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The XPSWMM/XPSTORM Run Manager leverages multiple-core processors for parallel processing of simulations rather than running simulations in series.

XP Solutions releases XPSWMM/XPSTORM 2017

XP Solutions released XPSWMM and XPSTORM version 2017 — hydrodynamic software models for simulating sanitary sewer systems, stormwater systems, rivers, and urban flooding. According to the company, XPSWMM and XPSTORM are used every day around the world for master planning, floodplain mapping, flood hazard mitigation, and sustainable stormwater control.

“This new release for 2017 encompasses a range of new features and software enhancements that allow the user to better comprehend input data, build models faster, and solve multiple models in parallel,” said Anthony Kuch, vice president of Client Services. “This balance between the addition of new features and improving the existing software was guided by many user meetings and our continued contact with users from our Support Portal and training workshops.”

Top features included in version 2017 are:

  • New Run Manager — The Run Manager leverages multiple-core processors for parallel processing of simulations rather than running simulations in series, which reduces overall simulation run times. The Run Manager automatically selects multiple simulations in the Global Storms or the Scenario Manager, optimizing simulations by leveraging today’s modern multi-core computers.
  • Improved model productivity enhancements — The Modify Elevation tool now contains enhanced capabilities to rapidly adjust elevations to match crowns or inverts. This substantially reduces the time needed to prepare these objects in the model.
  • New native language support — XP Solutions now supports more native languages within the application beyond Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. XPSWMM/XPSTORM can now be “localized” for almost any language.
  • Enhanced stability — The development team addressed many issues reported via the xpertcare support site portal. 
  • Improved profile plots — Multiple profile plot runs along different sections of a network can now be presented in a single view. Ground Elevations in profile now support the actual terrain section along the profile plot rather than straight-line approximation of the ground profile between structures. 
  • Enhanced user experience — Dialogues for nodes, 2D land use, and pumps now include clearer intuitive graphics, enhancing the representations of the underlying objects.
  • Improved log viewer — Notepad++ now includes the “Compare” plugin, allowing review of multiple results simultaneously.
  • New streamlined sanitary modeling environment — The new sanitary modeling mode focuses the user on the relevant sanitary modeling layers and tools for increased productivity.

Information provided by XP Solutions (http://xpsolutions.com).


 

HP ZBook 15u mobile workstation gets processor upgrade

HP announced an updated HP ZBook 15u — a thin, powerful, low-cost and compact mobile workstation. The HP ZBook 15u with its 15.6-inch diagonal display starts at 4.18 pounds and 19.9 mm thin. It is powered by the new 7th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and has up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, AMD FirePro professional graphics, 2 TB of storage including the optional HP Z Turbo Drive G25, and an FHD touch or UHD display.

The long-life battery supports HP Fast Charge — providing a recharge of as much as 50 percent battery life in 30 minutes of charging, according to HP. The ZBook 15u Mobile Workstation has an overall system reliability that boasts 120,000 hours of testing in HP’s Total Test Process and is designed to pass MIL-STD 810G standards. Users can take advantage of Windows 10 Pro and ISV-certified AMD FirePro 3D graphics with 2 GB of video memory designed to work with all professional applications on the HP ZBook 15u Mobile Workstation.   

Security and manageability features include HP Sure Start Gen3, which monitors in-memory BIOS, recovers the platform without intervention, restores the BIOS to a custom state, and is enterprise ready for centralized management. The embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Smart Card Reader, and optional Finger Print Reader help secure data, email, and user credentials. The HP ZBook 15u has multiple ports, including a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, DisplayPort 1.2, and more.

HP ZBook Mobile Workstations also come preloaded with HP Remote Graphics Software for remote collaboration, HP Performance Advisor for optimal performance, and HP Velocity for more reliable and fast network performance.

Information provided by HP (www.hp.com/go/zbook15u).


ELiSLAB structural analysis covers all relevant calculation points and offers features such as inclusion of openings and toppings in the calculation, the use of factory-based profiles and strand patterns, and a collection of national annexes for Eurocodes.

Structural analysis for hollow core slab production

Elematic, a manufacturer of precast concrete plants and production lines, introduced a structural analysis tool called Elematic ELiSLAB 2.0. Structural analysis is a necessary part of hollow core slab production and is expected to be completed in a short time. However, it is not a simple process; many factors need to be considered and included in the calculation.

Elematic ELiSLAB is designed for the needs of structural analysts who work with hollow core slabs. The ELiSLAB structural analysis covers all relevant calculation points and offers features such as the inclusion of openings and toppings in the calculation, the use of factory-based profiles and strand patterns, and a collection of national annexes for Eurocodes. Eurocode updates are available as an option.

In addition to the analysis, ELiSLAB features a streamlined graphical user interface and an extensive reporting function that stores calculation inputs and results in detail. ELiSLAB also quickly displays the required amounts of strands per slab, which simplifies the cost calculation process.

Information provided by Elematic Oyj (www.elematic.com).


Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. Image courtesy of the Cesium Consortium

AGI and Bentley Systems announce Cesium Consortium

Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) and Bentley Systems announced Bentley Systems as a co-founder of the new Cesium Consortium. Cesium is an open source, browser-based virtual globe, first developed by AGI in 2011 for the aerospace and defense communities. Cesium’s performance in streaming large datasets through a browser to desktops, tablets, and smart phones has enabled it to become a virtual globe of choice for geospatial viewing.

The consortium will now enable AGI and Bentley to collaborate on the Cesium roadmap to better accelerate and support the requirements for building infrastructure modeling (BIM) and for owners of infrastructure assets. In addition, the consortium will support feature development, priority bug fixes, expansion of outreach efforts, and the hosting of social coding events such as code sprints and bug bashes.

Bentley Systems is adopting Cesium to visualize and interact with highly detailed infrastructure engineering models set in the reality context of their surrounding environment. The digital engineering models are created with Bentley’s MicroStation and BIM applications, and the context is provided through reality meshes, created from digital photography and scanning devices using Bentley’s ContextCapture.

Keith Bentley, founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, said, “We are thrilled to join the Cesium Consortium as a founding member. I commend AGI for their leadership and vision, not only for creating an open source solution for highly performant 3D web-based applications but, more importantly, for fostering an ecosystem to leverage it. I expect Bentley and our users will build Cesium-based web clients for immersively viewing BIM models, reality context, asset databases, IoT streams, and myriad other ‘Geo3D’ services. We look forward to working hand-in-hand with AGI and future members of the consortium to expand Cesium as an open standard.”

Bentley’s work to date illustrates the advantages that the infrastructure community can expect from Cesium. Data created with both MicroStation and ContextCapture can be exported to 3D Tiles, an open format developed by the Cesium team to stream massive geo-coordinated 3D datasets. Cesium will enable Bentley users to stream their digital engineering models over the web to desktop and mobile devices with unprecedented performance and precision, the company said.

“We are very excited to collaborate with Bentley. Bentley shares our vision and technical approach and has already done some fantastic work with Cesium and 3D Tiles,” said Patrick Cozzi, Cesium founder. “Bentley’s support will be key within our submission team proposing 3D Tiles as an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Community Standard.”

Information provided by Bentley Systems, Inc. (www.bentley.com).


IMAGINiT Technologies releases IMAGINiT Clarity 2017.1

Rand Worldwide’s IMAGINiT Technologies division released IMAGINiT Clarity 2017.1, which allows users to access and use more of the data stored in Autodesk Revit software models, increasing its value as a model management hub for BIM coordinators, administrators, and the entire extended team.

“The latest release of IMAGINiT Clarity provides new model and design analytics, as well as linking abilities to other business tools, enhancing the usage of data collected from the BIM,” said Bill Zavadil, senior vice president of professional services, IMAGINiT Technologies. “IMAGINiT Clarity 2017.1 goes beyond task automation to give BIM coordinators and administrators a comprehensive solution that acts as a portal into the model. It allows them to analyze valuable model data, identify any issues with the model, and take appropriate action. Data extracted from the model can also be incorporated into the organization’s own dashboards and easily shared with the entire project team.”

IMAGINiT Clarity allows organizations to learn more about their projects with analytics, model views, and reports. Providing BIM teams with greater access to the data available in Revit improves decision making throughout the organization. The 2017.1 update to IMAGINiT Clarity expands the spokes of this model management hub with new features, including:

Autodesk Dynamo/Macro Integration allows users to turn existing Dynamo scripts or Macros into Clarity tasks that can be scheduled to run in a batch or at a specific time.

BIM Analytics allow a deeper understanding of model data over time and help BIM coordinators and administrators make the model faster, smaller, and more efficient. Organizations can also incorporate Clarity’s analytic data into their own corporate dashboards.

Improved A360 Collaboration for Revit Integration leverages the new Autodesk Forge platform to provide more robust access to models in A360.

Task Sequences simplify the scheduling and reporting of multiple tasks by consolidating grouping and timing. Results are also streamlined to appear on a single report.

“We use IMAGINiT Clarity’s analytics to monitor all the Revit projects we have under way,” said Jim Martin, chief information officer, Shepley Bulfinch. “It acts as a hub for automatic data collection for all of our ongoing projects, including what work is being done on specific models, how the models are performing, and in which of our offices across the country they are located. Clarity’s data is also easily incorporated into our own corporate dashboards, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of how Revit is being used across our business.”

Information provided by IMAGINiT Technologies (www.imaginit.com).


InfoWorks WS Pro combines a fast relational database, powerful hydraulic computational engine, and comprehensive spatial analysis tools in a single, flexible smart water network modeling application.

Innovyze launches next-generation water distribution systems modeling software

Innovyze retired its InfoWorks WS software, to be succeeded by InfoWorks WS Pro. Current users may continue to use and receive support for InfoWorks WS until Dec. 31, 2017.

Powered by 64 bit performance, InfoWorks WS Pro automates many user-intensive operations, helping engineers minimize time spent creating, calibrating, and simulating reliable water models and analyzing results, the company said. Whether configured as a component of a corporate modeling solution or a stand-alone desktop application, InfoWorks WS Pro combines a fast relational database, powerful hydraulic computational engine, and comprehensive spatial analysis tools in a single, flexible smart water network modeling application for both steady-state and extended-period dynamic simulations.

A full range of simulation capabilities is standard, including dynamic water quality and sediment modeling, turbidity analysis, fire flow assessment, pipe criticality analysis, demand area and leakage analysis, energy use and cost calculations, and auto-calibration of networks. User Programmable Control (UPC) allows modelers to optimize water network operating regimes by changing state of control elements based on the status of sensors.

InfoWorks WS Pro also delivers a number of new features and enhancements, including a completely redesigned graphical user interface with new menus, windows, toolbars, and workspace; enhanced Undo/Redo support; a new Generalized Multi Run enabling parallel simulation runs for greater performance gains; and the ability to launch multiple simulation runs while others are being edited or reviewed.

The new professional edition features themes for comprehensive visualization of data with the flexibility to differentiate color, symbol type, line type, thickness, and visibility for different object types and other variables. More enhancements include rapid navigation for address searching via Google, Bing, or OpenStreetMap, expanded modeling control, improved model validation, faster solution algorithms, and more powerful post-processing.

Information provided by Innovyze (www.innovyze.com).

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