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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 »

2013 Construction Industry Predictions from Autodesk

January 17th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Amar Hanspal, senior vice president of information modeling and platform products group (IPG) at Autodesk, outlined his predictions for the construction industry this year. Specifically, Amar believes the following trends will drive critical change in how construction firms compete for business and deliver completed projects:

1.       National Infrastructure Discussions Evolve Into Global Discussions

Discussions on national infrastructure will evolve into global conversations on interconnected transportation and financial systems. For example, completion of the Panama Canal will force the U.S. East Coast to upgrade their ports to accommodate a massive increase in traffic and ship size.

2.       Infrastructure Priorities: Developing vs. Developed Regions

Today, there is a marked divide between the infrastructure priorities of developed and developing countries. Developing countries are creating, funding and building brand new infrastructure systems while developed countries are trying to fix their crumbling systems in order to address the needs of tomorrow.

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AECO Industry Predictions for 2013 from Microdesk

January 15th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Mike DeLacey, president of Microdesk, spoke about the company’s AECO industry predictions for 2013. Microdesk provides business and technology consulting services to help firms plan, design, build and operate land and buildings. At Autodesk University 2012, the company presented their predictions, which were brought to the forefront by natural disasters such as Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Sandy that swung the spotlight onto the country’s failing infrastructure.

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Pictometry/AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 integration

January 14th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Pictometry International Corp., inventor of measurable, aerial oblique imagery and analytics tools, launched Pictometry Integration for Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 and 2012 products at Autodesk University the last week of November 2012. Now users’ high resolution geo-referenced aerial imagery can be accessed from directly within the AutoCAD Civil 3D workspace, enabling users to visualize and take measurements of real-world field environments, helping reduce the need for field visits. AutoCAD Civil 3D use has grown phenomenally over the past two-three years, and continues to climb, according to experts in the field. It will also certainly benefit Pictometry to gain access to Autodesk’s millions of users.

According to Pictometry’s David Petterson, product manager, solutions integration, the integration with AutoCAD Civil 3D follows last year’s integration with AutoCAD Map 3D. Both of these integrations utilize the new Pictometry Connect platform that allows users to instantly access Pictometry’s 2.1 petabyte library of olique and orthogonal imagery, as well as accurate geospatial content.

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Top AEC Predictions for 2013 — AECCafe Voice

January 14th, 2013 by Susan Smith

At the beginning of each year, AECCafe looks at what the current trends are and predictions for the coming year. 2012 has been an exciting year, with the acceptance of the Cloud in many facets of business, and some new areas of interest spawned from the possibilities the cloud opens up. The Cloud is still on our bucket list for 2013 because there are many uses for it that have not yet been realized. Other areas are coming forward, fueled by the urgency of the failing infrastructure and climate change that threatens existing infrastructure as well as food sources.

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Introducing AECCafe Voice!

January 3rd, 2013 by Susan Smith

Welcome to our new blog, AECCafe Voice!

With 2013, we replace our AECWeekly newsletter with a regular blog on topics of interest to Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) technology professionals. The blog format allows for information to be delivered to you in a more timely fashion, with the addition of videos and other multimedia. In fact, according to a recent report, all complex communication begins with a face to face contact, which is what video can provide. And with that in mind, the cloud delivers video, so we remain in the flow with our ability to deliver news, links, photos and video on timely topics all at the same time.

Take this recent article in The New York Times Snow Fall: Tunnel Creek which explored the opportunity to use different types of media – a feature story plus video interview clips plus photos.

With a fast moving industry like AEC, our news moves at a blistering pace. It may not have the same excitement as the extreme skiing life/death drama of Tunnel Creek, but nevertheless the editorial treatment shows just what is possible for media these days.

2013 promises to be an exciting year, with many technologies such as the cloud that has been around for awhile, but new implementations of that technology and new ways of ensuring its security. New ways of delivering and sharing AEC information and commentary are on the horizon.

In January, we will be publishing predictions of our own as well as those from different AEC organizations.

So stay tuned for what AECCafe Voice has to offer, feel free to write in and suggest timely topics. Above all: Happy New Year!

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