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November 6, 2013

» Bentley CONNECT Services extend information mobility across users’ projects and assets   Bentley Systems Inc.

LONDON — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that Bentley CONNECT Services, to be successively extended to all of Bentley’s software subscribers to complete the reach of project and asset information mobility, will be fully provisioned through the Windows Azure cloud from Microsoft Corp. Windows Azure will unify Bentley’s own software and support enterprise, making it accessible to add value directly in the “live” context of users’ work, through Bentley CONNECT SELECTservices for software administration and technical support and Bentley CONNECT LEARNservices. In addition, it will underlie an incremental business model — enabling Bentley to complete its reach in “software as services” — through Bentley CONNECT MANAGEservices. 

» Deltek announces Project Excellence Awards program winners   Deltek

DALLAS — Deltek, a global provider of enterprise software and information solutions for professional services firms and government contractors, announced the winners of its annual Project Excellence Awards program at Deltek’s Insight 2013 user conference held in Dallas. Deltek’s Project Excellence Awards recognize outstanding Deltek customer and partner achievements in improving business processes and performance, driving compliance, increasing profitability and winning new business. 

» AutoCAD 2014 for Mac now available   Autodesk Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk announced that Autodesk AutoCAD 2014 for Mac and Autodesk AutoCAD LT 2014 for Mac are available immediately. Support for Retina display on the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, synchronization with Autodesk 360 and other enhancements make AutoCAD 2014 for Mac the most powerful 2D and 3D CAD application for Mac, the company said. 

» Sefaira introduces real-time energy analysis software for building design   Sefaira

LONDON and NEW YORK — Sefaira announced Sefaira for SketchUp, a SketchUp plugin that provides architects with real-time energy analysis without leaving their native design environment. Sefaira for SketchUp’s interface shows at a glance how a design is performing, and helps designers connect the dots between building design and energy use while guiding them toward the best measures for enhanced performance. It requires no expertise in energy modelling, and performance-enhancing decisions about form, orientation and façade design can be made in seconds. 

» New webcast series offers insights, advanced tips, and effective tricks for Autodesk users   Rand Worldwide

FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — Rand Worldwide’s courseware division, ASCENT– Center for Technical Knowledge, is introducing a new webcast series designed to provide an interactive experience to help Autodesk software users and instructors make the most of their Autodesk Official Training Guides. 

» Anchor calculation software simplifies concrete connection design   ITW Commercial Construction, North America

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, ILL. – ITW Commercial Construction, North America introduced a new anchor calculation software that it said allows architects and engineers to design concrete anchoring connections quickly in accordance with ACI 318 Appendix D. The new Truspec anchor calculation software is free for download at

» Bricsys announces BricsCAD V14   Bricsys

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

November 4, 2013

» Bentley announces winners of 2013 Be Inspired Awards   Bentley Systems Inc.

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. 

October 18, 2013

» Deltek releases Vision 7.1   Deltek

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. 

October 15, 2013

» Transoft Solutions releases AutoTURN for Autodesk Revit   Transoft Solutions

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. 

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CE News Webcast Series:

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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.