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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 [...]

Behind the CG scenes at Siggraph 2014 Dailies

Behind the CG scenes at Siggraph 2014 Dailies

Rapid-fire two-minute clips from blockbusters and indies alike showcase what it takes to bring excellence in computer graphics to the screen. Siggraph 2014 will showcase the work of more than 40 computer graphics veterans in the annual Siggraph Dallies next month in Vancouver. Always one of the best-attended events at Siggraph every year, the Dailies [...]

Virtalis building new business with Visionary Render Software

Virtalis building new business with Visionary Render Software

The pioneer in visualization/simulation has a new deal with ZSpace. Virtalis has been very busy over the past 90 days, most recently showing its technology at PTC Live, where it demonstrated its new plug-in for Creo View and an­nounced a strategic partnership with ZSpace. The company has seen consid­erable expansion in the past few years. [...]

Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Android gains a way to standardize 3D graphics, testing for OpenGL/OpenCL compliance.  Google has purchased drawElements, a Finnish software company with tools for testing the accuracy of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs running on mobile devices. Terms were not disclosed, but various sites reporting on the deal speculate Google may have paid an eight-figure sum. [...]

Dassault adds Simpack to its Simulia line of tools

Dassault adds Simpack to its Simulia line of tools

With the acquisition of Simpack Dassault adds better integration of hardware and software for vehicle design.

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 [...]

Geomerics to target movies with real-time rendering

Geomerics to target movies with real-time rendering

The ARM subsidiary gets a £1 million grant from the UK government. Real-time graphics rendering will come to movies if Geomerics has its way. The UK-based company, acquired late last year by ARM, has been given a £1 million ($1.7 million) grant from the UK government to bring its video game graphics to the movie [...]

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

The goal is to tie metrology more closely to machining and manufacturing planning. Swedish software conglomerate Hexagon AB has acquired Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. In recent years Vero had acquired a number of CAM products, starting the consolidation of a highly fragmented market.  The purchase price was not announced. [...]

Siggraph teams up with indie game showcase The MIX

Siggraph teams up with indie game showcase The MIX

Successful indie game developers will be available to discuss cutting-edge graphics and gameplay technology. Siggraph 2014 has teamed up with Media Indie Exchange (The MIX) to bring the first-ever Siggraph indie game showcase to its Exhibition, August 12-14, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. As part of this special collaboration with The [...]

PC gaming market holds lead over consoles

PC gaming market holds lead over consoles

Consoles can’t keep up with high-end gaming PCs running 4K resolution at acceptable frame rates, says new report from Jon Peddie Research. New data from Jon Peddie Research says the PC gaming market continues to hold its long-time lead over console gaming, giving a lift to the otherwise declining PC market. JPR defines the PC [...]