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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 »

A Look at Ultra-Rugged and Rugged Tablets and Handhelds

 
July 27th, 2015 by Susan Smith

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 tablets.

Xplore Technologies recently acquired Motion Computng

Xplore Technologies recently acquired Motion Computng

“Now we’ll serve two markets of ultra-rugged devices,” said Denny, “and we have the dominant marketshare.” Denny added that their customers include utilities, construction, public safety and retail. 30% of their business requires some level of customization, such as in-vehicle docks and perhaps including special integration.

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Award-winning Vectorworks Nomad Offers Video Game-like Navigation and More

 
July 23rd, 2015 by Susan Smith

Vectorworks Nomad received a “BEST OF SHOW” award in the Mobile category from Architosh Magazine’s Annual Awards at the American Institute of Architects Convention (AIA) 2015 held in Atlanta this year.

Vectorworks Nomad

Vectorworks Nomad

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The Next Desktop Printer: Holograms?

 
July 14th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Mike Masters, chief marketing officer of Zebra Imaging, spoke about Zebra Imaging’s service of providing holograms for the architectural industry. Architects are looking for the interaction that is the easiest way for them to show things and manipulate them on the fly.

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SEPS2BIM can create BIMs from Owner Requirement Data

 
July 8th, 2015 by Susan Smith

In a recent webinar on the topic, “Space and Equipment Planning System to BIM (SEPS2BIM)” using SketchUp, Kimon Onuma, president of ONUMA, Inc., Dennis Shelden, associate professor of Practice, MIT, Gehry Technologies, Ryan Ghere, content manager of SketchUp and Devon Sparks, professional services consultant, Gehry Technologies talked about automating the creation of BIMs from owner requirement data.

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Autodesk Exchange Apps Cross over the One-Millionth Download

 
June 30th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Autodesk recently celebrated the one-millionth app download on the Autodesk Exchange Apps, a web-based design and engineering app store created for the Autodesk community. In three years since launching, the site has published 1,800 apps from third-party developers, which are available for download in 14 different languages and in 191 countries.

CADtoEarth 2.2 for Autodesk® Revit® extending a family of add-ins that establishes a bi-directional connection between CAD environments and Google Earth or Google Maps. The CADtoEarth 2.2 add-in now allows users to create personal accounts on the CADtoEarth web application and provides individual control over the visibility of uploaded data.

CADtoEarth 2.2 for Autodesk® Revit® extending a family of add-ins that establishes a bi-directional connection between CAD environments and Google Earth or Google Maps. The CADtoEarth 2.2 add-in now allows users to create personal accounts on the CADtoEarth web application and provides individual control over the visibility of uploaded data.

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ArchiCAD 19 Released

 
June 23rd, 2015 by Susan Smith

ArchiCAD 19 Open BIM

Graphisoft presented ArchiCAD 19 this year at AIA. Just today Graphisoft announced the rollout of ArchiCAD 19 worldwide, with shipping starting with the U.S., UK/Ireland and International versions on June 24. German versions will follow on June 30th These are the first four of 27 local versions,that  should hit the market by the end of Q3 2015.

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IMAGINiT and Pix4D Partner to Offer Imagery Extraction from UAVs

 
June 18th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Rand Worldwide announced that its IMAGINiT Technologies division is partnering with Pix4D, leading developers of 2D and 3D mapping and modeling software. This collaboration will help architectural, civil and manufacturing design engineers extract imagery taken from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and convert it into usable 2D and 3D models.

Pix4D Mapping

Pix4D Mapping

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AutoCAD Plant 3D Plant Design and Advance Steel Sport New 2016 Features

 
June 15th, 2015 by Susan Smith

New features and enhancements AutoCAD Plant 3D plant design software and P&ID arriving with the new 2016 release of Autodesk products include replicating the plant database to distributed teams to make it faster and able to manipulate data. The main focus of Plant is to take something and process it into something else. The industries served include pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and food and beverage, all who require special material needs such as stainless steel that must be cleaned daily.

BioGen has built their own cogeneration plant to provide efficient energy to all buildings on their Cambridge campus. The plant converts natural gas fuel into electricity. The waste heat generated by making electricity creates steam used to heat and cool their buildings.

BioGen has built their own cogeneration plant to provide efficient energy to all buildings on their Cambridge campus. The plant converts natural gas fuel into electricity. The waste heat generated by making electricity creates steam used to heat and cool their buildings.

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From the Exhibit Floor at AIA in Atlanta

 
June 2nd, 2015 by Susan Smith

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention held in Atlanta two weeks ago, was the setting for a number of AEC vendors to announce new products and services.

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Autodesk AEC Media Summit Report

 
May 28th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Last week media trekked to Autodesk’s new Innovation and Design Building in the heart of Boston for the Autodesk AEC Media Summit. While the previous LEED Gold headquarters in Waltham, Mass. was a testament to the company’s commitment to sustainable design, the Innovation and Design Building speaks to their branching out in their innovative capacities.

"As if It Were Already There" - sculpture by Janet Echelman in Rose Greenway Park

“As if It Were Already There” – sculpture by Janet Echelman in Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

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