Articles and Press Releases

ZWCAD Integrates with New Applications

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Check out the news coming from ZWSOFT — makers of ZWCAD which is based on the IntelliCAD engine — about how ZWCAD is integrated and compatible with these applications:

  • Spatial Manager for ZWCAD users is a tool used to import, export and manage geospatial data. Get the news >>
  • CivilCAD by ARQCOM is software designed for civil engineering and topography users in Spanish speaking countries. Get the news >> 
  • Windchill PLM is design software used in industries such as automotive, industrial equipment, data communication, aerospace, defense, medical, oil and gas, consumer electronics, energy and subsea communications. Get the news >> 
  • Caddossier by Komdex for Product Data Management and Microsoft Office document management. Get the news >> 
Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Civil CAD GEO ZWCAD Energy

Carlson "Go West" User Conference in April 2018

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Carlson Software will host its "Go West" user conference April 9–11, 2018 in San Diego, California. Thinking of attending? Be sure to check out how Carlson Software incorporates the IntelliCAD engine into their product lines. About the conference, host director Shane Gardner said:

We poured over your feedback from past conferences. You wanted more options. We have added courses on CAD basics and have broadened the overall offerings to give you more and better choices."

Early bird pricing ends this week, January 31. Conference details >>

Interested in how Carlson Software's membership at the ITC works out? 

 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Survey Civil Carlson Software IntelliCAD 6.6 CAD

Carlson Software Comes with IntelliCAD Built In

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When purchasing Carlson Software, customers decide on their CAD engine: use built-in IntelliCAD at no extra cost or purchase AutoCAD, sold separately. Carlson programs include Survey, Civil, Hydrology, Mining, GIS, Point Cloud, Field, Natural Regrade, Construction, GeoTech, CADnet, and Trench.

The latest version of Carlson Software programs, Carlson 2018, was released last fall and is built on the IntelliCAD 8.3 engine. It includes new commands such as mleader, selection filters, gradient coloring and etransmit. While stability improvements were the main focus, the new version also has performance improvements such as selection, snapping, multithreaded open and regen.

Learn about Carlson and IntelliCAD working together >>

Learn about Carlson 2018 >>

 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Survey Civil Carlson Software

DotSoft Products Now Available for IntelliCAD

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IntelliCAD users can now use these DotSoft products, with more coming soon:

  • ToolPac : CAD Productivity Tools
  • XL2CAD : Excel to CAD Connectivity, eliminating OLE problems
  • WD2CAD : Word to CAD Connectivity, eliminating OLE problems
  • MapWorks : Civil/Survey, Mapping & GIS Tools

DotSoft is a developer of add-ons for multiple CAD engines and has been working directly with ITC developers to complete their port. DotSoft says this about working with ITC developers:

Of the three engine developers we work with, the ITC is certainly the most responsive and was very quick to address every issue we encountered. We look forward to working with the ITC and its members in the future. 

More details from DotSoft >> 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Survey Civil CAD DotSoft GIS

ITC Entrepreneurs take the Stage

iw2017members.pngEntrepreneurial solutions from entrepreneurs. It was the morning of the last day at IntelliCAD World when four ITC members presented their IntelliCAD solutions and highlights of why they were members of the consortium. 

David Carlson, Carlson Software

Carlson Software has been in the CAD business since the 80s and delivers products in the civil, mining, GIS, construction, survey, data collection, and machine control markets. In Auckland, we saw a demo of working with 3D contours: overburden, elevations, fence diagrams, ground, strata.

When Carlson joined the ITC in 2007, in under a year they released their same software that ran with Autodesk® AutoCAD® to run with IntelliCAD too. Now Carlson's products come with IntelliCAD built-in at no extra cost, and users decide whether to purchase a seat of AutoCAD. The ability to choose matters.

We also learned that Carlson is a big contributor to LandXML, where they contributed a free 3D LandXML viewer and upgrade tools. LandXML is an open data standard used within the land development industry. Open standards also matter.

Go Carlson Software >>

Bill Wright, Wrightsoft

Wrightsoft has also been in the CAD business since the 80s when it started out with no venture capital. Seeing a need back then for better heating, ventilation, and air conditioning design, they continue to deliver HVAC planning, design, sales, and installation software for the desktop and now for tablet and mobile.

Wrightsoft has solutions based on their own CAD editor and another line that's based on IntelliCAD, which we saw in action: load meters, diameters and sizes, data extraction, and automatic calculations on-the-go when you change anything in a room or building.

And then there's BIM. With Wrightsoft and IntelliCAD, you can auto-trace a BIM .rvt file to automatically generate smart objects and make calculations. It's a great example of what members are doing with the beta version libraries for reading and writing BIM .rvt files.

Wrightsoft has also changed the way HVAC gets done. They were an original partner with the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) to define HVAC standards that continue to be used today. Market disruption matters. Standards matter. 

Go Wrightsoft >>

Brian Sloman, MicroSurvey 

MicroSurvey has been in business for 30 years. They joined the ITC in 2005 and ported their code base to IntelliCAD 6. They build vertical solutions on top of IntelliCAD for survey design and mapping, mining, and the public safety sector. 

At IntelliCAD World we saw a demo of IMS Map360 that runs with IntelliCAD. It can import data from manual measurements (think tape measures which are still very common), survey equipment, laser scanners, terrestrial (tripods), and cameras mounted on vehicles, drones, and backpacks. Output includes sketches and reports that are often used during court hearings to prove facts. There's heavy use of point clouds (even animated), architectural objects, trajectory rods (cones of uncertainty), and Trimble SketchUp symbols

With all of this technology, the design for public safety products has to be simple and easy to use. Their end-users aren't CAD from the CAD world and shouldn't need to be in order to get all the precision of CAD. Good design matters.

Go MicroSurvey >>

Mark Taylor, FRAMECAD

FRAMECAD has been in business since 1987 and joined the ITC in 2011. They develop the FRAMECAD System — software and hardware that designs and builds efficient, strong, and durable steel framed buildings.

A few days before at the start of the conference, we were at the FRAMECAD site to see a live demo of the IntelliCAD-based software at work. And then the machine was at work, taking in steel and outputting braces for a wall, all within a couple of minutes.

Back at the conference, we learned that BIM is really important for FRAMECAD moving forward: reading in drawings that contain all the data they need in a "fast, easy, friendly" way. But it's more than that: BIM has the power to move from planning and drawing in a silo to planning and drawing in collaboration. And collaboration is key from the FRAMECAD perspective to build faster and with fewer mistakes when all the various players show up to the construction site. Collaboration matters. 

Go FRAMECAD >>

Topics: IntelliCAD BIM ITC Survey Civil Carlson Software Microsurvey FRAMECAD Accident Reconstruction HVAC IntelliCAD World Conference Wrightsoft

Available APIs, the Lists Grows

iw2017api.pngIntelliCAD comes with so many APIs that it was a good idea to review them at the 2017 conference in Auckland. 

In addition to the APIs that most ITC members already know about (scripts, LISP, SDS/ADS, .NET, .NET Classic, IRX), there's also:

  • DGN API 
  • Architecture API 
  • Civil API 
  • Mechanical API 
  • Facet Modeler API 
  • RVT/RFA BIM API (BIM special interest group) 
  • IFC BIM API (ITC BIM special interest group

We saw live demos of IntelliCAD sample apps to see what you can do with some of these APIs. The Architecture API has an interface that allows you to extend IntelliCAD quickly to create windows, walls, stairs, and doors without complex coding. And the Mechanical API, which will be available in IntelliCAD 9, also lets you extend IntelliCAD but to create mechanical objects while instantly providing support for viewing and printing them.

 

  • BIM APIs were discussed here
  • DGN API was discussed here

 

The ITC has been careful to avoid using any APIs to create custom objects so we don’t compete with our member’s vertical solutions." – At the API demo session

Topics: IntelliCAD BIM ITC Architecture Lisp DGN Civil IntelliCAD World Conference SDS Mechanical

This Fall: Check Out Carlson Software and IntelliCAD

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Carlson Software will be at the following tradeshows in Europe this fall. Come check out IntelliCAD in action as part of the many Carlson solutions that excel in the civil and hydrology, construction, GIS, land surveying, and mining industries. 

  • The Netherlands
    Geobuzz 2017
    21-22 November, 2017
    ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
    More details >>

  • Germany
    INTERGEO
    26-28 September, 2017
    Berlin, Germany
    More details >>

Topics: IntelliCAD Civil Carlson Software CAD

MicroSurvey CAD 2017 Recently Released

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New features of MicroSurvey CAD 2017 include: smart polylines, smart point blocks, Microsoft® Bing® maps integration, cloud storage integration, and much more.

MicroSurvey CAD 2017 is powered by the IntelliCAD engine and is a desktop survey and design program for land surveyors and civil engineers. It is available at five feature levels: Basic, Standard, Premium, Ultimate, and Studio. 

For more information and to download a free demo version of MicroSurvey CAD 2017, visit www.microsurvey.com/2017. 

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Survey Civil Microsurvey

This Spring: Check Out Carlson Software and IntelliCAD

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Traveling to a conference or show this spring? Come check out IntelliCAD in action as part of the many Carlson solutions that excel in the civil and hydrology, construction, GIS, land surveying, and mining industries.

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
    New Mexico Professional Surveyors Conference
    March 24-25, 2017
    More details >>
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors Annual General Meeting
    April 5-7, 2017
    More details >>
  • Houma, Louisiana 
    56th Annual LSPS Convention
    April 5-7, 2017
    More details >>
  • Jasper, Alberta
    Association of Alberta Land Surveyors Annual General Meeting
    April 20-21, 2017
    More details >>
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
    ASPS 50th Anniversary Spring Conference & Expo
    April 20-21, 2017
    More details >>
  • Moscow, Russia
    Mining World Russia
    25-27 April, 2017 // Carlson booth А845, Pavilion 2, Hall 8
    More details >>
  • Montréal, Quebec
    CIM 2017 Convention // The Palais de Congrès
    April 30-May 3, 2017 
    More details >>
  • Tucson, Arizona
    Arizona Professional Land Surveyors Conference
    May 18-19, 2017
    More details >>
Topics: IntelliCAD Civil Carlson Software CAD

MicroSurvey at Upcoming INTERGEO Trade Fair

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MicroSurvey will be attending the INTERGEO 2016 conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. You can find MicroSurvey at booth A1.079 on October 11–13, 2016 at the trade fair in Hamburg, Germany.

MicroSurvey bases its many software solutions on IntelliCAD and is a member of the IntelliCAD Technology Consortium.

More conference details: http://helpdesk.microsurvey.com/index.php?/News/NewsItem/View/233
MicroSurveywww.microsurvey.com
IntelliCAD Technology Consortium: www.intellicad.org

Topics: IntelliCAD ITC Civil Microsurvey CAD GEO