Where are we going? A simulation view

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...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

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...
Plant design in a world of $30 oil

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...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

ESI Group acquires ITI GmbH to add 0D/1D to its offering

ESI Group just announced that it has acquired 96% of ITI GmbH, maker of the 0D/1D SimulationX solution, and has the option to purchase the remaining 4% in three years. All ITI staff will join ESI (and it sounds like it will be business as usual for ITI customers, at...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

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...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

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...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

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”....
AU 2015 – something for everyone, even Star Wars fans

AU 2015 – something for everyone, even Star Wars fans

By any measure, Autodesk University is big. 800+ sessions. 10,000 attendees in Las Vegas and a lot more watching the web-streamed sessions from home, during and after the event. The Venetian and Palazzo complex filled to overflowing with design techies of all sorts,...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

Exa’s Q3 up 6% as reported on strong US performance

CFD company Exa reported results today that show how well recent investments in R&D are paying off: The company had solid, 16% constant currency (cc) growth in license revenue that lead to overall 14% cc revenue growth. The details: Total revenue for Q3 was $17...
AU 2015 pregame: what I want to know

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...

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...
Happy Thanksgiving!

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...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

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...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

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...
#YII2015 serves up clouds, photos, the IoT and more

#YII2015 serves up clouds, photos, the IoT and more

Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure (YII) conference is BIG by just about every measure. It’s 800ish people, drawn together to discuss the most complex infrastructure engineering challenges in the world. The venue is big, covering nearly 1/2 mile,...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

ANSYS Q3 near top of guidance; sees 9% growth in 2016

ANSYS just announced that GAAP-basis revenue in Q3 was $238 million, up 2% as reported and up 9% in constant currencies — and near the top end of its earlier guidance. Software license revenue was $140 million, flat year/year as reported, while...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

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...
AspenTech snaps up KBC for refinery ops

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...