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Excitech attains new Pinnacle

Excitech has launched the productivity platform 'Pinnacle Series' in the UK

Below ground BIM objects from Grace

Grace Construction Products has published its first set of BIM standard details and BIM objects for the company's Preprufe pre- and post-applied waterproofing membranes and Hydroduct cavity drainage

Bentley acquires e-on software

Bentley Systems has acquired e-on software. Based in Paris, France, e-on is widely acclaimed in the digital content creation market, where its VUE and PlantFactory products are a mainstay among CG professionals in the media and entertainment, science, and education industries

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The art of structural design 2015

SCIA and Allplan have revealed the winners of their 2015 The Art in Structural Design contest

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The Hammers X

It’s Hammers time once again!

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Software Focus

Concurrent collaboration

The latest version of Tekla Structures focuses on model sharing, allowing engineers to work on different parts of the model simultaneously

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Graphisoft's BIMX, supplied with ARCHICAD, is a handy model viewing device. BIMx PRO, though, takes the app to new levels, giving all users much greater access to both the 3D model and associated 2D drawings and documents

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Case Study

Good Vibrations

The Shanghai Disney theme park used Oasys GSA software to analyse the unique structures of two curved cable-stay bridges, and to dampen down pedestrian harmonic vibrations

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Technology Focus

Vectorworks 2016

The latest release of Vectorworks debuts some useful (and fun!) new features, says David Chadwick

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Something for the Weekend, sir?

Judgement day approaches. As you can see in this newsletter, we have the Hammers coming up once more in the middle of next month. There have been a couple of changes from last year, mainly in categories that are decided by our judging panel and which cover essential aspects of the construction industry if not the actual bricks and mortar. The most important one, I suppose, is Health & Safety, as a recent report cited the construction industry as taking second spot in the league for industrial accidents. Nomimated companies cover risk assessment and certification besides keeping track of the volumes of standards and regulations that need adhering to.

Competence Management and Biometric Workforce Solutions are two other categories that you would not have come across a mere four or five years ago. It shows, I suppose, that the industry is becoming more workforce oriented, having adequately mastered design and construction. One might even say, with tongue in cheek, that faced with a severe shortfall in skilled trades, we have to look after the professionals we still have.

Another recent addition, Cloud Computing, is well represented, with many companies looking at the technology from different angles, representing the many ways that companies can take advantage of cloud based applications. Most nominations are decided by readers, but for obvious reasons we also need a panel of judges for some categories. I look forward to digging into my pile of PDFs this weekend.

David Chadwick

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