CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — For many companies, moving their web-application servers to the cloud is an attractive option, since cloud-computing services can offer economies of scale, extensive technical support, and easy accommodation of demand fluctuations. But for applications that depend heavily on database queries, cloud hosting can pose as many problems as it solves. Cloud services often partition their servers into “virtual machines,” each of which gets so many operations per second on a server’s central processing unit, so much space in memory, and the like. That makes cloud servers easier to manage, but for database-intensive applications, it can result in the allocation of about 20 times as much hardware as should be necessary. And the cost of that overprovisioning gets passed on to customers.
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Hard Dollar, the creator of project cost management (PCM) software for capital-intensive projects, announced that its Hard Dollar Project Cost Management 12.0 software has achieved SAP certification as powered by the SAP NetWeaver technology platform. The solution used by several customers also using the SAP ERP application provides the ability to access and sync up critical data in real time between Hard Dollar Project Cost Management and SAP solutions. Several existing customers including Wood Groups, Redpath, Aiken Group, and Hunter Construction are experiencing success by having PCM, scheduling and ERP capabilities integrated.
CHICAGO — Nemetschek Vectorworks’ BIM Camp continues to travel the country and will arrive in Chicago for a one-day seminar on Thursday, April 18. Perfect for architects considering a transition to a Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow, BIM Camp provides attendees with the skills they need to better understand how IFC-based standards benefit design teams, create sustainable and high-performing designs, and collaborate through Open BIM.
EXTON, PA. — Bentley Systems Incorporated reported that its Bentley Pointools technology was used to visualize and analyze the most detailed laser scan survey ever conducted of historic Stonehenge — one of the world’s oldest built environments. The laser scan with point spacing of 0.5 millimeters resulted in a data resource of 850 gigabytes. The task of further examining this ancient infrastructure to discover more about it was awarded to ArcHeritage, part of the York Archaeological Trust in the United Kingdom as part of a project commissioned by English Heritage.
LEXINGTON, KY. — Students at the University of Kentucky at Lexington are gaining exclusive research experience with the help of Maptek I-Site 8800 3D laser scanning technology. The university purchased the long-range scanner in mid 2012, receiving educational licenses for I-Site Studio software and Maptek Vulcan mine planning software.
MAYSVILLE, KY. — The Carlson 30th Anniversary User Conference will be held April 7-10, 2013, in Cincinnati. The three-day conference is designed to provide the tools its attendees need to be at the forefront of the rapidly changing technical aspects of the land development and mining industries.
SAN FRANCISCO — The new Autodesk brand made its public debut with the unveiling of a new logo. Autodesk said the new visual identity represents the most significant branding update in the company’s history.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — S-FRAME Software Inc. released S-FRAME Structural Office R11, available to new and existing customers on March 22, 2013. According to the company, R11 contains significant updates and new functionality to the existing product line of S-FRAME Analysis, S-STEEL Design, S-PAD Design, S-CONCRETE Design, S-LINE Design & S-CALC.
SAN FRANCISCO — According to interactive 3D platform developer VIZERRA, its next generation of Revizto cloud-based collaboration software makes it easier for architects, engineers and contractors (AEC) to communicate their design intent with project owners in a 3D environment. The new version allows users to view Revizto interactive 3D designs via iPad and Android tablets to easily communicate in the field.
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.