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Specification Section: Software Guide 2017

Parul Dubey on January 1, 2018 - in specification section

Although sometimes slow to adopt cutting-edge software technology, engineering firms are starting to fully embrace building information modeling (BIM), reality capture and other critical software. These tools make engineers’ jobs easier to perform while making their designs better, more efficient and less susceptible to risk.

Read below for a selection of software from a variety of providers. This summary listing is meant to introduce you to leading and varied solutions, with contact information to obtain further information. If we missed your company, email [email protected], and we’ll add it to our more-complete online catalog.


Advitam-Sixense provides a distinct spread of tools that improve knowledge of infrastructure condition through asset-management software, sensor technology and instrumentation as well as nondestructive testing. Our integrated solutions unify inspections and monitoring data to optimize infrastructure management and decision processes. ScanPrint® is our software that optimizes bridge and asset inspections as well as management of any infrastructure. EverSense® systems are turnkey instrumentation deliveries used for monitoring anything from a single bridge to large infrastructure networks. EverScan® is a unique portfolio of nondestructive measurement methods focusing on cable and post-tensioned structures.

[email protected]

(703) 674-0485


Autodesk – Structural Design

Are you prepared for the age of connected buildings and infrastructure? New technology is connecting every stage of the design-to-build-to-own process. The future of AEC is here, opening up new opportunities to drive efficiency, innovation and profitability. Autodesk Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and develops the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets, including tools for the AEC industry. 

The Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection gives you the broadest portfolio of software and cloud technologies so you can design higher-quality and more-sustainable buildings and deliver more-scalable, resilient civil infrastructure.

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes:

• AutoCAD Civil 3D

• InfraWorks

• Revit

• AutoCAD Map 3D

• Vehicle Tracking

• ReCap Pro

• Navisworks Manage

• And more!

Kristin Crawford
[email protected]
(412) 455-7712


Autodesk – Infrastructure Design

Are you prepared for the age of connected buildings and infrastructure? New technology is connecting every stage of the design-to-build-to-own process. The future of AEC is here, opening up new opportunities to drive efficiency, innovation and profitability. Autodesk Inc. is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, and develops the broadest portfolio of 3D software for global markets, including tools for the AEC industry. 

The Architecture, Engineering & Construction Collection gives you the broadest portfolio of software and cloud technologies so you can design higher-quality and more-sustainable buildings and deliver more-scalable, resilient civil infrastructure.

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes:

• AutoCAD Civil 3D

• InfraWorks

• Revit

• AutoCAD Map 3D

• Vehicle Tracking

• ReCap Pro

• Navisworks Manage

• And more!

Kristin Crawford
[email protected]
(412) 455-7712



AVEVA has been at the forefront of engineering and information management software for more than 50 years. During that time, much has changed, but our focus has remained on helping customers work with less risk, shorter lead times and greater efficiency. As we look to the future, we have anticipated what will be required for our clients to achieve lean steel fabrication, and we will deliver this via an initiative called The Future of Steel Fabrication.

AVEVA has combined AVEVA Bocad™, the most powerful, productive and complete structural steel detailing solution, with AVEVA FabTrol™, the global market-leading information and production management system for steel fabrication. The result is the world’s most powerful and integrated end-to-end solution available for the steel fabrication industry.

Together, these solutions are driving the Future of Steel Fabrication–continually creating new capabilities to transform the structural steel industry..

Sara Melendrez

[email protected]

(541) 685-5082


Bentley Systems – OpenBridge Modeler

Bentley offers engineers and designers comprehensive design and analysis software for structural and bridge infrastructure projects around the world.

Bridges: Address modeling, design and analysis of all bridge types with Bentley’s wide range of integrated bridge applications. Experience enriched problem solving at every stage of the project-delivery process, from planning, design and engineering to construction simulation and analysis. Your result: remarkably better-engineered bridges. Develop intelligent 3D parametric bridge models within the context of an overall transportation project using OpenBridge Modeler for rapid and iterative design. Integrate with civil design applications to access civil data to see how your project interacts with alignment, terrain, drainage and surrounding structures. Interoperate with Bentley’s bridge analysis and design applications: LEAP Bridge Concrete, LEAP Bridge Steel, RM Bridge as well as ProStructures.

[email protected]


Bentley Systems – ContextCapture

ContextCapture is Bentley Systems’ reality-modeling software that can quickly produce 3D models of existing conditions for infrastructure projects of all types, derived from simple photographs and/or point clouds. Without the need for expensive or specialized equipment, ContextCapture enables users to quickly create and use these highly detailed 3D engineering-ready reality meshes to provide precise real-world context for design, construction and operations decisions throughout the lifecycle of projects. Project teams can easily and consistently share reality-modeling information, consumable and accessible, on desktop and mobile devices, in many formats, including native use within MicroStation for use in any engineering, operations, maintenance or GIS workflow.

For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/ContextCapture.

Greg Zeller

(610) 321-6462

[email protected]


Bentley Systems – OpenRoads Designer

OpenRoads Designer CONNECT Edition—the successor to Bentley’s industry-leading civil engineering brands InRoads, GEOPAK, MX and PowerCivil—is a truly innovative design application built to address the demands of today’s evolving infrastructure industry. By blending traditional engineering workflows for plan, profile and cross-sections with 3D parametric modeling, OpenRoads Designer enables the model-centric creation of all your design deliverables while supporting all aspects of a detailed roadway design, including survey, geotechnical, drainage, subsurface utilities, corridor modeling, analysis and quantification. It is a comprehensive, multi-discipline 3D modeling application that advances the delivery of roadway projects from conceptual design through construction. OpenRoads Designer provides the latest technology and tools you need to efficiently design, model and produce project deliverables in a dynamic, interactive and parametrically enabled environment.

Joey LouAllen

[email protected]

1-800-BENTLEY (800-236-8539)


Bentley Systems – Hydraulics and Hydrology

Bentley’s commitment to our user community extends beyond delivering the most complete and integrated software—it pairs our products with exceptional service and support. Access to technical support teams 24/7, a global professional services organization, and continuous learning opportunities define our commitment to current and future generations of infrastructure professionals.

For more than three decades, Bentley’s water and wastewater modeling software products have provided water professionals in utilities and consulting firms around the world with advanced engineering tools to plan, design, maintain and operate water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

With our hydraulic modeling applications, generate intelligent master plans, deliver high-quality land-development projects, make reliable renewable decisions, reduce emergency response time, and optimize the operations of water distribution, wastewater and stormwater systems.

Visit www.bentley.com/HH for more information.

Slavco Velickov

1-800-BENTLEY (800-236-8539)

[email protected]


Bentley Systems – ProStructures

ProStructures steel and concrete design applications enable you to efficiently create accurate 3D models for structural steel, metalwork and reinforced concrete structures. You can create design drawings, fabrication details and schedules that automatically update whenever the 3D model changes. ProStructures is comprehensive software built by experienced design engineers. ProStructures, which includes ProSteel and ProConcrete, can help increase your productivity and profitability. 

Jim Barr

[email protected]

(610) 458-5000


Bentley Systems – STAAD

Bentley offers engineers and designers comprehensive design and analysis software for structural and bridge infrastructure projects around the world.

Structures: Perform comprehensive analysis and design for any size or type of structure faster than ever before using the new STAAD.Pro CONNECT Edition. Simplify your BIM workflow by using a physical model in STAAD.Pro that is automatically converted into the analytical model for a streamlined workflow. Design steel, concrete, timber, aluminum and cold-formed steel structures anywhere in the world using more than 90 included international design codes. Improve multi-discipline team collaboration through broad interoperability with Bentley desktop, cloud and mobile applications such as AECOsim Building Designer, AutoPIPE or even other applications such as Revit and Tekla.

[email protected]

1-800-BENTLEY (800-236-8539)


Bluebeam Inc.

Bluebeam Inc. develops innovative technology solutions that set the standard for collaboration and workflow efficiency for design and construction professionals worldwide. Since 2002, Bluebeam has made desktop, mobile and cloud-based solutions for paperless workflows that improve project communication, streamline processes and enable a common data environment across the entire project lifecycle. Our award-winning software, Bluebeam Revu, and our cloud-based collaboration platform, Bluebeam Studio, are trusted by more than 1 million AEC professionals worldwide to increase productivity while saving time and money.

[email protected]

(866) 496-2140



Contech® Engineered Solutions, a leading provider of site solutions for the civil engineering industry, has a full suite of online tools to assist engineers in developing solutions. Contech makes it easy for you to “design your own project” with convenient DYO Project tools. These interactive tools allow you to quickly and easily prepare designs and supporting documents for estimates and project meetings to be more efficient with your time.

The Design Your Own Bridge (DYOB) tool allows you to pick between four different structure types—Aluminum Box Culvert, Plate, Precast or Truss—to create a drawing of your bridge and receive an email containing a schematic of your bridge within minutes.

Contech’s stormwater design tools include the Design Your Own Detention or Infiltration System (DYODS), which allows you to generate detailed drawings on specifications for detention, infiltration and combined sewer overflow projects. After you input your design criteria, the Design Your Own Hydrodynamic Separator (DYOHDS) tool will select the appropriate HDS unit(s) for your site.

To learn more about these tools and others, visit www.ContechES.com.

[email protected]

(800) 338-1212



GraniteNet is the next-generation Condition Assessment Software for the Public Works industry. GraniteNet software is asset based, which enables the software to easily interface with other asset-based software products such as Esri ArcGIS mapping systems and asset-management systems to include Cityworks, INFOR, IBM Maximo and others. Intuitive and easy to use, data and
video can now be accessed via a web portal. Please see
gnet.us.com/csd to learn more and request a demo.

[email protected]

(800) 327-7791



Deltek is the leading global provider of enterprise software and solutions for professional services organizations, including AEC firms and other project-based businesses. For decades, we have delivered actionable insight that empowers our customers to unlock their business potential. 22,000 organizations and millions of users in more than 80 countries around the world rely on Deltek to research and identify opportunities, win new business, recruit and develop talent, optimize resources, streamline operations, and deliver more-profitable projects. Deltek—Know more. Do more.®

Lauran Cacciatori

[email protected]

(703) 885-9947



GRAITEC, as a longstanding global Autodesk Partner and developer of high-performance BIM solutions for the AEC industry, is the original developer of Autodesk® Advance Steel. The 3D modeling software for steel detailing is used by structural engineering professionals and steel detailers to help accelerate design, steel detailing, steel fabrication and steel construction. Built on the familiar AutoCAD platform, it automates the production of engineering and fabrication drawings, BIM and NC/DXF files. Using this BIM solution increases productivity and drawing quality, while reducing the risk of errors. The extension GRAITEC Advance PowerPack will also significantly boost the user’s capability, productivity and efficiency when working with Advance Steel, thanks to a broad suite of unique tools, templates and connections. The PowerPack introduces new connections, tools for automating modelling tasks, new BIM and drawings templates, tools for exporting drawings to AutoCAD while retaining dimensions, etc.

Nhi Nguyen

[email protected]

(281) 445-6161


Engineered Efficiency Inc.

Engineered Efficiency (EE) and Kobilabs have partnered to bring you an unbeatable add-on bundle for your primary Autodesk software. Kobilabs tools let you push beyond the limits of your out-of-the-box Civil 3D and Revit software. Under our AEC Guide Promotion, you can get the Kobi Toolkit for Civil 3D and Revit bundle as a site license for your entire firm for a year for only $1,000.

Kobi Toolkit for Civil 3D has 8 feature sets with 24 tools and includes powerful grading enhancements, while Kobi Toolkit for Revit consists of 9 feature sets with 23 tools that streamline many frustrating Revit tasks. The promo bundle includes tool updates, functionality improvements, new tools and a big renewal discount. EE and Kobilabs are committed to enhancing your Autodesk experience.

Marc Meyers   

[email protected]

(888) 849-2879 x 46





For more than 40 years, GT STRUDL has offered structural engineers a complete design solution, and we’ve now incorporated 3D CAD modeling and 64-bit high-performance computation solvers into all versions. Our structural-analysis software is a high-quality, fully integrated, and database-driven system for comprehensive frame and finite-element analysis as well as steel and reinforced concrete design.

GT STRUDL includes all the tools necessary to analyze a broad range of structural engineering and finite-element analysis problems, including linear and nonlinear static and dynamic analysis, and can do so accurately in a fraction of the time of most other solutions. The new CAD modeler user interface has an AutoCAD-based environment that allows structural engineers to instantly see analysis and design results.

Geoff Blumber

[email protected]

(281) 477-8148



HxGN SMART Build is a cloud and mobile construction-management solution that intelligently links model, schedule and cost information to optimize construction planning and execution. The solution delivers real-time insight into construction progress to those who need it, when they need it, to inform decisions that result in on-schedule and on-budget projects.

HxGN SMART Build is a solution from Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technology solutions that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial landscapes. You can learn more about HxGN SMART Build at hxgnsmartbuild.com.

Kevin Holmes

[email protected]

(800) 345-4856


Integrated Engineering Software

For quick, correct answers to structural analysis and design questions, turn to VisualAnalysis. For more than 25 years, engineers have found VisualAnalysis to be extremely easy to learn and use, amazingly versatile, and backed by friendly, responsive technical support.

What makes IES different? Run a free trial in three minutes. All pricing is public. Bug fixes are free, and published quickly and openly. Licensing is practical. We are engineers who create products to use. Discover for yourself how thousands of professionals (like you) have improved VisualAnalysis with every question, complaint and suggestion. Try IES VisualAnalysis today: no obligation, no sales calls and it uninstalls cleanly.

Terry Kubat

[email protected]

(800) 707-0816


Info Tech Inc.

Info Tech offers a variety of products, consulting services and hosting services to facilitate and expedite infrastructure e-Construction across the U.S. and Canada. By involving all stakeholders, Info Tech products and services increase communication and collaboration for more-effective capital program management. Founded in the 1970s, the company initially focused on statistical and economic consulting services, developing the first computerized methods for detecting collusive behavior in sealed bid markets. As a result, Info Tech became the pioneer in computerized techniques for detecting fraudulent business behavior in various industries. Info Tech is headquartered in Gainesville, Fla., and products include the following:

• Bid Express® service for internet bidding

• Appia® service for construction administration

• Doc Express® service for paperless contracting

• Mobile Inspector™ app for field information collection

Ron Gant

[email protected]

(352) 381-4400



LARSA 4D BRIDGE SERIES is recognized as the premier software for bridge engineers and has become the most reliable software of its kind for cable-stay, segmental, suspension, steel girder and other bridge forms. Informed by three decades of experience working closely with its loyal client base, 4D BRIDGE SERIES fully integrates modeling, analysis, and design across one powerful and intuitive interface to streamline analytical tasks and improve decision making. Experience refined analysis in a single information-rich environment that easily defines complex geometries, nonlinear behavior and seismic response with unrivaled accuracy. Whether you’re tasked with a short-span girder bridge or the next record-setting long-span crossing, LARSA 4D is there for you with the power of our expertise, the power of our portfolio and the power of our team.

John Horner

[email protected]

(800) LARSA-01



Leica Cyclone REGISTER 360 is the easy-to-use, 3D laser scanning point-cloud processing software with simple, guided workflows to automate registration and produce client-ready deliverables with the click of a button. Cyclone REGISTER 360 empowers users of any skill level to work smarter, deliver results more accurately, visualize in more detail and collaborate more effectively, placing users at the center of their projects. Paired with the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner, the combination is ideal for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Whether deployed as a standalone solution or part of an end-to-end integrated digital-reality solution, Cyclone REGISTER 360 is your fastest and easiest option to get the job done right, the first time.

Monica Miller Rodgers

[email protected]
+41 71 727 3131



LUSAS develops, markets and supports a range of finite-element analysis software products for the engineering and construction industries. LUSAS Bridge software is used for cost-effective analysis, design and assessment of all bridge types. Fundamental frequency, seismic, dynamic, nonlinear, buckling, fatigue, staged construction modelling, concrete creep and shrinkage, heat of hydration, and prestress/post-tensioning can all be undertaken. Cable-tuning analysis, traffic-load optimization to AASHTO and other codes; steel and composite deck design, soil-structure interaction analysis; and rail track-structure interaction modeling also are supported. LUSAS Civil & Structural software is used in analysis of buildings, stadia, towers, LNG tanks, docks, dams and tunnels. LUSAS is used on major projects worldwide (as well as on small-scale structural-integrity work). See website for more details.

Terry Cakebread

[email protected]

(800) 97-LUSAS


MDX Software

MDX Software Curved & Straight Steel Bridge Design & Rating is in use by many top design firms and DOTs to design and rate steel-girder bridges for compliance with LRFD, LRFR, LFD and ASD AASHTO Specifications.

Chris Douty

[email protected]

(573) 446-3221


MIDASoft Inc.

Fully integrating structural engineering with the convenience of CAD-based modeling, MIDAS is the go-to software for complex bridges and buildings. With the ability for quick revisions, intuitive post-processing and optimization of design, it provides engineers full control of their workflow to increase efficiency and cost-effective design. Products include MIDAS Civil (Bridge) and MIDAS Structure.

Bede Yoo

[email protected]

(646) 852-9286

Microdesk Inc.

Microdesk is an AECO technology consulting firm providing technical services for successful planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of land and buildings. Combining vision with the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM), Virtual Design and Construction (VD&C), Asset Management tools like ModelStream, and the talent of more than 150 consultants and application developers, Microdesk aids clients in successfully managing the entire project delivery process. Microdesk is an Autodesk Platinum Partner, IBM Gold Partner as well as providing Panzura and Eagle Point Software. The company has 12 offices nationwide and in the United Kingdom.

[email protected]

(800) 336-3375



Newforma provides project information management software for architects, engineers, contractors and owners. Our Newforma Project Center (NPC) and Newforma Project Cloud for Construction (NPCL) software is comprised of a collection of project information management tools, including activity centers and mobile apps where project information is organized, accessed and managed by internal and external project team members. Our software powers collaboration, information exchange, workflow, tracking and reporting.

Project design teams and project managers using Newforma software will be more organized and efficient throughout the lifecycle of construction projects. Our software is differentiated in the marketplace by connecting project information silos, indexing data where it resides, and our NPC software manages email. Newforma software mitigates risk, promotes best practices, maximizes profitability and enhances the reputation of the customer.

Jon Decolfmacker

[email protected]

(603) 625-6262 (Option 1)


Profile Products

Profile Products helps you develop sustainable solutions for cost-effective erosion control, vegetation establishment, and reductions in sediment and other pollutants from leaving sites and entering water bodies. We’ve created Profile Soil Solutions Software (PS3), a free, online resource for designing and selecting the right products for your soil and site characteristics, and ultimately accelerating the final phases of your projects.

PS3 looks at five design considerations for immediate and long-term vegetation: soil, species selection, erosion- and sediment-control material selection, installation, inspection and maintenance. PS3 is available 24/7, offering guidance with the documentation your project needs, including product specifications and CAD drawings. We provide solutions for DOT and transportation projects, commercial development, mining, coal-ash management, fire reclamation, airports, pipelines, landfills and golf courses.

Adam Dibble

[email protected]

(800) 508-8681



RISA has been developing leading-edge structural design and optimization software for more than 30 years. Our products are used by 24 of the top 25 U.S. design firms in more than 70 countries around the world for towers, skyscrapers, airports, stadiums, petrochemical facilities, bridges, roller coasters and everything in between. The seamless integration of RISAFloor, RISA-3D, RISAFoundation and RISAConnection creates a powerful, versatile and intuitive structural design environment, ready to tackle almost any design challenge.

With RISA-3D’s versatile modeling environment and intuitive graphic interface, you can model any structure from bridges to buildings in minutes. Get the most out of your model with advanced features such as moving loads, dynamic analysis and more than 40 design codes. Structural design has never been so thorough or easy.

[email protected]

(949) 951-5815



SCIA has become one of the world’s leading developers of structural design and analysis software that supports the Open BIM process. SCIA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nemetschek Group, is a global leader in software that supports the Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflow: integrated, multi-material structural analysis and design software that allows engineers to model, analyze, design and document projects of all kinds in one program. Its wide range of functionality makes it usable for all kinds of projects; design office buildings, industrial plants and bridges all within the same easy-to-use environment. To learn more about SCIA Engineer, please visit www.scia.net.

Ben Follett

[email protected]
(443) 393-3616



Strand7 is a general-purpose finite-element analysis system comprising integrated pre-processing, post-processing and solvers. It’s used worldwide for linear and nonlinear analysis of structures and components by engineering companies of all sizes in most disciplines. Strand7 is an advanced analysis tool for static, dynamic and heat-transfer analysis, capable of performing complex simulations of structures in a range of scenarios, including construction sequence simulation, earthquake response and fire simulation. Strand7 also offers excellent connectivity with CAD and other systems through its support for IGES, STEP and ACIS formats. The upcoming version, Strand7 R3, is a major new release offering even greater performance due to its new high-powered graphics engine based on Direct X and 64-bit architecture.

[email protected]

(252) 504-2282



StructurePoint, formerly the PCA Engineering Software Group, offers concrete analysis and design software programs updated to ACI 318-14 and CSA A23.3-14 for concrete buildings, bridges, special structures and tanks. This suite of software programs is dedicated for the design of columns, walls, beams, slabs, mat foundations, slabs-on-grade, and circular and rectangular tanks.

spColumn is developed for the design and investigation of reinforced concrete sections subject to combined axial and flexural loads. Rectangular, round or irregular with any reinforcement layout or pattern are easily evaluated.

spMats is a finite-element program for analysis and design of foundation mats, combined footings and slabs on grade. spMats optimizes complicated foundation systems by evaluating soil-structure interaction and assessing soil pressures and displacements as well as providing the required reinforcing.

[email protected]

(847) 966-4357



STRUMIS is the world’s leading software for estimating and steel fabrication management, providing unrivalled features and benefits to the steel fabrication industry in more than 50 countries.

V10.3 will be our latest release driven by continuous collaboration with our customers, giving them the best material and time savings to reduce overhead and increase productivity.

Combined with BIMREVIEW, our collaborative project-review tool with features that are unique to STRUMIS, you have the most powerful end-to-end solution available to the steel fabrication industry.

STRUMIS is revolutionizing the future of steel fabrication, not just by ourselves but along with our customers and partners, to help protect the future of steel and the steel industry. Contact us to see how you can be a part of the future of steel.

Samantha Dillon

[email protected]

(610) 280-9840


Transoft Solutions

For more than 25 years, Transoft Solutions™ has been developing productivity-enhancing, time-saving software for the engineering and architectural community. Many government departments and AEC firms worldwide have made Transoft Solutions’ products the de facto standard on all their civil, transportation and site-development projects—a level of success that makes Transoft a leader in its field. The company’s suite of advanced software includes:

• AutoTURN for performing vehicle turning simulations

• NEXUS for fast and efficient traffic intersection designs

• TORUS for designing modern roundabouts

• ParkCAD for parking lot creation and planning

• GuideSIGN for road and highway sign design

• SITE CEM for construction site layout, including grading and drainage

Transoft Solutions is headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, with offices in The Netherlands, UK, Australia, China and India.

Jennifer Thomas

[email protected]

(604) 244-8387


Trimble RealWorks

The challenges of 3D are clear. Each project requires the right tools, whether you’re delivering scan data of as-built conditions, performing comprehensive data analysis or creating a renovation model based on an existing structure. Trimble has developed the 3D scanning solutions you can trust to meet these challenges and quickly capture, analyze, model and produce precise deliverables, project after project.

Trimble RealWorks is powerful office software that imports rich data from your 3D laser-scanning instrument and transforms it into compelling 3D deliverables. Advanced but easy to use, RealWorks enables you to register, visualize, explore and manipulate as-built or scene point-cloud data collected with virtually any laser scanner.

Eric Harris

[email protected]

(303) 635-8637



Trimble is dedicated to transforming the planning, design, construction and operation of buildings through advanced, accessible, intuitive technologies. One of these technologies is Tekla Software. Built on reliable and constructible information, Tekla models provide a complete solution for building construction. From structural analysis and design, construction documents through to steel detailing and fabrication, Tekla’s 3D BIM environment allows an accurate flow of information, which increases efficiency and execution.  

Jodi Hendrixson

[email protected]

(770) 426-5105 ext. 230


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