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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 »

Upcoming Special Report: Low Cost Conceptual CAD Design Tools

 
September 23rd, 2016 by Susan Smith

In a world where we hear mostly about leading CAD software programs, it’s refreshing to note that it’s possible to find low cost conceptual CAD design tools with file-level compatibility and a multitude of functions at a fraction of the price. The usual concerns of, “will this software integrate with the software I already have?” or “will I be able to execute this function on the cheaper software?” or, “will my intellectual property retain its integrity in the low cost software?” are all valid concerns for the cost-saving seeker.

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Vectorworks 2017 Sports Innovative New Features for Collaboration, Immersive Environments and Much More

 
September 21st, 2016 by Susan Smith

In a recent interview with Dr. Biplap Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks, we discussed the latest features of Vectorworks 2017, which was released September 14th.

Resource Manager

Resource Manager

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What Do You Think of CAD Subscription Programs?

 
September 14th, 2016 by Susan Smith

A year ago when Autodesk announced it was discontinuing perpetual software licenses for desktop standalone desktop products, many people were outraged and said they would continue to use their perpetual licenses but would not upgrade to the newly announced subscription-only model. Many users said that the cost of the subscription model would ultimately cost them more money than to have the license (licenses aren’t owned).

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Renga Architecture 2.4 Version Released for Architectural CAD Design

 
September 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith

From St. Petersburg, Russia, the ASCON Group, the developer and integrator of professional AEC, MCAD, and PLM systems, has announced the release of Renga Architecture 2.4, architectural CAD design software. The Russian company has incorporated into the new release the concerns of users, such as separate views of individual objects (such as columns, beams, windows, and doors), an update to the display style dialog box, and a way to locate offset columns and beams.

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Augmented Reality that You Wear

 
September 1st, 2016 by Susan Smith

David Smith, CTO, Wearality, a 3D pioneer of VR, AR, and other technologies, spoke at the SPAR 3D Conference in Houston earlier this year, about how his company is dedicated to delivering and creating AR products for consumers and business.

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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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