Tekla acquires Field3D mobile BIM apps

Tekla acquires Field3D mobile BIM apps

Yesterday, Tekla announced that it has acquired SVS Innovations’ construction business, including the Field3D mobile solution, to strengthen its position in mobile BIM. Field3D apps are available for iPad and iPhone, and enable collaboration between the job site and...
Deals in AEC and 3D printing — no Foolin’

Deals in AEC and 3D printing — no Foolin’

Remember how I wrote on Monday that the PLMish world was quiet, at least as far as acquisitions were concerned? I spoke too soon! Yesterday we learned of three deals, one in process modeling and two in 3D printing. Neither is an April Fool’s joke, though there...
Morning coffee: recalls and virtual reality

Morning coffee: recalls and virtual reality

Good morning! Hope you had an awesome weekend. Let’s get this week off to a good start by recapping what happened last week. It’s the Economy … Economic news continues to be mixed. Depending on where you are in the world, it’s looking up or slowing down;...
Nemetschek optimistic about 2014

Nemetschek optimistic about 2014

Back in February, Nemetschek announced preliminary results that were pretty good — growth accelerated towards the end of 2013, with Q4 coming in at €52 million, up 9% year/year.  Full year revenue was up 6% to €186 million. Today the company confirmed those...
Autodesk’s Q4: license transition, AEC strength

Autodesk’s Q4: license transition, AEC strength

Let’s do a little math, shall we? If we buy software at Staples for $5,000, Staples gets $5,000 and the creator of the software gets maybe $3,000 of that. Assuming we don’t buy any more, in 5 years, the vendor will have gotten just $3,000 from us. If we...
AU: Intersection of CAM, clouds and reality

AU: Intersection of CAM, clouds and reality

Autodesk University 2013 was a huge, loud, in-your-face explosion of all things related to making stuff. In this context, “stuff” could be manufactured goods, buildings, bridges, movies or just about anything else you could imagine. I’ve written a...
Autodesk U — complete with dancing robots!

Autodesk U — complete with dancing robots!

Autodesk University is awash in superlatives: biggest, loudest, most diverse … And it really is. Nearly 10,000 people here in Las Vegas and another 20,000 or 30,000 tuning in online. Manufacturing, construction, architecture, movie-making, robots, drawings, oh...
Quickies: Deal, partnership and more

Quickies: Deal, partnership and more

So much going on! Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, the internet is abuzz with a very polite  puppy and our PLMish world is cranking through the news cycles. It’s raining and cold here in Boston, so a good time...
Quickies: AEC earnings show upswing in construction

Quickies: AEC earnings show upswing in construction

Time to catch up! Nearly 15 companies reported September quarter earnings while I was away, so to get a the general sense of what they’re reporting I’m going to be summarizing them all over the next few weeks. Today, we’re looking at AEC, the world...