Building Systems Design to Launch SpecLink Cloud at A’17

BSD_Logo_NewATLANTA, GA, Apr 26, 2017 – Building Systems Design, (BSD) announced it will launch its newest product, SpecLink Cloud, to the more than 14,000 attendees at A’17, the American Institute of Architects’ annual conference, to be held in Orlando April 27-29.

SpecLink Cloud is a platform designed to simplify sharing and collaborating on building project specifications. Designed with the project team in mind, SpecLink Cloud enables architects, engineers and specifiers to share and review specifications with their constituents including owners, consultants and contractors. The solution is cloud-based and projects are accessible on any browser-enabled device with information organized on a central, secure platform. Customers also have complete control over who has access to that information. SpecLink Cloud is a companion tool to BSD’s popular SpecLink-E, the most advanced solution available today for specification writing and production.

“SpecLink Cloud gives our clients the power to quickly and easily view and share project specifications,” said Chris Anderson, BSD’s chief executive officer. “The quality of the end result is most important to our clients, and SpecLink Cloud will clarify communication and coordinate federated documentation. We’re confident this new tool, combined with our SpecLink-E software, will improve efficiencies and reduce redundancies and charge backs for our clients.”

The SpecLink Cloud platform simplifies collaboration by organizing reviewer comments in a central location, with easy access by every project team member. This significantly reduces the time needed to collect and aggregate feedback. Designed for building designers by building designers, SpecLink-E provides documentation for all types of projects and all phases of a project, from programming through construction administration. BSD’s team of experienced spec writers are continuously updating and refining the master content available on both SpecLink-E and SpecLink Cloud.

Demos of both SpecLink Cloud and SpecLink-E will be available at BSD’s booth 2869 at the AIA Conference A’17. Learn more and request a demo at http://www.bsdsoftlink.com/products.

About BSD

Building Systems Design creates and supports advanced specification writing and interoperability products that are used nationwide for more than 10,000 commercial, institutional and industrial users annually. BSD has offered software tools for the architecture, engineering and construction industry since 1983 and the company is a platinum partner of the Construction Specifications Institute and an AIA Cornerstone Partner.

For more information, visit www.bsdsoftlink.com.

COMSOL Multiphysics, Server v5.3 Released for Simulation

comsol_logo_newBURLINGTON, MA, Apr 26, 2017 – COMSOL, Inc., the leading provider of software solutions for multiphysics modeling, simulation, and application deployment, announced the latest release of the COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server simulation software.

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Numerical simulation of the electrochemical potential distribution along an oil rig in sea water using the Boundary Element method.

Version 5.3 provides simulation specialists with notable performance improvements and powerful app design and deployment capabilities with new modeling and development tools, solvers, and user-driven features. In many cases, users will experience a speedup of ten times or more in software responsiveness, such as in preprocessing tasks for handling models with several thousand boundaries and domains.

Enhanced Efficiency with New Mathematical Methods and Solvers

“Version 5.3 is a result of our continued focus on delivering highly capable mathematical modeling tools. Our users will find great value in new solvers, the new physics interfaces, and the many enhancements throughout COMSOL software, from model creation to deployment of apps,” comments Svante Littmarck, president and CEO, COMSOL, Inc.

With version 5.3 the boundary element method (BEM) is available for modeling electrostatics and corrosion effects. “This means that users can easily combine boundary element and finite element methods for greater flexibility in their multiphysics simulations,” continues Littmarck. The Boundary Element method enables users to simulate models with infinite domains and voids, as well as to quickly set up simulations that combine wires, beams, surfaces, and solids in the same model. Typical uses for this functionality include the modeling of electrical cathodic protection, cables, or capacitive sensors.

Users handling large CFD models will benefit from the new algebraic multigrid (AMG) solver implemented in version 5.3. The AMG solver requires only a single mesh level and is now the default option for many fluid flow and transport phenomena interfaces. Users modeling turbulent flows can benefit from more robust computations with the automatic treatment of walls. This feature blends high-fidelity low-Reynolds formulation with wall functions.

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The algebraic multigrid (AMG) solver allows for solving large fluid flow problems with a single mesh level. The simulation process is more robust for problems such as fluid-structure interaction in a solar panel.

A Powerful Suite of Development Tools for Increased Productivity

The model builder now more rapidly handles geometry and mesh operations for models with large arrays and complicated solid operations in 3D. Users working with models and geometry requiring the use of several element types will benefit from the automatic generation of pyramidal elements to handle the transition between swept, hexahedral, prismatic, and tetrahedral meshes. A new option for automatic geometry defeaturing through virtual geometry operations is now available to users. “We continue to see improved performance for large models across the board. This is not only about solution time but also how the software handles large models in the user interface, including geometry and mesh,” comments Bjorn Sjodin, VP of product management, COMSOL, Inc.

With the introduction of model methods in version 5.3, it is easy to automate repetitive operations directly in the model builder. ”You can now simply record a set of operations, like a macro, and use the resulting method while setting up or solving a model. This is an important usability feature with many possible applications. For example, you can create a reusable model method that generates a complicated array of geometric objects to expand on the standard functionality of the model builder,” continues Sjodin.

The application libraries feature more than 50 new and updated tutorial models, allowing users to quickly adopt new features, tools, and modeling techniques. The tutorials span several areas, from permanent magnet motors, cables, and horn antennas, to supersonic flows, electronics cooling, and vibration and noise in a gearbox.

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The algebraic multigrid (AMG) solver allows for solving large fluid flow problems with a single mesh level. The simulation process is more robust for problems such as fluid-structure interaction in a solar panel.

More Functionality for App Design and Deployment

The application builder allows simulation specialists to create apps based on their multiphysics models. The app interface can be easily customized and accessed via a browser or a Windows client, which connects to a local installation of COMSOL Server. Updates to COMSOL Server include comprehensive log files for user activity as well as a centralized cluster administration setting in the COMSOL Server Web interface for easy setup of running apps on clusters. In the application builder, app designers can now define customized actions when clicking on plots in graphics objects, enabling the easy creation of interactive apps.

Cornell Dublier, founded in 1909 and a leading global manufacturer of high-quality capacitors, uses COMSOL Server for deploying computational apps to engineers at different sites around the world. “Using COMSOL Multiphysics and its Application Builder I can create models and build apps based on them. This allows other departments to test different configurations for their particular requirements and pick the best design,” comments Sam Parler, research director at Cornell Dubilier.

“It’s exciting to see how customers are benefiting from building and deploying simulation apps,” says Littmarck. “Case studies across industries are demonstrating how simulation specialists are leveraging simulation apps to expand the use of multiphysics simulation.”

As a part of a food science curriculum, Cornell University is using simulation apps that connect via a browser to the school’s local installation of COMSOL Server. “Simulation apps bring new opportunities to education. In a food safety class, the app enables multidisciplinary learning where a biological science student can simulate many what-if scenarios realistically,” comments Prof. Ashim Datta, Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University.

Availability

COMSOL software products are supported on Windows operating system, Linux operating system, and macOS operating system. The Application Builder is supported in the Windows operating system.

To browse version 5.3 release highlights, visit www.comsol.com/release/5.3.

To download the latest version of COMSOL Multiphysics software and COMSOL Server product or update your current installation, visit www.comsol.com/product-update.

Highlights of New Features and Tools Available in Version 5.3

    • COMSOL Multiphysics and COMSOL Server: Performance improvements for handling of large models and faster load and save of model MPH files. Model methods for automating repetitive operations are available directly from the Model Builder. Using Selections as a plot attribute. Customized actions when clicking on graphics objects. Administrator cluster settings and log file for application usage.
Functionality Speedup*
Selections of domains, boundaries, edges, and points 10x
Virtual geometry operations (collapse faces) 10x
Swept meshing 10x
OpenGL rendering 10x
CAD import 5x
COMSOL native geometry kernel 5x
Load/save of .mph files 2-10x

**Speedup compared to version 5.2a. The actual speedup may be better or worse depending on the details of the model.

  • Geometry and Mesh: Performance improvements. Automatic pyramid element transitions. Automatic removal of geometric details. Adaptively generated meshes are now integrated with user-defined mesh sequences. Coordinate systems available in primitive solid operations.
  • Mathematical Modeling Tools, Studies, and Visualization: Boundary element method for electrostatics and corrosion. Algebraic Multigrid (AMG) solver for CFD. Direct and iterative solver suggestions for choosing between fast or memory conservative solver. Combine two transient or parametric solutions into one. Simultaneous visualization of two quantities on the y-axis of 1D plots. Quick selection filters for plots.
  • Electromagnetics: New physics: Electrostatics, Boundary Elements; Schrödinger Equation. New study type for fast capacitance and general lumped matrix calculations. Calculate S-Parameters from transient simulations. Part library for standard RF and microwave components. New permanent magnet motor tutorial model.
  • Structural & Acoustics: New physics: Thermoviscous Acoustics, Transient; Poroelastic Waves updated with new Biot-Allard Model. Easier setup of models with self-equilibrating loads with automatic constraints of rigid body motions. Safety factors in linear elastic analysis for quick assessment of the need for elastoplastic analysis. Stress linearization evaluation for pressure vessels. New Lemaitre-Chaboche viscoplastic material model. New Rotor Bearing System Simulator app for rotordynamics. Two new tutorial models for vibrations and noise in a gear box and an induction motor. Perfectly matched layers (PMLs) for absorption of outgoing waves for pressure acoustics in the time domain. Transient thermoviscous acoustics analysis.
  • Fluid Flow & Heat Transfer: New physics: Fluid Flow with v2-f turbulence model; Heat and Moisture Transport. New highly automatic and robust Algebraic Multigrid (AMG) solver for CFD. Automatic treatment of flow near walls that blends a low-Reynolds model with wall functions. New building and refrigerant materials. Diffuse and direct solar radiation. Symmetry planes for heat radiation in all directions simultaneously.
  • Chemical: New physics: Current Distribution, Boundary Elements; Reacting Flow in Porous Media; Transport of Diluted Species in Fractures. Modeling tools for thin electrode and electrolyte layers.
  • Multipurpose & Interfacing: Periodic conditions for particle tracing. Automatic termination of rays in ray optics based on user-defined bounding box or intensity drop. Import of photometric data files for ray optics. Easier modeling of particles in rotating machinery with new rotating frames functionality. More efficient set-up of selections for CAD Assemblies with LiveLink for SOLIDWORKS and LiveLink for Inventor. Support for synchronizing curves and points with LiveLink for AutoCAD. New tutorial for importing and meshing a PCB Geometry from an ODB++ archive file.

About COMSOL

COMSOL is a global provider of simulation software for product design and research to technical enterprises, research labs, and universities. Its COMSOL Multiphysics product is an integrated software environment for creating physics-based models and simulation apps. A particular strength is its ability to account for coupled or multiphysics phenomena. Add-on products expand the simulation platform for electrical, mechanical, fluid flow, and chemical applications. Interfacing tools enable the integration of COMSOL Multiphysics simulations with all major technical computing and CAD tools on the CAE market. Simulation experts rely on the COMSOL Server product to deploy apps to their design teams, manufacturing departments, test laboratories, and customers throughout the world. Founded in 1986, COMSOL employs more than 480 people in 21 offices worldwide and extends its reach with a network of distributors.

For more information, visit www.comsol.com.

Dassault Q1 Revenue Down 13% to €760M with €86M Profit

logo_3DS_dassaultVÉLIZY-VILLACOUBLAY, France, Apr 26, 2017 - Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D digital mock up and product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today announced IFRS unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. These results were reviewed by the company’s board of directors on April 25, 2017.

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Comparative analysis based on Dassault’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source Dassault website)

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Comparative analysis based on Dassault’s financial results in the last 12 quarters (Result source Dassault website)

This quarter’s revenue stood at €759.8 million, a drop of 13% compared to the quarter four’s revenue (€875.0 million) of last year, with a profit of €86.4 million.

Bernard Charlès, Dassault Systèmes’ vice chairman and chief executive officer commented, “In early April Dassault Systèmes brought together in Milan key innovators from around the globe who demonstrated that a new era, Design in the Age of Experience is well underway. In this era design is about creating experiences, introducing new business plans, leveraging science, learning from nature and creating unique consumer experiences, thanks to increased affordability of virtual and augmented reality technologies.

“Our software portfolio is well positioned to respond to these new market needs and to help our clients succeed in this new era. FCA, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, selected our ‘Drive Emotion’ industry solution experience based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to unify its global design studios and to develop the mobility experiences of tomorrow. Working with 3DEXCITE, Ford Motor Company and DS Automobiles, a division of PSA, have created for consumers immersive virtual reality experiences leveraging their digital assets. Partnering with the National Institute for Aerospace Research, the 3DEXPERIENCE Center is opening at Wichita State University as part of WSU’s Innovation Campus. This represents another initiative we are doing to contribute to the aerospace industry’s development in important areas such as new engineered materials, additive manufacturing processes and multi-robotics advanced manufacturing.

“From a financial perspective, the strength of our offer translated into 8% non-IFRS revenue growth in constant currencies during the first quarter. Our two largest industries, transportation & mobility and industrial equipment, drove these results. On top of this our diversification industries represented 32% of total software revenue in the quarter, with our presence in High Tech continuing to expand, and notable performances from consumer product goods-retail and architecture, engineering & construction.”

A complete chart of the financial results is available here.

Today’s Webcast and Conference Call Information

Today, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Dassault Systèmes will first host a webcasted meeting from London at 8:30 AM London time/ 9:30 AM Paris time and will then host a conference call at 9:00 AM New York time/ 2:00 PM London time/ 3:00 PM Paris time. The webcasted meeting and conference call will be available via the Internet by accessing http://www.3ds.com/investors/. Please go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the webcast or conference call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The webcast and conference call will be archived for 1 year.

Additional investor information can be accessed at http://www.3ds.com/investors/ or by calling Dassault Systèmes’ Investor Relations at 33.1.61.62.69.24.

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.

Samsung Heavy Industries Uses Intergraph’s Smart 3D

HexagonPPM_IntergraphLogoHUNTSVILLE, AL, Apr 26, 2017 – Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), one of the world’s leading shipbuilders, has used Intergraph Smart 3D to design the world’s largest containership for Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. (MOL), surpassing 20,000 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEU).

With a length of 400 meters, breadth of 58.8 meters and draft of 32.8 meters, the vessel is classified as an Ultra Large Containership that can transport 20,150 containers. It was christened the MOL Triumph and delivered to the owner on March 27, 2017. The MOL Triumph is the first of four 20,150 TEU vessels SHI is building for MOL.

Smart 3D was used to execute the detailed and production design of the Triumph, as well as to produce installation and fabrication drawings, and Bills of Materials for SHI’s procurement team. Smart 3D’s Top-down Planning & Estimation and Assembly Planning & Simulation modules were also employed on this project.

SHI has enjoyed the benefits of Smart 3D since 2004, recording schedule reductions of up to three months on major shipbuilding projects, thanks to the solution’s intelligent early design features.

“Successful construction of the MOL Triumph is further evidence of SHI’s technological excellence and our longstanding partnership with Intergraph PP&M,” said Mun-Keun Ha, vice president at SHI. “Furthermore, we were able to complete construction on-time and with zero incidents, thanks to Smart 3D’s optimized design features.”

Mattias Stenberg, president of Intergraph PP&M, said, “SHI has been leading the market with optimized hull and outfitting design and record-breaking containership size. Intergraph is proud to be a technological partner in this journey.”

Smart 3D is a 3D design solution that lowers risk on today’s tight project schedules by offering high-quality designs to support the fabrication, construction and operational phases. The built-in engineering rules enable project stakeholders to make critical design decisions early on, freeing up time for real engineering work by automating design functions, enforcing design consistency through the different disciplines and all related, automatically produced deliverables. Smart 3D also minimizes costly rework by managing the changes that inevitably occur throughout design.

The ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, ranked Intergraph as the No. 1 overall worldwide provider of engineering solutions for plant design (process, power and marine), according to its “Engineering Design Tools for Plants & Infrastructure Global Market Research Study Market Analysis and Forecast Through 2020.

About Samsung Heavy Industries

SHI is one of the world’s leading shipbuilders. The company has successfully completed a diverse range of projects with the aim of securing global leadership in various sectors, including shipbuilding, offshore, machinery and electric systems. Most notably, it has achieved unbeatable leadership in the high-tech high-value shipbuilding sector by maintaining the world’s number one share in the drill ship, LNG carrier and FPSO markets.

About Intergraph Process, Power & Marine

Soon to be rebranded simply as Hexagon PPM, the Intergraph Process, Power & Marine division of Hexagon is the leading global provider of engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities.

For more information, visit ppm.intergraph.com.

EMA Introduces E-Learning, OrCAD Certification

EMA_logoROCHESTER, NY, Apr 26, 2017 – EMA Design Automation, a full-service provider and innovator of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) solutions, has just released a new E-Learning training platform and an OrCAD certification program to help OrCAD users improve their proficiency with the toolset and earn a certification to demonstrate their level of knowledge. “Quite often, customers will ask me if I know of any qualified engineers that they could hire and put to work immediately,” said Manny Marcano, president and CEO of EMA. “Because of this certification program, with a simple web search and a review of LinkedIn certification credentials, hiring managers can easily find qualified OrCAD engineering candidates.”

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OrCAD Certification (Image Source: EMA website)

The new E-Learning platform allows students to learn at their own pace. The E-Learning modules cover the same material as their classroom counterparts, providing comprehensive training resources which include both videos and labs. Students use their own computers and access the guided training via the internet.

All EMA training includes the opportunity to take the OrCAD certified exam for the tool covered in the course. However, taking the course isn’t required to take the exam. Experienced OrCAD users can purchase an exam for a small fee if they believe they already possess the knowledge required for the particular subject. Anyone who does not pass an exam can continue studying and retake the exam when they feel they are ready. They can also apply the cost of the exam to an EMA training course. Students who pass the exam will receive an OrCAD Certified certificate for the tool they have mastered, as well as being able to list the certification on their LinkedIn page, business cards, resumes, and biographies. The certificate will also include the software version of the tool that was passed to help identify those with the latest expertise.

“Our existing courseware has been tremendously successful,” added Marcano. “In fact, 98% of the students agreed that the EMA training they received would greatly improve their work performance, and 9 out of 10 students confirmed the class they attended exceeded their expectations. With the addition of the OrCAD certification exams, OrCAD aficionados can proclaim their proficiency, and hiring managers have an added tool to ensure that they get the best candidates available.”

For more information about the EMA E-Learning and OrCAD Certification, visit go.ema-eda.com/orcad-certified. To learn more about EMA, go to www.ema-eda.com or call 585.334.6001.

About EMA Design Automation, Inc.

EMA Design Automation is a trailblazer in product development solutions offering a complete range of EDA tools, PLM integrations, services, training, and technical support. EMA is a Cadence Channel Partner serving all of North America. EMA develops Ultra Librarian, TimingDesigner, CircuitSpace, CIP, EDABuilder, and a host of custom solutions to enhance the OrCAD products, and all are distributed through a worldwide network of value-added resellers. EMA is a privately held corporation headquartered in Rochester, New York.

Visit EMA at www.ema-eda.com for more information.

Desktop Metal Launches DM Studio, DM Production Systems

DesktopMetal_logoBURLINGTON, MA, Apr 26, 2017 – Desktop Metal, the company committed to making metal 3D printing accessible to global manufacturers and engineers, today launched two systems covering the full product lifecycle — from prototyping to mass production — which mark a fundamental shift in how products will be developed and brought to market. The DM Studio and DM Production systems change the rules of traditional metal manufacturing solutions with the advent of first-of-its-kind innovative approaches that reduce costs and significantly increase speed, safety, and print quality.

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The DM Studio System is the world’s first affordable, office-friendly metal 3D printing system (Photo: Business Wire)

The first office-friendly metal 3D printing system for rapid prototyping, the Desktop Metal Studio System is 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. The system is a complete platform, including both a printer, starting at $49,900, and microwave-enhanced sintering furnace that, together, deliver complex and even impossible geometries of metal 3D printed parts right in an engineer’s office or on the shop floor.

The DM Studio System:

  • Eliminates the need for expensive, industrial facilities to safely house the technology. Unlike traditional metal 3D printing processes, the DM Studio System requires no hazardous powders, no lasers and no cutting tools to operate. Instead the DM Studio System uses Bound Metal Deposition (BMD), a proprietary process, to make accurate and repeatable parts, similar to the safest and most widely used 3D printing process for plastics, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) technology.
  • Makes metal 3D printing drop-dead simple. No need for dedicated operators, the DM Studio System uses cloud-based software to streamline the entire workflow so engineers can go from computer-aided design (CAD) software to printed parts seamlessly. Proprietary Separable Supports make it possible to remove support structures by hand, while swappable print cartridges make for safe, fast material changes.
  • Significantly increases the versatility of prototyping. Out of the box, the DM Studio System is designed to support hundreds of different metal alloys — the same metals used to mass produce parts can now be used to prototype them.
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The DM Studio System speeds up prototyping to go to market faster. Print highly complex metal parts, like this propeller, in the office instead of waiting a week or more for machined or cast parts. (Photo: Business Wire)

To manufacture metal 3D printed parts at scale, Desktop Metal also announced the launch of the fastest 3D printing system for mass production of high resolution metal parts today, the DM Production System. Using new, proprietary Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) technology, the DM Production System is 100 times faster than today’s laser-based additive manufacturing systems. For customers, the Production System dramatically reduces the cost-per-part when compared with today’s laser-based systems, for the first time making it competitive with mass production techniques like casting.

“Until now, metal 3D printing has failed to meet today’s manufacturing needs due to high costs, slow processes and hazardous materials,” said Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal. “With a team of some of the world’s leading experts in materials science, engineering and innovation, Desktop Metal has eliminated these barriers by developing metal 3D printing systems that can safely produce complex, strong metal parts at scale.”

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This metal 3D printed pump housing part is sintered in the Desktop Metal furnace that can reach temperatures as high as 1400°C. (Photo: Business Wire)

Since its inception in October 2015, Desktop Metal has raised $97 million and attracted major investors, including GV (formerly Google Ventures), BMW Group, GE, Lowe’s, NEA, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lux Capital, Saudi Aramco, and 3D printing leader Stratasys. With over 138 patents filed and a growing team of more than 100 employees, Desktop Metal continues to gain momentum as it brings its products to market. Members of the founding team, in addition to Fulop, include some of the most forward-thinking innovators in the industry: Jonah Myerberg, chief technology officer and a leader in materials engineering; Ely Sachs, MIT professor and early pioneer of 3D printing, inventor of binder jet printing; Yet-Ming Chiang, MIT professor and one of the world’s top materials scientists; Christopher Schuh, chairman of the MIT Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering and one of the world’s leading metallurgists; A. John Hart, MIT professor and expert in manufacturing and machine design; and Rick Chin, VP of Software, who was one of the early team members of SolidWorks and previously founder of Xpress 3D (acquired by Stratasys).

“The rapid pace of innovation in technology is enabling OEMs to design, produce and deliver their products differently. I see a huge potential for the highly competitive automotive industry to accelerate product development and production,” said Uwe Higgen, managing partner of BMW i Ventures. “Desktop Metal’s technology offers a new way for the manufacturing industry to be smarter, faster and more cost effective with metal 3D printing. Whether it’s rapid prototyping or output at scale, a solution for printing metal parts that is competitive to the traditional manufacturing processes is certain to change the face of automotive design and production.”

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CEO Ric Fulop (right) and Materials Research Scientist Uwe Bauer in Desktop Metal’s R&D lab. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Caterpillar’s Parts Network has twenty-one distribution centers around the world that hold hundreds of thousands of service parts to provide over 2,000 dealer locations with the parts needed to provide our customers with their expected uptime,” said Don Jones, Caterpillar global parts strategy manager. “By leveraging a portion of 3D printing for metal parts, we will be able to enhance best in class service with lower inventory investment. We are excited to evaluate the Desktop Metal suite of products, which will allow us to print metal parts at high speed and minimal post processing and environmental constraints closer to our customers, reducing the need to expedite ship critical parts from across the globe.”

The DM Studio System is available to reserve in May with shipping beginning in September 2017. The Studio printer is available for $49,900 and the complete system, including printer, debinder, and furnace, is $120,000. The DM Production System is available on reserve in May for shipping beginning in 2018.

About Desktop Metal

Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, MA, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world.

For more information, visit www.desktopmetal.com.

Intergraph Releases CADWorx Structure 2017 R1

HexagonPPM_IntergraphLogoHOUSTON, TX, Apr 25, 2017 – Intergraph announces the release of CADWorx Structure 2017 R1, a fit-for-purpose solution for designing steel structures and modeling industrial plant buildings, pipe racks, offshore topsides and other structures for process, power and manufacturing facilities. This release adds the option to run on the AutoCAD or BricsCAD platform and provides new advanced capabilities that allow designers and engineers to cite the weight and center of gravity of objects to determine if they can be lifted and transported, export to a detailing tool or structural analysis program by using a CIS/2 file, place gusset plates and connect them to bracing to avoid routing objects through an area, and add openings to any structural object. The release also allows users to annotate structural objects to include a short and long description, part number and tag, material and member size and other details.

For more information about CADWorx Structure, visit http://ppm.intergraph.com/products/3d-product-family/cadworx. For more information on Intergraph CADWorx, visit http://www.intergraph.com/products/ppm/cadworx/. For information on Intergraph analysis products, visit http://www.intergraph.com/ppm/analysis.aspx. To access the Intergraph Technical User Forum (TUF) LinkedIn, visit ppm.intergraph.com/technical-user-forums.

About Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions

Intergraph CADWorx & Analysis Solutions is part of Intergraph Process, Power & Marine. It develops and supports the following products: CADWorx, for plant design; CAESAR II, for pipe stress analysis; PV Elite and Visual Vessel Design, for pressure vessel analysis; TANK, for storage tank analysis; and GT STRUDL, for structural analysis.

Soon to be rebranded simply as Hexagon PPM, the Intergraph Process, Power & Marine division of Hexagon is the leading global provider of engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities.

Process, Power & Marine is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

Innovyze Introduces InfoMaster WMS

Innovyze_LogoBROOMFIELD, CO, Apr 25, 2017 – Innovyze, a leading global innovator of business analytics software and technologies for smart wet infrastructure, today announced the release of InfoMaster WMS (Work Management System) for managing the entire lifecycle of work orders and inspections. Available as an extension to its industry-leading InfoMaster asset management software, InfoMaster WMS lets water and wastewater utilities manage their work orders and inspections business processes with more automation and less paper. A complete ArcGIS-centric CMMS solution, it saves enterprises valuable time and money by better organizing, planning and proactively managing all maintenance activities.

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Maintaining water, sewer and stormwater assets in fit-for-purpose condition throughout their economic lifespans is a primary goal for utilities worldwide. Fully integrated with ArcGIS (Esri, Redlands, CA), InfoMaster WMS provides a powerful integrated asset management and work order and inspection solution to strategically manage all utility infrastructure assets, minimize service disruption and environmental damage, enhance customer service and operational efficiency, improve worker safety and productivity, achieve regulatory compliance, and ensure that these systems operate well into the future at maximum cost savings. It provides utilities the mission-critical link between advanced network modeling and analytics, risk and condition assessments, data collection and field operations.

“Innovyze continuously listens to customers’ feedback and is always adding powerful value added features and benefits at an incredible pace to make InfoMaster an even better asset management solution for utilities worldwide,” said Tony A. Akel, P.E., principal at Akel Engineering Group in Fresno, California. “The new InfoMaster WMS extension is an invaluable tool to help those utilities optimize field services and repair and maintenance operations for their water, wastewater and stormwater systems with incredible speed and ease.”

InfoMaster WMS lets users effectively manage service requests, work orders, field inspections and maintenance of utility infrastructure assets. They can easily maintain a complete asset inventory, including field inspections and condition assessments; efficiently manage, dispatch and track work progress; automate preventative maintenance schedules and maximize efficiency with work order templates; prolong the economic life of infrastructure assets; and minimize their total costs of ownership.

Designed to streamline all work orders and inspections business processes, InfoMaster WMS consolidates all activities in two main easy-to-navigate workflows. A datasheet-style input screens for streamlined and confident review and data entry, and a calendar-based work organizer facilitates clear communication, optimum scheduling, and easy adjustments on the fly. Users can now instantly visualize work to be done and in progress, and easily create custom datasheets to enhance any facility maintenance activities and improve productivity. The software supports all service request, inspection, reminder, and work order processes, and allows users to leverage their existing investments in GIS and Innovyze technology.

“Organizations worldwide face the constant challenge of sustaining and improving the performance and extending the life of their assets with limited resources,” said Paul F. Boulos, Ph.D., BCEEM, Hon.D.WRE, Dist.D.NE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, chief executive officer of Innovyze. “The new InfoMaster WMS delivers critical tools for meeting this challenge. In particular, it lets users manage all utility assets and field operations, efficiently managing and dispatching work assignments, improving condition assessment and repair workflows, and streamlining field data collection activities. This new extension reflects Innovyze’s commitment to continuous product evolution designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our industry. Our customers count on this commitment to help make their organizations the best run in the world. We are proud to introduce this powerful new solution, knowing that it will make an immediate difference in people’s lives, our communities, and our society.”

Pricing and Availability

InfoMaster WMS for InfoMaster is now available worldwide by subscription. Prices start at $10,000. For the latest information on the Innovyze Subscription Program, including availability and purchase requirements, visit www.innovyze.com or contact your local Innovyze Channel Partner. To see InfoMaster in action, request a demo today.

About Innovyze

Innovyze is a leading global provider of wet infrastructure business analytics software solutions designed to meet the technological needs of water/wastewater utilities, government agencies, and engineering organizations worldwide. Its clients include the majority of the largest 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.

For more information, visit www.innovyze.com.