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

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GRAITEC signed a new partnership for China with DMS Software


GRAITEC announces a new business partnership with DMS Software Co Ltd, a company located in Beijing, China. The partnership agreement signed between the two companies entitles DMS Software Co Ltd to promote, sell and support GRAITEC’s 3D BIM Steel Detailing Software, Advance Steel, in China.

GRAITEC pays attention to the Chinese market regarding its abilities and services in the steel industry and the increasingly major role that China plays on the international scene. GRAITEC upholds granting means and energy toward the Chinese market to achieve goals with higher efficiency and trust in the software used.

GRAITEC is partnering with DMS Software Co Ltd in China for promoting the innovative solution Advance Steel

DMS Software Co. Ltd is the only nationwide authorized reseller for Autodesk plant software and services which establish the company legitimacy in the precise field of steel detailing, BIM solution and Building operation. Over the years, DMS Software Co Ltd has built its network thanks to a dedicated staff, numerous contacts throughout the country and a solid background making it a respected company that can count on client satisfaction.

This new partnership between GRAITEC and DMS Software Co Ltd. has promising business opportunities and growth in China, as well as substantial investments from GRAITEC to develop the industry.

GRAITEC and DMS Software Co. Ltd share the goal of bringing to the market competitive technology solutions that will increase their customer productivity for steel structural design, modeling and detailing.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Asia Pacific, comments: “We have been working constantly this past year to expand our partner network and reach. With the appointment of DMS Software in China, our Value Added Reseller program is enriched with a company that combines the knowledge and contacts within their local markets with a comprehensive appreciation of our technology solutions.

Zhao YANG, Marketing Specialist of DMS Software Co., Ltd adds: “We see many very positive benefits in GRAITEC’s products that we believe will be very attractive to our Chinese customers. Based on our experience in steel we are convinced that Advance Steel is the leading steel detailing software and an important step towards a BIM Structural process.

About DMS SOFTWARE Co Ltd
DMS Software Co Ltd is dedicated to the Plant and BIM industries to serve as a complete solution provider and consultant who meets all the needs from the customer. It focuses on introducing or developing the most suitable software solutions to the Chinese customers and thus consequently pushes forward the development of the quality and efficiency of the industry in China. From its knowledge DMS can provide services such as technical support, consulting, training and implementation and software customization. DMS offers a complete combination of digital plant solutions, including process simulation, P&ID designing, instrumentation, electrical designing, drawing and journal sheet generating, 3D simulation and conflict detection, project content management, and facility maintaining and management systems.
For more information, please visit www.dms365.com

AEC Day 2012 – Presentation of BIM GRAITEC Advance suite


AppliCAD was founded in 1994 by a team that decided to penetrate the Windows based CAD/CAM market after experience in UNIX-CAD/CAM with SUN Workstation for 4 years. The company started its business with Plant Design Management Software and expanded the product line. Presently, AppliCAD is highly committed to offering customers the best solutions for their requirements. Thereby, it is recognized as The Best Design Technology Expert in Thailand.

AEC Day 2012 – Presentation of BIM GRAITEC Advance suite

With over 15 years of experience, AppliCAD Thailand is a “GRAITEC ADVANCE Authorized Reseller” enriching our Value Added Reseller program. It provides mechanical solutions, architecture engineering and construction solutions, rapid prototype and 3D scan solutions and also plant solutions for a wide range of customers in Asia Pacific.

For the 2012 AEC Day, AppliCAD presented the BIM GRAITEC Advance suite as a complete solution for architects, engineering offices, detailers and fabricators which require global CAD / Analysis & Design solutions.  AppliCAD highlighted the GRAITEC Transfer Center (GTC) which allows all the models created with GRAITEC software to be synchronized, with no data loss and no need for data reentry. The GTC is an important step in creating and handling a BIM (Building Information Model).

The main subject of the presentation, however, was ADVANCE Steel and Concrete software, as an advanced modeling and detailing system, easy to use, time saving and cost effective.

You can watch the presentation below, and although it is in Thai, the above summary describes its content.

GRAITEC supports ‘Virtual Design World Cup’


GRAITEC 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 2nd Student BIM and VR Contest open to students worldwide.

GRAITEC supports 'Virtual Design World Cup'

The theme of this year’s contest is “The Sustainable Design of a Marine City. The objective is to design a sustainable and self-sufficient Marine City on the sea with innovative designs to overcome the problems all modern cities face in the 21st century.

Work by each and every contestant will be uploaded on FORUM 8’s cloud server, VR-Cloud(R) server, to be judged on its logistics, technical and design aspect, as well as its creativity and how innovative it is. Participants are required to use FORUM 8’s award-winning software UC-win/Road, and at least one other software of their choice from a lineup of BIM and VR software available for free rental during the contest.

GRAITEC Products: CAD and Design Software for the Construction IndustryAdvance Steel and Advance Concrete are among the software the participants can rely on to design and model innovative structure. For this purpose GRAITEC have conceded 50 free short term licenses of both Advance Steel licenses and Advance Concrete for the students. In July 17, Advance Steel and Advance Concrete experience seminars will be organized through 5 cities in Japan (Live-Tokyo TV Conference system- Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka. Sendai).

The Award for the winner is a grand prix worth approximately US$3,600 including scholarship, certificate, World cup Trophy and mementos. Among the rest of the participants, 5 lucky ones will also receive a laptop and every contestants 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 23rd, and once they have submitted their work, they will be notified of the webpage on FORUM 8’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 20th, and they will be awarded in the awards ceremony the following day.

If you are a student due to graduate after November 2012, click on this
FORUM8’s Virtual Design World Cup contest website to register today!

GRAITEC supports 'Virtual Design World Cup'



For more information, please contact:

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

Check out last year’s winners: http://www.forum8.co.jp/english/studentBIM1-Award-e.htm

About FORUM 8 
FORUM8, the Japanese 3D software specialist, produces state-of-the-art 3D VR and engineering software. 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.
For more information, please visit www.forum8.com

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca


On March 2nd, GRAITEC and ROBOBAT Morocco organized in the seminar room of the “Le Royal Mansour Meridien” hotel in Casablanca (Morocco) a half-day presentationof the GRAITEC Advance BIM solution and particularly Advance Steel (BIM 3D steel detailing software).

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

The half-day started with a presentation done by Mr.Soufiane SMAILI (Managing director of ROBOBAT Morocco) of the solutions and partnerships proposed by ROBOBAT Morocco on the Moroccan market.

This event provided the opportunity to announce the partnership between GRAITEC and ROBOBAT Morocco allowing ROBOBAT Morocco to promote and sell Advance Steel on its local market.

Mr. Francis GUILLEMARD (CEO founder of the GRAITEC group) then presented the GRAITEC group and its presence all over the world; he explained the strategic aspect of the partnership and the importance of the Moroccan market for GRAITEC.

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

Mr. Babacar CISSE (Business Development Manager for Africa at GRAITEC) then detailed which partners have recently joined GRAITEC to promote the GRAITEC Advance solution on the African continent. Mr.CISSE insisted on the importance to have local motivated and well-trained partners allowing support and proximity assistance.

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

The Advance Steel software was demonstrated in detail by Mr. Philippe BONNEAU (Advance Steel Marketing Product Manager) with a “live” presentation of the new release of Advance Steel 2012, an explanation of the benefits and advantages provided to the user and also a focus on the interoperability with the other solutions present on the market (e.g. the successful import of a model from the analysis Robot software into Advance Steel).

Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca Partnership with ROBOBAT Morocco and roadshow in Casablanca

This seminar was a great success with more than 90 Moroccan engineering offices and construction companies, and gave the opportunity of different exchanges during brunch.

Mr. Babacar CISSE comments: “In the direct continuation of the geographical expansion of the solutions developed by the GRAITEC Group, Morocco is part our strategy and we are very happy to welcome ROBOBAT Morocco in our distribution channel of partners.

New partnership for Australia signed with Beyond 3D


 GRAITEC  announces a new strategic authorised consulting agreement with Beyond 3D, a company located in Melbourne, Victoria. The partnership agreement signed between the two companies entitles Beyond 3D to promote and sell the Advance Steel software solution as well as provide training and support in Australia. 

Combining 18+ years prior industry experience across a wide range of drafting disciplines – Beyond 3D delivers value and lateral insight into the most challenging of projects.

As a “GRAITEC Authorised Consultant”, Beyond 3D offers their customers and clients the option to purchase GRAITEC Advance Steel 3D/2D CAD software, for unrivalled large scale structural steel & mechanical, design and shop detailing – backing up GRAITEC’s software products with comprehensive customer support and training options.

GRAITEC’s Advance Steel software natively incorporates Australian Standards, combined with Beyond 3D’s insight and knowledge of Australia’s best industry practices, Advance Steel positions itself as the leading steel detailing solution in Australia.

GRAITEC and Beyond 3D share the goal of bringing to the market competitive technology solutions that will increase their customer productivity for steel structural design, modeling and detailing.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Asia Pacific, comments: “I am glad to welcome Beyond 3D into the eco-system of GRAITEC. We are confident that the Australian market has endless opportunities and that Beyond 3D will accelerate our development in this region thanks to its deep knowledge and experience of local standards and practices.

Max Frederick, Director of Beyond 3D adds: I am honored to be welcomed into the friendly team at GRAITEC. For years I have been a consumer of compromised CAD software products delivered with average customer support. Given my experience and my evaluation of the GRAITEC product and company, I believe that Advance Steel will become “the” leading detailing software in Australia. 

About BEYOND 3D
Drafting – Software – Training Broad practical experience of the Australian Industry, combined with comprehensive knowledge of the Graitec product, to provide the customer with a trusted comprehensive solution.
For more information, please visit www.beyond3d.com.au.

GRAITEC expands into Australia and New Zealand markets


 GRAITEC  announces a new strategic distribution agreement with CIM Solutions, a premier engineering software solutions company located in Sydney, New South Wales. The partnership agreement signed between the two companies entitles CIM Solutions to promote, distribute and support the Advance Steel product line in Australia and New Zealand. 

 CIM Solutions (Computer Integrated Manufacturing Solutions) has been involved in the CAD/CAM/CAE marketplace since 1986 and has been working extensively with both mechanical and construction software companies since its first involvement in steel detailing.

With the appointment of CIM Solutions, our Value Added Reseller program is enriched with a company that combines the knowledge of structural design and civil engineering, and contacts within their local markets with a comprehensive appreciation of GRAITEC’s technology solutions.

GRAITEC and CIM Solutions share the goal of bringing to the market competitive technology solutions which will increase their customer productivity for steel structural design, modeling and detailing. This new relationships will greatly improve the engineering value chain and act as a win-win for both the companies and the customers.

Pascal Bergougnou, Managing Director of GRAITEC Asia Pacific, comments: “I am very pleased to welcome CIM Solutions into our VAR channel. This is an exciting time for GRAITEC as we keep expanding across Asia-Pacific. Australian and New Zealand markets represent endless opportunities, as the construction industries and the mining industry are major drivers of activity in this region. With our new partnership we are given the opportunity to target these segments and continue our leadership in the BIM market.

Steve Thomas, Sales Director of CIM Solutions adds: We see many positive benefits in GRAITEC’s products that we believe will be very attractive to our customers. GRAITEC has obviously put an enormous amount of research into giving the industry exactly what it needs and we are proud to work with them in the Australian and New Zealand markets. We look forward to many years of mutually beneficial association.

 About CIM SOLUTIONS  
The people at CIM Solutions have been involved in the CAD/CAM industry for over 20 years. They have experience as both users and suppliers and that gives them a unique perspective on what the customers actually want. Their goal is to supply and support the best possible engineering solutions for our customers. For more information, please visit www.cimsolutions.com.au.