What you might have missed, 23 August

So I went on vacation last week. And the world of engineering software kept going, perhaps even ramped up a bit even though I wasn’t around to pay attention. Here are a few of the news bits I found most compelling from my time away:SGI acquires OpenCFDLast week SGI...

1 2 3 4 User conferences

If you’ve been following this blog over the last few months, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been traveling. A LOT. In all, I attended 4 user conferences and 3 other meetings in 5 weeks. Aside from the surreality of bouncing between Orlando, Las Vegas...

PP&M: Solving Complex Problems

My head is spinning after 2+ days at Hexagon’s first user conference since the close of the Intergraph acquisition. This is one complicated company!  First, a couple of general impressions, then some detail from the PP&M keynotes. I attended Monday’s investor...

Bentley shows what’s possible

Let’s just get it out there: I love user conferences. The marketing hype, neat stuff in the vendor/sponsor area, new product announcements, a motivational speaker … the whole thing. The best part, though, is hanging out with users. I talk to users all year long...

Bentley engineers the wind

Last month Bentley Systems announced the acquisition of the SACS business from Engineering Dynamics, and most people said, who? There wasn’t time then to answer the question, but today we can catch up a bit. Engineering Dynamics, Inc. was founded in 1973 by three...

Bentley growing for the future

Bentley Systems, a privately held company focused on creating solutions for the AEC market, took the unusual step yesterday of holding a conference call to discuss some aspects of their 2010 results. The highlights are revenue growth of 6%, a return to 2008 revenue...

Quick hits: Bentley, IBM

A few quick thoughts while I work through the pile in the inbox: Bentley to buy back Intergraph’s stake The Huntsville (AL) Times on Monday published a blog post about Bentley Systems buying back the shares that had been owned by Intergraph. In the dark ages,...

Shining the light on LIDAR

Laser scanning is hot. Process plant design software vendors such as AVEVA, Bentley Systems and Intergraph have long had partner programs to integrate LIDAR models into their design and operations workflows; Autodesk is now actively promoting it — and last month...

From the inbox

Today’s blog post is a mishmash — none of it worthy of an entire post but all in answer to emails you’ve sent:Why doesn’t this blog allow comments?There is too much incivility on the web — not that you, personally, would be rude or disruptive, but that guy...

GIS in a 3D explosion

There’s a lot going on in the GIS space but for those of you who don’t follow it, here’s a quick refresher. GIS stands for Geographic Information Systems; this technology is also often known as “geospatial”. GIS’ analytical tools enable uses to associate data and...