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.
The Nemetschek Engineering Group is pleased to announce that Scia Engineer 2012 has been tested and certified to run on Apple Macintosh OS X Hardware using Parallels. Now, structural and civil engineers can feel confident running Scia Engineer alongside their favorite Macintosh OS X software.
NVIDIA officially announced today a new line of Quadro professional graphics solutions for the latest leading mobile workstations at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles. Designed for engineers, industrial designers, animators, and film & video editors that need to take their work with them, these new Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs) feature Kepler, the fastest, most efficient GPU architecture. Kepler delivers impressive performance gains over previous generations with the same power budget as the previous generation Quadro mobile graphics solutions.
Today AMD launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles. Featuring AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, the new AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are designed for users who demand a high-performance computing platform to power their computer-aided design, building information modeling, and media and entertainment (M&E) workflows. The new AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs combine industry-certified performance and reliability for professional applications with world-class 24-hour customer support, delivering highly-tuned performance and robust feature support across a range of professional applications and tools.
An innovative hybrid parallelization using multiple GPUs and MPI dramatically reduces solution time for structural analysis and sensitivity calculations. Offloading the intensive matrix computation on the GPU and using heterogeneous computing improves performance. Users also benefit from accelerated access to compute resources "in the cloud."
Altair, a global provider of simulation technology and engineering services, is featuring another of its leading HyperWorks simulation solutions, RADIOSS, accelerated by NVIDIA professional graphics processing units (GPUs), at SIGGRAPH 2012, this week in Los Angeles.
With the introduction of new compute shaders as part of Open GL 4.3 today at SIGGRAPH 2012 in Los Angeles, the Khronos Group says the Open Gl cross-platform graphics API is now more advanced than Microsoft's Directx platform. OpenGL is used to deliver 3D graphics in most CAD/CAM/CAE applications on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.
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.