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Envisioneer updates BIM for residential design

Envisioneer updates BIM for residential design

Intelligent modeling is no longer just for large construction projects. The new release of Envisioneer from Cadsoft improves the ability to use building information modeling (BIM) in residential and light commercial design. Unlike other products aimed at the residential and light commercial market, Envisioneer is purpose-built as a BIM solution. Key features in Version 11, […]

Aveva and Schneider Electric agree to a reverse merger

Aveva and Schneider Electric agree to a reverse merger

Aveva can loosen its belt and get comfortable as it becomes larger than Bentley Systems as a result of this complex deal. Plant design and engineering software company Aveva has struck a reverse merger deal with Schneider Electric. Cambridge, UK-based Aveva (LON: AVV) will receive Schneider’s software unit for approximately $857.7 million (£550 million). In […]

Teigha update adds graphics caching

Teigha update adds graphics caching

The latest update to the Open Design Alliance development platform also adds performance improvement to their new cloud technology. The Open Design Alliance (ODA) has released an update to Teigha, its software development platform for engineering applications that introduces support for graphics cache files. Graphics caching is used to optimize regeneration speed for complex drawings. […]

Bentley Systems takes first steps to IPO … again

Bentley Systems takes first steps to IPO … again

Timing is everything and Bentley Systems finds itself well positioned to take the step from private, family run company to public.

Adding cloud to the Windows render farm

Adding cloud to the Windows render farm

Thinkbox Deadline adds one-click access to Microsoft Azure New templates from Thinkbox Software allow its render-and-compute management software Deadline to support one-click access to Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform. Starting today, Deadline is now available in the Azure Marketplace, a download site for acquiring Azure-compatible software and utilities. Because Deadline controls compute resources on both […]

Holographic visualization gives design firm a leg up

Holographic visualization gives design firm a leg up

Britto Charette found a way to help the “spatially challenged” understand the plan.   The architectural firm Britto Charette specializes in luxury interiors for a global clientele. Their work has been in leading design publications, and their staff is well-traveled and multilingual. But it wasn’t just a striking design plan or a packed resume that […]

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 […]