Category Archives: AEC

ODA Offers Consulting Services for Member Companies

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Dec 5, 2022 – Open Design Alliance (ODA), provider of complete interoperability solutions for CAD and BIM, announced today the availability of consulting services for its member companies. The new consulting services are intended for both new and existing ODA members, with a focus on streamlining the integration of ODA technologies into complex real-world applications.

“ODA members are coming to us with increasingly complex problems,” said Neil Peterson, ODA president. “They want help with system architecture, they want help setting up their own private cloud server and web viewer for BIM models, and in some cases they want on-site training.

“Our new consulting services allow us to accommodate these types of requests, doing whatever is needed to get member companies up and running quickly with ODA-based solutions. For development based on the ODA platform, our experienced team can work faster and with better quality and reliability than any third-party.”

Availability and Pricing

Consulting services are available to ODA members of Sustaining level or higher.

More information can be found at https://www.opendesign.com/consulting-service.

About Open Design Alliance

ODA develops complete interoperability solutions for CAD and BIM. Our SDKs provide access, exchange, visualization, Web collaboration and publishing for a wide range of engineering file formats. ODA is supported by more than 1,200 member companies worldwide, including software developers, manufacturers, government entities, AEC firms, major retailers and other organizations spread across every engineering discipline.

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

FARO Acquires SiteScape

LAKE MARY, FL, Dec 2, 2022 – FARO Technologies, Inc., a global leader in 4D digital reality solutions, announced the acquisition of SiteScape, an innovator in LiDAR 3D scanning software solutions for the AEC and O&M markets. SiteScape enables LiDAR-equipped mobile devices to easily capture indoor spaces digitally, providing a readily available entry point to scanning physical spaces for a broad range of applications.

Integrating SiteScape’s iOS-enabled low-resolution LiDAR capture capability into the FARO Sphere Platform is a further step in streamlining multiple capture methods into a centralized environment to be accessed in a single environment on a single coordinate system. This unique capability enables FARO’s construction and facilities customers to access the widest portfolio of reality capture methods in the market, which now ranges from low-resolution Lidar to 360-degree photo, video, mobile mapping, and terrestrial laser scanning.

“We are pleased to add SiteScape and its groundbreaking 3D LiDAR scanning software to our portfolio of reality capture solutions,” said Michael Burger, FARO president and CEO. “With millions of LiDAR-enabled mobile devices already in the market, the addition of SiteScape opens up a significant population of users to the benefits of FARO’s reality capture solutions.”

“I’m excited to add SiteScape’s proprietary software to the FARO family of cloud-based offerings.  FARO accelerates our vision of enabling a broad set of customers with the ability to gain critical insights from their digital reality environments,” added Andy Putch, SiteScape CEO.

About FARO

FARO serves the 3D metrology, AEC (architecture, engineering & construction), O&M (operations & maintenance), and public safety analytics markets. For over 40 years, FARO has been a pioneer in #RealityCapture, bridging the digital and physical worlds through data-driven reliable accuracy, precision, and immediacy, providing industry-leading technology solutions that enable customers to measure their world and use that data to make smarter decisions faster.

For more information, visit www.faro.com.

Qualcomm, Siemens Partner for 5G Smart Building Networks

SAN DIEGO, CA, Dec 1, 2022 – Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Siemens Smart Infrastructure are working together to reimagine building automation by applying 5G private network (PN), based on the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF System in the Americas. The joint effort is underway at the Siemens Chicagoland office in Buffalo Grove, testing 5G PN use cases for efficient connection of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) assets that will help meet the growing customer needs around energy efficiency, reduced costs of ownership, increased security, and proactive maintenance. This collective effort aims to further advance digitalization in building automation by developing new, more intelligent smart devices in the future.

Siemens is developing use cases to explore how building automation can capitalize on the power of 5G high speed data transmission, low latency, and greater capacity versus 4G. Proof-of-concept (PoC) network architecture is built at the Siemens facilities in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, with the support of the Qualcomm Technologies’ Engineering Services Group. The team takes a holistic approach on application of 5G technologies and works on proving every step of complete 5G customer adoption. It focuses on everything from system design and obtaining experimental Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) license to full integration of devices into cloud-based solutions. Qualcomm Technologies is driving the digital transformation of business through system-level solutions, utilizing a unique combination of best-in-class wireless connectivity and ultra-intelligent platforms.

“We are proud of the collaboration with Siemens, bringing together its leadership in building automation, and our expertise in wireless and edge compute technologies. Our teams worked closely to successfully prove the automated building use case,” said Sebastiano Di Filippo, senior director, business development, Qualcomm Europe, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies’ platforms have the power to unlock huge potential across multiple sectors, driving the Connected Intelligent Edge – where billions of smart connected devices can be deployed and impact a multitude of industries.”

“Joining Qualcomm Technologies’ capabilities with Siemens’ building automation domain experience creates a unique skillset that enables creation of a very innovative offering,” said Ivan Todorov, head of engineering for Siemens BP Americas at Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA. “We see 5G as a key enabler that will bring to life an ecosystem of edge devices and services to help us meet some of the most pressing customer needs around energy efficiency, cyber security and decarbonization. In times of increasing technology complexity, we see partnering as key to optimizing time-to-market and value for the customer.”

“5G enables endless possibilities and creates new industrial paradigms,” said Repus Hsiung, VP & GM of the Automotive & Industrial Solutions BG at WNC. “WNC’s i-Router, adopting Snapdragon X55, unlocks a wide variety of innovative use cases. We are proud to be collaborating with Siemens on their innovative 5G smart building automation solution.”

Qualcomm Technologies is transforming industries, business models, and experiences with scalable solutions, delivering robust technologies that support existing and new industries, spanning utilities, manufacturing, retail, robotics, asset tracking, fleet management and logistics, to name but a few, with the power of 4G and 5G computing and connectivity solutions. Such solutions stem from the company’s heritage in mobile platforms and AI to spur digitalization and provide new revenue and value-producing opportunities.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm is enabling a world where everyone and everything can be intelligently connected. Their one technology roadmap allows to efficiently scale the technologies that launched the mobile revolution – including advanced connectivity, high-performance, low-power compute, on-device intelligence and more – to the next generation of connected smart devices across industries.

About Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Siemens Smart Infrastructure (SI) is shaping the market for intelligent, adaptive infrastructure for today and the future. It addresses the pressing challenges of urbanization and climate change by connecting energy systems, buildings and industries. SI provides customers with a comprehensive end-to-end portfolio from a single source – with products, systems, solutions and services from the point of power generation all the way to consumption. With an increasingly digitalized ecosystem, it helps customers thrive and communities progress while contributing toward protecting the planet. With around 70,000 employees worldwide, Siemens Smart Infrastructure has its global headquarters in Zug, Switzerland, and its U.S. corporate headquarters in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, USA.

About WNC

Established in 1996, Wistron NeWeb Corp. (WNC) specializes in the design, development, and manufacturing of cutting-edge communications products. WNC has a global presence and technical expertise that encompasses applications from broadband, mobility, multimedia, and the IoT to wireline and wireless communications, with a product scope covering network communications, network infrastructure, smart home and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

Bentley’s Angela Curry Named 2022 Woman of Distinction

by Philadelphia Business Journal

EXTON, PA, Dec 1, 2022 – Bentley Systems, Inc., the infrastructure engineering software company,  announced that its VP and chief compliance officer Angela Curry was named a 2022 Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The Women of Distinction program recognizes women in the business community who are blazing a trail at their respective companies, are respected for accomplishments within their fields, give back to the community, and are sought out as respected advisors and mentors. The publication’s editors selected the honorees from nearly 300 nominations made by the public.

Dan Koval, Thoth Weeda, Natalie Plummer, Sarika Jagtiani, Angela Curry, Jessica Heller, Shannon Vivar, and Joe Neukrug are pictured during the 2022 Women of Distinction Awards, held at the Rivers Casino Philadelphia. Photo courtesy Jeff Curry.

In an interview with the Philadelphia Business Journal, Curry said she loves to create spaces for women to connect, share life experiences, and celebrate milestones and victories with each other. She also credited a community of supporters and mentors that helped her get through tough times and overcome professional obstacles.

“I am thrilled that Angela received this significant honor,” said David Shaman. “She fosters a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in everything she does at Bentley, and she drove and implemented a welcoming and inclusive workplace that empowers women to inspire world-leading infrastructure.”

Curry’s accomplishments in her role at Bentley include initiating the review of the company’s professional and internship programs, resulting in broadening the scope and revising Bentley’s hiring process to promote diversity within the organization. She also supports the company’s important education initiatives including partnering with historically Black colleges and universities, providing no-cost engineering software and mentorship for students working on senior engineering projects. This initiative demonstrates the enormous commitment Curry and others at Bentley have in laying the groundwork for diverse workforces in the future.

Curry also supports Bentley’s Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (IDEA), a platform for educating colleagues on how to identify racism, discrimination, and bias in the workplace. Moreover, she has implemented rigorous diversity, equity, and inclusion training within the company. As chief compliance officer, she is responsible for managing Bentley’s regulatory compliance programs that cover privacy and data protection, export controls and trade compliance, and compliance and ethics. As a highly experienced compliance professional, Curry understands that embedding core diversity, equity, and inclusion principles from the top to the bottom of an organization is not only fair and equitable, but also sound corporate governance.

In addition to Curry’s work at Bentley, she serves on the board of directors of the University City Arts League and the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association’s STEM Goes Red program, and she is a member of the Forum of Executive Women and Impact100: Women Giving As One. She has also served as a mentor for the Association of Corporate Counsel Diversity Mentor Program for the past five years.

The 2022 Women of Distinction were recognized on November 17 at a celebratory event at the Rivers Casino Philadelphia. To learn more about the 2022 Women of Distinction and honorees, click here.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the infrastructure engineering software company. They provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Their industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Their offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin Platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

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

Cohesive Group Acquires Vetasi

EXTON, PA, Dec 1, 2022 – Bentley Systems, Inc., the infrastructure engineering software company, announced that its Cohesive Group digital integrator business has acquired Vetasi, a leading international consultancy specializing in enterprise asset management (EAM) solutions, with a strong focus on IBM Maximo.

Mooserboden Reservoir, Austria

Vetasi brings to Cohesive the largest IBM Maximo consultancy team across Europe, Africa, and ASEAN countries, with headquarters in the United Kingdom and operations based in Poland, Indonesia, South Africa, Spain, Ukraine, and Australia. In addition to EAM resources, Vetasi deepens the Cohesive team with additional strategic advisory capabilities and adds to the Cohesive services catalog Maximo cloud hosting capabilities, expertise in low-code development, and strong real estate and facilities management domain knowledge. By virtue of the combination with Cohesive, Vetasi’s clients can benefit from the multidiscipline scope of a world-leading digital integrator, combining greater global scale with local agility to leverage more value from their asset portfolios.

Cohesive was founded by Bentley in 2020 as a digital engineering systems integrator to help infrastructure owner-operators deliver transformational and sustainable outcomes. Cohesive has achieved consistent significant growth and continues to win substantial new projects, notably in the utilities, transport, and energy sectors. Prior to Vetasi, Cohesive has acquired multiple organizations in the EAM and digital twin advisory space to increase service delivery capacity, including prioritizing geographical reach for significantly growing opportunities in the EMEA and especially Asia Pacific regions.

David Hollister, Bentley Systems’ chief investment officer, said, “The acquisition of Vetasi, with over 200 colleagues in EMEA and Asia Pacific, contributes substantially towards our objectives for Cohesive as an independent digital integrator, largely filling any remaining gaps to achieve comprehensive global self-sufficiency and economies of scale across the full lifecycle of infrastructure assets. Additionally, Vetasi significantly accelerates Cohesive’s learning curve in cloud hosting provisioning for Maximo. Cohesive’s growing success will show the way for engineering firms to create and curate digital twin data-centric cloud services for infrastructure owner-operators, increasing opportunities for Bentley’s market-leading iTwin Platform.”

Mark Bew, CEO of Cohesive, said, “Acquiring Vetasi enables Cohesive to consolidate its position as a global leader in digital engineering systems integration. This significantly scales out our global platform to build long-term, high-value partnerships with our clients. By advancing Maximo implementations to function within digital “infinity twins,” Cohesive can help to transform asset-owners’ businesses from an operational perspective while also improving their ESG performance. On behalf of Cohesive’s talent force of now over 700 colleagues everywhere, we warmly embrace the Vetasi team and look forward to the next step in our shared journey.”

Jarosław Łukasiewicz, CEO of Vetasi, who joins Cohesive along with other executive partners James Fair and Trevor Roberts, said, “We are delighted to join Cohesive and contribute to its mission of delivering transformational and sustainable outcomes through the built and natural environment. Becoming part of Cohesive enables us to expand our partnerships with our clients and build further upon Vetasi’s vision of delivering solutions that deliver real value.”

About Cohesive

As a world-class digital engineering systems integrator and consultancy, Cohesive partners with infrastructure asset owner-operators and enterprise leaders to design and deliver transformational outcomes in both the built and natural environments, achieving for its clients practical service and financial and social goals. Its portfolio of industry and implementation experts, lifecycle capabilities, and key software proficiencies enables Cohesive to support and improve the most complex infrastructure projects and assets globally.

Learn more at https://cohesivegroup.com.

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the infrastructure engineering software company. They provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Their industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Their offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin Platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

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