A multi-use sports arena, power generating station flow control structure, and a Canadian major events stadium were all winners in Tekla's 2012 North America BIM Awards. Each year Tekla hosts a North America BIM Award competition open to all Tekla users who have modeled projects with the software during the preceding year. The BIM Awards competition is held in conjunction with Tekla's Annual North America User Meeting, which this year took place in Orlando, Florida, August 15-17.
AEC hardware and software provider Trimble Navigation Ltd.acquired trucking software firm TMW Systems for $335 million in cash, the companies said Monday.
TMW Systems provides transportation management software for trucking operators and shippers. The company had $96 million in revenue over the past 12 months.
The transaction paves the way for greater integration of technologies linking motor carriers, their shipper customers, logistics partners and truck drivers on the road. Trimble has been on an acquisition spree lately adding other companies such as Sketchup and StruCAD to its product offerings in the last year.
Project Information Management software manufacturer Newforma has licensed M-Six software's VEO platform to provide a full 3D model viewer for Newforma's Project Center software/hardware solution for project information management. Using VEO users can publish fully interactive 3D models to the cloud and view them from Newforma's web-based Info Exchange, as well.
The latest release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD, Esri's free AutoCAD plug-in, improves the ability to exchange data and information between the ArcGIS and AutoCAD platforms. ArcGIS for AutoCAD users with read/write access to ArcGIS for Server feature services can now edit geodatabases through AutoCAD with this release. This enables easier data dissemination between CAD and GIS users across an enterprise.
According to IFMA, 25% of a building’s lifecycle budget is dedicated to the design and construction of the building. The remaining 75% is spent on operations and maintenance. Building owners have heard many promises regarding the use of BIM in the management of this 75%: Information will flow freely between facility managers and staff, work orders will be linked to the BIM, and virtual walkthroughs will allow designers and contractors to easily coordinate with the facility staff. O&M manuals will be available through the BIM, the BIM will be automatically updated when work orders are processed, and all of this data will be interchangeable between BIM platforms, GIS, and maintenance software.
James Benham, founder of Smartbidnet, announced the formation of the Construction Open Software Alliance at the Associated General Contractors of America's IT Forum in Chicago today. Speaking at the Sofitel Hotel on Chicago's Wacker Drive, Benham said the COSA will be a a community of software developers and providers who support an open standard in construction software applications, in order to provide the most useful, integrated solutions to the end-user.
Motion Computing, a provider of tablet PCs and mobility solutions, today announced the next generation F5t and C5t Tablet PCs. Designed to enhance productivity for mobile workers across a broad range of vertical markets, such as field service, healthcare, construction and retail. The latest Motion tablets deliver high levels of power, security and manageability.
Newforma today announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Attolist, LLC, the developer of AEC-Sync web-based construction collaboration software. The transaction is anticipated to close in August 2012. The addition of AEC-Sync’s hosted solution to Newforma’s enterprise solution will provide AEC/O companies a selection of on-premise and cloud-based technologies to better manage project delivery.
HP today announced that industry research firm IDC reported that, for the first time, HP leads U.S. market share in the desktop workstation category, and was the global share leader during the second quarter of 2012.
HP’s share showed significant growth during past quarters, culminating with a 47.6% share in desktop workstations in the United States. HP continues to lead the mobile workstation category worldwide with 41.8% share, and leads the combined workstation category with 46.2% share, according to the Q2’12 IDC Worldwide Workstation Tracker, Aug. 8, 2012.
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.