Trimble's purchase of SketchUp last week came as a surprise to many analysts and AEC software observers. It was widely believed that Dassault Systemes would be Google's customer for the 3D conceptual design software application and platform. When Trimble, instead, made the acquisition (the deal is expected to close by June 30), it was the third acquisition Trimble made in the last year. My conversation with Trimble Vice President Bryn Fosburgh about the Sunnyvale, Calif., company's plans for SketchUp touched on several other recent acquisitions as well.
Graphisoft announced today the May release dates of ArchiCAD 16, the latest version of its BIM design software for architects, designers and planners. ArchiCAD 16 introduces an ecosystem of solutions to ease the creation, sharing, and finding of custom BIM Components. Built-in Energy Evaluation has been added in this edition.
A new version of LRFD SIMON, the National Steel Bridge Alliance’s steel plate and box girder bridge design and analysis program was released in April at the North American Steel Construction Conference and the concurrent World Steel Bridge Symposium. Since the '80s, Simon has served hundreds of bridge engineers as a key tool to efficiently design and analyze steel bridges. It is intended to be used in the preliminary design phase to realize efficiencies and demonstrate the practicality of a steel bridge for a specific application.
Trimble Navigation has agreed to buy the Sketchup 3D modeling platform from Google, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Trimble, which makes surveying, mapping, 3D BIM software Tekla and marine navigation equipment, said SketchUp will enhance the integration of its field presence with the wider enterprise.
Dell released a new line of Precision tower workstations today, featuring redesigned cases, patented Reliable Memory Testing (RMT) memory that automatically corrects and reports memory errors, Intel Sandybridge architecture and up to 600 watts of graphics power. The tower workstations were engineered to enable engineering, product design, animation, and other graphics and compute intensive professionals increased productivity and minimized downtime.
I have been beta-testing Adobe Photoshop CS6 for the past few weeks. This is the most significant overhaul of the program since Photoshop CS4 and a must have for BIM/CAD managers, architectural rendering experts and other Photoshop-using design professionals.
Bentley Systems has released Bentley Descartes V8i (SELECTseries 3) – a 3D modeling software that combines point clouds, raster imagery, and geometry. The resulting models expand the utility of point clouds by supporting hybrid design workflows that deliver “as-operated” 3D models to serve the operations and maintenance needs of owner-operators. By uniquely enabling hypermodeling – the intuitive navigation of as-operated models in 3D context that includes engineering information in any form – Bentley is committed to enhancing infrastructure safety and resilience while increasing owner-operators’ returns on their engineering investments.
Trimble has introduced version 2.4 of VisionLink software. The new software version integrates site productivity data, fleet and asset management, and materials and volumes movement information using 2D Project Monitoring. With the added benefit of 2D Project Monitoring, VisionLink is pioneering the ability to present a collective view of all machines and their contribution to overall productivity across the organization and across sites. In addition, VisionLink Mobile takes the power of VisionLink to the field, giving contractors the ability to view productivity data on mobile devices. The announcement was made at Intermat 2012, the international exhibition of equipment, machinery and techniques for the construction and materials industries.
Beginning today, professional and student designers can submit entries to the 2012 Inspired Visions Global Rendering Competition. This annual competition, which is sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. and MAXON Computer GmbH, recognizes today’s top architects and designers from around the world, and their abilities to visually render Vectorworks models with Renderworks or CINEMA 4D. Submissions will be accepted from April 18 to August 16, 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.