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Some Picks from CES 2017

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas attracted over 165,000 people this month, with 3800 companies doing product launches.

Erek Dyskant, co-founder of BlueLabs, an analytics and technology company dedicated to harnessing the power of data to produce meaningful two-way engagement between people and organizations, spoke at CES. Dyskant aims to empower individuals to take steps that “make their political voice heard, improve their health, and strengthen their financial security.”

As lead of the BlueLabs healthcare & public sector practice, he has transformed government agencies and large healthcare organizations to take a data-driven evidence-based approach to engaging with their constituents, where the experience is streamlined and everyone receives the information that is proven to help them take the next step.

Before co-founding BlueLabs, Dyskant lead the geospatial analytics team at Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, where he developed the geospatial algorithms necessary to make 25 million effective, relevant, voter contacts in 4 days.

As has been pointed out at other events, the success of self-driving vehicles is reliant on teaching the cars how to be drivers, which means they will need to be personalized and connected. Artificial intelligence and wireless communications that enable in-car, personal experiences were showcased, as well as how cars may be able to talk to other cars, and how cars monitor what’s going on in their surroundings for improved safety on the road.

Esri participated at CES as part of Microsoft’s connected car showcase. Frits van der Schaff, Head of Automotive, Esri and staff talked about mapping and spatial analytics that provides spatial geospatial context to foster safety and improve the overall driver experience. Microsoft staff showcased future scenarios where artificial intelligence bots can aid in improving driver safety, engagement, and integration with calendars and personal preferences.

The Chinese company Taihuoniao, provider of technology products and global sales, provides a platform for design and internet startups to use for domestic as well as international markets, for developing crowdfunding efforts and sales and marketing. Company spokesmen were concerned about the portentous American president-elect’s focus on “bringing back manufacturing” that they feel may affect technology stocks negatively.

Sevenhugs Smart Remote

Indoor positioning showed up at CES this year in the body of the Sevenhugs Smart Remote, that connects to a proprietary indoor positioning system that triangulates its location and other connected devices it is aimed at. So, that it could be aimed at a TV and may bring up an app like streaming video. Embodied with contextual awareness, this Smart Remote could interface with over 25,000 connected devices in your home.

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AECCafe’s Holiday Technology Wish List

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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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Bentley Design Applications and TopCon’s Mobile Work Force Streamline Field Operations with MAGNET 4.0

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

In early June, Topcon Positioning Group and Bentley Systems unveiled a new level of direct communication between Bentley’s design applications and Topcon’s mobile work force products found in the forthcoming release of its MAGNET 4.0. With direct communication from MAGNET Enterprise to Bentley’s ProjectWise, users of Topcon’s family of MAGNET and 3D-MC software solutions can now, while working in the field, access or receive i-models created by Bentley’s OpenRoads design modeling technology. To find out more about the agreement and how MAGNET works with Bentley applications, AECCafé Voice spoke with Dustin Parkman, Bentley’s vice president of product development.

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AIA 2016 Convention Report – Towards a Material Future

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

At the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016 Convention this week held in Philadelphia, keynote addresses spanned the gamut from host and executive producer of NPR’s Fresh Air, Terry Gross’ interview with Julia Louis-Dreyfuss of the iconic TV sitcom Seinfeld and now the series VEEP to Israeli-born architect, designer and MIT professor Neri Oxman’s highly inspirational presentation on “material ecology.”

Neri Oxman, architect and designer, MIT professor

Neri Oxman, architect and designer, MIT professor

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AutoCAD 2017 with New “Subscription-Awareness” Made Available

Friday, March 25th, 2016

 On Monday, Autodesk announced the availability of AutoCAD 2017.  The latest release makes the promise of being “faster and smarter across connected desktop and mobile solutions, and makes it easier to collaborate with colleagues, create personalized design experiences, and stay up-to-date with the newest features and updates.” The AutoCAD 360 Pro mobile app is subscription based and  allows you take AutoCAD with you.

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Autodesk’s BIM 360 Docs Now Available Commercially

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The construction industry is driven by documentation in the form of submittals, contracts, record sets, and RFIs. While this is still a priority, the design teams are adopting BIM, and there needs to be a way to consolidate all the information coming from various stakeholders on the project.

View and navigate 3D models, access object properties, use sectioning tools and explore models with gravity-based walkthroughs.

View and navigate 3D models, access object properties, use sectioning tools and explore models with gravity-based walkthroughs.

Autodesk’s BIM 360 Docs web service was just made available as a commercial product. Designed for the entire construction project team, BIM 360 Docs ensures that the entire team works from the correct version of documents and plans. Addressing the entire AEC lifecycle, BIM 360 Docs includes tools for publishing, managing, reviewing, editing and approving all project plans, models and documents from the beginning stages of the project all the way through owner occupancy. The cloud-based service is available on all devices or desktop, so that it is a complete collaborative tool.

Quickly navigate between 2D plans and 3D models on any device, without having to close the viewer.

Quickly navigate between 2D plans and 3D models on any device, without having to close the viewer.

Unlike typical document management platforms available on the market, which are generally in the form of document management platforms, AEC drawing viewers or model viewers, and project management apps, BIM 360 Docs goes beyond the focus on specific people or goals to putting the project at the center of the technology instead. The single cloud-based repository holds all project documents, models and plans for the entire project team.

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Call for Participants: February Topics – Collaboration and Reality Capture

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Two topics coming up for February timeframe on AECCafe Voice:

Collaboration platforms and the Cloud

Reality Capture

Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard

 

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Interview with Ian Howell, Newforma

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

 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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