Category Archives: CAD-CAM-CAE

Rodgers Builders Selects Beck’s DESTINI Estimator

DALLAS, TX, Dec 12, 2017 – Beck Technology, leading software and service firm for the commercial construction industry, announced that the national construction and design firm Rodgers Builders has selected the DESTINI Suite of software to provide a comprehensive, end-to-end estimating platform for its estimators and team members through a five-year enterprise licensing agreement.

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rodgers is a privately held firm listed at #194 among the 2017 ENR Top 400 Contractors. After thoroughly assessing multiple construction estimating platforms, Rodgers chose to purchase DESTINI Estimator to complement its existing preconstruction software, DESTINI Profiler, which allows for 3D modeling with embedded cost data to empower decision making very early in the preconstruction process.

“Beck Technology has been a great partner over the last four years in taking our product feedback and incorporating it into future versions of the software,” said Markus Hill, chief information officer for Rodgers Builders. “The trust and mutual respect that we have gained from each other over this time made our selection of Estimator easy. Being able to roll directly from Profiler into Estimator without concern of software issues played a large part in our decision to select Estimator. Beck Technology listens to our concerns and feedback, and they act on it by improving their product with each new version released. Rodgers has experienced this firsthand with the Profiler software and has full confidence we will receive the same level of service with our addition of Estimator. Beck Technology’s professionalism and partnership have been invaluable in assisting us as we develop more comprehensive preconstruction services. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the addition of Estimator.”

The five-year enterprise agreement covers the entire suite of DESTINI estimating products.

“Because Rodgers was already seeing benefits using DESTINI Profiler for conceptual estimating and modeling, embracing the entire DESTINI suite will now enable the firm to deliver integrated, seamless estimating at any stage of any project,” says Stewart Carroll, chief operating officer for Beck Technology. “As DESTINI Profiler and DESTINI Estimator share a single, centralized cost database, Rodgers will now have just one automatically updated cost data source for all users of both estimating products, eliminating maintenance of separate cost databases. And, their historical estimating data from past projects will be instantly available to any user, anywhere, any time.”

Developed with crowd-sourced input from estimators, features of the DESTINI Estimator platform include:

  • Full-featured, easy-to-use estimating functionality
  • Integrated 2D and 3D takeoff
  • Highly customizable, dashboard-based reporting
  • Estimate comparison views and Microsoft Excel imports

Rodgers is recognized as one of the top contractors in the United States, with experience that dates to 1963. The firm has focused expertise in construction markets including healthcare, education, commercial/mixed use, cultural and community, senior living, and concrete services. Its offices are located in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington, NC, and Greenville, SC.

About DESTINI Suite

The innovation behind Beck Technology stems from DESTINI: design estimation integration initiative. DESTINI Profiler and DESTINI Estimator share a common cost database schema, allowing companies to manage a single database platform for both conceptual and detailed estimating. DESTINI Profiler outputs can be opened in DESTINI Estimator and form the basis of the downstream estimating process. Alternatively, DESTINI Estimator can be used from the beginning of the project through project completion.

About Beck Technology

Beck Technology empowers the AEC industry to make smarter choices through innovative software solutions and expert consulting. Clients, ranging from government agencies to Fortune 500 companies as well as local, regional, and global construction firms, count on Beck Technology tools to conceptualize and estimate projects with unmatched speed, precision, and customization. Beck Technology’s DESTINI Profiler software is in use by 40 percent of the ENR Top 400 General Contractors and its DESTINI Estimator software is the only purpose-built platform created exclusively for architects, owners, and developers.

Visit www.beck-technology.com.

Theorem Releases CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE Multi-CAD v20.2 for NX

STAFFORDSHIRE, UK, Dec 11, 2017 – Theorem Solutions has announced the release of their latest CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE Multi-CAD for NX solution.

V20.2 supports CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE R2015x, R2016x and R2017x, along with NX 9.0, 10.0 and 11.0, providing the user with the highest levels of interoperability.

This uni-directional product can be packaged with Theorem’s NX to CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE Multi-CAD to create a bi-directional product.

There is also a PMI Add-on that can be purchased to provide additional functionalities.

The PMI add-on allows FTA data to be translated between CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and NX formats. The translation of 3D PMI data allows the output to be used directly in downstream assembly and manufacturing processes.

Based upon Dassault Systemes strategic XCAD technology, Theorem’s Multi-CAD enables the CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE user to work with native NX parts and assemblies in an active CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE session. This is achieved by simply selecting the NX part or assembly to be imported into CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE allowing the user to work with the NX data to perform Design Modification, Design-in Context and Manufacturing activities.

Multi-CAD products support the introduction of assembly structure, geometry and Functional Tolerancing and Annotations (FTA) together with system defined attribute information and colour information from NX data with additional support for the processing of model based definition (MBD) information from native CAD.

The Multi-CAD application is an easy to use and efficient solution to the problems that can be encountered when a CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE user needs to work with NX data regularly during a design project.

Theorem’s strategic partnerships with Dassault Systemes and Siemens ensures that there is parallel development between the latest releases of CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE and NX, and Theorem’s Multi-CAD products, allowing Theorem to continue to provide data solutions for the CAD community.

About Theorem Solutions

Theorem Solutions works with engineering and manufacturing companies to reduce the cost of project collaboration with their customers, suppliers and internal departments. The innovative and advanced data translation products and services provided also helps to protect the value of engineering data and the intellectual property it contains.

For more information, visit www.theorem.com.

Bouygues Construction Partners with Accenture, Dassault

VELIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Dec 11, 2017 – Bouygues Construction is accelerating the digital transformation of its project activities by collaborating with Accenture and Dassault Systèmes to enable it to centrally manage construction projects from start to finish. The initiative is a logical extension of the company’s commitment to further industrialise its operations and enhance collaboration with its supply chain partners. It follows the company’s adoption several years ago of the building information modeling (BIM) methodology, a framework for integrating technologies and processes to drive end-to-end efficiency in construction operations.

To support Bouygues Construction in this pioneering initiative for the construction industry, the three companies have signed an agreement to develop a digital environment for collaborative construction project management, based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, already used in other industries including automotive and aerospace.

The initiative is designed to help Bouygues Construction:

  • centralise information throughout the project lifecycle, from design to operation, and share it with all internal and external stakeholders,
  • better structure its operating methods through the use of more standardised processes.

Philippe Bonnave, chairman and chief executive of Bouygues Construction, said: “The transformation programme we are launching with Dassault Systèmes and Accenture marks a fundamental change for Bouygues Construction, signifying a modernisation of our businesses. By providing our employees and our supply chain with a digital work platform, employing all our project data across the board, this solution will guarantee greater efficiency to help us satisfy our customers’ expectations.”

Bernard Charlès, vice chairman and CEO of Dassault Systèmes, said: “Smart and sustainable cities include complex networks of systems that require a new way of thinking in the construction industry. Natural resources must be used more efficiently, construction costs reduced, and designers, contractors and operators brought closer together. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform gives Bouygues Construction a unique opportunity to be the pioneer in the construction sector with business processes and a holistic approach integrating the company and its supply chain into a value creation chain. Thanks to the parallel exchange of data between the virtual world and the real world, Bouygues Construction will be able to set new standards of efficiency and capture all the business value expected from its digital transformation.”

Christian Nibourel, Accenture’s Country managing director for France and Benelux, said: “This is one of the very first such initiatives in the construction sector. By using the latest digital technologies to enable the simultaneous collaboration of the whole ecosystem of a construction project, Bouygues Construction will have better control of costs and deadlines while minimising risks and adapting to subsequent changes in customers’ needs and in the standards in force, which can be very numerous during the construction process.”

About Bouygues Construction

Bouygues Construction is a global player in construction, with operations in more than 80 countries. It designs, builds and operates projects in the sectors of building, infrastructure and industry. As a responsible and committed leader in sustainable construction, Bouygues Construction sees innovation as its primary source of added value: this is “shared innovation” that benefits its customers at the same time as improving its productivity and the working conditions of its 50,100 employees. In 2016, Bouygues Construction generated sales of €11.8 billion.

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, provides business and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations. Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced, and supported. Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world. The group brings value to over 220, 000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.

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

Vero Releases WorkNC 2018 R1

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UK, Dec 11, 2017 – The newly-released version of WorkNC from Vero Software introduces two important new tools to the portfolio – a direct modeling CAD system, and a robot module, making offline programming of robots easy, even for inexperienced users.

Described as “the right CAD for CAM,” WorkNC Designer is a powerful new application focusing on the specific needs of machinist programmers, enabling users to create designs or modify existing geometry from third-party CAD systems.

WorkNC Designer is built on the Parasolid technology, bringing hybrid modeling and direct modeling capabilities that will revolutionize the way programmers prepare parts for manufacture. WorkNC brand manager Miguel Johann says: “It’s not dependent on having a series of parameters that drive it, or a feature tree. It provides a very quick, dynamic editing and modeling environment, where users simply sketch, drag, hold, push or twist, to create and modify models.”

The second major item of new functionality is the robot module. “As robots are becoming more commonplace on the shopfloor, there is an increasing need to provide offline programming for them. New simulation and singularity resolution tools in WorkNC 2018 R1 mean users can take full advantage of the enormous benefits robots bring to the manufacturing process,” says Miguel Johann. “For example, they free toolpaths from the limitations of milling, as the tool at the end of the robot’s arm can also be a grinder, a laser head, a welding nozzle, or indeed, any other tool that engineering creativity can think of.

“Robots also allow for the tool to be fixed, and the part to be moved around it, instead of the traditional method of a fixed component and moving tool. But robots are only as good as the software programming them, and this latest development in WorkNC 2018 R1 ensures that manufacturers can be at the cutting edge of robot technology.”

A number of new features have been incorporated into Waveform Roughing which improve efficiency and performance. These include support for new tools in trochoidal machining strategies, allowing for ramped lead-ins with high angles, typically between ten and 20 degrees.

Algorithms concerning the Z-step Auto Variable Strategy have been revised and improved, allowing for a smoother toolpath distribution on the part. “Also, with improvements to Tapping and Threading, it’s now possible to define Surface Selection in the Machining Zone section of the toolpath menu. Previously surface management was fully automatic, and it wasn’t possible to ignore surfaces or add optional surfaces.”

A major highlight is a change to the way part activation is managed, allowing for a rougher, lighter and simpler model to be used by roughing toolpaths, speeding up calculation times. In earlier versions of the software, one set of activation parameters was applicable for all types of toolpaths in a given workzone. Now, two sets can be defined by users, and Miguel Johann says setting specific values for roughing toolpaths creates a different mesh model, cutting calculation times by up to half.

The new stock initialization feature generates a stock model for just a specific area of a component, defined by selected surfaces. “This is particularly useful when only certain areas of a part need to be repaired.”

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 (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

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

ABB Releases TruONE Automatic Transfer Switch

ABB launched TruONE, an automatic transfer switch (ATS) with connectivity and monitoring functions for critical power applications. TruONE is an ATS to package all the necessary sensors and controllers into a device designed to help improve protection.

With seven communications protocols, the TruONE ATS is part of the ABB Ability  portfolio of software-enabled and connected solutions, with features including predictive maintenance and condition monitoring. The TruONE ATS requires a single wire and standard enclosures.

The TruONE’s design is factory-assembled and fully tested to ABB’s quality standards. Protection during manual operation is increased, even under load, with the elevated handle mounted to the ATS frame so there is no need to open the panel door. TruONE is an ATS with a built-in predictive maintenance functionality that monitors its own condition as well as its environment with temperature monitoring.

The device shares the same user interface and software environment as the ABB Emax 2 smart air circuit breaker. Its seven communication protocols provide maximum connectivity and together with the ability for cloud-based services via the ABB Ability  Electrical Distribution Control System.

About ABB

ABB is a technology specialist in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 136,000 employees.

For more information, visit ABB website.