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Trimble SketchUp 2014 released

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management, spoke about Trimble’s recent release of Trimble SketchUp 2014, the popular 3D modeling platform for architects, engineers, design and construction professionals. SketchUp 2014 features major enhancements to SketchUp’s 3D Warehouse—a world recognized large repository of free, high-quality, 3D content—as well as new tools that improve the classification of design objects, have more interoperability with other products used in BIM workflows, and make professional documentation more efficient.


Sensors power next-generation Structural Health Monitoring in civil engineering applications

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Sherborne Sensors’ Mike Baker examines how field-proven sensor technology lies at the heart of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) innovation.

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is an emerging field that provides information on demand about any significant change or damage occurring in a structure. It has been employed for many years in civil infrastructure in various forms, ranging from visual observation and assessment of structural condition, to technology-led approaches involving deployment of an array of sensors that can include accelerometers, inclinometers and strain measurement devices on site.  These sensors can be deployed on a permanent basis or moved on and off site each time a fresh set of data is required.

Conventional forms of inspection and monitoring are only as good as their ability to uncover potential issues in a timely manner. One of the major difficulties with SHM instruments for example, is managing the huge volumes of data that sensor arrays generate. Meanwhile, visual inspections and evaluations are insufficient for determining the structural adequacy of bridges or buildings.


Bentley MANAGEservices address project collaboration and work sharing

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Brian Robins, director of business development for managed services at Bentley Systems, talked recently with AECCafe Voice about Bentley MANAGEservices, their solution to provision, manage, monitor, and support Bentley software solutions for architecture, engineering, and construction. “Managed services were quite popular in the 80s and 90s and then got overlooked,” said Robins. “Now they are coming to the forefront again, for several reasons.”

Users are briefed on how to get the most out of their software investment.


TurboSite v2.5 upgrade adds video markup to PDF and BIM support

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Recently released upgrades for TurboSite Pro and TurboSite Plus, the award-winning apps for field reporting from IMSI/Design, now add video markup to BIM and PDF support.  TurboSite Pro v2.5 shows BIM properties and displays 3D section cuts.


The new HP LaserJet Pro MFP M476 for wireless printing from mobile devices

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Brian Sahr, Future Product Marketing Manager, HP LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, talked last week about the new release of the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M476 color laser device, delivering simple wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices, available this spring. The new MFP M476 addresses the following four key trends in the industry:


Sefaira’s performance based design platform now includes daylighting analysis

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Sefaira today announced that its performance based design platform includes daylighting analysis in their Sefaira for SketchUp product. With the addition of daylighting, Sefaira combines two critical design metrics in the same tool.


EcoDesigner STAR from GRAPHISOFT for energy-efficient building design

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The challenge of getting energy evaluations into a building information model has been puzzling developers for a long time now. GRAPHISOFT has offered some energy evaluation capability in its flagship product ArchiCAD, but now the company has announced EcoDesigner STAR to serve highly energy-efficient building design by turning ArchiCAD BIM models into multiple thermal zone Building Energy Models (BEM).


BIM delivers tangible benefits for construction

Thursday, February 6th, 2014


The number of large scale construction projects that are implementing building information modeling for collaboration,  integrated project delivery and lifecycle management is growing all the time.


Dell partners with Makerbot to deliver 3D printers and scanners

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Andy Rhodes, Executive Director, Dell Precision, talked about the new partnership with Makerbot to sell 3D printers and scanners.

photo credit Louis Seigal


First Place Winner of Autodesk’s Excellence in Infrastructure – Denver International Airport Expansion

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The 1st Place Winner from Autodesk’s Excellence in Infrastructure Competition this past fall was HNTB, for the Expansion of Denver International Airport, originally built in 1995. The project was started in 2008-09, and includes 519-room hotel, a rail line from downtown to a hotel, which was part of the original master plan of the airport when it was originally built. The expansion includes the integration of a rail line, new baggage handling system, and the new airport is being prefabbed with a new entry way, security checkpoints, baggage screening – all of that being developed with the hotel.

rendering courtesy of Gensler.


Denver International Airport embodies an “airport city” concept.

“You can see where the rail line comes in and the glass wave shape at the top is the new hotel project,” said Eddy Krygiel, architect at HNTB. “It’s all attaching to the south side of the airport. We moved over 1 million cubic feet of earth in excavation.”


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