Software

Image The AEC design technology market has a handful of key software developers; Autodesk, Bentley and Nemetschek are the main volume players. However since the mid 2000s Trimble, best known as a GPS provider, has acquired its way to compete with the established players.

ImageAutodesk is firmly in the groove of yearly updates, with mid-cycle additional features for those with subscription. However, all is not as it seems.

ImageIn 2012, Graitec’s AutoCAD-based structural steel detailing software, Advance Steel, was made available as a standalone application. For 2013, the developer has turned its attention to workflow and productivity

ImageScandinavian software developer, Solibri brings BIM model quality into focus with its powerful rules-based checking and auditing tool.

ImageThere are now many reasons to include tablet computers in your practice. Autodesk’s latest application is free and allows the capture of ideas wherever inspiration hits

ImageAEC magazine looks at a new web-based green building analysis tool that targets architects at the conceptual stage.

ImageIt has been a year of good progress for Newforma. The specialist AEC developer has added customers such as Aedas, BDP and Foster and Partners to its customer list and broadened its product portfolio.

ImageAEC Magazine checks out the latest product offering from Glasgow

ImageIn the past year, AceCad has reinvented itself as a provider of BIM collaboration and project management tools. We look at its latest release, a low-cost, multi model, BIM project review and communication tool.

ImageGehry Technologies recently launched a free preview of its new cloud-based file management and collaboration platform. GTeam is embryonic, but incredibly easy to use and with a well thought out workflow holds great promise.

ImageIn the last edition we looked at the latest release of Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD. Since then there have been a number of changes to its product range and pricing.

ImageWhen Project Spark was introduced to Autodesk Labs, it seemed only a matter of time before Autodesk launched an entry-level BIM modelling tool. This month Project Spark left the lab environment and manifested itself as Revit LT.

ImageBentley Systems is very serious about point clouds. In the last twelve months alone it acquired Pointools and added powerful point cloud capabilities to Descartes and ProjectWise. It now regards the laser scanning output to be a fundamental data type, just like DGN. AEC Magazine found out why.

ImageAEC Magazine takes a look at the latest Building Services application from CADline and finds one of the most focussed UK compliance tools on the market.

ImagePDF markup does not have to cost a bomb. Bluebeam’s new cut down version of Revu is a great way to redline CAD docs wherever you go.

ImageHP’s free cloud service enables users to share files on multiple devices and print to any web-ready Designjet printer.

ImageAEC Magazine looks at the new modelling enhancements, improved component database and drive towards open standards in Graphisoft’s popular Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform, ArchiCAD.

Over the years, Bentley's building solutions have undergone a number of rebrandings; TriForma, Bentley Architecture and now AECOsim. However, the foundation platform, MicroStation has remained consistent. AEC Magazine examines the new flavour.

ImageAs reliable as the sunrise, Autodesk released the updates to its family of CAD and Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools this Spring. Martyn Day visited Autodesk’s San Francisco HQ to see the latest design technology.

ImageAs far as steel fabrication and detailing packages go Advance Steel has always stood out due to its tight integration with AutoCAD. Now for the 2012 release the software is also being made available as a standalone DWG-native application, meaning users do not have to invest in a costly AutoCAD license.