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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 »

NavVis IndoorViewer Upgrade Automatically Renders 360° Immersive Imagery from E57 Point Clouds

 
November 15th, 2018 by Susan Smith
AECCafe Voice spoke with Lisa Cali, Senior Product Manager, IndoorViewer about NavVis’s latest software upgrade to their web-based application NavVis IndoorViewer. A provider of indoor spatial intelligence technology, NavVis is now able to automatically convert E57 point cloud files into interactive, realistic 360° walkthroughs, with the latest software upgrade to IndoorViewer.

NavVis IndoorViewer Upgrade Automatically Renders 360° Immersive Imagery from E57 Point Clouds. Top photo: E57 point cloud file, captured by a static laser scanner Bottom photo: E57 point cloud file automatically converted into an immersive 360° walkthrough in NavVis IndoorViewer

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Tekla BIM Award Winner Foniles del Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico Features Largest Tekla Model Ever Built

 
November 9th, 2018 by Susan Smith

One of the winners in the Tekla BIM Awards was the

Steel Winner: Foniles del Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de Mexico

Company: Constructora Terminal Valle de Mexico

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AECCafe Editorial Calendar 2019

 
November 1st, 2018 by Susan Smith

AECCafe will focus on specific editorial for 2019, so be sure to check in with our Editorial Calendar to find out when might be a good time for your story to be shown. Throughout the year, we provide space for Current Events, as the technology industry is evolving, and we can’t know at the time of this writing just what will be new, groundbreaking and/or disruptive in the coming year.

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Going Open and Digital Twin Cloud Services Shape Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2018

 
October 25th, 2018 by Susan Smith

The Bentley Year In Infrastructure Conference held in London this year at the Hilton London Metropole attracted over 1,200 attendees, a record number for that location and event. The company advanced its theme of “Going Digital” with the inauguration of Digital Twins and iTwin Services. iTwin Services are digital twin cloud services for infrastructure projects and assets, that can be transparently provisioned within Bentley’s Connected Data Environment (CDE) for ProjectWise and AssetWise users.

Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2018 Awards Ceremony and Dinner

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Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2018 Conference Features Year in Infrastructure Finalists’ Best Practices, Real-World Implementations, and State-of-the-Art Technologies

 
October 15th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Every year the Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure conference showcases finalists in their Year in Infrastructure competition. The event highlights the company’s prestigious Year in Infrastructure Awards, where finalists in 19 categories present their most innovative projects of the past year and describe how they were able to solve real-world challenges using Bentley applications. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony and gala on Oct. 18.

Image courtesy of CCCC Water Transportation Consultants, Ltd.

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Epson SureColor T-Series Adds Models for Small-to-Mid-Size CAD or GIS Offices

 
October 11th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Matt Kochanowski, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. spoke with AECCafe Voice about the newest of their SureColor T-Series printers.

SureColor T3470

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High Concrete Group Wins Precast Category Tekla BIM Award for Statue of Liberty Museum

 
October 5th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Tasked with creating a new museum on Liberty Island to house the valuable artifacts from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is an honor in and of itself. High Concrete Group, LLC, a family-owned company that has delivered precast concrete structures for nearly 50 years, was named Precast Winner for the Statue of Liberty Museum for the Tekla BIM Awards.

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AECCafe Voice Special Report: What Makes for BIM Interoperability?

 
September 27th, 2018 by Susan Smith

The built environment is increasingly more digitized, relying heavily on large building models to hold all aspects of a building project. Thus, the need for BIM Interoperability is greater as the necessity grows for stakeholders to be able to access the information inside these complex and huge models.

ABDCE_disciplines: AECOsim Building Designer, Bentley’s multi-discipline BIM application, provides architectural, structural, electrical, and mechanical tools so you can coordinate your designs better across disciplines with a streamlined workflow.

For AEC firms, it is very common to use multiple software products within the same organization, as well as outside the organization. No single BIM software solution or integrated system can fulfill the requirements of the AEC industry. All these products throughout the design process need to be able to communicate with one another.

Standards organizations have come forward to suggest that they have the answer to interoperability in the BIM world. But currently what most vendors are able to achieve is perhaps an increase in interoperability. Does anyone offer total interoperability?

Some of our respondents define BIM interoperability in this way:

“Interoperability is about handing over the right amount of information, to the right people at the right time,” says David Lash, product manager, Trimble, Tekla Structures Division. “It’s about hitting milestones for people who want to stay up to date with the wider project, even on a daily basis.”

“Communication, communication, communication,” says Joe Eichenseer, director, Building Lifecycle Solutions, North America IMAGINiT. “Interoperability allows us to communicate better and reduce or eliminate the chance of translation errors between systems.”

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Vectorworks 2019 Packs a Punch with Increased Design Efficiency

 
September 19th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Last week Vectorworks released the 2019 versions of Vectorworks Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals and Designer, as well as BraceworksTM and Vision. Significant improvements have been made in increased design efficiency through overall performance and quality, plus innovations to greatly improve the 3D and BIM modeling, 2D documentation and presentation workflows for architectural, landscape, interior design and entertainment designers.

Vectorworks 2019 Architect

In an interview with Vectorworks CEO Biplab Sarkar, he talked about the importance of the new release, including 3D site model sculpting; the unique ability to have BIM objects display with varying levels of detail in plan, elevation and section drawings; enhanced openBIM interoperability; and a new partnership integration with AutoTURN online for analyzing vehicle swept paths.

“We improved and streamlined the creation of drawings from the models,” said Sarkar. “The primary reason BIM models are used is for people to drive presentation drawings from the models. When you have an object, a kitchen sink or an appliance and you want to present in different views: side, front and back view, for example, you really need a simplified presentation depending upon the scale of the drawing. So, what we introduced is 2D from 3D components for hybrid objects. If you look at the object from the top plan, it will give you a simplified top plan view and if you look at it from any other view it will show a 3D presentation of the object.”

Vectorworks Landmark 2019

The 2019 version extends the view from the top plan to other views. You can have a left view, front view, bottom view, and all these views can be stored in the object. You can choose low, high or medium view selection and specify so details can be changed depending on the view. You simplify the view depending on the scale. For very small scale and everything close together, you don’t want to show all the details of the object, and for a large scale you want to display all the details of a complicated object.

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R&D MOU Drafted Between GRAPHISOFT and Surbana Jurong

 
September 12th, 2018 by Susan Smith

GRAPHISOFT and Surbana Jurong Consultants, a Singapore-based multi-disciplinary urban, infrastructure and management services consultancy firm, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) effective September 3, 2018, to cooperate and collaborate in BIM, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC), and Integrated Digital Delivery (IDD)-related research and development to combine their different areas of expertise. GRAPHISOFT will focus on BIM and related software technologies, while Surbana Jurong will focus on design and construction domain.

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