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The 2012 Northern California Bentley BASH coming September 28th and 29th!!!

The Northern California Bentley User Group, along with Bentley and Archway Systems, is bringing you another day of FREE hands-on training workshops on all the latest Bentley software!

From Digital to Real and Back Again

August 25, 2011 - I found this article in Volume 34 Issue 6 (June/July 2011) of CGW. It provides an interesting perspective on how companies and industries are blending real world data with virtual data to enrich their models and workflows. Maher's article also packs in a lot of information on where 3D laser scanning may be headed in the years to come. An excerpt of it is below or you can read the full article here.


Lowering the Barriers Through Innovation to Streamline Scan-to-model Point Cloud Workflows

written by Joe Croser | May 29, 2011 - “If you are not solving a problem you don’t have a business” – at least that’s the general rule, although exceptions do apply. Perhaps it’s more fair to say, “If someone doesn’t value your offering enough to pay money for it you don’t have a business.” That’s why at Pointools we focus entirely on solving user problems to deliver real value.

Point Clouds are a hot topic at Be Together Conference

Philadelphia, PA | May 25, 2011 - It is day 2 at the Be Together Conference in Philadelphia, PA. Be Together is Bentley Systems's annual conference that highlights and promotes their new technologies designed to sustain today's infrastructure. One of those technologies, point clouds, has generated a lot of buzz this week.

Trimble Offers To Acquire All Shares of Tekla Corporation

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 9, 2011 (via LiDAR News) - Trimble Navigation Limited ("Trimble") today announced a public tender offer, to be made by its subsidiary Trimble Finland Oy, for all issued and outstanding shares in Tekla Corporation ("Tekla") for EUR 15.00 per share in cash representing an aggregate equity purchase price of approximately EUR 337 million (or approximately $489 million).

Rediscovering History by Documenting the Present with 3D Laser Scanners

LiDAR News | April 16, 2011 - For hundreds of years Mont Orgueil Castle on the Channel Island of Jersey was England’s frontline defence against armies from continental Europe. Built in the early 13th Century, the castle has endured a life of change from castle to prison, to spy station, and to seat of government. Throughout all the changes Mont Orgueil remained an icon for Jersey’s pride and independence.

Get Your Head in the Point Cloud

Constructech Magazine | March 2011 - Never underestimate the power of a good point cloud. Those that are still trying to understand the value of 3D modeling, and everything associated with BIM (building information modeling), may not be ready for another "need to know" piece of the puzzle, but a point cloud could be something that helps accelerate the adoption of BIM.

MDL to Deliver Pointools Software with Every New 3D Laser Scanner

Pointools | London, UK - Measurement Devices Limited (MDL), a leading laser scanner manufacturer has entered into an agreement with Pointools Ltd. to deliver high-performance point cloud software with every new 3D laser scanner starting at SPAR 2011 – the premier 3D laser scanning conference. Pointools software is used by project teams to reference and reuse the largest point cloud models – the billions of measurement points taken by 3D laser scanners – inside the broadest range of applications. 

Big News from the Pointools Booth at SPAR 2011!

The BIG news (or should I say BIM news!) is that Pointools has unveiled their latest product: the Pointools Plug-in for Revit. Many folks were asking about it at AU2010 and now they will get it. There is no delivery date set, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 
For a snapshot of the new plug-in, check out Pointools' blog here.