Public infrastructure: what happens if we don’t invest?

Public infrastructure: what happens if we don’t invest?

Last weekend a huge storm dumped as much as 3 feet of snow on New England. Many municipalities put in place driving bans, which kept people off the roads and sped up snow removal. But when we all hit the roads on Monday, the traffic jams highlighted the huge problems...
Trimble snaps up Vico for 4D/5D

Trimble snaps up Vico for 4D/5D

Trimble Navigation (an ever-greater misnomer) announced on Friday that it has acquired the assets of privately-held Vico Software, Inc.,  a provider of 4D and 5D architectural modeling software and consulting services. Trimble says this acquisition “extends...
Quickies: Earnings good to tepid so far

Quickies: Earnings good to tepid so far

We’re still recovering from hurricane Sandy here in New England. Schools are open as are most roads, but a lot of people are still without power and assessing damage. It could have been a lot worse, so we’re grateful. It’s interesting that the New...
Quickies: Earnings good to tepid so far

Hexagon on track to hit €3.5B by 2015

For a company that very few people have heard of, Hexagon is doing quite well. Its engineering-related brands include Leica Geosystems, Intergraph, CADWorx and its customers include process plants operators, EPCs, surveyors, NASA, auto makers and aircraft...

Hexagon’s Q1 upbeat, trouble in SG&I

Hexagon AB, the parent company of Intergraph, Leica and other brands, reported results for the March quarter earlier this week. CEO Ola Rollén characterized the group’s overall performance as a good start to the year, but reflecting uneven performance across regions...

Hexagon sets new goals

I’m in San Diego for SolidWorks World, looking out at the harbor and trying to catch up on last week’s news. It’s in the 50s here, cloudy and windy. Wonderful for this New Englander, but cold to the natives who huddle around outdoor propane heaters. It’s likely colder...

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...

Hexagon: strong Q3, ‘cooling’ China

Hexagon reported a solid third quarter 2011, with total revenue of €521 million, up a whopping 55% as reported and up 13% excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange effect — meaning Intergraph and other recent acquisitions accounted for about €150 million in...

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...

Trimble and Hexagon – mixed picture

It was a very busy week of earnings and economic news as global markets tried to figure out how the budget situation in the US would play out. In general, though their share prices were dragged down by larger economic news, engineering software company reports were...