2014 is just around the corner so let’s recap

2014 is just around the corner so let’s recap

Hope you’re enjoying your year-end holidays! Skiing? Sunning? Playing? We’re still trying to unplug (but failing miserably) and recharge (naps, lots of naps) before 2014 arrives, so this blog is going to be short and sweet. 2013 was a year when some of the...
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...
Quickies: DS, 3D Systems, Hexagon buy; Exa reports

Quickies: DS, 3D Systems, Hexagon buy; Exa reports

While I’m at AU with 10,000 of my dearest friends, the PLMish world keeps rolling with acquisitions and earnings. Early this morning, Dassault Systèmes announced that it has acquired an 84% controlling interest in Realtime Technology AG (RTT), a provider of what...
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...
Hexagon’s Q3, Shell & rentals

Hexagon’s Q3, Shell & rentals

While I was wandering in East and North Yorkshire, 3D Systems, Accelrys, FARO, Hexagon, Nemetschek and other companies announced results for the September quarter. Time for recaps so, first up, in keeping with the Plant/Infrastructure theme we have going, let’s...
Bentley Inspired by Infrastructure

Bentley Inspired by Infrastructure

Bentley Systems’ Be Inspired awards felt different this year. It’s always a showcase of tough, complex infrastructure problems like righting the Costa Concordia, bringing clean water to underserved populations, or building a massive rail structure under a...
PI Congress wrap-up: lots of PLM

PI Congress wrap-up: lots of PLM

Last week, I attended the Product Innovation Congress (PI Congress, for short), put on by MarketKey in a rather …unusual… hotel outside Chicago. This was the 2013 edition of last year’s PLM Innovation Americas conference, which focused a lot on PLM...
Bentley expands offshore offering with MOSES

Bentley expands offshore offering with MOSES

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work on how the offshore industry does design and analysis (more about that soon, I hope) and have a deep appreciation for what goes into the design, fabrication, transportation and installation of these mammoth structures....
TRIPLAN update: main shareholder sells

TRIPLAN update: main shareholder sells

Last month, I caught up with TRIPLAN, the German provider of engineering services and software for the construction industry. If you remember, CROSS Informatik GmbH has been TRIPLAN’s majority shareholder since 2011 and, over the summer, announced a takeover bid...