September 05, 2011
Acquisition Brings Together Building Construction Assets
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Because Tekla is a Finnish company, it presents the opportunity to merge international cultures, and as a result Trimble looks forward to bringing the American BIM experience international, and to share technology innovations happening overseas with the American market.


From the press release: The tender offer, which commenced on May 19, 2011, was finalized after Trimble completed the settlement of approximately 99.46 percent of all the shares and votes in Tekla on July 8, 2011.

The intention of Trimble Finland is to acquire all the shares in Tekla. As Trimble Finland was able to obtain more than 90 percent of the shares and voting rights in Tekla, it intends to initiate compulsory acquisition proceedings, under the relevant provisions of the Finnish Companies Act, in order to acquire title to all the shares in Tekla. Trimble Finland may purchase shares in Tekla also in public trading on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki or otherwise at a price not exceeding the final offer price in the Tender Offer of EUR 14.20 per share. Trimble Finland also intends to apply for the delisting of the shares from NASDAQ OMX Helsinki as soon as the prerequisites for the delisting exist.

Top News of the Week

Autodesk, Inc. announced Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2012, the latest version of its award-winning suite of plant design solutions. Available in Standard, Premium and Ultimate editions, the new suite simplifies cross-department coordination among process plant design stakeholders. Users of Plant Design Suite Ultimate 2012 will have access to the combination of Autodesk Inventor 2012 software for plant equipment and skid design, and Autodesk Revit Structure 2012 software for structural design and detailing for the first time. The company also announced the 2012 versions of AutoCAD P&ID and AutoCAD Plant 3D.

Meridian Systems announced Prolog Sky, a new cloud-based service allowing access to Prolog’s robust construction project management software in a hosted environment.

Learn more about Prolog’s Sky service by joining Meridian September 15, 2011 for a Live Webinar: Demystifying the Cloud Technology Trend: Three Principles General Contractors Can Use to Evaluate Cloud Technology for Project Management.


Autodesk, Inc. announced that it has acquired certain technology related assets from Numenus GmbH, a software provider of high-end visualization technology used to efficiently render and review 3D datasets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Skire, Inc. announced that Anheuser-Busch is partnering with the company to use Unifier’s robust Capital Project and Program Management capabilities to manage key business processes, including project funding authorization, design and construction management, and document management.

FM:Systems, announced continued global expansion, signing on partners Precision Design Solution in Malaysia, Geomap GIS America in Montreal, PX Engineering in Norway and Crown Systems in Singapore. This comes on the heels of FM:Systems’ recent partnership with Shanghai, China-based FacilityOne.

Obayashi Corporation announced that it has signed an agreement on the joint development of a BIM cloud-computing platform with NEC Corporation and GRAPHISOFT. The goal of the agreement is to provide technology leadership for Obayashi through integrated building information modeling workflows and company-wide BIM-based information sharing.

Obayashi has been working on reforming the use of BIM among the design, construction and building operation functions within the entire company. With this alliance, and based on GRAPHISOFT’s revolutionary BIM Server technology, Obayashi will achieve “seamless information sharing,” which is the key advantage of BIM. NEC has been involved in many large cloud applications and brings its know-how to the table, while GRAPHISOFT is the pioneer in BIM software technology.

Announcements announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

CAD Software Market in Asia-Pacific 2010-2014

Technavio's analysts forecast the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software market in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region to grow at a CAGR of 10.4 percent over the period 2010–2014. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the reduced cost of product design and development. The CAD Software market in the APAC region has also been witnessing the emergence of cloud-based CAD software. However, the high training costs and decreasing investment in CAD software could pose a challenge to the growth of this market.

Key vendors dominating this market include Autodesk Inc., Dassault Systemes SA, Siemens PLM, and Parametric Technology Corp.

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) announced the launch of its free architecture educational seminar series – IES Faculty – throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program was established to examine the principles of sustainable design as well as the application of IES’ award-winning software.

Attendees do not need prior experience in the IES Virtual Environment (VE) software to attend. The sessions will cover the zero-carbon issues being faced by today’s architects and will offer guidance on how to enhance architectural designs and productivity to quickly plan buildings that consume significantly less energy and incorporate low-carbon and renewable technologies.

New Products

IMSI/Design, the developer of TurboCAD announced TurboViewer Pro, a professional version of its popular free TurboViewer app for the iPad and iPhone.

TurboViewer Pro for the iPad and iPhone include everything in free TurboViewer, plus:

Visual styles that support:
                  o  Hidden line
                  o  X-ray
                  o  Shaded
                  o  Shaded with edges
                  o  Grayscale mode
                  o  Adjust edge color range from white-gray-black
                  o  Adjust x-ray transparency factor
                  o  Option to use default or model lights (if any in drawing)
                  o  Option to render both inside and outside model (force two-sided rendering)

  • Layer Manager (turn on/off layers, invert layers, turn all layers on/off)
  • Additional settings (turn on/off 2D/3D autosense navigation, option to use two fingers to 3D rotate/tumble or constrain orbit, etc.)
  • Support for 14 languages: Chinese (simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish
  • No onscreen advertising

ZWSOFT announced the release of Service Pack 1 for ZW3D 2011. This release greatly enhances the efficiency and usability of ZW3D, and illustrates ZWSOFT's ongoing investment in the 3D design and manufacturing technology, which it acquired just last year.

This service pack improves ZW3D in the areas of editing, sheet metal work, CAD/CAM operations, file import-export and is available in eight languages.

Bricys India, in cooperation with Pipe Hangers & Supports Pvt. Ltd announces the successful porting of the PHSCAD application on the Bricscad platform.

Pipe Hangers & Supports Pvt Ltd. (PHSPL) [], based in Chennai is India's leading manufacturer of spring hangers, pipe supports and accessories. Over the past 25 years, their products have been supplied to major power plants, refineries, nuclear installations & process industries in India and overseas.

Around the Web

AECCafe Today Blog

Cogo Land Development and Survey App Bundled with ZWCAD Adds Power to the Already Powerful AutoCAD® Alternative, August 31, 2011. SF Gate, San Francisco Chronicle

BIM Waste Considered Prevalent in the Construction Industry August 24, 2011, Construction Advisor Today

Hospitals, Building Tech Lead Building Trends in Chicago, August 19, 2011,

Working SMARTER in Today's Marketplace
Date: August 24 - September 14, 2011
Place: USA

CMC Steel Products, in cooperation with the American Institute of Steel Construction and Bentley Systems, Inc., presents its 2011 Structural Engineering Seminar Series, "Working SMARTER in Today's Marketplace" , in 16 cities nationwide.
Beat.Wave @ Burning Man Festival
Date: August 29 - September 5, 2011
Place: Black Rock City

Beat.Wave is proto-architecture that tests absurd geometries in a digital design and the production process. Only the outline of a 3-d digital model was given to contractors, who were then asked to propose structural and material possibilities with new materials and construction solutions. Using recent developments in digital design and computerized production that short-cut experience and skill - challenging us to rethink conventional concepts of design and craft - beat.wave playfully tests the potential of new models of collaboration.

Construct Show
Date: September 13 - 16, 2011
Place: McCormick Place, Lakeside Centre
Chicago, IL USA

Forum on specification & Design Languages
Date: September 13 - 15, 2011
Place: Oldenburg

Forum for Design Languages (FDL) is a well established international forum devoted to dissemination of research results, practical experiences and new ideas in the application of specification, design and verification languages to the design, modelling and verification of integrated circuits, complex hardware/software embedded systems, and mixed-technology systems. Modelling and specification concepts push the development of new design and verification methodologies to system level thus providing a means for model-driven design of complex information processing systems in a variety of application domains. One of the principal advantages of FDL is that it brings together four related thematic areas and gives an opportunity to gain up-to-date knowledge in many broad areas of the fast evolving field of system design and verification.
Date: September 14 - 16, 2011
Place: McCormick Place
Lakeside Center, Chicago, IL USA

Welcome to CONSTRUCT, the commercial building show for architects, specifiers, engineers, facility managers, building owners, CSI members, project managers, general contractors, designers and thousands of diverse commercial, institutional and industrial building team professionals. Held in conjunction with the CSI Annual Convention, CONSTRUCT offers AIA and CSI accredited education and unparalleled networking. Explore the full exhibit hall floor offering the latest products, services and practical, real-world, commercial building solutions for the team that specs and sources building products.

10th Annual Leading European Architects Forum
Date: September 14 - 16, 2011
Place: London, United Kingdom

Now in its 10th year The Leading European Architects Forum, or LEAF, brings together leading international architectural practices and designers operating in Europe and beyond to share knowledge, to network and to develop new partnerships. Attended by leading Architects, Engineers, contractors and developers, LEAF International 2010 will provide the perfect backdrop for developing both your own projects and your practice as a whole
Success Estimator Basic Training
Date: September 14 - 15, 2011
Place: San Diego, CA USA

Seats are available in our upcoming Success Estimator class. Sign-up now because seating is limited!

The course is two days in length. The registration fee for class is $995.00 per person with special pricing for multiple participants.
Aging water infrastructure management: Detecting and reducing underground leakage-Bentley Systems
Date: September 14, 2011
Place: USA

Aging distribution systems and hard-to-find underground and unchecked leaks are putting unprecedented pressure on our planet's finite fresh water resources. Reduce non revenue water to converve water and energy and increase revenue, by undertaking model calibration based upon leakage detection.

Time: 11:00 a.m. PDT, 1:00 p.m. CDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: No Charge

Bentley's complimentary Sustaining Transportation Infrastructure Seminar
Date: September 21, 2011
Place: Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan Room: Toscana C
3201 Highway 7, Vaughan, ON, Canada
  • Learn how Power InRoads can deliver greater functionality and streamline your workflows
  • Hear the latest in civil information modeling, GIS integration, and visualization
  • Discover ways to work effectively with government and local standards

Success Enterprise Class
Date: September 22 - 23, 2011
Place: Atlanta, GA USA

Seats are available in our upcoming Success Estimator class. Sign-up now because seating is limited!

The course is two days in length. The registration fee for class is $995.00 per person with special pricing for multiple participants.

S4D - System, Software, SoC and Silicon Debug Conference
Date: October 5 - 6, 2011
Place: Munich

The third edition of S4D Conference will be held in Munich, Germany from October 5-6, 2011. The conference has evolved from several industry workshops organized by ECSI into the areas of debug and provides a forum for work and standardization efforts related to debug of electronic systems, with a focus on multi-core and multi-accelerator SoCs. The conference addresses a vast set of requirements from system and SoC companies with regard to debug methods and tools.

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