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The new Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), built using Bentley software, wowed attendees at Bentley's Infrastructure Conference. David Chadwick reports.

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Groundbreaking Technology

Linking infrastructure models to earth movers allows road and rail contractors to save both time and money, thanks to the integration of resources between Bentley's OpenRoads and Trimble's Business Centre - HCE Office Software.

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Coping with COBie

The COBie Toolkit for Revit automatically generates COBie worksheets from a Revit data model, easing the process of transferring data from the Building Information Model.

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Viewpoint Acquires MCS

Viewpoint Construction Software has acquired Mobile Computing Systems (MCS), one of the leading providers of mobile enabled construction project defect management, plans and mobile forms for use within live construction project environments.

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3D laser mapping of earthquake sites

New Zealand based Solutions By Zeal has been using the ZEB1 hand held laser mapping system to survey buildings at risk from earthquakes or in need of restoration or redevelopment

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Partnership unlocks new technologies

Newcastle and London-based urban designers, landscape architects and masterplanners, Colour, are finding new ways of implementing the latest technology in its work thanks to a partnership with Teesside University

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Case Study

Real time Snagging

conjectMI provides an onsite snagging management tool that speeds up the identification, reporting and rectification of defects, enabling critical projects to be delivered with 200% savings on time and within budget

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S/W Review

The Complete Package

Vectorworks Architect 15 is a significant new iteration of the solution, with plenty of interesting new features, says David Chadwick

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Bringing construction planning to life

Asta Powerproject BIM gives Project Managers the 4D planning tools they really need, says David Chadwick, allowing them to visually link their management model with the 3D model

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Freedom of expression

Tekla Structures is rapidly becoming a comprehensive tool for the design and fabrication of buildings, from its Trimble inspired integration with SketchUp, to its extensive reporting and Model organising capabilities. David Chadwick reports.

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With apologies to the popular TV series from which I have stolen the title, but Bentley's Infrastructure Conference last month also supplied some insight into the future, with many of the entries related to large infrastructure projects in China, India and elsewhere in the Far East.

One might say that they have more infrastructure to develop than the Western World, and some of the projects are huge in scope, covering everything from waste water treatment plants to huge power generation schemes. Not all infrastructure, though, as you can see from the fabulous 500 meter radio telescope, featured in this newsletter, being built in China - taking over the title as the biggest in the World from Arecibo. The special features of the telescope, besides its awesome power, are the accuracy of its massive construction, attributed, mostly, to Bentley Structural Engineering Solutions.

Also revealed at the conference is Bentleys. CONNECT Edition software, taking over as the core technology after V8i. Based on the cloud, it delivers more to more users, and will feature prominently in the next few issues of this newsletter, starting with Bentley CONNECT Edition Navigator and CONNECT Ethehawks

dition Optioneering.

In this issue we do have, though, Conject, Vectorworks and Asta Development, worthy winners at The recent Hammers Awards.

David Chadwick

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