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 ArchShowcase  by Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
BIOPOLE, biotech business incubator in Rennes, France by PERIPHERIQUES Architectes
Article source: PERIPHERIQUES Architectes The side that we have taken in the urban implantation as well as in the architectural expression consists in an large quadrangle around an atrium-patio. The ambivalent need to create a program preserving …

 AECCafe Voice  by Susan Smith
Susan Smith
An Engineering Approach to Big AEC Data
Environmental Systems Design is a consulting engineering firm that addresses the AEC industry. According to vice president ESD Global, the company does all the engineering in the building that you can’t see “but you really notice unless it …

 AECCafe Guest Blog  by Megan Miller
Megan Miller
Stop Wasting Your Marketing Efforts
Each year, there is that one trade show that management flags as a top priority. It costs $50,000 to sponsor and participate. And each year, when asked how much business your A&E firm drives from that event, you have no idea. Sound familiar? …

 3DEXPERIENCE Construction  by Akio Moriwaki
Akio Moriwaki
Enabling Flow: Knowledge Based Construction
  This post is an excerpt from the white paper, Lean Construction ‐ Advanced Project Delivery for the AEC Industry, from Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solution Business Partner CornerCube. As organizations begin to understand the power …

 ArchiCAD BIM Engine  by Mary Moscarello
Mary Moscarello
ARCHICAD, the Ideal Software for Cal Poly Students
California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly) has added BIM as a required course in their curriculum. All students who wish to graduate with a degree in Construction Management must take the course over two quarters. Instructor, Elbert Speidel works …

 The AEC Lens  by Jeff Rowe
Jeff Rowe
FARO Acquires Complementary Software Companies
As we said a little over a month ago, we have witnessed the ongoing and perpetual consolidation of the CAD/CAM industry as companies continue to get swallowed up by others. We’ve witnessed CAD companies acquiring CAD/CAM companies, simulation …

 What’s the Word on AutoCAD?  by Isaac Harper
Isaac Harper
Design Feed …It’s not just for fancy chickens anymore!
If you are like most people, the first time you opened your AutoCAD 2015 the first thing you probably did is start closing all of the palettes that popped up on your screen, (like everyone did with AutoCAD 2014 and so on) to get it back to the way …

 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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