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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 »

Interview: Building Design Modeling at Bentley Systems

 
December 15th, 2017 by Susan Smith

This interview was conducted with Andy Smith director product management – Building Design Modeling and Santanu Das, senior vice president, Design & Modeling, at Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2017 thought leadership conference, Singapore.

Leighton Asia Hong Kong Boundary Crossing – BIM Advancements in Construction – Be Inspired Award Winner (photo courtesy of Bentley Systems)

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Free RFA and RVT Geometry Exchange Add-on Released for ARCHICAD 21 Users

 
December 8th, 2017 by Susan Smith

In an interview with Chris Clark, BIM6x ARCHICAD solutions director with BIM6x, AECCafe Voice discussed the release of has announced the global release of a new RFA (Revit Families) & RVT (Revit) Geometry exchange add-on for ARCHICAD 21.

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AECCafe Technology Gift Guide 2017

 
November 29th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Gift Guides abound this time of year, but gifts are only as good as their on-the-job usefulness. What would make your job easier, provide more accuracy and save time and money?

From hardware to services to gadgetry, the AECCafe Technology Gift Guide includes items and services you may want to buy for yourself, plus a couple of gadgets loved ones may be able to buy for you, plus some you may just envision in your wildest dreams!

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AECCafe Editorial Calendar 2018

 
November 24th, 2017 by Susan Smith

AECCafe

Editorial Calendar 2018*

The Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin by Barozzi / Veiga. Photo © Simon Menges.

 January:

Editorial topics:

  • Trends and Predictions for 2018
  • Are We Getting Closer to Compatibility?

February:

2/4-2/7 Solidworks 2018

Editorial topics:

  • Solidworks for AEC
  • Current Events

BLK360

March:

Editorial topics:

  • Reality capture
  • The Changing Face of BIM

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ClimaCell Announces Autodesk Partnership & Short-Term Weather Prediction Model for the Construction Industry

 
November 16th, 2017 by Susan Smith

In an interview with Rei Goffer, ClimaCell, CSO we discussed the company’s partnership with Autodesk BIM 360 announced at Autodesk University this week.

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CADWorx Plant 2018 Facilitates Intelligent 3D Plant Model Creation

 
November 9th, 2017 by Susan Smith

In the recent CADWorx webinar for CADWorx Plant 2018, offered by parent company Hexagon, the focus of the release was demonstrated to be improving the consistency between workflows and through the model. In a Q&A portion, it was found that many of the attendees were using AutoCAD 2015 and 2016. CADWorx Plant 2018 supports AutoCAD 2018 and can run on that platform and the BricsCAD platform.

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Special AECCafe Report: BIM Interoperability: Emphasis on Data Not Tools

 
November 2nd, 2017 by Susan Smith

When everyone on a team uses a different BIM software, it can be painful to maintain accurate model versions, control user access, compare versions and analyze different models. On big projects, there are many teams coming together, all using whatever BIM technologies they have been tasked with and making all those interoperate, multiplying the challenge several fold.

Multi-discipline design with BIM Models

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A Case for Residential BIM

 
October 25th, 2017 by Susan Smith

In an interview this week with director, Cadsoft Corporation, Chantale Pitts, AECCafe Voice asked about the new Envisioneer version 13 that is focused on the residential architectural market. Envisioneer is Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for the residential and light commercial construction industry.

Framing Model

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“Going Digital” at Bentley 2017 “Year in Infrastructure” in Singapore

 
October 19th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Partnerships make the world go round.

Or so it would seem from the recent announcements made by Bentley Systems at their 2017 Year in Infrastructure Conference held in Singapore this past week. The event drew record numbers, primarily from Southeast Asia, China and India. 130 journalists also were in attendance.

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Bentley’s Be Inspired Awards Finalists Offer Real-World Solutions and Fantasy Flight in the BIM Advancements in Construction Category

 
October 8th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Each year Bentley Systems holds its thought-leadership event known as The Year in Infrastructure Conference, and this year, for the first time, it will be held in Asia at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The event highlights the company’s prestigious Be Inspired Awards, where finalists in 17 categories present their most innovative projects of the past year, and describe how, using Bentley applications, they were able to solve real-world challenges. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony and gala on Oct. 12.

JMC2 Heaven Sent, Simi Valley, California

While I’m looking forward to hearing about all the finalists in all categories, here we will look at the Be Inspired Awards finalists in the BIM Advancements in Construction category.

JMC2 – Heaven Sent – Simi Valley, California, United States

What does a daredevil skydiver have to do with Bentley software and construction?

Luke Aikins leapt from a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute or wingsuit, and reached terminal velocity of 120 miles per hour before dropping safely into a 10,000-square-foot net outside Simi Valley, California, setting a Guinness World Record. Sponsored by Stride gum, this USD 8 million stunt, dubbed “Heaven Sent,” tested the mettle of Bentley software for JMC2 Civil Engineering + Surveying who conceptualized the fall, designed the lifesaving “trap,” and oversaw construction.
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