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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 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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Jochen Luebke/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

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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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AECCafe Special Report: AEC Collaboration Platforms and the Cloud

 
March 18th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Buildings are now generating vast amounts of data, cities need to be sustainable, flexible and producers of resources. AEC professionals must also have their eye on environmental impact and diminishing greenhouse gas emissions in design and construction as well as operations. As owner/operators get more involved in the entire lifecycle of the project, there is a greater need for convergence and collaboration of AEC teams.

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New Releases of TurboCAD Pro 2016 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016 for Architectural and Mechanical Users

 
March 10th, 2016 by Susan Smith

IMSI/Design recently announced the release of both TurboCAD Pro 2016 and TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2016.

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AECCafe Special Report: Reality Capture to Reality Modeling

 
February 29th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Over the past few years reality capture has taken the AEC world by storm, with ever increasing attention to being able to collect, process and import data more efficiently and accurately. New technologies and the cloud have created the opportunity to use reality capture more affordably and efficiently, so that many more users can take advantage of the data collected. This technology is considered disruptive because in many cases it displaces previously used technologies and processes, that were more laborious, costly and less efficient.

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Vectorworks point cloud

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The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in Paris Moves Nations Toward Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

 
February 24th, 2016 by Susan Smith

In December 2015, an historic agreement was reached among 195 nations in Paris at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) to combat climate change and work towards a low carbon, resilient future, calling to keep global average temperature increase well below 2 degrees C, and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.6 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Ed Mazria presenting the China Accord at the UNFCCC COP21 Buildings Day

Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, presenting the China Accord at the UNFCCC COP21 Buildings Day

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