Tag: Autodesk

Making the CADnection

I’ve blogged a number of times recently about Microsoft SharePoint and its potential for use in the AEC industry (see posts here and here, for example). The challenge has been to transform a generic collaboration platform into something more specific for the construction sector, particularly in how that platform handles CAD files, and the latest …

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SaaS – the killer app for CAD?

Evan Yares’ CAD blog alerted me to a great article by Brian Seitz among the COFES blogs. Brian asks: Is SaaS the Killer App for the CAD Industry?, suggesting that: “the business model most major CAD vendors operate under – market share and maintenance annuities – is showing its age.  It will not be long before an innovative …

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EADOC

My 30 July 2007 post on e-Builder has prompted a comment regarding a relative newcomer to the US construction collaboration market: Oakland, California-based EADOC. The website is a bit sparse on detail about the company and its founders (a press release – in fact, the only press release – says entrepreneurs Eric Law and Arnout van …

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Project Draw

Have you tried Project Draw? No? Well, Autodesk’s new drawing application is available as a free Software-as-a-Service application from Autodesk Labs, and for the occasional graphic it is excellent. Last week, I had to send a designer an outline of what I wanted by way of a graphic, and – with my freehand drawing getting more …

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DWF v. PDF – an Autodesk interview

In my book, I discussed Adobe and Autodesk’s development of different file formats to manage design data (it’s a topic I have since returned to – here for instance). I have just found an interesting interview on the Novedge blog with Autodesk’s Mary Hope McQuiston regarding the DWF format – a similar interview having previously been undertaken with Adobe’s …

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e-Builder makes its “major announcement”

I wrote last month about US construction collaboration vendor e-Builder and its impending major announcement. I waited well into July to see what this would be, but nothing appeared on the e-Builder website until just over a week ago when a release finally appeared, backdated to 29 June. e-Builder announced “the launch of e-Builder Enterprise 6.0, …

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Autodesk Buzzsaw adoption

A news release from Autodesk gives some clues about the scale of adoption of its Buzzsaw construction collaboration application. The release reports “a powerful but steady growth in European sales”, with Autodesk’s Mark Ellis adding: “We had been experiencing an average of two new customers a week for the past nine months, but more recently …

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Croser v. Baxter (‘Building Design’ collaboration debate)

An IT feature in the 16 March 2007 issue of UK trade weekly Building Design is something of a debate between Joe Croser of Bentley and Autodesk’s Pete Baxter on the future of collaboration. You can read the articles yourselves (available online here), but I have picked out what I think were the key exchanges – I wish …

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Autodesk acquires Navisworks

Just a few months after Nemetschek acquired Graphisoft (see post), further consolidation of the AEC design software market comes as Autodesk announces that it is acquiring UK-based 3D/4D software vendor NavisWorks – best known for its JetStream design review products.

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Autodesk sustainability survey at Think 07

The recent Think 07 exhibition and conference event in London was used by Autodesk as an opportunity to canvass the opinions of visitors to the event on sustainability. The results are reported by Cadalyst (SURVEY: Better Collaboration, the Right Tools and Technology are Key to Sustainable Design). Of those questioned, 61% said that sustainability was now …

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