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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 »

Laser Scanning Point Clouds with ARCHICAD 19

 
January 19th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Recently Graphisoft hosted a webinar outlining an historical project where they used laser scanning point clouds and ARCHICAD 19 to produce as-built drawings of the Arizona State Fairgrounds Grandstand Building.

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Interview with Ian Howell, Newforma

 
January 14th, 2016 by Susan Smith

 AECCafe Voice recently interviewed CEO of Newforma, Ian Howell on topics including the management of project information today and how to make information from disparate systems talk to other.

Given the huge rise in the amount of digital information generated today, what do you think is the most effective way to manage all that information?

Ian Howell, chief executive officer, Newforma: “Huge rise” is true: When Newforma began in 2004, a large project generated 100 gigabytes of data. Ten years later, the largest project being managed by our customers generated 6.5 terabytes of data – 65 times as much! This growth is a consequence of a few factors: building designs are more ambitious across the industry, as illustrated by such high-profile projects as the one-kilometer high Jeddah Tower and the Apple Campus 2 headquarters; and building requirements are more complex as a result of factors such as sustainable design, concern for carbon footprints, etc.

To manage this explosion of digital data, customers have had to scale their systems and implement a project information management strategy that dovetails with the applications and systems already in use.

A consequence of handling so much more information on every project is the burden of trying to keep it organized. However, our experience shows that busy project team members rarely have the time to comply with the filing rules and meta-data tagging required by structured document management systems like SharePoint.

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AECCafe’s Trends Report 2016

 
January 7th, 2016 by Susan Smith

Trends that are shaping the built world are powered by the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, institute BIM mandates across the globe, the need for convergence or collaboration of AEC teams, the need for the “smart city,” emergence of the owner/operator extending the lifecycle of a project into operations and maintenance, and provision of tools that are right for the job. These trends are linked, as one will benefit and nourish the other.

1 Merchant Square, London, Robin Partington & Partners Architects

1 Merchant Square, London, Robin Partington & Partners Architects

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From the Exhibit Floor: Autodesk University 2015

 
December 18th, 2015 by Susan Smith

“If we are to bring the broad masses of the people in every land to the table of abundance, it can only be by the tireless improvement of all our means of technical production.” – Winston Churchill, MIT, 1949.

Little could Churchill predict how timeless his comment was, or perhaps he could. He probably would be amazed at how that insightful comment would show up in the technological creations of today.

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Contribute Ideas to AECCafe’s Trends/Predictions article

 
December 14th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Greetings, Readers!

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The first week of January AECCafe Voice will publish a Trends/Predictions article, looking forward toward what might be the big trends for the new year, as well as the next five years.

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AECCafe Editorial Calendar 2016

 
December 8th, 2015 by Susan Smith

AECCafe

Editorial Calendar 2016*

 January:

1/31-2/3 Solidworks World, Dallas, TX

Editorial topics:

  • Trends and Predictions for 2016
  • Collaboration platforms and the Cloud
    1 Merchant Square, London, Robin Partington & Partners Architects

    1 Merchant Square, London, Robin Partington & Partners Architects

     

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AECCafe’s Autodesk University 2015 Report

 
December 4th, 2015 by Susan Smith

This year software companies are talking a lot about convergence, and Autodesk is no different in that respect. What is different is that the software company is making a significant investment in the “make” side of things, which it has promised for the past few years. This focus is moving into the building side of things with many technologies that we have traditionally thought of as strictly manufacturing.

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AECCafe to Attend Autodesk University 2015 in Las Vegas

 
November 30th, 2015 by Susan Smith

AECCafe is here in Las Vegas this week (December 1-3)  for the Autodesk University 2015 Conference held at the Venetian Hotel.

"As if It Were Already There" - sculpture by Janet Echelman in Rose Greenway Park

“As if It Were Already There” – sculpture by Janet Echelman in Rose Greenway Park

Autodesk will be demonstrating its new technologies and conducting classes on various topics.

You can visit us at our booth #28 and/or contact Sanjay Gangal for video interviews at sanjay@ibsystems.com 408-221-0982. I will be covering the conference and conducting regular interviews for the blog. Susan.smith@ibsystems.com 505-501-2478

21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) to Convene in Paris Monday

 
November 24th, 2015 by Susan Smith

France will chair and host the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The conference is crucial because the expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C, a level that would ensure safety of the planet’s fragile resources. If that level is not achieved, it could have devastating consequences on world populations and survival.

One of the challenges of the Paris agreement, where heads of state will all gather, will be to establish a periodic – ideally five-year – review mechanism to raise the ambition of each Party and progressively improve the collective effort toward keeping global warming below 2°C.

Each country represented will obviously have reasons to participate but also issues, largely economic and political, that may create a climate of resistance to the review mechanism.

Royal Insight from Prince Charles

Prince Charles of the UK, The Prince, a tireless climate change campaigner for the past four decades, will deliver a keynote speech at the opening of COP21 next Monday.

He gave an exclusive interview to Sky News three weeks ago (well before the Paris attacks) about his ongoing concerns about climate change, saying he believes there is evidence to suggest that the reason for the Syrian conflict and resulting terrorism was drought. “We need to deal with the problem of the movement of people as a result of not being able to survive,” he said.

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New Tekla Products Combine Analysis and Design Process into Seamless Workflows

 
November 16th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Kevin Lea, Product Manager, A&D Solutions, Tekla, a Trimble Company and Andrew Norman, Tedds Product Manager, Tekla, a Trimble Company talked about the recent release of the new version of Tekla® Structural Designer software that enables structural engineers to analyze and design steel and concrete buildings efficiently by combining analysis and design into a single, seamless process. And new features for its Tekla® Tedds 2015, a software that enables structural engineers to automate repetitive civil and structural calculations.

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