Author Archive: Randall Newton

Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Bentley extends use of hypermodels in asset performance management

Bentley extends use of hypermodels in asset performance management

Design documentation becomes the virtual edition of the physical plant for on-going operations. A new release of Bentley Systems’ AssetWise APM (asset performance management) extends the use of its pioneering hypermodels technology into asset operations and maintenance. Hypermodeling is Bentley technology for merging 2D drawings, 3D models, and related project data into one spatial viewing [...]

Behind the CG scenes at Siggraph 2014 Dailies

Behind the CG scenes at Siggraph 2014 Dailies

Rapid-fire two-minute clips from blockbusters and indies alike showcase what it takes to bring excellence in computer graphics to the screen. Siggraph 2014 will showcase the work of more than 40 computer graphics veterans in the annual Siggraph Dallies next month in Vancouver. Always one of the best-attended events at Siggraph every year, the Dailies [...]

Jaguar bringing augmented reality to driving

Jaguar bringing augmented reality to driving

The Virtual Windscreen uses the entire windshield as a head-up display.  Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) are in the “performance driving” segment of the auto market, a competitive space where the vendors are always looking for an edge. JLR thinks part of that edge in the future will be to offer its customers an augmented reality [...]

“Other” revenue uptick helps Dassault Systèmes second quarter

“Other” revenue uptick helps Dassault Systèmes second quarter

Revenue from primary brands posted single-digit growth. Net income was down 18% due to aggressive acquisitions.   By Randall S. Newton Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: DSY.PA) posted modest year-over-year growth in the second quarter, buoyed by revenue from new acquisitions and a big spike in services revenue. Total revenue for the quarter (ending June 30, [...]

PTC revenue up 6% in third quarter

PTC revenue up 6% in third quarter

The CAD/PLM vendor makes another acquisition in the Internet of Things. Customers are finally buying into Creo with gusto.  By Randall S. Newton PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today reported third quarter results at the high end of its previous guidance, with revenue of $336.6 million, up 6.66% from the year-ago quarter. Growth was strong in its [...]

Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Android gains a way to standardize 3D graphics, testing for OpenGL/OpenCL compliance.  Google has purchased drawElements, a Finnish software company with tools for testing the accuracy of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs running on mobile devices. Terms were not disclosed, but various sites reporting on the deal speculate Google may have paid an eight-figure sum. [...]

Siggraph 2014 Art Gallery explores Acting in Translation

Siggraph 2014 Art Gallery explores Acting in Translation

This year’s show curates an exchange of ideas between media and domains in art, science, and technology. As part of Siggraph 2014 in Vancouver (August 10-14, 2014), the Siggraph Art Gallery will present 14 curated, innovative works incorporating its theme, “Acting in Translation.” While the essential aim of the Art Gallery is to provide a [...]

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Aerys debuts its 3D world editor and supporting 3D engine, and shows off applications in both engineering and game development. Thousands of engineers and game developers overheated when the first Iron Man movie debuted in 2008. It wasn’t about the action scenes or the characters; it was about the holographic design technology, an interface to [...]

Geomerics to target movies with real-time rendering

Geomerics to target movies with real-time rendering

The ARM subsidiary gets a £1 million grant from the UK government. Real-time graphics rendering will come to movies if Geomerics has its way. The UK-based company, acquired late last year by ARM, has been given a £1 million ($1.7 million) grant from the UK government to bring its video game graphics to the movie [...]

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

The goal is to tie metrology more closely to machining and manufacturing planning. Swedish software conglomerate Hexagon AB has acquired Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. In recent years Vero had acquired a number of CAM products, starting the consolidation of a highly fragmented market.  The purchase price was not announced. [...]