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 ArchiCAD BIM Engine  by Mary Moscarello
Mary Moscarello
Keynote Speakers Announced for GRAPHISOFT User Conference
Distinguished Keynote Speakers Announced Renowned keynote speakers take center stage at this year's North America BIM Conference, being held March 22-24 in Las Vegas. This year’s pair of keynote speakers highlights a commitment to innovation as …

 ArchShowcase  by Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Amstelloft in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by WE ARCHITECTEN
Article source: WE ARCHITECTEN The collective DIY-housing project Amstelloft consists of spacious loft-apartments. Inspired by dwellings in old schools, churches and warehouses: flexible space with double height which can be turned into living …

 The AEC Lens  by Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect
Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect
ConstructConnect’s December Starts Defied Seasonality With 3.4% Increase
Article source: ConstructConnect ConstructConnect announced today that December’s level of U.S. construction starts, excluding residential activity, was $24.0 billion, an increase of 3.4% versus the dollar volume in the period before. The …

 AECCafe Voice  by Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Some Picks from CES 2017
The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas attracted over 165,000 people this month, with 3800 companies doing product launches. https://youtu.be/EBB83orV3ms Erek Dyskant, co-founder of BlueLabs, an analytics and technology company …

 3DEXPERIENCE Construction  by Akio Moriwaki
Akio Moriwaki
Remodeling the Architectural Design Process
The following article is excerpted from the Dassault Systèmes SHoP Architects customer case study.  Chris Sharples, founding partner at SHoP Architects, believes that architects should think more like manufacturers and to try to pull as …

 AECCafe Guest Blog  by Megan Miller
Megan Miller
How Your A&E Firm Can Win the War for Talent
In A&E, your people are not only your greatest asset, but also your competitive advantage in the marketplace. But, does your firm have what it takes to attract and retain the best and brightest in the industry? The annual Deltek Clarity …

 What’s the Word on AutoCAD?  by Isaac Harper
Isaac Harper
Autodesk Desktop App… New in 2017
One of the first changes you may notice when installing AutoCAD 2017 is the new Autodesk desktop app, which is automatically displayed after the install is complete. This new app is replacing the Autodesk Application Manager that delivers security …

 Assemble the BIM Possibilities  by Howard Davis, CEO
Howard Davis, CEO
The Benefits of Visually Communicating Your Project Schedule
A huge advantage that comes with the BIM data integration in a construction project is the ability to visualize the expected progress throughout the entire process. When teams are empowered to create a comprehensive project schedule in a way that …

 AEC+Compliance Paradigms  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 …

 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 …

 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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