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Acute3D is Bentley's latest acquisition

Bentley Systems has been on the acquisition trail again (see CAD User, Jan-Feb 2015, page 6), adding France-based Acute3, provider of Smart3DCapture software for reality modelling, to its stable

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Talent spotting at the skills show

Is your business future-ready?

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HDR | Rice Daubney scoops 5 Design Awards

HDR | Rice Daubney, a GRAPHISOFT client based in Sydney, Australia, has won five prestigious global healthcare design awards for the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Centre, the highest honour in all categories recognising excellence in research and practice of global healthcare design

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Show off your skills and expertise

The 2015 Bluebeam eXtreme Conference London Call for Presentations is now open - with speaking proposals being actively accepted from Revu users who are looking to show off their skills, knowledge and expertise

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Case Study

Tables turned!

TNB Malaysia recognises excellence in its service providers with an award for Bentley.

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It's a promise!

Cidon Construction finds that Tekla empowers the company to win more business by enabling it to both make - and keep - its promises.

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Software Review

PDF Collaboration

The paperless workflow has taken another couple of giant steps forward with the Bluebeam Revu 15, says David Chadwick

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Shared Hypermodels

BIM project sharing becomes easier with a BIMx update that simplifies the licensing system

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Technology Focus


Altuity Solutions releases its new cloud-based SUE product AltoSUE, which provides lifecycle location information for underground assets.

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BIM Toolkit

The NBS BIM Toolkit public beta provides a free Digital Plan of Work for BIM users.

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Droning on a bit!

Dialled into a Bentley Conference call yesterday, an annual event given by Greg Bentley who spoke about the current performance of the company, drivers in the industry, new acquisitions and other weighty matters. Amongst the four latest acquisitions was one that we feature in the news section in this month’s newsletter. Acute3D is a French company that pioneered the use of photographs to produce accurate 3D models of structures, rather than relying on 3D scanners to provide point clouds. Their software uses a number of photographs taken from precise locations around the building, and merges them to produce an accurately dimensioned 3D model – fully rendered. Of course.

At first sight it looked pretty gimmicky, but Bentley obviously saw the potential. Instead of statically positioning the cameras, drones can be used to take whole series of images, using GIS positioning to record each shot’s exact location. I saw a pretty impressive demonstration of this at BIM Show Live, where one exhibitor had a very sophisticated drone, capable of taking high resolution images for the movie industry – and, almost as an apologetic sideline, showed a 3D representation of a building created from static photos taken from a standard drone (may even have used Acute3D software) and accurate enough to be used as a reference point for a project requiring 3D point cloud input - but costing substantially less to acquire. If I provided a 3D scanning service, should I be worried?

David Chadwick

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