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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 »

Capture Design Intent Faster with Autodesk Revit 2016 R2

 
October 22nd, 2015 by Susan Smith

About a month ago I attended a press briefing on the new Autodesk Revit 2016 R2, a release that builds on product performance and makes Revit perform faster.  The release looks at how to empower architects and engineers to embed design intent in their model by building smarter tools. It has a lot of professional productivity enhancements, and product managers believe it’s their best Revit yet.

Revit 2016 R2 updates room, space, HVAC zone, duct, and pipe color fills using multiple CPUs. Image courtesy of Autodesk.

Revit 2016 R2 updates room, space, HVAC zone, duct, and pipe color fills using multiple CPUs. Image courtesy of Autodesk.

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ARC Document Solutions Launches SKYSITE 2.0 for Construction Communication

 
October 15th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Evan Casey, National Director of Business Development at ARC Document Solutions, document solutions provider for the construction industry. spoke this week with AECCafe Voice about SKYSITE 2.0, the next generation of its cloud-based application for construction communication. The latest version of SKYSITE adds new features such as Request-for-Information (RFI) administration, photo management and punch lists to its capabilities in managing and distributing construction documents and information.

Document Content Lifecycle

Document Content Lifecycle

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Sefaira’s Direct Sunlight Analysis Complements Existing Daylighting Analysis

 
October 8th, 2015 by Susan Smith

In an interview with Carl Sterner, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Director of Product Marketing at Sefaira, he discussed Sefaira’s Direct Sunlight Analysis launched in September.

Sefaira sunlight heating and cooling

Sefaira sunlight heating and cooling

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HP Announces HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations

 
October 1st, 2015 by Susan Smith

Jeff Wood – vice president, WW Product Management,  Workstation and Thin Client Business HP and Josh Peterson- director, WW Product Management,  Workstation and Thin Client Business , HP met with the press in a virtual press briefing prior to the announcement of the new HP Z240 Tower and Z240 SFF Workstations with next generation Intel processors and HP Z Turbo Drive options, raising the bar for entry-level workstations, while providing the reliability of a workstation at the price point of a desktop PC.

HP Z240 SFF Workstation and HP Z240 Tower Workstation

HP Z240 SFF Workstation and HP Z240 Tower Workstation

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ArcSite Converts Freehand Drawing into Perfect Geometry

 
September 23rd, 2015 by Susan Smith

ArcTuition has done something that architects and designers have been asking for since the inception of CAD – on a mobile device: it has combined integrated machine learning with freehand drawing.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Rebranding and Vectorworks 2016

 
September 16th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Vectorworks, Inc. formerly Nemetschek Vectorworks, announced this morning the rebranding of the company plus the release of Vectorworks 2016.

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New InfraWorks 360 Release Offers Improved Productivity Enhancements and Performance

 
September 9th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Autodesk’s mid-year release of InfraWorks 360 was discussed along with the latest release of Civil3D in a recent webinar. In this article we focused on InfraWorks 360.

Eric Chappell, Community Evangelist, Infraworks 360, noted that the latest version was released September 2. The release is divided into three areas:

The highly intuitive graphical interface of the Traffic Simulation module makes it clear when roads have exceeded capacity requirements and make it easy to identify where changes need to be made.

The highly intuitive graphical interface of the Traffic Simulation module makes it clear when roads have exceeded capacity requirements and make it easy to identify where changes need to be made.

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IMAGINiT Technologies Releases New Utilities

 
September 2nd, 2015 by Susan Smith

In an interview with Matt Mason, director of software development at IMAGINiT Technologies division of Rand Worldwide, we discussed the newly released IMAGINIT Utilities for Civil 3D 2016, IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Client 2016 and IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Server 2016, all of which are now compatible with Autodesk 2016 products. There are two new tools in IMAGINiT Utilities for Civil 3D: Pipe Grade and Multi-Part Swap. IMAGINiT is also introducing enhancements to IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Client and IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Server as well as a new tool in IMAGINiT Utilities for Vault Server, Vault Command Line.

Swap

IMAGINiT Utilities for Civil 3D: Multi-Part Swap

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Autodesk Stingray: Interactive Real-Time Game Engine for AEC

 
August 28th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Rick Davis, Autodesk marketing manager, Design and Animation and Erin Emery, industry marketing manager for Building Design talked about the recent Autodesk announcement at the Game Developers Conference Europe of the new Stingray, a real-time engine that can be used to create high quality 3D games, or be applied in the AEC industry to make BIM-informed 3D visualizations in 3ds Max design software fully interactive in a real-time environment.

 The Stingray engine allows designers, owners and stakeholders to access and visualize a building model in real-time to fully understand the scale, feel and experience of the building before construction starts.

The Stingray engine allows designers, owners and stakeholders to access and visualize a building model in real-time to fully understand the scale, feel and experience of the building before construction starts.

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Trimble SketchUp’s Mobile Viewer and Partnership between Trimble and Materialise

 
August 19th, 2015 by Susan Smith

Trimble SketchUp Mobile Viewer v2

Trimble SketchUp made a couple of announcements this summer: one being the SketchUp Mobile Viewer launch for both iOS and Android, an online presentation app, and the other the partnership between Trimble and Materialise to streamline 3D printing workflows by adding support for the STL file format in Trimble’s 3D Warehouse.

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