Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
October 20th, 2016 by Susan Smith
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.
October 13th, 2016 by Susan Smith
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.
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.
October 6th, 2016 by Susan Smith
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.
September 29th, 2016 by Susan Smith
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.
September 23rd, 2016 by Susan Smith
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.
Vectorworks 2017 Sports Innovative New Features for Collaboration, Immersive Environments and Much More
September 21st, 2016 by Susan Smith
In a recent interview with Dr. Biplap Sarkar, CEO of Vectorworks, we discussed the latest features of Vectorworks 2017, which was released September 14th.
September 14th, 2016 by Susan Smith
A year ago when Autodesk announced it was discontinuing perpetual software licenses for desktop standalone desktop products, many people were outraged and said they would continue to use their perpetual licenses but would not upgrade to the newly announced subscription-only model. Many users said that the cost of the subscription model would ultimately cost them more money than to have the license (licenses aren’t owned).
September 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith
From St. Petersburg, Russia, the ASCON Group, the developer and integrator of professional AEC, MCAD, and PLM systems, has announced the release of Renga Architecture 2.4, architectural CAD design software. The Russian company has incorporated into the new release the concerns of users, such as separate views of individual objects (such as columns, beams, windows, and doors), an update to the display style dialog box, and a way to locate offset columns and beams.
September 1st, 2016 by Susan Smith
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.
August 25th, 2016 by Susan Smith
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.