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November 13, 2012

» Bentley acquires MicroProtol   Bentley Systems

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – Nov. 13, 2012 – Bentley Systems today announced that it has acquired EuResearch, provider of Microprotol – a leading software application for the design and analysis of pressure vessels and heat exchangers. With this addition to its portfolio, Bentley extends its world-class AutoPIPE product suite to span comprehensive pipe stress analysis for improved productivity and quality, with rigorous performance simulation capabilities for streamlined design, analysis, fabrication, and commissioning of pressure vessels and their associated pipework. Users in engineering and fabrication firms will benefit from the faster delivery of improved designs, and owner-operators will achieve safety and process improvements that enhance returns on investment. Microprotol users include the largest and most safety-conscious engineering, procurement, and construction contractors (EPCs), plant owners, consulting engineers, and manufacturing firms.

» Bentley acquires SpecWave   Bentley Systems

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, Nov. 13, 2012 – Bentley Systems today announced that it has acquired SpecWave software, a solution that helps architectural, engineering, construction, and operations (AECO) professionals author and configure structured text content, including engineering specifications and related codes and standards. SpecWave makes specifications an integral aspect of information modeling, creating text objects to be change-managed by Bentley’s eB Insight – facilitating and enforcing enterprise, project, and owner standards, and delivering documents that are rigorous, controlled, and connected throughout the project and asset lifecycle, to save time and improve quality and performance.

November 7, 2012

» Trimble, Bentley create strategic alliance for infrastructure projects   Trimble/Bentley

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, U.S.A. – Trimble Dimensions 2012 – Bentley Systems and Trimble today announced a strategic alliance to further the connection between the virtual and physical environments for infrastructure projects. This alliance will establish a new benchmark for construction and operations quality, efficiency, and safety. Working smarter, together, and employing advanced information mobility innovations, the exchange of physical and virtual data can now be more easily leveraged by engineers and contractors to reduce project risk while increasing overall productivity.

November 6, 2012

» Win your own BIM C.A.V.E., not to be confused with Batcave   Assemble Systems

Assemble Systems, a SaaS (Software as a Service) BIM software developer and Autodesk University Silver Sponsor, is offering a one-time-only opportunity for AU attendees to win their own environmental BIM visualization hardware. Called a BIM C.A.V.E. (computer-aided virtual environment, a phrase coined by the Texas A&M University school of construction management), the technology consists of a high-powered graphic workstation and multiple, large-format screens. This suite of hardware can be mounted in a board room, construction trailer, or design pin-up space.

» Esri releases ArcGIS for Windows Mobile 3.1 at Trimble Dimensions   Esri

Esri released ArcGIS for Windows Mobile 3.1, coinciding with the release of Trimble Positions field collection software. The Trimble Positions software suite extends the ArcGIS for Windows Mobile application and software developer kit (SDK) with support for high-accuracy Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) mobile GIS data collection.

November 2, 2012

» Trimble acquires Vico software assets   Trimble

Trimble has acquired assets of privately-held Vico Software, of Boulder, Colorado, a manufacturer of 5D virtual construction software and consulting services. The asset acquisition extends Trimble's solutions for building construction and provides a platform to connect the information flow across the design-build-operate (DBO) lifecycle to improve cost management and optimize scheduling on complex building construction projects. Financial terms were not disclosed.

October 31, 2012

» Meridian Systems releases Proliance 5.5 software   Meridian Systems

Meridian Systems, a Trimble Company, recently released Proliance version 5.5, the latest upgrade to the company’s capital program management software. Proliance 5.5 includes a new bidding/tendering module for greater visibility and control into project procurement and provides new International features, including localized portfolio management and multi- language and calendar capabilities. Together, these capabilities help owners and program managers plan, build and manage capital programs and assets to reduce risk, lower cost and improve financial performance.

October 24, 2012

» Epson introduces new line of large-format plotters and printers for AEC customers   Epson

Epson America today introduced a new line of large-format color plotters designed to meet the requirements of today’s engineering and scientific professionals – the Epson SureColor T3000, T5000 and T7000. Marking Epson’s entry into the technical printing market, the SureColor T-Series offers architects, engineers and GIS professionals an unprecedented combination of precision, performance and value with the fastest plotting speeds in its class, industry-leading plotting accuracy and all-new Epson UltraChrome XD pigment ink for brilliant, crisp output on virtually any media type.

October 16, 2012

» GTeam available for AEC customers   Gehry Technologies

Gehry Technologies today released GTeam, a cloud-based 2D and 3D file management and project collaboration platform purpose-built for AEC professionals and building owners. Frank Gehry, founder of Gehry Partners and co-founder of Gehry Technologies, was joined by architects including Greg Lynn, Greg Lynn FORM; Moshe Safdie, Safdie Architects; David Childs, Chairman Emeritus at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill; and Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects at an unveiling in New York, capping a meeting of the strategic alliance formed last year by Gehry to transform the building industry through technology.

October 12, 2012

» BIM, GIS, FM and what to do with all of that data   Jeff Yoders/BIMBoy's Blog

According to the International Facility Managers Association, 75% of a building’s lifecycle budget is in ownership and management, that's one of the reasons why the AGC BIM Forum tackled the challenges facing today's architects, engineers and construction companies in taking BIM and GIS data and using it for facilties management.

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