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Innovyze Appoints David Totman as Director of Asset Management

PORTLAND, OR, Mar 19, 2018 – Innovyze, a leading global provider of infrastructure business analytics software for the water industry, has announced David Totman as their director of asset management. Totman, a former Esri global water industry manager, is getting back to his roots helping set the strategic direction for asset management across the entire Innovyze product line.  He has been in the water industry for 36 years and has applied GIS to business process optimization, project analytics, and infrastructure management for the last 30 years.  Prior to Esri, he served as the asset manager for Colorado Springs Utilities, one of the largest municipally owned four service utilities in the USA. “We are extremely excited to have David aboard, Innovyze has built a powerful suite of asset management tools to help our customers design, collect, track, manage, and analyze an asset during its lifecycle. David is integral to leading our strategy and continued investment in this critical space,” says Colby Manwaring, CEO.

“As a hydrologist and utility engineer, I am excited to get back into leveraging industry-leading software to solve the complex issues of water system management,” says Totman.  Not only does Totman work for Innovyze, he used to be a customer.  He adds, “Every water organization on the planet is facing complex challenges.  With the comprehensive data management and analytical rigor of the Innovyze product suite, I am looking forward to bringing the best in asset management to the water market.”

Totman is very active in the water community participating in the Aspen Institute, AWWA, WEF, and WRF trade associations and currently serves as President-Elect for the ASCE Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI).

About Innovyze

Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of stormwater/water/wastewater industry. Its clients include the majority of the UK, Australasian, East Asian and North American cities, foremost utilities on all five continents, and ENR top-rated design firms. Backed by unparalleled expertise and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, the Innovyze connected portfolio of best-in-class product lines empowers thousands of engineers to competitively plan, manage, design, protect, operate, and sustain highly efficient and resilient infrastructure systems, and provides an enduring platform for customer success.

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James McHugh Construction Selects Beck’s DESTINI Estimator

DALLAS, TX, Mar 19, 2018 – James McHugh Construction Co. has selected DESTINI Estimator as itsenterprise-widee commercial preconstruction solution.

Headquartered in Chicago and responsible for much of the city’s iconic skyline, McHugh is ranked No. 127 among the ENR Top 400 Contractors. The company is an existing customer of Beck Technology and a user of the macro-level modeling and estimating solution DESTINI Profiler. McHugh evaluated several detailed estimating platforms and selected DESTINI Estimator because it streamlined their traditional estimating processes as well as extended their growing use of model-based estimating.

The multi-year agreement will serve all of McHugh’s commercial preconstruction team members across the Midwest.

“We have known the Beck Technology team for several years through our use of Profiler,” said Dave Bartolai, vice president of preconstruction for McHugh. “We were introduced to DESTINI Estimator and instantly saw the potential for this solution to significantly improve our preconstruction processes and deliverables. As the projects continue to grow in complexity we continually seek ways to bring more value to our customers. The integrated estimating and takeoff capabilities of DESTINI Estimator will significantly simplify our preconstruction processes.”

“Beck Technology has been working with the McHugh team for a number of years and it’s been very productive but also a lot of fun,” said Stewart Carroll, chief operating officer for Beck Technology. “I am excited to extend our existing partnership with McHugh to include both Profiler and Estimator. Everyone we have interacted with at McHugh is hardworking and passionate who deliver as much value to their customers as possible. We are proud to have this opportunity to assist McHugh in delivering the highest quality services.”

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.

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Tecplot 360 2018 R1 Released

BELLEVUE, WA, Mar 19, 2018 – Tecplot, Inc. has announced the general availability of Tecplot 360 2018 Release 1. This release has many loader improvements, added capability for slicing and isosurfaces, extended XY curve fits and updates to PyTecplot, a Python API. Highlights include:

  • Loading CONVERGE results with an updated EnSight loader. Improvements were also made to the OpenFOAM, VTK and SZL-Server file loaders.
  • Slicing and isosurfaces have added ability to preserve the original mesh of the source zone.
  • Extended XY Curve Fits are available, including Akima Spline, General Curve Fit and Sineman Interpolation.
  • PyTecplot, a Python API, has introduced a Probe-on-surface function to query nearest locations on surface zones.

“CONVERGE users will be thrilled by this release.” said Scott Fowler, Tecplot 360 product manager. “We have worked closely with CONVERGE engineers to ensure compatibility. CONVERGE users who currently use EnSight Desktop will be able to post process their results faster with Tecplot 360’s unlimited CPU threads. Many other advantages include comparing results from multiple simulations and sources, monitoring runs in progress, loading cell-averaged CONVERGE data, and plotting 2D and XY-lines with maximum flexibility.”

About Tecplot, Inc.

Tecplot, an operating company of Toronto-based Constellation Software, Inc. (CSI), is the leading independent developer of visualization and analysis software for engineers and scientists. CSI is a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. CSI acquires, manages and builds software businesses that provide mission-critical solutions in specific vertical markets.

Tecplot visualization and analysis software allows customers using desktop computers and laptops to quickly analyze and understand information hidden in complex data, and communicate their results to others via professional images and animations. The company’s products are used by more than 47,000 technical professionals around the world.

FogHorn Wins Outstanding Innovation Award for IoT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, Mar 19, 2018 – FogHorn Systems, a leading developer of edge intelligence software for industrial and commercial internet of things (IoT) solutions, announced that the Japan–US 2018 Innovation Program, in cooperation with the Stanford University US–Asia Technology Management Center, named the company an ‘Outstanding Innovation’ winner. The Outstanding Innovation Awards recognize dynamic, growing, and entrepreneurial firms built around outstanding innovations in technology or in business that already show signs of potentially changing the world.

“FogHorn Systems delivers innovations that promise a tremendous impact to enterprises all over the world—especially in industrial sectors,” said chair of the Steering Committee of the Awards Program and Stanford University Prof. Richard Dasher. “The Innovation Program sees FogHorn as a true 2018 winner.”

FogHorn’s Lightning software platform brings the power of advanced analytics and machine learning to on-premises edge environments. As a result of the strong global demand in every major industrial sector including manufacturing, oil & gas, power & water, mining, transportation, smart buildings and smart cities, FogHorn recently unveiled its industrial IoT partner ecosystem, which includes Tokyo-based UNIADEX, a provider of system integration services including IoT solutions. Additionally, FogHorn works with Japan-based Macnica Networks Corp., Enecom, NSSOL, and OGIS-RI to provide edge computing solutions for the industrial and manufacturing markets throughout Japan.

“FogHorn’s industrial IoT software stack is a combination of technologies providing an efficient and highly scalable end-to-end solution that blends the benefits of real-time, on-site processing of sensor data from industrial machines with analysis and machine learning,” said Yuta Endo, VP/GM business development and head of APAC Operation, FogHorn Systems. “We are honored to be recognized by the Japan-U.S. Innovation Awards Program, and the selection underscores our commitment to creating innovative technology for the IIoT, not just in the US, but globally.”

The award was presented during a public video conference at Stanford University with a real-time two-way link to an audience in Tokyo in early March.

For further details about the Japan-US 2018 Innovation Awards, please visit

About FogHorn Systems

FogHorn is a leading developer of “edge intelligence” software for industrial and commercial IoT application solutions. FogHorn’s software platform brings the power of advanced analytics and machine learning to the on-premises edge environment enabling a new class of applications for advanced monitoring and diagnostics, machine performance optimization, proactive maintenance and operational intelligence use cases. FogHorn’s technology is ideally suited for OEMs, systems integrators and end customers in manufacturing, power and water, oil and gas, renewable energy, mining, transportation, healthcare, retail, as well as smart grid, smart city, smart building and connected vehicle applications.

For further details on FogHorn’s offerings, please visit

Aidro, Fraunhofer Win Design for Additive Mfg Challenge

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Mar 19, 2018 – During the awards dinner of the 6th edition of the Additive World Conference, chairman of the Jury, Ultimaker co-founder, Erik de Bruijn, announced Aidro Hydraulics and Fraunhofer Institute winners of the Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge. All six finalists, three in the student category and three professionals, pitched their designs in front of the 5 member jury. After deliberation they made a well-advised selection in both categories. The awards, a set of gears and a hydraulic manifold, were for redesigns of very common industrial parts where the impact of the design for additive manufacturing would be substantial.

Picture of the finalists and the jury Design Challenge 2018 from left to the right: Cassidy Silbernagel, The University of Nottingham (student category), Theo Verbruggen, Sales Director Benelux area at Altair Engineering (jury member), Robin Huizing, AM designer at Additive Industries (jury member), Philipp Kaindl, The Technical University of Munich, Germany (student category), Erik de Bruijn, co-founder Ultimaker (Chairman), Alexander Oster: Director Additive Manufacturing at Autodesk (jury member), Valeria Tirelli from Aidro Hydraulics (winner professional category), Gaetano Corrado from Aidro Hydraulics (winner professional category), Donatien Campion from the Team 3D-medlab (professional category), Vencezo Renda, Cecimo (jury meber), Yogeshkumar Katrodiya, Fraunhofer IGCV (winner student category)

In the student category the first prize went to Yogeshkumar Katrodiya, an Indian student currently finalizing his Master-study at the Fraunhofer Institute in Augsburg, Germany. Yogeshkumar designed a fully integrated shaft and gear with internal channels transporting lubricant to the gears for cooling.  The helix shaped cooling channels were applied to increase the cooling capacity and they demonstrated the unique design freedom of metal additive manufacturing.  With help of part consolidation and topology optimization, Yogesh obtained a weight reduction of 50%. Decisive for the jury was the generic applicability and the large number of potential applications for his design. 

The winner of the professional category was Aidro Hydraulics of Italy, headed by Alberto Tacconelli. Aidro CEO Valeria Tirelli presented their compact redesign of a generic hydraulic manifold for a street cleaning vehicle, designed by Gaetano Corrado. The redesign consolidated two parts, is smaller than its predecessor, and has an optimized flow because of improved, curved channels. Moreover, the problem of leakage, caused by auxiliary plug failure, is eliminated and the weight is reduced by an impressive 70%. Aidro Hydraulics won the jury over with the massive applicability and commercial viability of their design. 

All finalists received a free 1 year licence of Altair Inspire and Autodesk Netfabb software. Yogeshkumar Katrodiya, as student winner, took home an Ultimaker 2+ printer while the team of Aidro Hydraulics won an Ultimaker 3.

About Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge

In order to grow the number of examples and inspire many other industries to develop dedicated applications for industrial 3D printing, Additive Industries has launched the fourth Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge at the renowned Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven in October 2017. Competing in two categories, both professionals and students were encouraged to redesign an existing conventional part of a machine or product for 3D printing. The winners were announced at the Additive World Conference on March 14th, 2018 in Eindhoven.

Partners in the Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge are leading CAE technology provider (e.g. Topology Optimization) – Altair Engineering and prosumer 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker. The contestants were supported by Additive Industries’ Process & Application Development team in topology optimisation during the design process and the winners in both categories take home the latest Ultimaker 2+ and 3 3D printer. All finalists receive a licence of Altair’s Inspire software and Autodesk NetFabb software. Besides that the award winning designs will be printed in metal by Additive Industries.

About Additive Industries

Additive Industries is accelerating industrial additive manufacturing of high quality, functional, metal parts by offering a modular end-to-end 3D printing system including a seamlessly integrated information platform to high end and demanding industrial markets. With substantially improved reproducibility, productivity, and flexibility, Additive Industries redefines the business case for series production of additive manufacturing applications in aerospace, automotive, medical technology and high-tech equipment.

ProtoTech Releases 3D PDF Exporter for Revit v3.1

PUNE, India, Mar 19, 2018 – ProtoTech Solutions has released its latest version (v3.1) of 3D PDF Exporter plug-in for Autodesk Revit.

The major highlights of this release

  • Export 3D PDF with user defined page size: There was limit of 200X200 inches for page size in Adobe. We have implemented algorithm to overcome this limit. User can now export 3D PDF according to their choice of page size. Our plugin supports 600X600 inches custom page size. User can see the page size in properties of PDF. This will be very useful in printing the BIM models to scale.

Fig a. Preferences dialog allows user Fig b. Document properties show custom page size
to define page size                                                                                               

  • Improved PDF templates: We have enhanced further the PDF template functionality. Earlier user was able to export 3D data only on first page of PDF template but now user can export 3D data on any page of PDF template.

Fig c. PDF template can add 3D data on any page in PDF template

  • Support Rebar entities: Rebar entities are now getting exported in 3D PDF.

Fig d. Rebar entities were not exported In earlier version of 3D PDF exporter plug-in 3D PDF Fig e. Rebar entities exported in

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Why to use ProtoTech’s 3D PDF Exporters?

  • Support embedding 3D PDF PRC data into user defined templates.
  • Support user defined page size upto 600 X 600.
  • Supports face level colors and textures.
  • You can set a password on the exported PDF file.
  • Option to control the file size and quality by specifying precision value.
  • There is always a default compression which helps reduces the file size as much as possible.
  • Supports Autodesk Revit 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

About ProtoTech Solutions

ProtoTech is a custom software solutions company with skills in

  • Development of 2D/3D based engineering applications.
  • AR/VR development
  • 3D desktop/mobile/Web visualization
  • Engineering file formats & data interoperability mobile/Web engineering apps development
  • Quality assurance/testing services

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Paradigm Imaging Introduces Mobile Scanner Case

COSTA MESA, CA, Mar 19, 2018 – Paradigm Imaging Group, a leading distributor of large format scanners, printers and multifunction systems, announces the release of the new Mobile Scanner Case. As mobile technology becomes increasingly popular, this new mobile scanner case allows for easy transport of the Colortrac SC 36” series scanner and the Graphtec DT530 36” large format scanner tofield or remote office personnel.

The new Mobile Scanner Case (MSC)is a waterproof travel casethat is molded of ultra-highstrength polypropylene copolymer resin. It comes equipped with a gasketed, water and dust tight, submersible design that is resistant to corrosion and impact damage. It features a molded-inhinge, patented trigger release latch system, comfortable, snap-downrubber over-molded cushion grip handle, automatic ambient pressure equalization valve, resistance to UV, solvents,corrosion, fungus and impact damage.

Key Features:

  • Waterproof and dust tight design
  • Molded-in hinge for added protection
  • Two Easy Transport Recessed Roller Wheels
  • Trigger release latch system
  • Snap-down rubber over-molded cushion grip handle
  • Ambient pressure equalization valve
  • Resistant to UV, solvents, corrosion, fungus
  • Resistant to impact damage

“This very affordable case is extremely well built and makes transporting a scanner to remote locations very easy.” says Randy Geesman, president of Paradigm Imaging Group.

About Paradigm

Imaging Group is a large format solutions provider whose expertise extends from scanning and printing products to imaging systems integration, software development and product distribution. Paradigm counts among its clients’companies in reprographics, architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing, as well as numerous public agencies at all levels of government. Since 1989, Paradigm has grown to become a leading provider of large format scanning and printing solutions.

Curtiss-Wright’s Sensors Launches Exlar TTX080

Curtiss-Wright’s Sensors & Controls Division announced the release of the Exlar TTX080, their newly designed fully integrated drive/motor/actuator. Utilizing the all-new GTX Series base actuator as a foundation, the TTX080 adds the control and drive electronics necessary to allow stand-alone operation, making it an ideal retrofit for hydraulic cylinders on existing machinery.

The TTX Series actuators offer the power, precision, and programmability of a servo system while minimizing the maintenance headaches and mess of hydraulics. With continuous force ratings up to 11.9 kN (2,687 lbf), speeds up to 953 mm/sec (37.5 in/sec), and stroke lengths from 100 mm (4 inches) to 450 mm (18 inches), the TTX080 can be applied across a wide range of factory automation applications.

The TTX Series features include:

  • Servo control, drive, and motor integrated with a compact, power-dense actuator
  • High capacity planetary roller screws offering up to 15X the life and significantly higher shock load resistance than a comparably sized ball screw
  • IP65S (min.) environmental protection
  • Removable front seal bushing greatly simplifies maintenance and re-greasing of nut assembly to maximize actuator life
  • Modular design with bolt-on mounting hardware allows mounting style reconfiguration or replacement in the field using commonly available tools
  • Smoother, quieter operation compared to previous generation designs

For more information on Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls, please visit or

About Curtiss-Wright Corp.

Curtiss-Wright Corp. is a global innovative company that delivers highly engineered, critical function products and services to the commercial, industrial, defense and energy markets. Building on the heritage of Glenn Curtiss and the Wright brothers, Curtiss-Wright has a long tradition of providing reliable solutions through trusted customer relationships.

The company employs approximately 8,600 people worldwide. For more information, visit

Baumer Announces UNAR / URAR 12 Miniature Sensors

Aggressive media such as vapors or cleaning agents are at times a challenge for standard ultrasonic sensors. The sensor face, called a transducer, can be worn by these media and thus become impaired. Baumer announced the UNAR / URAR 12 miniature sensors for these environments.

Chemically-robust stainless steel ultrasonic sensor with patented parylene face coating

It has an ultra-thin patented parylene coating on the sensor face and stainless steel all-metal housing. These compact sensors are an addition to the preexisting Baumer portfolio of chemically robust sensors and are available as proximity, retro-reflective and distance sensors. Some example applications are level measurement of paints and varnishes in the printing industry or in pressure tanks or compact laboratory containers in the pharmaceutical industry.

It has short response times of < 6 ms, a narrow sound beam and the FDA-compliant material, they are also suitable for fast applications such as presence detection of bottles in fillers in the food and beverage industry. In contrast to ultrasonic sensors with metal caps, the parylene-coated sensors can be mounted very easily and with no additional aids.

For more information, visit Baumer website.

Merry Mechanization Updates Sheet Metal Software for CNC

Merry Mechanization has updated its sheet metal software to include a powerful posting feature that will write NC code for several machines.

Once a part or nest has been optimized and is ready for production in Merry Mechanization’s SMP sheet metal fabrication software, the programmer posts it to a particular machine, telling the driver to write the NC code for that machine. Posting is machine-specific, creating the NC code for the machine and an operation sheet with part production details for the machine. If a shop has more than one machine, the machine for which the code is intended may be fully loaded or may not be in operation. In this case, part production should ideally take place on another machine.

Posting to a new machine is generally quite difficult unless the new machine is identical with the previous one. The new CNC machine may have different tools available, may not be able to use some of the tools specified, or may even have different safety zones for work holder clamps. Reposting the part/nest to a different machine would generally mean that the job might have to be completely re-programmed. Not with SMP’s Cross Posting feature.

The SMP posting area has a Cross Post feature that makes posting to a new machine easier and less time-consuming. The program evaluates the new machine and highlights changes the programmer has to carry out. When the changes are completed so that the new machine can produce the required part/nest, SMP creates a new NC code and operation sheet for the new machine.

How Posting and Cross Posting Work

When the parts and nests are posted, the CAD/CAM software, SMP, writes and displays the NC code and operation sheet. The NC code gives the instructions for punching or cutting with specific tools and the operation sheet has information about the job, such as the size of the sheet, tools to be used, and clamp locations. Before the sheet metal machine runs the job, the operator makes sure the specified tools are loaded and the required sheets are ready. The CNC machine can then follow the coded instructions, created by SMP, step by step to produce the programmed parts.

The NC code may not work for a different machine and the tools specified on the operations sheet may not work with another machine because it may have a different tool library or they simply don’t fit in a different CNC machine. SMP’s Cross Post feature, created by Merry Mechanization, lets programmers choose to post the parts program to a machine different from the one for which the program was originally written. It will even work when changing to a different brand of sheet metal machine. Whether you are going from an Amada to a Trumpf, or a LVD Strippit to a Muratec, SMP’s Cross Posting feature can handle it.

When Cross Post is selected from within SMP, the programmer can see the available machines and can choose one. The software evaluates the capabilities of the new machine and adapts the parts program, showing which operations can’t be carried out on the new machine. The programmer can then select tools available on the new machine to carry out the required operations. The SMP Cross Posting function adjusts the parts program to use the new tool. When this process is complete, the changed parts program can be posted to the new machine and the corresponding machine code and operations sheet will be generated.

The SMP Cross Posting function is a powerful production management tool for sheet metal shops with more than one CNC machine. Sheet metal shop programmers no longer have to worry about recreating parts and nests if a needed machine is unavailable. Instead they can simply Cross Post to the next available machine and carry on with uninterrupted production of parts.

About Merry Mechanization

Merry Mechanization’s SMP/IS CAD/CAM and Nesting Software is trusted by several of the leading sheet metal fabricators and works seamlessly with many brands of CNC sheet metal machines. Using Merry Mechanization’s suite of powerful software, manufacturing is more optimized and streamlined while providing lots of automation to make a sheet metal programmer’s job easier.