Press Release - May 16, 2012

ids and SMART Design Plug-In for Autodesk Navisworks Manage

WASHINGTON, DC - May 16, 2012: ids Engineering and SMART Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SMT) (TSX: SMA) today announced the release of the idsDesignTOUCH® Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage plug-in for SMART Board®. The plug-in gives Autodesk Navisworks Manage users the ability to control and edit Navisworks files directly on SMART’s interactive displays, which architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms are increasingly using to facilitate communication and problem solving during coordination reviews. SMART will unveil the plug-in at booth 2314 at the American Institute of Architects National Convention and Design Exposition, May 17–19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Autodesk Navisworks Manage integrates data from multiple sources to facilitate whole project review and coordination and to simulate construction. The software, a leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) review tool, is used in conjunction with SMART’s interactive displays to show design clashes and identify the preferred corrective action. Such reviews are critical for catching design deficiencies that may be prohibitively expensive to rectify later in the construction schedule. The idsDesignTOUCH Autodesk Navisworks Manage plug-in for SMART Board creates better integration between Navisworks Manage and SMART’s interactive displays, enabling improved coordination between AEC project teams.

“Increasingly, we are seeing construction site offices equipped with interactive displays so that building professionals can efficiently communicate daily project updates, materials delivery, complex assembly and construction sequences, and other project data to local and remote project teams,” says Nicolas Mangon, Senior Director AEC, Industry Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk. “The integration of Autodesk Navisworks with SMART‘s interactive displays makes it possible to move BIM from the traditional office workstation to on-site facilities.”

“The use of Autodesk Navisworks with SMART’s interactive displays enables efficient and effective on-site coordination of complex construction projects,” says Josh Newland, Senior Project Engineer, XL Construction Corporation. “With SMART’s interactive displays, we can instantly highlight clashes on technical drawings and make changes directly on the working document to quickly develop solutions. They are an ideal tool for collaborative team sessions, increasing productivity and efficiency and significantly saving costs on our projects.”

Features:

  • 3D images can be marked up and manipulated directly on SMART’s interactive displays
  • SMART’s interactive display pen and eraser tools integrate with the appropriate Autodesk Navisworks Manage redline markup tools for both local and remote users
  • Multitouch gestures on the interactive display allow users to work with Autodesk Navisworks 3D navigation tools, including pan, zoom and orbit

Pricing and Availability
The idsDesignTOUCH Autodesk Navisworks Manage plug-in for SMART Board will be available online May 16, 2012 at www.idsdesigntouch.com at a cost of US$695 per license. The software is offered as a download, and future software updates will be distributed electronically

About Autodesk Navisworks Manage
Autodesk Navisworks Manage software is a comprehensive project review solution for coordination, analysis and communication. Multidisciplinary design data can be combined into a single integrated project model for improved interference management and clash detection. Autodesk Navisworks Manage helps design and construction professionals anticipate and avoid potential problems before construction begins.

About ids Engineering
ids Engineering is a professional engineering firm founded in 2000 and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The company specializes in designing and developing software engineering innovations that create profit in business process workflows. Experienced management teams combined with engineers who have a passion to profoundly improve the world through software automation enable industry-leading solutions for our customers. ids Engineering is a Microsoft® Certified Partner, Autodesk® Authorized OEM Partner and a member of the SMART Ecosystem Network.

About SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that change the way the world works and learns. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, our focus is on developing a variety of easy-to-use, integrated solutions that free people from their desks and computer screens, making collaboration and learning with digital resources more natural. Our products have transformed teaching and learning in more than 1.9 million classrooms worldwide, reaching over 40 million students and their teachers. In business, our Freestorm™ visual collaboration solutions improve the way that people work and collaborate, enabling them to be more productive and reduce costs.

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