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Holiday announcement from AECCafe

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014


Dear Readers,

Over the holiday season, the last 2014 daily AECCafe newsletter will go out on December 23rd and the last AECCafe weekly on December 21. All of our Daily newsletters and Weeklies will not be published between
December 24 – January 4th and will resume on January 5th.

Wishing you and your families the happiest of holidays and a prosperous New Year!

AECCafe’s Year in Review – 2014

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Looking back on 2014, there were a number of important developments that rocked the AEC world. Here are our takes on what were the most telling announcements of the year:

Autodesk Ember 3D Printer

Autodesk Ember 3D Printer


New SketchUp 2015 announced

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble, discussed with AECCafe Voice the new SketchUp 2015.


SketchUp Pro 2015's Rotated Rectangle Tool draws rectangles that don’t have to be perpendicular or parallel to a default axis.

SketchUp Pro 2015’s Rotated Rectangle Tool draws rectangles that don’t have to be perpendicular or parallel to a default axis.

1.  Do you see the IFC import as the most important addition to the new release, SketchUp 2015? And if so why?

IFC import has certainly captured the attention of many of our users in the construction industry, but SketchUp 2015 contains quite a few other important features as well. I like to think of SketchUp releases as offering a balance of new features, general improvements and core performance tuning. That said, with the addition of an IFC importer, SketchUp is now capable of participating in open building design and construction processes in some important new ways.

The IFC importer plays a key supporting role in a comprehensive new working style that we’ve been building into SketchUp for the last three releases— what I’ve been generally referring to as “information modeling.” The idea is that users should be able to work as quickly and efficiently with attributes and other non-graphical metadata on their models as they can with the model’s raw geometry. We want to extend the fast and loose sketching qualities of SketchUp beyond the ‘look’ of things and into their functional semantics.

Importing an MEP reference model in SketchUp Pro using Trimble Connect

Importing an MEP reference model in SketchUp Pro using Trimble Connect


Autodesk’s own 3D printer, Ember

Monday, December 8th, 2014

3D printing is not just about manufacturing anymore: it is destined to permeate the AEC industry as well.

In a press conference held at Autodesk University 2014, president and CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalksi introduced the company’s new 3D printer, Ember.


Autodesk Ember 3D Printer

Autodesk Ember 3D Printer


Autodesk University 2014 Opening Session Keynotes

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalksi opened the Mainstage Keynotes for Autodesk University 2014 held in Las Vegas, Nevada this morning, with the statement, “Our creations are more dead than alive.”

Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk

Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk


Keith Bentley keynote at YII 2014: “Innovation happens in waves…”

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

At Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference in London in early November, Founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, Keith Bentley spoke on the topic of innovation.

"The ideas that start out to be the greatest start as small ideas." - Keith Bentley, Founder and CTO, Bentley Systems

“The ideas that start out to be the greatest start as small ideas.” – Keith Bentley, Founder and CTO, Bentley Systems


Announcing Trimble Connect for collaboration across multiple markets

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

In an interview with AECCafe Voice, John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble, discussed the new features of Trimble Connect, that offers a new way for designers, builders, owners and operators to collaborate, share and view project information. It is based on GTeam, the collaboration platform developed by Gehry Technologies.

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TurboSite version 4 automates field reporting

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Royal Farros, CEO IMSI/Design, talked with AECCafe Voice about the new version of TurboSite, version 4.


Bentley’s CONNECT Edition explained

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Bentley’s newly announced CONNECT Edition provides a very complex and deep common environment to extend across work groups and enterprises, without changing the basic file format of the products that users have an investment in already.


Bhupinder Singh, senior vice president at Bentley Systems, gave a keynote Thursday, November 7th at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 event in which CONNECT Edition was explained to the audience.

Singh began by saying that Bentley’s platform approach is to extend it to include your desktops, servers and handheld devices.

“When you have suites, there is still a disconnect,” said Singh. “A goal was to improve information mobility with CONNECT Edition. When you begin you connect to a project, everyone connects to a project profile, then there is a project playbook, and personal playlist – an individual set of apps for the user.” This is similar to the playlist you get with your Apple iTunes music list.

The benefits are: reducing time it takes to get project started, to get supply chains on board, and the data you have becomes increasingly more valuable.

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 Keynotes

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Bentley Systems reminds us with a visit to London that the areas of government, water, roads and rails, and utilities are front and center, with building and construction the underpinning of every project. London is abustle with huge infrastructure projects, evidenced by the number of cranes grazing the skyline. There are an estimated 400 cranes operating in the city.

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