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November 21, 2013

» Chic ArchiCAD Design takes top honors at Build Sydney Live 2013   Graphisoft

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — GRAPHISOFT announced that the team of ArchiCAD clients Rice Daubney of Australia and Obayashi of Japan have won the award for Best Use of BIM for Design, Drama, and Excitement at the recent Build Sydney Live event. The 48-hour event challenged participants from around the world to design a new International Convention Centre for Sydney as part of the specified 19 Hectare area of Darling Harbour Live project. Run virtually using mobile technology from a sailboat in Darling Harbour, Oct. 28-30, Build Sydney Live 2013 was the 5th edition of Build Live global collaborative OpenBIM events. More than 40 countries were represented by 19 teams. 

November 12, 2013

» Gannett Fleming to host Tweetchat with BIM expert   Gannett Fleming

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gannett Fleming (Twitter handle @gannettfleming) will host a tweetchat with David Butts (@dabutts), Gannett Fleming’s building information modeling (BIM) specialist, on Nov. 13, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. Butts will discuss BIM and share insight about how Gannett Fleming leverages this technology in its designs. He also will tweet about how to integrate tools like Revit into process and water resource jobs. 

» Report: Contractors benefit from advances in information mobility, but gaps still exist   McGraw Hill Construction

NEW YORK — Contractors are investing in improvements to the mobility of their construction project data, yielding business benefits, according to a new report by McGraw Hill Construction on information mobility in the construction industry. However, there are significant gaps that need to be overcome for the benefits to be widely achieved across the industry. 

» Bentley announces two SaaS offerings   Bentley Systems Inc.

LONDON — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced two commercial innovations that will extend the reach of Bentley’s comprehensive portfolio and expedite access for Bentley users through provisioning software as a service (SaaS). SELECT Open Access enables greater project agility through unrestricted access to Bentley’s portfolio of information modeling applications — unencumbered by conventional software procurement cycles. Bentley’s new MANAGEservices offering facilitates the provisioning, rapid deployment, and operation of Bentley’s ProjectWise collaboration services and AssetWise asset information management services in a hybrid cloud services environment. 

» Riverside Technology to support MWRA’s Water Quality Reporting System   Riverside Technology, Inc.

FORT COLLINS, COLO. — The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) awarded Riverside Technology, Inc. a contract to support MWRA’s Water Quality Reporting System Project. Riverside has focused for more than 25 years on specialized services involving the collection, management, analysis and visualization of environmental information. The work for this project will be performed solely by Riverside. 

November 8, 2013

» Bentley Systems validating construction work packaging system   Bentley Systems Inc.

LONDON — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that its forthcoming ProjectWise Construction Work Package Server, the first commercial off-the-shelf system for managing the lifecycle of construction work packages, has been shaped and is now being validated by leading engineering, procurement, and construction firms through their participation in Bentley’s early access program. The software is scheduled for commercial release in early 2014. 

» Corecon V7 named ‘Awesome Application’ for 2014   Corecon Technologies

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. — Corecon V7, a web-based estimating and project management software suite, was selected as a 2014 Awesome Application. This honor is presented by The Sleeter Group, a consulting group dedicated to researching the marketplace and finding the best accounting technology solutions to help small businesses work smarter, faster and more efficiently. 

» Autodesk provides 3D design in a browser   Autodesk Inc.

SAN FRANCISCO — Autodesk, Inc. customers will now be able to access Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Maya, and Autodesk 3ds Max design tools via a web browser. For the first time ever, customers can access full-fledged 3D design, engineering and entertainment work in a browser without sacrificing performance, power or functionality, according to the company. 

» Altus announces availability of Archer 2 field computer   Altus Positioning Systems

TORRANCE, CALIF. — Altus Positioning Systems announced the availability of the new Juniper Archer 2 field computer packaged with Altus’ APS-3 GNSS RTK receiver. The Archer 2 is a handheld computer with IP68 certification and MIL-STD-810G compliance, and operates between -30 to +60 degrees C. It features a 1.0 GHz processor, 512MB RAM and 8GB flash storage. 

November 7, 2013

» Autodesk introduces Vehicle Tracking 2014 software   Autodesk Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk introduced Vehicle Tracking 2014 for vehicle swept path analysis. According to the company, it’s a perfect companion for civil engineers and designers using Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk AutoCAD Architecture, Autodesk AutoCAD Plant 3D, Autodesk AutoCAD Map 3D, and Autodesk AutoCAD Utility Design. 

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Thursday, October 24th, 2013


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Thursday, December 12th, 2013


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