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December 19, 2012

» Hexagon acquires 3D city modelling pioneer GTA Geoinformatik GmbH   Hexagon AB

 Hexagon AB, a global provider of design, measurement, and visualisation solutions, signed a definitive agreement to acquire the business of GTA Geoinformatik GmbH, a pioneer in georeferenced virtual 3D city models and highly efficient building reconstructions.

» 2012 GRAPHISOFT Freedom by Design Grant awarded to AIAS Illinois Institute of Technology Lissette Project   GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) announced the selection of the 2012 GRAPHISOFT AIAS Freedom by Design Grant recipient. This year, GRAPHISOFT and the AIAS partnered to award $1,500 to one AIAS chapter for an upcoming AIAS Freedom by Design project. The 2012 Grant recipient is the AIAS Illinois Institute of Technology for its Lissette Project. 

» Simpson Strong-Tie introduces Dealer Locator mobile app   Simpson Strong-Tie

Simpson Strong-Tie introduced its new Dealer Locator mobile app, enabling customers to quickly and easily locate dealers carrying Simpson Strong-Tie products while on the go. Using the mobile app, customers can get instant results for dealers within a specific zip code, and can map to a location in seconds. 

» Cloud-based project collaboration platform now also offers free service   Chapoo

Chapoo, provider of a cloud-based project information and collaboration platform, announced worldwide availability of the Chapoo Premium service and the introduction of a free service. The Chapoo Free service allows users to upload files, share them with friends and colleagues, view and annotate them in the cloud, all without the need to download them first or install any software. The Chapoo Premium service provides enterprises across different industries with a complete Software-as-a-Service solution to vastly improve project team collaboration and productivity. 

December 9, 2012

» BuildingSMART Alliance calls for volunters for NBIMS version 3   BuildingSMART Alliance

Calling all building industry professionals with an interest in building information modeling (BIM). The National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance, developer of the National BIM Standard-United States (NBIMS-US), is looking for volunteers to get involved in development of the NBIMS-US Version 3.

November 30, 2012

» Inject new life into your A/E or Environmental Firm with Mark Zweig   Jeff Yoders/BIMBoy's Blog

ZweigWhite CEO Mark Zweig will make a rare webcast appearance Tuesday, December 11th at 2PM EST for "Injecting New Life Into Your A/E or Environmental Firm." Mark will share insights from the 2012-2013 Successful Firms Survey which captures 400 performance metrics in today’s most successful A/E & Environmental firms. Andy Yeomans, Director of Business Development for Systems Advisors Group, will then explain how their firm is helping A/E & Environmental firms implement best practices in areas like A/R collections, business development, and resource management.

The webcast will showcase ERP strategies and systems that can help any A/E or environmetal consulting firm.

November 28, 2012

» Autodesk and Topcon enter strategic alliance   Jeff Yoders/BIMBoy's Blog

Autodesk, the San Rafael, Calif., cloud-based design and engineering software manufacturer, and Topcon Positioning Systems, a manufacturer of precision positioning solutions, today announced they have signed a letter of intent under which both companies will collaborate to allow products within Autodesk’s design and construction software portfolio for Building Information Modeling (BIM) to more efficiently interact with Topcon’s on-site field positioning hardware. This collaboration is designed to allow building and civil infrastructure construction customers to form a tighter, more seamless workflow that will increase on-site worker productivity, enhance field safety, and improve quality control.

November 27, 2012

» Autodesk releases Fusion 360, a full-featured cloud design application   Jeff Yoders/BIMBoy's Blog

Autodesk has announced the company’s first full-featured, cloud-based CAD software, Autodesk Fusion 360 — its first full-featured design software available only as a cloud service. It is downloadable as Mac or PC apps.

While Autodesk has been branching out into free mobile applications for the consumer market such as AutoCAD WS and its 123D line, this is the company's first professional cloud app that integrates both industrial design and engineering capabilities.

Autodesk will be offering a beta version of the software soon and intends to release the full version in the first half of 2013. Pricing is not yet available.

"The next generation of design tools are here to empower you and the next generation of engineers," said Autodesk CEO Carl Bass at the company's Las Vegas Autodesk University trade show.

» Autodesk previews "Project Mercury" infrastructure service   Jeff Yoders/BIMBoy's Blog

At Autodesk University, Autodesk previewed a beta version of a new cloud-based road optimization service for Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler software. The new road optimization service, the first in a series of cloud-based services the company plans to deliver as part of Project Mercury, will help civil engineers and designers create more cost-effective and efficient road and highway designs by optimizing and automating engineering calculations and designs, helping to speed project delivery and reducing costs. The road optimization service and other Project Mercury solutions will be available in 2013, and will include new technology and Autodesk’s existing infrastructure solutions including the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite.

November 26, 2012

» Autodesk releases FormIt, a conceptual design mobile app ready for downstream BIM use   Jeff Yoders/BIMBoy's Blog

Las Vegas - Autodesk FormIt, the first 3D solid modeling application for the iPad was released today by Autodesk at its Autodesk University trade show. Area, volume, location can all be recorded in the FormIt app. It is connected to the San Rafael, Calif., software manufacturer's Autodesk 360 service which allows it to add real world data such as location and gross area on the iPad. It is building specific and location aware. It is a free application available from the iTunes store.

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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.