 14.

Graphisoft's Tibor Szolnoki spoke about ArchiCAD 14, which supports the BIM workflow with a specific focus on completing the integration of the architectural workflow with the engineering world. New tools to allow architects to quickly find the load-bearing structures using Find and Select functions with an intelligent filter are among the new features that help tools prepare the model for export to the structural engineer.

Much like Vectorworks' focus on AIA BIM standards, Graphisoft is focused on IFC format. “IFC is a generic format for interdisciplinary model exchange between theme applications and other applications. As a generic format, it's a very very data rich model format; because of its complexity, it needs a very precise setting for export and import,” according to Szolnoki.

By saving as IFC, architects will have a number of translators already. They can use the Revit Structure translator, and export the model according to the structural engineer's requirements. “For that we have to make one more thing on the Revit side so we created an add-on which is also free to download, an add-on for Revit to work with the IFC models on compatibility,” said Szolnoki.

The next step in the workflow is dealing with the structural engineer's model versions. In ArchiCAD you need to be able to reference the IFC files with those structural models is and be able to find the differences between the two versions of those IFC files. Because it's not a linear workflow, but a rapid workflow with many cycles and repetitions, what you really have to do is find the differences between two IFC files within ArchiCAD. “For that we have a new tool that is called Track IFC model Changes,” said Szolnoki.

ArchiCAD 14 Offers Intelligent Workflow for the Extended Design Team


Structural modeling as part of building information modeling, BIM workflows based on open standards and IFC standards, 3D cities, the link to a familiar interface such as SharePoint and ability for construction workers to work offline to access BIM, facilities management that owners can manage themselves or access on an iPhone or iPad, indoor mapping - a more accurate view of the interior landscape using geospatial imagery and point clouds - all suggest a convergence of technologies and a need for easy, fast access to information.

The need for greater computing power to manage large datasets and imagery, for CAD and BIM to be accessible on mobile devices ushers in the notion of the cloud. The need for more stakeholders to be able to access plant design information and BIM models has spawned facilities management and other tools that are easier to use. But most of all, readers have their finger on the pulse of what is most important for AEC: the focus on workflow, workflow, workflow and what that means on both a detail and big picture level - bottom line: how to make BIM a handier tool.

Event Reports

Autodesk University 2010 Report

Be Inspired Infrastructure Fever and Thought Leadership in Amsterdam

Bentley BE Conference 2010 Recap

A Visit to Autodesk AEC Division Headquarters

Top News of the Week

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the immediate availability of the V8i (SELECTseries 2) versions of Bentley Electric, Bentley Gas, Bentley Water, Bentley Expert Designer Electric, Bentley Expert Designer Gas, and Bentley Expert Designer Water. These powerful but easy-to-use products simplify workflows and provide utility engineers and owner-operators with a comprehensive suite of network design and management applications for the construction and refurbishment of utility infrastructure. Bentley Electric and Bentley Gas each combine the best of geographical information system (GIS) and CAD functionality to provide streamlined layout and documentation processes,
painless edits, and intelligent data validation.

Solibri, Inc. announced an agreement with Turner Construction Company for their use of Solibri software nationwide to support the enhancement of Turner's BIM Quality Assurance, 5D Quantity Take-off, and 3D Clash Detection capabilities.

Alliances, Agreements, Acquisitions

Trimble announced it has acquired Tata AutoComp Mobility Telematics Limited (TMT), a wholly-owned company of Tata AutoComp Systems Limited of Pune, India. TMT is a provider of telematics solutions and Mobile Resource Management (MRM) services in India and serves large customers such as Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd. as well as Tata Group companies such as Tata Motors. The acquisition is expected to expand Trimble's MRM solutions portfolio and allow the company to better address markets in India. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Autodesk, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has approved the repurchase of up to 20 million shares of the company's common stock, in addition to approximately 5.5 million shares remaining under previously authorized share repurchase programs. The repurchase plan helps offset dilution from Autodesk's equity compensation programs.

Architecture 2030 and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle have unveiled a nationwide program to prepare architects and designers for the new energy future.

The AIA+2030 Professional Series is coming to seven major AIA chapters across the country in 2011 in order to provide critical training for building design professionals on meeting the 2030 Challenge targets.

The Series consists of 10, four-hour sessions taught by regional design professionals and educators, each exploring the various design strategies and technological applications needed to meet the 2030 Challenge targets and create environmentally resilient buildings. Professionals leave with practical information on designing next-generation buildings, which in turn provides firms with the skills needed to compete for federal, state, and local projects.

AIA Denver and AIA Portland will inaugurate the rollout, launching their series in January 2011. To learn more, visit

GRAPHISOFT has announced that TotalCAD Solution Centre (TCSC), its long time partner in South Africa, will distribute GRAPHISOFT's award-winning suite of 3D architectural design products as an exclusive distributor partner in the region.


Aspen Technology, Inc. announced the appointment of John Hague as Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa. With over 25 years of process industry experience in sales and business development, Hague brings additional focus to expanding AspenTech's presence in the Middle East.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Ken Bado, executive vice president sales and services, will leave Autodesk to pursue other opportunities.

New Products

ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. announces the release of ZWCAD 2011 with ZWSOFT Solution World 2010. Available in 15 different languages, ZWCAD 2011 gets even better as ZWSOFT introduces its latest innovations to its best selling CAD software.

ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. announces the release of Service Pack 1 for ZW3D with Free Upgrade Program. This is the first service pack of ZW3D 2010 since ZWSOFT acquired the VX Corp CAD/CAM software company in July this year.

GRAITEC, an international software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions for civil engineering, launches GRAITEC Advance 2011, the structural BIM software solution for construction professionals.

Enterprise Consulting Partners (ECP) announced the release of
VPConnect® -a web-based portal that allows subcontractors to electronically submit their timesheets, expense reports and ODC data into Deltek Costpoint. By automating the invoice processing cycle, VPConnect reduces days sales outstanding (DSO) and eliminates costly billing errors.

GstarCAD announced the release of the significant functions of GstarCAD2011-a group of 3D solid model commands-SOLPROF, SOLVIEW and SOLDRAW. Relying on these commands, designers can quickly and automatically generate plan, elevation and section drawings of a 3D model, enjoying an unprecedentedly new experience.

Nemetschek Vectorworks has released its second Service Pack for the Vectorworks 2011 product line. This Service Pack contains a number of critical fixes, especially in the areas of walls, planar objects, Export PDF, and general stability. This Service Pack is available for all licenses as a downloadable updater.

Bricsys announced Bricscad V11 Platinum for Windows, a new version enabling 3D parametric solid modeling for users who want to work both in 2D and 3D without leaving the .dwg environment.

Bricscad V11 Platinum adds six new tool pallets to Bricscad. Primitives such as box, cylinder, cone, sphere, torus and wedge are available together with extrude, revolve and sweep operations. By combining these through Boolean operations ­ union, subtract, intersect ­ the user can form complex composite solid shapes.

EastCoast CAD/CAM announced the release of two fully integrated Design-to-Fabrication software toolsets: MEP Fabrication Version 1.0 for AutoCAD Revit MEP 2011, and Fabrication for AutoCAD MEP 2011 Version 3.2. EastCoast CAD/ CAM's solutions link the real-world sheet metal and piping fabrication capabilities to Autodesk's MEP design applications with enhanced functionality and tighter integration for improved design to fabrication workflows.

Around the Web

AECCafe Today Blog

Last week the new download of Autodesk's Project Vasari was available that included critical stability and usability fixes. The update was originally only available for the portable executable. This same update has now been made for the streaming install. To refresh your memory, Project Vasari is available in two forms. Both forms do not require a traditional download and install. In one you download an entire executable and just use it. In the other you download a smaller executable, and just use it, but the executable gets larger as you use parts that you have not downloaded yet. These unused parts get streamed to your computer when you need them. On the one hand,
it lets you get started using the application faster. On the other, you need to be connected to the internet to get the missing pieces.

Download Project Vasari design and analysis via Autodesk Labs

Autodesk Subassembly Composer Technology Preview for AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 provides an easy-to-use interface to visually modify or create complex subassemblies without the need for programming. Subassembly Composer is intended to be used by subassembly developers, but after watching our training videos anyone familiar with Civil 3D corridor modeling should be able to use it quite comfortably.

Revit Architecture Roombook extension



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-- Susan Smith, AECCafe.com Managing Editor.