Friday, December 16, 2011

AEC Exhibitor Highlights from Autodesk University 2011

Dr. Lachmi Khemlani, owner/publisher of the very popular web-site,, just posted a new article reviewing “AEC Exhibitor Highlights from the most recent Autodesk University”. For those of you who like to keep informed about what your A/E/C customers are looking at, software, technology and functionality-wise, I’d encourage you to visit to read the complete article Dr. Khemlani just posted on her site.

Here’s how she begins her review-article:

As mentioned in my article published earlier this week on the general session keynote and the new cross-industry innovation forums at the recently concluded Autodesk University 2011, there were many more exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall this year than I have ever seen in the past. It seems like the universe of Autodesk solutions continues to grow exponentially every year. This article captures the highlights of those products that were exhibited that are relevant to the AEC industry. Because there were so many exhibitors, it is possible that I may have missed some—therefore, this is by no means an exhaustive listing of all the AEC technology vendors who were present. Also, I was not able to spend as much time at each exhibitor booth as I typically do, therefore this article summarizes the main developments that I saw and does not delve too deeply into the details of the individual products.

Here’s just a few “snippets” from her review-article (there’s a whole lot more in her very detailed article):

Interspec used the event to announce a major upgrade to its popular e-SPECS specification management system.

VIMtrek is a 3D video game-like modeling program that allows architects, designers, and contractors to navigate around in the building and collaborate on details and edits.

There were several other third-party Revit developers showing the latest updates to their solutions including CADworks, which showed the progress it has made with its Cloud-based Revit MEP content tool; Ideate.

Bluebeam Software demonstrated the latest version of its Revu PDF solution (see the recent review of version 9 in AECbytes), showing how it could increase productivity and save time and money for its users. Specifically, PDF Revu CAD can improve communication and collaboration on projects by enabling digital processes from design through bid and build.

HP exhibited its newest workstations and printers, as well as updates to its new ePrint and Share application that it exhibited at the AIA this summer (see AECbytes Newsletter #52). The application is now available on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch in the form of a cloud printing functionality for AutoCAD WS, allowing design professionals to print, access and share their large-format plans wherever the job takes them, without installing drivers or opening applications.

Contex, a leading developer of wide format scanning and imaging solutions, showed the next version of its Nextimage imaging software, which makes scanning, copying, and printing easier and more productive. The upgrade includes new accounting capabilities that allow users to track and report on scanner activities by department, project, and user name.


About the Author of the article I’ve mentioned:

Lachmi Khemlani is founder and editor of AECbytes. She has a Ph.D. in Architecture from UC Berkeley, specializing in intelligent building modeling, and consults and writes on AEC technology. She can be reached at

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