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November 2004 » New & Noteworthy
Synergis Software offers its engineering document management solution, Synergis Adept. Adept—€™s document management tools provide users of AutoCAD 2005, Autodesk Inventor 8 Series, Autodesk Inventor Professional 8, and SolidWorks 2004 the ability to find and manage data, ensure revision control, and control access to information on a LAN or WAN, or on the Internet. Synergis Adept also features Shared Work Areas, a new, real-time design and collaboration environment, as well as other customer requested features designed to enhance performance and productivity.

Document management
Synergis Software offers its engineering document management solution, Synergis Adept. Adept—€™s document management tools provide users of AutoCAD 2005, Autodesk Inventor 8 Series, Autodesk Inventor Professional 8, and SolidWorks 2004 the ability to find and manage data, ensure revision control, and control access to information on a LAN or WAN, or on the Internet. Synergis Adept also features Shared Work Areas, a new, real-time design and collaboration environment, as well as other customer requested features designed to enhance performance and productivity.

Synergis Software

Decision-support software
GEOMATE Corporation recently announced an enhanced version of GrafiCalc, specifically designed to provide engineers interactive design decision- support information. This version of GrafiCalc incorporates a constraint inference engine, as well as a library of more than 100 geometryaccess smart calculation functions that allow users to create flexible intentmodels of engineering challenges. GrafiCalc is especially effective in the conceptual design stage. A two-way DXF translator built within GrafiCalc is certified for geometry exchange between GrafiCalc and many CAD applications.

Additionally, users can link function models in GrafiCalc with existing analytical models in Microsoft—€™s Excel to create problem-solving platforms.

This release of GrafiCalc is designed to allow users to explore multiple design options; automate day-to-day geometry-dependent engineering calculations; and leverage existing investments in Windows-based calculation, analysis, and CAD applications.

GEOMATE Corporation

Management and design tool
Quantapoint recently introduced PRISM 5.0, its newest, as-built data management and design tool. PRISM 5.0 offers photorealistic laser scan data together with CAD geometry from AutoCAD, CATIA, MicroStation, PDMS, PDS, Rhino-3D, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, and others in a single environment. PRISM 5.0 also has advanced XYZ plane clipping and capabilities for 2-D deliverables extraction. PRISM 5.0 works only with laser scan data captured with Quantapoint laser scanners. Survey data from other sources, such as GPS instruments and aerial scan data, also may be incorporated. The core software is provided free to all customers of Quantapoint laser scanning services. Nominal license fees for importing various CAD formats may apply.

Quantapoint

Project software
New features in Mathsoft—€™s Mathcad 12 are designed to add mathematical functionality and flexibility to access, share, publish, and present work. The XML file format stores saved results and also lets the user set preferences globally. Mathcad 12 offers 18 new built-in units; built-in availability of all units in all systems; and enhanced, extended simplification rules designed to make units support more functional and easier to use. New options include a secondary y axis, so users can plot two or more y values against the same x value, even when they have widely different scales, and enhanced legend options. List boxes, text boxes, radio buttons, and check boxes let the user enter and modify worksheet data values without scripting. Mathcad documents containing Web controls can be executed online using the Mathcad Application Server. The new data import wizard allows the user to read a large variety of file formats, preview the data, and select and control the parts of the data they want to analyze.

Mathsoft

Specification software
The 2004 edition of MasterFormat—„¢ from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada is an organizational standard for specifications, the written instructions for construction, and other information for most commercial and institutional building projects in the United States and Canada.

According to CSI, using MasterFormat to develop commercial/institutional structures—€™ construction specifications could result in an estimated 5- to 10-percent savings in construction costs. MasterFormat is divided into divisions, and each division is composed of sections. The 2004 edition has additional divisions and many more sections, including the following new divisions concerning communications and other information delivery systems for buildings: Division 27 —€” Communications, Division 25 —€” Integrated Automation and Control, and Division 28 —€” Electronic Safety and Security. The new edition—€™s added divisions and sections also enable specifications to better address building owners—€™ evolving construction priorities, such as security, life safety, and environmentally responsible facilities. Another new feature of MasterFormat—€™s 2004 edition is divisions and sections for standardizing specifications for heavy civil construction, such as dams and bridges, and process engineering construction projects, such as power plants and refineries.

Construction Specifications Institute


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