Bentley’s ProjectWise Dynamic Plot for Design Review


Notifications of changes are available through ProjectWise’s Messenger service. The pens Bentley sells are Anoto pens registered for use with this set of patterns provided by Anoto. Dynamic Plot works with most popular printers and plotters.

Pricing details are as follows:
ProjectWise Dynamic Plot Service is a $10k annual subscription or a $20k product purchase + $4k annual SELECT.
Pens are a $6k annual subscription for a pack of 10.
Each A3 or B-Size plot will cost less than $1 (based on the increased cost of printing in color and the cost of the plotted pattern).


Top News of the Week

The updated software in Autodesk's BIM portfolio are as follows:

Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 software (BIM for architects and designers): It enables customers to more accurately capture early design concepts with improved conceptual design functionality.

Autodesk Revit Structure 2010 software (BIM for structural engineers, designers, and drafters): It integrates a multi-material physical and an independently editable analytical model, to help provide for more efficient, more accurate documentation, analysis and design.

Autodesk Revit MEP 2010 software (BIM for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers): It provides customers with optimum tools for system design and building performance analysis helping engineers to make better informed decisions.

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 software is a BIM solution for civil engineering, helps project teams explore transportation, land development and environmental projects digitally before they are built.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Invensys Process Systems (IPS), a global technology, software and consulting firm, has joined Intergraph's SmartPlant Alliance, integrating its software with Intergraph's SmartPlant Enterprise engineering solutions to enable highly automated project execution and improve the transfer of data from engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) to plant owner operators.

Announcements


With more than 4,700 participants in the Autodesk Assistance Program and more than 5,400 product downloads to date, Autodesk is announcing significant additions to the program announced six weeks ago. The program was designed to help displaced workers in the architecture, engineering, design and manufacturing industries maintain and develop their 3D design technology skills and help improve their employability in a down economy.

Additions include the increase of available products from four to seventeen of the latest versions of Autodesk's 2D and 3D design and engineering software, a product discount for companies that hire program participants, a new term license for AutoCAD software and enhancements to eLearning materials.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Google are kicking-off the Design It: Shelter Competition, a global competition that will challenge users to design a simple shelter in 3D with Google SketchUp, give it a geographic location using Google Earth and share it by uploading to the Google 3D Warehouse. The summer-long competition, which begins on Frank Lloyd Wright's birthday and will conclude on the Guggenheim Museum's 50th anniversary, is inspired by the work of architecture students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and a recent exhibition of that work at the Guggenheim called Learn by Doing A signature project in the school's curriculum for over seventy years, students are tasked with choosing a location near one of the school's Taliesin campuses in Arizona and Wisconsin and designing a small, 100 square foot shelter. Students are encouraged to consider human needs for safety and comfort, and more broadly, to recognize the connections between a structure and its geographic location. The Design It: Shelter Competition offers a twist on this assignment, empowering anyone – not just students – to use Google tools to think about design and ultimately share their ideas with the world.

Bechtel Construction Company (Bechtel) announced approval of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO and the National Construction Alliance II and all affiliated international unions for Bechtel's scope of work in the construction of a proposed new nuclear energy facility at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Maryland.

Meridian Systems focused on the future of project management technology and honored construction industry leaders at its 12th annual user conference, which took place in Nashville, May 4-6. This annual customer gathering featured keynote speaker, Norbert W. Young, Jr., Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and president of McGraw-Hill Construction, and introduced Meridian's Hall of Fame customer recognition program.

John Bodrozic, president of Meridian Systems, kicked off the conference by discussing three key factors that are driving strong adoption of construction project management and infrastructure lifecycle management solutions.

Awards

Océ
has announced the winner of its second annual, “Green Reprographer of the Year” award during the IRgA 2009 Annual Convention and Trade Show held April 29-May 1 in Pittsburgh, PA. Blair Graphics, a leading California-based innovator in the reprographics industry for more than 50 years, was selected as the winner from a pool of qualified entrants who submitted applications via Océ’s website. Applicants outlined their achievements in the area of green business practices and explained how these efforts have assisted their customers to meet their own sustainability goals.

New Products

Quantapoint announced that photo-realistic Laser Images may be embedded directly in AVEVA Review and SmartPlant Review using QuantaCAD 9.0. QuantaCAD enables 3D laser scan data to be accessed directly as photo-realistic Laser Images and high-definition Quantapoint Laser Models (not fuzzy "point clouds") within design software such as Autodesk AutoCAD, AVEVA PDMS, Bentley AutoPlant, Bentley MicroStation V8XM, Intergraph PDS, Intergraph SmartPlant and more.

drcauto software announced the release of the highly anticipated AutoCAD(r) 2010 compatible version of their Smart Architect software.

Smart Architect 2010 offers a complete architectural solution designed to extend the power of AutoCAD(r) 2010 suite. Save time throughout every stage of the design lifecycle with professional and easy to learn drawing tools, available within a familiar drawing interface. In addition to providing complete compatibility with AutoCAD(r) 2010 and AutoCAD LT(r) 2010, Smart Architect 2010 incorporates new-look toolbars and menu's. Smart Architect 2010 also introduces a host of improved commands including: Smart Wall Technology, doors and windows, elevations and sections, user block library, command access, project management, drawing documentation, commercial and concrete, roof builder, shadow diagrams, surface terrain, and quantities.

ArtVPS has made Shaderlight, its revolutionary new interactive rendering technology, available for free download. Shaderlight promises to deliver massive productivity and creativity improvements over traditional ray-trace rendering engines. Shaderlight 0.1 is a plug-in for 3ds Max, the leading 3D modeling tool from Autodesk, and is free to download. Early adopters of the technology will be encouraged to help shape the software by becoming part of the Shaderlight online community and providing valuable feedback during the key final phase of product development.

Computer Guidance Corporation announced the launch of its award-winning and industry-leading eCMS construction management software solution on a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform.

QuadriSpace Corporation announced that it has released the 2009 version of its easy, compete and affordable 3D documentation suite.

The QuadriSpace Document3D Suite is used worldwide to create documents, illustrations and animations from 3D CAD models and then share 3D information with others through standard formats. Document3D provides full support for current printed documents and a seamless migration to future interactive 3D documents.

Optimal AEC announced the release of NetSPEX DWS Online, an internet solution for managing pre-defined CAD standards.

NetSPEX DWS Online allows AutoCAD and MicroStation users to download and install a pre-defined CAD standard from the website. Currently supported standards include the AEC CAD Standard and various customer-specific CAD standards developed with NetSPEX for AutoCAD and MicroStation.

Nemetschek North America has released its fourth Service Pack for the Vectorworks 2009 product line. Many quality improvements have been added to this Service Pack, including improvements related to stairs, performance, and overall stability.



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