Tag: CAD

Chewing the CAD

Cadalyst Manufacturing has a thought-provoking viewpoint article written by J. Paul Grayson, CEO of Alibre, that suggests “the CAD software market is stuck in time, somewhere in the late 1970s or early 1980s, when mainframes and minicomputers were the primary platform of professional computing”. Despite the advances in personal computing in other fields, including the …

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CADaaS again

My discussions earlier this year about whether CAD solutions might be delivered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications (see CADaaS continued, for example), are being echoed by other bloggers. The latest to consider the Future of CAD and cloud computing is Lou Gallo on the Solidworks: Heard blog. Update (12 August 2008): Even one of Autodesk’s resident …

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History of CAD touches on extranets

David Weisberg has published online a comprehensive history of CAD, which is available free at http://www.cadhistory.net. I had a quick skim through a couple of chapters to see what, if anything, he’d written about construction collaboration technologies – and he hasn’t ignored them. Chapter 6 (Autodesk and AutoCAD, PDF), for example, has a page or …

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Not CADaaS but BIMaaS?

US CAD industry luminary Evan Yares has been interviewed by Franco Folini for his Novedge blog (a privilege I had last year). Evan’s final comments suggest that he feels Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based CAD is a distinct possibility even if there are, in his view, no CAD or SaaS vendors yet moving in that direction. Done right, …

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Greener Than Thou

CAD Insider Roopinder Tara attended last week’s Bentley bonanza in Baltimore (see my post) and, in a post Greener than Thou, has been wondering about how green a CAD company can be when, after all, its design software will be used to create edifices consuming large amounts of natural resources. Bentley’s Joe Croser told him …

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Proto-building, to BIM is to build

I have just opened the latest AECbytes newsletter and read a fantastic article by US architect John Tobin. In Proto-building: to BIM is to build, he incorporates a lucid explanation of a famous Magritte painting, lots of talk about interoperability, and some memorable analogies, stretching from CAD on steroids (BIM 1.0) through The Big Bang …

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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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CADaaS continued

Further to yesterday’s post, I (and several others) have commented on Brian Seitz’s initial article, and the comments and Brian’s responses make continued interesting reading. Scott Boutwell echoed my view about who might develop a CADaaS solution, asking ‘where are the major CAD vendors in this area of product development and future committment?’ As I commented, …

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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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CAD Awards 2007

Just over a week after the Construction Computing awards (see post) are announced, I read that the CAD awards 2007 – predictably abbreviated to the Caddies – are to be presented on 29 November.

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