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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 »

Autodesk Stingray: Interactive Real-Time Game Engine for AEC

 
August 28th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Rick Davis, Autodesk marketing manager, Design and Animation and Aaron Emory, industry marketing manager for Building Design talked about the recent Autodesk announcement at the Game Developers Conference Europe of the new Stingray, a real-time engine that can be used to create high quality 3D games, or be applied in the AEC industry to make BIM-informed 3D visualizations in 3ds Max design software fully interactive in a real-time environment.

 The Stingray engine allows designers, owners and stakeholders to access and visualize a building model in real-time to fully understand the scale, feel and experience of the building before construction starts.

The Stingray engine allows designers, owners and stakeholders to access and visualize a building model in real-time to fully understand the scale, feel and experience of the building before construction starts.

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Trimble SketchUp’s Mobile Viewer and Partnership between Trimble and Materialise

 
August 19th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Trimble SketchUp Mobile Viewer v2

Trimble SketchUp made a couple of announcements this summer: one being the SketchUp Mobile Viewer launch for both iOS and Android, an online presentation app, and the other the partnership between Trimble and Materialise to streamline 3D printing workflows by adding support for the STL file format in Trimble’s 3D Warehouse.

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IMAGINiT Technologies Scan to BIM 2016 and Utilities for Revit

 
August 13th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Rand Worldwide recently announced that its IMAGINiT Technologies division has released Scan to BIM 2016, point cloud software that is compatible with Autodesk Revit 2016. IMAGINiT has also introduced two new, time-saving Utilities for Revit,and  Dependent View Copy and Adjust Pipe.

Scan to BIM for Revit 2016

Scan to BIM 2016 for Revit 2016

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Interview: Version 2.0 of Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp Release

 
August 5th, 2015 by Susan Smith

When I think of where Trimble SketchUp has evolved to, from its days as a simple but celebrated sketching tool for designers, I’m amazed at its versatility and application to so many important aspects of the AEC marketplace.

Trimble MEPdesigner V2 Cable tray with condulets and bendable conduit

Trimble MEPdesigner V2 Cable tray with condulets and bendable conduit

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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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