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Software Makers Bullish on Business (in Structure Magazine)

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Wednesday, 1 August, 2012
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Dan Monaghan, Managing Director, North America, Nemetschek Scia  in Columbia, Maryland is also witnessing improved conditions. “Overall, the business outlook from the firms we are talking with are more positive than last year,” he says. “The trend towards Building Information Modeling continues to be a driving force for the adoption of software. Most firms who jumped into BIM early are now recognizing that it’s a process not a technology. They are looking for flexible software that can help them plug analysis and design into as many workflows, and not be forced into using one vendor’s software.”

Adds Monaghan: “As a result, we’re seeing more demand for the support of Open BIM standards like IFC (Industrial Foundation Class), a neutral file exchange format, and ISO standards that all BIM software supported. With support for Open BIM, our users can exchange BIM models with any BIM compliant software which gives engineering offices a competitive advantage.” 

The company recently released Scia Engineer 2012. “While Scia Engineer may be a new brand to some, it has a long development history-over 35 years,” says Monaghan. “This new release represents a milestone in our development history and in the industry. Scia Engineer is now the only integrated structural design software program that links structural modeling, analysis, and multi-material design with support for several international codes, and offers bidirectional drawings and calculation reports in one program. With support for open standards like IFC 2.x3, SDNF, and bi-directional links with Revit Structure and Tekla Structures, Scia Engineer makes it easy for engineers to participate in today’s BIM process. This new release offers some great improvements for day-to-day work including expanded code support for IBC and Eurocodes, and new support for Brazilian codes. It is also the only structural analysis software that offers advanced parametric optimization, which allows engineer’s to set up engineering problems and have the computer run through hundreds, or even thousands, of calculations to help derive an optimal solution that can be checked against codes.”

Read the full article in Structure Magazine on page 45