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Tidbits: Autodesk, Graphisoft and 3D News

Mac CAD and 3D News: We have some brief news items on Autodesk’s recent acquisition, AIA survey news touching on BIM, ArchiCAD events in January and OpenGL news regarding SilverLining software…


Autodesk Acquires Dynamite VSP and SIM Products

In Brief. Autodesk has acquired software assets from UK-based 3AM Solutions, a privately held company that develops visualization software for civil infrastructure. Dynamite VSP and Dynamite SIM technology will help Autodesk the process of creating visualization for projects made with Autodesk Civil 3D software. Dynamite VSP offers simple and efficient ways to bring Autodesk Civil 3D software data into Autodesk 3ds Max design software. The full press release is here.

AIA Report says BIM Use Increased Substantially

According to the newest report by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), architects using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software increased from 34 percent in 2005 to 69 percent in 2008.

Graphisoft ArchiCAD 13 Events Upcoming

Graphisoft has a number of ArchiCAD 13 events coming up this month starting this week. Here is a brief breakdown:

  • Jan 6 – ArchiCAD User Group, Oakland, CA
  • Jan 7 – IIT College of Architecture – BIM Training Workshop, Chicago, IL
  • Jan 11 – 2D Drawing Coordination with Consultants – Exporting DWG, PDF and JPG Files – Online Training
  • Jan 13 – So What’s In A Template, Anyway? Calgary, AB
  • Jan 13 – ArchiCAD User Group, Seattle, WA
You can see these and more events coming up here on Graphisoft’s US website. To register click on the register link.

Mac 3D News

Khronos’s OpenGL news includes an item on SilverLining version 1.91 now available from Sundog Software. SilverLining renders the sky and everything in it, including volumetric clouds, for OpenGL developers on Mac, Windows and Linux. The big new feature includes stratus clouds and the geometry is computed on the GPU using a Cg vertex program for OpenGL users. To learn more go here.

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