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“Going Digital” at Bentley 2017 “Year in Infrastructure” in Singapore

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Partnerships make the world go round.

Or so it would seem from the recent announcements made by Bentley Systems at their 2017 Year in Infrastructure Conference held in Singapore this past week. The event drew record numbers, primarily from Southeast Asia, China and India. 130 journalists also were in attendance.

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Bentley’s Be Inspired Awards Finalists Offer Real-World Solutions and Fantasy Flight in the BIM Advancements in Construction Category

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Each year Bentley Systems holds its thought-leadership event known as The Year in Infrastructure Conference, and this year, for the first time, it will be held in Asia at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The event highlights the company’s prestigious Be Inspired Awards, where finalists in 17 categories present their most innovative projects of the past year, and describe how, using Bentley applications, they were able to solve real-world challenges. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony and gala on Oct. 12.

JMC2 Heaven Sent, Simi Valley, California

While I’m looking forward to hearing about all the finalists in all categories, here we will look at the Be Inspired Awards finalists in the BIM Advancements in Construction category.

JMC2 – Heaven Sent – Simi Valley, California, United States

What does a daredevil skydiver have to do with Bentley software and construction?

Luke Aikins leapt from a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute or wingsuit, and reached terminal velocity of 120 miles per hour before dropping safely into a 10,000-square-foot net outside Simi Valley, California, setting a Guinness World Record. Sponsored by Stride gum, this USD 8 million stunt, dubbed “Heaven Sent,” tested the mettle of Bentley software for JMC2 Civil Engineering + Surveying who conceptualized the fall, designed the lifesaving “trap,” and oversaw construction.
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AECCafe at Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2017

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Each year Bentley holds its thought leadership Year in Infrastructure 2017  Conference of  leading executives from around the globe, featuring state-of-the-art projects  in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. This year AECCafe will travel to Singapore for the event, as Singapore has demonstrated cutting edge application of technologies for all the above industry segments.

Bentley users attend an informative discussion on industry trends.

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AEC Collection Extends Autodesk’s Cloud Subscription Value and Addresses Infrastructure

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Autodesk announced their expansion of the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection (AEC Collection) that includes support for design through pre-construction. The new tools will extend the product with no additional cost to those who already have a cloud-based subscription with the company. The expanded tools are included in the subscription rate of the AEC Collection. The emphasis on Civil 3D allows users to access InfraWorks and Revit for infrastructure and pre-construction. Products in the Collection include Revit, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Navisworks Manage and 3ds Max.

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New ARCHICAD 21 is Shipping: Offers Stair Tool, Collision Detection and Much More

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Each new version of ARCHICAD from Graphisoft is steeped in new features that provide greater flexibility for architectural design.

New Features such as the Stair Tool take on the formula of past successful hierarchical elements such as the Curtain Wall, tried and true aspects of the flagship product.

“Step up your BIM An Intro to New features of AC21,” a recent webinar, outlined features such as the Stair Tool and how you can create stairs with flights, landings, railings and risers, even spiral staircases more easily than in past versions.

You can also add in standards or make them invisible if they aren’t applicable.
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The Care, Feeding and Openness of the DWG Format

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

In 1998 the Open Design Alliance (ODA), then the OpenDWG Alliance, was formed as an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to making the DWG file format an open standard for CAD software much like the DXF format. It was renamed the Open Design Alliance in 2002.

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Free Mobile Apps to Turn Your Smartphone into a 3D Scanner

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

A popular technology that has mushroomed in the past couple of years has been the ability to use your smartphone or tablet as a 3D scanner. Easy to use apps let you capture, share 3D scans and apply 3D models easily.

itSeez3D’s app lets you capture, share and apply 3D models on your mobile device powered with Structure Sensor or Intel RealSense 3D camera.

Victor Erukhimov, CEO and co-founder of itSeez3D, said that the Occipital Structure Sensor for IPad has changed the landscape of information gathering by way of 3D scanning.

Jeff Powers co-founder, Occipital, said the Structure Sensor is designed to gather tons of information from the world around us and the itSeez3D scanner puts that information back together to create incredibly beautiful 3D models.

“Our goal was to create a 3D scanner that could create models so realistic that you can’t tell the difference between the visual object and the rendered computer model,” said Powers.  “To scan a tabletop object, you scan around it with your mobile device. After your scan data is captured and synthesized in the cloud, you can visualize it on the iPad, or export it as a 3D model. Structure Sensor measures to hundreds of thousands of points by admitting a spectrum of infrared light. itSeez3D scanner takes that data to reconstruct a point cloud of the object. Then it creates a mesh wireframe and applies a texture layer mimicking the surface of the original object. It will also isolate the object from the background as you circle around it.”

The calculations necessary to do this are quite complex for an iPad so the software downloads quickly in the cloud, so you simply download the 3D model in a number of formats. itSeez3D software has incredible texture. Color 3D prints come out beautifully as well.

Face scanning and soon entire room scanning will be available. This app can be downloaded from the App Store.

With the Scandy iPad App with an attached Structure Sensor, you can scan an object or person in 3D. The Structure Sensor talked about for the itSeez3D scanner can use the iPad camera to overlay image data, and picks up depth data. With this combined information, they can create a 3D scan. The Scandy App is designed for the 3D scan to then be used for 3D printing. You can upload an existing 3D scan to Scandy.co that was created in another program. This app can be downloaded from the App Store and is also available for Android devices.

Trnio is another free iPhone or iPad, or Android app that allows you to do mobile scanning. Users must make sure they do their scan in bright, even lighting and keep an equal distance from the object as they position themselves around it. It is suggested that you get different angles so you get a more complete scan. The tutorial is extensive and gives you advice on what types of objects to avoid, such as thin or stringy objects, plain objects, transparent items like glasses or ones that move around. Face scanning is also possible with this app. Two types of guided scanning are available, accessible through the center camera button. The first, object mode, guides a user around an object if the user is moving in a circular pattern around the object. Scene mode allows for free scanning outdoors and for scanning larger items. There are several options for error handling, processing and trimming your scans. This app can be downloaded from the App Store.

Australian company Scann3D provides something a little different from the previous offerings:  the Matterport Pro Camera to transform 2D media into interactive and immersive 3D content. The camera is popular for planners, floor plan providers, real estate agents and others working with interiors and exterior landscapes.

Matterport Pro collects accurate visual and spatial data to map entire commercial, construction, and functional spaces. From this collection professionals can produce immersive 3D content easily. All of the images captured are processed, hosted and organized in the Matterport Cloud, so you know where they are and can access them easily. No photo editing skills are required because the panoramas are automatically processed and optimized for color balance. Measurements can be collected using the Matterport Workshop. Accurate dimensions are within 99%. It has been used a great deal in real estate but its value to construction and design are intriguing.

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AECCafe SIGGRAPH Sweepstakes Winner, Duncan Chen, senior principal Technology R&D at CoreLogic has been a vital leader and influence on FNC’s overall technology strategy and system development since joining the company in 1997. Chen works to define and bring to development innovative technology solutions for FNC’s clients. Chen designed and architected the AIXML concept and led production of FNC’s flagship products CMS® and AppraisalPort®, which have become one of the largest platforms for both retail and wholesale loan organization. Chen also developed the high performance Rule Engine, which serves FNC patterned GAAR (General Accepted Appraisal Rules), an automatic appraisal risk assessment tool.

Chen is currently leading the strategic plan to bring FNC’s technology to the Brazilian market. He also actively serves the mortgage technology industry through his work with GSE and MISMO standard committees. He is a noted guest-speaker for numerous internal and international conferences.

Congratulations, Duncan!

 

 

 

 

 

HP Announces New HP Z VR Backpack and Mars Home Planet for Virtual Reality

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

In a webinar prior to announcement this Tuesday, HP executives talked about the exciting new approach and commercial solutions for virtual reality (VR). As part of this strategy, the company has unveiled what appears to be the first professional wearable VR PC – the new HP Z VR Backpack. Crafted to bring the full potential of VR to-life, it is designed to be a secure and manageable wearable VR PC.

HP Z VR Backpack used for training purposes.

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Architecture and Art at the Chicago Architecture Biennial This Fall

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

 

The Chicago Architecture Biennial, which will take place September 16, 2017 – January 7, 2017, is an exhibition of more than 100 international architecture firms and artists. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who also served as White House Chief of Staff to former President Barack Obama, spoke recently at a breakfast where he announced the participants in the second Chicago Architecture Biennial.

James Welling, “8482,” 2016, from the series “Chicago, 2016-2017,” Courtesy the Artist and David Zwirner, New York and London

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Immersive Technology from Vectorworks

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Vectorworks Architect is a leading architectural design and BIM software that helps connect the entire design process from concept to construction in one platform, according to company materials. The product is well positioned to embody future augmented reality and virtual reality which are rapidly becoming important features in presentation software for design companies.

Vectorworks Architect empowers you to design without constraints. With a broader array of drafting and annotation tools than other BIM applications, you will produce stunning presentations and the highest quality documentation while you design.

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