AEC Tech News (#287)

4 Mar, 2011 By: Cadalyst Staff

Newforma Adds Mobile Functionality, Revit Connectivity, Contract Management

New modules extend reach of Newforma Project Center Eighth Edition, the company's core project information management solution.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

For AEC companies still working to regain stable economic footing, is now the time to be investing in new software? For many, the timing couldn't be better. In fact, some technology — if it can help a smaller staff be more productive; help reduce mistakes, scheduling slips, and cost overruns; or help improve customer responsiveness — could be just what the doctor ordered for staying healthy in today's business climate.

Newforma believes its project information management (PIM) software is one such solution, and recently announced not only a significant upgrade to its core product, Newforma Project Center, but also three new add-on modules designed to help architecture, engineering, and construction firms optimize work processes that require integration with BIM (building information modeling), increased mobility, greater transparency, and improved accountability.

Newforma's PIM solution now includes: 

  • Newforma Project Center Eighth Edition. This latest version includes new features for managing document control, actionable meeting minutes, project images, Microsoft Office Excel reporting, remote access to project files (even from an iPad), and more.
  • Newforma Mobile. This new product module brings PIM functionality to any smart phone equipped with a mobile browser, including iPhone, Blackberry, and Android mobile devices.
  • Newforma Add-in for Autodesk Revit. This new module connects spaces and elements from within a Revit building information model to related project processes for document control, punch lists, room information management, design review, and more.

Through the Newforma Add-in for Autodesk Revit, project information from Newforma Project Center can be synchronized with and displayed in the Revit building model, permitting, for example, a color-coded display of open punch list items as a view in the Revit model. (Model provided courtesy of HOK, Inc.)
Through the Newforma Add-in for Autodesk Revit, project information from Newforma Project Center can be synchronized with and displayed in the Revit building model, permitting, for example, a color-coded display of open punch list items as a view in the Revit model. (Model provided courtesy of HOK, Inc.)

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is Cadalyst's editor in chief.

Paul Aubin


Learning Curve Tutorial: Generate 2D Output from 3D AutoCAD Models in a Flash

When you need 2D working drawings, the fastest, most accurate approach is to start in 3D.

By Bill Fane

It was a clear, sunny morning. Captain LearnCurve's son Trevor was leading the way in a brand-new 2011 Bentley SuperSport, while the Captain was following in an equally new 2011 Bentley GT Speed.

The Captain and his son were on a freeway on-ramp. Being that they were in Canada, the speed limit was posted at 100 kilometers per hour (km/h), which works out to 62.5 mph. They both hit the gas and watched the speedometers climb through 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 125, pretty much as fast as you can read those numbers...

That's it! This month's topic! Speed! More particularly, the need for speed in AutoCAD.

Hold it! Back up a second! What's this about two brand-new Bentleys? Doesn't the Captain already have an '89 Bentley Turbo R to go with his '37 Rolls-Royce Phantom III?

Correct. The Captain and his gorgeous wife had driven the Bentley from Vancouver to Toronto for the Rolls-Royce Owner's Club annual meet. Their son and his wife Jenn had flown to New York for a couple of days and had then joined them in Toronto. After the meet they drove the car home while the Captain and his wife flew home. At the meet, Bentley had four demo cars available, but unfortunately a couple of their employees had called in sick, so the duo was turned loose without chaperones.

Okay, let's get back to speed in AutoCAD. Would you believe that it only took me five minutes to create this 2D working drawing? Now all we need is dimensions, center lines, and the cutting plane line, and we're done. Read more »

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Bill Fane is a Cadalyst contributing editor, a registered professional engineer, and a close personal friend of Captain LearnCurve.

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events


Webinar Series: BIM with Vectorworks Architect
March 9–May 3, 2011
Various times
Nemetschek Vectorworks and François Lévy, architect, author, BIM consultant, and university lecturer, will present a series of three webinars focused on building information modeling (BIM) for small- to medium-sized architecture firms. Read more »

National Facilities Management and Technology Conference
March 15–17, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland
This conference allows attendees to create their own personalized educational program from a curriculum of 120 sessions, including educational sessions on building informational modeling (BIM), sustainable facilities management (FM), and whole building design. Read more »

Be Together: The Bentley User Conference
May 23–26, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This conference carries the theme "Sharpen Your Edge," and will give Bentley users the opportunity to advance their skills, increase their knowledge, and network with their peers. Read more »

Digital Plant 2011 Conference
December 5-7, 2011
Houston, Texas
Co-hosted by FIATECH, this event is a plant lifecycle conference for the chemicals, power, oil and gas, offshore, and pharmaceuticals industries. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to


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