Mentor expands CAE offering

Last month, Mentor Graphics announced that it had acquired Flowmaster, a developer of “1D” computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software. Just look at that sentence: Mentor, Flowmaster, 1D, CFD – how does that fit together, let alone in a...

More acquisitions: Hexagon’s turn

Hexagon today announce that it has acquired MicroSurvey Software Inc., a Canadian developer of software used in the surveying, construction, and for forensic reconstruction. I first became aware of MicroSurvey more than 10 years ago, when I worked on my first Daratech...

ADSK supports T-Splines for Rhino/SolidWorks

Just before the year-end, Autodesk announced that it had acquired the technology assets of T-Splines, Inc., patent holder of the T-Splines surface modeling technology. Many people emailed and blogged their fears that this would spell the end of the popular T-Splines...

Quick Update: Autodesk’s T-Splines

Earlier on Thursday, Autodesk announced that it was acquiring some of the assets of T-Splines, Inc., patent holder of the T-Splines surface modeling technology. The news release raised more questions than it answered, and we reached out to Autodesk to see if we...

Autodesk acquires T-Spline tech

Autodesk’s buying binge is not over yet for 2011, as the company announced early today that it has acquired “certain technology-related assets from T-Splines Inc., a privately-held surface modeling software company … Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.”...

ESI announces Efield acquisition

Last month, ESI Group said that it had opened a 7-year, €30 million credit facility to help fund its acquisition strategy — and today we learn of the second* deal under the new financing arrangement: the acquisition of Efield, a Swedish supplier of...

Bentley showcases ‘extreme infrastructure’

Earlier in November, I was fortunate enough to attend Bentley Systems’ Be Inspired event in Amsterdam, where Bentley showcases the customer finalists in what could be termed “extreme infrastructure” –plants, buildings, roads, construction, utilities–...

3D Systems acquires Z Corporation

The consolidation train keeps rolling. Stay with me now: Ratos AB of Sweden announced that its Danish subsidiary, Contex Group, signed an agreement to sell its subsidiaries Z Corporation and Vidar Systems to 3D Systems Corporation for about $137 million. Contex will...

Quick update: Siemens/Vistagy, CENIT, Cimatron

I was away from the office all of last week, attending Bentley’s Be Inspired event in Amsterdam (more on that soon) and sitting in on meetings in London, but the world of engineering software kept going. Here’s news you might have missed: Siemens PLM to...

DS strengthens composites sim

Dassault Systèmes today announced that is has acquired Simulayt Limited, a provider of composites and advanced draping simulation technology. We all know composites are where it’s at in terms of reducing weight while meeting performance requirements, so this...