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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 »

Users Speak out on Low Cost Conceptual Design Options

 
May 25th, 2017 by Susan Smith

AECCafe Voice asked some users and vendors about their low cost conceptual design software to see what features are the most valuable to users in the workplace.

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HP ZBook Mobile Workstation and Z Displays Offer Next-Gen High Quality Color and Self-Healing BIOS

 
May 17th, 2017 by Susan Smith

HP recently made an exciting announcement about their HP ZBook Mobile Workstation and Z Display News. HP ZBook G4 Mobile Workstations meet the need for business high quality workstations that are built to last. As color quality and high resolution have become extremely important to purchasers of mobile workstations in the AEC market, the Z DreamColor Displays are designed to address requirements of these high-end users. These same users are said to spend more on a display that also increases efficiency in their employees.

Z Series Workstation Family

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Leica’s BLK360 3D Scanner and Software Packs a Big Punch in a Little Body

 
May 11th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Leica introduced its BLK360 3D scanner at Autodesk University 2016, which was met with great awe when attendees saw how small it is. It is 6.5 inches tall and four inches in diameter, weighing 2.2 lbs., and has one single button on its housing, giving the impression of a Star Trek device.

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Neuroscience Instills Human Response into the Built Environment

 
May 4th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Tatiana Berger, associate professor, Graduate Architecture, of the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, spoke recently at the Moscow Architecture School on the topic “Neuroscience in Architecture,” a relatively new science in the architecture field. Our interview with her encompasses some of the talking points of that presentation.

Carlo Scarpa. “The relationship between interior and exterior spaces and views to nature have a deep effect on how the brain perceives architectural settings.”

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Invicara Releases BIM Assure 1.2: Intelligent Rules for the BIM Model

 
April 27th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Marty Chobot, vice president of Marketing for Invicara spoke with AECCafe Voice about the latest BIM Assure 1.2 release.

Configurable report templates let users export model data to Excel for review or further analysis. Data slices and related element data reports help users get the right data for the right elements in a very familiar and easy-to-use format.

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3D Reality Mesh Models Become Smarter with Bentley’s New Reality Modeling Technology

 
April 20th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Recent advancements in reality modeling have made the technology, which was once limited to highly skilled, well-trained individuals and costly equipment, now accessible to everyone. Faraz Ravi, a Bentley fellow and project manager for reality modeling spoke with AECCafe Voice about Bentley’s new innovations in reality modeling technology which greatly simplify the process of capturing, processing, and using data to create engineering-ready 3D models.

A 3D engineering-ready reality mesh created in ContextCapture comparing (left to right) photogrammetry, LiDAR, and a hybrid input. (Image courtesy of Bentley Systems and City of Strasbourg)

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Dell All-in-One Desktop Computer Offers Touch Screen and 10 Speakers

 
April 13th, 2017 by Susan Smith

The “new in January” Dell All-in-One desktop computer XPS 27 Windows 10 PC which sports a 27” screen with touch screen is one of the popular “All-in-One” computers that are offered by various hardware vendors today. Because of the computer’s ten speakers and great sound system, it may be extremely popular with those who want to hold a concert in their home.

Dell All-in-One XPS 27 Desktop Computer

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TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2017 with Surface and Solid Modeling Available

 
April 6th, 2017 by Susan Smith

IMSI® Design announced the release of TurboCAD Pro Platinum 2017 recently, the company’s premium 2D drafting and 3D Surface and Solid modeling application for Windows desktop PCs. Dave Taylor of TurboCAD, demoed the product and some of its notable features, which actually number close to 50.

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CloudCities Adds Procedural Terrains for AEC Professionals

 
March 30th, 2017 by Susan Smith

CloudCities announced an update to their cloud platform for building insights that adds procedural terrains and advanced search features. CloudCities for AEC professionals and their clients highly simplifies the process of creating 3D plans and combining them with data. The new version makes it possible to immerse the models in beautiful terrains that load quickly and are generated procedurally. The new CloudCities is now available at cloudcities.io.

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AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT 2018 Released

 
March 23rd, 2017 by Susan Smith

AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 have been released, Autodesk’s flagship products for the AEC industry.

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