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.
Trimble continued its AEC acquisition spree today, announcing that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire WinEstimator, Inc. (WinEst), a provider of construction cost estimating and cost-modeling software. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2012, subject to customary closing conditions. WinEst will be integrated into the operations of Meridian Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary within Trimble's Engineering and Construction segment. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Bluebeam Software, a manufacturer of AEC collaboration and PDF review software, unveiled a full iPad version of its Revu software in Los Angeles today. Revu iPad can import, mark-up and share drawings from from project servers or simply from an e-mail attachment of a Revu PDF. The application is an iPad native program that takes advantage of the device's touchscreen, retina display and software keyboard. Revu iPad will be available in the Apple app store July 10.
Autodesk's recent acquisition of long time partner Vela Systems was described by executives of both companies as a further investment in cloud and mobile technology. Autodesk is banking on the acquisition to better equip the AEC software manufacturer, and its many architecture and construction customers, to better utilize cloud storage and mobile computing in a bid to transform the AEC industries, themselves.
A virus that seems to target AutoCAD DWG files and send them to digital pirates, via China has already stolen tens of thousands of blueprints. Named ACAD/Medre.A, it secretly sends DWGs to Chinese email accounts located at 163.com and qq.com. This story originally appeared at and was reported by Develop3D
GreenWizard – a cloud-based product management and project collaboration solution that simplifies building efficient, healthy, and sustainable buildings – recently announced that it has formed a business partnership with Green Seal, bringing another national standard-setting organization into GreenWizard’s expansive database and workflow platform.
San Rafael, Calif.-based Autodesk today unveiled Autodesk BIM 360 during a nationwide media webcast. The software giant touts the service as the next generation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) cloud services. Autodesk BIM 360 includes a set of cloud services that will provide anytime, anywhere access to BIM project information throughout the project lifecycle. Autodesk BIM 360 will work with BIM solutions for design, construction and operations including the Autodesk Building Design Suite and Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite. BIM is an intelligent 3D model–based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and civil infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact.
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.