For the most part, Siemens PLM Software thrives on desktop programs for design and engineering. In the case of its simulation products (NX CAE offerings), they’re augmented with the option to run on clusters, usually installed onsite, sequestered within an organization’s private cloud. But the launch of IntoSite, an addition to Siemens’ Tecnomatix suite, marks the company’s steps toward a territory it has so far sidestepped — the public cloud. Continue reading
Call it an industrial detective story: The site is a floating oil rig, operating 40 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana. The incident is an explosion, leading to an oil spill that unleashed about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into Gulf of Mexico. (On Meet the Press, White House energy adviser Carol Browner called the incident “the biggest eco-disaster ever.”) The evidence collection involved raising the blowout preventer (BOP), along with recovered pieces of the drill pipe; transferring them to a holding facility; obtaining hydraulic fluid and metal samples; and laser-scanning the damaged blind-shear ram (BSR). The mystery: what happened? Continue reading
First, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. Even though the press folks assembled at Dassault Systemes‘ Waltham campus last week were officially there for a sneak peek of SolidWorks 2014, many were also hoping to get the scoop on Mechanical Conceptual, announced at SolidWorks World 2013 in January.
SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot decided to tackle it during his welcome speech, without waiting for someone to bring it up during the Q&A at the end of the day. “Today, we have ten customers in production [using Mechanical Conceptual],” he said. “We don’t call that Beta program. We call it Lighthouse program. And when I say ‘in production,’ I mean they’re designing real products using our solution. The goal is to have 30 [users] by the end of October. We’re on track to have 20 by the end of September.” Continue reading
A couple of hours after noon on Tuesday June 4 in Asia, or an hour before midnight Monday in the Pacific Time zone, Intel is debuting its fourth-generation Core architecture, codenamed Haswell. The big splash is set to occur at Computex in Taipei, Taiwan, at Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall. But many critical details about the Haswell — its power efficiency and mobile-friendliness in particular — have already been made public long before by Intel executives themselves. Here are a few revelations gleaned from conference previews in the last two years: Continue reading