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BIM for structural designMore than simply a collection of tools for representing designs and engineering parameters, BIM is a practical technology shift that directly benefits engineers

ImageWhile MicroStation was almost totally re-architected in the V8 release, with Bentley adding considerable new functionality and a powerful new file format, the graphics engine had yet to be replaced and the inte rface was

RevitAfter much anticipation, Autodesk has finally launched its new Structural Design tool, Revit Structure, into the UK market. But what is the target market, why has it been introduced at Version 3 and what happened to 1 & 2? CADline’s Paul Woddy explains.

BentleyBentley Systems recently held a major user event in the Czech Republic to launch the long awaited MicroStation V8 XM, unveil ProjectWise StartPoint for entry-level collaboration and announce major enhancements to its Select program.

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Tony FlynnOver the last few years it’s all gone a bit quiet on the marketing front at Bentley Systems. Martyn Day caught up with Tony Flynn, Bentley’s VP of marketing, to find out exactly what the multidisciplinary AEC and infrastructure CAD company has been up to.

Transformable structuresChuck Hoberman is an unusual mix of inventor, artist and mechanical engineer. He has become internationally renowned for his innovative folding structures, art installations, medical tools and toys.

OceOc? recently unveiled a new range of high-productivity wide format print, copy and scan systems. AEC Magazine’s Consulting Editor, John Marchant reports from the launch event, held at Oc?’s headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Brunton Boobyer housePete Baxter, Northern European sales director, Autodesk Building Solutions Division, looks at the ways 3D CAD images can be used beyond the design department and how they can significantly enhance customer service.

Autodesk Civil 3D 2006Once a year Autodesk holds an event for its customer to come and learn about the tools they use every day, to hear about future plans and see forthcoming technology in action, including the new 3D tools scheduled for the next release of AutoCAD.

BentleyAEC hasn't covered Bentley Systems' civil engineering products for a while, so Martyn Day caught up with Gregg Herrin, Global Marketing Director, Civil, to discuss the company's 'somewhat overcrowded' civils product portfolio.

Talking headsThere are a growing number of 3D tools that link to project planning applications to help streamline the construction process. AEC Magazine asked three proponents of these new generation tools for their views on the technology.

Harald KrohmerA recent survey shows that UK engineers and architects are lagging behind their European peers when it comes to practising lean construction management. Nemetschek is trying to change this by working with CSSP, a developer of cost management software.

Autodesk recently made its DWG libraries available in a new format for developers and customers, allowing the opening and saving of AutoCAD drawings without the presence of AutoCAD.

In the last issue of AEC magazine we gave our first impressions of AutoCAD 2004, this month we get the perspective of CAD consultant, Nigel Davies, focussing on the new DWF format and the implications of the new DWG.

Autodesk UniversityIn November Autodesk held its annual User event, Autodesk University. With many of its customers now on subscription, the company was more forthcoming about its future plans than usual.

Training vs implementationCADline’s Paul Woody looks at the process of purchasing discipline specific software, and how a dedicated deployment / implementation scheme can be much more effective than a software sale with a training initiative.

COFESEach year in the desert of Arizona, the Computer Aided Design community gathers to talk about the future of engineering software at Cyon Research's unique event. Martyn Day was in attendance.