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Open Design Alliance to gather in Prague

Open Design Alliance to gather in Prague

Cloud, mobile, and 3D PDF technologies will be top issues in second annual conference.     The Open Design Alliance (ODA) will hold its second annual conference for engineering software developers in September, gathering in Prague September 7-8. Cloud, mobile and 3D PDF technologies are expected to be the top draw for the large band of […]

V-Ray for 3ds Max update supports Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear

V-Ray for 3ds Max update supports Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear

The update also enhances GPU ray tracing and volume rendering. Chaos Group is getting on the virtual reality (VR) bandwagon in a big way, starting with its update of V-Ray for Autodesk 3ds Max. Version 3.2 adds VR rendering capabilities and multiple V-Ray GPU ray tracing enhancements. This free update—now available—also includes improved volume rendering, […]

Aveva adds to steel fabrication portfolio

Aveva adds to steel fabrication portfolio

FabTrol provides automated estimating and bid preparation for steel design. Plant design software specialist Aveva has agreed to acquire FabTrol Systems, Inc. of Eugene, Oregon. Aveva will add FabTrol’s software for steel design estimating and bid preparation to its Aveva Everything 3D suite. Terms of the deal were not announced.   Aveva says FabTrol software is “a […]

Bentley reports $625 million revenue for 2014

Bentley reports $625 million revenue for 2014

The privately held AEC software firm offers annual insight into operations. Compared to 2013 Bentley has lost ground to Autodesk. Bentley Systems today reported selected information from its 2014 revenue and operations results. Total 2014 revenue of $625 million is up 7% from 2013 revenues. Net income was not disclosed. As a private company, Bentley […]

New report says Vectorworks top BIM software in UK

New report says Vectorworks top BIM software in UK

Government mandate is forcing AEC firms to re-evaluate what software they use. According to results from the fifth annual NBS National BIM Report 2015, Vectorworks Architect is the most popular building information modeling (BIM) architectural software in the United Kingdom. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they use the solution for designing with a BIM workflow. In […]

Graphisoft opens door for importing Rhino models

Graphisoft opens door for importing Rhino models

The link allows two ways to bring Rhino models into ArchiCAD. A leading Japanese architecture firm helped build and test the technology. Architectural software developer Graphisoft has teamed with the popular industrial design tool Rhino to create new connection technology between the two products. The connection enables ArchiCAD users on both the Mac and Windows […]

New TurboPDF from IMSI/Design makes PDF-based workflow more affordable

New TurboPDF from IMSI/Design makes PDF-based workflow more affordable

$99 for professional PDF creation, editing, and management. For years CAD vendor IMSI/Design has supported PDF as an output from its various design products. Now it has taken its knowledge of PDF one step further and written a new program for creating PDF documents and integrating them into a business workflow. New TurboPDF is useful […]

Trimble extends Bentley relationship into HVAC fabrication

Trimble extends Bentley relationship into HVAC fabrication

Vulcan HVAC sheet metal software now works with Bentley i-model technology for easier data sharing. Trimble is extending its ongoing technical relationship with Bentley Systems by creating an integrated workflow between its Vulcan sheet metal cutting software for HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning) and Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer software. The move expands the companies’ ongoing […]

Latest Bentley acquisition offers construction management in the cloud

Latest Bentley acquisition offers construction management in the cloud

The myriad details of construction are organized into dashboards charts that update in real time. Bentley’s most recent acquisition is a cloud-based approach to construction management. EADOC, based in Oakland, California, provides software to systematically track construction project documentation including design clarifications, inspectors’ daily reports, special inspections, memos, action items, deficiency items, and schedules. The […]

ODA updates Teigha for Android

ODA updates Teigha for Android

A variety of software products are coming to market on Android using Teigha code. Open Design Alliance (ODA) today releases support for the Android 5 mobile operating system in the latest release of Teigha, the ODA’s software development platform for engineering applications. Built against the latest Android NDK 10, the new release is designed for […]