First steps to AI: data, man

First steps to AI: data, man

I was speaking to a group of AEC professionals a while back about the technologies they should be investigating. I covered everything from 0D to 6D, from conceptual sketches to advanced BIM, conceptual design to operations — but, as is often the case today, we...
Nemetschek ups rendering with Redshift

Nemetschek ups rendering with Redshift

The Nemetschek Group just announced that its Maxon subsidiary has acquired Redshift Rendering Technologies, maker of the Redshift rendering engine. Redshift (the tech) is a GPU-accelerated renderer that’s available as a plugin to Maxon’s own Cinema 4D as...
Quickie: AVEVA adds asset performance assets

Quickie: AVEVA adds asset performance assets

Super-quick, as I’m about to board a flight: AVEVA has apparently decided its offering (the combined Schneider Electric Software and legacy AVEVA products) had a gap in asset performance management that could only be filled by acquisition. To that end, the...
OnScale secures $10 million investment

OnScale secures $10 million investment

Yesterday, I wrote about the continuing buying spree in CAE. Then came the news that OnScale has secured $10 million in Series A funding led by Intel Capital and Gradient Ventures, Google’s investment fund, along with Thornton Tomasetti, Stage 2 Capital, Cultivation...
Quickie: AVEVA adds asset performance assets

CAE roll-ups continue, with Siemens and Altair active

I work with a lot of investors and software companies, and perhaps the most common question I am asked is, what’s left to acquire? It’s rare that an industrial company acquires a simulation provider (as Juul did when it snapped up Envenio); this is usually...
When control systems fail …

When control systems fail …

When control systems fail … We were driving along, quite safely or so I thought. Nothing to see here, just piloting down the middle of our lane, about to merge onto the highway. There were a few cars in the road, but none close when the car started going nuts....
Free SolidWorks for displaced auto workers

Free SolidWorks for displaced auto workers

Free SolidWorks for displaced auto workers Just came across this blog post and thought it deserves wider visibility: “Workers displaced by plant closure can leverage their industry knowledge and secure a brighter future by gaining SOLIDWORKS CAD skills. DASI is...
It’s Pi Day – do some math!

It’s Pi Day – do some math!

Today is 3.14 — shorthand for the mathematical constant π (aka pi), which you may remember as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. In college, friends could recite pi out to umpteen decimal places; I’m happy with 2. I didn’t...
OnScale secures $10 million investment

Quickie: ESI’s revenue up 3% in fiscal 2019

ESI just reported revenue for the quarter and year ended 31 January — and the news is good: Total revenue for the year was €139 million, up 3% as reported (up 4% in constant currencies, cc) For the year, license revenue was €110 million, up 4% as reported and...
Maritime slowwlllyyyy enters the 21st century

Maritime slowwlllyyyy enters the 21st century

Many of you may know that I’m a naval architect by training and, despite a career more related to software than ships, I’m still part of a proud seafaring tradition. Building and operating ships is fascinating! And, lately, it’s coming up more and...
Quickie: AVEVA adds asset performance assets

Bentley invests in digital twins for water infrastructure

So much news …. Amidst a lot of earnings comes this, from Bentley Systems: Bentley today said that it has invested an undisclosed amount in Digital Water Works, a company that makes digital twin solutions for “smart wet infrastructure” (my quotes),...
OnScale secures $10 million investment

DS’ 2018 sets the stage for expansion in 2019

Dassault Systèmes announced results for Q4 and fiscal 2018 just as I was boarding a plane earlier this month, and I only had time to post a very quick recap of the highlights as I saw them then. This week brings us earnings from ANSYS (tonight/tomorrow morning), as...
Career management for CAD types

Career management for CAD types

I absolutely love what Matt Lombard just wrote in his latest blog, https://dezignstuff.com/its-better-to-have-multiple-tools-available/. His main thesis is this: … [T]here also comes a point where you need to diversify a little. That point has to come before you...
Quickie: AVEVA adds asset performance assets

Hexagon adds Thermopylae to its geospatial biz

Another week, another acquisition: Hexagon says it will buy Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, a software provider of geospatial applications, mobile frameworks and cloud computing for enhanced location intelligence, primarily to the US government and other defense...
Webinars 2.0 – we’re not there yet

Webinars 2.0 – we’re not there yet

I tune into a lot of webinars, whether product announcements, investor updates or the occasional training session and, while things are much better since I first mused on the state of the art in 2008 and 2010 (here and here), it’s time for a refresher on how to...
Quickie: Schnitger Corp website changes

Quickie: Schnitger Corp website changes

Always trying to make things better … A while ago, web browsers started identifying unsafe websites, and put www.schnitgercorp.com in that category because we didn’t have a valid SSL certificate. We got that sorted but the site was still deemed unsafe....
OnScale secures $10 million investment

MuM reports rebound in Autodesk sales

We are nearing the end of earnings season, but still have a few biggies to go. One of those is Autodesk, and we use its largest European reseller, Mensch und Maschine (MuM) as a preview since MuM reports preliminary results a couple of weeks before Autodesk. Like...
OnScale secures $10 million investment

AVEVA cruises along, positive about FY2019

Schneider Electric announced results today, which means that we have a hint about how things are going at AVEVA. AVEVA says that it “delivered low double-digit revenue growth in the first nine months of the financial year”, meaning the period ended...
#SWW19 takeaways from afar

#SWW19 takeaways from afar

For the first time in years I’m not at SolidWorks World, happening right now in Dallas, TX. Too much travel, too many time zones — it just didn’t fit. So I’ve been following from afar, on Dassault Systèmes’ live broadcasts here....