Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
By Gordon Beckman, AIA – Principal and Design Director, John Portman & Associates
Looking ahead, advances in technology may have the biggest influence on the work that we will do in 2015 and the way that we do it. The dynamic, collaborative and performance-driven nature of our profession causes us to continue our quest for ever more efficient, meaningful and expedient ways of working.
230 Peachtree Street in the heart of downtown Atlanta represents the very first highrise office building designed by Portman (1965). It is now being revitalized as a Hotel Indigo on the lower floors, with office space on the upper floors. The plaza out front provides a connection to the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (subway) station below.
©John Portman & Associates
Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Sefaira Systems is the new product from Sefaira for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) design engineers that provides real-time performance analysis of mechanical systems and envelope options in record time, according to the company.
On the heels of previewing a new product for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) design engineers and showcasing its latest performance analysis tools for architects at Autodesk University 2014 in December, Sefaira’s CEO Mads Jensen provides an update on Sefaira and the state of performance-based design.
Sefaira Systems is the new product from Sefaira for heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) design engineers that provides real-time performance analysis of mechanical systems and envelope options in record time.
Friday, January 9th, 2015
At Autodesk University 2014 held in Las Vegas in December, Kevin Breslin Infrastructure Solutions Manager, IMAGINiT Technologies talked about new technologies that are being used by their consulting company and their clients this year. IMAGINiT is a provider of software, training, support and services to design and engineering companies and Autodesk Authorized Reseller and Autodesk Training Center.
La Pata Gap Closure, Orange County, California. Image courtesy of Huitt-Zollars and Orange County Public Works
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Happy New Year from AECCafe!
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014
Over the holiday season, the last 2014 daily AECCafe newsletter will go out on December 23rd and the last AECCafe weekly on December 21. All of our Daily newsletters and Weeklies will not be published between
December 24 – January 4th and will resume on January 5th.
Wishing you and your families the happiest of holidays and a prosperous New Year!
Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Looking back on 2014, there were a number of important developments that rocked the AEC world. Here are our takes on what were the most telling announcements of the year:
Autodesk Ember 3D Printer
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble, discussed with AECCafe Voice the new SketchUp 2015.
SketchUp Pro 2015’s Rotated Rectangle Tool draws rectangles that don’t have to be perpendicular or parallel to a default axis.
1. Do you see the IFC import as the most important addition to the new release, SketchUp 2015? And if so why?
IFC import has certainly captured the attention of many of our users in the construction industry, but SketchUp 2015 contains quite a few other important features as well. I like to think of SketchUp releases as offering a balance of new features, general improvements and core performance tuning. That said, with the addition of an IFC importer, SketchUp is now capable of participating in open building design and construction processes in some important new ways.
The IFC importer plays a key supporting role in a comprehensive new working style that we’ve been building into SketchUp for the last three releases— what I’ve been generally referring to as “information modeling.” The idea is that users should be able to work as quickly and efficiently with attributes and other non-graphical metadata on their models as they can with the model’s raw geometry. We want to extend the fast and loose sketching qualities of SketchUp beyond the ‘look’ of things and into their functional semantics.
Importing an MEP reference model in SketchUp Pro using Trimble Connect
Monday, December 8th, 2014
3D printing is not just about manufacturing anymore: it is destined to permeate the AEC industry as well.
In a press conference held at Autodesk University 2014, president and CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalksi introduced the company’s new 3D printer, Ember.
Autodesk Ember 3D Printer
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalksi opened the Mainstage Keynotes for Autodesk University 2014 held in Las Vegas, Nevada this morning, with the statement, “Our creations are more dead than alive.”
Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
At Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference in London in early November, Founder and CTO of Bentley Systems, Keith Bentley spoke on the topic of innovation.
“The ideas that start out to be the greatest start as small ideas.” – Keith Bentley, Founder and CTO, Bentley Systems