Read this: Where oil rigs go to die

Read this: Where oil rigs go to die

The world of offshore oil has seen cycles of boom and bust, huge investments in risky locations followed by project cancellations and layoffs. There’s the human cost, for sure, but there’s also a fleet of unused assets. What happens to them? How do we go...
Q1 in AEC: looks like 2017 is a breakout year

Q1 in AEC: looks like 2017 is a breakout year

You (and investors and entrepreneurs and many others) often ask me how the AEC market is accepting the technologies that discrete manufacturing has long relied on: 3D design, using a model as reference and not just drawings, managing those models and related...
AVEVA’s update previews revenue growth in F17

AVEVA’s update previews revenue growth in F17

AVEVA today gave an update on its performance for the fiscal year that ended 31 March 2017. And it was, as usual, a terse 2-sentence statement:  The Board is pleased to report that the Group’s results, assisted by positive currency translation effects, show a...
Quickie: Nemetschek hit record revenue in 2016

Quickie: Nemetschek hit record revenue in 2016

Nemetschek just announced preliminary results for 2016 — and they’re solid. Revenue was around €337 million, at the low end of the company’s earlier guidance but still up 18% over 2015. We don’t have any real detail about Q4 but through the...
Deal and … maybe deal

Deal and … maybe deal

What happens when I spend the day on a plane? News! Briefly, AVEVA and Schneider Electric have resumed their tango. AVEVA today addressed press speculation by issuing an announcement that it was again in talks with Schneider Electric about a deal that would combine...
AEC earnings recap: CQ1 was middling to strong

AEC earnings recap: CQ1 was middling to strong

I’ve been writing about a lot of the PLMish companies that focus on the automotive, aerospace and other discreet manufacturing industries and not devoting enough “ink” to AECish vendors — many of whom are doing incredibly cool things. So...
Aconex & Hexagon acquisitions keep up the pace in AEC

Aconex & Hexagon acquisitions keep up the pace in AEC

The world of engineering software had blistering pace of acquisitions at the start of the year, slowed a bit but seems to be picking up steam again. Two came across the wires in the last few days: First, Aconex announced that it is acquiring Conject for €65 million....