The Exhibit Floor tells a part of the story of any architectural conference. At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference in Chicago two weeks ago, you walk in, and the first booths you see contain windows, doors, facades, all necessary features of a built environment. Toward the back are the software vendors, which provide the design and conceptual tools to make the building a reality.
In a conversation with Terry Bennett, senior industry strategist for infrastructure, Autodesk, about the recent announcement at the National Press Club, of a new report released that outlines innovative new ways that the federal government, industry and other stakeholders can work together to solve the crisis of the failing state of U.S. infrastructure.
In keeping with the theme of this year’s event, “Design with Purpose,” Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel opened the festivities at the AIA 2014 Convention in Chicago this past week with great enthusiasm for architectural innovation in Chicago. Emanuel also once served as White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, as well as served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives for Chicago’s 5th District. He previously served as a key member of the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.
In March, AECCafe Voice wrote about Bentley MANAGEservices — Bentley MANAGEservices Address Project Collaboration and Work Sharing. Here is another article about Managed Services by Bentley’s Brian Robins that adds more information on that topic.
Tekla’s BIM software was instrumental in improving productivity for the firm Martifer Construções, a construction company charged with construction on the Arena Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil, just one of the 10 world-class Brazilian football stadiums modeled for the FIFA World Cup with Tekla. Martifer Construções gained 20% and efficiency by 30% while successfully meeting the tight construction deadlines.
Deltek CEO Mike Corkery talked to AECCafe about the recent acquisition by Deltek of Axium, provider of accounting and project management solutions to more than 2,200 A&E firms throughout North America. This acquisition strengthens Deltek’s market leadership position in the A&E industry and extends its reach into the largest segment of the architecture and engineering industry within North America – firms with fewer than 250 employees.
IMSI/Design launched a new free TurboViewer update for its mobile app.
Features of the TurboViewer v3.5 includes fast 2D/3D PDF and DWG viewing, 2D/3D markup and a contact manager that helps professionals stay in touch with their design and building teams at the touch of a button.
From the press release, highlights of free TurboSite v3.5 noted include:
* Lightning-fast 2D & 3D environment
* 2D & 3D PDF, DWG (AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT), TCW, DXF and DWF
* Easy Contact Management (communicate with your team at the touch of a button)
* Powerful 2D and 3D markup tools
* New viewing modes
* New File Manager
* And more (more…)
AECCafe, in the form of Editor, Susan Smith, will be at the AIA National Convention in Chicago June 26-27th.
What that means is that our focus remains on architecture, engineering and construction from a CAD and Building Information Modeling perspective. As I ready for this conference, I would like to hear from more CAD and BIM companies to have an awareness of your booth presence and events you might be hosting.
The areas we cover are quite vast: building information modeling, visualization, CAD, 3D printing, document management, project management, laser scanning, conceptual design, integrated project delivery, and specifications.
If you wish to set up a meeting during the convention, please contact me at email@example.com. Look forward to seeing many of you there!
Jim McCartney, market manager, Field Solutions and Mobility, Trimble Buildings GC/CM Division spoke with AECCafe Voice regarding the most recent release of their new Trimble Field Link Software:
A couple of weeks ago I spoke with Akos Pfemeter of Graphisoft about the new Archicad 18 release. The product Archicad is 30 years old this year, which Pfemeter points out means that “BIM” is 30 years old now, since Graphisoft was the first company to create building information modeling.