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Where are we going? A simulation view

The good news: we’re no longer evangelizing about the benefits of simulation. Most people and companies understand that CAE can help create better products, more quickly. The bad news: many still don’t get the fact that simulating one facet of a product isn’t...

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AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

Now this is interesting. AspenTech, which makes software used for the design and costing of chemical processes (think the molecular changes required to turn crude into jet fuel) and for optimizing the overall oil and gas supply chain (think "how much crude do I have,...

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Plant design in a world of $30 oil

I get asked this a lot: what are oil producers (and their contractors) doing when the price of oil is so low? Why keep producing? Why do they need engineering services — and CAD, PLM, visualization, and other engineering-related technologies? The questions usually...

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Welcome to 2016! Deals continue …

Happy New Year! May 2016 bring you nothing but happiness, health and prosperity! It's starting the way 2015 ended: with news of acquisitions and divestitures. Nemetschek says that it has concluded its acquisition of all of the shares of Solibri. You may remember from...

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Nemetschek adds Solibri to its BIM offering

Do you BIM? If so, you've probably heard of Solibri, soon to be a Nemetschek company. Solibri makes what could be called quality assurance solutions for BIM, validating that models meet specific country/region and project standards and performing various...

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AVEVA and Schneider break up

Word just came that AVEVA and Schneider Electric have decided to break off talks to merge/acquire one another's software businesses. No real reason was given, just "unable to reach agreement and discussions have been terminated by mutual consent". Since the deal...

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AU 2015 pregame: what I want to know

It's the week after Thanksgiving so it must be time for Autodesk University, the almost-week-long festival of all things Autodesk with a lot of maker thrown in. This year is special, in that a lot of things are changing for Autodesk's business and for the business of...

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Siemens acquires Polarion, gets further into ALM

Siemens just announced that its PLM unit is acquiring Polarion, makers of the eponymous Polarion ALM, Polarion QA and other solutions in a browser-based platform used by at makers of the myriad products that include software. Syncing software versions with...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It's a crazy time here in the US. Tomorrow, we celebrate the fact that immigrants came to North America and survived, yet our politicians are talking about not admitting new immigrants (and never mind all of the fallacies in the original Thanksgiving story)....

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Autodesk and ZWSoft settle IP suit

Autodesk and ZWSoft, maker of ZWCAD, just announced that they have settled their dispute over who improperly used what intellectual property (IP). According to Autodesk, ZWSoft "discovered that an employee had ... improperly used AutoCAD intellectual property...

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AVEVA H1 results show possible bounceback

AVEVA announced results for the first half of its fiscal 2015/2016 fiscal year that aren't nearly as bad as some had suggested, given the company's weighting towards upstream oil and gas. Lots more after I have a chance to listen to the earnings call replay, but:...

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FARO revenue down, CEO departing

It's been a tough couple of weeks for reality computing companies, as first Stratasys announced a marked slowdown in demand for its MakerBot prosumer offerings, then 3D Systems CEO Avi Reichenthal left under what sound like contentious circumstances -- and,...

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TRMB, AZPN report results; Bentley doesn’t

I’m at Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure event in London, so it seems appropriate to look at recent AECish earnings. You may recall that Bentley said it filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of its...

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