BTG IT & Consulting Changes Name to ALLPLAN Infrastructure

MUNICH, Germany, Nov 22, 2017 – BTG IT & Consulting GmbH, a consulting and IT company that specializes in bridge engineering, has changed its name to ALLPLAN Infrastructure GmbH. The company has been acquired by ALLPLAN in March this year. The new company name signals that it is now part of the ALLPLAN family with a strong focus on the infrastructure market. The combination of ALLPLAN and ALLPLAN Infrastructure will provide best-in-class solutions and consulting services that allow engineers to further accelerate their innovations and optimize planning processes in terms of quality, timing and efficiency.

Dr. Vanja Samec, Managing Director of ALLPLAN Infrastructure GmbH

“With ALLPLAN Infrastructure we have an established technology leader with globally respected bridge engineers and software development specialists in our team. It’s a perfect portfolio fit to further expand our leadership in the engineering sector and set the pace in the industry”, explains Richard Brotherton, managing director at ALLPLAN. Dr. Vanja Samec, managing director of ALLPLAN Infrastructure GmbH adds: “With our specialized know-how about bridges together with high-end solutions for the engineering industry we are extremely well positioned to satisfy the needs of the infrastructure market.”

Perfect portfolio fit for the international infrastructure market

ALLPLAN Infrastructure has considerable experience and know-how in bridge modeling, analysis and design as well as in project consulting and software development. They have achieved substantial success worldwide in different areas of structural and civil engineering. The bridge experts have been involved in some stunning bridge project calculations around the globe including The Stone Cutters Bridge in Hong Kong, floating suspension bridges in Norway, the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi and many more. Their scope of work comprises calculation services for different bridge projects, consulting engineering for different types of bridge analysis (static, dynamic, linear, non-linear), construction engineering for different bridge construction methods as well as development and consulting for Allplan Engineering.

Allplan Engineering is the powerful BIM solution for infrastructure projects from ALLPLAN. Precise, free-form modeling with free-form reinforcements is based on the world’s leading Parasolid modeling kernel from Siemens PLM Software. Integrated pre-stressing tendons, couplers, parametric PythonParts and sections along arbitrary curves enable highly automated modeling for engineers. Outstanding visualizations are possible through the integration of CineRender from MAXON, which show engineering projects in a unique and highly efficient way.

For more information, visit www.allplan.com.

Vero Releases Edgecam 2018 R1

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK, Nov 22, 2017 – Major enhancements to the 2018 R1 release of Edgecam, from Vero Software, include time saving updates to roughing cycles for milling, turning and MTM…and the prevention of unnecessary CAM regeneration.

It is this latter update which is seen as being the most important for manufacturers. When a user makes an edit to an existing command, Edgecam 2018 R1 will not automatically regenerate the remaining instructions. Edgecam Brand Manager John Buehler says when editing a tool command, there will now be no regeneration if the alteration does not affect the corresponding cycles with aspects such as coolant or high-speed.

Two new items of functionality in the Roughing Cycle provide time savings in the milling, turning and MTM environments.

“Detect Undercut Stock enhances the already powerful stock detection command, by analyzing previously undetected areas of stock. This option helps to avoid ‘fresh-air’ cutting, reducing machining time – in some cases by up to half.”

The game-changing Waveform Roughing Strategy now gives users the ability to determine the radius size when using the helical approach option, by simply entering maximum and minimum values, which will aid the tool’s entry into the component.

Automatic collision detection has been added to the Rough Turning Cycle. In previous versions of the software, it was necessary to manually apply profile extensions to avoid collisions. John Buehler says as users no longer have to do it themselves, time will be saved in initially creating the CAM instructions. “An additional benefit is that this new function can be used to produce safer toolpaths in Strategy Manager.”

Edgecam 2018 R1 provides support for Deep Hole Drilling – also known as Gun Drilling. The new strategy empowers the user to control entry, exit and intermediate drilling conditions. “This will be particularly important where specialised Gun Drilling tools are used, and the process requires absolutely precise NC code.”

The Profiling cycle used in both milling and turning, now has two new items of functionality. A Spring Cuts field has been added to the Multi Passes tab, which means tool deflection can be removed where necessary, by adding extra neutral passes, known as Spring Passes. This will be used typically when machining hard materials…repeating the profile pass can result in improved accuracy and surface finish.

And secondly, the new Adjust Feedrate on Arc command improves cycle time calculation. In previous editions of Edgecam, the postprocessor adjusted circular interpolation feedrates, which gave correct NC output, but not the best cycle time calculation.

Support for JT Open files is incorporated for the first time. This is a lightweight 3D model format developed by Siemens PLM Software. “As this file format is expected to become increasingly popular, more and more Edgecam users will benefit with the files now being supported in the Solid Machinist for Parasolid license. And there’s also support for AutoCad 2018 DWG/DXF files.”

An Editing Manual Milling function provides for editing a manually created milling feature, instead of having to recreate an entire feature when extra edges are required. This is expected to give considerable time savings to Solid Machinist users.

First released in Edgecam 2017 R2, the Edgecam Inspection module has been significantly enhanced, which John Buehler says brings many new features to the software. “Considerable progress has been made with the postprocessor development and NC output, through new Code Wizard options. This includes support for Fanuc macros.

“Users now have full control when editing an Inspection feature, including a calibration technique. They can also determine both feature and properties characteristics.”

In addition, the Move Point function within the Inspection module has two further options: ‘Fixed Axis,’ and ‘Fixed On Surface,’ giving the ability to align a measurement point along a fixed axis, or a solid face. And the Plane Feature command has been enhanced enabling users to choose to evaluate ‘flatness’ on more than four probe touches.

Edgecam 2018 R1 continues the evolution of updating cycle dialogs with pictures and context-sensitive help, by updating the B-Axis Contouring Cycle, and 3- and 5- Axis cycles. This not only assists experienced users to easily interpret an infrequently used command, but also helps less familiar users to rapidly understand fundamental functionality.

Another new feature that delivers significant time savings is the Pass Boundary To Cycles function, in the Feature Properties window. An improved toolpath is generated when the user engagers Current Stock, and picks a solid feature. Rather than use the stock limits, which can sometimes lead to unwanted passes, the toolpath is now clipped back to the feature’s natural boundary…particularly useful when creating automatic toolpaths in Strategy Manager.

John Buehler says the new release includes several ‘user experience’ enhancements, one of which is the improved visibility and consistency of the Datum Workplane marker. “The new datum is more prominent. And will change appearance to signify its usage – default, mating location, or machine datum. This is particularly useful when working with multiple component parts, on tombstones and multi-face machining.”

Finally, additional functionality has been added to the B-Axis Contouring Cycle, which was introduced in the 2017 R2 edition. “Maximum Angular Increment will improve the surface finish by refining the NC output, while machining complex turned profiles,” concludes John Buehler.

About Vero Software

Headquartered in England, Vero Software designs, develops, and supplies CAD/CAM/CAE software radically enhancing the efficiency of design and manufacturing processes, providing its customers with exceptional value through high productivity gains and significantly reducing time to market. The company’s world-renowned brands include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Machining STRATEGIST, PEPS, Radan, SMIRT, SURFCAM, WorkNC and VISI, along with the production control MRP system Javelin. Despite the diversity of application, these solutions have one thing in common: they all address the rising challenges of achieving manufacturing efficiencies and bring huge value to the operations in which they are deployed.

Vero has direct offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, South Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network. Vero is part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications. Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries.

Hexagon has approximately 18,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.1bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com.

For more information, please visit www.verosoftware.com.

Mech-Tool Appoints Anthony G Jones as Managing Director

DARLINGTON, UK, Nov 22, 2017 – The North East’s leading product manufacturer and global supplier of fire, blast and heat hazard solutions has appointed a new managing director to drive the business forward following the implementation of a program to strengthen the senior management team.

Anthony G Jones steps into the role at the Darlington based company – Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd. (MTE) – having been with the firm since 2015. Anthony joined Mech-Tool as business development director for fire and blast. In 2017 he was promoted to divisional director for modular solutions and has been instrumental in improving business operations, project delivery and securing additional business for MTE. Anthony will now be responsible for leading the UK business and its Korean subsidiary.

Anthony has a very strong commercial and operational background with over 28 years’ experience in manufacturing and engineering.  He has considerable experience in the oil and gas, process and energy sectors and has held executive director and senior management roles for a number of Europe’s leading engineering companies, undertaking major projects and business throughout the UK, Norway, South Korea, Kazakhstan, India, SE Asia and the Middle East.

Speaking about the appointment, Marshall Garner, CEO at Mech-Tool said: “As a business we are constantly looking to improve our internal capabilities and streamline our operations to enhance our service delivery and client experience. In order to facilitate this during the recent turbulent market conditions it was essential for the company to strengthen its senior management team through a program of external appointments and internal promotion. Due to the recovery in the oil price and the substantial reductions in the capital costs of new offshore oil and gas and wind farm projects there are now clear signs of a future recovery in these important markets for Mech-Tool.

“The company is fortunate to have a solid pipeline for the next 12 months. I am extremely confident that Anthony is the right person to drive the Mech-Tool business forward and to take full advantage of the opportunities that will come with a recovery in market conditions.”

The company has recently announced it has secured two further contracts – awarded by Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and Wood Group Mustang on one of the world’s largest oil and gas production projects, TengizChevrOil Future Growth Project – Wellhead Pressure Management Project (FGP-WPMP). This comes on the back of the current progress on the company’s largest value contract to date to supply complete turnkey modular solutions for Remote Instrument Enclosures (RIE’s),on the TengizChevrOil project.

Anthony has a proven track record in business growth and development, change management and process improvement. These experiences and expertise will serve the company well in the month ahead.

Speaking about his new role, Anthony said: “We have taken a very practical and considered approach over the last 12 months with a number of improvement programs, improved governance and the implementation of change management initiatives. We are extremely confident that these changes will help the business to flourish.

“I am extremely passionate about the business itself as well as the future progression of our staff. As such, it is essential that we have recognized people within the company who play a pivotal role in driving it forward. We have a great team, including world class designers and engineers and the company will continue to deliver weight saving and cost effective products across the globe which meet, and in many cases exceed the highest safety standards.”

About Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd. (MTE)

Established in 1969, MTE has UK offices and manufacturing facilities in Darlington and Middleborough, Aberdeen and global offices in, Houston, UAE, Malaysia and India and fabrication facilities (MTK) in South Korea. The company has four distinct business units; design consultancy, fire and blast, modular solutions and HVAC solutions – working from initial design and consultation right through to manufacture of turnkey solutions and assistance with on-site installation. It boasts an impressive client portfolio working with some of the leading oil and gas, process and renewable energy operators, engineering houses and construction yards globally.

For more information, visit www.mechtool.co.uk.

Kisters N America Releases 3DViewStation Desktop v2017.1

SACRAMENTO, CA, Nov 22, 2017 – Kisters North America has released version 2017.1 of its 3DViewStation Desktop, a powerful 3D CAD viewer and universal viewer for engineers and designers. The new version features several updates, including 3D fly through and intellectual property protection.

Fly through complex 3D products using 3DViewStation V2017.1. Source data provided by and used with permission from the Boeing Company

Known for its modern user-interface, high performance viewing, advanced analysis and integration capabilities into leading systems, 3DViewStation Desktop ships with current and mature importers for a broad range of 3D and 2D formats including i.e. CATIA, NX, Creo, SOLIDWORKS, SolidEdge, Inventor, JT, 3D-PDF, STEP, DWG, DXF, DWF, MS Office and many more.

“We are very excited, 3D fly through, a long awaited and highly requested function, has now become reality,” said Kelly Baumann, Kisters North America business development manager. “In order to gain deeper insight from complex CAD models, it isn’t enough to load them quickly, zoom and pan, show and hide objects or to even perform sectioning. With version 2017.1 you can now dive into CAD models and fly through them. To make life easy for the user, they simply point to the starting position and off they go.”

“Another development team focus was IPP (intellectual property protection). 3DViewStation Desktop v2017.1 allows the user to remove invisible, internal parts with a single click, thus avoiding the forwarding of sensitive parts by mistake.” she added. “Therefore, those parts, which you may have to forward, can now be alienated. The alienations are done on BREP, all important dimensions will be changed. Still, they remain nearly invisible. An ideal approach to the sharing of information while avoiding the loss of your IP to plagiarism.”

Other upgrades include:

  • File formats
  • Import 3D: CATIA V5_6 R2017, Creo 4.0, Inventor 2018, Parasolid v30, Acis 2017.1 (R27),   CPIXML, FBX
  • Import 2D: CATIA V4 Drawings, CATIA V5 Drawings, CATIA V6 Drawings, Creo Drawings, NX Drawings, SolidEdge Drawings, SOLIDWORKS Drawings
  • Export 3D: 3MF, FBX, 3DVS fully shattered
  • Functions
  • Settings search bar
  • Import options for layer handling
  • Validate coordinates to avoid inaccuracies if geometries are positioned far from the origin
  • Node name replacement
  • Play views animated: settings for transition and display duration
  • Create coordinate system via circle center and plane
  • 2D: text search & highlight

Several performance related improvements – with each version, 3DViewStation becomes significantly faster:

  • multi-core sectioning
  • multi-core rendering
  • faster compression
  • support for instancing, import & export

The new features of 3DViewStation can be reviewed in more detail at www.3dviewstation.com/blog.html.

According to Baumann, the Kisters 3DViewStation is continuously enhanced in response to customer needs and requirements. It is available as Desktop, ActiveX, VR-Edition and HTML5 WebViewer product-versions. All product flavors are intended to be used together with a PLM, ERP or other management system product configuration or service and spare part applications, providing all necessary APIs. For cloud, portal and web-solutions, there is an HTML5-based WebViewer solution available, which does not require client installation. All file formats can be used in combination with the intelligent navigation and hyperlinking features to address needs of complex integration scenarios.

About Kisters North America

For the past 25 years, KISTERS has been the trusted experts in 3D visualization and more recently: virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR). The high-capacity systems are scalable and tailored to meet the highest demands of clients, regardless of their size. 3DViewStation’s clients reflect a wide range of private companies, from small firms to well-known multinationals. 500 employees with eight subsidiaries in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia are dedicated to the long-term satisfaction and success of 3DViewStation clients and partners worldwide.

For more information, visit www.3dviewstation.com.

Vectorworks 2018 Available in Spanish

COLUMBIA, MD, Nov 22, 2017 – Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has released the Spanish version of its Vectorworks 2018 product line, which includes Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals. New this year is Braceworks, a structural load analysis add-on module targeted to designers and riggers working on temporary structures. The Spanish version follows the English version, released this past September, and joins the additional language versions of the product line that will all be available by spring of 2018, including: Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Norwegian and Portuguese.

“The availability of our 2018 software in Spanish, along with the continued rollout of our other languages, solidifies our mission to empower designers worldwide, so that they can create unmatched experiences,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “What makes Vectorworks 2018 stand out from other releases is the emphasis on robust and efficient workflows, as well as the substantial usability improvements.”

A few notable features from Vectorworks 2018 include:

  • Multiple drawing views: Use multiple views of a project simultaneously, and begin work in one view pane and finish it in another. Switch effortlessly between viewports, views and visibility settings — simply set up panes and view them all at once. Instantly gauge the impact of a design change across 3D, plan, section and elevation views, and even start a rendering in one view while working in another.
  • Direct section and elevation editing: Edit models directly from viewports: add openings, align and distribute windows, reposition doors across multiple layers, reshape walls — it’s all possible. Change the 3D views while in the section to see how edits simultaneously affect plans and model views. And, create better-looking, more-accurate drawings in a fraction of the time.
  • Easier title block customization: Customize items such as variables and orientation, choose from an unlimited set of information to include in a title block, and use styles to more simply manage many title blocks across one or multiple projects.
  • Direct site model contour editing: Edit a site model easier than ever before with improved site model settings and direct 2D contour editing. Modify each contour line as easily as editing a polyline.

Spanish Launch Events: Vectorworks Spotlight 2018, Braceworks and Vision.

Vectorworks’ Spanish and Portuguese distributor, TechLimits Informática, will host two launch events that will cover Vectorworks Spotlight 2018, Braceworks and Vision, our lighting previsualization software, through a presentation from Vectorworks senior entertainment product specialist Jim Woodward, followed by a live Q&A. Vision is currently offered in the English version of Vectorworks only. Additionally, Jorge Matos, managing director at TechLimits, will present information about 2018 new features at both events. Carlos Torrijos, lighting designer at Studio & Light, will present at the first launch event, and Raúl Gómez, responsable técnico at Albadalejo will present at the second launch event. Torrijos and Gómez will both present about Spotlight. The events will take place on:

  •     November 29, 2017, Madrid, Spain at 15.00 – 17.15 CET
  •     November 30, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain at 15.00 – 17.15 CET

Register for the Madrid launch event here and the Barcelona event here.

Vectorworks 2018 can be purchased in Spanish by finding a local distributor at vectorworks.net/international. Additional information regarding Vectorworks 2018 is available at vectorworks.net/espanol and vectorworks.net/2018.

About Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design and BIM software developer serving over 650,000 professionals in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we’ve been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. With our cross-platform software, designers can build data-rich, visual models without sacrificing the design process, while collaborating efficiently throughout the project life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Newbury, England, Vectorworks is a part of the Nemetschek Group.

Learn how we empower designers to create experiences that transform the world at www.vectorworks.net.