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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 »

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.

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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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AIA 2016 Convention Report – Towards a Material Future

 
May 21st, 2016 by Susan Smith

At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016 Convention this week held in Philadelphia, keynote addresses spanned the gamut from host and executive producer of NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross’ interview with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss of the iconic TV sitcom Seinfeld and now the series VEEP to Israeli-born architect, designer and MIT professor Neri Oxman’s highly inspirational presentation on “material ecology.”

Neri Oxman, architect and designer, MIT professor

Neri Oxman, architect and designer, MIT professor

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AECCafe Exhibiting at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention 2016 in Philadelphia

 
May 10th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Celebrity keynoters Kevin Spacey, Neri Oxman, and Rem Koolhaas will be among the numerous highlights of the AIA Convention 2016 held in Philadelphia next week. Learn and keep up with the latest from leading experts on topics including resiliency, business management, ADA compliance, LEED, green building, design and health, and more. Register for an in-depth workshop or pack your schedule with challenging seminars. Nearly 800 exhibitors will also be on hand with the latest products and technologies in the industry. Philadelphia is always a treat to visit so attendees will find a lot to entertain them after the conference lights dim.

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.

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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Project Execution for Large, Multi-National Corporation

 
May 3rd, 2016 by Susan Smith

With all change in organizations, there are headaches, hiccups and some hairpulling, but definitely it is best to keep those activities to a minimum.

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From the Exhibit Hall: SPAR3D 2016

 
April 27th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Those I spoke to at SPAR3D 2016 last week were amazed at the progress the 3D laser scanning/reality capture products had made over just one year. Many people attended in order to find out if the technology would be right for their organization and what it would entail in terms of a learning curve, and of course, how much it would cost.

SPAR 3D scanning mobile unit from Surphaser

SPAR 3D scanning mobile unit from Surphaser

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Autodesk Announces Revit 2017 and a Host of Other New Product Releases

 
April 20th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Typically, Autodesk announces the latest version of its software in the spring of each year, and this year is no exception.

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SPAR3D 2016 Shows Off 3D Mixed Realities

 
April 14th, 2016 by Susan Smith

The four morning keynotes kicking off SPAR3D 2016 in The Woodlands, Texas, Tuesday morning included Eddie Paddock, Engineering/VR Technical Discipline lead, NASA Johnson Space Center, Greg Bentley, CEO Bentley Systems, Inc., David Smith, CTO, Wearality, and Curtis Chan, technical evangelist, Autodesk.

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Google Cardboard

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Zaha Hadid Leaves an Architectural Design Legacy Behind

 
April 4th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Dame Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect who was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for architecture,  died last Thursday in Miami at the age of 65. Hadid died of a sudden heart attack while being treated for bronchitis in the hospital, according to her office, Zaha Hadid Architects in London.

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Dassault Systèmes Participates in IoT Landmark Smart Office Building Project

 
March 30th, 2016 by Susan Smith

IoT has been in the news in recent years, with experts have predicting the future of smart homes and cities. The transformational power of the Internet of Things will extend its connectivity and responsiveness to offices and residential spaces and into their futures.

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AutoCAD 2017 with New “Subscription-Awareness” Made Available

 
March 25th, 2016 by Susan Smith

 On Monday, Autodesk announced the availability of AutoCAD 2017.  The latest release makes the promise of being “faster and smarter across connected desktop and mobile solutions, and makes it easier to collaborate with colleagues, create personalized design experiences, and stay up-to-date with the newest features and updates.” The AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app is subscription based and  allows you take AutoCAD with you.

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