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Hexagon acquires Bricsys for AEC workflows

Hexagon just announced that it has acquired Bricsys, a company that's been around a long time and keeps reinventing itself -- most recently, as a provider of open, collaborative solutions for the construction CAD market with BricsCAD. BricsCAD...

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Quickie: Altair acquires SIMSOLID

Taking a break from all things Bentley, Altair just announced that it has acquired SIMSOLID, the company based on the notion that we shouldn't need to create a mesh in order to run a simulation. Founded by Ken Welch and Victor Apanovitch, they...

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Getting started with Generative Design

I get so many questions about technology directions, from people who want to know what to learn to get that next job, from companies that want to be sure they're not on the bleeding edge but also not falling behind, from investors who want to...

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Big changes afoot at ESI, even as H1 was so-so

ESI recently released half-year results in an announcement that was packed with big news. The biggest: ESI co-founder and CEO Alain de Rouvray will step aside in the new year, as ESI's board has appointed his daughter Cristel de Rouvray as CEO, effective...

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Quick update on Aras + Comet: free means free

Yesterday, Aras announced that it has acquired Comet Solutions, to add simulation data and process management to its PLM platform. One of the intriguing things in the announcement was that Comet would be free to all subscribers. I didn't see...

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Autodesk #XLR8s its way to Fusion

(Sorry - really bad hashtag-based pun. XLR8 = Accelerate, and the complete hashtag for the event was ##XLR8Fusion.) Autodesk's first Accelerate event happened when PLM 360 was oh-so-new. Autodeskers, VARs and early adopters huddled around laptops to work out how to...

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Siemens to acquire Lightwork Design

In transit, so this has to be brief: Siemens just announced that it is acquiring Lightwork Design -- the people you likely know for their gorgeous rendering software, Lightworks. Siemens says that this type of realistic imaging will "help...

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Totally OT: #MVGasFire

First, to all of you who reached out to check on me and my family: thank you. We are fine, in our home and sustained no damage. But it's been an interesting ride. Many people remain in shelters, one person has died and dozens were hurt. But not us. We were...

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A quick refresher: cloud vs. subs

It seems many people are still confusing the buying mechanism and the delivery mechanism for today's software, so here's a quick recap: You can buy software in many ways, from a one-time payment for an app to an ongoing subscription, to purchasing a pool...

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Autodesk’s FQ2 up by almost all measures

Autodesk last night announced results for the fiscal second quarter that surprised almost everyone: revenue of $612 million was up 22% over last year and handily beat analyst forecasts of around $600 million and the company's estimate of $585...

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