Balfour Beatty, an international construction company and general contractor, and Autodesk, a manufacturer of 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, have signed a three year, $12M agreement that will help Balfour Beatty expand its adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The agreement, one of the first of its kind and size in the infrastructure industry, will enable Balfour Beatty to better serve customers across the world through increased use of BIM, an intelligent model–based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact.The UK Government will mandate the use of BIM on public building projects beginning in 2016.
ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2012 is a full-fledged BIM solution with critical features most smaller practices need. Architects can take advantage of a full BIM toolset and create any type of Virtual Building model and architectural documentation (floor plans, sections/elevations, 3D views, details). The new release introduces functions to STAR(T) Edition users including:
Bentley Systems today announced that Ghafari Associates, a leading full-service architecture and engineering organization with offices in the U.S., the Middle East, and India, has standardized on ProjectWise for collaborating on all of its Building Information Modeling (BIM)-enabled design/build and integrated project delivery (IPD) workflows. Ghafari first deployed ProjectWise as a pilot to better support multiteam collaboration on a fast-tracked and complex design/build manufacturing facility project. Following the many successes of this pilot project, Ghafari expanded its use of ProjectWise’s capabilities and made it the system of choice for all of its collaborative projects. Many of the Ghafari BIM-enabled design/build projects that were managed by ProjectWise have received national and international recognition for their breakthrough results and improvements in all project metrics, including schedule, cost, and quality. Ghafari is currently using ProjectWise to manage AECO content in over 450,000 documents and to serve the collaboration and work-sharing needs of more than 2,500 users from 200 companies – all in a secure environment.
BuildingSMART International, members of the Nemetschek Group, Tekla and other leading software vendors have joined forces to launch a program to help promote Open BIM collaboration workflows throughout the AEC industries.
Bentley systems held its annual conference call with reporters last week. As a private company, the Exton, Pa.-based software manufacturer is not required to report its earnings but they still perform an annual call to do just that. Total revenue for 2011 was $523 million, up 10% over 2010 by GAAP accounting practices. Business in the Asia/Pacific region was up more than 30% to nearly $100 million, accounting for 19% of the company's total revenue. CEO Greg Bentley said that growth was driven by strong demand in China.
Dewberry, a consulting firm based in Fairfax, Virginia, has recently become a reseller of Amazon Web Services, signaling a drive toward flexibility and accessibility for the company’s clients and their computational solutions.
HP today introduced new multicore updates and increased expandability on its line of HP Z Workstation computers.
The new workstations feature the eight-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, offer up to 512 gigabytes of DDR3 memory, and support multithreaded workstation applications that AEC professionals rely on.
Hewlett Packard has expanded its partnership with Autodesk to enable remote printing from the popular AutoCAD WS mobile app. As of today, by registering for HP ePrint & Share, AutoCAD WS users can use the new Plot to Print function to print their designs and automatically archive a copy on any web-connected HP Designjet or HP ePrinter. This new feature provides full control over plot styles, paper sizes, layouts and more.
The National Park Service is using AutoCAD software from Autodesk to help document American engineering and industrial achievements as part of an historical program started more than 40 years ago.
America’s engineering and industrial achievements are stunning accomplishments in themselves, although most Americans may not be aware of them. That is why the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) was established in 1969 by the National Park Service, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Library of Congress to document historic sites and structures related to engineering and industry.
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.