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Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies

Trimble acquires Gehry Technologies

Dassault Systèmes and Autodesk invested in the advanced 3D construction documentation technology, but Trimble is better positioned to move it forward. Today Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced it is acquiring Gehry Technologies (GT), the 3D construction management software and services firm founded by notable architect Frank Gehry in 2002. Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes combined over the [...]

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Architecture emerges as early market segment for virtual reality

Architecture emerges as early market segment for virtual reality

Several small companies are seeking a niche; many look to Oculus Rift as the game-changer. By Kathleen Maher The new virtual reality (VR) devices coming to the market are products in search of an application. Sure, VR is undeni­ably cool, but the experience can get boring if there’s no purpose attached to it, and gaming [...]

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 [...]

Matterport brings 3D cloud tools to the masses soon

Matterport brings 3D cloud tools to the masses soon

Cloud-based point cloud camera to shrink in size and price. As the Matterport Pro 3D camera gently spins, it captures the colors and contours of a space—and calculates dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Unlike more expensive laser-based systems that require significant hours of work to create a single 3D model, Matterport claims their Matterport [...]

Autodesk acquires NYC design studio The Living

Autodesk acquires NYC design studio The Living

High tech meets sustainability in projects like having mussels “vocalize” changes in water quality. The latest Autodesk acquisition is one of those interesting tangential acquisitions that points to new directions. Many of the blogs haven’t even picked it up because it’s just such a what-the-hell kind of move.  Autodesk has shown a lot of enthusiasm for [...]

New CAD technologies among Siggraph 2014 technical papers presentations

New CAD technologies among Siggraph 2014 technical papers presentations

A new push-pull rapid modeling architecture highlights the session on Interactive Modeling. Computer graphics conference Siggraph started as a venue for academic researchers to share papers. In recent years Siggraph research presentations have veered strongly toward the interests of the entertainment industry. This year’s Technical Papers track at Siggraph is true to form, but that [...]

HP extends page-wide printing to large-format plotters

HP extends page-wide printing to large-format plotters

Laser fast and inkjet colorful, but not available until 2015.  By Ralph Grabowski Design firms and print houses use large-format printers that print the D- and E-size sheets they need, at up to 42″ wide. There are many printer manufacturers, but nearly all stick to one of these technologies: LED is like a desktop laser [...]

V-Ray AIA demo to feature Oculus Rift

V-Ray AIA demo to feature Oculus Rift

Chaos Group is coordinating a partnership of architectural and technology companies to demonstrate “the future of architectural visualization.” Architectural rendering technology company Chaos Group is teaming up at this year’s AIA conference with a technology partner and several architectural firms to present a state-of-the-art look at using virtual reality technology. At this year’s American Institute [...]

ODA adds cloud technology to Teigha CAD engine

ODA adds cloud technology to Teigha CAD engine

The new client will allow developers to create mobile versions with a variety of standard rendering features. The Open Design Alliance has updated its Teigha software development platform with a new cloud-based framework for rendering. ODA members may use the Teigha 4.0 to write mobile or desktop CAD applications which use Teigha Cloud to provide [...]

Hexagon acquisitions build business in agriculture automation

Hexagon acquisitions build business in agriculture automation

Hexagon AB builds its business in agriculture with acquisition of iLab and Arvus.