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ImmersaCAD brings virtual reality to architecture without the puke factor

ImmersaCAD brings virtual reality to architecture without the puke factor

Avoiding virtual reality motion sickness was a key criteria for the development team. A startup with years of experience in telepresence technology has introduced a new visualization tool for architecture that promises an immersive virtual reality experience without the motion sickness. ImmersaCAD made its public debut in November at Autodesk University. The technology combines the […]

By December 21, 2016 Read More →
Optimizing gold mining with 3D PDF

Optimizing gold mining with 3D PDF

INFA now creates electronic reports smaller than CAD files yet containing a wider variety of content types. INFA is an engineering, construction, and manufacturing company which provides custom, on-site mineral processing. One of its largest clients is a gold and silver mine in the Santa Cruz region of Argentina. The engineering team recently upgraded its […]

By December 16, 2016 Read More →
It was a busy autumn for Chaos Group

It was a busy autumn for Chaos Group

A €2 million VR partnership and a new rendering engine for Revit confirms leadership status in AEC visualization. The last couple of months have been busy ones for Chaos Group, the visualization specialist whose software is used by designers as well as ad agencies and visual effects experts. The company forged a major strategic alliance […]

By December 6, 2016 Read More →
Graphisoft adds Google Cardboard support to BIMx architectural presentation app

Graphisoft adds Google Cardboard support to BIMx architectural presentation app

Virtual reality for viewing the virtual building model. BIM software developer Graphisoft, maker of ArchiCAD and BIMx for architects, has added support for the Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer as an update to BIMx. The new VR functionality will allow users of either Android or iOS smartphones to view building models in an immersive 3D […]

By November 25, 2016 Read More →
BricsCAD update puts BIM and MCAD in a familiar container

BricsCAD update puts BIM and MCAD in a familiar container

Bricsys is betting CAD users want to keep using .dwg data and drafting workflows while taking advantage of 3D advances.   In a CAD industry plot line ripped directly from the pages of The Mouse that Roared, Bricsys this week puts forth an update to its .dwg-based CAD program, offering a wireframe 2D/3D alternative for […]

By November 15, 2016 Read More →
Trimble debuts SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens

Trimble debuts SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft bills HoloLens as a “mixed reality” portal suitable for a new approach to design review. Trimble has announced a new SketchUp viewer for Microsoft HoloLens. Trimble describes it as a “mixed-reality solution” for design and construction review. The new viewer is the first extensible commercial HoloLens application to be listed in the Windows Store. […]

By November 8, 2016 Read More →
Bentley Systems takes infrastructure engineering to the cloud

Bentley Systems takes infrastructure engineering to the cloud

Partnerships with Microsoft and Topcon strengthen connected data environments. A variety of new products and technologies were also announced this week at Bentley’s Year In Infrastructure Conference in London. By Randall S. Newton Over the years Bentley Systems has become the go-to choice for the very largest largest infrastructure projects. Now ranked as #2 by revenue […]

By November 3, 2016 Read More →
Graebert finds a welcome home for 2D CAD in Japan

Graebert finds a welcome home for 2D CAD in Japan

2D remains popular in the world’s second largest CAD market. Only Graebert offers the same CAD technology on desktop, mobile, and cloud.  In only three years CAD software maker Graebert GmbH has moved from being the new kid on the block to a major player in Japan, the world’s second largest CAD market by total seats […]

By October 28, 2016 Read More →
New Pantone file format stores complex appearance data for 3D design

New Pantone file format stores complex appearance data for 3D design

Autodesk, Luxion, and Nvidia are supporting the new AxF format in selected products.   A name synonymous with professional use of color is launching a new appearance file format for use in design and visualization software. The AxF format from Pantone (a subsidiary of X-Rite) offers a standardized way to store and share critical material […]

By October 25, 2016 Read More →
Dassault Systemès tries again in AEC

Dassault Systemès tries again in AEC

Design for Fabrication is yet another attempt by the maker of Catia and SolidWorks to crack the risk-averse, penny-pinching construction software market. Dassault Systemès recently announced “Design for Fabrication,” for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. It is the latest in its series of “3DEXPERIENCE” software suites aimed as providing a custom experience for […]

By October 24, 2016 Read More →