Category Archives: AEC

Touchplan Partners with Autodesk Construction Cloud

BOSTON, MA, Jan 21, 2022 – Touchplan, an award-winning collaborative construction planning solution, announced a new partnership with Autodesk Construction Cloud, a portfolio of software and services that combines advanced technology, a builders network and predictive insights for construction teams.

Now, customers can easily track and analyze real-time project health, risk and performance directly in their Autodesk Build or BIM 360 Project Home dashboards.

“Effective project planning helps drive team accountability, leading to on-schedule and within-budget project delivery,” said James Cook, head of integrations for Autodesk Construction Solutions. “Integrating Touchplan with Autodesk Construction Cloud enables project managers to draw important insights as they monitor their construction results alongside their lookahead planning.”

“This new relationship between Touchplan and Autodesk Construction Cloud drives real value for our customers,” said Jimmy Suppelsa, chief revenue officer for Touchplan. “Touchplan is the premier planning and communication solution for daily jobsite operations for owners, general contractors, and subcontractors; enabling them to connect Touchplan data to the rest of their project information on the Autodesk Construction Cloud platform delivers greater visibility across teams, tightens project controls and streamlines collaboration and provides more project certainty for involved stakeholders.”

Customers can add the Touchplan Partner Card to their Autodesk Build or BIM 360 Project Home dashboard by following these steps.

About Touchplan

Touchplan is a leading daily construction planning software that makes project outcomes more predictable and profitable. It strives to deliver approachable, progressive jobsite data and analytics solutions that transform construction into a more collaborative, transparent, and predictable process for everyone involved. Touchplan is committed to its belief that learning from data is the key to rapid recovery from project variances and improving both project certainty and profitability. Touchplan is the software division of privately held MOCA Systems, Inc.

Learn more about Touchplan at touchplan.io.

AMD Radeon PRO W6400 Graphics Card Released for CAD

SANTA CLARA, CA, Jan 20, 2022 – AMD announced new additions to the AMD Radeon PRO W6000 Series desktop and mobile workstation graphics lineup, designed to deliver exceptional performance, stability and reliability for professional users, including CAD designers, engineers and office knowledge workers.

The new AMD Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card is built on the high-performance, energy efficient AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture and advanced 6nm manufacturing process technology, with 16MB of high-bandwidth, low-latency AMD Infinity Cache memory technology acting as a bandwidth amplifier. Offering an ideal blend of performance and efficiency at an affordable price, the new graphics card is optimized for the requirements of today’s popular CAD and office productivity applications in a compact design that can be easily added to modern small-form-factor desktops.

Compared to the previous generation, the AMD Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card delivers up to three times higher performance1 in Autodesk AutoCAD 2022 during 3D orbit rotational tests in shaded modes. It also offers up to 87 percent higher performance2 in McNeel Rhino using the Holomark 2 benchmark with mesh, object and model data stress tests. The new graphics card also offers performance gains in typical office applications and workloads, such as videoconferencing, email and web browsing, where reliability and stability are key.

Additions to the AMD Radeon PRO product family also include the AMD Radeon PRO W6500M and AMD Radeon PRO W6300M GPUs for next-gen professional mobile workstations. The new GPUs are also built on AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture with 6nm process technology and harness up to 8MB of AMD Infinity Cache memory technology to deliver ultra-high viewport frame rates, dependability and exceptional performance for professional applications.

“Work patterns have changed dramatically over the last year, requiring professional users to work more efficiently and complete projects faster than ever,” said Scott Herkelman, senior vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit at AMD. “The Radeon PRO W6400 is a powerful graphics card that harnesses the award-winning AMD RDNA 2 architecture feature set, enabling not only mainstream CAD professionals to produce incredible and complex designs, but also meeting the demands of today’s office workers who need to edit images, create presentations, collaborate and multitask more than ever. In addition, the new AMD Radeon PRO W6000 Series mobile graphics provide the ideal combination of performance and mobility to drive a range of workloads for professionals on the go.”

High-Performance and Advanced Features

The new additions to the AMD Radeon PRO product family deliver an ideal combination of performance, efficiency, and affordability for mainstream professional users. Key features include:

  • AMD RDNA 2 Architecture: The award-winning AMD RDNA 2 graphics architecture delivers up to 94 percent faster performance over previous generation GCN architecture3.
  • AMD Infinity Cache Memory Technology: Up to 16MB of last-level data cache (L3) integrated on the GPU die is designed to reduce latency and power consumption, enabling higher performance compared to previous architectural designs.
  • Advanced Features: AMD Radeon PRO W6000 Series graphics offer hardware-accelerated raytracing, remote working capabilities4, 8K display support, the latest PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 high-speed data transfer, VR creator support5, HDR Ready support and Quad-buffer stereo – all supported as standard features.
  • Viewport Boost6: The dynamic resolution technology is designed to improve frame rates in GPU-limited scenarios. By intelligently lowering resolution only in scenarios where fast in-viewport movement is detected, it can deliver a significant improvement in interactivity without impacting user-perceived image quality.
  • Application Certifications: AMD continues to work with leading professional software application vendors such as Autodesk, Robert McNeel & Associates, and others to help ensure AMD Radeon PRO graphics cards are built and tested to meet exceptional standards, delivering the stability and reliability required by workstation professionals. The list of certified applications can be found here.

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

Model Stream Processors TFLOPS GDDR6 AMD Infinity Cache (L3) Memory Bandwidth Memory Interface Display Outputs
AMD Radeon PRO W6400 768

(12 CUs)

Up to 3.54 (FP32)

Up to 7.07 (FP16)

4GB @ 16Gbps 16MB 128 GB/s 64-bit 2x DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC and audio support
AMD Radeon PRO W6500M 1024

(16 CUs)

Up to 5.30 (FP32)

Up to 10.61 (FP16)

4GB @ 16Gbps 16MB 128 GB/s 64-bit Dependent upon OEM configuration
AMD Radeon PRO W6300M 768

(12 CUs)

Up to 3.37 (FP32)
Up to 6.75 (FP16)
2GB @ 16Gbps 8MB 64 GB/s 32-bit  Dependent upon OEM configuration

The AMD Radeon PRO W6400 graphics card is expected to be available beginning in Q1 2022, starting at an SEP of $229 USD. AMD Radeon PRO W6500M and Radeon PRO W6300M GPUs are expected to be available in pre-built OEM systems in select countries later this year.

About AMD

For more than 50 years AMD has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies ― the building blocks for gaming, immersive platforms and the datacenter. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focused on building great products that push the boundaries of what is possible.

For more information about how AMD is enabling today and inspiring tomorrow, visit the AMD website.


1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of December 17, 2021 on a test system comprising Intel XeonW-2125 (Skylake-W) at 4Ghz, Windows 10 Pro, and AMD Radeon PRO W6400 GPU pre-production sample / AMD Radeon PRO WX 3200 GPU with AMD Driver 21.40 RC. Benchmark Application: Autodesk AutoCAD 2022 with file 1414.dwg, ‘Drainage Trencher’ model courtesy of Mastenbroek.com. Shaded Mode, Rotational Test Average (FPS @ 3840x2160px) PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. RPW-406

2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of December 10, 2021 on a test system comprising Intel XeonW-2125 (Skylake-W) at 4Ghz, 32 GB system memory, Windows 10 Pro, Radeon PRO W6400 GPU pre-production sample with Radeon PRO Driver 21.40 Pre-release version / AMD Radeon PRO WX 3200 GPU with AMD Driver 21.Q3. Benchmark Application: Holomark 2 Benchmark/ PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers, production drivers and production silicon. RPW-393

3. Testing as of March 23, 2021 by AMD Performance Labs on a test system comprised of an AMD Ryzen 5950X with AMD Radeon PRO W5700, AMD Radeon PRO W6800, AMD Radeon PRO WX 9100. Benchmark Applications: Lumion v.11 (Museum, Valley Winery, Downtown Development, Glass House, Villa Cabrera, Farnsworth, Residential Home, Beach House), Topaz Video Enhance AI 2.0.0 (Artemis-HQ, Gaia-HQ, Theia-Detail), Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Visualize 2021 SP3 (Camaro default angle, Yellow motorcycle, Snowmobile). Performance may vary based on factors such as tasks performed, driver version and hardware configuration. RPW-363

4. Compatible with AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100, 3100, 3200, 4100, 5100, 7100, 8200, 9100, and AMD Radeon Pro W5500, W5700, W6600, W6800 and VII GPUs. Remote Workstation functionality requires purchase and installation of Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops, HP ZCentral Remote Boost, Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, Teradici Cloud Access Software or VMware Horizon. Citrix and Microsoft require Enterprise driver 18.Q4 or newer, VMware requires Enterprise driver 20.Q3 or newer, ZCentral requires Enterprise driver 21.Q2 or newer, Teradici requires Enterprise driver 21.Q3 or newer. RPS-50a

5. Learn more at https://www.amd.com/en/technologies/vr-ready-creator

6. Learn more at https://www.amd.com/viewportboost

ODA Starts Scan to BIM Development

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Jan 19, 2022 – Open Design Alliance (ODA), provider of complete interoperability solutions for CAD and BIM, announced the official start of development for its new Scan to BIM SDK (Software Development Kit).

The Scan to BIM SDK will convert point cloud data from 3D laser scanners into parametric Autodesk Revit models. Applications of Scan to BIM include as-built documentation, project additions and renovations, and facility management.

“Scan to BIM is widely used in construction today,” said Neil Peterson, ODA president. “But companies are often using an ad hoc collection of tools, and sometimes significant manual efforts, to convert scanned point cloud data to Revit.

“ODA is taking a more strategic approach. Our Scan to BIM project is a collaborative effort supported by nearly a dozen major industry vendors to develop a standard, automated solution for this complex problem. It’s competing companies, working together through Open Design Alliance, to develop a best-in-class solution at an economical cost, that will later be licensed to the broader industry.

“Any company or organization that would like to get in on the ground floor of this important project can visit our website and contact us for more details.”

Availability and Pricing

The Scan to BIM SDK is being developed by a Strategic Interoperability Group (SIG) within ODA. The cost to join the SIG is $20,000 per year (must be Sustaining level ODA member or higher to join). More information can be found at https://www.opendesign.com/scan-to-bim.

About Open Design Alliance

ODA develops complete interoperability solutions for CAD and BIM. Their SDKs provide data access, creation, visualization, Web collaboration and publishing for a wide range of engineering file formats. ODA is supported by more than 1200 member companies, including software developers, manufacturers, government entities, AEC firms, major retailers and other organizations spread across every engineering discipline.

Trimble Announces Horizontal Steering Control

for Soil Compactors

SUNNYVALE, CA, Jan 19, 2022 – Trimble announced Horizontal Steering Control functionality on the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Soil Compactors, the industry’s first automatic steering control solution for soil compactors—and the next step towards Trimble’s autonomous vision. Horizontal Steering Control helps operators achieve higher quality surfaces and consistent compaction. Compatibility with all soil compactor makes and models enables contractors with mixed fleets to achieve a faster return on investment.

Trimble Earthwork’s Horizontal Steering Control automatically steers a soil compactor using a 3D model or compaction pass line. This helps to improve compaction productivity and quality for operators of all skill levels by precisely controlling overlap between passes. Auto steering helps reduce operator fatigue while also minimizing over- and under-compaction, providing a more consistent sub surface for a higher quality, longer lasting finished product.

“We’re committed to innovation and building solutions to meet our customers’ needs no matter where they are on their journey to autonomy, both now and in the future. It’s difficult to steer a soil compactor with accuracy and consistency, but over- or under-compaction leads to wasted time and materials and less durable surfaces,” said Scott Crozier, general manager of Trimble Civil Construction. “Horizontal steering control allows operators to focus on machine performance and safety and deliver a higher quality, more consistent surface.”

Trimble Automatic Steering Technology

Trimble Earthworks uses the NavController III steering technology from the Trimble Agriculture Division, leveraging the company’s 20 years of industry-leading steering technology and applying it to civil construction applications. In 2020, Trimble also introduced Horizontal Steering Control as part of the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Dozers, another first in the construction industry. Horizontal Steering Control for Dozers automatically controls the machine to follow any horizontal alignment such as the back of a curb, breakline, roadway centerline or bottom of slope without operator assistance.

Availability

Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Soil Compactors with Horizontal Steering Control is available now globally through the worldwide SITECH distribution channel. For more information, visit heavyindustry.trimble.com/earthworks.

About Trimble Construction

Trimble is developing technology, software and services that drive the digital transformation of construction with solutions that span the entire architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Empowering teams across the construction lifecycle, Trimble’s innovative approach improves coordination and collaboration between stakeholders, teams, phases and processes. Trimble’s Connected Construction strategy gives users control of their operations with best-in-class solutions and a common data environment. By automating work and transforming workflows, Trimble is enabling construction professionals to improve productivity, quality, transparency, safety, sustainability and deliver each project with confidence.

For more information, visit construction.trimble.com.

About Trimble

Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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

Nemetschek’s Maxon Acquires Pixologic

MUNICH / FRIEDRICHSDORF, Germany, Jan 14, 2022 – The Nemetschek Group announced that its brand Maxon, a leading developer of professional 3D software solutions, has successfully closed the acquisition of Pixologic Inc., Los Angeles, USA. Pixologic are the creators of the Academy Award-winning sculpting and painting software ZBrush. The ZBrush team brings decades of 3D industry expertise to the Maxon organization and also enables Maxon to play an important role in the huge, rapidly growing gaming industry.

ZBrush is used by respected film studios, game developers, designers, advertisers, and illustrators around the world. The industry’s top creatives have employed ZBrush for a number of notable movies, such as Dune, Star Wars, Avatar, Game of Thrones and many more. Pixologic is a fast-growing and highly profitable company with an operating margin above the Nemetschek Group average.

After the successful integrations of Redshift and Red Giant, this acquisition is a perfect and logical strategic move that substantially completes Maxon’s product line with 3D sculpting and painting expertise. It also firmly positions the company as an industry leader for providing superior creative tools to digital artists to the dynamically growing, €16 billion 3D animation market.

“With this step, we are amplifying the innovative and creative possibilities of our customers,” stated David McGavran, CEO of Maxon. “By combining our world-class tools and people, we hope to delight creative artists with an ever-expanding and powerful toolset for their needs. With our enhanced portfolio, we aim to revolutionize the industry while also playing a crucial role in the huge emerging Metaverse market.”

“We are excited to start working with the Maxon team,” said Ofer Alon, Founder and Visionary of Pixologic. “Our synergies are undeniable – both companies share a great tradition of outstanding products, innovation, and a passion to serve the creative community.”

“This is a big step forward for the Nemetschek Group as we are significantly expanding our leadership in 3D software solutions for artists and creative minds. The acquisition is a perfect match, which comes at the right time for us to take advantage of heightened market opportunities in our media segment,” said Dr Axel Kaufmann, CFOO and spokesman of the Nemetschek Group.

About Maxon

Maxon makes powerful yet approachable software solutions for content creators working in 2D and 3D design, motion graphics, visual effects, and visualization. Maxon’s innovative product portfolio helps artists supercharge their creative workflows. Its product lines include the award-winning Cinema 4D suite of 3D modeling, simulation, and animation technology, the diverse Red Giant lineup of revolutionary editing, motion design, and filmmaking tools, and the high-end production, blazingly fast Redshift rendering solutions. Maxon’s team is comprised of fun, passionate people who believe in building and empowering a successful artistic community. From its popular, inclusive events to its free Cineversity educational resources, Maxon recognizes that developing strong connections with creatives and fostering their professional growth is integral to Maxon’s ability to stay on top of industry trends and better serve their customers. Maxon is part of the Nemetschek Group.

About ZBrush

ZBrush is used by respected film studios, game developers, designers, advertisers, illustrators, and scientists around the world. The industry’s top creatives have employed ZBrush for nearly every major franchise including Dune, Star Wars, Avatar, the Marvel Universe, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings/Hobbit and more. Its versatility has also made it an integral part of animated features such as Frozen, Moana, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Encanto. ZBrush has also been used extensively in Triple A games including Fortnite, the God of War Franchise, Uncharted Franchise, Assassin’s Creed Franchise, Far Cry Franchise, The Division Franchise, and more.

Thomas Sweet Joins Trimble’s Board of Directors

SUNNYVALE, CA, Jan 14, 2022 – Trimble announced the appointment of Thomas Sweet to its Board of Directors, effective January 15, 2022.

Sweet is chief financial officer (CFO) of Dell Technologies, one of the world’s leading technology companies. His career at Dell spans 24 years where he held various finance and sales leadership positions before being appointed CFO in 2014.

“Tom brings to the Trimble board decades of experience and insight into the way technology is transforming the world of data,” said Rob Painter, Trimble’s CEO. “He has helped Dell evolve to become one of the world’s most essential technology companies, creating tremendous value for customers and other stakeholders. His expertise will be invaluable as we implement our long-term growth strategy.”

“I’m looking forward to joining the board,” said Sweet. “Trimble is delivering important industrial technologies that make the world work better. That’s exciting, and I’m ready to be part of the team that writes the next chapter in Trimble’s growth story.”

Sweet also serves on the advisory boards of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and the Salvation Army of Central Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

About Trimble

Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.

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