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2015 Outlook for Architecture and Design from Gordon Beckman, AIA

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Guest article:

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. Image Credit: ©John Portman & Associates

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.
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©John Portman & Associates

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Interview with Sefaira CEO Mads Jensen: new HVAC design product preview at AU 2014

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.

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.

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Taking a look at IMAGINiT’s infrastructure division

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

La Pata Gap Closure, Orange County, California. Image courtesy of Huitt-Zollars and Orange County Public Works

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New SketchUp 2015 announced

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.

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

Importing an MEP reference model in SketchUp Pro using Trimble Connect

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Autodesk’s own 3D printer, Ember

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

Autodesk Ember 3D Printer

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Autodesk University 2014 Opening Session Keynotes

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

Jeff Kowalski, CTO, Autodesk

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Announcing Trimble Connect for collaboration across multiple markets

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

In an interview with AECCafe Voice, John Bacus, director of SketchUp product management at Trimble, discussed the new features of Trimble Connect, that offers a new way for designers, builders, owners and operators to collaborate, share and view project information. It is based on GTeam, the collaboration platform developed by Gehry Technologies.

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Bentley’s CONNECT Edition explained

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Bentley’s newly announced CONNECT Edition provides a very complex and deep common environment to extend across work groups and enterprises, without changing the basic file format of the products that users have an investment in already.

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Bhupinder Singh, senior vice president at Bentley Systems, gave a keynote Thursday, November 7th at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 event in which CONNECT Edition was explained to the audience.

Singh began by saying that Bentley’s platform approach is to extend it to include your desktops, servers and handheld devices.

“When you have suites, there is still a disconnect,” said Singh. “A goal was to improve information mobility with CONNECT Edition. When you begin you connect to a project, everyone connects to a project profile, then there is a project playbook, and personal playlist – an individual set of apps for the user.” This is similar to the playlist you get with your Apple iTunes music list.

The benefits are: reducing time it takes to get project started, to get supply chains on board, and the data you have becomes increasingly more valuable.
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Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2014 Keynotes

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Bentley Systems reminds us with a visit to London that the areas of government, water, roads and rails, and utilities are front and center, with building and construction the underpinning of every project. London is abustle with huge infrastructure projects, evidenced by the number of cranes grazing the skyline. There are an estimated 400 cranes operating in the city.

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Autodesk BIM 360 Layout debuts

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

In a recent conversation with Jarrod Krug of Autodesk, he discussed the new BIM 360 Layout that has been added to the BIM 360 construction cloud platform.

Autodesk BIM 360 Layout

Autodesk BIM 360 Layout

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