Mar 31, 2009

IDEA brings end-to-end product design services to India

New Delhi: Innovative Design Engineering Animation (IDEA) Pvt Ltd, a leading provider of product design services, with expertise in industrial design, engineering and animation has extended its spectrum of product design services for the Indian market. These services will empower customers in the medical, consumer products, consumer electronics, and automotive domains to go to the market faster with innovative products. IDEA has developed over 250 products across various verticals for its multitude of international customers. IDEA’s product design services will cater to the burgeoning need of the Indian market. The main drivers fueling the growth of Indian design market are demanding customer preference and growing need for customized products, reduced product life cycles translating to developing new products with faster time to market, and to beat the innovation vacuum created in companies.

“Our gamut of services will enable companies to develop end-to-end innovative & manufacturable products. Customer will be able to leverage a creative and strategic team of designers and engineers possessing strong domain knowledge and a well defined project management process” said Deval Shah, Director, IDEA.

The complete spectrum of IDEA services portfolio include primary and secondary research, project scoping, conceptualization, industrial design with meticulous product detailing for better ergonomics, styling and usability; engineering design with precise material analysis, validation and proofing and manufacturability study; animation & graphics design for creating branding image through product demo, packaging, interface design and web design.

IDEA enables Fortune 500 companies and SMEs to quickly and cost efficiently turn ideas into actual products by offering fully integrated and high quality design, engineering, and animation services. IDEA is meeting the needs of leading businesses such as GE Healthcare, Pacific Medical, Eureka Forbes, GlaxoSmithKline, Ingersoll Rand, Shell and is one of the few companies that include both design and engineering capabilities under one roof, enabling it to take most products from conceptualization to manufacturing. IDEA has employed top-notch talent from diverse global companies, and has recruited from the best learning institutions worldwide to build on its growing team of industrial design and product development experts.

India Design Council appoints Anand Mahindra as President

New Delhi: Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the US $ 6.7 billion Mahindra Group, has been appointed President of the India Design Council (IDC) by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry (Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion). The India Design Council is a government appointed body and Mr. Mahindra’s tenure as President would be for three years.

In addition to Mr. Mahindra, the Council includes eminent names from various fields related to design, such as Mr. Akhil Succena of the National Institute of Design, Mr. William N. Bissell of Fab India and Technology – Design Specialist, Dr. Naushad Forbes. Representatives from the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and from apex industry organizations including ASSOCHAM, CII and FICCI will also form part of the Council.

“Design has always been a key element of the overall production process, irrespective of industry or sector and the IDC can provide a suitable platform for Indian design to enhance its competitiveness on the global stage. I am sure the Council will also play an important role in fostering closer ties between industry and academia, and showcasing India’s rich design heritage, which is most apparent in our monuments and traditional textiles. I am delighted to be appointed President of this august body and look forward to my new role,” said Mr. Anand Mahindra, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Mahindra Group.

The major functions of the IDC include undertaking design awareness and effectiveness programmes both in India and overseas, undertaking R&D and strategy and impact studies, accrediting design institutions and developing standardised design syllabi, etc. for institutions imparting design related education. In addition to this, the Council will act as a platform for interaction with all stakeholders, conduct programmes for continuous evaluation and development of new design strategies and create and develop intellectual property in the area of design.

The Council will also encourage innovation amongst the Indian design fraternity by providing designers with access to global trends, market intelligence and technology for product development. It will also work towards promoting close cooperation between industry and academia to produce proprietary design know-how while encouraging creation of new design-led enterprises.

Siemens PLM Software Announces Indian Channel Partner Award Winners

NEW DELHI, India - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced its top Indian channel partner award winners for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. The partners were recognized at the annual India Partners’ Meeting held in February in Lonavala, India.

Tata Consultancy Services received the award for ‘achieving the highest revenue’ as well as for adding ‘the largest number of new customers’. Digital Design Solutions was recognized for posting the ‘highest growth in software revenue’. Solid Vision shared the award with Digital Design Solution and Tata Elxsi Limited for ‘the most strategic sales contracts won last year’. SITECH Pvt ltd. was recognized as ‘the best value added reseller’ for their strong sales and customer support performance.

“These awards recognize our channel partners’ commitment and all-around contribution towards our growth and success in the Indian market” said Hans-Kurt Lubberstedt, senior vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific, Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software’s extensive partner network, combined with our market-leading portfolio of PLM software solutions, supports our strong leadership position in India. We are proud of the persistent efforts that channel partners put forth to reach out to the market, not only with an objective for increased sales but also striving hard to ensure our customers gain greater business value from our products and solutions.”

“Siemens PLM Software’s channel partners provide enhanced sales and support capability to help address the demand for our software solutions and services in India,” said Tony Jolly, vice president channels, Asia Pacific, Siemens PLM Software. “The success of our channel partners, as recognized through these awards, is a testament to the partners’ excellence in performance, enabled and empowered by the consistent training and support provided by Siemens PLM Software to help partners better serve the marketplace.”
About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.9 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.

Leading Indian Retailer Trent Ltd. Selects Dassault Systemes PLM for Fast Fashion

ENOVIA V6 Will Improve Productivity and Help Maximize Supply Chain Efficiency

HONG KONG - Prime Source Forum–-Dassault Systemes (DS) (Paris:DSY) (NASDAQ:DASTY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Trent Ltd., a Tata Group company and operator of Trent Westside, one of India’s largest and fastest growing retailers, will deploy the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator™ for Design & Development.

“As a market leader, it is imperative that we are able to stay ahead of the latest consumer trends. Our ability to understand what’s happening at the point of sale and then effectively work with our suppliers and partners to translate this into new designs for subsequent seasons is crucial to our long term success,” said Gaurav Mahajan, Head of Buying at Trent Ltd. “Based on our initial experience with ENOVIA V6 we have been impressed by Dassault Systemes ability to quickly deploy a PLM solution that provides us with greater visibility into the supply chain and an ability to track and manage costs and changes as necessary.”

With 38 Westside stores in India and plans to expand rapidly in 2010, Trent Ltd. has to ensure that it can manage its margin and profitability by rapidly responding to changing market conditions and consumer trends. A key element of its long term success will be based on how effectively the company is able to work with the core elements in their ecosystem including internal resources, partners, buyers, sourcing offices and suppliers. The ENOVIA Accelerator, which will take just nine weeks to implement, will integrate with their existing ERP systems to provide Trent Ltd. with greater visibility into the new product development process. This approach will enable the company to reduce sample development time and increase seasonal options by leveraging the market knowledge and design capabilities of key suppliers while also tracking commodity prices to negotiate better costs with them.

“In order to seize new opportunities and stay ahead of competition, retailers and apparel companies are starting to address the need for a more comprehensive approach to working collaboratively with their key suppliers. There’s no doubt that the Indian RFA industry is extremely ambitious and companies are looking for the opportunity to expand into new markets. They understand that, as part of the process, sustainable and cost-efficient business can only be achieved by managing the product lifecycle from sample development to quality control,” said Suman Bose, Country Director, Dassault Systemes India, Dassault Systemes. “We are pleased that Trent Ltd., a leader in the Indian retail market, has selected our solution as a key element to managing their long term success.”

In addition to Westside which was founded in 1998, Trent Ltd. also established Star India Bazaar in 2004, a chain of hypermarkets with stores in Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Bangalore. In 2005 Trent Ltd. rounded out its portfolio of brands with the acquisition of Landmark, India’s largest book and music retailer.

The ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator™ for Design & Development is based on the Dassault Systemes V6 platform, a single PLM platform for managing product lifecycle business processes that will enable customers to implement industry standards and best practices. Designed as an out-of-the box solution, the Apparel Accelerator enables companies to rapidly deploy a state of the art, scalable enterprise solution for apparel design and development that can help them go to market quicker by taking products from trend to design to sourcing to manufacturing to the customer within a single, collaborative environment.

Zoomlion Selects Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter to Enhance Product Development and Engineering Processes

PLANO, Texas & BEIJING - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced that Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Co. (Zoomlion) has selected Teamcenter® software, Siemens PLM Software’s digital lifecycle management solution, to enhance efficiency in product development, engineering processes and data management, thereby addressing the challenges of the current economic climate.

Zoomlion, a machinery manufacturer headquartered in Changsha, Hunan Province, is a pioneer corporation in China’s construction machinery industry. Zoomlion is engaged in the research and manufacturing of key machines that support China’s national emphasis on infrastructure including construction, energy source, transportation and other projects. Zoomlion will extend operations in Changde, Yiyang, Shanghai, Shanxi, and build nine industrial parks.

“Zoomlion has been searching for a PLM solution to bolster the company’s competitive advantage in product research and development through a robust data and information management system,” said Zhang Feiqing, information department director of Zoomlion Group. “Siemens PLM Software’s Teamcenter is one of best-in-class solutions that addresses Zoomlion’s business requirements for data management and multi-site collaboration while reducing time-to-market and production cost. Zoomlion expects Teamcenter to help us reduce costs and time-to-market and stay up-to-date for operations ranging from product innovation through mass production and customer delivery.”

“Teamcenter helps innovation leaders like Zoomlion boost their productivity and competitive position in these challenging economic times,” said Chuck Yuan, senior vice president and general manager, Greater China, Siemens PLM Software. “Teamcenter provides an open, integrated solution enabling Zoomlion to enhance innovation practices and expand management control of the entire product lifecycle to help turn more ideas into successful products.”

Changsha Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Development Co., Ltd, founded in 1992, is a hi-tech publicly listed company employing more than 18,000 people. Zoomlion is a pioneer corporation in China’s construction machinery industry and one of the country’s top 103 innovative experimental enterprises in China. Zoomlion is engaged in research and development and manufacturing machinery for national priority infrastructure development such as construction, energy resource and transportation projects. Zoomlion has kept average annual increase of more than 60% since its establishment and annual output value and sales revenues are over RMB 20 billion.

Dassault Systemes’ Commitment to Footwear Industry Strengthened by Recent Partnership

Global Customer Momentum, Alliance with Leading Footwear Brand Consultancy and Dassault Systemes V6 PLM Secure Position as Industry Leader

LOWELL, Mass - Dassault Systemes (DS) (Paris:DSY) (NASDAQ:DASTY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced it has strengthened its position as an industry leader in the PLM market for retail, footwear and apparel (RFA) through an agreement with i-generator, an innovator in brand creation for global footwear brands. i-generator is an industry leader in the areas of footwear creation and related services, and helps its customers capture industry leadership through fast, innovative product or service development. i-generator specializes in applied research (ergonomics, biomechanics, and neurology), biomedical engineering, mechanical and industrial design, development and sourcing.

i-generator and Dassault Systemes’ ENOVIA brand will work together to design and deliver ENOVIA solutions to global footwear manufacturers and their supply chains to help them reduce cost and streamline their product development processes. i-generator will also join forces with ENOVIA in leadership initiatives including its strategic customer council for footwear, industry events and global sales activities.

Peter Rueegger, partner, i-generator said, “In today’s market, global footwear companies can no longer afford slow, inefficient and out-of-date product systems and processes. The speed of the marketplaces, changing consumer tastes, and the sheer scope of footwear product ranges no longer allow for these very costly inefficiencies, and therefore make PLM a competitive necessity. We are thrilled to join forces with Dassault Systemes to deliver industry leading solutions to the footwear market that are the platform for both in-house as well as external supply chains, and sourcing partners.”

“In the fast moving world of footwear it is imperative that companies select technology partners and solutions that can help them strengthen innovation and implement best business practices,” says Michel Tellier, CEO, ENOVIA, Dassault Systemes. “We are pleased to engage with footwear industry expert i-generator to help our customers meet consumer demand quickly with the best products while managing their business for sustainable growth in this challenging economic climate.”

Dassault Systemes’ ENOVIA brand has been a thought leader and solution innovator in PLM for the RFA industry for several years, as the company recognized that the benefits of PLM were as critical to footwear and apparel manufacturing as they were for traditional manufacturing industries such as automotive and aerospace. With the built-in flexibility and scalability of the ENOVIA solution, and its industry leading SOA platform, the company has been able to deliver industry-specific, rapidly implementable solutions based on best practices of leading industry brands. Dassault Systemes has established close relationships with a number of leading global RFA brands such as Guess, Under Armour, Pacific Brands and REI.

In addition, ENOVIA’s technology provides the core of the Dassault Systemes V6 platform, a single PLM platform for managing product lifecycle business processes that will enable customers to implement industry standards and best practices. For RFA, ENOVIA has specifically developed two commercially available, off-the-shelf, Product Lifecycle Management solutions which include the ENOVIA® Apparel Accelerator™ for Design & Development and the ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator™ for Sourcing & Production. These accelerators enable companies to rapidly deploy a state-of-the-art, scalable enterprise solution for apparel design and development to take products from trend to design to sourcing to manufacturing to the customer.

i-generator is an industry leader in the areas of footwear creation and related services with the goal to increase the client’s market share and industry leadership through fast, innovative product or service development. Since 2000 i-generator has helped companies such as Under Armour, Timberland, Rockport and SCOTT create new product concepts from ideation to production. i-generator specializes in applied research (ergonomics, biomechanics, and neurology), biomedical engineering, mechanical and industrial design, development and sourcing. On the strategic side i-generator works as an interface between the technological and marketing worlds. i-generator helps its clients to define new strategies, understand and exploit new and existing business opportunities, optimize processes and enter alliances with other organizations. I-generator’s services in the strategic field include vision and value planning, innovation workshops, consumer insights, process consulting as well as market- & portfolio assessment.

Guess, Inc. Expands Deployment of Dassault Systèmes’ PLM Solutions to Manage Its Global Sourcing Operation

Leading Contemporary Fashion Brand Adopts Industry’s First Integrated Apparel Development and Sourcing Solution to Drive Brand Value, Reduce Costs and Improve Lifecycle Management

LOWELL, Mass - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Paris:DSY) (NASDAQ:DASTY), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Guess, Inc. has selected the company’s ENOVIA® Apparel Accelerator™ for Sourcing and Production to seamlessly connect its global sourcing and PLM efforts. By improving information flow and communication with partners, Guess will increase lifecycle visibility, improve collaboration and further demonstrate its brand value through constant innovation – all within a single platform.

With sourcing operations throughout the world, Guess is challenged with providing information such as color codes and style numbers to its suppliers in one common language. The company, a longtime ENOVIA customer, shares Dassault Systèmes’ vision of leveraging a unified platform for sourcing and product development and will now expand its deployment of ENOVIA V6 as the vehicle to harmonize all the colors, styles and fabric information across the enterprise to ensure consistency in the information provided to its suppliers and retailers, regardless of geographic location.

“One of Guess’ core strengths is our ability to identify fashion trends, put the concept together, source it very quickly and have it in the store in time to meet consumer demand. The ENOVIA apparel sourcing solution enables Guess to be a responsive and nimble fashion leader by seamlessly managing collaboration with our suppliers, production facilities, and retail and wholesale locations,” said Mike Relich, CIO of Guess, Inc.

“In today’s challenging environment, global collaborative innovation is critical for sustainable business. It’s important for all manufacturers – including apparel – to get more out of their sourcing and import strategies, while improving margins. But it’s more than just cutting the costs of materials – it’s about innovating in an industry that demands constant change, and ENOVIA’s industry-specific accelerators help companies do just that,” said Michel Tellier, CEO ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “We are proud to deliver to Guess the very first solution to address the demands of the apparel industry by approaching product development and sourcing as a unified business process.”

Jointly developed with Wing Tai’s Zymmetry Group – the leading manufacturing and sourcing solutions provider focusing on the apparel industry – the ENOVIA solution integrates sourcing within the design and development process, allowing companies to seamlessly manage collaboration with production offices and retailers. It supports costing and pre-production processes, and offers visibility and process control for brand and retail global operations.

“In order to remain competitive in a fast-paced industry, Guess needs to accelerate the processes involved in bringing their products to market. One of the most effective ways to do this is by linking global sourcing with product development – in essence, marrying creative fashion teams with the practical production side,” said Steven Walton, Chairman of the Zymmetry Group. “The ENOVIA apparel sourcing solution provides Guess with a clear, coordinated flow of information between all parties, making the product development process faster and much more efficient.”

Founded in 1989 as MSC Limited, the Zymmetry Group is a leading global sourcing and manufacturing solutions provider for the apparel industry. Headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in New York and China, the Zymmetry Group has customers ranging from global brands based in the United States, to large global manufacturing enterprises based in Asia. Since the release of its first apparel solution in 1995, the Zymmetry Group has delivered innovative technology solutions to more than 300 corporate customers with more than 100,000 global users.

Spatial Delivers PMI with CAD Translation to Automotive and Aerospace Software Supplier

Spatial Partnership Enables Capvidia to Lead in PMI Data Exchange.

BROOMFIELD, Colo - Spatial Corp., a leading provider of 3D development components for engineering and manufacturing software, delivers PMI data exchange technology for Capvidia’s latest product release, FormatWorks 2009 Professional. FormatWorks 2009 Professional employs Spatial’s 3D InterOp with Manufacturing Option to provide its automotive and aerospace manufacturing customers with high-quality CAD translation of geometry and Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) from CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER, and UG-NX to SolidWorks.

The inclusion and exchange of PMI with 3D CAD models has become increasingly important among automotive and aerospace companies as a way to reduce costs and improve product quality throughout the supply chain. With leading manufacturing industries moving toward a single model-based definition, where all design and manufacturing information is embedded in the 3D CAD file, Spatial has taken a leading role in supporting semantic PMI exchange from major industry CAD systems.

“By having access to PMI within the 3D model file, our customers are able to improve their processes and reduce reliance on 2D drawings,” stated Lyle Fischer, Capvidia Technical Marketing Director. “When we implemented PMI within FormatWorks, we chose to partner with Spatial, an industry leader in 3D software components. Spatial’s 3D InterOp with Manufacturing Option provides all necessary data from each of the major CAD formats. FormatWorks completes the exchange.”

Capvidia’s FormatWorks 2009 Professional supports PMI data stored in 3D CAD models in the following native formats: CATIA V5, Pro/ENGINEER, and UG-NX. The PMI information is available for SolidWorks users working with native CAD data.

Spatial 3D InterOp for CAD translation includes:

* High-quality 3D Data Exchange
* PMI Translation for Major Industry CAD systems
* Extensible Platform for any 3D Application

“Spatial 3D InterOp components are easily integrated into new or existing applications, enabling companies like Capvidia to respond quickly to end-user demands,” commented Ray Bagley, Spatial’s Director of Product Planning and Management. “By providing semantic PMI translation from the broadest range of CAD formats to complement our industry-leading B-rep translators, Spatial is enabling customers to deliver real value and increased productivity to the manufacturing supply chain.”

iBASEt’s Solumina Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) Leverages Latest SAP Services Oriented Architecture for Aerospace & Defense Companies

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif - iBASEt, a leader in enterprise Operations Process Management (OPM) software solutions, announces the release of its new off-the-shelf MOM to ERP integration package for SAP―standard integration package that enables customers to quickly bridge the SAP enterprise business system and the Solumina operations management system at the shop floor.

Solumina delivers unique features for Aerospace and Defense (A&D) companies that complement and enhance SAP’s solutions. Solumina is designed to manage the continuous stream of changes driven by engineering and issues that arise during manufacturing and service of complex products while maintaining process control and full accountability for regulatory compliance and requirements from customers, DoD, FAA, and standards like AS9100.

Some of the unique functionality that Solumina delivers to complement SAP includes:

* Illustrated work instructions that step the operator through the process and prompt for data collection and signatures where required;
* Inspection plans with data collection, test, verification and electronic signature requirements;
* Tight integration of change management processes with Engineering CAD/PDM systems;
* Employees and tools certification validation;
* Detail process control at a operation level including decision points and return loops based on data collected;
* Capability to split a work order after it has started and maintain serial number traceability.

All of these features are delivered in a simple user interface designed to reduce the learning curve for shop floor personnel and provide the process control required to assure product quality in highly regulated industries.

“SAP’s and Solumina’s JEE and SOA strategies are very compatible. We built the integration product on top of the new SAP enterprise services released on Netweaver and extended the interfaces on the SAP side to support OAGIS integration standards and accommodate scenarios required by our A&D customers,” stated Frank Heinrich, iBASEt’s CTO.

“iBASEt’s product strategy is to be the “best of breed” OPM solution while providing the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) for our customers. We are focused on providing off-the-shelf integrations to the major ERP and PLM solutions thereby lowering the cost, risk and schedule of implementations and future upgrades. Our strategy ensures a better solution rather than a customized ERP solution which may be disruptive to the shop floor,” commented Vic Sial, iBASEt’s President.

HDR Saves $1.48 Million in Travel Costs, Reduces Carbon Emissions by 581 Metric Tons With Bentley’s ProjectWise Collaboration System

Project Is Featured in Bentley Systems’ New Publication “The Year in Infrastructure 2008” .

EXTON, Pa - HDR, an architectural, engineering, and consulting firm, won a 2008 Be Awards of Excellence in the “Innovation in Road and Bridge” and “Connecting Project Teams” categories for its new five-level Southwest Parkway Interchange in Fort Worth, Texas. The project is featured in the new publication “The Year in Infrastructure 2008,” available online from Bentley Systems, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, at www.bentley.com/YearInInfrastructure2008. The design included two miles of new roadway and six-lane mainlines on the Southwest Parkway with localized frontage roads. By using Bentley’s ProjectWise collaboration system to connect people and information across offices, rather than relocating design team members to the project’s office headquarters in Dallas, HDR saved more than $1.48 million in travel costs and reduced its carbon emissions by 581 metric tons.

The project also included the design of more than one mile of State Highway 183 reconstruction with new frontage roads, nine direct connectors to Interstate 20, 15 slip ramps, and a cross-street underpass reconstruction. To meet the project’s aggressive deadline of 18 months from notice-to-proceed to final design, HDR needed to pool multiple resources for bridge and roadway design. To complete the project successfully and within the tight time frame, the firm mobilized a seamless design team comprising 134 HDR engineers, CAD designers, and staff from 12 offices, along with more than 40 team members from four sub-consultants. HDR installed ProjectWise on the workstations at each subcontractor and made sure those users were connected to HDR’s database. It also provided all team members with hands-on ProjectWise training.

Commenting on the project, John Quintero, ProjectWise coordinator and professional associate at HDR, said, “The $1.48 million cost savings associated with using ProjectWise to connect our design team reflect the great return on investment that ProjectWise can provide. However, the greatest benefit directly associated with using Bentley products is a satisfied client. HDR’s design team received high marks on its recent design submittal, further verifying the success of our implementation of Bentley’s advanced software. ProjectWise added value by providing a consistent and efficient way to share work, manage documents, increase productivity, and produce quality project deliverables.”

For additional information about HDR’s Southwest Parkway Interchange project, read the newly published case study “HDR Cuts Costs and Carbon Emissions When Connected by ProjectWise” at www.bentley.com/ProjectWiseSuccess. For additional information about the ProjectWise collaboration system, visit www.bentley.com/ProjectWise.

The Be Awards of Excellence (which this year become the Be Inspired Awards) honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them. They are judged by independent panels of industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony.

To learn about the hundreds of innovative projects nominated for the Be Awards of Excellence during the past five years, visit www.bentley.com/YearInInfrastructure and read Bentley’s “Year in Infrastructure” annual publications.

Devon IT Announces Thin Clients orderable from IBM in India

With Full Support for IBM Virtual Client Solutions, Devon IT's Thin Clients Provide Cost-Effective Approach To Managing and Accessing Virtualized Desktops.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa - Devon IT Solutions India Pvt Ltd today announced its new line of thin client solutions, orderable with IBM part numbers. Devon has worked directly with IBM to launch this complete line of thin client solutions that complements IBM's Virtual Client Solutions (VCS) infrastructure.

"We are committed to providing industry-leading and cost-effective thin client technology for users," explained Joe Makoid, President, Devon IT. "When a market and technology leader like IBM is progressing thin client/hosted client architecture and collaborate with leaders such as Citrix and VMware it is obvious that the current approach to desktop computing is shifting. We have always been proponents of server-centric computing and centralized management as a way for IT managers to reduce costs dramatically. Devon Thin Clients provide IBM customers an easy and cost-effective way to order complete hosted desktop solutions from one source."

"The economic realities of India technology requires new ideas to solve current problems. The benefits of server-based and virtual desktops are compelling and will address problems like security and operating costs," said Sunil Bangalore, Program Director India Software Labs IBM India Pvt. Ltd. "This cost-effective alternative to the traditional desktop PC provides increased security, centralized management, and adds operational flexibility to desktop computing. The variety of virtual client solutions, coupled with Devon IT's thin client, is a potent combination that makes it easy for IT managers to evaluate, assess, and ultimately implement their own virtualized desktop environments."

The IBM Virtual Client Solutions bring important benefits to the information technology (IT) department. In addition to delivering security and control, the Virtualized Hosted Client Infrastructure will enable companies to support more users with fewer resources, while offering the best possible desktop experience from virtually anywhere and on virtually any device.

Devon's Line of Thin Clients with IBM part numbers provide a complete set of desktop, mobile and specialized thin client solutions that will meet any end user requirement.


The ultra-small and inexpensive TC2 is an ideal desktop replacement for businesses looking to downsize their infrastructure and reduce management and power costs. The small form factor unit consumes only 8 watts and is completely silent. Despite its size, it is fully-functioned and allows users to connect to a variety of servers and virtual desktops. The TC2 is exclusively a Devon IT product and is orderable through IBM using an IBM part number.


The TC5 is a next-generation thin client from Devon IT for users who need high performance from a small footprint client. The TC5 gives users the capability to use multiple displays with one stateless unit. This ultra-advanced desktop appliance supports dual DVI video, internal wireless (Optional) and comes with either the DeTOS Operating System or Windows® XP Embedded. The TC5 is exclusively a Devon IT product and will be orderable through IBM using an IBM part number.


The TC10 is the highest performance desktop access device in the world. It is the first desktop access device that gives the end user a true PC experience with instant screen updates, full multimedia support, and full USB compatibility. It connects to IBM's HC10 Workstation Blade using PC-over-IP(tm), a technology that changes the desktop computing model by enabling desktop consolidation benefits to be realized across the enterprise. Unlike a traditional RDP thin client, the TC10 is for demanding users that require real time PC-like capability such as financial traders and power users such as CAD engineers. The TC10 is equivalent to the IBM CP20.

SafeBook® LVO

The SafeBook® LVO is the next-generation mobile thin client notebook. Built on the Lenovo ThinkPad platform the SafeBook® LVO is available with Windows® XP embedded software and is compatible with Lenovo ThinkPad docking stations and accessories. The SafeBook® LVO is a mobile thin client laptop with no hard drive, so all sensitive data is protected against loss or theft. With its low purchase price, low operating and maintenance costs, and reinforced security functions, the SafeBook® LVO offers the latest thin client technology in a lightweight, mobile notebook. The SafeBook® LVO is exclusively a Devon IT product, and is orderable through IBM using an IBM part number.

Devon Thin Client Software

Devon's software, which includes its DeTOS operating system and its Thin Manage management suite allows IT managers to easily create, deploy and manage their virtual desktop infrastructure. VDI is complex and therefore requires a holistic management framework to orchestrate the many components required for successful virtual desktop delivery and management. Devon's suite of software streamlines and simplifies desktop virtualization deployments, enabling IT organizations to gain greater management and control, ensure data and asset security, deliver a superior end-user experience, and provide enterprise business continuity and cost reductions.

"We are partnering with IBM to accelerate hosted client solutions like the VCS," noted Rajesh Naidu, General Manager of Bangalore-based Devon IT Solutions India Pvt Ltd. "Our thin clients that are orderable from IBM can help customers immediately access any application without changing the architecture, touching the infrastructure or rewriting code and that is exactly what they are looking for in a secure access hosted client solution."

Pricing and Availability

For more information about Devon's India thin client products orderable with IBM part numbers, or to arrange for a proof-of-concept, call +91 080 41400088

The MathWorks Launches Simulink Design Optimization for Enhanced Modeling and Control Design

Capabilities Include the Use of Optimization to Refine Model and Control System Parameters for Increased Model Accuracy and Improved Control System Performance.

NATICK, Mass : The MathWorks today announced the availability of Simulink Design Optimization, which gives modeling and control engineers the ability to automatically optimize Simulink model parameters.

Together, Simulink Design Optimization, Simulink, Simscape, and Simulink Control Design provide a powerful modeling and control design environment that enables engineers to create plant models, calibrate these models with test data, and use them to design, simulate, and optimize control systems.

With Simulink Design Optimization, modeling engineers can calibrate models with test data directly, bypassing time-consuming trial and error methods. Simulink Design Optimization lets control engineers use optimization algorithms for automatic controller parameter adjustment to meet system performance requirements.

“We are continually looking for ways to ease the design process for users,” said Paul Barnard, marketing director for design automation at The MathWorks. “With Simulink Design Optimization, we are simplifying complex parameter optimization, enabling engineers to quickly create more accurate models and better control systems.”

Pricing and Availability

Simulink Design Optimization is available immediately. U.S. list prices start at $1,000.

The MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, "the language of technical computing," is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MathWorks products are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, The MathWorks employs more than 2,000 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA.

SpaceClaim Secures $7 Million in New Funding

Financing from Existing Investors Will Fuel Ongoing Investments in R&D and Drive Market Demand for SpaceClaim’s 3D Direct Modeling Solutions.

Concord, MA : SpaceClaim, provider of the world’s fastest and most innovative 3D Direct Modeling solutions, today announced that the company has secured an additional $7 million in funding to support ongoing R&D in product innovations, and to drive sales and marketing expansion as the demand for direct modelers increases for the performance of conceptual design, engineering analysis, and simulation-driven design.

The round is co-led by existing investors including Borealis Ventures, Kodiak Venture Partners, Needham Capital Partners, and North Bridge Venture Partners. SpaceClaim recently announced the fourth release of the company’s products, SpaceClaim Engineer and SpaceClaim Style and has experienced rapid momentum as organizations realize the benefits of providing powerful, yet easy-to-use, 3D tools for engineers and industrial designers.

“We are extremely gratified that our investment team continues to see the enormous market opportunity for SpaceClaim as leading engineering and product development companies choose our 3D Direct Modeling solutions to increase innovation, improve collaboration, and shorten time-to-market,” said Chris Randles, President and CEO of SpaceClaim. “There is significant demand for accessible and cost effective 3D tools with only an estimated 10 to 20 percent of engineers worldwide creating and editing directly in 3D. Our 3D Direct Modeling solutions complement existing investments in CAD tools and drive new levels of innovation throughout the product lifecycle. This new round of funding will help us to continue to meet the market requirements and develop new customers and channels.”

“SpaceClaim continues to strengthen its market position, ranging from the addition of Chris Randles to the management team to defining and advancing the market for 3D Direct Modeling,” said Rich D’Amore, Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners. “Targeting an underserved global market, SpaceClaim is the right solution at the right time as evidenced by the company’s growing customer base and expanding distribution network. We feel the company is poised for the next stage of growth and has a commanding lead over competitive solutions with its technology and experience.”

“Kodiak has a long track record in building market leaders and SpaceClaim is no exception,” said Lou Volpe, Managing General Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners. “Seldom does one company bring together such industry visionaries and market makers. SpaceClaim has created the most significant technology advancement in 3D engineering in more than 10 years and is in the best position to leverage the market opportunity. The company’s products simplify complex challenges in product design and development, a priority for successful companies, even in this economic environment.”

The World’s Most Advanced 3D Direct Modelers

SpaceClaim Engineer is a fast, simple, and powerful 3D direct modeler for top-down design, 3D layout, conceptual engineering, and model preparation for simulation and analysis. SpaceClaim interoperates with major CAD systems and with many analysis tools, providing a solution that bridges the gap in typical design and engineering workflows. Analysis often occurs at the end of a detailed design process, further delaying the design cycle, escalating costs, and slowing time-to-market. SpaceClaim Engineer relieves these issues by ensuring collaboration early in the design process.

SpaceClaim Style brings 3D design to industrial designers and product stylists and enables them to work collaboratively with their clients and the entire development team. SpaceClaim Style is a rapid creation environment that helps realize new ideas and convert hand-drawn, 2D, and surface data to accurate solid models. Benefits include faster design ideation, easier design manipulation, and reusable deliverables.

SpaceClaim provides the world’s fastest and most innovative 3D Direct Modeling solutions. Led by a world-class team of executives and developers with deep experience in bringing new 3D and design software to market, including pioneers of 3D modeling, SpaceClaim has created a quantum leap in engineering productivity, delivering accessible 3D solid modeling to engineers, CAE analysts, industrial designers, and anyone who wants to contribute to the product development process. SpaceClaim is privately held and backed by North Bridge Venture Partners, Kodiak Venture Partners, and Borealis Ventures.

Schott Systeme Retain 2008 Pricing for High End CAD/CAM

Munich, Germany - Helping design and manufacturing companies to continue to invest in high end CAD/CAM solutions during the current economic climate, Schott Systeme GmbH are reinforcing a 10 year old policy of not raising the price of their CAD/CAM software ‘Pictures by PC’.

With competition continuing to drive down profit margins on even the most complex of manufacturing jobs, the German software house has for the 11th year running refrained from raising the standard price of their CAD/CAM solution. Still remaining at €9,800, customers are able to purchase a fully integrated 2D/3D design and machining suite complete with hybrid solid, surface and mesh modelling, moldtool design, dedicated graphic design and technical documentation, in addition to 2.5D milling and drilling, 3D freeform machining, 3+2 axis multisided mill/drill and engraving, complete with free machine post processors. Schott Systeme have in addition maintained their stance of providing free yearly support with no maintenance cost. Module prices for 5 axis simultaneous milling, turning and wireEDM also remain unchanged at €2,500, €2,000 and €2,000 respectively.

When asked about their pricing policy and Schott Systeme’s thoughts on manufacturing in general during the current economic climate, company founder Mr Hans Joachim Schott stressed “Firstly we believe that for manufacturing companies to remain both productive and competitive in the current climate, every CNC machine should be accompanied by an integrated CAD/CAM package. The problem companies face is that high purchase prices and the continued yearly subscription costs do not make this goal financially viable. In fact we still encounter companies almost on a daily basis that continue to actually manually programme CNC machine tools as a direct result.”

Relating this to Schott Systeme’s pricing policy, Hans Joachim continued “Our customers have to remain competitive, and this is the reason behind our pricing policy. We offer a single fully integrated solution with no need to purchase additional software or numerous add-on modules. We want our customers to earn money with us, and thus do not continually ask for yearly support and maintenance costs. This coupled with a low purchase price makes it possible for our customers to both buy, but more importantly continue to own a CAD/CAM package to sit beside every single CNC machine.”

As testament to the longevity of such a pricing policy, the company marked their 25th anniversary by launching the latest 64bit version of their software during the Euromold 2008 exhibition last December in Frankfurt.

For product information, download the 2009 brochure at http://www.schott-systeme.com/en/Downloads/SchottBrochure-EN-Internet.pdf

Product demonstrations can be viewed at http://www.schott-systeme.com/en/newintrovideo-en.htm

Mar 30, 2009

SYCODE Updates Plug-ins for AutoCAD 2010 and Inventor 2010

Panaji, India - SYCODE today released updated plug-ins for AutoCAD 2010 and Inventor 2010.

"At SYCODE we are committed to providing our customers with plug-ins for the latest CAD platforms", explains Deelip Menezes. "We understand that our plug-ins form a vital part of our customer's workflow. Therefore it is equally vital that we update them even before our customers upgrade to the next version of their CAD platform."

SYCODE offers twenty two plug-ins for AutoCAD which support AutoCAD versions 2000 through to 2010. SYCODE also offers nine add-ins for Inventor which support Inventor versions 9 through to 2010.

SYCODE has a self imposed policy of supporting versions of CAD platform as early as is technically possible and feasible. For more information on SYCODE products, please visit http://www.sycode.com/products/index.htm

SYCODE develops cutting-edge software solutions for Computer Aided Design (CAD). These solutions are in the form of standalone applications or plug-ins that work inside major CAD systems such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk 3D Studio MAX, Autodesk VIZ, Autodesk Maya, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, SpaceClaim, Rhinoceros, Alibre Design, Bricscad, IntelliCAD, IRONCAD, INOVATE, Acrobat, SketchUp, etc.

SYCODE also designs, develops and implements customized software solutions for companies worldwide. The custom

Delcam to lead £1 million remanufacturing project

Delcam has been chosen to manage a £1 million project called RECLAIM to develop improved methods for the remanufacturing of high-value engineering components. The integrated remanufacturing system under development will give the UK a vital technological advantage over other countries. The RECLAIM project is being undertaken by a consortium of eight organisations that, in addition to Delcam, includes Renishaw, Electrox, TWI, Precision Engineering Technologies, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Airfoils Technology International and De Montfort University.

The main aim of the project, which is receiving an investment of over £½ million from the government-funded Technology Strategy Board, is to develop an integrated production system incorporating all of the processes required for cost effective, rapid and reliable remanufacturing.

Project Coordinator Jan Willem Gunnink from Delcam, stated, "This project is extremely timely as the remanufacturing sector is entering a period of sustained growth that will see it double in size in the next 10 years. The RECLAIM process will provide the UK with a vital technological advantage over countries where the remanufacturing sector is better developed currently and over those having lower labour costs. It will help to ensure that the UK becomes one of the world’s leading nations for remanufacturing.”

Currently, most remanufacturing involves a series of operations on different pieces of equipment, which might even be in different companies. Furthermore, each process is labour intensive and dependent upon the skill of the operator. This makes the overall process inefficient, expensive and difficult to manage.

The new system, which is being developed during the project, combines laser cladding, machining and in-process scanning in a single machining cell. While the main focus will be on the repair of damaged parts, it is planned that the new equipment could also be used to manufacture new metal parts, to upgrade obsolete parts and to reconfigure standard parts for specialist, low-volume applications.

According to the initiator of the project, Prof. David Wimpenny from De Montfort University, ‘The RECLAIM system will be the first in the world to combine laser cladding, CNC machining and in-process inspection in a single machine. This will provide a revolutionary, single-stage solution to remanufacturing’.

To achieve this goal, a number of important new developments will be required:-

(1) An innovative laser-cladding head, using the latest fibre laser technology, will be developed which will fit directly into the spindle of a conventional milling machine, thus simplifying the programming of the machine to perform the cladding process.

(2) The CAM software to be developed will be the first to enable seamless control of cladding, machining and inspection processes via a single interface.

(3) A new contact measurement system for remanufacturing applications will be developed to enable rapid inspection of parts. This scanning information will be used to locate the part accurately, assess the degree of damage, define the machining operation, and to inspect the part at the end of the process.

(4) An integrated system that combines laser cladding, machining and in-process scanning in a single machining cell.

Although laser cladding, high-speed five-axis machining and contact scanning are well established as individual processes, they are not yet available in a combined manufacturing unit. Currently, three individual machines are needed, each requiring significant capital investment and shop floor space. Moreover, the work pieces must be setup manually on each machine at each processing stage. This is labour intensive, can lead to errors in part set up and generates significant levels of work in progress.

Similarly, each process has its own particular control software which has to be programmed individually. This adds additional cost and complexity to the remanufacturing process, and requires extensive training so that operators can master the different software packages. Delcam’s main contribution to the project will be the development of a single piece of software to control the entire process from start to finish.


This project is co-funded by the Technology Strategy Board, a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life. It is sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).

Lake Superior State University Increases Use of Dassault Systèmes DELMIA software for Undergraduate Robotics Program

Nationally Accredited Engineering and Technology Curriculum Benefits from DELMIA Digital Manufacturing and Production Software

Auburn Hills, Mich., USA - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Lake Superior State University (LSSU), Michigan’s public university with a nationally recognized engineering program, has selected DELMIA Robotics to support its $1 million Robotics Lab and extend the multi-year relationship between the university and Dassault Systèmes.

LSSU is unique because it is one of only two public universities in the United States with a designated robotics specialization in its curriculum at the undergraduate level, a differentiator that drives a nearly 100 percent placement rate for LSSU engineering graduates. The university’s reputation as a leader in integrating robotics into its computer, electrical and mechanical engineering programs demonstrates its commitment to hands-on specialization that provides students with a strong background in robotics applications, robotics system design and integration, machine vision, sensors, communications, manufacturing simulation, and automation.

Since 2003, the university has leveraged Dassault Systèmes DELMIA solutions to drive this highly successful program. Students participate in small class sizes complete with a state-of-the-art robotics lab equipped with 14 industrial robots, machine vision systems, and intelligent sensors. The LSSU engineering program’s success can in part be attributed to DELMIA, which creates digital manufacturing process environments on the desktop, such as those involving robotic productions systems, before moving to physical implementation. Employers recognize the fact that LSSU engineering students have demonstrated aptitude with industry-standard applications and actively seek out graduates.

“Leading companies from the robotics, advanced manufacturing and automation industries are recruiting our students due to the specialized skills and experience they have gained from simulating digital manufacturing environments in DELMIA,” said Jim Devaprasad, professor, Department of Engineering and Technology, Lake Superior State University. “DELMIA allows us to go far beyond the theoretical and helps students simulate and run multiple scenarios, just as they would in an industry production environment. That practical experience is one of the key differentiators we offer, and is borne out by our demonstrated success.”

DELMIA is specifically designed to provide users with a digital manufacturing process environment that optimizes production systems, ahead of physical implementation.

“DELMIA is pleased to be involved, starting in 2003, with one of the premier robotics technology educational programs in the country,” said Roy Smolky, worldwide academic sales operations, DELMIA, Dassault Systèmes. “By making our software available to academia, we also learn from them ways to further refine our solutions for the next generation of innovators in this field.”


Over 50 New Features and Improvements; Biggest TurboCAD Upgrade Since Inception

NOVATO, Calif – IMSI®/Design, the developer of the #1 best-selling CAD in retail, announced today that it is shipping a significant upgrade to its flagship product, TurboCAD® Professional Version 16.

"TurboCAD Professional v16 may be the strongest upgrade we've ever had to the TurboCAD series," stated Bob Mayer, COO of IMSI/Design. "There is a lot of innovation in this product, particularly in 2D drafting and 3D modeling and rendering."

An overview of new and improved features include (please see www.TurboCAD.com for a complete listing):

Drafting and Detailing:

• Drafting Palette. Exceptionally powerful and unique capabilities that expedite the drafting-to-detailing process. Create associative 2D sections based on standard views or sectional planes of 3D surface or ACIS® solid models, including XREFs and imported models from ADT and Google™ SketchUp™. Create nested, associative sections (i.e., cross-sections of cross-sections). 2D views may be placed in paperspaces (layouts), hatched, dimensioned, and annotated.

• XREF Manager. Built into the Block Palette. Manage external references more effectively. XREFs can be exported with .DWG or .DXF drawings for greater Autodesk (NASD: ADSK) AutoCAD® file compatibility.

• Bezier Curves. New node editing options include Equal Curvatures-at-point, Non-equal Curvature-at-point, Non-smooth-at-point; all offering much better control over curve fitting with nodes handles.

• Dimensioning. Create standard styles for easy exchange of standard conventions. Dimension scaling in Paper Space now matches scale from Model Space to ensure accurate dimensioning of displayed entities in Paper Space Viewports.

• Format Painter. Provides ability to automatically extract and save selected formats (even from imported files) as preset property values for any object property type. Easy access from drop down menu.

• Filleted Corners. Automatically add from local menu, streamlining the process of filleting corners when drawing polygons, irregular polygons, rectangles, and irregular rectangles.

3D Modeling Enhancements:

• ACIS® Solid Modeling Engine. Now updated to Version 18. From industry leader Spatial.

• Quick Pull. Great productivity enhancement for quickly modeling 3D objects. Select any enclosed geometry on a 3D face and then press or pull it out of the design. Even specify draft angle and add a chamfer or fillet to the geometry being modified. Works with solids or surfaces.

• Mesh Simplifier Tool. Degenerate (simplifies to a specific number of triangles) TurboCAD surfaces. Useful for simplifying large, imported meshes from popular 3D scanners.

• Helix. New tool that allows users to quickly draw 2D and 3D spirals.

• Curve. Split a 3D Curve into two pieces. Handy for extracting extrusion or sweep profiles from part of a larger curve.

• Extrude, Revolve, Sweep. New offset property allows for the creation of a body with constant thickness, as offset.

• Measurement. Measure length of 3D Curves as well as the area of ACIS faces. Also, measuring the volume of ACIS solids is conveniently included in the Measurement menu.

• 3D Mouse Support. Speed design as you move along and rotate about your drawing’s X, Y, and Z axes without having to also use your keyboard or other on-screen navigational aids.

Architectural Enhancements:

• Enhanced Doors and Windows. Right/Left and Inside/Outside flip options now available in Node Editing. The following Vertical Alignment properties have also been added: Head and sill height for windows; head and threshold height for doors.

• Stairs. Ability to edit a stair's height in Edit Node.

Lighting and Rendering Enhancements:

• LightWorks® Rendering. Now updated to Version 7.9. From industry leader Lightwork Design. Provides global illumination, final gather, tone mapping, gamma correction, lens flare, ambient occlusion, and dozens of new material shaders. Benefit from advanced shader descriptions as well.

• Materials to Facet. Simply drag and drop materials from the Material Palette onto a 3D object's face. Quickly add multiple material finishes to a single object.

• Material Scaling. New methods to accurately scale materials and preview changes on-the-fly.

• Render Styles and Style Editor. Easily render using pre-defined styles that optimize dozens of settings for specific effects, photorealistic or non-photorealistic. Render Style Editor allows for unlimited new styles to be created for one-click access to a style from project to project.

Improved Compatibility and Interoperability:

• Database Connect Palette. Data link to any data source (ODBC database, Excel, CSV, SQL, Access, Oracle, Sequel Server) on either local machine or company network. Reference data in a TurboCAD table as well as data associated to objects. CAD file automatically updates with changes to external database. Improves bill of material handling, real time pricing.

• Improved .DWG/.DXF Import/Export. Ability to export XREFs with .DWG or .DXF drawings.

• Google™ SketchUp™ Import. Greatly enhanced. Not only is more information about the Google (NASD: GOOG) SketchUp model imported, but supplemental rendering, lighting and materials information is imported if the SketchUp model has been rendered with IMSI/Design's IDX Renditioner product, a plug-in to SketchUp.

• Google SketchUp Export. New ability to convert models into native SketchUp (.SKP) files for opening directly in Google SketchUp.

"This is such a strong release," added Mayer. "Our leveraged development effort with our newly introduced DoubleCAD™ XT series is already paying dividends for all of our users."

Availability and Pricing
TurboCAD Professional v16 is now available at a suggested retail price of $1,295.

TurboCAD Professional v16 Architectural Edition and TurboCAD Professional v16 Mechanical Edition are available for $1,395.

TurboCAD Professional v16 Platinum Edition (containing both Architectural and Mechanical Edition features) is available for $1,495.

Ramboll Oil & Gas Uses SolidWorks 3D CAD Software to Support Half of World’s Offshore Wind Power

International Engineering Group Designs Foundations That Hold up to 500 Wind Turbines and Towers

CONCORD, Mass : Half of the world’s offshore wind power capacity sits on wind turbine foundations designed by international engineering group Ramboll Oil & Gas using SolidWorks® 3D CAD software.

Ramboll Oil & Gas which is a division of Danish engineering group Ramboll, has either completed or is currently involved in 20 offshore wind projects in Denmark, Italy, Russia, Sweden, the U.K. and U.S. The company has 50 percent of the international market for offshore wind power platforms, and 75 percent in the U.K. Its engineers use SolidWorks alongside the company’s own offshore structures analysis software to design the foundations that support as many as 500 turbines generating clean electricity from offshore wind currents.

“We have a reputation for being innovative. Innovation has helped us gain a commanding share of the offshore wind turbine market, and SolidWorks is one of the tools that helps us innovate freely,” said Ramboll Oil & Gas’ Engineering Director Kai Birger Olsen. “SolidWorks enables us to produce designs faster than our competitors. When a project comes in, we can calculate the operation of up to 100 turbines in one go, analyzing many factors such as the wave loads, and rapidly produce designs that take them all into consideration.”

Foundations account for up to a third of an offshore wind power project’s costs, and consist of almost everything but the wind turbines and towers themselves: piles, transition pieces, platforms, ladders, and boat landings. The foundations, penetrating as deep as 30 meters into the seabed, must resist constant pounding from tides, waves and currents, and provide a safe working environment for maintenance crews operating in all kinds of weather.

Ramboll engineers model the wind turbine arrays in SolidWorks so they can be easily modified for maximum wind efficiency and to avoid clashes that can occur when different contractors are working on the same assembly. The same models enable engineers to plan where on the platforms crew members can walk and work safely during operations and maintenance, and where obstructions can hamper operation.

“With SolidWorks, we can limit obstructions and discover clashes during the design phase so there are no issues when we send the turbine out to the platform,” said Ramboll Whitbybird Senior Design Engineer Mike Hallett. “Also, when you’re working in a harsh environment like an offshore site, you have to focus on safety. Clients have asked us to show them how people will move around the platform. With SolidWorks, we can give them an exact 3D representation.”

Ramboll relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Solid Solutions Management for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration Implements New Cadastral System With Bentley Map to Save Time and Reduce Costs

EXTON, Pa - The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration (ISKI), which provides potable water to a city with a population of more than 11 million, won a 2008 Be Award of Excellence in the “Innovation in Cadastre and Land Development” category for its Asset Management Information System (ISEMBIS). The project is featured in the new publication “The Year in Infrastructure 2008,” available online from Bentley Systems, the leading company dedicated to providing comprehensive software solutions for the infrastructure that sustains our world, at www.bentley.com/YearInInfrastructure2008. With the help of Bentley software, ISKI was able to develop a cadastral system that delivers up-to-date real estate data for all the land parcels it serves or owns. ISEMBIS streamlines the retrieval of land registry data, turning what had been a time-consuming, labor-intensive process into a highly efficient, automated system. Since both the CAD and GIS technology needed to reside on the same platform, the ISKI team selected MicroStation-based Bentley Map to provide this functionality. Today the new system houses thousands of photogrammetric images, cadastral maps, and digitized data from legacy paper files. Moreover, ISKI used the Geospatial Administrator capability in Bentley Map with its XML Feature Modeling (XFM) technology to standardize the annotation and symbolization of objects across the enterprise.

ISKI personnel, along with staff members of other city departments who regularly access ISKI land parcel information, are all benefiting from the new system’s improved efficiency. The time required to process and fulfill requests for land registry information has dropped from eight hours to as little as 30 minutes. This has led to substantial improvements in efficiency in handling the more than 2,000 land registry requests received each year.

Commenting on the project, Mr. Mehmet Zeki Imamoglu, manager of the ISEMBIS project, said, “Implementing our new cadastral system was necessary to facilitate access to all land registry property and graphics through an easy-to-use interface. Our ISEMBIS project makes obtaining quick and accurate information about our land assets easier for our 650 technicians and engineers. We are extremely excited to be a part of the first XFM technology-driven project in Turkey, and our use of Bentley software was the key to its success.”

The Be Awards of Excellence (which this year become the Be Inspired Awards) honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving the world’s infrastructure. These projects set benchmarks and showcase the imagination and technical mastery of the organizations that created them. The awards are judged by independent panels of industry experts and presented at an evening ceremony.

To learn about the hundreds of innovative projects nominated for the Be Awards of Excellence during the past five years, visit www.bentley.com/YearInInfrastructure and read Bentley’s “Year in Infrastructure” annual publications. For information about how to enter projects for consideration in the 2009 Be Inspired Awards competition, visit www.bentley.com/BeAwards.

The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration manages all types of groundwater and surface water resources to provide a domestic potable water supply, which it distributes to demand centers within the city. It also conducts the necessary studies to design and build new facilities, and carry out the necessary maintenance and repairs to existing facilities. The Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration also collects wastewater and stormwater, and safely removes it from communities to ensure its safe treatment and discharge. This helps prevent the pollution of the region’s water sources, the local shoreline, rivers and streams, and groundwater.

New Inspection and Reverse Engineering Tool from ReverseEngineering.com Integrated into SolidWorks® 2009

LA JOLLA, Calif : ReverseEngineering.com announced today that it has released ReSpect™––a feature-based, Go/No-Go, Reverse Engineering and Inspection software product. ReSpect resides as a plug-and-play tool-set in SolidWorks 2009 3D mechanical design software. Engineers and designers use SolidWorks with ReSpect to capture and measure data from existing parts, while working directly within the SolidWorks environment. ReSpect is designed specifically to support geometric dimensioning and tolerancing applications (GD&T).

“During the digitizing process, physical data can be used to compare the digital information to an existing model,” said Braxton Carter, chief technology officer, ReverseEngineering.com. “Because of this unique OEM integration to the SolidWorks interface, engineers are more productive right out of the box and experience a complete harmony between the movement of the CMM, the mouse and SolidWorks.”

ReSpect supports devices such as Faro, Romer, MicroScribe and 3D Creator. Demonstrations can be seen at the WESTEC 2009 Exposition, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California March 30 through April 2, 2009 in Booth #3479.

Helius:MatSim™ Released

Firehole Technologies, Inc, a leader in the development of software for advanced composite analysis, announced today the production release of their composite material simulation tool - Helius:MatSim™. This web-based tool allows users to simulate composite lamina properties based upon constituent (fiber and matrix) level data and fiber volume.

Firehole’s CEO, Jerad Stack said, "Helius:MatSim falls nicely in our product line complementing both Prospector:Composites™, our online composite materials database, and Helius:MCT™, our advanced composites-specific finite element analysis (FEA) add-on tool. Our customers have told us that there is a need for obtaining a quick prediction of lamina behavior based on fiber and matrix constants and fiber volume; Helius:MatSim provides a an easy tool to meet that need." This micromechanics-based tool provides a solution when no test data is available for the particular fiber/matrix/fiber volume combination needed. It can also address the question of how each of the inputs affects the lamina level data.

An example use of Helius:MatSim might be evaluating the effects of design vs. as-built material properties. For example, a design engineer has completed design and analysis of a structure based upon a 52% fiber volume. After fabrication, a sample structure is checked and its fiber volume is actually 48%. The engineer might first turn to Prospector:Composites to determine if any reliable test data [or a suitable supplier] exists for this as-built configuration. If no data is available for this particular fiber/matrix/fiber volume combination, he can quickly use Helius:MatSim to determine simulated lamina-level properties. With these properties, a Helius:MCT structural analysis can help determine if the properties will meet requirements or if additional material characterization is required.

Helius:MatSim’s introductory offer requires the user to simply sign-up for no-cost access via http://www.fireholetech.com/virtualtestingregistration.html. The current version applies to unidirectional composites; Firehole has plans for a Helius:MatSim release that includes a woven composite microstructure by early Summer ‘09.

Firehole Technologies supplies innovative computer-aided simulation software and services for composite materials to the aerospace, defense, automotive and energy industries. Firehole’s Helius:MCT™ software enables the design of composite structures without the numerous expensive testing cycles traditionally deployed, allowing for a faster time-to-market and more reliable designs. The company’s mission is to enable wide-spread use of composite materials leading to lighter, stronger and more fuel efficient applications.

AVEVA acquires best-in-class instrumentation engineering software

Cambridge, UK AVEVA today announced the acquisition of iDesignOffice Pty Ltd, a technology company based in Melbourne, Australia. This acquisition brings best-in-class instrumentation engineering technology to AVEVA's portfolio, extending and strengthening it in a key area to consolidate AVEVA's leading position in plant engineering software for both EPC contractors and Owner Operators.

Instrumentation Design Office (IDO), the software now owned by AVEVA, is a suite of integrated applications for creating and maintaining instrumentation engineering data for process plants. IDO will be renamed AVEVA Instrumentation and will be available standalone or as part of an integrated suite with other AVEVA products.

Extensive evaluation by AVEVA identified IDO as one of the most efficient and cost-effective suites of instrumentation engineering products available on the market today. Compared to its nearest competitor, its intuitive user interface is easier to learn and use, enabling highly productive use of its extensive function set.

Derek Middlemas, Group Operations Director at AVEVA, commented: "This technology acquisition enables us to fast-track delivery of greater business value to our EPC contractor and Owner Operator customers. As a strategic investment, it demonstrates both the strength of AVEVA's business and our commitment to delivering ever-increasing value in our product portfolio."

Garry Hobman, Director of iDesignOffice Pty Ltd said: "We are delighted to be able to associate our products for this vital aspect of plant engineering with those of an acknowledged industry leader. This is great news for our customers who will see opportunities opening up for more closely integrated project engineering, seamless handover of data, and more efficient operations support."

ESPRIT CAM creator DP Technology gears up in Europe

Philippe Albert, director of DP Technology Europe, has announced that growth plans have been met in 2008 with a steady 30 percent increase in revenue, and that he has recruited three new Channel Managers to deal with ESPRIT’s strong growth in the major areas.

Patrick Burgun is now in place in Germany – #1 market – within a growing network of resellers. Luca Ruggiero is joining the Italian group – #2 market – with a dedicated support team, and David Meynaud is in place in France, in the ESPRIT European headquarters, in charge of market development. These three new high-level profiles are set with long-term objectives, dedicated to stability and support of the Strongest European Network of ESPRIT CAM Centers.

Patrick Burgun has acquired very strong experience in indirect business at Autodesk Intergraph and IBM.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in math and mechanics, Patrick — fluent in French, German and English – went on to obtain a bilingual degree in mechanical engineering at the Institut Supérieur Franco-Allemand de Techniques, d'Economies et de Sciences (ISFATES), for which he studied in both Metz, France, and Saarbrücken, Germany.

He began his career in 1985 at IBM, where he worked as a CAD/NC specialist in APT/AC and CADAM NCII. “CAM has always been in my life,” he says. “I grew up in an industrial environment and manufacturing was part of my college classes, so CAM is in my blood.”

In the intervening years, Patrick served in various aspects of the industry, including, but not limited to, pre-sales, sales development and channel management. He describes his new career at DP in six words: “Great team, great product, fantastic opportunities.”

Luca Ruggiero was born in Turin. He studied at the Pininfarina Institute of Moncalieri and became a specialist in mold design, time management, marketing and sales strategies.

Luca has both technical and business backgrounds in CAD and CAM, having worked in the past at Open Mind, Think 3 and Autodesk. He lives in Trofarello, near Turin, and will be in charge of Italy as channel manager.

He finds his beginning with DP as a very good start, with professional and focused people. He’s proud to be part of the team.

Another DP’s new face is David Meynaud, who is in charge of market development. He will increase DP Europe’s ability to support its growing body of resellers and partners.

After studying engineering sciences at Ecole Nationale des Arts et Métiers in Lille, David worked for a decade in business-to-business software sales for French companies LECTRA Systems, and the CEGID Group.

David’s background in software and business-to-business activities are expected to ease his transition at DP, where he will work as a channel manager dedicated to regions of Northern and Eastern Europe.

European Automotive Simulation Conference to Drive Next-Generation Vehicle Design

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa - ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced the preliminary agenda for the 2009 European Automotive Simulation Conference (EASC), an engineering simulation event dedicated solely to this industry. Because the challenges in engineering road, rail, racetrack and off-road vehicles are complex, the event provides a forum for attendees to share and debate new practices and issues, to network with industry peers and to learn about the very latest developments in engineering simulation for the automotive industry. The EASC’s focus on integrating multiphysics simulation into the design process is expected to impact the next generation of automotive engineering, resulting in innovative products that can be made faster, more cost effectively, and with less impact on the environment.

"Engineering simulation is more important to the automotive industry than ever before,” said Werner Seibert, industry solutions specialist for automotive at ANSYS, Inc. “Several phenomena have converged on the industry at once: huge variations in the price of oil, rapidly increasing requirements for compliance with environmental regulation and the global economic downturn. These are all challenging automotive manufacturers to reduce costs while increasing their activity in research and development. In building the next generation of vehicles, manufacturers and suppliers must develop new technologies that address the need for lower CO2 emissions and higher fuel economy. Engineering simulation has a massive part to play in realizing both these goals, so much so that I would undoubtedly say this 2009 EASC will be the most important yet.”

The event’s keynote and technical presentations will offer leading-edge applications focused on solving complex, real-world problems, such as determining the best car shape for optimal aerodynamics, thermal–structural analysis on a cylinder head, and optimizing the process for paint spraying. Scheduled for July 6 to 7, 2009, in Munich, Germany, the conference will feature high-profile presentations from experts representing some of the most successful and innovative companies in the industry. Speakers include Bodo Durst from BMW, Sandro Wartzack from Brose, Torbjörn Larsson from the BMW Sauber F1 Team, and Christoph Schoettl from MAN Truck & Bus.

This year’s conference will cover the full spectrum of simulation aspects and account for the entire range of physics relevant to vehicle design: structural, fluids, thermal and electronic design automation (EDA) — which comprises industry-leading software from Ansoft, now part of the comprehensive multiphysics software portfolio of ANSYS. Consequently, applications in areas including mechatronics and radio frequency (RF) simulation, for devices such as satellite navigation systems, will appear on the agenda.

Application areas to be covered at the conference include:

* Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
* Body-in-white
* Chassis
* Climate control
* Electromagnetic and electronic design
* Engine design
* Manufacturing process
* Noise, vibration and harshness
* Powertrain
* Thermal management
* Vehicle components

The EASC will also feature an extensive partner exhibition.

To view the preliminary agenda, register for the EASC and get more details, visit easc.ansys.com.

SYCODE Founder Publishes Book for CAD Software Developers

SYCODE today released a book titled “OpenCAD – A Step by Step Guide to Developing a Professional CAD Application” written by Deelip Menezes, its Founder and CEO, showcasing the technologies offered by the Open Design Alliance.

Alto-Panaji, India - "I have been keeping a close eye on the ODA and its technologies for quite some time now", explains Deelip Menezes. “SYCODE is a Sustaining Member of the ODA and I have been writing about the issues surrounding the ODA on my blog at www.deelip.com. By means of this book I am taking it a step further by emphasizing the fact that the ODA is not only about reverse engineering the DWG file format. They offer far more than that.”

The book is written as a short story describing the evolution of a CAD application called OpenCAD. The reader starts with an empty Visual C++ project. In each chapter, the reader adds features to OpenCAD, first making it a DWG reader, then a viewer and finally an editor. Finally the reader ends up with a professional CAD application complete with an AutoCAD-like command prompt and plug-in architecture, thereby giving it the ability to be extended by means of DRX plug-ins.

The book is divided into two sections. Section 1 deals with creating the basic OpenCAD application, wiring it up with ODA libraries and adding features to make it a full blown professional 3D DWG viewer. Section 2 deals with adding a command prompt, plug-in architecture and developing a DRX plug-in that converts it into a DWG editor. The book can also be used as a primer for developing DRX plug-ins since the plug-ins developed for OpenCAD also work with any DWGdirect hosted application such as Bricscad V9.

The book comes with complete C++ source code and is available as a paperback book for $99 as well as a PDF eBook for $49.

For more information on OpenCAD, please visit http://www.open-cad.com

SYCODE develops cutting-edge software solutions for Computer Aided Design (CAD). These solutions are in the form of standalone applications or plug-ins that work inside major CAD systems such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk VIZ, Autodesk 3D Studio MAX, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Maya, Rhinoceros, Surfcam, etc.

SYCODE also designs, develops and implements customized software solutions for companies worldwide. The customized solution may be a standalone application working closely with the client's existing CAD application or a plug-in to the CAD application.

The Open Design Alliance is a non-profit membership-based consortium of software companies, developers and users committed to promoting the open exchange of CAD data now and in the future. In addition to setting standards for CAD data formats, the ODA also focuses on the practical matter of developing software libraries of exceptional quality that enable ODA members to develop applications capable of reading and writing the popular DWG and DGN CAD file formats.

Implants in medical engineering benefit from the flexibility and high quality offered by hyperMILL®

Wessling, Germany – Products for the medical industry benefit from the high manufacturing quality offered by hyperMILL® – injection moulds for medical products as well as implants made from hard metal or titanium, for example. The high-precision machining offered by OPEN MIND Technologies AG’s powerful CAM solution is essential for achieving the high surface quality that is crucial for the compatibility of implants. The fully automated hyperDENT® programming system is available to users in the dental industry.

OPEN MIND’s powerful hyperMILL® CAM software for demanding and complex geometries is one of the leading CAM solutions for 5axis simultaneous milling. The company’s software package offers an extensive range of machining operations for use in medical engineering that are particularly useful for the complex milling and mill/turn processes required for implants as well as the manufacture of injection moulds. hyperMILL®’s 5axis technology enables the use of shorter and therefore more stable tools. Improved cutting conditions and less risk of chatter and tool breakage translate into better milling results. Tool wear can also be reduced to increase the performance of the machining process.

Milling in 5axis simultaneous machining avoids approach and retraction marks often found in 3+2 machining. The comprehensive 5axis strategies provided by OPEN MIND’s solution, such as 5axis swarf cutting with barrel-shaped tools, result in a significant reduction in machining times. Furthermore, the precision and high finish of the machined free-form surfaces created by hyperMILL® reduce the often expensive and time-intensive manual rework to a minimum. The CAM solution thus combines a high level of performance and machining efficiency with an excellent surface quality of the individually manufactured product, which is crucial for ensuring the compatibility of implants in the human body.

hyperMILL®: Integrated all-round solution for medical engineering

Widely used standard CAD interfaces and direct interfaces allow seamless CAD data imports to hyperMILL® from CATIA V4® and CATIA V5®, Pro/ENGINEER®, NX™, Parasolid® and SolidWorks®, for example. The CAD-integrated hyperMILL® solutions, which are available for thinkdesign, SolidWorks®, Autodesk® Inventor™ as well as OPEN MIND’s own hyperCAD® application, provide even greater convenience for users. They allow users to carry out their CAM programming directly within their familiar CAD environment.

hyperMILL® offers 2D, 3D, HSC, 5axis milling and mill/turn strategies. All the programs can be generated in the intuitive and consistent user interface. The millTURN module is integrated seamlessly so that stock tracking, collision avoidance and the tool database are available for all operations. This ensures quick and easy programming as well as superb process safety. Thanks to fully automated collision checking, programming is very easy. Tool angles and positions are largely generated automatically. Depending on the part geometry and the machine kinematics, users can choose between “3+2”, “automatic indexing” and “5axis simultaneous machining”.

Error-free from CAM to NC program: The postprocessors from OPEN MIND Technologies AG generate optimised NC programs from the machine- and controller-independent toolpaths created with hyperMILL®. Each NC program is tailored to the machines and controllers used by the customer. OPEN MIND’s expertise and many years of experience make it possible for the company to develop an individual solution for each system that optimally satisfies all existing requirements.

hyperDENT®: Open system specially developed for dental engineering

OPEN MIND Technologies AG’s hyperDENT® software is a fully automated CAM programming system for manufacturing customised dental solutions. The programming system is closely geared towards dental technology processes and allows the digital precision manufacturing of crowns, multi-unit bridges, abutments, caps or implants, for example. As the open CAM system is integrated seamlessly in the process chain comprising scanner, CAM software and milling machine. hyperDENT® allows dental laboratories and dental technicians to flexibly set up solutions or easily modernise existing solutions to suit their own requirements.

hyperDENT® guides users through the entire programming process in a well-structured manner, so that even users who are new to CAM programming can generate complete NC programs with only a few mouse clicks. Once the machine and holder have been specified, the stock has been loaded and the part has been placed by clicking the mouse, the parts are simply and optimally aligned with the help of gouge control, and tooth preparation limits are automatically detected. Connectors are set automatically while sintering pins are set simply by clicking the mouse. In addition, hyperDENT® provides experienced CAM users with additional options for manually optimising and controlling individual programming steps.

The toolpaths are calculated automatically. The comprehensive collision check and avoidance feature, which also incorporates the fixtures, ensures maximum process reliability. Likewise, the machining simulation feature performs a thorough and detailed check of the generated programs before these are released for machining. (Where required, each step can be checked individually.) All of these features offered by hyperDENT® ensure exceptional high-quality parts and reliable production in dental technology applications.

Typical applications: Efficient and reliable machining

hyperMILL®, the hyperMILL® millTURN module and the hyperDENT® dental solution each provide a wide range of optimal machining strategies for machining different implants. These include:

Bone anchor machining: Larger step-over between paths in 5axis swarf cutting reduce milling times and ensure an excellent surface quality. Multiple axial and lateral infeeds also make this strategy suitable for roughing. Defined stop and milling surfaces and stock tracking allow machining operations to be optimised.

Milling of a bone plate: 2D machining supports the output of controller canned cycles. Tool radius compensation, feed rate compensation and subsequent editing on the controller are possible. hyperMILL® also offers various 3D roughing and finishing strategies. This means that the user can always choose the most efficient method for the surface shape. Where the geometry enables swarf cutting, the machining time can be greatly reduced by 5axis swarf cutting. Here, the cycle supports tapered and barrel-shaped tools.

Milling of a bone rasp: Job list-oriented stock tracking facilitates the simple yet effective roughing of complete models and is also an ideal method for rest material roughing with different tool orientations.

Mill turning of a spinal implant – turn roughing with millTURN: Sloping structures are also included in axial or radial roughing. Add-on functions such as tool position definition, stock trimming and path compensation allow users to adapt machining jobs to suit their specific requirements. Stock tracking: The stock is recalculated after each turning or milling step. Thanks to precise machining status feedback for the blank, milling only proceeds in areas where rest material is detected.

Using hyperDENT® to manufacture a dental bridge: With the roughing strategy the surface profile is milled in a single step while preserving the defined allowance on the stock. The rest material areas are machined subsequently with smaller milling tools. The Z constant finishing strategy is used for the fine machining of the manufactured bridge. The material is removed plane by plane with a constant Z stepdown. Collision with holder, fixture and workpiece are avoided. Rework machining: Cavities and undercuts are machined collision-free using 5axis simultaneous machining.

NEi Nastran V9.2 - over 85 customer driven enhancements

NEi Nastran V9.2 is a major upgrade with over 85 customer driven enhancements. Major features include nonlinear composite progressive ply failure analysis, concrete material model, direct enforced motion, bolt preload, improved overall performance in all solutions, as well as enhanced rigid element features. The NEi Nastran Editor now has a new look and feel, and many enhancements have been included such as visualization support for various entities, automatic dynamic plots during nonlinear analysis, and transparent max/min labels.
Performance Enhancements

* Improved nonlinear surface contact performance especially for models where previously a reduced SFACT was required to obtain convergence.

* Improved nonlinear analysis performance for models with large displacement effects enabled and linear materials.

* Added PCGLSS solver support for direct linear and nonlinear transient response analysis.

* Improved overall performance in all solutions.

Linear Analysis Enhancements

* Increased the tolerance for surface weld detection in Automated Surface Contact Generation (ASCG).

* Increased the allowable gap size for Automated Surface Contact Generation (ASCG) when a weld or offset weld type is specified.

* Improved linear contact analysis accuracy and robustness.

* Added PARAM, ADAPTLNCONTACT which controls the adaptive stiffness update method used in linear contact. When set to ON, each contact segment will adjust stiffness on each iteration to maintain a fixed penetration of 1 percent of the contact segment reference length dimension. When set to OFF, stiffness is not adjusted individually. The AUTO setting will use ON for contact segments with initial gap openings that are 10 percent of the contact segment reference length dimension.

* Added SPCD support for static load combination via the LOAD Bulk Data entry.

• Enhanced linear buckling analysis for models with quad elements.
Nonlinear Analysis Enhancements

* Added nonlinear database restart via PARAM, NLINDATABASE from a nonlinear static to a nonlinear transient response analysis. The nonlinear database establishes the initial conditions including stress and strain state for the nonlinear transient response solution.

* Added PARAM, NLINDATALOADSF for specifying the initial load scale factor to be used when performing a nonlinear database restart (PARAM, NLINDATABASE, FETCH).

* Added PARAM, SLINEFACENORMTOL for specifying contact face normal tolerance and PARAM, SLINEEDGENORMTOL for specifying contact edge normal tolerance in Automated Surface Contact Generation (ASCG).

* Added PARAM, HPNLMATREDORD which controls the use of reduced order integration in hyperelastic material nonlinear analysis. When set to ON, the volumetric hyperelastic terms will use a one point integration.

* Added PARAM, NITERSUPDATE for specifying the number of iterations to freeze slide line and surface contact status when two successive solution divergences occur.

* Added PARAM, SLINEOPENKSFACT for specifying the slide line and surface contact open gap stiffness scale factor.

* Added PARAM, SLINESTABOPTION for specifying the type of solution stabilization to be used when a model contains slide line or surface contact and the solution diverges. All options are active for PARAM, NITRERSUPDATE iterations only. When SLINESTABOPTION is set to 1, the contact status will be frozen. When set to 2, the open gap stiffness scale factor, PARAM, SLINEOPENKSFACT will be multiplied by 1.0E+07. When set to 3, the contact unload tolerance is multiplied by 1.0E+07.

* Changed the definition of PARAM, SLINEPROTOL. Previously this model parameter was designed to move a protruding contact surface onto the contact plane. This typically resulted in poor convergence and singularity errors so a zero value was recommended. Now, instead of moving the contact plane down, the datum is simply reset to zero. Doing this should minimize hot spots on curved contact surfaces.

* Changed the default for PARAM, SPARSEITERMETHOD for nonlinear analysis. Previously, the DIRECT method was forced for nonlinear analysis when no enforced displacements were specified. Now, the PCGLSS will select the either ITERATIVE or DIRECT based on model characteristics.

* Added the UPDATE option to the NLINDATABASE model parameter, which performs both a nonlinear database FETCH and STORE.

* Added support for nonlinear composite Progressive Ply Failure Analysis (PPFA) via the NLCOMPPLYFAIL model parameter. When set to ON, composite plies that fail the user specified failure theory will be reduced in material stiffness based on reduction scale factors specified on MAT1 and MAT8 Bulk Data entries. Support is provided for PPFA in nonlinear static and transient solution sequences.

* Added support for concrete materials in nonlinear solutions via the CONCRETE Bulk Data entry.

* Changed how PARAM, LGDISP is set in Automated Impact Analysis (AIA). The new behavior is that if PARAM, LGDISP is set to OFF or 0, it will be set to 1. All other settings will be retained.

* Enhanced surface contact grid point repositioning phase to now check if a repositioned grid will result in a singular element.

* Added subcase selectable contact via the CONTACTSET Case Control command. With this feature users can specify different contact regions and types for each subcase.

* Changed default for PARAM, SLINEOFFSETTOL to the MAXAD value specified on the CONTACTGEN Case Control command, if specified.

* Added an AUTO setting for PARAM, SLINEOFFSETTOL which is normalized to the model reference dimension. AUTO is not used when the CONTACTGEN Case Control command is specified in the model.

* Enhanced checking of MATS1 Bulk Data entry table data. A new check has been added when the TYPE field is set to NLELAST to check that the referenced table contains the origin.

Dynamic Analysis Enhancements

* Added PARAM, EIGENFLEXFREQ which specifies the threshold for defining the first flexible mode. Eigenvalues with a frequency greater than this value will be considered flexible modes.

* Added PCGLSS solver support for direct linear and nonlinear transient response analysis.

* Removed the license requirement for a DDAM Phase 2 analysis. When LICENSECODE is set to 01, a DDAM Phase 2 analysis can be performed without a license (dongle or network).

* Added direct enforced motion using the SPCD Bulk Data entry to all linear dynamic response solutions.

* Added an AUTO option to PARAM, RESVEC to enable residual vector generation for modal response solutions with direct enforced motion via the SPCD Bulk Data entry.

* Improved DDAM analysis performance for models where printed element results data was requested (PRINT specified on STRESS, STRAIN, GPSTRESS, or GPSTRAIN Case Control command).

* Added scaled mode shape output for DDAM analysis via the TRSLDDAMDATA directive.

* Added support for models in metric units for DDAM analysis via PARAM, UNITS.

* Changed the TRSLLOADDATA directive when inertial relief is enabled to now translate load data after accelerations are applied.

* Enhanced DDAM tabular output by removing data for last mode in Modal Effective Weight and Peak Modal Response tables when the modal weight was less than 1%. Previously the data for this mode was included to show that modes including and past this mode had modal effective masses less than 1% and were excluded.

* Enhanced 3-Phase DDAM analysis by no longer requiring a DDAMDAT Bulk Data entry in the Model Input File when running the third phase.

* Added a new METHOD field to the DDAMDAT Bulk Data entry which allows either DDS-072 or NRL-1396 response spectra generation methods to be specified. Also, changed the default minimum G value to 1.0 for DDS-072.

* Added PARAM, ADDPSDAFREQ which when set to ON will add frequencies from TABRND1 entries referenced in the Case Control of a random response solution.

Composite Analysis Enhancements

• Added an individual composite laminate ply interlaminar shear allowable in the SB field of MAT8 and MAT12 Bulk Data entries. The new SB field allows the specification of different bond material shear allowables from one ply to the next. This is especially useful for sandwich materials.
Thermal Analysis Enhancements

• Added better support for thermal stress analysis in plane strain models. Previously the z-direction or through thickness stress generated when thermal loads were applied was ignored. Now the invariant stresses include the z-direction stress.
Element Enhancements

* Enhanced hex element spurious mode control for non-parabolic hex elements with PARAM, HEXINODE set to OFF.

* Added PARAM, TETINODE which when set to ON will add an internal node to parabolic tet elements making them more accurate when highly distorted and in the areas where surface contact is present.

* Added support for plane strain elements in material nonlinear solutions.

* Added thermal expansion support for rigid elements (RBE2). When a coefficient of thermal expansion is specified on the RBE2 Bulk Data entry and the RIGIDELEM2ELAS model parameter is set to ON or AUTO a new rigid element will be used capable of rigid thermal expansion.

* Added a new large displacement/rotation rigid element (RBE2). When PARAM, LGDISP is set to ON or 1 and the RIGIDELEM2ELAS model parameter is set to ON or AUTO and the RIGIDELEMTYPE model parameter set to BAR, a new rigid element capable of large displacement/rotation will be used.

* Improved accuracy and robustness of offset welded contact when connecting shell elements to other shell or solid elements.

* Changed the default for the MID2 and MID3 fields on the PSHELL Bulk Data entry to MID1 when MID1 is a nonlinear material.

* Increased the integration order for parabolic hex elements that reference linear materials in nonlinear analysis.

* Changed the behavior of HEXINODE when set to ON to now force an internal node when the hex element is parabolic in nonlinear analysis. Previously, parabolic hex elements in nonlinear analysis had the internal disabled. The internal node option increases accuracy when a coarse mesh is used.

* Added support for the UM field on RBE3 Bulk Data entries.

* Modified ASCG and AECG to skip element faces with surface contact already defined.

* Enhanced PARAM, AUTOFIXRIGIDSPC to now include slave degrees of freedom connected to other slaves.

Results Enhancements

* Added PARAM, GPRSLTAVEMETHOD which specifies how shell element corner results are averaged to determine grid point values. When set to INVARIANT, all element corner result measures are calculated first and then averaged including invariant stress and strain. When set to DIRECT, only direct stress and strain is averaged and invariant results are determined from the averaged direct values.

* Added an Original Sequence column in the Real Eigenvalue output table when the MODESET Case Control command is specified. The Original Sequence lists the original mode numbers before the modal set is reduced.

* Added eigenvalue rigid body strain energy output.

* Added contact force and stress output to linear contact analysis.

Other Enhancements

* Added MSC option to OPTIMIZESETTINGS directive to use initialization directive and model parameter and settings more compatible with MSC Nastran.

* Changed the logic when selecting the PCGLSS solver (DECOMPMETHOD = AUTO) to consider solver memory requirements or model size (DECOMPAUTOSIZE) versus requiring both conditions to be met.

* Enhanced network licensing by eliminating the delay between analysis start and license checkout. Previously licenses were checked out after model translation resulting in a significant delay depending on translation time.

* The Model Input File can now have a .BDF extension when specified on the Nastran command line. In this case the Translated Bulk Data File will default to a .DAT extension to avoid conflicts.

* Added the AUTO option for PARAM, KRIGIDELEM. The AUTO option will generate an appropriate KRIGIDELEM setting based on the largest Young's modulus specified in the model.

* Added PARAM, RIGIDELEMCORD which when set to ON or AUTO will allow rigid or interpolation elements or MPC equations which are linked to be in separate coordinate systems through internally generated collocated spring elements whose stiffness is specified by PARAM, KRIGIDELEM. The OFF setting provides the previous behavior which internally forces the dominant coordinate system at all connected points.

* Added the OUTSTRNSETID directive for specifying the setid for STRAIN Bulk Data entries exported with the TRSLSTRNDATA directive.

* Case is now preserved in Case Control TITLE, SUBTITLE, and LABEL commands. Lower case characters will not be automatically converted to upper case.

* Added support for the CLAN method on EIGC Bulk Data entries.

* Added an element id field to the CONTACTGENERATE Case Control command.

• Added bolt preload via the BOLT and BOLTFOR Bulk Data entries and the BOLTLD Case Control command. Bolt preloads can also be specified directly on PBAR, PBARL, PBEAM, and PBEAML properties and CBAR and CBEAM element connection Bulk Data entries. Support is provided for all static, prestress, buckling and direct transient solutions.
Editor Enhancements

* Editor Graphical User Interface now has a new look and feel.

* The Parameters/Directives tree on the left-hand side has been categorized into Basic and Advanced.

* Added support for the visualization of many entities including CDAMPi, CBUSH, CBUSH1D and CELASi.

* Dynamic plots are automatically generated during nonlinear analysis when the “Nonlinear Options/Generate Intermediate Results” and “Nonlinear Options/Load and Display Intermediate Results” options are checked. They have their own dynamics plots settings in the Default Settings dialog.

* Added Gravity load symbol when there is a GRAV card in the Bulk Data file (appears as a green symbol at the bottom right-hand corner of the model view.

* Added display symbol for enforced displacements.

* Max/min labels are set to transparent so the model can be seen behind the labels