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From the Exhibit Floor: AIA Convention 2016

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

At the AIA Convention 2016 held in Philadelphia last week, the Exhibit Hall showcased software, hardware and all types of building materials.

Emphasis for AEC technology this year is on reality capture or modeling, building information modeling, zero carbon energy initiatives, conceptual modeling and the inclusion of metadata in projects.

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Project Execution for Large, Multi-National Corporation

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

With all change in organizations, there are headaches, hiccups and some hairpulling, but definitely it is best to keep those activities to a minimum.

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Autodesk’s BIM 360 Docs Now Available Commercially

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The construction industry is driven by documentation in the form of submittals, contracts, record sets, and RFIs. While this is still a priority, the design teams are adopting BIM, and there needs to be a way to consolidate all the information coming from various stakeholders on the project.

View and navigate 3D models, access object properties, use sectioning tools and explore models with gravity-based walkthroughs.

View and navigate 3D models, access object properties, use sectioning tools and explore models with gravity-based walkthroughs.

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Docs web service was just made available as a commercial product. Designed for the entire construction project team, BIM 360 Docs ensures that the entire team works from the correct version of documents and plans. Addressing the entire AEC lifecycle, BIM 360 Docs includes tools for publishing, managing, reviewing, editing and approving all project plans, models and documents from the beginning stages of the project all the way through owner occupancy. The cloud-based service is available on all devices or desktop, so that it is a complete collaborative tool.

Quickly navigate between 2D plans and 3D models on any device, without having to close the viewer.

Quickly navigate between 2D plans and 3D models on any device, without having to close the viewer.

Unlike typical document management platforms available on the market, which are generally in the form of document management platforms, AEC drawing viewers or model viewers, and project management apps, BIM 360 Docs goes beyond the focus on specific people or goals to putting the project at the center of the technology instead. The single cloud-based repository holds all project documents, models and plans for the entire project team.


Interview with Ian Howell, Newforma

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

 AECCafe Voice recently interviewed CEO of Newforma, Ian Howell on topics including the management of project information today and how to make information from disparate systems talk to other.

Given the huge rise in the amount of digital information generated today, what do you think is the most effective way to manage all that information?

Ian Howell, chief executive officer, Newforma: “Huge rise” is true: When Newforma began in 2004, a large project generated 100 gigabytes of data. Ten years later, the largest project being managed by our customers generated 6.5 terabytes of data – 65 times as much! This growth is a consequence of a few factors: building designs are more ambitious across the industry, as illustrated by such high-profile projects as the one-kilometer high Jeddah Tower and the Apple Campus 2 headquarters; and building requirements are more complex as a result of factors such as sustainable design, concern for carbon footprints, etc.

To manage this explosion of digital data, customers have had to scale their systems and implement a project information management strategy that dovetails with the applications and systems already in use.

A consequence of handling so much more information on every project is the burden of trying to keep it organized. However, our experience shows that busy project team members rarely have the time to comply with the filing rules and meta-data tagging required by structured document management systems like SharePoint.


From the Exhibit Floor: Autodesk University 2015

Friday, December 18th, 2015

“If we are to bring the broad masses of the people in every land to the table of abundance, it can only be by the tireless improvement of all our means of technical production.” – Winston Churchill, MIT, 1949.

Little could Churchill predict how timeless his comment was, or perhaps he could. He probably would be amazed at how that insightful comment would show up in the technological creations of today.



Contribute Ideas to AECCafe’s Trends/Predictions article

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Greetings, Readers!


The first week of January AECCafe Voice will publish a Trends/Predictions article, looking forward toward what might be the big trends for the new year, as well as the next five years.


AECCafe Editorial Calendar 2016

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015


Editorial Calendar 2016*


1/31-2/3 Solidworks World, Dallas, TX

Editorial topics:

  • Trends and Predictions for 2016
  • Collaboration platforms and the Cloud
    1 Merchant Square, London, Robin Partington & Partners Architects

    1 Merchant Square, London, Robin Partington & Partners Architects



IMAGINiT and Pix4D Partner to Offer Imagery Extraction from UAVs

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Rand Worldwide announced that its IMAGINiT Technologies division is partnering with Pix4D, leading developers of 2D and 3D mapping and modeling software. This collaboration will help architectural, civil and manufacturing design engineers extract imagery taken from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and convert it into usable 2D and 3D models.

Pix4D Mapping

Pix4D Mapping


From the Exhibit Floor at AIA in Atlanta

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention held in Atlanta two weeks ago, was the setting for a number of AEC vendors to announce new products and services.



AECCafe Attendance at AIA in Atlanta

Monday, May 11th, 2015

For all those traveling to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) event in Atlanta, AECCafe will be there and interested in talking to attendees and vendors.


Some of my questions for attendees:

1) What is your interest in attending the conference?

2) What kinds of technologies/standards/trends are you interested in finding out about?

3) What is your role in the world of architecture today?

4) What steps, if any, are being taken in your firm towards sustainable infrastructure?


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