Dell recently unveiled two new third -generation Intel Ivy Bridge CPU workstations for the CAD/BIM market and the rest of its portable workstation users.
The Dell Precision M4700 is the more portable (and more affordable) of the new line with a 15-inch display and entry-level to mid-range professional graphics. The 17-inch display, high-end professional graphics options and large storage make the Dell Precision M6700 a bulkier laptop that could also serve as a replacement for your desktop. Both have new professional GPU options from Nvidia Quadro and AMD FirePro.
Graphisoft recently released BIMx, its communication and presentation tool for BIM projects, as a 3D viewer app for Android devices, in addition to the iPad/iPhone. The Facebook-integrated BIMx community and the new Model Transfer site will allow the new app to be spread this innovative technology among architects, clients and all other stakeholders.
AutoCAD WS 1.5 is now available for iOS, Android and web browsers, the first major update of Autodesk's design collaboration mobile app. AutoCAD WS now has 8 million+ downloads and this latest set of features is part of Autodesk’s efforts to make design mobile and support social collaboration opportunities. The web version of the app will be automatically updated the next time you log in with your browser at www.autocadws.com.
Nemetschek Engineering Group recently released Scia Engineer 2012. This release of Scia Engineer provides improvements for structural and civil engineers attempting to migrate to, or improve their 3D workflows.
Gehry Technologies recently announced it has completed the acquisition of Bimshare, a privately-held company based in the Netherlands. On the heels of launching its 3D collaboration platform, GTeam, Gehry Technologies is expanding its cloud-based service offerings with this acquisition. Bimshare offers a popular building information modeling (BIM) data sharing solution that provides a way to upload and share 3D models online through browsers on desktop or mobile devices. Through its interface, Bimshare enables architects, building owners, contractors, fabricators, and engineers to quickly and securely share BIM data. A SaaS-based solution, Bimshare is a natural addition to Gehry's BIM collaboration strategy focused on the AEC industry. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Digital Globe, a provider of earth imagery and geospatial analysis, recently announced that Esri has licensed the rights for its Global Basemap imagery layer. The announcement was made at the Esri International User Conference, occurring this week in San Diego. Esri Founder and President also spoke at length about what the release of ArcGIS Online means for the company moving forward.
Esri today released Esri Maps for Office at the company's user conference in San Diego, a new analysis tool that allows business professionals to visualize data by creating and sharing interactive maps directly within Microsoft Office. Esri Maps for Office is a downloadable add-in for Microsoft Office 2010 that helps organizations make better decisions through location analytics.
Gehry Technologies, a software company created by architect Frank Gehry to develop and apply technology to the building industry, today announced the free preview availability of GTeam, a cloud-based 3D, file management and project collaboration platform purpose-built for AEC industry professionals and building owners. GTeam enables project teams, including architects, designers, engineers, contractors, consultants, and building owners, to easily collaborate and share documents, files, and 3D building information data from any device with a web browser. Project teams use GTeam to reach consensus faster, reduce change orders, save time, get more work, and reduce project costs. Owners and large enterprises with one or many buildings under management can also use GTeam as a centralized BIM data storage platform to easily identify, consolidate, and organize as-built documents of all existing and future buildings.
Microsoft officially unveiled Office 2013 and Office 365, a new cloud service, today. Microsoft refreshed the design of its flagship productivity solution, heavily incorporating the Windows 8 Metro interface. Office 365 is a subscription-based monthly cloud service that will allow users to download the desktop software onto multiple devices.
Graphisoft has begun shipping ArchiCAD 16. The company has also unveiled its BIMComponents.com GDL objects portal, a cloud-based database that allows users to create, search, upload, and download custom BIM components of their choice.
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.