GHENT, BELGIUM AND MERRIMACK, N.H. — Bricsys, a global provider of dwg engineering design software brought to market under the BricsCAD brand, announced the immediate availability of BricsCAD V14 for Windows. This new release extends BricsCAD with a refresh of the user interface, major enhancements to the intelligent Quad cursor, an optional suite for 3D interoperability, new functions for generating associative 2D and 3D views and sections from 3D models, and sheet metal design for the mechanical CAD market. It is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Introductory movies for the new functionality can be found at www.youtube.com/bricsys.
LONDON — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the winners of the 2013 Be Inspired Awards. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. They were presented Oct. 30 at a ceremony during The Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference in London, United Kingdom. This global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations featured presentations and interactive sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. It was also attended by more than 100 members of the media from leading publications around the globe.
DALLAS — Deltek released Vision 7.1 — a new version of its project-based ERP solution for architecture and engineering (A&E) firms and other project-based businesses around the world. Vision 7.1 delivers new capabilities to streamline processes, and offers ease-of-use enhancements for high-quality project and financial management. New features include a completely redesigned Business Intelligence (BI) solution – Vision Performance Management (VPM) – as well as enhancements to Vision Navigator, and Mobile CRM and Mobile Time.
VANCOUVER, B.C., CANADA — Transoft Solutions released AutoTURN for Autodesk Revit. According to the company, architects will realize significant ROI through the ability to check their designs themselves, without going outside the office.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — Rand Worldwide announced the results from its Rand Secure Archive (RandSA) division’s 2013 Rand Secure Archive Data Governance Survey. With average volumes for electronically stored data expected to increase in the next year between 26 and 50 percent, respondents from a wide range of industries across the United States and Canada clearly articulated the need for a formal approach to data governance within their organizations. In fact, 82 percent of respondents know they face external regulatory requirements, but 44 percent of respondents still don’t have a defined data governance policy.
NORCROSS, GA. — Spicer Group Inc., based in Saginaw, Mich., is the first professional engineering, land surveying and planning services firm in North America to purchase the Pegasus:One mobile mapping solution. One of the largest surveying firms in Michigan, Spicer Group handles contracts for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as well as numerous municipalities in Michigan. With the acquisition of the Pegasus:One mobile mapping solution, the firm will expand to serve a national client base, with a focus on both engineering-grade surveys and municipal asset inventory and management.
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Hexagon AB entered into an agreement to acquire Airborne Hydrography AB (AHAB), a provider of airborne laser survey systems for hydrographic and topographic surveys. Founded in 2002 and based in Jönköping, Sweden, AHAB serves international survey companies and governmental organizations around the world, with hydrographic and topographic software and systems to map land, coastal zones and seafloors.
NORCROSS, GA. — Tuck Mapping Solutions Inc. completed the first integration of a Leica RCD30 airborne camera with the Applanix POSTrack system. With technical support from Leica Geosystems and Applanix, Tuck Mapping contracted Lead’Air Inc. of Kissimmee, Fla., to perform most of the software upgrades and new cabling required to integrate the Leica digital camera with the POSTrack all-in-one GNSS-aided inertial direct georeferencing and flight management system.
SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk, Inc. signed a definitive agreement with the shareholders of Graitec to acquire certain technology assets, including Graitec’s Advance Steel and Advance Concrete product lines, and associated employees. The acquisition will enhance Autodesk’s current offerings for structural engineering and expand its portfolio of technology for Building Information Modeling (BIM) for structural fabrication and detailing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sept. 30, 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released version 9.0.0 of the Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM), a suite of software analysis tools for evaluating safety and operational effects of geometric design decisions.
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.