Technology is transforming the way we design and construct everything, from buildings to cities and the infrastructure that connects them together. The rise of reality capture, cloud computing, gamification, and social and mobile platforms as well as building information modeling is dramatically extending how the AEC industry creates value. But product and service advances are by themselves not enough. To drive innovative projects, we need to move from designing objects to designing complete systems. Leading industry innovators demonstrate the power of collaborative, integrated, holistic design and construction.
Manufacturing matters. Today, advances in technology are transforming the way we make things. Promising new technologies, such as additive 3D printing and advanced robotic automation, have the potential to change how objects are fabricated and assembled. New open and crowdsource platforms are transforming the tools and workflows of manufacturing. Intelligent materials will enable manufacturers to create products with fantastic new properties. The New Industrial Revolution Innovation Forum brings together trailblazing innovators who are changing the way we manufacture. They distill the real practices from the public-relations hype, show what is immediately available and what is over the horizon, and describe how businesses, both large and small, can take advantage of the emerging revolution.
HP recently introduced its ZBook series of mobile workstations. After attending the product launch in NYC, I was fortunate enough to get a top of the line HP ZBook 15 mobile workstation to evaluate and discover if this sleek new beauty’s performance promise was more than skin deep.
My evaluation unit was über equipped with the highest performing NVIDIA GPU, included a built-in HP DreamColor Display system and came with the following specifications as supplied:
O/S: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Service Pack 1 CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4800MQ with Intel HD Graphics 4600 (2.7 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores) GPU: NVIDIA Quadro K2100M (Designed specifically for mobile 15.6″ Platforms and the high end of offered GPUs) Storage: Hard Drive – 500 GB (Includes 32GB Flash Cache and is Expandable to 1.87TB) System Memory: 16GB RAM – (Expandable to 32GB with 64bit O/S and Quad Core processor) Display: Full HD 15.6″ diagonal LED-back lit UWVA eDP anti-glare (1920 x 1080) screen with integrated HP DreamColor Display system providing more than a billion color possibilities. Ports and Connectivity: 2 USB 3.0; 1 USB 2.0; 1 USB 3.0 charging port; 1 Thunderbolt1; 1 DisplayPort; 1 stereo microphone-in/headphone-out combo; 1 RJ-45 Ethernet; wireless;1 docking connector; 1 secondary battery connector; 1 VGA port; 1 SD compatible memory card reader Other: Webcam with Cyberlink YouCAM control software installed; Optical Storage with Blu-ray read, DVD/CD read/write; fingerprint reader; Kensington lock port Weight with batteries: Starting at 6.2 lb (2.82 kg) Warranty: Protected by HP Services, including a limited 3 years parts, 3 years labor, and 3 years on site service (3/3/3) standard warranty.
If you’re doing business in the modern world, there’s a very good chance you have a website. While you might not give it much thought – other than if it’s up and available or not – changes in technology are going to force you to make a decision about your web hosting at some point or another.
Companies Scramble to Create Offshore Data Centers
Photo by Vivek Patankar / Flickr
Is the NSA in America spying on your data? Possibly. This has many individuals as well as corporations worried. Big companies have it a bit easier because they have millions or billions of dollars to spend on solutions to escape the “evil eye of Mordor” as it scans the virtual world at will.
When you start to look at what some companies are doing, it’s quite surprising in a lot of ways. Ever since Snowden came forward and let the world know what the NSA was doing to spy on people around the world, companies have been trying to jump on the opportunity made available by all the paranoia about data security.
NSA has taken it upon itself to “Defending Our Nation. Securing our future”. Obviously,this is not something that can be done in the observable public space;in fact, not even in the restricted government space. It has a space of its own where no man can ever go anywhere near. In Wall Street Journal’s considered view, NSA’s convenient datacenter solutions at Utah is the “symbol of the spy agency’s surveillance prowess”.
Two Kansas groups, in Federal District Court, are challenging their State Board of Education’s implementation of updated science standards in state schools, which were adopted in June 2013 and apply to kindergarten through 12th grade students. The Kansas City Star reports the state has had six different sets of standards in the last 15 years. These appear to have shifted from election to election. Read the rest of this entry »
HP Grows Designjet T-series Portfolio with New High-end eMultifunction Large-format Printer
HP today announced the HP Designjet T2500 eMultifunction Printer (eMFP), which brings new customer-driven design features to a single, compact device that scans, prints and copies to help highly mobile teams work together better and faster.
For architects, engineers, construction (AEC) and geographic information system (GIS) firms, as well as government agencies and enterprise customers, scanning large-format color documents is one of the most effective ways to review and communicate changes. However, large-format scanning is a time-consuming and complex process. In addition, many scanners today are still separate devices from in-office, large-format printers.
Video To Be Played at CGI Annual Meeting Depicts Research Collaboration Between AIA and MIT’s Center for Advanced Urbanism
New York, N.Y. – September 25, 2013 – “Design as Long-Term, Preventative Medicine” is the theme behind a compelling new video that repositions the architectural profession as a primary catalyst for making America’s cities healthier places to live and work.
AIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, aptly uses that phrase to describe the strategy architects must employ to make an impact on America’s public health crisis. The video will be played today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, where more than 1,000 global leaders are gathering to address CGI’s 2013 theme, “Mobilizing for Impact.”
You can see the Decade of Design: The AIA Global Urban Solutions Challenge video here:
This year’s HP workstation product launch event was the biggest I’ve ever attended, and the most exciting in terms of the revolutionary new product offerings presented and the people I met and interviewed.
We gathered early on Wednesday morning in a large hall in the NYC Sheraton Hotel, right in the midst of bustling Times Square, and to get the ball rolling were treated to speeches by some heavy hitting HP workstation users.
Mark Russell – Director, Producer, and Vfx Expert
First at bat was Mark Russell, and he hit it out of the park. Mark is an independent Vfx creator and supervisor who headed up the special effect team during filming and now working post production on the upcoming Martin Scorsese film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ that’s destined to become a blockbuster when it hits the theaters later this year.
We were treated to some video outtakes from this production that showcased the VFx work that Mark produced for this film that was primarily shot and produced on Long Island and in Manhattan, just a quick subway ride to Brooklyn where Mark lives.
When you watch the film you won’t know where reality ends and CG takes over, it’s done that well. One series of fly-over shots were taken of a mansion in the Hamptons with multiple takes from a 4-bladed radio controlled miniature helicopter equipped with a super high-definition camera that transmitted the video wirelessly to an HP workstation on the ground for processing and viewing in real time. The mini-copter stays in the air for less than a minute before running out of juice and the ground crew had to plop in new batteries fast to get this small bird back in the air before the ‘magic’ light evaporated. The perfect lighting conditions occur close to sunset and the perfect light window lasts only around thirty minutes, so the film crew had to be super organized to shot this series in the allotted time, and keeping everyone and everything organized was a major part of Mark’s job. Oh, and they did make a rendered CG Model of the mansion that you can’t tell from the real thing for shots that the mini-copter just couldn’t cope with.