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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 »

Future plans for IMSI/Design include wearable Google Glass computer and TurboSite

 
June 21st, 2013 by Susan Smith

IMSI/Design announced at the 2013 AIA National Convention that TurboSite will be available for Google Glass when the innovative smart device is launched later this year.

Google Glass for site evaluation to be combined with IMSI/Design’s TurboSite for field reporting.

The combination of Google Glass for site evaluation and TurboSite, a field reporting app, will be a great one. Users will be able to do site inspections without having to carry building plans, digital camera, laptop and other accoutrements.

“Using Google Glass and TurboSite, we’re literally letting someone to walk onto a job site carrying absolutely nothing,” said Royal Farros, company CEO.

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Autodesk announces new conceptual design tools

 
June 19th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Matt Jezyk, senior industry strategy manager and Angi Izzi, senior industry strategy manager of AEC Building Design at Autodesk talked about their new announcement of FormIt 4.0 and Dynamo to be featured at AIA this week.

FormIt 4.0

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Free AutoCAD PDF to DWG and DXF conversion tool available

 
June 14th, 2013 by Susan Smith

A free AutoCAD tool from Cometdocs offer free PDF to DWG and DXF conversion for AutoCAD-designed PDFs and it is well established on the market: http://www.convertpdftoautocad.com/
As CAD drawings are being shared as PDFs for convenience and security reasons, more problems arise with editing and extracting elements from PDFs. Conversion is often the only solution.

Some of its distinct features are:

  • Conversion preserves lines, arcs, scale presets and texts, there is no need for further editing.
  • Even large files (up to 40MB) can be converted swiftly and effectively.
  • According to the strict guidelines of our privacy policy, user emails and uploaded data are deleted after 24h.
  • The service is completely free – please, don’t be confused by ads on the homepage, we support ourselves and keep the service free for you by way of these ads.

Currently Cometdocs don’t support the use of their website via mobile devices, but they do have plans for a mobile app. It should be released within the  next two months.

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Prescient platform for AEC

 
June 11th, 2013 by Susan Smith

In an article in the Wall Street Journal,  it was announced that a software and structural system manufacturing company, Prescient, will debut its integrated and standardized AEC platform at the 2013 American Institute of Architecture (AIA) National Convention, June 20-23 in Denver.

Prescient’s platform works toward streamlining the AEC process for multi-unit buildings such as apartments, condos, senior and assisted living communities, hotels, and student and military dormitories. The software will integrate design and engineering of its framing system with project plans during the architectural design process and generates a bill of materials back to Prescient’s production facility for design-to-production manufacturing. From that information, Prescient can deliver and install the panelized structural system.

Robotic welding is used by Prescient’s manufacturing process to achieve high throughput efficiencies and very tight tolerances. This integrates engineering, architecture, manufacturing and construction into the panelized process.

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Building information modeling helps do away with blueprints

 
June 5th, 2013 by Susan Smith

In a world where blueprints are the backbone of the architectural/construction process, it sounds like heresy to consider replacing blueprints with something else – some thing digital, no less. But the ability of building information modeling (BIM) to eliminate problems before they happen with the use of analysis tools and iPads and other mobile devices, has simplified the whole AEC process. The amount of time, money, and manpower have all been reduced by the use of this technology.

When you see an article in a regional or daily newspaper about a technology topic such as BIM that you’ve known about some time, you know that topic has hit prime time:

iPad leads building information modeling push to replace blueprints – Westchester/Rockland Newsday

Building mis-information has profound impact on AEC industry

 
June 3rd, 2013 by Susan Smith

Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University, is educated as both an architect and engineer whose teaching and research explore energy systems, advanced materials and new technologies, spoke at sg 2013 in April 2013 at the University of London on the topic, “Data and its dis-contents”.

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IMAGINiT Technologies releases their IMAGINiT Clarity 2014 Product Line

 
May 30th, 2013 by Susan Smith

This month IMAGINiT Technologies released their IMAGINiT Clarity 2014 Product Line, announced by parent company Rand Worldwide of which IMAGINiT is a division. IMAGINiT Technologies has released the 2014 versions of IMAGINiT Clarity-or-Autodesk-Revit-Server, IMAGINiT Clarity LT for-Autodesk-Revit-Server and IMAGINiT Clarity Workshare. These are three web-based collaboration tools that include new and improved features and the Clarity and Clarity LT for Autodesk Revit Server are designed to extend the value of the Autodesk Revit Server platform. They also enhancd control of the Revit Server set up, and automate repetitive tasks and provide data to non-Revit users.

For those users who do not use Autodesk Revit Server, IMAGINiT Clarity Workshare improves the traditional file-based work sharing approach and automates numerous time consuming Revit software related tasks, whether their BIM team is using Revit or Revit Server.

Features of the Clarity 2014 product line include (from the press release):

Task Automation
All Clarity products allow tasks to be automated in three ways: every time a Revit file is updated; at a scheduled time; or on demand. Mundane tasks such as exporting data to Navisworks or DGN file formats or creating ModelReview reports can now be performed on demand, freeing up staff to undertake higher value tasks.  To share model data with team members who don’t use Revit, Clarity products can automatically generate a variety of file export options including PDF, DWF, DWG, IFC, GBxml, FBX and more.

Datasheets
Due to popular demand, all Clarity products have now greatly extended the capabilities of datasheets to go beyond the popular room data sheets. BIM team members now have almost 20 different data sheet options to choose from including furniture and equipment.

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Trimble announces SketchUp 2013

 
May 29th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Trimble announced SketchUp 2013, the latest version of their 3D modeling platform. The new release features an Extension Warehouse for add-on tools for professional architectural, construction and design users, as well as rebranding of the software’s free version, to SketchUp Make.

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Archicad 17 Addresses the Details in BIM Models

 
May 21st, 2013 by Susan Smith

Akos Pfemeter, Director of Graphisoft Global Marketing, talked about the upcoming release of Archicad 17 in June – a major upgrade for Archicad.

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New version of Autodesk BIM 360 Glue provides greater access to project information

 
May 16th, 2013 by Susan Smith

Sarah Hodges, senior industry marketing manager for Autodesk, spoke this week about the new version of Autodesk BIM 360 Glue that addresses the big data explosion in the AEC industry and the adoption of BIM. Autodesk BIM 360 Glue extends the BIM process from design to construction by providing all stakeholders access to project information for model coordination and clash detection via desktop, mobile and web.

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