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Ease-of-Use, Owner Involvement are Big Themes at Rand IMAGINiT

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Carl Storms, Senior Applications Expert, for Rand IMAGINiT and Matt Mason, director of Software Development, for Rand IMAGINiT spoke with AECCafe at Autodesk University in November 2016 about the direction of the AEC industry. Rand IMAGINiT is a consulting and software development firm and Autodesk Partner. Carl Storms is “out in the trenches,” working with real world problems in AEC while Matt Mason is behind the scenes in the software development department, realizing the solutions to those challenges.

 

When asked about popular products and trends in AEC, Storm said, “Dynamo and visual programming are still a big thing. It’s been around a couple of years and now people more comfortable with it. Autodesk’s latest release of Dynamo Player is for people who are maybe not well versed in technology. They can just hit a button and play something. It’s like a playlist, you can pick a track you want to play. It accesses the information inside of your Revit model. It will, for example, have your text go from lower case to upper case with just the click of a button. It really gives people the benefit of using the technology without spending a lot of time learning the programming.”

According to Matt Mason, “Dynamo is still used by the power users, but to make it available to the rest of the people in the firm it needs to be more approachable. It’s been a challenge historically because you had to open the power users’ big complicated graph and understand it. From a usability standpoint, for the other 95% who aren’t at the level of doing Dynamo, it really helps democratize and leverage the Dynamo concept. The players can take advantage of the power users’ skills and have pretty much on-demand access.”

“Another big thing is augmented and virtual realities,” said Storms. “It’s now in more client and consumer based products. You have things as simple as Google Cardboard where you spend $12 to get the little lens and use your own smartphone, to high end devices, but they all allow you to immerse yourself in the data. Whether it’s a virtual reality type of device where you get immersed in the world of your model, you can walk around in your model and see what’s going on. Or you bring the reality into your reality so you can still see people and have conversations. You can see your interaction. People have been talking about it and have lots of thoughts and ideas for using it, and it will become more mainstream.”

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3D Repo Develops Mobile Platform for Crossrail

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

British company 3D Repo, known as a multi-award winning provider of cloud software solutions for collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM), has begun development on a mobile platform for Crossrail in the UK, designed to manage lifecycle assets. Among the company’s other solutions is a health and safety virtual reality app designed for the Zero Harm Health and Safety Training that is part of the Smart Motorway programme, to make highway and construction projects safer through improved training.

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AEC Predictions for 2017

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

AEC technology company spokespeople weigh in on what their predictions are for 2017, with their thoughts on “going digital,” virtual and augmented reality, smart cities, “assembled architecture,” drones, self-driving cars, big data and much more.

Stay tuned for some very insightful comments on the state of industry going forward this year.

Self driving electronic computer car on road, 3D illustration (courtesy Bentley Systems)

Smart Cities

 

 

 

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Helsinki, Finland. Image Courtesy of City of Helsinki

“A smart city is a visionary statement for urban development that aims to converge information technology, operational technology, and engineering technology to better manage a city’s assets, and ultimately improve the quality of life for all. Technology is the enabler for smart cities around the globe, spanning mega projects to smaller scale initiatives that focus on streamlining processes, realizing efficiency gains, and improving services to its citizens. To realize the potential of a smart city, a concerted focus is being placed on a digital strategy that will enable comprehensive project delivery and enhanced asset performance for the supply chain and asset owners that build, construct, and operate and maintain infrastructure.” — Aidan Mercer, Industry Marketing Director, Government, Bentley Systems

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Top Trends in AEC Technical Training from ASCENT Center for Technical Knowledge

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

In an AECCafe Voice interview with Paul Burden of ASCENT Center for Technical Knowledge, the courseware segment of Rand Worldwide, he spoke of the trends he saw in the provision of technical training for their customers.

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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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Reality Modeling Goes Viral at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

One of the exciting developments that came out of The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference was the growth of Bentley’s ContextCapture reality modeling offering over the past year. Introduced at the 2015 conference, and derived from the acquisition of Acute3D, ContextCapture is used to process digital photos from a variety of cameras including smartphone cameras, and aerial photography, including UAVs, to provide engineering-ready reality meshes.

Winner Innovation in Reality Modeling: City of Helsinki - Helsinki 3D+ Helsinki, Finland. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

Winner Innovation in Reality Modeling: City of Helsinki – Helsinki 3D+
Helsinki, Finland. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

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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

 

 

BEinspiring in London – AECCafe’s Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2016 Report

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

It’s difficult not to be inspired when attending the Bentley Year In Infrastructure Conference, with so many talented professionals gathered to show off their infrastructure projects.

Innovation in Building Winner: Morphosis - Hanking Center Tower. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

Innovation in Building Winner: Morphosis – Hanking Center Tower. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

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