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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Focus on the “I” in BIM with Invicara’s BIM Assure

 
July 27th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Lately, more products have come on the market whose goal it is to make building information modeling (BIM) better. The cloud has really opened up the possibilities for this, allowing for easier and more seamless use of a large, often unwieldy building model.

BIM Assure’s web-based model viewer makes it easy to find and fix data issues in building models.

BIM Assure’s web-based model viewer makes it easy to find and fix data issues in building models.

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Going Live with Autodesk LIVE Visualization Service for AEC

 
July 22nd, 2016 by Susan Smith

Amar Hanspal, senior vice president and Nicolas Fonta, senior product manager of Autodesk, spoke about yesterday’s launch of Autodesk LIVE, a new interactive visualization service which offers Revit AEC users the ability to transform their designs into fully-interactive 3D models, and draws viewers into the story of an architectural design much like a video game.

Autodesk LIVE Viewer, Villa Martini

A look into the Autodesk LIVE viewer on Windows showing a model that has been edited in Stingray and then loaded back into LIVE. (Graphic: Business Wire)

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New Interoperability Agreement between Trimble and Autodesk Improves Data Exchanges and Workflows

 
July 15th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Trimble and Autodesk, Inc. entered into an interoperability agreement to improve current data exchanges, aimed at saving customers’ time and reducing project costs typically associated with workflow inefficiency across different suppliers’ technologies. This will benefit architects, engineers and contractors, and importantly, project owners by enabling more freedom to optimize technology workflows needed to meet the complex requirements of today’s construction projects.

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Tekla Structures Used for BIM in Three French Stadium Designs

 
July 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith
To their credit, Tekla Structures, a Trimble company, was used to model and construct the stadiums that will host the Euro 2016 competition in France. The Le Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux were all modeled using Tekla Structures building information modeling.

Stade des Lumières in Lyon

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Bentley Design Applications and TopCon’s Mobile Work Force Streamline Field Operations with MAGNET 4.0

 
June 30th, 2016 by Susan Smith

In early June, Topcon Positioning Group and Bentley Systems unveiled a new level of direct communication between Bentley’s design applications and Topcon’s mobile work force products found in the forthcoming release of its MAGNET 4.0. With direct communication from MAGNET Enterprise to Bentley’s ProjectWise, users of Topcon’s family of MAGNET and 3D-MC software solutions can now, while working in the field, access or receive i-models created by Bentley’s OpenRoads design modeling technology. To find out more about the agreement and how MAGNET works with Bentley applications, AECCafé Voice spoke with Dustin Parkman, Bentley’s vice president of product development.

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Archicad 20 Involves BIM in the Early Stages of Design

 
June 23rd, 2016 by Susan Smith

Eniko Paulo, business development manager for GRAPHISOFT, spoke on the new release of Archicad, Archicad 20. The new release seeks to extend user information usage to the information management stage, looking at how can we involve BIM way in the early stages in the design. BIM is part of the whole lifecycle and the BIM model is used by those not even using BIM software.

In 3D perspective view, users can switch to a two‐point perspective in any camera position, maintaining the original position and viewing angle. As a result, all 3D vertical edges become vertical in perspective projection.

In 3D perspective view, users can switch to a two‐point perspective in any camera position, maintaining the original position and viewing angle. As a result, all 3D vertical edges become vertical in perspective projection.

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Art Gensler’s Lessons Learned

 
June 15th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Art Gensler’s book, Art’s Principles: 50 years of hard-learned lessons in building a world-class professional services firm, was the topic for Gensler’s talk on lessons learned in the architecture industry at AIA 2016 in May.

The Philadelphia Museum Art crowns the city’s illuminated Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The culturally rich stretch is home to many parks, public works of art and museums, including Swann Memorial Fountain (pictured), the Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Sister Cities Park and many other attractions.

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How to Integrate Data Capture, BIM, CIM, GIS and CAD

 
June 6th, 2016 by Susan Smith

At an industry session held at SPAR3D 2016 in April in The Woodlands, Texas, Lou Bush, Director of Survey, Bowman Consulting Group, and Steve Hutsell, Chief, Geospatial Section U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District, gave a talk entitled: “Integrated Data Capture, BIM, CIM, GIS and CAD – Owner and Industry Perspectives on Products, Processes and Policies for Informed Decision Making.”

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Review of Humanism in Architecture

 
June 1st, 2016 by Susan Smith

“The sciences that underlie construction related technologies – structures, materials, systems and software – have revolutionized how we design and build today. But the insights emerging from the maturing science of human life – evolution, ecology and neurosciences — are only beginning to be incorporated.” – Bob Hart.

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From the Exhibit Floor: AIA Convention 2016

 
May 26th, 2016 by Susan Smith

At the AIA Convention 2016 held in Philadelphia last week, the Exhibit Hall showcased software, hardware and all types of building materials.

Emphasis for AEC technology this year is on reality capture or modeling, building information modeling, zero carbon energy initiatives, conceptual modeling and the inclusion of metadata in projects.

Building Exterior

Bring your stories to life in animated 3D environments, rich with wind-swept plants, seasonal trees, rolling clouds, rippling water, deep shadows and beautiful light.

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