SolidWorks Partner Profile: SolidACE Software


Tell us about SolidAce 

SolidACE develops applications for the SolidWorks environment, targeted to the building, plant and process, and structural design industries.  

What kinds of products do you develop?

Our flagship product is BuiltWorks – an integrated structural steel design add-in application for SolidWorks CAD environment. It’s a cost effective, light and easy set of handy structural engineering tools that complement existing SolidWorks functionality, to help you model structural members, detail connections, and exchange steel data with third-party applications.

BuiltWorks serves SolidWorks users by extending the existing native SolidWorks functionality so that equipment or piping could be based on realistic building structures, whenever it is required. With the AEC industry specific translators (CIS/2, SDNF, OpenSTAAD), BuiltWorks makes SolidWorks a kind of data-centric solution in Building or Plant design workflow.




How might a SolidWorks customer use BuiltWorks?

Let’s say you design the plant equipment in SolidWorks (vessels, pumps, pipes and valves, etc.). You need a structure of the plant facility or house to have in SolidWorks to place the equipment around it. The industrial building are mostly built in steel. So BuiltWorks allow to quickly design a general arrangement steel structure and use it for equipment placement.

Very often you don’t want to do a structural design if you are the mechanical designer. In this case BuiltWorks offer CIS/2 or SDNF import tools that allow you to create a building structure in SolidWorks from scratch in few minutes by importing the structural model available in these formats from a wide variety of 3rd party structural or plant design systems.

Now, when you have a building structure in SolidWorks you may want to prove its stability. However in AEC industry the analysis of structures is done not with FEA simulation but with specific code-based structural analysis applications. So BuiltWorks integrates SolidWorks models directly with worlds famous CAE (structural analysis) application STAAD.Pro for code check and design, after which you can automatically update the model back in SolidWorks with the analysis results.

And, finally, the finished building structure can be exported from SolidWorks to some other 3rd party high-end structural steel detailing and fabrication system for preparation of the manufacturing data. It is done using the same CIS/2 or SDNF formats, supported by BuiltWorks.

All these tasks are easily done when you have BuiltWorks add-in for SolidWorks.


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Texas Tailgate for a Cause: uShip Raises Funds for Communities In Schools

Fundraiser-610x610-cis-tailgate-ushipIt’s no secret that most of us on the uShip team are proud Texas fans. Many, if not most of us, either attended or have a connection to the University of Texas here in Austin.

That said, tailgating before Longhorns home games is a family affair every Fall at the ‘Ship. For years, we’ve hosted a company tailgate for employees, industry colleagues, friends and family. It’s a great opportunity promote the uShip platform to other Texas fans and have fun. So much fun, in fact, thatlocal radio hosts occasionally mention it on the air.

This year, uShip has teamed up with our friends atYeti Coolers (they make the world’s best coolers),Tito’s Handmade Vodka (they make the world’s best vodka) and Capitol Beverage Co. (they distribute the world’s best beers) to tailgate for a cause every game day.

By collecting donations at every event, we’re raising money for Communities in Schools of Central Texas‘ Holiday Assistance Drive, which distributes grocery and Wal-Mart gift cards to the neediest families in 54 Central Texas schools.

Thanks to generous donations from Yeti, Tito’s and Capitol, we’ve already raised over $1,100 for Austin-area families. (That’s 11 one-hundred dollar gift cards!) Here’s to charitable tailgating!

Posted by uShip at 2:52 PM, Friday, September 21, 2012

Central Texas SolidWorks User Group – 9/27/12

User Group Details


Formed in September, 1999, the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group was Texas’ first independent user group. Our membership includes users from San Marcos to Georgetown and all points in-between.

Contact: Bill Casnovsky
Feedback: Send your suggestions

Next Meeting

Date: 09-27-2012
Time: 05:30 PM – 08:30 PM
Length: 3 Hours 0 Minutes
Location: Signature Science LLC
Map of 8329 North MoPac Expressway 
Austin, TX 78759

5:30PM-6:00PM: Sign-in, Food & Networking.


6:00PM-6:15PM Announcements.

6:15PM-6:30.  SolidWorks on the Ocean, B. Caz.

6:30PM-7:15PM SWWorld 2013, Paul Pergrande

7:15PM-7:30PM Break

7:30PM-8:15PM Topic: TBD

8:15pm-8:45PM Prizes & Wrapup



RSVP for the September 27 meeting.



New in SolidWorks 2013: Simulation Sub-Modeling and Incremental Meshing

These new features in SolidWorks 2013 let you focus on and refine specific areas of a larger multi-body or multi-part structure while automatically applying loads from a larger model for fast, accurate analysis.

  • Quickly get detailed simulation results for specific areas of complex models
  • Uses a finer mesh in critical areas for refined analysis
  • Analyze larger problems using fewer computational resources

You can learn more in the video below, and visit our new SolidWorks 2013 website to learn about the other new features, as well as find a reseller seminar near you.

 on September 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM from

The Straw That Broke the NFL’s Back


The Monday Night Football fiasco showed that football is on a dangerous course to irrelevance

Enough is enough. My ongoing defense of the replacement referees, from the preseason on, has been that they haven’t done anything quite as awful as when the “real” referees simultaneously signaled in opposite directions during a fumble recovery last year. Obviously, that’s no longer the case. Monday night’s dramatic ending to the Packers-Seahawks game officially saw the league’s replacement officials complete their trip from irritating sideshow to spectacular main event by directly changing the outcome of a game on a questionable call, one that was delivered with their reliable combination of befuddlement and insouciance. It was the first time that the replacement officials had turned a win into a loss by making the wrong call on the final play of the game, unless you believe that the same thing happened with the field goal that ended the Patriots-Ravens contest on Sunday night, in which case that just happened in consecutive games. You often hear about games in which the team who got the ball last won. This was a game in which the team who had the opportunity to be screwed last lost.

The big decision on the game’s final play from scrimmage only came about after four quarters full of terrible calls. On one fourth-quarter drive alone, the Seahawks had an interception taken off the board on a questionable “roughing the passer” penalty, which was followed up by a mystifying pass interference penalty on perfect coverage from Sam Shields that got Seattle out of a first-and-25 spot. The Packers got the lead on a long drive that was extended on a ticky-tack pass interference against Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. The bad calls went both ways, but the most meaningful one seemed to beggar belief.

By now, you’ve probably seen the play. Although you can try to make a case that Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings never had sole possession of the ball, a decision that would make the play a simultaneous possession between Jennings and Seahawks wideout Golden Tate and, by rule, award the ball (and touchdown) to the Seahawks, the vast majority of the evidence available suggests that Jennings had possession of the ball before Tate was able to get his hands on it and establish simultaneous possession. In that scenario, the ball belongs to the Packers.

My normal inclination would be to defer to the referee who was standing several feet away from the play with a great view, but that just doesn’t make sense in this NFL. After all, two refs near the play managed to come up with two entirely different interpretations of what happened and two drastically different resolutions, with one signaling for a touchdown and the other for an interception-driven touchback. Somehow, in a matter of moments and without replay, these officials managed to make the definitive call that the play had been a touchdown.1 Why was that the official decision as opposed to the simultaneously called interception or even an incomplete pass? It seems stunning that two refs within a few yards of a play would make different calls, but when you realize that these are the same refs who bumbled their way through a series of embarrassing goal-line calls in the Washington–St. Louis game last Sunday, it’s really not that much of a surprise. I nominated Wayne Elliott’s crew for termination last week, and even before the shambolic final play from scrimmage, they did nothing to convince me I was being harsh. Whoever was responsible for assigning the crew that let the Rams-Skins game descend into chaos in a slot on national television in the league’s loudest stadium deserves to get canned, too.

It’s that aspect of replacement referee performance that’s really come to surprise me over the first three weeks of the season. To be honest, it’s not exactly unexpected that the officials would screw up on judgment calls like pass interference or, say, simultaneous possession on a catch. They’ve been worse there than I expected, but that was always going to be the aspect of their performance where their lack of experience would stand out.

Instead, the officials have shown an incredible propensity for getting simple facts wrong. They mis-spot balls on the wrong side of the field. They forget to keep accurate track of how many timeouts each team has. They call for fumbles on plays in which a guy’s entire body was down on the ground and then whistle plays dead on clean strips. They incorrectly award touchdowns and interpret pylon rules on plays that are directly in front of them. It’s a miracle that we don’t see more accidental “12 men on the field” penalties, because it seems generous to assume they can count all the way up to 12. And for all the exposition of an Ed Hochuli, who doesn’t long for the days of detailed minutiae when the replacement refs announce a mysterious penalty or review reversal, don’t explain what happened or who was involved, and then bounce back onto the field to renew the game? It’s telling that, at the end of the Patriots-Ravens game, a reasonably large portion of independent observers assumed that the referees standing directly underneath the goal post weren’t qualified to judge the one thing they were supposed to be judging.

This is only the second-worst thing that could happen under the replacement refs, though we’re seemingly on our way to the first. As bad as a would-be win becoming a loss is, the worst thing would be if a notable player suffered a serious injury by virtue of referee incompetence and without penalty. That’s already been broached a few times this year. In the Elliott crew’s Week 2 game, Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins teed off on defenseless tight end Fred Davis with a hit that knocked Davis out of the game. It went uncalled. On Sunday, Raiders linebacker Philip Wheeler did his best Bernard Pollard impersonation by crawling three steps to dive at Ben Roethlisberger’s knee from behind. The classic “Brady Rule” hit drew no flag. And in this game, Seahawks corner Brandon Browner knocked down Greg Jennings with an enormous cheap shot to the head away from the play, a move that incited a grappling battle in the end zone. It was flagged as part of offsetting personal foul penalties, but Browner should have been ejected. NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith has argued that the players might seek “any relief we believe is appropriate” if referees are not up to defending player safety. You can guess what that implies, and that would get the referee lockout taken care of very, very quickly.

At this point, it’s become time for the league to put its tail between its legs, apologize profusely, and ask the locked-out referees to come back under a deal of the NFLRA’s choosing. There’s no reason the referees should accept the same terms they would have offered two weeks ago; after a weekend dominated by the replacements, the real referees have more leverage than they had even a week ago. In fact, the only reason the league might want to push an agreement back further is that they have no leverage whatsoever. It’s hard to imagine the replacements being quite as noticeably bad as they were this week.

If you make that move now, you also put a line under it and reduce this lockout to an early-season curiosity as opposed to a season-defining fiasco. The league can point to the positive effort it made to end the lockout as opposed to letting it linger on until the union breaks. If this gets to Week 8 and remains as big a story as it has been, though, the whole scenario is different. 2012 becomes a lost season, one in which the public doesn’t necessarily believe that the best teams in the league are competing in the playoffs. That kills your league’s credibility. The NFL is actually lucky that this disappointment happened to the Packers, who have no central owner who would complain to the league on their behalf. What if this happened to the Cowboys and they ended up missing the playoffs by one game? Don’t you think Jerry Jones would be rattling every cage he could find to threaten the league with a lawsuit?

I recently read an argument suggesting that the replacement refs don’t really matter in the big picture. The evidence is that NFL ratings are still sky-high, which suggests that the fans who complain that poor refereeing is “ruining” the game are still watching. And it’s true, maybe they are still watching. But as the season goes along, if the games continue to produce terrifyingly false endings like Packers-Seahawks, I’m pretty sure that’s going to change. The easiest way to get people to stop watching is to make them think that the games they’re watching are illegitimate and irrelevant. With the continued employment of replacement referees, that is the exact path the NFL’s games are on.

By Bill Barnwell on September 25, 2012


30 for 30 Shorts: Arnold’s Blueprint


30 for 30 Shorts: Arnold’s Blueprint

The latest film from the directors of The Two Escobars

By Grantland Staff on May 15, 2012

Welcome to the new 30 for 30 documentary short series.

The first film out of the gate is Arnold’s Blueprint, from acclaimed directors Michael and Jeff Zimbalist (The Two Escobars). This 10-minute movie focuses on the years before Arnold Schwarzenegger was the “Universe’s Perfect Specimen,” when the young Austrian seized upon an opportunity to use the sport of bodybuilding to catapult himself to international stardom. Barrack escapes, tanks, and borrowed underwear all play key roles. We couldn’t be prouder to be premiering this on Grantland in conjunction with ESPN Films — and hope you enjoy the first of what will be an ongoing short documentary series.

11 Habits That Exude Success

1) Have A Positive Attitude

Have you ever spent an afternoon with a total curmudgeon and looked back on it as the best time you ever had?

Of course not. No one likes a wet blanket. You want to radiate positive energy that people can bask in. You want to be a well of inspiration and show that you’re confident and in control of your destiny.

So quit being the guy who always worries. Worrying gets nothing done. But smiling, being a source of pleasure and making the most of the present does.

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2) Dress Well

Dress Well

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Your physical appearance is the first thing people see, and the first thing that they judge you on.

This should be a no-brainer, but the persistence some men put into looking bad is the stuff of marathon athletes.

Here are the basics: Dress sharply in contemporary styles. Groom yourself well and have a clean shave. Smell nice, but not too strong. You can look for more tips in’s Fashion Tips section.

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3) Be Worldly

The successful man makes the effort to know what’s happening in the world around him.

He has informed opinions about current events and can engage intelligent people in friendly discussions. On a globalized planet, no man is an island. So get smart; it’s not that hard. Pick up a newspaper and take in the world.

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4) Travel

No, getting a tan while watching topless girls in Daytona Beach doesn’t count.

This is about broadening your horizons by going someplace different. When you travel, it shows that you’re curious about the world and that you want to soak in other cultures.

A well-traveled person also has interesting stories to tell. He charms people with tales of foreign lands. He has experienced sounds, flavors and sights that many haven’t, and is happy to share them.

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5) Keep A Network Of Contacts

The more people you know, the more good opportunities will present themselves.

But also think of a network in terms of image: Knowing lots of people shows that you are likable and in high demand. To maintain a pool of contacts, however, takes work. You should return phone calls and e-mails promptly.

Work towards being seen as trustworthy and reliable.

Talking to people everyday works wonders. Anyone from your baker to the person on the bus next to you could be a potential connection to something good. Beyond that, your knack for small talk with anyone will demonstrate openness and a willingness to accept new things and ideas. It also shows that you treat everyone with respect.

Now this is crucial: You should do people favors even if you don’t expect to get them repaid. Most people know how to be grateful, and your kindness will come back one day, perhaps twofold.

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6) Make Public Speeches

It’s about time you lost that fear of public speaking.

Very few great men have gotten away with being recluses. Join your local Toastmasters or practice speaking in front of friends. When you can comfortably address a crowd, you gain a new audience to showcase your knowledge to.

Here’s another bonus: A good speaker is rare, and therefore always admired for his confidence and ease.

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7) Have Good Manners

Your frat days are over, pal.

Like it or not, good graces still play a big role and go a long way. And I’m not talking about excusing yourself after passing a thunderous burst of gas. I’m referring to old-school manners, such as treating women like ladies and shaking the hands of strangers that you meet.

People do notice these little things and will give you the props you deserve. These are some basic manners to follow:

  • Open doors for women
  • Let others pass first
  • Say “please” and “thank you”
  • Look people in the eye when you talk to them
  • Have proper table etiquette
  • Don’t interrupt others
  • Don’t swear
  • Don’t sleep with your boss’ wife (okay, that one’s a joke, but it’s still strongly discouraged)

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8) Know About Life’s Finer Things

You may be able to fire off the RBI of every Yankee batter since 1930. Big whoop.

So can a lot of trailer-trash bumpkins.

The successful man is a connoisseur, a bon vivant, a man whose character can only aptly be described by French words. Your knowledge of the finer things shows class and culture. It shows that you can be a peer among statesmen and business leaders. So get some books, hit some museums and get classy.

I recommend that you familiarize yourself with food, wine, cigars, art, and literature. You can’t go wrong with this approach, as they comprise the standard set of fine-living goods. Oh, and you’re welcome to actually enjoy them, too.

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9) Exit Graciously

Sometimes, you just need to cut a conversation short or leave important company on a dime.

You could just stand there listening politely, but you have better things to do. A successful person knows how to steer conversation with class, and can end one just as gracefully. Don’t make excuses for your departure, because you don’t have to.

Besides, excuses sound dishonest. Instead, thank the other party for their time and bid them farewell. That’s it. It’s all about taking command of situations with style.

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10) Be A Good Communicator

Be A Good Communicator

Do you ever wonder why companies today spend so much money on PR?

The reason is that effective communication has never been so important. You need to have the right words to communicate the right meaning, and remove any room for misinterpretation by people that are hungry to point out flaws.

The trick?

Choose your words carefully. Be specific and pay attention to context. Words can be warped beyond recognition if used carelessly. Relating only the bare essentials helps in this matter. And if you don’t have anything nice to say about people, don’t bother saying anything at all.

Listen to others. Really listen. Don’t just nod while you wait for them to finish talking. You never know what valuable information could be couched in simple banter. Listen everywhere, even to conversations around the office. Sometimes, there’s gold to be found in gossip.

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11) Brag Discreetly

I cannot emphasize the word discreetly enough.

If you trumpet all your achievements and pricey possessions, you will lose everyone’s respect. You want people to know that you’re making it without coming off as a boaster; slip things into conversation casually. State your accomplishments as matter-of-factly as possible without the detailed trimmings, or slip them into stories.

For instance, say: “I went to New Zealand on vacation. I had some extra money from the bonus I got for increasing our sales one year.” This presentation allows you to stick to the facts and incorporate an achievement into a pertinent story.

But don’t make it all about you. Give credit where credit is due. By recognizing success in your peers, you invite praise to be reciprocated in the future.

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