More acquisitions: Hexagon’s turn

Hexagon today announce that it has acquired MicroSurvey Software Inc., a Canadian developer of software used in the surveying, construction, and for forensic reconstruction. I first became aware of MicroSurvey more than 10 years ago, when I worked on my first Daratech...

Autodesk & Pitney Bowes partner for AEC

Earlier this week, Autodesk and Pitney Bowes Software announced a strategic alliance to “help infrastructure owners and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) organizations make more informed decisions and drive greater efficiencies across the plan, design,...

Bentley showcases ‘extreme infrastructure’

Earlier in November, I was fortunate enough to attend Bentley Systems’ Be Inspired event in Amsterdam, where Bentley showcases the customer finalists in what could be termed “extreme infrastructure” –plants, buildings, roads, construction, utilities–...

Acquisition mania

I’ve been working on a mid-year update of my market numbers for CAE (which show better than expected growth to date in 2011) and am stunned by the rapid pace of acquisitions we’ve seen this year. It’s one thing to note them as they happen, but when...

News you may have missed, 16 Sept

The industry’s acquisition binge continues, with news of a new deal just about every week: Bentley invests in TEEC Bentley Systems announced yesterday that the company has taken a minority equity stake in The Engineering Essentials Company (TEEC) and placed a person...

Autodesk ramps up its plant offering

Earlier this week, Autodesk announced the release of the Autodesk Plant Design Suite, 3 flavors of integrated apps that support multidisciplinary plant design. You can go here for the details of what is in the standard, premium and ultimate suites packages or to...

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...