Trimble Announces SITECH Japan Dealership for Construction

SUNNYVALE, CA, Oct 20, 2017 – Trimble announced today that a SITECH Technology Dealer has been established in Japan. SITECH Japan joins the premier network of SITECH dealerships—the first fully dedicated global distribution network offering the most comprehensive portfolio of construction technology systems available to the civil contractor.

SITECH Technology Dealers represent Trimble machine control systems for the contractor’s entire fleet of heavy equipment regardless of machine brand, along with Trimble’s portfolio of Connected Site solutions—site positioning systems, construction asset management services, software and powerful wireless and Internet-based site communications infrastructure.

The experienced construction professionals at each SITECH Technology Dealership can advise contractors on the appropriate construction technology solutions to utilize, and can provide high-quality local customer service, personalized training and technical support. As authorized dealers for Trimble site-wide solutions, the SITECH Technology Dealers understand how to apply innovative construction technology to help solve a variety of contractors’ construction challenges. Leveraging technology, contractors can gain greater insight into their operations, enabling them to lower operating costs and improve accuracy, safety and productivity.

Through the adoption of construction technology, contractors can experience new levels of productivity that enable more competitive bidding on projects. SITECH Technology Dealers offer the most advanced and complete set of tools to revolutionize the construction workflow.

SITECH Japan joins a global network of more than 100 SITECH Technology Dealers and will serve civil construction contractors in Japan who are involved in a range of earthmoving applications such as the construction of roads, highways, railways and airports as well as site prep for large commercial, industrial and residential projects.

For more information about SITECH Dealers, visit www.sitech-construction.com.

About SITECH Japan

SITECH Japan is now a part of the worldwide SITECH distribution network, which offers consultative advice on construction technology solutions, customized training, data services, installation, service and technical support.

About Trimble’s Civil Engineering and Construction Division

Trimble is a leading innovator of hardware and software solutions for civil engineering and construction. Trimble’s advanced technologies transform work across the project lifecycle for owners, engineers and contractors. Solutions include planning and design software, precision machine control, site positioning, mobile technologies and real-time connectivity. As part of Trimble’s Connected Site strategy, these solutions empower civil engineers and construction professionals to construct with confidence, delivering significant improvements in productivity at every phase of a project—from concept and design to construction and maintenance.

For more information, visit  construction.trimble.com.

About Trimble

Trimble is transforming the way the world works by delivering products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety, and sustainability. From purpose built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, hardware and services are transforming a broad range of industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial, and transportation and logistics.

For more information about Trimble, visit  www.trimble.com.

Proto Labs Europe Hires Bjoern Klaas as VP, Managing Director

MAPLE PLAIN, MN, Oct 20, 2017 – Proto Labs, a global leader in technology-enabled manufacturing, has named Bjoern Klaas as Vice President and managing director of its European operations effective December 1, 2017. Klaas will replace John Tumelty, who will facilitate a smooth transition until his retirement at the end of December.

“Bjoern’s experience in international leadership and his knowledge of the manufacturing industry will be invaluable as we continue to build on the foundation we’ve established in Europe,” said Vicki Holt, president and CEO at Proto Labs. “We’re excited to have Bjoern guiding the way as we expand our global capabilities.”

Over the past five years, Klaas has held key positions with global polymer supplier PolyOne, most recently as the company’s VP and GM for its ColorMatrix Group headquartered in the United States. Klaas was CEO and GM of Colorant Chromatics through early 2012 and held previous strategic management positions at specialty chemical company Clariant.

Proto Labs launched its manufacturing services in the United Kingdom is 2005 and has since expanded to serve all of Europe with additional manufacturing operations in Germany and Finland. Proto Labs’ European region reported revenues of £50 million ($64 million) for the past 12 months ended June 30, 2017, representing growth of 20 percent.

About Proto Labs

Proto Labs is the world’s fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. The technology-enabled company produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as 1 day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to market, reduces development and production costs, and minimizes risk throughout the product lifecycle.

Visit protolabs.com for more information.

Cannon Design, Perkins+Will Selects ViewAQC 2018 for BIM

NAPLES, FL, Oct 20, 2017 – Both Cannon Design & Perkins+Will now have ViewAQC 2018 available firm-wide for their large & multi-model Revit projects. ViewAQC 2018 was developed by 26 Degrees Software to allow Revit team members to manage and reference views from any Revit model into any other Revit model. Cannon Design has successfully used ViewAQC for the past five years designing & documenting the largest single construction, 14,000 room hospital project in North America called Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). See here for more information.

Christine Cavataio, CHUM senior project manager & senior vice president, Cannon Design explains: “Our project team of 180+ Revit users working on 41 Revit models in 10 CannonDesign offices around the world needed a tool to reference common details from model to model. ViewAQC provided a QAQC workflow that leveraged the management of sheet view callouts across a 6,000 sheet, Phase 1 architectural package set. Due to the pace of the project, we did not have the time to manage Revit callouts by “duplicating” views within each model. ViewAQC was and remains a brilliant solution for managing multi-model callouts in Revit and the reason it’s being used firmwide at CannonDesign.”

Helen Gorina, LEED Green Associate Digital Practice Manager at Perkins+Will explains: “Our Digital Practice team in collaboration with a Revit project team in our Seattle office initially & successfully piloted ViewAQC. It’s now used on multi-model projects in our Los Angeles and Miami offices. Based on the results of these pilot projects, Digital Practice recommended implementing ViewAQC on large projects where it will be most useful for multiple models and large teams. It works well with distributed teams in multiple offices, making collaboration much easier and is planned for a firmwide implementation this year. Managing details across multiple Revit models can be a time-consuming chore in any Revit project. On a large project with distributed team and multiple models it can become a daunting task and take many hours of coordination. ViewAQC solves this problem of referencing views contained on the sheets in different Revit models. ViewAQC has a robust user interface and project teams find it easy to learn. It has proven itself resilient and includes utilities to check, diagnose, and repair broken links as well as utilities to track changes.”

“We are honored that Cannon Design & Perkins+Will have chosen ViewAQC as part of their BIM QAQC toolset,” says Cyril Verley, RA & director of Sales at 26 Degrees Software. “We developed ViewAQC to enable Revit teams to cross-reference views across multiple Revit models. The reference labels will be automatically updated when the source details are moved to different sheets or their numbers are updated, similar to how it works when a view is moved to a different sheet within the same Revit model.”

For more information, visit http://26degreessoftware.com.

eSUB, Autodesk Partner for BIM

SAN DIEGO, CA, Oct 20, 2017 – eSUB Construction Software (eSUB), the leading provider of mobile and cloud-based project management and labor tracking solutions for subcontractors, is proud to announce the partnership with Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering, and construction software. The partnership provides subcontractors with direct access to building information modeling (BIM) from their eSUB project management solution. With the integration of eSUB and Autodesk BIM 360, eSUB is advancing the relationship between the subcontractor, owner, and designer to improve construction collaboration and reduce costs and errors during the construction phase.

“I’m thrilled about the opportunities that this partnership with Autodesk provides to subcontractors,” says eSUB chief strategy officer Benny Baltrotsky. “Everything that we do at eSUB is to streamline processes for subcontractors through improved documentation and collaboration. Having access to BIM 360 does just that by opening up access to 3D models for the subcontractor to collaborate directly with the designer. Using a 3D model, subcontractors can address issues before construction begins to save significant time and money due to costly rework and errors.”

eSUB’s cloud-based construction project management platform centralizes project documentation to streamline communications between the field and office teams. The eSUB Field Works mobile app provides a quick and easy way for field personnel to document jobsite activity and access the latest project information. Autodesk’s BIM 360 opens up access to view, annotate, and share 3D BIM models (along with 2D plans) to the entire project team. Through the new technology partnership, eSUB customers will be able to access the latest 3D plans and files from BIM 360 directly from their eSUB platform for a holistic view of a project to catch possible errors in design before work begins to save money and lost hours on rework.

“This partnership isn’t just about the integration of two powerful construction management products, but rather it is about providing construction professionals predictable project insights when they need it,” said Sarah Hodges, director of the Construction Business Line at Autodesk. “The construction industry is full of risk and relatively low margins, and together with eSUB, we will begin to address these challenges by helping to improve communication among subcontractors, owners, designers, general contractors, and others involved in a construction project.”

“Subcontractors have a unique position in the process of construction in which a majority are not included in the design and pre-construction phase,” says Wendy Rogers, eSUB president and chief executive officer. “Our partnership with Autodesk is designed to break down barriers and provide subcontractors with more tools to help them mitigate risk on projects.”

The eSUB integration with BIM 360 was developed on Autodesk Forge, which is a connected developer cloud platform which enables customers and partners to create customized, scalable solutions for engineering, construction and manufacturing challenges. Viewing 3D models in eSUB is the first phase of the integration between Autodesk and eSUB. The Forge BIM 360 API provides additional integration points to connect eSUB and BIM 360 for stronger collaboration on projects, reducing duplicate work and manual entry, and improving overall construction workflow.

About eSUB Construction Software

Founded and headquartered in San Diego, CA, eSUB is the leader of web-based project management and document control software designed specifically for subcontractors in the construction industry. Built on 30-plus years of expertise, eSUB’s easy to use, software-as-a service solution helps self-performing contractors increase standardization, accountability and productivity.

Today, thousands of users trust eSUB’s platform to manage project communication and collaboration on construction projects worldwide.

For more information or to schedule a free demo visit www.eSUB.com.

Accusoft Releases PrizmDoc v13.0 for Document Management

TAMPA, FL, Oct 20, 2017 – Accusoft, the leader in document and imaging solutions for developers, announces the release of PrizmDoc v13.0, the newest version of its leading document viewing and imaging web APIs.

The new PrizmDoc offers several updates that increase efficiency for document management processes, facilitating higher productivity and reduced opportunities for error. PrizmDoc and other innovative products serve a host of diverse industries, such as construction, healthcare and education, who have come to trust the Accusoft name over the last 26 years.

PrizmDoc Document Comparison (PRNewsfoto/Accusoft)

The most significant new feature in PrizmDoc v13.0 is document comparison. This allows end users to analyze changes made to the original version of a Microsoft Word document. The user selects an original file as well as an updated version, and all changes (additions, deletions, etc.) to the original are shown in the newer document and hotlinked for quick access.

Comparison is especially useful for documents such as contract terms and addendums, organizational charts and corporate standards and procedures. This enhancement, similar to the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word itself, was made to accommodate the requests of numerous end users and illustrates Accusoft’s responsiveness to the evolving needs of its customer base.

PrizmDoc v13.0 also offers significant advances in image viewing technology. New gamma adjustment, image sharpening and line thickening tools enhance viewing of vector-based and pixel-based images, allowing users to produce renderings more refined than ever.

The image enhancement tools are particularly useful for medical, engineering and architectural applications, making online viewing of images such X-rays, blueprints and CAD drawings easier than ever. Organizations with scanned documents and images will also find the image enhancement tools invaluable for making scanned images more legible and easier to read in the web viewer.

“These innovations further maintain PrizmDoc’s status as the preeminent document/image management tool for developers,” said Jack Berlin, Accusoft CEO. “Our customers needed the document comparison functionality and image tool improvements, and this upgrade serves as proof of Accusoft’s commitment to user satisfaction and advancing our status as the development industry’s leader in document and imaging solutions.”

PrizmDoc utilizes HTML5 document viewing and operates in a web browser with no additional software required.

To learn more about the new features or to download a free trial, visit the PrizmDoc 13.0 release page.

About Accusoft

Accusoft offers a robust portfolio of document and imaging tools created for developers. Our APIs and software development toolkits are built using patented technology, providing high-performance document viewing, advanced search, image compression, conversion, barcode recognition, OCR, and other image processing tools for use in application and web development.

Visit www.accusoft.com for more information.

Granta Design Releases CES Selector 2018

CAMBRIDGE, UK, Oct 20, 2017 – Granta Design today announced the release of CES Selector 2018, the latest version of the industry-leading tool for materials selection and graphical analysis of materials properties. CES Selector has been improved and optimized for industry applications over more than 20 years. This tradition, continued in the 2018 version, is what makes the difference when using it to solve real materials problems. New and updated features include instant charting and filtering based on more complex material properties, easier comparison of plastics, new data to support weldability studies, and data to choose materials that meet medical or safety criteria. Additionally, Altair Partner Alliance members can now get access to CES Selector.

Visualization of the relative performance of materials for an application requiring high specific stiffness and good resistance to knocks and drops

New in CES Selector 2018

Real materials problems can require you to screen materials based on factors like specific strength, stiffness, or ‘is this material warm to touch?’. These can’t be found on any manufacturer’s datasheet, but can be derived from easier-to-find properties. Now you don’t need to spend time setting up those calculations – you will find these and similar properties listed on every datasheet in MaterialUniverse, the material property database that is available with every edition of CES Selector. This enables instant charting and filtering.

Different editions of CES Selector also provide access to more detailed and specialist databases. For example, CAMPUS & M-Base Plastics and Prospector Plastics are great resources for scanning tens of thousands of plastics options. But it can be hard to make effective comparisons when the same property, measured to different standards, is quoted under different property names. Now ASTM and ISO data is combined in one property, making comparison much easier.

Image Courtesy of Granta Design website

A key requirement when selecting metals is often the ability to weld components together. Choosing materials that are not readily weldable can result in low production speeds, high defect rates, and high costs. New ‘weldability’ data makes it simple to consider this important factor when pre-screening alloys.

MaterialUniverse has also been enhanced with data on the properties of bone and tissue, helping design of healthcare products that interact with the body. The ‘agency rating’ data in CAMPUS & M-Base Plastics and Prospector Plastics has been updated to enable better filtering for specific grades known to conform to standards such as USP and food approval.

For simulation, where it is both important to focus modeling work on the most appropriate materials and to have accurate data, the new JAHM Curve Data is available. This provides temperature-dependent property data for more than 2,900 materials, with particular value for studying high-temperature applications and as input for accurate simulation, saving time and cost. Additionally, Altair Partner Alliance members can now use their HyperWorks units to access CES Selector and screen materials, ensuring that detailed simulation work is well-focused.

Further features include: enhanced abilities to add in your own materials, so that you can quickly compare them to those already on the market; faster and more effective performance of ‘what-if’ analysis of the environmental impact of different design scenarios, using updated eco data; and the flagging of REACH restricted substance risks when a material is chosen.

Dr. Charlie Bream, product manager for CES Selector at Granta Design, said “Through listening to the specific problems our customers are facing, we’ve added new features and more data to ensure they have a practical means to solve those challenges. CES Selector 2018 provides the tools needed to handle the subtleties of material selection, reduce time and cost, and gain a competitive edge.”

For more information on CES Selector 2018, join one of our on-going series of web seminars that provide case studies for the use of CES Selector. For details visit here.

About Granta Design

Granta Design is the leading provider of software to manage and apply information about engineering materials. Granta helps hundreds of engineering enterprises to develop corporate ‘material intelligence’ by capturing vital data, analyzing it, and using the resulting knowledge to make smart material decisions. Granta serves sectors as diverse as aerospace, automotive, medical devices, consumer electronics, and industrial equipment. Customers realize multi-million dollar benefits in reduced cost, enhanced product performance, improved quality, and faster design turnaround. Granta also provides resources to support the teaching of materials in science, education, and design courses at over 1,000 universities and colleges worldwide. Granta was founded in 1994 as a spinout from the University of Cambridge.

For more information, visit www.grantadesign.com.