C3D Labs is holding a free conference on the first day of COFES in Arizona, USA. Keynote speaker is ASCON Group CEO Max Bogdanov.
C3D Labs develops the C3D Toolkit, with modules for 3D geometry, 3D constraints, rendering, and import/export. It has been used for 20 years by the KOMPASS-3D MCAD program, and is now licensed by more than 20 other CAD/CAM/CAE vendors and is available through the Open Design Alliance.
Consulting firm CIMdata held a Webinar earlier this month on "Connecting the Clouds in AEC & EPC -- Where to Start?" The Webinar was hosted by Ed Martin, the director of AEC/Manufacturing Convergence Consulting Practice at CIMdata.
Here are the tweets I broadcasted during the Webinar, followed by my transcript of the Q&A session.
upFront.eZine (@upFronteZine) Jan 12: Here is @CIMdataPLMNews's suggestion for which type of cloud an AEC firm probably should use, assuming they want to use a cloud ->
CIMdata describes the #1 flaw in cloud: provider shuts down. They are unaware of any CAD/PLM that have done so yet, but some could.
CIMdata states that it's up to you to understand the cloud provider's security and privacy policies, not just take their word for it.
Need to understand how private your data is, especially when a cloud provider stores it in a country with privacy rules different from yours.
CIMdata's summary of things you need to understand about a cloud provider's service before trusting them ->
CIMdata's summary of what is suitable for the cloud and what isn't ->
CIMdata warns, "No single provider currently provides a complete end-to-end cloud solution" for AEC firms.
CIMdata expects to see many more cloud providers in the next few years for AEC, but only a few will survive.
But CIMdata expects further large-scale DDoS attacks in 2017 and beyond, a problem cloud providers need to solve for AEC firms.
Q: How can I be sure I can access my cloud data if the provider is acquired or goes out of business? A: Understand the service's ability to download and export data. The result might be useable or not. What is your Plan B to export data? Where will you store it next? Can it be mapped to another service? When cloud services do go under, there usually is a lot of warning [such as Autodesk's multi-month warning it is shutting down 123D.com - Editor.]
Q: Do you have examples of cloud services shutting down? A: I am unaware of any paid cloud services that have shut down, but several non-CAD companies have shut down online security services, such as from Barracuda and Intel.
Q: Who [in the office] would lead the main deployment? A: It can vary, but in general in most cases it is the EPC [engineering, procurement, construction] or AEC [architecture, engineering, construction] contractor who is driving this. Most of the large contractors are defining the technology platform that will be used on the cloud. Construction management is a natural fit, and so that's driven the deepest into the cloud. Owners are more interested in standards, and don't care so much about services.
Q: I see the need to move to the cloud, but senior executives at our firm do not. A: Solution providers are usually willing to provide references to other firms that have made the move. Talk to the references about the benefits and challenges they experienced. Show how the cloud could have addressed problems in earlier projects.
Q: What does the cloud mean for staff training? A: The cloud does mean training for staff, as it involves different technology and different mind sets. Some jobs may no longer be needed. Assess your [firm's] capabilities, see what the solution provider can do, but you will need to hire [new people] and train [employees].
Q: We don't have the ability to evaluate the possible solutions. A: Identify where you have a real need, where there is a strong case to be made. Short-list solution providers with experience in this area. Use them to help you.
Q: Isn't there a risk to exposing applications in a public cloud [which does not use a firewall]? A: A public cloud is more secure than using email for communication. Add multi-factor authentification to your cloud access to greatly reduce the risk. [Two-factor authentication uses your password and a second form of secret identification, such as a random 6-digit number generated every 60 seconds - Editor.]
Q: What are examples of regulations that governments might make? A: Most regulatory regimes are national in nature and vary by industry. Cloud services with the US government need the most scrutiny when it comes to nuclear. You need to understand what the standards are.
Q: You suggest we pick one or two platforms, but there are so many out there. Who do you suggest? A: I won't recommend a vendor. I can say, don't rush it; understand your business process; talk to your existing providers and talk to two new ones to clear up confusion. We can work with you to identity potential providers. http://www.cimdata.com
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Steve Johnson (@SteveJohnsonCAD) Feb 21: @upFronteZine @autodesk That was the polite version.
Letters to the Editor
Re: Readers Respond to 'BIM Angst'
I'm no fanboy of Autodesk, but they've got it right in their criticism of your statement that "IFC is bigger than BIM." It's like saying that DXF is bigger than CAD! DXF is a technical solution for the process of CAD. IFC is a technical tool for the process of BIM. - Duncan Lithgow
Re: Running Generic CADD in 2013
I just discovered how to run Generic CADD at 1920x1080 resolution (true, not scaled up) using DOSBox-SVN-Daum. It seem this developer has added a whole bunch of video modes in DOSBox's S4 Trio emulation. I was highly doubtful that Generic CADD could make use of these, however it seems to access a variety of "new" video modes successfully.
Using the VESA256.VGD Driver and SET CADD_INIT= 243h in the autoexec.bat file gave 1920x1080 at 256 colors. It looks like I can be using Generic CADD for another decade!
Here are some other interesting modes reported by GC's VESAList utility: -- List modes supported by VESA BIOS Extension --------------------------------------- VESA256-> 0120h 1600x1200 VESA256-> 0207h 1152x864 VESA16 -> 0225h 1280x800 VESA256-> 0226h 1280x800 VESA16 -> 022Ah 1280x960 VESA256-> 022Bh 1280x960 VESA256-> 022Bh 1280x960 VESA256-> 0230h 1400x1050 VESA16 -> 0234h 1440x900 VESA256-> 0235h 1440x900 VESA16 -> 0239h 1600x1200 VESA16 -> 023Dh 1280x720 VESA256-> 023Eh 1280x720 VESA16 -> 0242h 1920x1080 VESA256-> 0243h 1920x1080