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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 »

Deltek Acquires Union Square

 
August 25th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Patrick Smith, SVP of Marketing at Deltek and Brian LaMee, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Deltek spoke with AECCafe about Deltek’s acquisition of information management and collaboration software company Union Square.

Intranet style entry point to the system providing business and project specific news & information

Landing Page: Intranet style entry point to the system providing business and project specific news & information

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Watch for Vectorworks new 2017 version coming in September

 
August 18th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Biplap Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks, spoke at the spring AIA 2016 Convention about the upcoming features for the new version of Vectorworks coming out in September.

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Graphisoft’s Free and Paid BIMx Updates Brings BIM Project Information to Many

 
August 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith

This year seems to be the year of opening up the information stored in BIM models to those who are not BIM professionals. There are many on the jobsite who need to make use of valuable information stored in BIM, but who need only limited access to it.

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Sustainable Architecture Meets Reforestation in China — Interview with Wolfgang Frey

 
August 1st, 2016 by Susan Smith

Wolfgang Frey, a practicing architect who specializes in sustainability at his architectural firm Frey Architekten, in the eco-city of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, has found a way to offset his own carbon dioxide “debt.“ In the spring of 2014 Mr. Frey began a reforestation project on the Chinese mountain Xishan (‘West Mountain’ in English) in Taiyuan in the Chinese province of Shanxi.

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Focus on the “I” in BIM with Invicara’s BIM Assure

 
July 27th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Lately, more products have come on the market whose goal it is to make building information modeling (BIM) better. The cloud has really opened up the possibilities for this, allowing for easier and more seamless use of a large, often unwieldy building model.

BIM Assure’s web-based model viewer makes it easy to find and fix data issues in building models.

BIM Assure’s web-based model viewer makes it easy to find and fix data issues in building models.

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Going Live with Autodesk LIVE Visualization Service for AEC

 
July 22nd, 2016 by Susan Smith

Amar Hanspal, senior vice president and Nicolas Fonta, senior product manager of Autodesk, spoke about yesterday’s launch of Autodesk LIVE, a new interactive visualization service which offers Revit AEC users the ability to transform their designs into fully-interactive 3D models, and draws viewers into the story of an architectural design much like a video game.

Autodesk LIVE Viewer, Villa Martini

A look into the Autodesk LIVE viewer on Windows showing a model that has been edited in Stingray and then loaded back into LIVE. (Graphic: Business Wire)

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New Interoperability Agreement between Trimble and Autodesk Improves Data Exchanges and Workflows

 
July 15th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Trimble and Autodesk, Inc. entered into an interoperability agreement to improve current data exchanges, aimed at saving customers’ time and reducing project costs typically associated with workflow inefficiency across different suppliers’ technologies. This will benefit architects, engineers and contractors, and importantly, project owners by enabling more freedom to optimize technology workflows needed to meet the complex requirements of today’s construction projects.

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Tekla Structures Used for BIM in Three French Stadium Designs

 
July 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith
To their credit, Tekla Structures, a Trimble company, was used to model and construct the stadiums that will host the Euro 2016 competition in France. The Le Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, the Stade Velodrome in Marseille and the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux were all modeled using Tekla Structures building information modeling.

Stade des Lumières in Lyon

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Bentley Design Applications and TopCon’s Mobile Work Force Streamline Field Operations with MAGNET 4.0

 
June 30th, 2016 by Susan Smith

In early June, Topcon Positioning Group and Bentley Systems unveiled a new level of direct communication between Bentley’s design applications and Topcon’s mobile work force products found in the forthcoming release of its MAGNET 4.0. With direct communication from MAGNET Enterprise to Bentley’s ProjectWise, users of Topcon’s family of MAGNET and 3D-MC software solutions can now, while working in the field, access or receive i-models created by Bentley’s OpenRoads design modeling technology. To find out more about the agreement and how MAGNET works with Bentley applications, AECCafé Voice spoke with Dustin Parkman, Bentley’s vice president of product development.

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Archicad 20 Involves BIM in the Early Stages of Design

 
June 23rd, 2016 by Susan Smith

Eniko Paulo, business development manager for GRAPHISOFT, spoke on the new release of Archicad, Archicad 20. The new release seeks to extend user information usage to the information management stage, looking at how can we involve BIM way in the early stages in the design. BIM is part of the whole lifecycle and the BIM model is used by those not even using BIM software.

In 3D perspective view, users can switch to a two‐point perspective in any camera position, maintaining the original position and viewing angle. As a result, all 3D vertical edges become vertical in perspective projection.

In 3D perspective view, users can switch to a two‐point perspective in any camera position, maintaining the original position and viewing angle. As a result, all 3D vertical edges become vertical in perspective projection.

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