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From the Exhibit Floor: AIA Convention 2016
May 26th, 2016 by Susan Smith
At the AIA Convention 2016 held in Philadelphia last week, the Exhibit Hall showcased software, hardware and all types of building materials.
Emphasis for AEC technology this year is on reality capture or modeling, building information modeling, zero carbon energy initiatives, conceptual modeling and the inclusion of metadata in projects.
Solutions executive, Andy Smith, of Bentley Systems talked about four things that they were demonstrating at AIA this year:
Dave Settermeier, SiteOps Design for Buildings manager, talked about the SaaS SiteOps that enables users to move beyond engineering to “optioneering”, i.e. taking the concept of a building and putting it on a site. From there the user can do rapid feasibility analysis and start the model AECOsim Building Designer. Now users can do many conceptual designs for architectural by taking advantage of increased bandwidth. SiteOps has a large Autodesk user base, according to Settermeier.
AECOsim Building Designer provides BIM advancements so that users can analyze, design, document and visualize buildings of any size. Interoperability allows users to pull pieces of a project together. AECOsim is scalable and now supports DWG 2016 and IFC.
Bentley’s ContextCapture can also be used as an immersive environment in which to start design, and can also bring in Bing maps where needed. LumenRT allows users to create professional videos and interactive experiences.
Smith said the new Connect Edition (previously called V8i) will include 64 bit, and ribbon bar interface.
Ransom Ratcliff, BIM consultant for Graphisoft, treated me to a look at Archicad 20 which is at the time of this writing, in Beta. Archicad builds on the speed of its predecessor and uses the processor more efficiently now. There is a different interface, and the icons are now vector-based. “The old icons don’t enlarge as the vector ones do,” said Ratcliff. In addition, the new release features adaptations for retina screens with greater resolution.
Two other big features of the upcoming release are the addition of more metadata, such as the fire rating of a wall, the manufacturer, etc. that will populate all model elements.
Graphisoft makes objects themselves, and also makes use of generic, out-of-the-box objects that can be obtained from manufacturers.
The new Archicad 20 sports the following primary features:
BIMx is available to send markup tools to Archicad BIM Server where it goes to a central repository. Those who don’t use Archicad can use it.
Autodesk’s senior product manager for the Building Performance Analysis group, Ian Molloy, spoke of Autodesk’s announcement at AIA about the release of a new, collaboratively developed tool that will automate the AIA 2030 Commitment data reporting to the Design Data Exchange (DDx).
This new automated connection will allow the more than 350 AIA 2030 committed firms to report their project and portfolio performance to the DDx directly from Autodesk Insight 360, encouraging performance analysis and more frequent reporting throughout the design process instead of annually.
This collaboration has resulted in an open Automated Program Interface (API) to the DDx, available to any energy modeling software vendor, reducing the duplication of effort using the existing process. Everyone who is modeling in Autodesk FormIt 360 Pro or Revit can report their performance to the DDx. Autodesk Insight 360 is included in both FormIt 360 Pro and Revit.
This automated process between Insight 360 and DDx will eliminate the need for manual data entry and eliminates duplication of effort encouraging performance analysis and more frequent reporting throughout the design process instead of annually. The DDx interface is open source with the ability to connect with other energy modeling software providers. Additional vendors are welcome to link up with the DDx system
“Users can’t hit targets for energy project and portfolio performance unless they are doing modeling,” Molloy pointed out.
Biplap Sarkar, newly appointed CEO of Vectorworks, spoke about the upcoming features for the new version of Vectorworks coming out in September.
Other architectural features include the ability to move slabs separately from walls or to be open or partially covered by walls.
“There is no change to the interface,” said Sarkar. “The shell is what people see, the core is the center. We have separated them so that we can change the core without disrupting the shell.”
Trimble SketchUp showed their SketchUp Pro 2016’s AEC abilities and “how to model everything in SketchUp.”
A big show-stopper in the Trimble booth was the demo of the use of reality capture alpha-level application work, with the Microsoft Hololens and SketchUp, showing how to maneuver and make changes in a 3D immersive environment.
We would like to congratulate AECCafe’s KindleFire winner this year: Aline Halle, marketing coordinator and social media manager with Acoustic Distinctions. Aline coordinates marketing efforts as well as manages AD’s social media program and on-line presence. Acoustic Distinctions is an Acoustics and AV system specialty consulting firm that works in built environments. As an integrated design partner working with owners, architects, engineers and contractors, AD provides expertise centered on enabling spaces to enhance the end-user experience. www.ad-ny.com
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