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New Bentley ConceptStation offers faster path to conceptual civil engineering models

New Bentley ConceptStation offers faster path to conceptual civil engineering models

An iterative approach to concept modeling that can send 3D data on for final work. Civil engineers have an abundance of data to work with these days: point clouds, site surveys, photogrammetry, and existing GIS data. It can be overwhelming to try to work with this data on a preliminary site design, like a sculptor […]

By September 27, 2016 Read More →
Maxon and Nvidia sign technical collaboration deal

Maxon and Nvidia sign technical collaboration deal

The agreement facilitates scalable, intuitive, physically based rendering for 3D artists and designers. 3D modeling and rendering software specialist Maxon and graphics hardware leader Nvidia have begun a multi-year technical collaboration that gives Maxon access to Nvidia rendering technology, including its Quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) sampling patent family, Iray ray tracing technology, and Material Definition Language. […]

By September 19, 2016 Read More →
Vectorworks 2017 update adds broad set of new features

Vectorworks 2017 update adds broad set of new features

The complete line, now available in English, includes separate products for BIM/AEC, Landscape, and Entertainment design. Other languages to come. BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has released the English-language versions of its 2017 product line, which includes Vectorworks Architect (AEC/BIM), Landmark (landscape design), Spotlight (entertainment design), Designer (all specialty tools) and Fundamentals (based 3D CAD). […]

By September 16, 2016 Read More →
Open Design Alliance previews first independent translation of Revit models

Open Design Alliance previews first independent translation of Revit models

Autodesk competitors see strong market demand for access to Revit data. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) today announced direct read/write support of the Autodesk Revit file format. Software developers who are members of the ODA now have access to the first software toolset for working with native Revit data independent of Autodesk. Speaking at the […]

By September 12, 2016 Read More →
Demand for desktop CAD hardware expected to decline

Demand for desktop CAD hardware expected to decline

Use of mobile and virtual workstation use of CAD tools will increase, according to new research survey. A recent survey of engineering and other CAD-using firms reveals spending will go down for desktop PCs and up for mobile products and virtual workstations for CAD use. The data comes as part of the Worldwide CAD Trends […]

By September 11, 2016 Read More →
Survey finds BIM use tops 38% across AEC disciplines

Survey finds BIM use tops 38% across AEC disciplines

A majority of potential users have not yet migrated to building information modeling. The most recent CAD market survey from Business Advantage Group finds that use of building information modeling (BIM) technology is starting to grow after several years with little market growth. Currently, across all professional disciplines 35% of relevant companies are using BIM […]

By September 1, 2016 Read More →
Hexagon acquires Multivista for cloud construction documentation

Hexagon acquires Multivista for cloud construction documentation

Construction progress and site monitoring as a service increases visibility into projects. Hexagon AB continues its aggressive acquisition pace in AEC products and services with the recent purchase of Multivista, a provider of cloud-based construction documentation services. Purchase price was not disclosed; Hexagon says the acquisition will have no significant impact on earnings. Last year […]

By August 31, 2016 Read More →
Shapr3D offers iPad Pro-only 3D CAD

Shapr3D offers iPad Pro-only 3D CAD

Intended for early design work, Shapr3D supports common 3D export formats. Don’t expect Android anytime soon. Shapr3D is gaining attention as a 3D CAD app made specifically for the Apple iPad and the Apple Pencil. Developer Istvan Csanady saw developing 3D CAD specifically for the iPad Pro as an opportunity to re-invent the 3D modeling […]

By August 11, 2016 Read More →
Sequoia update doubles speed

Sequoia update doubles speed

The stand-alone point cloud meshing software also now support Linux and several new data formats. Thinkbox Software has released an update to Sequoia, its standalone point cloud meshing software application. The company says internal improvements make the new version run at “nearly double” the speed of previous performance. Other improvements include native Linux support, new […]

By August 10, 2016 Read More →
Autodesk, Trimble to cooperate on interoperability

Autodesk, Trimble to cooperate on interoperability

Products yet to be named will be updated to support direct import/export. The top CAD company in AEC design, Autodesk, and the biggest player in construction-specific software, Trimble, have agreed to cooperate on interoperability issues. While both already support a variety of open standards in architecture, engineering, and construction, the new cooperation will optimize data […]

By June 17, 2016 Read More →