Bentley and Autodesk Announce Historic Interoperability Agreement


Autodesk, Inc. announced the winners of the Build Something Student Design Challenge, a design contest created to encourage the next generation of design professionals from around the world to showcase their skills using Autodesk digital technologies in industrial design, architecture, civil and mechanical engineering and 3D animation.

Like any good novel or play immortalized on film, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) takes a page out of Hollywood’s playbook. The AIA announces Shape of America—a series of web-based short movies starring some of the 150 structures chosen by the public for the America’s Favorite Architecture
(AFA) list created last year.

The web-based film series is designed to expand the public dialogue about architecture and how it impacts our lives, that began with the published survey results of the AFA list in February 2007. Shape of America is designed to be interactive. Visitors are encouraged to learn, discover, and share feedback and experiences online at

BASF launched its new customer focused Construction Solutions Web site enabling quick and easy access to the company's building and construction portfolio of more than 600 technologies and product offerings.

Representing the building and construction industry's broadest array of technologies, the website, is designed as a resource to customers seeking detailed information and innovative solutions on the more than 75 construction solution and product categories offered by BASF.

A survey released by 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, found that CAD design engineers are dramatically more productive and efficient when using 3Dconnexion’s 3D mice. A majority of the survey’s 190 respondents said that using a 3D mouse significantly increased their productivity and design performance and made it easier to identify problems, improving the overall quality of designs.

Autodesk announced the launch of its new Autodesk Buzzsaw data centre in Hong Kong. Autodesk has invested several million US dollars in its newly established Hong Kong Data Centre which will provide high availability of Autodesk Buzzsaw, Collaborative Project Management Solutions, for customers across Asia Pacific. The company spent three years on a thorough selection process and site-visits before deciding upon Hong Kong as the best location.

New Products

Marking the first new Simplicity release in seven years, the all new and extremely versatile Simplicity “Sight” Survey 2009 is now available from Carlson Software. “Sight” Survey 2009 provides simplified methods for solving commonly encountered coordinate geometry and construction surveying problems.

A Windows-based coordinate geometry program, “Sight” Survey 2009 works with AutoCAD (version 2002 and newer), MicroStation (v8, XM, or PowerDraft) and IntelliCAD, which comes built-in. It is even capable of running without a CAD application, giving its users ultimate flexibility in a COGO program.

Autodesk, Inc. announced new releases of two products to help improve network design and management for the utilities industry: Autodesk Utility Design (AUD) 2009 software and Autodesk Topobase 2009 software. These products will help utilities design their networks more efficiently and integrate precision as-built information into their processes.

Eagle Point Software Corporation announced the release of its revolutionary SMI Construction 2008 field survey software. This is the latest solution in the SMI 2008 product line to be released. SMI Data Collection 2008 was released in March 2008.
Built to run on most devices running Windows Mobile and Windows CE, SMI 2008 allows land surveyors to operate it in whichever way they feel comfortable, whether it be from the device keyboard or the touch screen. Although the user interface has been overhauled and hundreds of new features have been added, the original keyboard overlays from previous SMI versions remain intact along with more than 90% of the keystrokes surveyors are accustomed to using, allowing productivity to be realized within minutes.

Reed Construction Data announces the formation of the Reed Planroom Network, a new program designed to share value with planrooms and construction associations who wish to distribute their project news, plans, and specifications information to Reed.

Expesite is delivering innovative solutions to industry markets with ExpesiteLite. The first release of ExpesiteLite targets architects and engineers and provides firms with an out-of-the-box, web-based project management solution for portfolios smaller in scale. With an entry level monthly subscription price and integrated support hours, the offering is well within reach of small to medium-sized firms. The solution enhances collaboration by giving Architects and Engineers the ability to connect and communicate directly with clients and third party providers on key projects.

“The Engineering Design Revolution:The People, Companies and Computer Systems That Changed Forever the Practice of Engineering” by David E. Weisberg has been over five years in the making and is now freely available on this website for your personal use. It can be read online or downloaded and printed for your later perusal.


Accela 2008 User Conference
Date: August 19 - 22, 2008
Place: Venetian Hotel Resort Casino
3355 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV USA
Whatever your e-government goals for your community, the Accela User Conference provides the tools to help you make it happen:

Effective strategies for planning your next product upgrade. Whether you are upgrading to a new release of the same product or considering upgrading to Accela Automation®, there is an upgrade class designed for you.


NeoCon Xpress
Date: August 20 - 21, 2008
Place: The Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA USA
NeoCon Xpress is the West Coast’s Xciting event for new product introductions. Designed for your busy schedule, NeoCon Xpress will Xpedite the industries newest products to the West Coast that were introduced at NeoCon in Chicago in June. Interior designers, architects, facility managers, construction and real estate professionals in the commercial buildings industry…this is a must-attend event for you.


Constructech Technology Day 2008
Date: August 21, 2008
Place: Westin Chicago Northwest
Itasca, IL USA

Changing market conditions have forced builders and contractors to approach the topic of information technology in a much different manner than ever before. These firms are focused on business process improvement and are applying technology with this new perspective.

In response to this change Constructech has assembled a series of panel discussions for Technology Day aimed at addressing some of the big picture issues that affect both the commercial and residential segments of construction. We believe to have assembled a series of sessions that will allow construction professionals in all segments of the market to work together collaboratively in order to map out the best path possible towards process improvement.


Mid Continent MicroStation Community - 2008 annual conference
Date: August 27 - 28, 2008
Place: Overland Park Conference Center
suburb of Kansas City, Overland Park, MO USA

The Mid Continent MicroStation Community is hosting its annual conference August 26 and 27 at the Overland Park Conference Center in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri.

Don’t miss out on dedicated sessions covering MicroStation, GEOPAK, InRoads, Building Information Modeling, and CAD Management. You can review the current agenda online at .

The Mid Continent MicroStation Community relies on active Bentley users for support and success, so feel free to share this email with your colleagues who may also be interested in this event.

For additional conference information, visit: .


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Review Article
  • October 09, 2008
    Reviewed by 'dafay'
    There were several points that I liked about the article.
    1. The quote from U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology study that suggests that $16 billion is spent on difficulties because there are not standards.
    2. The mention of BIM (Bentley and Georgia Tech name) and Revit (Autodesk) will start to have more impact on AEC as the maturity and use of the products improve.
    3. The inclusion of the Chicago Spire was good.
    4. and finally the link to the McGraw-Hill article on Construction

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