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Autodesk opens second BUILD center in Boston

Autodesk opens second BUILD center in Boston

New Maker space offers tools and space for construction innovation. Autodesk has been reaching out to the Maker market with a variety of products and services in recent years. One of their more high-profile endeavors was the opening of the BUILD Space in downtown San Francisco, a combination workshop, studio, and practical R&D center. Now […]

By October 7, 2016 Read More →
Survey: CAD software upgrades worth the investment

Survey: CAD software upgrades worth the investment

Upgraders see 16% productivity gain within 2 months. A recent international survey of design and engineering specialists shows the average user experiences a productivity increase within 2 months of upgrading their primary CAD software. The finding comes from part of a larger survey, the Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey conducted by Business Advantage Group. These […]

By September 30, 2016 Read More →
Chaos Group gives Phoenix FD fluid dynamics solver a GPU boost

Chaos Group gives Phoenix FD fluid dynamics solver a GPU boost

Chaos has more going on than rendering. It’s latest version of Phoenix FD is a GPU accelerated fluid dynamics tool that plugs into the leading 3D modeling and animation tools.

By September 29, 2016 Read More →
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 →