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Some Picks from CES 2017

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas attracted over 165,000 people this month, with 3800 companies doing product launches.

Erek Dyskant, co-founder of BlueLabs, an analytics and technology company dedicated to harnessing the power of data to produce meaningful two-way engagement between people and organizations, spoke at CES. Dyskant aims to empower individuals to take steps that “make their political voice heard, improve their health, and strengthen their financial security.”

As lead of the BlueLabs healthcare & public sector practice, he has transformed government agencies and large healthcare organizations to take a data-driven evidence-based approach to engaging with their constituents, where the experience is streamlined and everyone receives the information that is proven to help them take the next step.

Before co-founding BlueLabs, Dyskant lead the geospatial analytics team at Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, where he developed the geospatial algorithms necessary to make 25 million effective, relevant, voter contacts in 4 days.

As has been pointed out at other events, the success of self-driving vehicles is reliant on teaching the cars how to be drivers, which means they will need to be personalized and connected. Artificial intelligence and wireless communications that enable in-car, personal experiences were showcased, as well as how cars may be able to talk to other cars, and how cars monitor what’s going on in their surroundings for improved safety on the road.

Esri participated at CES as part of Microsoft’s connected car showcase. Frits van der Schaff, Head of Automotive, Esri and staff talked about mapping and spatial analytics that provides spatial geospatial context to foster safety and improve the overall driver experience. Microsoft staff showcased future scenarios where artificial intelligence bots can aid in improving driver safety, engagement, and integration with calendars and personal preferences.

The Chinese company Taihuoniao, provider of technology products and global sales, provides a platform for design and internet startups to use for domestic as well as international markets, for developing crowdfunding efforts and sales and marketing. Company spokesmen were concerned about the portentous American president-elect’s focus on “bringing back manufacturing” that they feel may affect technology stocks negatively.

Sevenhugs Smart Remote

Indoor positioning showed up at CES this year in the body of the Sevenhugs Smart Remote, that connects to a proprietary indoor positioning system that triangulates its location and other connected devices it is aimed at. So, that it could be aimed at a TV and may bring up an app like streaming video. Embodied with contextual awareness, this Smart Remote could interface with over 25,000 connected devices in your home.

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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Declined Dramatically for Last 11 Years

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Projected U.S. building sector energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the year 2030 have declined for eleven straight years since the 2030 Challenge was issued in 2005.

This statement was issued by the Architecture 2030 Challenge, to highlight the progress of just one organization that has tirelessly worked toward the reduction of GHG emissions for the past 11 years. The report itself demonstrates a commitment among the architecture and planning communities plus building sector professionals to the decline of GHG emissions in the U.S. building sector.

“According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2016, projections to the year 2030 for building sector energy consumption (building operations) have declined by 18.5 Quadrillion BTUs since 2005 (or the equivalent of 1,209 coal-fired 250 MW power plants),” recent press materials said.

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2016 in Review Through AECCafe Stories

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

No one would contest the fact that 2016 has been a tumultuous year, with lots of shifts worldwide and many disruptive technologies coming onboard.

Oak-paneled Auditorium inside the Aliyev Center - photo by Helene Binet

Oak-paneled Auditorium inside the Aliyev Center – photo by Helene Binet

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AECCafe’s Holiday Technology Wish List

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

 Most of what AEC professionals need and want is how to get their designs expressed, realized and built efficiently, accurately, quickly and on budget. The solutions to these challenges can be provided with a mix of software, cloud and gadgetry, much of which you will find here.

Leica BLK 360 scanner

Leica BLK 360 scanner

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Experiences and Platforms – Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

The occasion for the Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM held in Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, November 11th was the opening of a new office there. The corresponding one-day FORUM event was held at the Levi Stadium, which at times houses the Super Bowl.

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The Human Experience and Technology: AECCafe’s Autodesk University 2016 Report

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Autodesk University 2016 keynote kicked off this Tuesday morning at the Venetian Congress Center, Las Vegas, with some rousing state-of-the-art rock and roll, followed by an introduction by Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski.

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AECCafe Attends Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM in Santa Clara

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

AECCafe will be in attendance at Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM held in Santa Clara, California on Thursday, November 10th. This venue is focused on how to address industrial challenges and quickly realize the benefits of this business model.

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According to company materials, by attending this year’s event, you will get the opportunity to:

  • Learn from thought leaders on key issues impacting all businesses today – manufacturing in the future, the sharing economy, digital transformation, big  data and the internet of everything
  • Meet with senior executives from a range of industries to gain insight into how today’s leaders are driving their business to create captivating experiences for their end customers
  • Discover Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and learn how the power of connecting people, ideas, solutions and data create a new framework for thinking that can help you innovate, develop new revenue streams and realize the future of the experience economy

Look forward to seeing many of you there! Editor, Susan Smith susan.smith@ibsystems.com and President, Sanjay Gangal sanjay.gangal@ibsystems.com

 

 

The Autodesk Subscription Program Meets Bentley’s Autodesk License Upgrade Program

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

An ongoing topic in the AEC industry for over a year now has been the issue of Autodesk’s moving its customer base to a subscription only program. While Autodesk has given customers a lot of time to make this transition, nevertheless, the Autodesk Subscription Program means the end of the perpetual license program. The Autodesk Subscription Program is heralded by the company as the best thing for customers of Autodesk products and they have the recent earnings to prove it. In Q1 of this year, they were up 132,000 to 2.71 million.

 

Apple building in Cupertino

Apple building in Cupertino

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Upcoming Special Report: Low Cost Conceptual CAD Design Tools

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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

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Resource Manager

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