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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



AECCafe’s Autodesk University 2015 Report

Friday, December 4th, 2015

This year software companies are talking a lot about convergence, and Autodesk is no different in that respect. What is different is that the software company is making a significant investment in the “make” side of things, which it has promised for the past few years. This focus is moving into the building side of things with many technologies that we have traditionally thought of as strictly manufacturing.


AECCafe to Attend Autodesk University 2015 in Las Vegas

Monday, November 30th, 2015

AECCafe is here in Las Vegas this week (December 1-3)  for the Autodesk University 2015 Conference held at the Venetian Hotel.

"As if It Were Already There" - sculpture by Janet Echelman in Rose Greenway Park

“As if It Were Already There” – sculpture by Janet Echelman in Rose Greenway Park

Autodesk will be demonstrating its new technologies and conducting classes on various topics.

You can visit us at our booth #28 and/or contact Sanjay Gangal for video interviews at 408-221-0982. I will be covering the conference and conducting regular interviews for the blog. 505-501-2478

21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) to Convene in Paris Monday

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

France will chair and host the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The conference is crucial because the expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C, a level that would ensure safety of the planet’s fragile resources. If that level is not achieved, it could have devastating consequences on world populations and survival.

One of the challenges of the Paris agreement, where heads of state will all gather, will be to establish a periodic – ideally five-year – review mechanism to raise the ambition of each Party and progressively improve the collective effort toward keeping global warming below 2°C.

Each country represented will obviously have reasons to participate but also issues, largely economic and political, that may create a climate of resistance to the review mechanism.

Royal Insight from Prince Charles

Prince Charles of the UK, The Prince, a tireless climate change campaigner for the past four decades, will deliver a keynote speech at the opening of COP21 next Monday.

He gave an exclusive interview to Sky News three weeks ago (well before the Paris attacks) about his ongoing concerns about climate change, saying he believes there is evidence to suggest that the reason for the Syrian conflict and resulting terrorism was drought. “We need to deal with the problem of the movement of people as a result of not being able to survive,” he said.


New Tekla Products Combine Analysis and Design Process into Seamless Workflows

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Kevin Lea, Product Manager, A&D Solutions, Tekla, a Trimble Company and Andrew Norman, Tedds Product Manager, Tekla, a Trimble Company talked about the recent release of the new version of Tekla® Structural Designer software that enables structural engineers to analyze and design steel and concrete buildings efficiently by combining analysis and design into a single, seamless process. And new features for its Tekla® Tedds 2015, a software that enables structural engineers to automate repetitive civil and structural calculations.

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IMAGINiT Clarity 2016.1 and Clarity Owner Data Portal (ODP) Released

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Matt Mason, director of software development with IMAGINiT Technologies, of Rand Worldwide, answered some questions for AECCafe Voice about the release of the new version of IMAGINiT Clarity, Clarity 2016.1. The new release includes new features in IMAGINiT Clarity, IMAGINiT Clarity Connect, IMAGINiT Clarity Connect LT and the newly released IMAGINiT Clarity Owner Data Portal (ODP), designed to aid AEC firms in capturing information from BIM models and to facilitate the transition from construction to building operations.

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Capture Design Intent Faster with Autodesk Revit 2016 R2

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

About a month ago I attended a press briefing on the new Autodesk Revit 2016 R2, a release that builds on product performance and makes Revit perform faster.  The release looks at how to empower architects and engineers to embed design intent in their model by building smarter tools. It has a lot of professional productivity enhancements, and product managers believe it’s their best Revit yet.


Revit 2016 R2 updates room, space, HVAC zone, duct, and pipe color fills using multiple CPUs. Image courtesy of Autodesk.

Revit 2016 R2 updates room, space, HVAC zone, duct, and pipe color fills using multiple CPUs. Image courtesy of Autodesk.


ARC Document Solutions Launches SKYSITE 2.0 for Construction Communication

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Evan Casey, National Director of Business Development at ARC Document Solutions, document solutions provider for the construction industry. spoke this week with AECCafe Voice about SKYSITE 2.0, the next generation of its cloud-based application for construction communication. The latest version of SKYSITE adds new features such as Request-for-Information (RFI) administration, photo management and punch lists to its capabilities in managing and distributing construction documents and information.

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