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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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Going Live with Autodesk LIVE Visualization Service for AEC

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Amar Hanspal, senior vice president and Nicolas Fonta, senior product manager of Autodesk, spoke about yesterday’s launch of Autodesk LIVE, a new interactive visualization service which offers Revit AEC users the ability to transform their designs into fully-interactive 3D models, and draws viewers into the story of an architectural design much like a video game.

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A look into the Autodesk LIVE viewer on Windows showing a model that has been edited in Stingray and then loaded back into LIVE. (Graphic: Business Wire)

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Bentley Design Applications and TopCon’s Mobile Work Force Streamline Field Operations with MAGNET 4.0

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

In early June, Topcon Positioning Group and Bentley Systems unveiled a new level of direct communication between Bentley’s design applications and Topcon’s mobile work force products found in the forthcoming release of its MAGNET 4.0. With direct communication from MAGNET Enterprise to Bentley’s ProjectWise, users of Topcon’s family of MAGNET and 3D-MC software solutions can now, while working in the field, access or receive i-models created by Bentley’s OpenRoads design modeling technology. To find out more about the agreement and how MAGNET works with Bentley applications, AECCafé Voice spoke with Dustin Parkman, Bentley’s vice president of product development.

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Art Gensler’s Lessons Learned

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Art Gensler’s book, Art’s Principles: 50 years of hard-learned lessons in building a world-class professional services firm, was the topic for Gensler’s talk on lessons learned in the architecture industry at AIA 2016 in May.

The Philadelphia Museum Art crowns the city’s illuminated Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The culturally rich stretch is home to many parks, public works of art and museums, including Swann Memorial Fountain (pictured), the Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Sister Cities Park and many other attractions.

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How to Integrate Data Capture, BIM, CIM, GIS and CAD

Monday, June 6th, 2016

At an industry session held at SPAR3D 2016 in April in The Woodlands, Texas, Lou Bush, Director of Survey, Bowman Consulting Group, and Steve Hutsell, Chief, Geospatial Section U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Seattle District, gave a talk entitled: “Integrated Data Capture, BIM, CIM, GIS and CAD – Owner and Industry Perspectives on Products, Processes and Policies for Informed Decision Making.”

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Review of Humanism in Architecture

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

“The sciences that underlie construction related technologies – structures, materials, systems and software – have revolutionized how we design and build today. But the insights emerging from the maturing science of human life – evolution, ecology and neurosciences — are only beginning to be incorporated.” – Bob Hart.

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Autodesk Announces Revit 2017 and a Host of Other New Product Releases

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Typically, Autodesk announces the latest version of its software in the spring of each year, and this year is no exception.

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SPAR3D 2016 Shows Off 3D Mixed Realities

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The four morning keynotes kicking off SPAR3D 2016 in The Woodlands, Texas, Tuesday morning included Eddie Paddock, Engineering/VR Technical Discipline lead, NASA Johnson Space Center, Greg Bentley, CEO Bentley Systems, Inc., David Smith, CTO, Wearality, and Curtis Chan, technical evangelist, Autodesk.

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Zaha Hadid Leaves an Architectural Design Legacy Behind

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Dame Zaha Hadid, the Iraqi-born architect who was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for architecture,  died last Thursday in Miami at the age of 65. Hadid died of a sudden heart attack while being treated for bronchitis in the hospital, according to her office, Zaha Hadid Architects in London.

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