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SmartBetterCities Just Released New CloudCities Version

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

In its first version, SmartBetterCities’ released CloudCities virtual reality tool, that can be imported from CityEngine, SketchUp and GoogleEarth. CloudCities is an online platform for hosting, sharing and visualizing smart 3D city models. The models are based on OpenStreetMap, are lightweight and used mostly by mobile users, with an easy drag-and-drop workflow. It was used in a development review at Harvard University urban campus in Kindle Square, where building sensors and monitoring were integrated into visualization.
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Sefaira Announces Design Guidance for Architecture 2030’s 2030 Palette at Greenbuild 2016

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Sefaira, a Trimble Company, and Architecture 2030 announced Design Guidance at Greenbuild 2016, taking place in Los Angeles October 5-7, a new functionality in Sefaira Architecture. Design Guidance uses real-time analysis results in Sefaira Architecture to deliver customized guidance on how to improve a building’s performance, and points the designer to relevant passive design strategies collated in Architecture 2030’s 2030 Palette.

Sefaira's Design Guidance for 2030 Palette

Sefaira’s Design Guidance for 2030 Palette

In the following interview, both Edward Mazria, founder and CEO Architecture 2030 and Kerger Truesdell, product manager, Sefaira respond to questions about the announcement and future of Design Guidance and 2030 Palette.

Newforma’s Connector Initiative to Handle Volume Data Between Platforms

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

AECCafé spoke with Jim Forester, co-founder and vice president of business development, Newforma on Newforma’s recently announced Connector initiative to expand access to project information.

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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


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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Augmented Reality that You Wear

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

David Smith, CTO, Wearality, a 3D pioneer of VR, AR, and other technologies, spoke at the SPAR 3D Conference in Houston earlier this year, about how his company is dedicated to delivering and creating AR products for consumers and business.

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Deltek Acquires Union Square

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Patrick Smith, SVP of Marketing at Deltek and Brian LaMee, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Deltek spoke with AECCafe about Deltek’s acquisition of information management and collaboration software company Union Square.

Intranet style entry point to the system providing business and project specific news & information

Landing Page: Intranet style entry point to the system providing business and project specific news & information


Graphisoft’s Free and Paid BIMx Updates Brings BIM Project Information to Many

Monday, August 8th, 2016

This year seems to be the year of opening up the information stored in BIM models to those who are not BIM professionals. There are many on the jobsite who need to make use of valuable information stored in BIM, but who need only limited access to it.

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Sustainable Architecture Meets Reforestation in China — Interview with Wolfgang Frey

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Wolfgang Frey, a practicing architect who specializes in sustainability at his architectural firm Frey Architekten, in the eco-city of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, has found a way to offset his own carbon dioxide “debt.“ In the spring of 2014 Mr. Frey began a reforestation project on the Chinese mountain Xishan (‘West Mountain’ in English) in Taiyuan in the Chinese province of Shanxi.

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Focus on the “I” in BIM with Invicara’s BIM Assure

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Lately, more products have come on the market whose goal it is to make building information modeling (BIM) better. The cloud has really opened up the possibilities for this, allowing for easier and more seamless use of a large, often unwieldy building model.

BIM Assure’s web-based model viewer makes it easy to find and fix data issues in building models.

BIM Assure’s web-based model viewer makes it easy to find and fix data issues in building models.


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