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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
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 »

Next Era BIM from Autodesk

August 1st, 2014 by Susan Smith

At AIA, Autodesk’s Phil Bernstein spoke about “Next Era BIM” and how technology is evolving in the building industry. In an example, he said a Chinese developer built a 30-story building in seven days. The same developer wants to build a 202-story building in a week. The delivery implications of this are quite mind-boggling.

“Design became separated from construction in the Renaissance era,” said Bernstein, with Alberti. Now digital technology has drive ideas of construction/architecture with the following concepts:

1)    It took analog and translated it to CAD.

2)    The transition from electronic drawing to digital – making files into models

3)    Context – the advent of the cloud, social networking, design and construction in a systems context.

The evolvement of this went from diagrams to prototypes to integrated simulations. Now we can build new spaces with new types of data, according to Bernstein.

The concept of “archetypal relationships” was touched upon, but I’m not sure what was being referred to here, an Oedipal complex or the relationship between documentation and the way things are connected?

“The way I see it, the computer puts architects back in the driver’s seat, because we can control all that information,” said Frank Gehry.

Anthony Houch of Autodesk introduced Project Skyscraper, a new cloud-based collaboration software for Revit that allows architects, engineers and contractors to collaborate on the Autodesk 360 cloud platform. This allows extended teams to search, view, and provide feedback on project models on any device. The tool is in beta now with full commercial release of the software expected by the end of the year.

In addition Autodesk spotlighted Dynamo at the conference, exploring computational BIM with Dynamo and Revit, as well as generating different design options for varying elements including façade systems.

In discussion about the Case Building, the discussion turned to how architects put data to work. And how do they leverage building data in order to set the bar for future content?  Autodesk’s interest in reality capture continues on, while they work on figuring out how to turn that information into something meaningful for architects as well as the movie industry.

Houch said that Autodesk is “agnostic about how people access information.” This appears to extend to the new way that Autodesk is delivering information to the media as well. One PR person said they don’t send out as many press releases; everything is available on their site and on their blogs, and Autodesk Labs. This presumes that we are all going to go looking for press materials rather than them arriving conveniently in the newsfeed.
Perhaps the “new spaces with new types of data” that Bernstein envisions will be places that we will all readily visit, just as we open our email each morning.

Ed Mazria’s keynote from AIA Chicago now on video

July 29th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, delivered the keynote address at the AIA National Convention in Chicago in June 2014, and now you can watch the video titled Design! Life Depends on It, of that presentation.

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Autodesk acquires an architectural firm

July 25th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Autodesk recently made a very unusual acquisition: that of the architecture and design firm, The Living, owned by architect David Benjamin. This acquisition was made in order to create the new “first-of-its-kind” Autodesk Studio.

Autodesk Studio

Autodesk Studio

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Epson launches next-gen family of large-format printers

July 22nd, 2014 by Susan Smith

Starting in September, the new next-generation family of large-format color printers – the Epson SureColor T3270, T5270, T7270, T5270D, and T7270D will be launched. Epson product manager, Timothy Check, gave me a demo of these printers at the Esri User Conference 2014 in San Diego last week.

SureColor T-Series Family

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Newforma releases new edition of Project Center

July 18th, 2014 by Susan Smith

In a conversation with Marge Hart, Director of Product Management, Newforma, AECCafe Voice learned about the newest release of Newforma Project Center.

According to the press release, Newforma announced the commercial release of the eleventh edition of Newforma Project Center. New functionality provides support for popular cloud storage providers, enables sharing of documents via Box and Dropbox, integrates with established EDMS solutions, and scales to the needs of large global AECO organizations. New features will allow customers to collaborate more easily and manage workflows for building information management (BIM) more efficiently. Newforma Project Center now integrates with Bentley ProjectWise, Microsoft SharePoint, and IBM FileNet, reinforcing its role as the “single pane of glass” for access to all project information.

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Trimble Document Controller Standard for managing drawings and models

July 15th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Duane Gleason, product manager, Vico Office at Trimble Building, and Marcel Broekmaat, market manager at Vico Office at Trimble Building, spoke recently about the release of Trimble Document Controller Standard, a standalone 2D/3D application designed for construction firms that are looking for a better way to manage drawings and models.  The new application allows project stakeholders to understand design changes and be able to manage issues that might increase cost or risk. Capabilities include: 2D/3D change management, issues tracking, integrated reporting, and the ability to map 2D documents to coordinated 3D models in a hybrid environment.

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AIA 2014: The Story from the Exhibit Floor

July 10th, 2014 by Susan Smith

The Exhibit Floor tells a part of the story of any architectural conference. At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference in Chicago two weeks ago, you walk in, and the first booths you see contain windows, doors, facades, all necessary features of a built environment. Toward the back are the software vendors, which provide the design and conceptual tools to make the building a reality.

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New report offers 6-point plan to address the U.S. infrastructure of the future

July 7th, 2014 by Susan Smith

In a conversation with Terry Bennett, senior industry strategist for infrastructure, Autodesk, about the recent announcement at the National Press Club, of a new report released that outlines innovative new ways that the federal government, industry and other stakeholders can work together to solve the crisis of the failing state of U.S. infrastructure.

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AIA 2014 Convention Keynotes, “Design with a Purpose”

June 30th, 2014 by Susan Smith

In keeping with the theme of this year’s event, “Design with Purpose,” Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel opened the festivities at the AIA 2014 Convention in Chicago this past week with great enthusiasm for architectural innovation in Chicago. Emanuel also once served as White House Chief of Staff to President Obama, as well as served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives for Chicago’s 5th District. He previously served as a key member of the Clinton administration from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.

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Are Managed Services Right for You? 3 Things You Should Know About Them

June 24th, 2014 by Susan Smith

In March, AECCafe Voice wrote about Bentley MANAGEservices — Bentley MANAGEservices Address Project Collaboration and Work Sharing. Here is another article about Managed Services by Bentley’s Brian Robins that adds more information on that topic.
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