SolidACE, a company developing computer aided design and engineering tools for the architectural, building and construction engineering, and plant engineering markets, today announced the release of the new version (1.4) of BuiltWorks 2010, a structural steel design and engineering add-in application for SolidWorks® CAD environment.
Version 1.4 of BuiltWorks is both – the last release to be supported on SolidWorks 2010 version, as well as a cardinally new step in BuiltWorks development due to major refactoring of core code of the application. Although this version of BuiltWorks is designed and compiled against SolidWorks 2010, the rework in application core was aimed to better prepare for BuiltWorks certification with SolidWorks 2011 version.
“Despite that internal refactoring of BuiltWorks code will not be seen for casual user, it will be recognized through the performance improvement of the application, especially with models of larger steel structures – the main target business area for which BuiltWorks is particularly developed”, commented new release of BuiltWorks 2010 Ramunas Žebarauskas, the Development Manager of SolidACE. “Moreover, new version of BuiltWorks also incorporates few user interface and usability improvements. To name few: structural members either in groups or individually are now placed with a single parametric and flexible command; all export and import dialogs were enhanced for more flexible and usable handling of data exchange process. A brand new library of connections is added to new BuiltWorks version and will be also further developed with next releases”.
Interoperability features of BuiltWorks v1.4 are extended to support the Design Model of CIMsteel Integration Standards Release 2 (CIS/2) format, formerly supporting only the Analysis Model. Now CIS/2 format SolidWorks users will be able to exchange data not only with a variety of Analysis and Design applications, but also with a range of CAD systems for structural steel design. The support of Steel Detailing Neutral Format (SDNF) is also improved by adding new export options, widening the list of 3rd party applications that can be integrated with SolidWorks® 3D CAD environment through BuiltWorks add-in.
“Our user community is growing; we are expanding our network of resellers. This is the best driving factor for our continuous development, the evidence that we are moving to the right direction,” said Dr. Vladimir Popov, CEO of SolidACE. “The market is constantly changing, having more users allows us to better understand their needs and adjust our development short term plans accordingly. This year we will certify BuiltWorks for SolidWorks 2011 version, but also will add support for SolidWorks 2012 later this year. It is one of requirements for achieving the Gold Certified Product status for BuiltWorks, where we are heading towards, but also respect to the needs of our users, a freedom of choice to use the appropriate SolidWorks platform,” added Dr. Popov.
The new BuiltWorks 2010, version 1.4 will be available for download through SolidACE web site immediately.