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UK Tekla award winners announced

The winners of the tenth annual UK Tekla Awards 2015 have been revealed after a panel of judges deliberated over the finalists. Some of the winners will now be entered into the Tekla Global Awards

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Biggest National Park Project Greenlit

Northumberland National Park Authority Members have overwhelmingly approved the decision to move forward with the £14.8m development after agreeing cost proposals put forward by the contractors appointed for the scheme

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Constructive skills management

Liverpool-based technology company, Human Recognition Systems (HRS), have developed MSkills, a new system designed to make the lives of construction workers safer

New BIM technology partnership

Nemetschek Vectorworks and BIMobject AB have signed a cooperation agreement to support each other's BIM technology in order to better accommodate the needs of the AEC industry

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Technology Focus

Getting your Assets in gear

Managing major assets using Bentley's AssetWise provides rigorous total asset management for major infrastructure operators, supplemented by predictive performance analysis from Amulet

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Single source data management

CONJECT sets out to David Chadwick how customers can make cost and efficiency improvements to a built asset at any stage of its life

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Hardware Review

Scan to Go!

Colortrac's new portable scanner, the SmartLF Scan!, is being hailed as a revolutionary step in large format scanning

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Software Focus

It’s Flow time!

Flow provides a simple calculation and simulation tool that takes the hard work, and the expense, out of developing drainage networks to handle critical storm events

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Case Study

Plastic in the microwave

A break-through technology, whose development relies on Autodesk software, could solve the immense problems associated with recycling plastic waste

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Digital Process Plant

How do you scale an experiment up from a benchtop full of test tubes, Bunsen burners, bell jars and whatever else it took to prove it worked, and devise a working plant to churn out the fruits of your endeavours on an industrial scale? It takes more than a bucketful of charm and enthusiasm backed up by a folder of 2D drawings and schematics to encourage cynical investors to part with their cash. And you are going to need quite lot of that, because setting up a manufacturing plant can't be done piecemeal - it has to be complete and trouble free from day one!

That's why the article in this newsletter about UK based company, Enval, is so interesting. It explains the processes the company went through to establish their unique and environmentally critical product, and the software tools they used to put up a case for potential investors. Using tools like Autodesk Inventor, Factory Design Suite, P&ID, Navisworks and others they were able to share designs with them, giving them an overall view of the plant – which was, as they say, 'digital prototyping at its best'.

An interesting addendum: Where the investors swayed more by the potential profitability of the plant, or by its potential to massively reduce the amount of plastic waste going into landfills?

David Chadwick

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