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Certified software applications include:
- Autodesk Revit
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the hp z2 mini workstation
Finally a revolutionary mini PC for CAD that delivers breakthrough power and versatility in a small, elegant design. Made by and for design professionals, the Z2 Mini G3 Workstation gives you both performance and reliability for the best CAD experience.
certified for industry leading cad applications
Get seamless performance right out of the box with the most popular CAD software. The Z2 Mini is tested for 368,000 hours and certified for over 20 professional software applications.
Certified software applications include:
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Are you already planning for 2017? We are!
Computer Aided Business Systems Limited are making their 2017 year planner. Simply click on the image above and print or plot the .PDF
It's that time of year: the latest desktop update, SketchUp 2017, is available to download today! The best way to explore the software is to use it: so watch this video, then jump into a new SketchUp and orbit for yourself!
This is SketchUp's fifth major desktop update since joining Trimble.
SketchUp desktop software updates once a year, but, really, SketchUp is evolving all the time.
Every day, the team works to make SketchUp Pro and LayOut faster, more accessible, smarter, and just plain better. In parallel, we're also working to deliver more SketchUp in more ways.
For instance: have you tried my.SketchUp yet? It's the new web-based modeller, from SketchUp.
for further details on SketchUp purchases and upgrades contact our sales team.
OPEN DOORS 2016 | Certification week 14-19 november 2016
Autodesk Certification allows people who use Autodesk products to validate their skills and knowledge with a credential recognised worldwide.
In today's complex marketplace, the more ways you can stand out from the competition the better your chances of having a successful career. Autodesk Certification gives you a solid competitive advantage:
• Validates your skills and knowledge reliably
• Accelerates professional development
• Enhances your credibility within your field
• Strengthens your CV with an Autodesk Certificate and logo
• Enables you to list your details in the Autodesk Certified Professional's Database
We are participating in the Open Doors Certification Week that entitles Autodesk software users trained by ourselves or otherwise to attend our Hatfield Certification Center and take a certification examination at a discounted rate. For further details complete the form below.
Autodesk launches new beta release of its interactive design viz service that support Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
In July, Autodesk introduced Autodesk LIVE for Revit, a cloud-based service that brings your Revit models into an interactive game engine environment in just one click. Now, with the latest LIVE release (currently in beta), a second click will take your building design into virtual reality (VR) using HTC Vive or Oculus Rift Head Mounted Display (HMD). This type of push button workflow promises to change the way VR is used in design. By putting control into the hands of architects and engineers, rather than CG specialists, it should help teams make spatial design decisions earlier on in the design process - at the exact moment they can have the biggest influence.
Autodesk says that current LIVE subscribers automatically have access to the new VR beta. For new users, LIVE remains available on a monthly subscription basis.
credit: AEC MAGAZINE
Last days to get 50% off Autodesk Software
Trade-in your perpetual license and save up to 50% on a 3-year subscription to any eligible Autodesk software
offer ends 21st october 2016
How do I get this offer?
To participate, simply call 01707 258338 and trade-in your old, qualifying license and purchase a new, 3-year subscription to any eligible product or collection of your choice.
Once you trade-in your perpetual license, you agree to discontinue use of the traded-in license.
Which products qualify for the offer?
When you trade-in your qualifying perpetual license, you can get the offer discount on most Autodesk product subscriptions, including industry collections.
You do not need to purchase the same product as the perpetual trade-in license. For example, you can trade-in an old, eligible perpetual license of Autodesk AutoCAD and subscribe to an Autodesk AEC Industry Collection at the promotional price.
LT family perpetual licenses can be traded-in only for LT family subscriptions.
Why can I save even more on AutoCAD?
The AutoCAD Subscription price is now lower which makes our offer even more attractive.
Do I have to be connected to the internet to use my new subscription?
An internet connection is needed to access products, cloud services, and administrative tools in Autodesk Account. For subscriptions with single-user access using desktop software, customers need to be connected to the internet the first time they access their software, and at least once every 30 days to continue access.
What do I get with subscription that I don’t have with my old software?
In addition to access to the latest versions, you also get.
• Technical support (via Autodesk Account)
• Previous Version Rights
• Home Use Rights
• Global Travel Rights
Will all of my files and projects automatically go to “the cloud”?
You can save all files and projects created with your Autodesk subscription software locally, on your hard drive (or wherever you choose to store them). You retain all of your local data even if you decide to end your subscription.
Will I be forced to update my software all the time?
You can access the latest version of your software and all the latest updates, but you decide if and when you update. As a subscriber, you can even access certain previous versions of your software.
Can I use my software at home or on the road?
Yes, you can access your software on your home computer and when travelling outside of your home country. There is no form to fill out or process required to enable this benefit.
Burns & McDonnell Turns to Revu to Plan Utility Work for Kansas City Downtown Streetcar Project
Kansas City, Missouri hasn’t had a downtown streetcar in more than 50 years. With plans for a new rail line underway, the city will soon welcome a streetcar system once again. But before the city streets are transformed by the new system, its project team has several challenges to overcome given the layers of complex utility lines beneath the ground, requiring one of the largest relocation of underground utilities in the history of Kansas City. Burns & McDonnell—a leading engineering, architecture and construction consulting firm listed among ENR’s top 20—is equipped for the task. The first segment of the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar Project is a two-mile, $100-million rail line set for completion in late 2015.
During the design process, Burns & McDonnell led the coordination of identifying underground utilities along the planned Kansas City Streetcar corridor. They also designed the new waterline and sanitary sewer systems that will replace underground infrastructure, some of which date back to the 1870s. This work involves collaborating with more than 25 public and private utility companies to address up to 24,400 feet of new water and sewer facilities. Burns & McDonnell has worked very closely with Kansas City Streetcar Constructors (KCSC) on this project. KCSC was selected by the city as the Construction Manager at-Risk. They are a joint venture of California rail builder Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. and St. Joseph-based Herzog Contracting Corp. Both contractors bring significant experience with constructing streetcar facilities and are leading the effort to coordinate construction activities for the private utilities on the project.
Complex coordination is required, as the area is an extremely congested utility corridor. The water system design consists of relocating and replacing water distribution and transmission mains and providing system improvements for up to 18,000 linear feet of water main and nearly 150 water service connections within the project limits. The sewer system work consists of an initial assessment of the sanitary service, combination and storm sewer mains, development of project plans for approximately 13,400 linear feet of CIPP lining of existing sewers, and rehabilitation/reconstruction of 65 manholes. It’s essential that Burns & McDonnell are in constant communication with the many utility companies to coordinate details and analyze the many risks of construction posed by such outdated utilities.
Considering the scope of work, Burns & McDonnell needed a software solution that would enable them to:
- Quickly and easily communicate with utility companies to mitigate risks as quickly as possible.
- Manage all document files in a central, accessible location.
- Allow individuals from the 25 utility companies to create markups and comments on plan sets.
- Preserve a single source of truth as documents change with the project phases.
Working with a large number of diverse utilities made it especially important to find a software solution that is very intuitive and easily adoptable.
Burns & McDonnell determined that Bluebeam Revu, a PDF-based editing, markup and collaboration solution for technical professionals, is the ideal solution for collaboration among the utility companies. Specifically, Revu’s integrated cloud-based collaboration technology, Bluebeam Studio, allows them to reliably create, store and manage PDF project files while monitoring user access.
Burns & McDonnell is deploying Studio Projects—the side of Studio used for document storage and collaboration—to maintain version control over project plans while granting everyone the ability to access and markup the plans. Utility companies and their contractors log in to the project, where they view the plans and add current information about their systems. Burns & McDonnell then uploads new versions of the documents as the phases of the project progress. So far, 65 project partners have logged into the project and have made more than 600 markups and comments. In the field, these project plans are accessible for quick access to information during what could be a risky project phase.
At project onset, Burns & McDonnell uploaded all utility sheets as PDFs to the Bluebeam Studio Project. They also Created and shared a special tool set, which is a group of customised markups saved in Revu’s Tool Chest, to standardise markups used by everyone on the project team. Old as-builts of utilities were identified and their locations pinpointed by the utility companies who signed into the Studio Project and used the custom tool set to markup the PDFs in assigned colour codes. Once the new Kansas City Streetcar track design was 30% complete, the team uploaded an updated set of PDF plans to the Project, and the utility companies and their contractors again signed in and marked up their new waterline, sewer and piping locations. At 60% completion, the utility companies marked up the plans with their specific steps for relocating their systems moving forward. This process continued on to 90% completion plans and the Final Issued for Construction (IFC) plans. As utilities continue to upgrade and relocate their systems, they discover additional information and provide updated data through the Studio Project.
Getting all project partners on board with using Bluebeam Revu was initially perceived as a challenge. Burns & McDonnell hosted a Revu training program at the beginning of the project for all utility companies, their contractors and project partners. Nathan Good, applications specialist at Burns & McDonnell, created custom training videos and hosted the training. Despite hesitancy about the software and new tools, Nathan was impressed with Revu’s intuitive interface. “I have never seen a faster adoption. As a technologist, I have to ‘sell hard’ a lot, and this is an easy sell.”
Because some utility company partners aren’t able to invest in Revu or would have to navigate extensive corporate firewall protocols to download the program, they turned to Bluebeam Vu—Bluebeam’s free professional PDF viewer. Vu allows all project contributors to access and view project documents with all associated markups and annotations. Moreover, the utility companies and their contractors can still participate in the Studio Project and provide their own markups and annotations.
In addition to allowing Burns & McDonnell to coordinate drawing reviews with more than 25 utility companies, Bluebeam Revu is saving the firm countless hours of copying annotations and editing plan sets, not to mention the cost of shipping copies of multiple plan sets to more than 25 project partners. In fact, Jason Meyers, associate civil engineer and project manager at Burns & McDonnell, estimates that Revu has saved the firm more than 320 hours (eight weeks) of work over an eight month project period.
In a collaborative effort with KCSC, Burns & McDonnell brought all project partners to the table and facilitated design completions while KCSC coordinated construction activities. Because of the training program implemented by Burns & McDonnell, new users have adopted Bluebeam Revu. Rick Merina of KC Streetcar Constructors says, “Using Bluebeam has greatly increased efficiency in the weekly meetings as it provides a real-time visual representation of items being discussed. It allows users to add markups of items being discussed during the meeting in real time, as well as coordinate traffic control, pedestrian control, pothole information and other secondary and tertiary portions of the work to again increase efficiency in the transfer of information.”
Adobe Creative Cloud for teams Migration Offer
To support continued migration to Adobe's subscription products we are participating in the Adobe migration offer, available until 2nd December 2016.
A migration discount of 20-33% is available for commercial and government customers with valid CS5, CS5.5 and CS6 point product and suite licenses that are migrating to Creative Cloud for teams.
Our technical team have developed a simple solution to enable Autodesk customers that wish to change their License Type from a Trial version to either the Single-User/Standalone or Multi-User/Network version they have purchased without uninstalling and re-installing the product.
How to Use:
Close all Autodesk applications
Run the Autodesk_LIC application
Select Find Licenses
The application will locate all Autodesk 2016 and 2017 applications installed on the workstation.
Change the License Type:
Select the product and a further dialog box opens
Change the License Type (only change to the License Type you have purchased)
Restart the Autodesk application
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