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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 »

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Declined Dramatically for Last 11 Years

 
January 11th, 2017 by Susan Smith

Projected U.S. building sector energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the year 2030 have declined for eleven straight years since the 2030 Challenge was issued in 2005.

This statement was issued by the Architecture 2030 Challenge, to highlight the progress of just one organization that has tirelessly worked toward the reduction of GHG emissions for the past 11 years. The report itself demonstrates a commitment among the architecture and planning communities plus building sector professionals to the decline of GHG emissions in the U.S. building sector.

“According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2016, projections to the year 2030 for building sector energy consumption (building operations) have declined by 18.5 Quadrillion BTUs since 2005 (or the equivalent of 1,209 coal-fired 250 MW power plants),” recent press materials said.

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2016 in Review Through AECCafe Stories

 
December 14th, 2016 by Susan Smith

No one would contest the fact that 2016 has been a tumultuous year, with lots of shifts worldwide and many disruptive technologies coming onboard.

Oak-paneled Auditorium inside the Aliyev Center - photo by Helene Binet

Oak-paneled Auditorium inside the Aliyev Center – photo by Helene Binet

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AECCafe’s Holiday Technology Wish List

 
December 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith

 Most of what AEC professionals need and want is how to get their designs expressed, realized and built efficiently, accurately, quickly and on budget. The solutions to these challenges can be provided with a mix of software, cloud and gadgetry, much of which you will find here.

Leica BLK 360 scanner

Leica BLK 360 scanner

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Experiences and Platforms – Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM 2016

 
December 1st, 2016 by Susan Smith

The occasion for the Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM held in Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, November 11th was the opening of a new office there. The corresponding one-day FORUM event was held at the Levi Stadium, which at times houses the Super Bowl.

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Reality Modeling Goes Viral at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference

 
November 23rd, 2016 by Susan Smith

One of the exciting developments that came out of The Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference was the growth of Bentley’s ContextCapture reality modeling offering over the past year. Introduced at the 2015 conference, and derived from the acquisition of Acute3D, ContextCapture is used to process digital photos from a variety of cameras including smartphone cameras, and aerial photography, including UAVs, to provide engineering-ready reality meshes.

Winner Innovation in Reality Modeling: City of Helsinki - Helsinki 3D+ Helsinki, Finland. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

Winner Innovation in Reality Modeling: City of Helsinki – Helsinki 3D+
Helsinki, Finland. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

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The Human Experience and Technology: AECCafe’s Autodesk University 2016 Report

 
November 17th, 2016 by Susan Smith

The Autodesk University 2016 keynote kicked off this Tuesday morning at the Venetian Congress Center, Las Vegas, with some rousing state-of-the-art rock and roll, followed by an introduction by Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski.

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AECCafe Attends Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM in Santa Clara

 
November 9th, 2016 by Susan Smith

AECCafe will be in attendance at Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM held in Santa Clara, California on Thursday, November 10th. This venue is focused on how to address industrial challenges and quickly realize the benefits of this business model.

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According to company materials, by attending this year’s event, you will get the opportunity to:

  • Learn from thought leaders on key issues impacting all businesses today – manufacturing in the future, the sharing economy, digital transformation, big  data and the internet of everything
  • Meet with senior executives from a range of industries to gain insight into how today’s leaders are driving their business to create captivating experiences for their end customers
  • Discover Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and learn how the power of connecting people, ideas, solutions and data create a new framework for thinking that can help you innovate, develop new revenue streams and realize the future of the experience economy

Look forward to seeing many of you there! Editor, Susan Smith susan.smith@ibsystems.com and President, Sanjay Gangal sanjay.gangal@ibsystems.com

AECCafe Editorial Calendar 2017

 
November 8th, 2016 by Susan Smith

AECCafe Editorial Calendar 2017*

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BEinspiring in London – AECCafe’s Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2016 Report

 
November 3rd, 2016 by Susan Smith

It’s difficult not to be inspired when attending the Bentley Year In Infrastructure Conference, with so many talented professionals gathered to show off their infrastructure projects.

Innovation in Building Winner: Morphosis - Hanking Center Tower. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

Innovation in Building Winner: Morphosis – Hanking Center Tower. Image Courtesy of Bentley Systems

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Bentley Year In Infrastructure 2016 Coming to London Next Week

 
October 27th, 2016 by Susan Smith

This year’s Bentley Year in Infrastructure Conference will be held at the Hilton Metropole in London, Monday, October 31st – November 4th.

Phillip Island Penguin Viewing Platform

Phillip Island Penguin Viewing Platform, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia, Tract Consultants, Pty, Ltd.

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