Thursday, October 30, 2014

“Sensing the city of the future” plus 1 more

“Sensing the city of the future” plus 1 more

Sensing the city of the future

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 11:15 AM PDT

By Catherine Bolgar*

Absolute World TowersSay "architecture in the future," and you're likely to think of buildings with a radical design, like the Absolute World Towers near Toronto, which twist some 200 degrees from base to top. But while architecture in the future might still be a feast for the eyes, other senses and feelings are likely to get more satisfaction as well.

Over the last 100 years, architecture has been a conversation about style," says David van der Leer, executive director of the Van Alen Institute, a New York-based nonprofit architectural organization dedicated to the belief that design can transform cities, landscapes and regions to improve people's lives. "What still largely is lacking in the conversation is how do we actually respond to the spaces we inhabit. If we know how the mind or body responds to the city, we may look at completely different ways of designing buildings."

Recently, the institute undertook a project to understand people's reactions to the city around them. The researchers walked around New York with residents of that city to find out how one, for instance, responds to a busy intersection. Often the subjects, who were wearing brain monitors, would respond that everything was fine, but "their brain activity says something else," Mr. van der Leer explains. "If we don't respond well to structures, why do we build them?"

The growing field of environmental psychology attempts to better understand the link between people and their surroundings. But scientists and architects still tend to work separately. "Research is happening, but there's a disconnect between people being trained as designers and this type of knowledge," Mr. van der Leer says.

Eventually, such research may lead to a different type of design, the way computer-aided design led to a surge in curvy buildings, and in the 1800s cast-iron structures allowed buildings to go higher without the need for thick walls.

In the 1960s we were so excited about the car in cities," he says. "We put big parking lots and highways in the center of cities. We believed in speed. Sixty years later many still love the speed of the car but think about these particular design interventions in the city very differently."

Today, the focus is on resilience and sustainability. "We need to know what is working and what isn't, so buildings and cities become more sustainable to run," he says.

Understanding how people react to architecture requires data, and sensors offer a new way to collect that data.

Masdar is a sensor-thick city being built from scratch near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates that is expected to be home to 40,000 people. Movement sensors, rather than switches and taps, will control lights and water. Transportation will include a driverless, point-to-point personal rapid transit system. Masdar will be the "world's largest cluster of high-performance buildings that, together create a real-time laboratory to monitory and study how cities use, conserve and share resources," the city's Web site says.

Christchurch, New Zealand, also intends to carpet its infrastructure with sensors. The city's downtown was almost completely destroyed by a series of earthquakes in 2011.

What are the issues facing Christchurch as it's being rebuilt and what kind of data would be needed to help make decisions?" asks Roger Dennis, who founded Sensing City, a project to collect data to drive Christchurch's rebuilding. "We're creating the first place in the world where you can measure lots of variables in real time," from air and water quality at a granular level to footfalls and traffic on major streets.

I'm interested in things like the air quality outside my son's school between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.," he says. "Data on a citywide level averaged over a year doesn't tell me anything."

Christchurch is aiming to become not just a smart city but a "sensing city with smart citizens," he says.

Modern city at night with technology background
Mr. Dennis is counting on Christchurch's 340,000 citizens to use ever-cheaper technology and ever-smarter phones to deliver crowdsourced data. He says although top-of-the-line sensors deployed by governmental agencies will give more accurate readings, they are too expensive to put everywhere. The richness of crowdsourced data can make up for lower accuracy. "Information from lots of people can give you better accuracy than from one government agency," he says.

An early project is water quality testing, using paper-based kits that test levels of potassium hydride, nitrite, hydrogen and hardness in the rivers. Called "the Little Water Sensor," the kits were designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Little Devices program and cost only a couple of dollars apiece. Residents can use them to test water in the city's rivers and upload the data via smart phone to MIT, where it will be interpreted, geotagged and added to the crowdsourced database.

Another project involves using sensors on inhalers of patients with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. When someone takes a puff on the inhaler it will send information and a geotag to the cloud. The data can be compared with air-quality data, which could help doctors understand which conditions provoke patients' symptoms.

*For more from Catherine, contributors from the Economist Intelligence Unit along with industry experts, join The Future Realities discussion.

What Is BIM Level 3?

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 01:00 AM PDT

The following is an excerpt from End-To-End Collaboration Enabled by BIM Level 3: An Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Solution Based on Manufacturing Best Practices.

Download the full paper here.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been the Design & Construction industry's answer to improve the flow of data through the building process, and, therefore, help to create efficiencies.

Industrialized practices work well when design information is structured appropriately for downstream application by builders, fabricators, and operators. BIM data standards have been gradually maturing to meet this purpose.

Building owners and operators are driving the industry to achieve higher levels of BIM maturity by demanding process improvements and technological innovations that reduce costs, increase value from suppliers, and increase sustainability.

Much of the industry is now moving from BIM Level 1 to Level 2, thanks in part to a directive by the U.K. government to adopt BIM practices by 2016.

An Updated Building Information Modeling (BIM) Maturity Model

From Computer-Aided Design to Building Lifecycle Management

BIM Maturity Model, Updated

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Maturity Model: From CAD to BLM”

Some companies are trying to find efficiencies with BIM Level 2 processes, traditional workflows, and point solutions.

The industry innovators are rethinking collaboration and leveraging integrated BIM Level 3 technologies to become more competitive.

Construction teams that successfully adopt BIM Level 3 processes benefit from strategic advantages: they create less waste, deliver in less time, and produce a better outcome while retaining a healthy profit margin.

BIM Level 2 vs. Level 3

In 2013, the U.K. government mandated that all government projects utilize BIM Level 2 by 2016 in order to reduce information ambiguity. While BIM Level 2 has indeed brought significant benefits to architects, Level 2 tools tend to focus on design coordination problems, and do not maintain much of a role in construction processes.

Models produced using Level 2 point solutions are ultimately exported and imported into disconnected systems. This handoff can create unintended consequences: data silos, errors, version control problems, and rework.

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data, creating data silos, errors, rework, etc.”

Data produced by the design team at the beginning of the project does not flow seamlessly through to the rest of the project delivery.

Architects ultimately miss the opportunity to adjust for means and methods, lose control of their design intent, and are pulled into a reactive process of responding to Requests for Information (RFIs).

Under Level 2, with no integrated system to leverage BIM data, builders and suppliers are removed from fully collaborating on the model and are left to absorb the cost of rework.

BIM Level 3 is the only approach that fully connects the data chain from start to finish, helping to create end-to-end efficiencies.

In a Level 3 system, BIM data is not converted into files and emailed or sent via FTP sites to various parties. A Single Source of Truth is established, stored in a database on the cloud, and accessible by all project contributors through web services.

BIM Level 3 allows data to be transactable for construction, fabrication, and even facility management purposes, enabling open collaboration and building lifecycle management.

A robust Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system creates an efficient environment for coordinating complex Architecture, Engineering & Construction data.

Adding BIM data to a PLM system creates a Building Lifecycle Management (BLM) system, which enables BIM Level 3.


Tweet: #BIM + PLM = BLM @Dassault3DS #AEC to tweet:
“#BIM + PLM = BLM”

Cover: END-TO-END COLLABORATION ENABLED BY BIM LEVEL 3 An Industry Approach Based on Best Practices from Manufacturing

Related Resources

Download the Dassault Systèmes whitepaper, “End-To-End Collaboration Enabled by BIM Level 3: An Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Solution Based on Manufacturing Best Practices”

What’s New from HSMWorks 2015

Posted: 30 Oct 2014 03:27 AM PDT

It’s that time again! SolidWorks released 2015, and HSMWorks is assuring that your best integrated CAM option fits right in with its 2015 release.

HSMWorks 2015

HSMWorks has always stood out as a company that did not follow every other CAM lead. The fact is that though HSMWorks does release a major version every year, they also stuff new features in the Service Packs as they become available. This means that HSMWorks users actually get goodies all year round. It is also worth noting that this is the 3rd major release since Autodesk acquired HSMWorks back in 2012.

So besides being able to run inside the latest SolidWorks 2015 release, here are my 3 favorite highlights for HSMWorks 2015.

High-end Roughing Strategy
If you have not had a chance to see Adaptive Roughing in action, you really owe yourself an opportunity to take it for a spin. The 2D Adaptive roughing strategy is available with the free downloadable HSMXpress version, and both the 2D and 3D versions have gotten some nice, new, shiny functions.
Roughing strategies have been becoming really popular, of course, because of cycle times, but also because they have significantly increased tool life with better toolpath algorithms.
In this version, the users have better control with a “Stay-down level” tab, taper helical ramps and a support function to avoid chatter and reduce tool wear.

More CPU Power
I love technology!
In this version, you get support for the latest Intel Xeon Processors, configurable up to 36 total processor cores in one system. (Everyone who wants one of those, raise their hand!)
There is a lot of software that can only use one core of your system. It’s like a bottleneck; all the data has to swim down this one core no matter how many you have on your system. HSMWorks is different: you can actually have the system processing toolpath on a roughing strategy while you are modifying or applying the finishing toolpath. The end result is less time wasted waiting on the computer.

Better visual performance for Simulation
I hope CAM developers never feel they are done with the simulation aspect of their software. This is the last step before code gets posted and if you have ever been the one who has to press the green button on a CNC machine, you know those machines move fast and do exactly what you tell them to do. Simulation is critical!
In this version, you get faster results in “Fast 3D Mode”, a favorite if you are doing those big toolpath calculations for molds and other complicated surface stuff. Also, the “Simulate” function that is available in HSMXpress has improved toolpath position and visualization.

I think this is a great release with many more enhancements than mentioned here. The developing team is focused on making a great quality product that will strengthen users in manufacturing.
If you want to see more about this release check out for links to download both the free HSMXpress 2015 and 30 day trial for HSMWorks 2015.

Check out this video from Autodesk CAM’s Youtube channel.

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Review: Nvidia Shield tablet

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 07:30 AM PDT

Thin, light, and remarkably powerful—what's not to like? By Robert Dow The K1 processor in the Shield tablet far outperforms any mobile processor that we have tested. The K1 is a 192-core Kepler GPU matched with a 2.2-GHz ARM Cor­tex A15 CPU with 2 GB RAM which drives an 8-inch 1920 x 1200 touch dis­play, [...]

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

And the winner is…

Posted: 29 Oct 2014 06:03 AM PDT

Thanks to all of you who contributed responses to last week's "guess the dashboard" competition. I had a lot of fun seeing the responses roll in! I didn't actually expect anyone to get the "right" answer – as the service...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

“Energy planning for a world turned on its head” plus 2 more

“Energy planning for a world turned on its head” plus 2 more

Energy planning for a world turned on its head

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 10:49 AM PDT

By Catherine Bolgar*

Data centers guzzle it. The coming Internet of Things, with the gadgets and appliances in our homes and workplaces interconnected, depends on it. A shift in our automobiles away from petroleum fuels will vastly multiply our need for it.

Solar Power Panels

Our future is powered by electricity. Demand for electricity by 2050 will increase 127% from 2011 levels, the International Energy Agency predicts, with demand in developing countries booming fourfold.

We love electricity because it's so nonpolluting at the point of consumption. We don't have nasty fumes coming from our refrigerators or our computers. But electricity isn't carbon-free. Emissions from electricity generation rose 75% between 1990 and 2011, the IEA says. Increasing electricity generation to meet future demand requires a 90% cut in emissions in order to limit the rise in global temperature to two degrees Celsius.

That means not only relying more on renewables but also rethinking the entire electricity industry, from generation to distribution.

There is a big revolution occurring in the power industry," says Martin Green, professor at the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. "The whole business model has collapsed in a few years."

Peak prices for electricity, whether in Europe or Australia, used to occur during summer afternoons. In Europe, where nuclear energy is widely used, plants had to trim output just as demand was peaking, because they weren't allowed to dump the hot water they create into rivers, Dr. Green explains. That exaggerated the gap between supply and demand, and created even higher prices.

In Australia, many utilities were able to make their profits for the whole year thanks to summer peaks, he says, adding, "Everyone was bidding up their prices."

However, the huge surge in solar panel installations—cumulative installed global capacity rose about 44-fold from 2010 to 2011 , the IEA says—has changed that equation, by producing the most electricity exactly at the times of peak demand: summer afternoons.

Utilities need to find a way to make money from solar. For the unadventurous ones, solar is really bad news. It's taking away from demand for electricity," Dr. Green says.

Renewables pose two big challenges for the power industry: They are intermittent and thus require storage or a backup, and they require a different kind of grid.

To ensure that when the wind is calm or the sky is cloudy there's still enough electricity for peak demand, the system needs extra capacity. Average power demand in Germany, for example, is 80,000 megawatts, and peak demand is 130,000 megawatts, says Eicke Weber, director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg, Germany. If 80% of the energy mix is renewables, as Germany intends by 2050, such a system would need 200,000 megawatts of wind power and 200,000 megawatts of solar power—overcapacity is necessary to compensate for the times when it's calm or dark.

So at off-peak times and on sunny, windy days, Germany would have far more electricity than it needs. "The future will be characterized by times where we have excess electricity," he says.

One way to take advantage of the surplus is storage. Better storage, in the form of batteries or other means, is advancing. For example, electric cars that charge while parked during the day would be one way to store some solar power. Another way is to use the solar energy to split apart water molecules, releasing the oxygen and keeping the hydrogen for use as fuel.

As for backup power, "natural gas is the absolute complement for renewables," says Oliver Inderwildi, senior policy fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford University in the U.K. "Gas can be shut off or turned on quickly and can operate at various levels. If it gets cloudy, you can fire up a couple of turbines to make up the shortfall from solar. You can't do that for coal or nuclear."

The boom in cheap shale gas in the U.S. is crowding coal out of the energy mix there, he says. Building a gas-fired plant is much faster and cheaper than for coal or nuclear as well. A gas-fired plant can be built in 18 to 36 months, versus about six years for a coal plant.

In much of the world, however, gas is more expensive than coal. India and China are building coal plants to meet electricity needs, but they are locking themselves into a high-carbon infrastructure over the long term, Dr. Inderwildi says. The catch, he adds, is "CO2 is a global problem. It doesn't matter where it's emitted."

The other challenge with renewable energy is distribution. The dispersed nature of renewable sources, such as rooftop solar panels, makes planning difficult.

The grid network is moving away from centralized plants to more distributed generation: wind, solar, biomass and other options," says Dr. Green. "Some costs and benefits arise from that. You don't have to have power lines carrying the same density of power. You used to have electricity flowing out from power plants in one direction. Now a lot of electricity is flowing the other way. The grid needs upgrading."

Solar panels in front of wind turbines and mountains

And since the cost of maintaining and upgrading the grid's assets is typically bundled into the cost of electricity consumption, people who generate renewable energy – through rooftop solar, say – are using the grid infrastructure for storing their extra solar energy without paying for the grid, which is an unsustainable utility model.

Smart grids use technology to communicate between energy suppliers and users to make the system far more efficient, for example, by allowing consumers to choose to reduce energy use at peak times.

"Smart grids are definitely happening," he says. "It won't be overnight, but they are incrementally being implemented."

*For more from Catherine, contributors from the Economist Intelligence Unit along with industry experts, join The Future Realities discussion.

#IFWE Challenge prizewinner to pitch at GreenBiz #VERGECon

Posted: 28 Oct 2014 06:18 AM PDT

Milos Milisavljevic

Milos Milisavljevic, co-founder and CEO of Strawberry Energy, and prizewinner of the #IFWE Challenge will be pitching today at VERGE Conference in San Francisco, an international event “where tech meets sustainability” organised by our partner GreenBiz.

Indeed, not only Milos will be attending the conference (as part of his perks for winning the 2nd prize of the #IFWE Challenge), but he has been selected among tens of other candidates to pitch about his projects in front of a large audience of sustainability professionals, media, and investors.

See his application pitch below:

As a matter of fact, Milos is already used to such exercise as he brilliantly spoke at the New Cities Summit 2014 event (organized by our partner New Cities Foundation). Watch his presentation below:

Click here to view the embedded video.

But for now, let’s wish best of luck to Milos’ pitch today, between 10:05 and 10:30 (San Francisco time)! If you’re not physically attending VERGE Conference, you can still attend VERGE Virtual Event by registering for free.

Strawberry Energy

How Microsoft Devices Group Streamlined its Global Development and Manufacturing Processes

Posted: 27 Oct 2014 06:07 AM PDT


Microsoft phone devices

Mobile devices and phones are a ubiquitous part of our daily lives.  Various manufacturers have come into the scene, offering differentiation on anything – from features, design, price and everything else in between.

Microsoft Devices Group has one goal in mind: to come up with technologically advanced products that are also something that you would want to have and proudly show off to the world.  Not only do their products have to be beautiful and technically superior, these also have to be functional: helping people do more while enjoying great experiences with their devices.

It is an interesting time for Microsoft.  With increased competition, the company needs to have that phone that would surpass all of its previous releases.  And design is one of the most crucial factors.

Being a multinational corporation, Microsoft has design talents in different parts of the world, and they needed to simplify the way they designed and developed their devices.  This involved changes to their process and organization on a global scale as they had people in different countries that needed to share ideas and work on these ideas.

At that point, Microsoft Devices Group was using third-party applications that they have to heavily customize to fit their needs.  As a result, they were incurring huge costs to maintain the software.  The company realized that they needed to standardize the installation of software at all their developmental sites in order to achieve the following:

  1. to make sure that they have shorter design cycle times for their products,
  2. to enable every stakeholder to access updated and accurate information about these products and
  3. to make their manufacturing and R&D units more efficient.

In the case of Microsoft Devices Group, they are able to leverage the Smarter, Faster, Lighter Industry Solution Experience and the HT body Industry Solution Experience to meet their needs.

 Easy design navigation and review with the 3DEXPERIENCE platformConcurrent Hardware Design with Smarter Faster Lighter solution






Those solutions used by Microsoft Devices Group currently for their design processes are working so well that the company plans to include other stakeholders into the mix.  Rather than limiting it to the design, engineering, manufacturing and other teams, they are now thinking of letting suppliers and similarly interested key parties get access of the information available on these platforms.  This way, it will be easier to send and receive information back and forth, while also allowing these key stakeholders to participate in the design process.   This would help the company come up with phones and devices that fit with their own goal of helping their customers "do more".

Find out how Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE® platform and its High Tech industry solutions helped companies like Microsoft Devices Group get a lead on their design process by downloading the case study now  or by visiting the High Tech Ressource Center.

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Adobe bets big on mobile, casts a bigger net

Posted: 27 Oct 2014 11:42 AM PDT

The recent Adobe Max conference drew 6,000 Creatives who are rapidly moving from buyers to subscribers. By Kathleen Maher Adobe Max is a celebration—our creative heritage, says CEO Shantanu Narayen—and it is a lush affair in every sense of the word. For starters, the company produces an opening multimedia extravaganza that people would probably happily [...]

Monday, October 27, 2014

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Adding speech recognition to our stereoscopic Google Cardboard viewer

Posted: 27 Oct 2014 07:45 AM PDT

I nearly named this post "Creating a stereoscopic viewer for Google Cardboard using the Autodesk 360 viewer – Part 4", leading on from the series introduction and then parts 1, 2 & 3. But then I decided this topic deserved...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

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3D printing forms basis of cougar stop-motion animation

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 11:25 AM PDT

Maya 3D, Adobe After Effects, and a Stratasys Fortus 360mc printer were the tools to create the short film. Recently graduated from Northumbria University (UK) with a degree in filmmaking, Fin Crowther found himself with time on his hands while looking for work. Crowther decided to take advantage of available technology and do a study [...]

Friday, October 24, 2014

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

AutoCAD I/O API: a new batch processing web-service

Posted: 23 Oct 2014 02:32 PM PDT

This is really interesting news I've been waiting to share for a while, now. And of course it's the answer to the question I posed in my last post (this is the service the dashboard has been monitoring). Once I...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Modul’Air: Design Thinking and Simulation Technology Help Redesign Public Transportation

Modul’Air: Design Thinking and Simulation Technology Help Redesign Public Transportation

Modul’Air: Design Thinking and Simulation Technology Help Redesign Public Transportation

Posted: 23 Oct 2014 12:00 AM PDT

Tweet: The Future of #UrbanMobility: Pods, Cables, and In-Building Stations #AEC @Dassault3DS

Click to tweet: “Designing a #Sustainable and
Painless Public Transportation System”

Modul'Air, a finalist for the prestigious International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), offers a radical rethink of the urban mobility experience.

Click here to view the embedded video.

A central goal of the new public transportation system redesign was to harmonize human activity and nature in the French city of Grenoble.

The result is an innovative system of pods, transporting passengers and freight, which seamlessly connect, scale up and down according to volume patterns, and integrate with ground transportation modes.

The resulting passenger experience is extraordinarily painless and transparent—an obvious solution in hindsight. By design, Modul'Air lowers the barriers to utilizing public transportation and frees up ground space for a healthier environment and higher quality of life.



Eiffage's Foresight Lab, Phosphore, and Dassault Systèmes Design Studio collaborated on the development of the Modul'Air experience.

In the process, Eiffage forged strategic partnerships with new business partners, in particular cable infrastructure builder POMA. Modul'Air project contributors leveraged the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, which is now available on a cloud environment.

The Dassault Systèmes Design Studio provides holistic design innovation and implementation services for any industry. Design Studio partners become actors of innovation, bringing human understanding to the design process through advanced visualization, social collaboration, and decision-making applications.


The Design Studio will be presenting alongside Kerenza Harris and Becher Neme at the upcoming 3DEXPERIENCE Forum in Las Vegas, November 11-12, 2014.

Learn more or register for this event.

Tweet: Designing a Sustainable and Painless Public Transportation System #AEC @Dassault3DS

Click to tweet: “The Future of #UrbanMobility:
Pods, Cables, and In-Building Stations”


Related Resources:

International Design Excellence Awards

Industrialized and Collaborative Construction

3DEXPERIENCE Forum, Las Vegas, November 11-12


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CorelCAD 2015 adds parametrics, Windows Ribbon UI

Posted: 22 Oct 2014 04:33 PM PDT

Corel and Dassault Systèmes both use the Aras CAD platform from Graebert Software as their foundational technology, enhancing it for their respective user bases. CorelCAD, one of two drafting products based on the Graebert Ares CAD platform, has released its 2015 update. Among the new features are dimensional constraints (parametrics), and a new user interface [...]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Get More Screen Real Estate in AutoCAD (Move that Command Line!)

Posted: 21 Oct 2014 03:42 PM PDT

If you're an AutoCAD veteran - then you probably believe that the Command Line belongs in the lower left hand corner of the drawing editor.(where the AutoCAD Gods intended it to be!). 

But if you're greedy with your screen real estate - then you most certainly wish you could take those two or three lines devoured by the Command Line and free them up for your beloved AutoCAD drawing.  Am I right?

Problem solved - now you can have the best of both worlds!  Watch my Cadalyst Tip and see how you can float the command line, and make it nearly transparent when not in use - clear as a bell when you do want to use it!


Oh...and Go Giants!!!  

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Autocad Interface

A dashboard... but what for?

Posted: 21 Oct 2014 03:05 PM PDT

Here's a little bit of fun. There's a new dashboard in the San Rafael office, but what does it show? Post your guess as a comment: the closest – or most humorous, depending on my mood – will win a...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Three Common Myths of Multi-CAD Data Management

Three Common Myths of Multi-CAD Data Management

Three Common Myths of Multi-CAD Data Management

Posted: 21 Oct 2014 06:29 AM PDT


Many companies leverage multiple CAD tools (please see my previous blog post "Stop Using Digital Duct Tape for Multi-CAD Solutions" to better understand how companies end up in these environments).  Regardless of how or why these decisions were made, there is a clear opportunity to improve the value of your intellectual assets.

Why do companies pause to take action when the value is so clear?  More often than not inaction comes from the fear of the unknown.   While it does take planning and capable technology to reap the benefits of Multi-CAD data management, it helps to first understand the truth behind these three common myths:

Myth #1: Deploying a system to manage my Multi-CAD data will slow my designers down

The ENOVIA Multi-CAD User Experience is created with speed in mind.  Designers can work from their native CAD environment and access the ENOVIA functions in a seamless manner.   Only the functions specific to their role are made available and embedded directly in their CAD authoring environments.

Myth #2: Bills of Material (BOM) must be manually updated each time there is a change to the design

Product Engineers can step into the product development earlier with the BOM synchronization tools provided by ENOVIA.  Design compatibility with existing manufacturing processes can subsequently be reviewed earlier as well allowing production issues to be caught earlier in the design process.

Myth #3: I cannot include ECAD in my Multi-CAD environment

Electronics designers can leverage the platform's support of mechatronics which allows for a consistent, systems-based, multi-disciplinary development process for discretely manufactured products consisting of mechanical, electronics, and software content.  The ENOVIA Multi-CAD Experience includes management of the leading ECAD solutions.  For details of which software packages are available, contact an ENOVIA solutions expert at

Transforming a multi-CAD challenge to a multi-CAD opportunity is the business of Dassault Systèmes ENOVIA®.  Companies such as Eaton, 3M and Toshiba use the ENOVIA Multi-CAD solution to increase productivity and gain PLM benefits.

Sign up for a 12 minute pre-recorded seminar and learn how the ENOVIA Multi-CAD solution can help here.

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AutoCAD Mac update brings feature set closer to Windows

Posted: 20 Oct 2014 01:51 PM PDT

Barely more than half of AutoCAD key features can now be found in the Mac version. Autodesk has updated AutoCAD for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac, bringing the Mac versions of the leading drafting software closer to its Windows counterpart. The new features in AutoCAD Mac 2015 means almost half of the features Autodesk [...]