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 ArchShowcase  by Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Earth Light in KAPANDRITI, ATHENS by DIONISIS SOTOVIKIS
Article source: DIONISIS SOTOVIKIS This building was designed based on the relationship of man with the landscape and particularly the earth. The entrance from the street is created by two parallel walls which contain the staircase and …

 AECCafe Voice  by Susan Smith
Susan Smith
A Look at Ultra-Rugged and Rugged Tablets and Handhelds
Randy Denny, vice president of Sales for Xplore Technologies talked recently about the company’s big news: acquiring Motion Computing in April of 2015. Motion added to Xplore a broader portfolio of solutions in the “rugged category” of …

 AECCafe Guest Blog  by Shane Kling
Shane Kling
P&ID = Piping and Instrumentation DATA (not Drawing)
It’s time we stop referring to P&IDs as piping and instrumentation drawings/diagrams and instead as piping and instrumentation DATA.  We are on the cusp of a “paradigm shift” – where the “D” in P&ID will be a distant memory for …

 3DEXPERIENCE Construction  by Akio Moriwaki
Akio Moriwaki
Ice World Project Complex Façade Design Made Easier with BIM
China's Ice World is poised to be the biggest indoor ice- and water-themed park in the world, putting entertainment, sightseeing, and hospitality all in one place. As part of the Changsha Great King Mountain Tourist Resort, Ice World—along with …

 ArchiCAD BIM Engine  by Mary Moscarello
Mary Moscarello
Powerhouse Brazil Firm Chooses ARCHICAD Over Revit
In a recent press release GRAPHISOFT announced signing with Fernandes Arquitetos Associados (FAA). The well-known Brazilian firm with an impressive portfolio, including two 2014 World Cup arenas had been on a competitor's BIM platform, …

 What’s the Word on AutoCAD?  by Isaac Harper
Isaac Harper
AutoCAD 2016 Help is on the way!
In AutoCAD 2016 they have extended the Help file to make it even easier to access help to related content and tools. As before you can access the Help file from the traditional ways, typing a question mark on the command line, or the F1 function …

 The AEC Lens  by Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
AECCafe to exhibit at the 2015 AIA Convention and record video interviews
We are exhibiting at the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta on May 14-15 at our booth #2878 and we are recording video interviews at our booth. Let me know if you want to book a 15-minute time slot for you or someone from your firm. Interview …

 A Word on BIM  by David Metcalf
David Metcalf
Tales from the Helpdesk Crypt – Install, uninstall Revit 2015 Content Libraries
This help topic has come up due to users reporting issues with missing parts of or all of their content on install of Revit 2015 to their systems. New for Revit 2015 users, a new method to add Revit Content Libraries has arrived. A separate …

 AEC+Compliance Paradigms  by Shane Kling
Shane Kling
Why Industry-Standard CAD Platforms DO NOT Meet Owner-Operators’ Compliance Needs
I am wrapping up one of the more ambitious business trips in my career. For the last 9 years, I have consulted owner-operators in the oil and gas, chemicals, and petrochemicals industries on compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

 The Tip Jar  by Julie Ginn
Julie Ginn
Tap into the Hidden Profitability Potential of Your Staff
Through good or bad economic times, one of the equations that contribute to business success for professional services firms remains the same: optimizing utilization = increased profitability. While the math may be simple, the realization of this …

 NOT AEC  by Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Ted Talk: “The death of innovation, the end of growth” by Robert Gordon
The US economy has been expanding wildly for two centuries. Are we witnessing the end of growth? Economist Robert Gordon lays out 4 reasons US growth may be slowing, detailing factors like epidemic debt and growing inequality, which could move the …

 AECCafe Today  by Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Pictometry/AutoCAD Civil 3D integration
Pictometry International Corp., inventor of measurable, aerial oblique imagery and analytics tools, launched Pictometry Integration for Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 and 2012 products at Autodesk University the last week of November 2012. Now …

 Grew Design  by Milton Grew
Milton Grew
ICC INTENDS TO BE MORE USER-FRIENDLY
I was pleased to have been invited by the International Code Council (ICC) to participate in the ICC Community Coalition Event held in Denver, Colorado during September 8 - 10, 2010. There were about 40 of us including ICC administration, ICC …

 Steve Watt's Blog  by Steve Watt
Steve Watt
BIM Ushers in a Culture of Collaboration
Before you ask yourself whether or not your company has money in the budget to purchase and implement a suite of BIM (Building Information Model) software applications, you should first ask yourself whether or not your company has a culture that …


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