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Bentley announces Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

This morning Bentley announced to the press the launch of its Integrated Structural Modeling (ISM) methodology for those using and creating structural project information. This solution is designed to allow structural engineers to more fully participate in multi-disciplinary, integrated project workflows, and also take advantage of BIM best practices.

Included in the solution are two new apps, Structural Synchronizer V8i and Structural Dashboard V8i which are downloadable from at no charge.

New partnership links BIM and FM

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Today Autodesk announced their partnership with FM:Systems, a company that has focused on facilities management for over 25 years. FMDesktop users can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they can move forward without the fear of losing their FM product – they can use FMDesktop until they are ready to transition to FM:Systems tools.

The preferred industry partnership between Autodesk and FM:Systems ensures continued customer support for Autodesk FMDesktop software users. The terms of the agreement state that FM:Systems will provide extended support to FMDesktop users as well as the option to migrate to FM:Interact Workplace Management Suite.

The announcement is a step toward integrating BIM and FM so that owners, architects, engineers and contractors can participate in the process.

Comeback predicted for tech sector

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The technology sector is poised for a comeback in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday morning by Forrester Research, an industry analysis group. IT firms will benefit as companies and governments restart their spending on tech infrastructure and software, the firm predicts.

–Daily Finance

Intergraph acquires COADE

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Today Intergraph acquired COADE Holdings, Inc. , the Houston based company that provides CAESAR II, PV Elite and TANK products,  widely used software for pipe stress, pressure vessel and storage tank analysis, as well as the CADWorx plant design suite.

In a conversation with Patrick Holcomb, executive vice president Business Development for Intergraph, he said that Intergraph’s existing SmartPlant Enterprise product line does not have analysis capability, so the acquisition will greatly enhance their offerings. In addition, the DWG-based CADWorx plant design suite is a direct competitor to Autodesk’s Plant 3D product and Bentley Plant. This acquisition will fill Intergraph’s need for a product that addresses the entry level plant and process user.

COADE employees and offices will be retained by Intergraph.

AECCafe at the movies…Avatar

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

At AU, attendees were treated to a special preview of the film Avatar that debuted over the holidays. I just went to see the film the other evening and found that it was surprisingly good.

As a writer, I generally look for story, but my audience here at AECCafe looks for technology. Definitely technology was at work in this film; besides Autodesk’s involvement in the film.

Producer John Landau of Lightstorm Entertainment gave a presentation on the visual effects used in the soon-to-be-released feature film, Avatar. Landau partnered with producer/writer James Cameron on this film as well as the Titanic, where he said they “broke new ground in using visualization effects as a storytelling device.”

Avatar is shot fully in what is called “stereoscopic 3D.”  The making of “Avatar,” which is set in a virgin forest on the planet of Pandora, took two years of new production technology development.  Innovations include image-based facial performance capture, a real-time virtual camera for computer-generated production, and the SIMULCAM system, all of which integrate computer-generated characters into live-action scenes. These techniques combined with stereoscopic photography result in a hybrid CG/live-action film. Lightstorm’s virtual camera technology is used to look around in a scene. The actors see the world with themselves in the animation. The camera man can work with all captured performances and track the position of each character as though the viewpoint is a camera view into that virtual world. “It acts how you expect a camera to act in real life, as close to real life action as you can get in a CG world,” said Landau.

Filmmaker James Cameron was once a machinist, a truck driver, and then a winner of 11 Oscars, and will be a featured special guest at SolidWorks World 2010, taking place Jan. 31 through Feb. 3 in Anaheim, Calif.

Cameron’s films, including Titanic, Aliens, and the Terminator franchise, have amassed over $3 billion in box office receipts, according to a recent press release.  Not only a filmmaker, he is also an inventor of technology.

Cameron’s films have blazed new trails in visual effects and set numerous performance records. Among Cameron’s inventions:

  • Filming, lighting, and robotic equipment for use in the extreme pressures of the deep;
  • A 3D digital camera system to enable shooting of 2D and 3D film versions in parallel; and
  • Mini fiber-spooling remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for deep sea use.
The story:
For those who want to know what the film is about, IMDB has a great synopsis.
For me, the story itself is basically a techno sci fi environmental story with perhaps a touch of  “Dances with Wolves.”  Ex-marine, paraplegic Jake Sully goes on a mission to Pandora, a moon of the planet Polythemus, populated by an indigenous tribe known as the Na’vi.  Colonel Miles Quaritch is in charge of the mission, and responsible for dispensing such military wisdom such as getting the fighting done with so they can all “be home for dinner.” The Na’vi as described by Quaritch are killers that have to be neutralized.
Although the story is not new, the beauty of the virtual landscape is stunning in 3D and the Na’vi people and animals are completely believable and engaging.
It is yet to be seen how this advanced technology will impact the AEC market, but it will be entertaining to watch it unfold.
Canon: oce crystalPoint
Kenesto: 30 day trial
Bentley: -YII 2018 Awards - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.

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