GRAITEC acquires Total CAD Systems, Inc., US Autodesk Platinum Partner


GRAITEC, an international software developer of BIM, CAD and structural analysis solutions, and global Autodesk Reseller across AEC and MFG sectors, announced today that it acquired 100% shares of Total CAD Systems, Inc., Houston, Texas, USA on Wednesday September 30th for an undisclosed price.

GRAITEC acquires Total CAD Systems, Inc., US Autodesk Platinum Partner

The acquisition of Total CAD Systems, Inc., stands testament to the Group’s long term commitment to its customers and widely publicized rapid growth strategy. GRAITEC Group is now uniquely the only Autodesk Platinum Partner operating across United States and Europe.

Total CAD Systems, Inc. brings with them over 200 years of collective industry knowledge and has a proven track record of delivering first class quality service and high customer satisfaction. This outstanding customer service and their affiliations with the Texas Society of Architects, Structural Engineers Association of Texas and American Society of Civil Engineers remain a priority at GRAITEC and Total CAD Systems, Inc. Customers can be assured this will continue as the team remains unchanged and new staff are brought on board.

Now with the full support of a major international group, Total CAD Systems, Inc. will gain an extended capacity to deliver a new range of professional services around BIM and deliver more value to customers with an extended portfolio of unique complementary products. An increased investment capacity will, in time, enlarge the operational area and expand focus to include advanced simulation and fabrication management systems to better serve current and new customers.

Total CAD Systems, Inc. will continue to operate in the US under its own brand, maintaining its strong position as an Autodesk Platinum Partner (VAR) while GRAITEC continues to operate across the US and Northern America as an Autodesk ISV partner for Advance Steel.

Roger Padamada, owner of Total CAD Systems, Inc. comments:The ambition of Total CAD Systems is to consistently offer a high level of technical expertise. Our dedicated staff is passionately committed to providing the highest quality customer service. We were impressed and immediately attracted by the vision and strategy of GRAITEC and are extremely happy to be part of a highly professional and customer focused company. We are confident the company and our customers are in very good hands.

Francis Guillemard, GRAITEC CEO adds:GRAITEC has a long standing history as an Autodesk partner and is currently one of the fastest growing international Autodesk VAR. Our expansion in the US market is testament to our continued growth strategy and reaction to the growing demand for our BIM technology and services in America. This acquisition is very exciting and reflects our strong motivation to become a major VAR player in the US and strengthens our global BIM technology and service offering.

About Total CAD Systems, Inc.
Total CAD Systems, an Autodesk Platinum Partner, was founded over 18 years ago by experienced industry professionals. Driven by the founding principles of Integrity, Professionalism and Dependability, Total CAD offers a variety of Autodesk Solutions and services, including: consultation, implementation, training, and technical support. Since its inception, Total CAD Systems’ innovative approach has been to proactively focus on our clients’ dynamic needs with flexibility and resourcefulness. Total CAD Systems’ loyalty to our clients and our tenacious desire to become creatively involved in their success embodies our core business values and has established our reputable leadership in the industry For more information, please visit www.tcadsys.com

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GRAITEC announces Reseller Agreement with VR CAM Technologies in Malaysia


GRAITEC announces Reseller Agreement with VR CAM Technologies in MalaysiaGRAITEC, a leading worldwide software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions has signed a new business partnership withVR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd, a company located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The cooperation agreement signed between the two companies entitles VR CAM Technologies to promote, sell and support GRAITEC’s 3D BIM Steel Detailing Software, Advance Steel, in Malaysia.

Changing demographics such as an annual population growth of about two percent, migration and socio-economic growth are resulting in the building construction market expansion, as these changing demographics increase demand for new buildings and refurbishment of existing ones. In Malaysia, construction of non-residential and residential buildings contributed between 40 to 55 percent of the total construction market between 2006 and 2009. The market revenues for building construction reached approximately $7.21 billion in 2008 and $6.67 billion in 2009, and it will potentially hit the $9.00 billion mark by 2015. (Source: Asia Pacific Environmental & Building Technologies Practice, Frost & Sullivan).

VR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd is a solution provider for the Civil and Structural engineering disciplines, with focus on structural analysis and design for steel concrete and post-tensioned structures. Since 1996 VR CAM Technologies has grown from strength to strength and is now a formidable organization where the key focus in meeting client interest and offering professional training services is the core ideal. VR CAM Technologies service the Education, Government, Construction, Power and Oil and Gas Industries, with main focus being on Malaysia and minor focus on South East Asia.

VR CAM Technologies’ engineers and specialists have experience in structural design for steel and concrete, including post-tensioned/pre-stressed Building and Bridge structures. Their engineers and specialist consultants have up to 15 years design experience and when it comes to training, they provide their clients with training on best practices and on the efficient use of the software they distribute.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Pte Ltd (Singapore, Asia Pacific), comments: “I am pleased to welcome VR CAM Technologies into GRAITEC’s network. There are many Malaysian companies doing steel structural shop drawing and that are still looking for the right solution.

Sundram Narendra, Managing Director at VR CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd adds: “We are particularly excited by our latest business relationship with Graitec who will be filling in an important hole in our software portfolio. Graitec now provides us and our clients an excellent steel detailing and fabrication solution Advance Steel that will allow us to compete and increase market share for a solution worthy to be positioned as the BEST!

About VR CAM Technologies Sdb Bhd
VR-CAM Technologies Sdn Bhd is a privately owned engineering software distributor that was formed in 1996 to service the Construction Industry by way of structural and infrastructure analysis and design software. We have expanded our scope to include the fabrication, power, and oil and gas industries. Our state of the art solutions for drafting, modeling, analysis, design and detailing for multi-material structures including steel, reinforced concrete, and post-tensioned structures are by far the most widely used in the world. We stand by our products and offer support services which are renowned for timely delivery and accuracy. For more information, please visit www.vrctech.com

FORUM 8’s Virtual Design World Cup


GRAITEC partnership to FORUM 8's Virtual Design World CupGRAITEC, a leading software developer for CAD and structural analysis solutions, is supporting FORUM 8, its Value Added Reseller operating in Japan, by providing free Advance Steel and Advance Concrete licenses to the participants of FORUM 8’s 3rdStudent BIM and VR Contest open to students worldwide.

The theme of this year’s contest is “Sustainable Station Front in Global Metropolis“. The 2013 VDWC challenges students to devise a proposal of a new environmentally friendly urban space, which will most likely become one of Tokyo’s significant stopping off points for people transferring from one transport mode to another, which radiates from a new train station in Tokyo’s harbor district.

This is a contest open to students worldwide in which they compete amongst each other in designing their original model using BIM and Virtual Reality (VR) software for their chance to win a grand prize.

Work by each and every contestant will be uploaded on FORUM8’s cloud server, VR-Cloud® server, to be judged on its logistics, technical and design aspect, as well as its creativity, architectural aspect, and how innovative and environmentally friendly it is. They will be using Forum 8’s in-house developed software UC-win/Road, 3D interactive visualization tool, as a mandatory software and their choice of at least one other software to help them design and model cities. GRAITEC will provide free Advance Steel/Concrete licenses to all students taking part in this competition.

GRAITEC partnership to FORUM 8's Virtual Design World Cup

UC-win/Road, also known as VR-Design Studio, is the latest Japanese 3D Visual Interactive Visualization Technology for improved urban, transport, emergency & security planning, drive simulation, public consultation and human factors research and is ideal for visualizing BIM and VR models that portray various civil works.

The Award for the winner is a grand prize worth approximately US$3,000 including World cup Trophy and award certificates. Twenty-two other lucky winners will receive other prizes and every contestant will of course win a participation reward for their work. Applicants have until September 30th to register online. Once they have registered and created their VR model, they will need to submit their work including scripts during the period from October 1st to October 10th, and once they have submitted their work, they will be notified of the webpage on FORUM8’s VR-Cloud(R) server to which they can access to browse and test their submitted model, along with their login ID and password. FORUM 8 and special guest judges will come to a decision and determine the winners on November 21st and the best works will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony.

This contest provides a great opportunity for students to get a hands-on experience with FORUM8’s UC-win/Road as well as Advance Steel/Concrete/Design to learn all the great features and technology they have to offer.

If you are a student due to graduate in 2013 or later go to this webpage and register today!

For more information on the contest please click here.

For any inquiries, please contact: 
Europe, The Middle East, Americas, & Africa: office@forum8.com
Asia, Australia, New Zealand, & Oceania and all other general inquiries: yokoyama@forum8.co.jp

Check out last year’s winners here.

About FORUM 8
FORUM8, the Japanese 3D software specialist, produces state-of-the-art 3D VR and engineering software, in particular VR, FEM, Web, CAD solutions and services. Founded in 1987, FORUM8 is at the forefront of 3D Visual Interactive Simulation (3D VIS) technology and provides 3D VIS capabilities to specialists from various professions, including transportation, engineering, planning, emergency training, architecture, road safety and many more. The company’s premier product UC-win/Road is simply the best tool with the utmost 3D VIS capabilities that allows you to model your own 3D environment in which a highly accurate real-time simulation can be run quickly and easily. UC-win/Road interactive 3D environments can also be controlled remotely using FORUM8’s state-of-the-art cloud computing technology VR-Cloud® that enables the 3D environments to be broadcast over the cloud and accessed and interacted with by anyone with a PC or Android system anywhere at any time, thanks to VR-Cloud®’s underlying technology, the a3S cloud system, which allows data to be transmitted between client and server very quickly. FORUM8 obtained a patent for VR-Cloud®, defined as “Driving simulation equipment, server and program” that enables ‘driving simulation within the 3D VR environment using a computer keyboard’ from the Japanese patent office [Patent No. 5149426]. VR-Cloud(R) is by far the best solution for winning tenders or exploring alternative options in any kind of civil design project.
For more information, please visit www.FORUM8.com

GRAITEC announces a Reseller Agreement with novaCITYNETS in Singapore


New reseller in Singapore with novaCITYNETSGRAITEC has signed a new business partnership with novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd, a company located in Singapore. The cooperation agreement signed between the two companies entitles novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd to promote, sell and support GRAITEC’s 3D BIM Steel Detailing Software, Advance Steel, in Singapore.

Singapore is a gateway to key markets in Asia. From commercial to residential, new development to upgrade, retrofits to restorations, Asia is the engine of growth. The Singapore construction sector has enjoyed robust growth with building contracts worth S$25.7 billion, representing an annual increase of 14% in recent years. To further propel this growth, the Singapore Government and the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) have been steering the construction industry to achieve higher productivity through the buildable design legislation. This has gained great momentum with the introduction of the S$250 million Construction Productivity and Capability Fund (CPCF). Funds from the CPCF are allocated to firms seeking to improve productivity through technology adoption, re-engineering. We are beginning to see builders adopting productive technologies like construction IT and Building Information Model (BIM); such as the ones provided by GRAITEC.

novaCITYNETS began as a pioneer in developing and implementing specialized building and construction solutions, consultation services to various government and private sectors locally and overseas. In 2007 with the rise in Building Information Modeling (BIM), novaCITYNETS started a business unit, novaBIM to embarked on a fully focused BIM solution where BIM consultation and implementations are tailored and customized to the individual company’s needs, thus, assisting numerous companies with ground zero knowledge to be BIM ready for future projects. Today, novaBIM is the leading solutions and service provider of design and technology for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, with works spanning across many notable and iconic developments both locally and regionally including Reflection in Keppel Bay, Garden by the Bay, Tanjong Pagar Tower, V in Shenton, Bedok Residence, The River in Bangkok, Al Najaf in Iraq (400 Bed Educational Hospital in Iraq), Al Ain Hospital in Abu Dahbi and Anglier Hydroelectric Dam in Canada. Currently with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Philippines, our staffs from both architecture and engineering background bring about invaluable knowledge to the field.

The choice of a promising partnership between GRAITEC and novaCITYNETS in Singapore has clearly been driven by the aforementioned market opportunities and mutual fields of complementary skills and expertise.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Pte Ltd (Singapore, Asia Pacific), comments: “Today, BIM managers, architects, engineers, detailers, draftsmen and fabricators want compelling products, which include not only the software, but the services, dedicated industrial applications and customer support that bring value and increase productivity. GRAITEC and novaCITYNETS will combine their strengths to deliver an end-to-end lifecycle environment to our Clients in Singapore and beyond.

Eddy Tan, Vice President & Head Virtual Construction at novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd adds: “We are excited about this partnership with GRAITEC. Our customers thrive when fueled by innovation and strong local presence support. This partnership provides incredible scale, vast expertise in best practice processes and software innovation and a proven ability to execute projects.

About novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd
novaCITYNETS Pte Ltd is the leading Solution and Service Provider of Design Technology for Building & Construction industry in Asia. For the past 20 years, novaCITYNETS has been partnering with some of world renowned AEC application software developer and involved in numerous prestigious projects with its solutions and services. NovaCITYNETS, a member of BuildingSMART Alliance Singapore Chapter, is actively promoting Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) for the benefit of AEC/FM industry to improve the communication, productivity, delivery time, cost, and quality throughout the design, construction, operation and maintenance life cycle of buildings.
For more information, please visit www.novaBIM.com

Successful User Club 2013 meetings in Poland


Successful User Club 2013 meetings in PolandOn April 16th and 17th, 2013, Datacomp Sp. z o.o., GRAITEC’s authorized reseller from Krakow, Poland organized GRAITEC Advance user meetings in Gdansk and Warsaw.

The growing interest in GRAITEC Advance solutions was confirmed by the high attendance at both meetings, in which a total of 65 people participated. It was a great opportunity to get to know the GRAITEC Advance suite and exchange experiences between users.

The meeting began with the general presentation of Datacomp and Graitec, as well as media partners who acquired their patronage of these events. After a brief introduction to the Graitec Advance package, the first block of presentations began, during which new features of 2013 versions of Advance ConcreteAdvance Design and Advance Steel were discussed.

Successful User Club 2013 meetings in Poland

This section was concluded by showing selected users’ projects done in the Graitec Advance suite from Poland and across the world. The last part of the meeting was opened with the presentation of GRAITEC BIM, during which the methods of exchanging data between the Graitec Advance suite and other software brand such as Revit®, ArchiCAD®, Robot (ARSA®), PDMS® were demonstrated. In addition, participants gained insight into the correct use of the BIM technology and its benefits.

Another highlight of the event was the first presentation of Advance CAD, the latest software in the Graitec Advance package. Advance CAD is a program for simple flat drawing and 3D modeling functions according to the native DWG® format. The meeting ended with the announcement of an international competition for the best project done in GRAITEC Advance suite.

User Club 2013 meetings in Poland have shown that Graitec is solid and reliable partner and choosing its solution for BIM design is the next step in developing and expanding your design office.

GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO


GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO (Building Architectural Construction  And Engineering) Trade Show in Kochi, India on 24-26 May: http://www.biztradeshows.com/bace-kochi/.

Come and visit us at Booth No 5.

GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO

GRAITEC to attend the following events


GRAITEC will exhibit at India Warehousing Show 2013 in New Delhi, India on 02-04 May: http://indiawarehousingshow.com/.

Visit us a Booth No D 41 A.

-	GRAITEC will exhibit at India Warehousing Show 2013 in New Delhi

 

AppliCAD, GRAITEC’s Business Partner in Thailand, will exhibit at ARCHITECT EXPO Bangkok 2013, Thailand on April 30- May 5: http://www.architectexpo.com/.

AppliCAD will exhibit at ARCHITECT EXPO Bangkok 2013

 

GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO (Building Architectural Construction  And Engineering) Trade Show in Kochi, India on 24-26 May: http://www.biztradeshows.com/bace-kochi/.

Please visit us at Booth No 5.

GRAITEC will exhibit at BACE EXPO

 

And in the recent past, GRAITEC exhibited at: INDIA STEEL 2013 on April 11 – 13 at Bombay  Exhibition Centre, Mumbai: http://indiasteelexpo.in/

GRAITEC exhibited at INDIA STEEL 2013