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Siemens Announce Vectorworks 2009 Featuring Parasolid

Siemens PLM Software and Nemetschek North America today announced the launch of Nemetschek’s Vectorworks® 2009 design software featuring for the first time the integration of Parasolid® software, Siemens PLM Software’s 3D solid modeling technology.

The key theme of Vectorworks 2009 is the addition and simultaneous release of the sophisticated Parasolid 3D solid modeling functionality to all modules of the product suite, in solutions tailored to the needs of architectural, landscape, entertainment, and multi-disciplinary firms. The robust functionality of Parasolid has been proven and refined through widespread usage in the mechanical CAD market, combining high performance and exceptional quality in an easy- to-integrate component.

With a prominent position in the AEC market already established, Nemetschek is targeting its Vectorworks Architect 2009 product at architectural firms wishing to explore creative, free-form designs with increased productivity, while retaining full geometric integrity at all times. While Parasolid offers substantial benefits to Vectorworks’ architectural users, it also brings significant speed gains in the entire product suite including Vectorworks Fundamentals, Landmark, Spotlight, and Machine Design.

“We selected Parasolid as the modeling foundation for Vectorworks 2009 because of Siemens PLM Software’s reputation for high-quality components and proven record of supporting open solutions,” said Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek North America. “Integrating Parasolid into all modules of our suite was the key focus for the 2009 release, which has been achieved smoothly, thanks to excellent technology and support from Siemens PLM Software. We expect Vectorworks 2009 to be a landmark release.

“There has been a strong movement towards the adoption of Building Information Modeling within the A/E/C market,” adds Flaherty. “The level of interest in BIM is steadily increasing due to the desire to integrate more efficient design practices. However, many are not adopting BIM due to the barriers to 3D use, such as the inability to realize cutting edge, free-form architecture. As opposed to other players in the CAD market who are trying to solve the barriers to 3D with in-house, self-built technologies, we have decided to license the absolute best solution in 3D, by integrating Parasolid technology. With a purpose-built 3D modeling kernel, Vectorworks 2009 will better manage building complexity, which previously tested the limits of most BIM applications.”

“We are proud that a company of Nemetschek’s stature and vision has selected Parasolid to provide the core technology for its flagship design software,” said Bruce Feldt, vice president of Open Tool, Siemens PLM Software. “We are confident that Nemetschek’s users will be impressed by the productivity and creative freedom enabled by the new Parasolid functionality. We look forward to a long relationship with Nemetschek and to continued success in the AEC market.


Date: September 15, 2008