PARIS – Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that its AECOsim Building Designer and ProjectWise offerings have each been named a premier “Professionally Voted Public Works and Civil Engineering Product.” The awards, which were judged by construction professionals across France, were presented by Sageret, France’s leading directory of building and public works organizations and sponsor of the competition. Both products were recognized in the Services to Businesses/Companies category during a ceremony held at the Grand Hôtel Intercontinental Opéra in Paris.
SAN FRANCISCO — Autodesk, Inc. customers will now be able to pay as they go for all of the company’s latest Design and Creation Suites, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, and the new Autodesk Maya LT. For the first time, customers can purchase access to a range of Autodesk desktop software on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis, in addition to traditional licenses, broadly expanding choices in how to access and pay for Autodesk software.
HERK-DE-STAD, BELGIUM — The Nemetschek Structural Group, developer of structural engineering software that supports the BIM process, revealed the winners of its 2013 Inspirations in Engineering contest. The competition highlights unique works and innovative achievements from the world’s top engineering and construction firms. An independent, international jury of nine engineering specialists from industry, research, and education evaluated 127 entries from 28 countries to choose this year’s winners. Winners were selected in four categories and judged by the project’s originality, complexity, and use of software in an Open BIM workflow.
DARMSTADT, GERMANY — The new version of the software for the planning of Passive House buildings is now available. PHPP 8 includes facilitated data entry and incorporates the latest results on the integration of renewables in building energy concepts. PHPP 8 further includes findings from the Passive House Institute’s recent research on high-performance buildings in various regions in the world; additional calculations combined with newly validated algorithms ensure suitability for all climates, including those with cooling and dehumidification requirements.
SAN FRANCISCO — Exclusively for users of Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro, Autodesk Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 Pro is designed to advance Building Information Modeling (BIM) for infrastructure workflows by helping civil engineering professionals working on road and highway projects more effectively explore preliminary design options and optimize project performance by engineering roadway geometry in the context of the existing environment.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — Computer scientists at MIT and the National University of Ireland (NUI) at Maynooth have developed a mapping algorithm that creates dense, highly detailed 3D maps of indoor and outdoor environments in real time. The researchers tested their algorithm on videos taken with a low-cost Kinect camera, including one that explores the serpentine halls and stairways of MIT’s Stata Center. Applying their mapping technique to these videos, the researchers created rich, 3D maps as the camera explored its surroundings.
ATLANTA — Tekla announced Tekla BIMsight 1.8, the latest version of its free, easy-to-use software tool for building information modeling (BIM) project coordination. This new release augments Tekla’s existing BIM communication features for construction and design professionals.
XPSTORM (with XP2D) performed strongly in the latest round of 2D benchmarking tests conducted on behalf the UK Environment Agency. This TUFLOW powered, integrated 1D and 2D hydraulic/hydrology software is used extensively throughout the world. The Environment Agency’s latest tests have confirmed that it is a strong newcomer to hydraulic modelling in the UK.
SANDY, UTAH — Azteca Systems Inc. introduced Cityworks Analytics, a tool to quickly realize the value in work and asset management data accumulated over time. With multiple levels of functionality and an in-memory, real-time reporting engine, Cityworks Analytics provides users with the ability to set and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), view results in map or tabular format, and share summarized information throughout their organization.
SAN FRANCISCO — Following its acquisition of technology assets from Colorado-based Get The Point, LLC, Autodesk, Inc. introduced Autodesk Point Layout, new software for layout at construction sites. Autodesk Point Layout automatically creates points from BIM and CAD models within Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Navisworks software. The point data drives robotic total station hardware, such as Topcon’s line of positioning systems and related hand-held devices or tablets, to give contractors and sub-contractors laser-guided pinpoint accuracy for the placement and verification of building elements.
Win More Work with Innovative Approaches to Project Proposals Thursday, June 27th, 2013
How can you make your project proposals stand out in order to win work without losing time and money?
In this presentation, you’ll learn about new ways to quickly create more realistic proposals of design alternatives that demonstrate a better understanding of project needs, more clearly explain project designs, and help you win work.
Get to 30% Design Faster Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Once you win an infrastructure project, how does your team provide owners, review agencies, clients and other stakeholders with a more solid understanding of your design intent?
This webcast presentation will present innovative approaches that show how you can easily combine 2D CAD, GIS, raster, and 3D models, enabling you to accelerate your infrastructure design process. It will also show how you can easily use rich visualizations to validate design decisions faster.
Get to “Yes” Faster with Agency and Community Stakeholders Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Review agencies need to understand and approve projects before they can be built, but the approval process is often slow and linear. Non-technical public stakeholders, such as surrounding residents and business owners, struggle understanding 2D plans and their confusion can lead to expensive roadblocks.
Learn how you can use compelling simulations and animated 3D visualizations to better communicate project alternatives and community impact in a format that is more interactive and easily understood by agencies and non-technical audiences alike.
The Autodesk BIM Specialist Certification for Roads and Highways: A Quick Spin Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Learn more about the Autodesk BIM Specialist Certification for Roads and Highways using the Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite 2014. We’ll give you information about:
• The authorized training guide
• The certification exam
• Learning objectives
• A BIM workflow for road and highway design
Using the training guide, you will learn how to employ a BIM process using the tools in the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite in order to more fully realize the benefits of this intelligent, model-based approach: better understanding of the project, improved accuracy and efficiency, and more agility to respond quickly to changes at anytime, anywhere.
Practical Workflows for the Civil Engineer Thursday, December 12th, 2013
You are already creating rich 3D models, but how can you more fully leverage this model to enhance every phase of infrastructure project workflow?
This webcast will show you how to use your rich, 3D models to gain greater visibility into projects, develop deeper insights into constructability, and identify and resolve issues virtually before breaking ground.