Friday, July 31, 2015

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PTC Q3 results in a word: Ouch!

Posted: 30 Jul 2015 09:30 AM PDT

Monstrous gains for Internet of Things doesn't compensate for lackluster quarter in core businesses.   By Randall S. Newton PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) delivered news they would rather have swept under the rug with their third quarter 2015 financial report. It was a down quarter for total revenue, net income, software revenue, earnings per share, and [...]

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Virtual Singapore: A Platform to Solve Emerging and Complex Challenges

Virtual Singapore: A Platform to Solve Emerging and Complex Challenges

Virtual Singapore: A Platform to Solve Emerging and Complex Challenges

Posted: 30 Jul 2015 05:00 AM PDT

Virtual Singapore

The National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, and Dassault Systèmes have announced a cooperation to develop Virtual Singapore, a realistic and integrated 3D model with semantics and attributes in the virtual space.

Advanced information and modeling technology will allow Virtual Singapore to be infused with static and dynamic city data and information.

Click to TweetClick to Tweet: “#VirtualSingapore will allow citizens, business, government, researchers to model city data”

Virtual Singapore is a collaborative platform with a rich data environment and visualization techniques that will be used by Singapore's citizens, businesses, government and research community to develop tools and services that address the emerging and complex challenges Singapore faces.

This project will build upon Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity to create a dynamic, 3D digital model of Singapore and connect all stakeholders in a secured and controlled environment.

The model will employ data analytics and simulate modeling capabilities for testing concepts and services, planning, decision-making, researching technologies and generating community collaboration.

With images and data collected from various public agencies, including geometric, geospatial and topology, as well as legacy and real-time data such as demographics, movement or climate, Virtual Singapore users will be able to create rich visual models and realistic large-scale simulations of Singapore.

Users can digitally explore the impact of urbanization on the city-state and develop solutions that optimize logistics, governance and operations related to environmental and disaster management, infrastructure, homeland security or community services.

“Singapore is the most advanced city in the world in terms of leveraging technology to plan and manage its transformation over the next decades, and its government’s forward-thinking vision towards a Smart Nation parallels our own mission to harmonize product, nature and life through 3D universes,” said Bernard Charlès, President & CEO, Dassault Systèmes.

“Cities are some of the most complex ‘products’ created by humanity. Through more efficient and accurate predictions of future experiences within these cities using state-of-the-art tools and applications, we can better anticipate national resource planning or provision of services, and contribute towards a more sustainable quality of life. We hope to see other cities echo Singapore's exciting initiative.”

Click to TweetClick to Tweet: “Cities are some of the most complex ‘products’ created by humanity” -@BernardCharles

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, provides a scalable, single unified hub to represent, extend, and improve the real world and manage data, processes, and people of sustainable cities. 3DEXPERIENCity addresses architecture, infrastructure, planning, resources and inhabitants through virtualization, simulation and collaboration capabilities.

Research, innovation and enterprise are central to Singapore’s development as a knowledge-based economy and society as it helps to provide solutions to improve people’s lives, create job opportunities, and enter new industries.

Virtual Singapore was launched in December 2014 as part of Singapore’s Smart Nation drive. The Virtual Singapore platform is expected to be completed by 2018.

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is expected to be completed by 2018

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Programação API Autodesk Inventor

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Fusion 360 Hackathon (Earn $500)

Posted: 29 Jul 2015 06:30 PM PDT


We're still putting the specific details together but I wanted to give some advance warning for a Fusion 360 Hackathon coming up in September.  This will be an  online Hackathon that spans several weeks and consists of presentations and lots of online mentoring to help you get your Fusion 360 apps developed and on the Fusion Exchange Store.  To help encourage you a bit more, if you publish your app on the Exchange store by a defined deadline you'll get $500.

With the Fusion 360 API supporting add-ins and now with the latest release also supporting C++, and with a $500 incentive, it's now a great time to begin investigating Fusion to see if Fusion is a viable platform for your app.  These don't have to be large full-scale applications but can also be smaller utilities that enhance the use of Fusion 360.


Portal da impressão 3d: “Banco economiza consertando caixa eletrônico com impressora 3D” e 9 mais!

Portal da impressão 3d: “Banco economiza consertando caixa eletrônico com impressora 3D” e 9 mais!

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Banco economiza consertando caixa eletrônico com impressora 3D

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SPECapc releases SolidWorks 2015 benchmark

Posted: 29 Jul 2015 11:28 AM PDT

Three new models are included in this year's benchmark, along with new procedures to test workstation performance. The leader in benchmark software for application performance has released new benchmark software for evaluating workstations for use with Dassault Systemes SolidWorks 2015. SPECapc for SolidWorks 2015 consists of nine graphics and two CPU tests. The graphics tests [...]

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Architecting my first AutoCAD I/O application

Posted: 29 Jul 2015 04:00 AM PDT

As mentioned in this recent post, I've been working on my AutoCAD I/O-driven web-site on and off for the last few weeks. Lately I've had to think beyond certain assumptions I'd made about its architecture, and I thought it worth sharing those thoughts here. The intention of the site is...

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Growing dragons challenge Game of Thrones CG team

Posted: 28 Jul 2015 07:00 AM PDT

Pixomondo created the babies, growing in capabilities as the dragons grow in stature. HBO's Game of Thrones is popular for many reasons, most of them beyond the scope of our coverage here. But some of the appeal surely lies in the realistic visual effects that give mythic realism to the unfolding story of endless battles [...]

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

“A Sprinkling of Smart Dust” plus 1 more

“A Sprinkling of Smart Dust” plus 1 more

A Sprinkling of Smart Dust

Posted: 27 Jul 2015 03:15 PM PDT

Written by Catherine Bolgar

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The "Internet of Things" allows industrial companies to tune or monitor equipment and processes with sensors. But how can these be best positioned and remain connected? One solution is to use smart dust, deployed in oil refineries, industrial process automation, breweries, waste-water treatment and elsewhere.

Smart dust was conceived in the mid 1990s by Kristofer S.J. Pister, now professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He wanted to  create tiny, diffuse wireless sensors that could be used for product tracking, temperature monitors, defense surveillance and other such applications.

By 2001, Dr. Pister's team had developed an autonomous sensor the size of a grain of rice, containing five solar power supplies. "It was completely useless for anybody trying to do anything practical," he says.

But with growing industry interest in smart dust, he founded a company, Dust Networks (acquired later by Linear Technology), to work on possible industrial applications.

When we got out of the university setting, we learned that size wasn't particularly important, but power and reliability are," Dr. Pister says.

The sensors had to be so efficient that their batteries would be able to last a decade, and communications technology had to function in harsh industrial conditions.

"We found that as we made these things better, the package gets smaller," Dr. Pister says. The Dust sensors are now about the size of a sugar cube—too big to inhale, as some had feared—and are fixed in precise spots, so  "they aren't thrown willy-nilly in the breeze," he notes. "They aren't going to wander."

The sensing work itself—detection and measurement of temperature, flow rates, vibrations etc.—doesn't require much power, but communicating it does. As a result, Dr. Pister's team focuses on extremely low-power radios, turning them on only at the right time (down to the microsecond) either on a schedule or when the sensors have information to report.

To further save energy and improve reliability, the sensors are wirelessly connected in a mesh for efficient batch networking, communicating among one another to send data in short hops that don't require much energy.

"The n6-18-2015 12-59-54 PMetworking aspect is similar to what goes on in the Internet," Dr. Pister says. "It's [about] how to build a reliable network when individual paths may be unreliable. We had to come up with different optimum solutions than what people are used to in radio."

Typically, a sensor system has many low-power transmitters and one really good receiver, in what is called a "star-connected network." However, in an industrial setting, the physics of a star network doesn’t work well. “The nature of radio frequency propagation and thermal noise in receivers mean there is some tradeoff,” Dr. Pister says. “If anything changes in the environment, it interferes.”

Sound travels like ripples when a stone is dropped into a pond, he says. When a ripple hits a wall, it reflects back and makes patterns. "If you're a radio, you don't want those patterns. You get destructive interference," Dr. Pister explains. Industrial settings are full of such radio-reflecting walls.

That's where the mesh really shines," Dr. Pister says. You don't need any one particular length between devices. Everybody can talk to everybody as long as [a] path is available. Packets [of data] keep going through, no matter what happens in the environment."

The technology continues to improve and new applications continue to arise. "It's not out of the question that 10 years from now there's a whole new deployment," he says. "The interesting thing, especially in the industrial process space, is that standards tend to last a long time."

The first Dust sensors, deployed in 2007, are still working with their original batteries. While new generations may use less power, they operate with the same protocol, so companies don't have to replace older models when a new one comes out. Linear Technology continues to sell products launched 30 years ago.

The quest to reduce size and energy use continues. One research focus is "energy scavenging," whereby sensors can be powered by vibrations from the equipment they're monitoring, or by differences in ambient temperature. "It's not science fiction," Dr. Pister says. "We have customers who integrated our wireless sensors that are running off solar power or temperature differences in a refinery. It's part of the future of infinite-life products."

Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe. For more from Catherine Bolgar, contributors from the Economist Intelligence Unit along with industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion.

Photos courtesy of iStock

Create New CPG Products Up To 50 Percent Faster!

Posted: 27 Jul 2015 03:16 AM PDT

Recent research by Tech-Clarity titled Reducing Non-Value-Added Work in Engineering finds that one-third of development time is wasted.

Some key findings include:

  • Engineers spend only 48 percent of their time actually designing products.
  • 20 percent of engineering time is spent working with outdated information.
  • 70 percent say third parties wait several days or more to send updated information.

Perfect Päckage

Product innovation is critical in the fast moving consumer goods industry. Consumer Packaged Goods companies are really struggling to accelerate their product development and launch successful products faster. There are best practices and case studies that we can learn from, to make the R&D process more efficient and to focus on value-added tasks.

Watch the webinar "Accelerate Innovation Efforts Up to 50 Percent by Reducing Non-Value-Added Engineering Work" where experts share:

  • The current state of engineering in CPG companies and how companies are managing the obstacles slowing down innovation.
  • How leading companies are leveraging technology to eliminate files and emails, and to cut their innovation cycle from 18 to 6 months.
  • Ways that companies can leverage PLM to cut innovation time in half, reduce rework and quality errors, and coordinate a complex ecosystem of functions, partners, and suppliers.

Click here to watch the webinar moderated by Consumer Goods Technology with presentations from:

Kara Romanow, Executive Editor, CGT

Michelle Boucher, Vice President of Engineering Software Research, Tech-Clarity
Raymond Wodar, Director, Business Experience Consultant, CPG-RETAIL, Dassault Systèmes

Podcast Episode 11 – Quick CAD Tip, 7 Skills Needed to be a top engineer & CAD News

Posted: 28 Jul 2015 07:40 AM PDT

CAD Tip: Start your CAD Design the right way

Posted: 27 Jul 2015 05:25 PM PDT

For some reason we have no patience with getting lines and arcs created on our CAD system. Many times resulting in going down the wrong path with our design. Resulting in recreating way to many things. This week’s tip is to slow down and maybe make sure you think through a few questions before drawing your first lines.

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Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

C++ is Here for Fusion

Posted: 27 Jul 2015 02:42 PM PDT

The latest update for Fusion went out this past weekend so if you've run Fusion since then you have it.  You'll now see a new "C++" option when you create a new script or add-in, as shown below.


That will create a new C++ project.  A C++ project consists of a .manifest file, (the same as Python and JavaScript), but also a .cpp file and two project files; a .vcxproj file for Windows and Visual Studio and a .xcodeproj file for Mac and XCode.

The API is the same as what's been exposed for Python and JavaScript.  In fact the Python and JavaScript interfaces are layers on top of the C++ interface.  Each language has it's own quirks so the API is used a bit differently for each one but it is the same API. You can read all about the C++ quirks in the C++ Specific Issues topic in the Fusion 360 API User's Manual.

Some highlights of the C++ API are:

  • You can now deliver your applications as a binary file instead of source code.
  • You now have a typed language which means you'll be able to user reliable Intellisense (code hints) when writing your program.  This is a huge benefit and means you'll spend a lot less time in the documentation looking to see what methods and properties a certain object supports and what the arguments are for a particular function.
  • Performance is much better than Python and JavaScript.
  • You get to use a development environment you're already familiar with.

Probably the biggest downside is that because you're delivering the runtime binary, you have to compile your code separately for Windows and Mac.  Except in cases where you're using Windows or Mac specific libraries you should be able to have a single set of source but you'll need to compile it on Windows to create the Windows compatible .dll file and then also compile it on a Mac to create a Mac compatible .dylib file.

You can post any comments (positive or negative) or problems you have to the Fusion 360 API forum, where I'll be watching.


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Envisioneer updates BIM for residential design

Posted: 27 Jul 2015 10:57 AM PDT

Intelligent modeling is no longer just for large construction projects. The new release of Envisioneer from Cadsoft improves the ability to use building information modeling (BIM) in residential and light commercial design. Unlike other products aimed at the residential and light commercial market, Envisioneer is purpose-built as a BIM solution. Key features in Version 11, [...]

Monday, July 27, 2015

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Getting the extents of an AutoCAD group using .NET

Posted: 27 Jul 2015 02:03 AM PDT

Here's an interesting question that came in from Nick Gilbert via a blog comment: Is there a simple way to get the geometric extents of the group? As discussed in this previous post, the Group object in AutoCAD presents itself as a collection of geometric objects (or entities, in ObjectARX-parlance)....

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Programação API Autodesk Inventor

Tracking API wishes

Posted: 24 Jul 2015 06:22 PM PDT

IdeaStation's are a good idea for tracking wishes. This way people can also see ideas that they too thought of, but did not actually log in the end thinking that not many people would care about them. Now they just have to give a thumbs up :)
- Inventor IdeaStation
- Fusion IdeaStation

Though they were mainly created for product wishes, I do not see why they could not also be used for API wishes - and some people are using them for that already.

If you plan to log there an API wish then please add a tag that would make it easier to track those kinds of wishes: InventorApi for Inventor API wishes, and FusionApi for Fusion API wishes. If it simply has an API tag and you click on it then it shows the wishes for all the products.
Note: I use InventorApi instead of InventorAPI, because for some reason the system automatically turns the tag name into that. :-/

I already added those tags to most API wishes:


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Physically based animation to headline Siggraph Real Time Live 2015

Posted: 24 Jul 2015 07:00 AM PDT

Real time graphics is quickly catching up to offline CG. A new technology called physically based animation is one of the show-stoppers at this year's Real Time Live! showcase at Siggraph 2015 in Los Angeles. The annual event specifically celebrates the latest achievements in real-time graphics "at the intersection of genius technical skills and creative [...]

Friday, July 24, 2015

“Sustainability Series Case Study Snapshot: Industrial Equipment-Food for thought” plus 1 more

“Sustainability Series Case Study Snapshot: Industrial Equipment-Food for thought” plus 1 more

Sustainability Series Case Study Snapshot: Industrial Equipment-Food for thought

Posted: 24 Jul 2015 05:05 AM PDT

We need to double our food production by 2050 if we are to satisfy requirements on a global scale." – Dr. Hermann Garbers, former Executive Vice President Technology and Quality, CLAAS.

Agriculture produces food worth $1.3 trillion each year, yet it also uses 95% of the world's water withdrawal and 2% of the world's energy (along with forestry).  With the world's population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, sustainable food production is a growing priority among governments, scientists and business.

It is also one of the key trends in the industrial equipment industry.  Farmers look to agricultural equipment that helps effectively use water and energy resources for a greater output with less input, such as energy or fertilizer.

CLAAS machinery

What happens locally has the potential to impact globally, which is why, as part of our Expo Milano 2015 "Sustainability Series," we're featuring CLAAS, an agricultural equipment manufacturer headquartered in Germany.  With over 11,000 employees and nearly €4 billion in revenues, their combines, forage harvesters, balers, tractors and field harvesting machinery are used by farmers worldwide.

CLAAS machinery in actionCLAAS adopted our solutions to help provide farmers with this optimized machinery.  Specifically, this involved providing the company's development and production sites around the world with access to a unique source of product information for all of a product's virtually working parts.   Designers can digitally store and test their designs, and mechanical, electrical and hydraulics engineers can collaborate to make any necessary adjustments in a digital environment.  All of this takes place before any design is finalized and before any prototype is created, meaning less waste and fewer errors during production.  Also, stored and managed design data for every machine can easily be accessed in order to upgrade equipment having long lifecycles with the latest technology, to build more intelligent machines.

When you look at the last 20 to 30 years, technological advances in machinery were linked to size and horsepower.  Today the focus is more on intelligent, energy efficient machines that accomplish more while keeping operational costs to a minimum. It is these machines that have the preference of farmers who speak less about machine power or productivity and more about resource efficiency," added Garbers.

Click here for the full case study.

Ice World Project Complex Façade Design Made Easier with BIM

Posted: 23 Jul 2015 05:00 AM PDT

China’s Ice World is poised to be the biggest indoor ice- and water-themed park in the world, putting entertainment, sightseeing, and hospitality all in one place.

As part of the Changsha Great King Mountain Tourist Resort, Ice World—along with a five-star hotel—is a modern, integrated complex located at the western side of an ancient mine.


When completed in 2017, Great King Mountain Ice World will be the largest winter wonderland theme park in the world. Construction on the project, which is located in Changsha, provincial capital of Hunan province in central China, began in 2013.

Great King Mountain Ice World Tourist Resort is nestled at the south-western side of Changsha province, 8.5 kilometers from the city center and supported by a convenient transportation network. The resort faces the famous Xiang River and Great King Mountain to the east and west, respectively, offering broad geographical views.

Great King Mountain Ice World has an astonishing area of 1.5 hectares and the gross area is 180,000 m2.

Situated at the top of an ancient mine pit, Ice World blends with the breathtaking scenery around it.

The sculpture-like, shell-shaped façade rests across the tip of the deep mine, spanning 170m and only revealing the east and south sides of the pit. There is a hanging garden between the deepest part of the pit and the cover of Ice World, creating an island space for the ultimate show of natural and man-made beauty.

With the lake water and the cliff pathway in view, visitors see the pieces of this natural heritage as one spectacular experience, with unique open space located between the architecture and the scenery. The water element in the pit inspired the creation of a water-spiral rooftop.

Another impressive architectural feature is the glass pyramids in the centre, designed to reflect sunlight on both the surface of the island and the surface of the water.

Complex Project, Large Team

Shanghai Xian Dai Architectural Design (Group) Co. Ltd., a service company that utilizes advanced technology, is one of the main design firms in this project. The company has more than 60 years of experience.

It wholly owns East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute (ECADI), Urban Design Institute of Xian Dai Group, Shanghai Architectural Design & Research Co., Ltd, Shanghai Xian Dai Architecture, Engineering & Consulting Co., Ltd., Wilson &Associates LLC, etc.

The design group itself has more than 10 professional institutes and employs 6,000 professionals, including 700 that are well-versed with Building Information Modeling (BIM). Xian Dai has employed Dassault Systèmes solutions in a number of projects already.

The Ice World project involved more than 20 design teams and required a large amount of data and information to be shared.

The Ice World project involved more than 20 design teams and required a large amount of data and information to be shared.

“This project has been very, very challenging,” Mr. Kai Wang, Executive Manager and Technology Director, Digitization Technology Center, Shanghai Xian Dai Group, said at a Construction Playground talk at the 3D Experience Forum China 2015 held in Shanghai on June 4.

Mr. Kai Wang, Shanghai Xian Dai Group

Mr. Kai Wang of Xian Dai Group

He spoke in detail about the various teams and complicated subsystems required. There was standing room only at the session, as Mr. Wang described how Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA was used in the design of the project.

The project involved a large number of different teams, including more than 20 design teams. There were also many complicated building, structural and electrical subsystems required. This meant a large amount of data and information had to be shared; the BIM model was 2.4G in size and had 33 different modules.

Click to TweetClick to Tweet: China’s complex #IceWorld project involved >20 #design teams; here's how it worked:

While the total investment for the project was RMB 2.9 billion (approximately US$467.2 million), the high level of complexity made keeping to the budget and controlling costs tough. The sheer scale and number of different parties involved made coordination and communication extraordinarily difficult.

"Because of the complexity, conventional software was inadequate," Mr. Wang explained. Highly detailed designs were required right from the beginning. And the firm also had to minimize cost and expedite processes, reducing the time spent on each stage. "In the end some of the original targets proved to be too ambitious and we had to scale back and lower some of the targets," he said.

The targets included reducing budget deviation by 30 percent and above, keeping budget accuracy to within a variation of 3 percent, reducing the time required for setting the budget by 50 percent, reducing drawings review time and work cycles by 50 percent, and attaining a two-star rating for Green Building Design.

Click to TweetClick to Tweet: Team on massive #IceWorld project in China reduced work cycles by 50% with #BIM

According to Mr. Wang, a platform that could facilitate more precise modeling and make coordination easier was required. The system also had to be efficient to enable better transmission of information.

They needed a platform that was mature but was also modular, with an open structure to cater to the different users: consultants, architects, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), and structure and teams, as well as knowledge management (KM).

Mr. Kai Wang, Executive Manager and Technology Director, Digitization Technology Center, Shanghai Xian Dai Group, sharing how Ice World project used BIM for sophisticated façade design at the 3D Experience Forum China 2015.

Mr. Kai Wang, Executive Manager and Technology Director, Digitization Technology Center, Shanghai Xian Dai Group, sharing how Ice World project used BIM for sophisticated façade design at the 3D Experience Forum China 2015.

Strategic Advantages

With CATIA, reports, spreadsheets, drawing specifications, models and analyses are all linked and integrated, and made accessible through the collaborative environment.

The advantages of using the CATIA include its ease of use with a tablet or notebook computer, which means more portability and easier sharing and showing during project discussions. In addition, no additional installation was required on individual computer terminals before the system could be accessed.

Click to TweetClick to Tweet: Designers used #CATIA on the new Great King Mountain #IceWorld Tourist Resort in China

Mr. Wang cited superior computing and rendering speed as an advantage, while discussing its use from conceptualization through to design and data management. The system first looks in the cache for data and sends it to the CPU; if the information required is not in the cache, it will then be fetched from the RAM. With CATIA, 3D modeling, rendering, and exporting are made possible with CAD software.

Mr. Wang illustrated the use of CATIA from concept, design development, fabrication, and construction planning for the frozen 3D façade of the Ice World. The system is compatible with other software functions and generates precise information necessary for 3D modeling in a central knowledge management database.

Shanghai Xian Dai Group also generated and stored construction standards documents in the central database in the form of a BIM, eliminating the need to print out thick hard copies as it used to do. The standards can then be accessed and checked like an online glossary at any time.

With the number of professionals and teams involved, a database with consolidated information and diagrams that is open to consultation facilitated smooth communication and quick reference. The models and information are stored on collaborative environment so that data can also be used across different projects.

Information and data is categorized systematically which makes for greater ease in search and better access.

Parameters and data range can be set to make the design process easier. The system also has a 3D printing function for producing models. And real life behavior of the surface design – including the effect of light and views from different perspectives – are also accurately simulated.


Many problems were resolved or avoided with CATIA and the resulting cost saving was estimated at RMB 100 million (approximately US$ 16 million), according to Mr. Wang.

Click to TweetClick to Tweet: Problems avoided = est. cost savings of US $16 million | #IceWorld #CATIA #AEC

Review times were cut by 38 percent and design time was successfully cut down to just two months. Precise and accurate construction plan were produced and the project also successfully met the criteria to qualify as a Green Building.

“I would say that the system’s efficiency is outstanding,” Wang stated.

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