IT Report: CAD News

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff October 25, 2004

Any DWG Software, Inc. has come out with an Any DWG to PDF Converter for use with the Windows operating system. The application provides AutoCAD users with the tools to convert CAD drawings to PDF files. Users can convert DWG and DXF files to PDF files in batches. Go to

Autodesk has new solutions that help local governments and public works agencies create, manage and share their CAD, GIS and engineering information in a single, open-standards, Oracle-based environment for seamless integration. The Local Government/Public Works Solution includes individual application modules, such as sewer, water, cadastral, drainage, electricity, roads and map books for infrastructure data capture and management.

In other news from Autodesk, the company announced that its Building Systems 2005 system has been closely linked with Trane, GeoPraxis and Elite Software to deliver design and analysis capabilities for HVAC, energy and fire-protection engineering. Engineers can now seamlessly share data between Building Systems 2005 and analysis applications that perform heating and cooling load calculations, sizing calculations and energy calculations. Go to

Bentley Systems has acquired Haestad Methods, an international provider of water resources solutions. Haestad solutions provide for design, analysis and management of water distribution supply, municipal sanitary sewers, urban stormwater collection, roadway and civil site drainage and flood control.

Bentley and the Haestad team will continue to upgrade and extend Haestad’s products and move to integrate them more directly into the AEC lifecycle spanning design, construction, and operations. These plans include supporting Haestad Methods functionality on Bentley’s MicroStation. Go to

Coade and Alias have signed an agreement under which Coade will bundle the full Alias ISOGEN program for automated piping isometrics into its CADWorx Plant Professional software for plant design. The intent is to provide seamless, fully automatic isometric output capabilities.

upFront.eZine is offering an updated e-book for customizing AutoCAD. Written for use by new and experienced users alike, Tailoring AutoCAD has been updated and expanded for the new AutoCAD 2005 software from Autodesk. The 260-page e-book contains step-by-step tutorials and explanations. Go to

H. Edward Goldberg, AIA, has announced that, beginning in October, he will offer web collaboration courses in the use of Autodesk Architectural Desktop, Autodesk VIZ, SketchUp and the integration of these with other AEC software products. Courses are presented via “real-time” interactive computer conferencing that allow students to interact with the instructor, and allow the instructor, if necessary, to operate the student’s computer in order to make corrections. For further information contact Ed at .

Oce is offering a new large format black and white digital copy and plot system designed for lower volume AEC organizations and smaller workgroups within large enterprises. The TDS300 is an economical solution designed for customers seeking to combine check plotting and copying in one fast, easy-to-use system. Go to .