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Tekla BIM software used for construction on FIFA World Cup stadium

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Tekla’s BIM software was instrumental in improving productivity for the firm Martifer Construções, a construction company charged with construction on the Arena Amazônia in Manaus, Brazil,  just one of the 10 world-class Brazilian football stadiums modeled for the FIFA World Cup with Tekla. Martifer Construções gained 20% and efficiency by 30% while successfully meeting the tight construction deadlines.


New Free TurboViewer Released

Friday, June 13th, 2014

IMSI/Design launched a new free TurboViewer update for its mobile app.

Features of the TurboViewer v3.5 includes fast 2D/3D PDF and DWG viewing, 2D/3D markup and a contact manager that helps professionals stay in touch with their design and building teams at the touch of a button.

From the press release, highlights of free TurboSite v3.5 noted include:

* Lightning-fast 2D & 3D environment

* 2D & 3D PDF, DWG (AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT), TCW, DXF and DWF

* Easy Contact Management (communicate with your team at the touch of a button)

* Powerful 2D and 3D markup tools

* New viewing modes

* New File Manager

* And more (more…)

AECCafe will be at the AIA Chicago National Convention

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

AECCafe, in the form of Editor, Susan Smith, will be at the AIA National Convention in Chicago June 26-27th.

What that means is that our focus remains on architecture, engineering and construction from a CAD and Building Information Modeling perspective. As I ready for this conference,  I would like to hear from more CAD and BIM companies to have an awareness of your booth presence and events you might be hosting.

The areas we cover are quite vast: building information modeling, visualization, CAD, 3D printing, document management, project management, laser scanning, conceptual design, integrated project delivery, and specifications.

If you wish to set up a meeting during the convention, please contact me at Look forward to seeing many of you there!



Trimble Proliance 5.7 released

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Brant Carter, Product Management Director with the Owner Division of Trimble Buildings Group, answered AECCafe Voice’s questions about the latest Proliance 5.7 release from Trimble:

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Peter Hansford keynotes at GEO Business 2014 in London

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

I heard Peter Hansford, the Chief Construction Advisor to HM Government, UK speak about the Crossrail project at the Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference in London, 2013. While I’m not in attendance at the inaugural GEO Business 2014 event, Hansford is presenting a keynote at that conference.

With a career that has spanned positions at Amey, Maunsell, the Strategic Rail Authority and Gardiner and Theobald, Hansford has spent the majority of his career on highways and railways with project management largely being his focus. Peter is also an ardent advocate and supporter of the BIM initiative.



More low-cost CAD options

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Last week I wrote about Low Cost CAD Options for AEC professionals. This week we add to this list with the following products:

Bricsys BricsCAD

BricsCAD is a company that does not put out press materials, but instead offers BricsCAD release notes. These are for those hardy engineers who want to tools at a low price to really build their own open platform CAD solution. Bricsys provides a DWG engineering design software “BricsCAD,” which is said by the company to be an “industrial strength CAD software platform with industry leading support for the AEC, GIS, civil engineering, process and power, and mechanical CAD markets.” The company is a founding member of the Open Design Alliance, founded in 2002.

New installsets for BricsCAD (Windows) version 14.2.06-1 en_US are available for download. You can also subscribe to the BricsCAD Releases RSS feed. (more…)

Trimble SketchUp Mobile Viewer released

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Trimble SketchUp Mobile Viewer for iPad was just released, a product that should make model viewing on a tablet more dynamic. Below are some responses from John Baccus, Product Management Director, SketchUp at Trimble Navigation regarding the new release:

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Tekla acquires SVS Innovations Construction software and Field3D mobile technology

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Tekla has acquired SVS Innovations’ (SVSi) construction software business and its advanced Field3D mobile technology. The acquisition further strengthens Tekla’s position in


Field3D in use in Puuvilla Shopping Center siteField3D in use in Puuvilla Shopping Center site


Zero fossil fuel CO2 emissions on the horizon

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Zero fossil fuel CO2 emissions for the entire global built environment are expected to be achieved by the second half of this century, according to climate change meetings held in London, Bonn and Paris.

The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),  the world’s leading climate science body, projected a number of scenarios, each plotting amounts of carbon emissions and the resulting future global average temperatures. The bottom line is, there is only one scenario with a good chance of averting irreversible climate change: one that caps global cumulative industrial-era carbon emissions at under one trillion tons, according to the report. (more…)

Newforma Project Cloud and Mobile apps released

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Newforma director of Product Marketing, David Wagner, talked about their new release, Newforma Project Cloud, the company’s web-based project management platform, and new mobile apps, Capture, Tasks and Project Email as well as their updated Plans app.

Newforma Tasks: showing the dashboard of items


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