Tag: Autodesk

Apr 24 2007

Seeing red

A recent Cadalyst article, Reviews Have Architects Seeing Red by Scott Mackenzie, talks about ‘CAD-less’ marking-up of drawings. He writes: “Over the past several years, I have not seen a whole lot of electronic redlining going on,” before explaining: “The older generation of architects and engineers can be indifferent, hesitant or intimidated by the whole …

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Feb 26 2007

CAD collaboration

Earlier this month, I mentioned New Zealand-based David Harrisons’ Stress-Free blog. In a more recent, long post entitled CAD Collaboration, he discusses the challenge of collaborating around CAD models. He gives a good outline of how teams have used technology to share CAD information to date, including the use of what he calls “external document management”. …

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Feb 22 2007

Collaborate via Blackberry

At the Autodesk Connected blog Alex Willingham talks about using the US-based Constructware construction collaboration system via a Blackberry wireless device. The tools clearly focus on document collaboration rather than drawings, which is hardly surprising. I regularly hear seasoned AEC professionals moaning about how it is more difficult to view and mark-up drawings on-screen than …

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Feb 17 2007

Leading, largest, global – how do you measure it?

Australian-based construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex says it is now “providing its online information management service to $100 billion worth of construction and engineering projects” (I’m not sure if this is US dollars or Australian dollars; in British pounds sterling, this would be around £50bn or £40bn respectively). According to its news release: “Global uptake of the …

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Feb 05 2007

Design review tools

The past week has seen some blogging about design review tools from two of the AEC CAD heavyweights: Bentley and Autodesk. Bentley has announced (29 January) the release of ProjectWise Navigator – “the first visual collaboration client for design review and analysis plus work packaging that fully supports iterative workflows and reuse of all content throughout …

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Jan 26 2007

New Autodesk collaboration blog

The growing Autodesk blogosphere now has a blog, Connected, dedicated to collaboration. Contributors (collaborators?) Jason, Alex and Mike will be delivering “perspectives on online project management and collaboration”, no doubt informed by their knowledge of Autodesk’s Buzzsaw and Constructware systems. However, they already seem quite prepared to look beyond company boundaries; witness posts about Gliffy (A …

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Jan 22 2007

De Kieviet’s Gambit – more CTSpace ‘spin’

The latest spin on CTSpace comes in a one-page ‘Company focus’ feature in UK trade weekly Building (see PDF on CTSpace’s website). At first glance, the article, written by Mark Leftly, makes CTSpace seem a very credible venture, but I think there are some very debatable assertions. I was puzzled by the claim that the merger …

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Dec 28 2006

CAD file viewers

I’d almost forgetten Whip! Most vendors of construction collaboration technologies (sometimes called ‘extranets’) will recommend third-party applications to use with their collaboration solutions in order to view, mark-up and comment upon CAD files. Among the pure collaboration vendors, only my employer, BIW Technologies, offers its own integrated file viewing technology, but I sometimes forget about the solutions …

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Dec 15 2006

CTSpace dissected further

Following on from yesterday’s post (CTSpace dissected), the Citadon/BuildOnline merger to form CTSpace has continued to occupy my thoughts. In today’s post, I point out that the merger marks yet another consolidation of the extranet space since the start of the 21st century, have a quick look at what the combined business is offering post-merger, discuss …

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Dec 11 2006

Microsoft Vista support for Autodesk DWF format (2)

I wrote 10 days ago on this topic, and Ralph Grabowski has also been watching developments. In his latest article on the topic, About DWFx, he talks about the limitations, and links to an article, Does Vista really open DWFs?, on another interesting blog, Owen Wengerd’s Outside the Box (Owen’s lates post concerns The secret world …

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