4/04/2014

Seven major things you should and can learn about LEDAS at COFES 2014

Upcoming COFES 2014 as well as recently celebrated 15 years since the company foundation, inspired LEDAS   team to formulate what are the most important achievements that build LEDAS reputation and differentiate the company from other software R&D service providers. Seven topics have been identified and described: three related to in-house technologies, three – to big projects with the global market leaders, and one topic describing a project with a CAD community. All mentioned topics are presented in a dedicated new LEDAS booklet prepared for COFES 2014.

Want to know more? Ask LEDAS CTO Ivan Rykov at COFES 2014: April 24-27, 2014, Scottsdale, Arizona, The Scottsdale Plaza Resort. 
See about Ivan Rykov at LEDAS web site. Connect Ivan via LinkedIn or Skype ivanrykov or tweet to @ledasgroup. 

Since 2009, LEDAS representatives participate in COFES, Congress On the Future of Engineering Software. In 2010, together with the COFES/Cyon Research team, LEDAS organized COFES-isicad Forum in Moscow, and then became one of the main contributors of COFES Russia 2013.


1/19/2014

ASCON moves towards BIM relying on C3D kernel and A.Bausk

This step of ASCON is not a bombshell. See, for example, how the company CEO Maxim Bogdanov presented the key directions of ASCON’s immediate developments last May:
However, the news that came out on this Friday about ASCON, BIM, C3D kernel, and Alexander Bausk altogether was a kind of a sensation for the Russian CAD market. 

After his excellent simultaneous translation at isicad-COFES-Russia 2010, a series of analytical articles (such as "More or Less Optimistic Update on BIM"), participation in Arizona COFES 2012, moderating BIM-related round tables at AU Russia 2013 and COFES Russia 2013, Alexander Bausk, who has a PhD in structural analysis and is an expert in industrial (nuclear stations) AEC, became one of the most noticeable analysts on Russia & CIS market. To better understand what I mean, see for example @bauskas.

Now a prompt nano-interview with Alexander.        

Is it true that you are now a full-time employee at ASCON?
Yes, it is true. It happened three days ago.

What is your position and what is the main focus of your tasks?
I've got a position of a leading analyst in one of new ambitious ASCON projects that uses ASCON’s modeler C3D. Joining ASCON, I have not changed the key point of my personal interests and work: it is still AEC engineering. My plans to help advance BIM also have not changed and I get an enthusiastic support from my employer. I believe that together we will present some new remarkable AEC and BIM tools. 

As far as I know, until now, you have been living quite far away from St-Petersburg. Do you work with ASCON remotely, over the Internet? 
No. Now I am living in St Petersburg, and my family will move here as soon as the school year is over.

My comment
ASCON has sound competences in MCAD, PLM, AEC, and supporting technologies. All ASCON’s current solutions are very popular in the Russian market, and the company’s ecosystem is likely the most developed in comparison with other vendors operating in Russia. ASCON has very close and efficient links with the Russian industry and is aware of its specifics and everyday needs. It means that although developing and bringing a new BIM product to market is very risky, ASCON has good chances.

Anyway, I believe that an attempt to use C3D for BIM is a promising project for the geometric kernel since it might open some new (hopefully original or maybe innovative) directions of software development. Finally, I am sure that active entering into the BIM audience is, among other things, an effective marketing move to better promote the flagship ASCON solutions.


10/28/2013

Just AppleStored ASCON’s 3D Machinator Game is Ahead of Angry Birds and Cut the Rope

I am not a great fan of computer/smartphone games however I found it very impressive to see ASCON’s iOS Machinator at AppleStore. For me, it was additionally interesting because couple weeks ago I published (in Russian) an article  about the company’s several new projects – at that time being somewhat secret. Now, one of those projects (previously called CORVETTE) has been unveiled under the name Machinator.

Surprisingly enough, I could not find something in English about Machinator. Really strange considering the fact that currently the game is ahead of famous Angry Birds or Cut the Rope in the local charts. So below I've quickly illustrated the game from the description of AppStore. Just for the sake of justice :)

“Remember, when you were little: you would pour Lego pieces on the floor and become overwhelmed? There were so many! But piece by piece, by trial and error you got results!”


 “Machinator is the favorite passtime for adults and kids - join us!”
“- Choose a model to assemble from the store (both free and paid models are available)
- Use your brains and assemble it
- Assemble it faster than anyone else and let everyone know about it
- Share your results with friends
- Check out the Model Store - there is sure to be something new there, something You will enjoy.”




The fresh move of ASCON was immediately interconnected in my mind with the news about mobile version of RGK – the Russian Geometric Kernel. Is it the Russian mobile revolution in engineering software?


RGK Geometric Kernel – Now on a Mobile Platform

You probably know already about RGK - the Russian Geometric Kernel: there are quite a lot of publications, here is one of them.  

Recently, the team announced availability of a mobile RGK version basically intended for demo purposes.  The outline of htis Android OS based project has just been published as an article at isicad.net; here is one of its pictures with a caption "Even the most demanding users already can evaluate the functionalities of RGK Mobile in its working environment: the process of comparing a digital model with a real fabricated physical sample": 

9/04/2013

Global CAM Market and LEDAS

A few days ago, LEDAS issued a press-release which announced that in the last financial year the company attracted ever more software development from global CAM market. It looks like the interest of the CAM market in LEDAS is not accidental: at least this can be somehow confirmed by a quote of Alexey Ershov, CEO LEDAS:

Unlike the CAD market in which a few dominant vendors earn billions of dollars a year, the CAM arena is spread among dozens of mid-size and hundreds of small companies providing niche solutions. This is due to the variety in capabilities of machines from many hardware vendors, and so this diversity requires development of an assortment of software, each one narrowly specialized. Machining companies put on the market brand new manufacturing devices and are often primarily focused on the hardware. Only later do they see that advanced software is needed to unleash the full potential of their hardware. These companies find it is easier to contract software development services from a company like LEDAS than to write it in-house. LEDAS has proven experience in this field, and so is highly qualified and more cost effective than for hardware firms to set up their own software development divisions, and then hire and train new employees within this area of specialization.

The LEDAS experience in providing services for the CAM domain is illustrated by a list of some relevant programming projects completed successfully by the company (more details and references can be received by request to info@ledas.com):
  • Automated nest destruction and nest processing for composites and sheet metal,
  • Distributed manufacturing order processing and material lifecycle management for composites and sheet metal,
  • Motion simulation, and collision control for mold design,
  • Path calculator for laser welding and engraving,
  • Cylindrical feature processing for milling and drilling,
  • Automated unloading of sheet material parts,
  • Automatic migration of new GUIs for complex CAM systems.

As part of his upcoming September tour to meet several European customers of LEDAS, Alexey Ershov will attend a number of CAM-related exhibitions:
-  18, Wednesday, Stuttgart, Composites Europe,
-  19, Thursday, Essen, SCHWEISSEN & SCHNEIDEN,
-  20, Friday, EMO Hannover


9/03/2013

isicad.ru N109 has pictured the roles of Ken Versprille and Evan Yares in launching Russian products to the global CAD market

The Russian web portal isicad.ru yesterday  released its monthly N109 with a cover page associated with the beginning of the next academic year and with one of the key news of August. The editorial board decided that the key news was the intention of Evan Yares (as announced for example by Ralph Grabowski) to help Russian CAD company Nanosoft to launch its nanoCAD product to the US market.  And of course isicad could not forget Ken Versprille's consulting for ASCON aimed to launch the company's original geometric kernel C3D in the US market. (By the way, there is my Russian blog post "Legendary US veterans strive to help Russian CAD companies to enter the global market").

It is worth noting that COFES Russia 2013 was very important for initiating and further development of such alliances. See Ken and Evan at the event in Petergof, May 30: 
Well, here is at last the above mentioned cover of isicad.ru N109:
Below you can see some other cover pages. Note that publications and advertizing at isicad.ru is the best way to deliver your message (if any) to the Russian market of engineering software.