The AEC Lens
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
March 19th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: TEDxTalks
Mark Raymond studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and since returning to Trinidad in 1993 has been responsible for a wide range of architectural, urban design and planning projects throughout the Caribbean. Mark has lectured on his work at the Caribbean School of Architecture in Kingston, Jamaica, UNPHU in Santo Domingo, London Metropolitan University and more recently at Yale University. He is interested in the capacity of innovative architectural, urban and landscape design to ensure a sustainable future.
March 2nd, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: HP
HP is furthering its commitment to providing the highly mobile AEC community with solutions that connect them to HP’s web-connected, large-format Designjet ePrinters and eMFPs for printing on the go, whether at a partner’s office, in a taxi or at the construction site.
The new offerings include:
January 27th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
January 24th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Author: Peter A. Bilello, President, CIMdata Inc.
The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, the designers and builders of the world’s infrastructure, arguably stand to gain even more than other industries by implementing product lifecycle management (PLM) strategies. This is because AEC has only made modest progress in the management of the intellectual assets of projects at the enterprise level.
The AEC industry designs and constructs everything from houses of all sizes to small-town apartment complexes, schools, and office buildings to big-city skyscrapers, refineries, power plants, bridges, dams, and factories; in short: any and all structures. Some of their finest work is flat on the ground, so to speak, as airports, freeways, and mass-transit rail systems. Underground, AEC deals with subway systems, water mains, gas pipeline networks, electrical conduits and associated infrastructure, sewer lines, and storm-drainage tunnels and supporting facilities.
This is the realm of architects, civil engineers and structural engineers, and a host of skilled tradesmen. PLM strategies have many obvious benefits to building owners but implementation has lagged other industries. A big reason is that every AEC project has two complex hand-overs of information. The first is turning the architects’ design into construction plans for the general contractor and subcontractors. The other hand-over is the completed building from the general contractor to the owner.
PLM began as extensions and toolkits to computer-aided design (CAD) systems and solid modelers to manage the initial explosion of engineering information in digital formats. The initial focus was the same as CAD and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), which was discrete mechanical products made with machine tools.
January 20th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
This is the 2011 Autodesk University General Session Keynote presentation given by a number of speakers including:
January 9th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Here is a 90-minute recording of a panel discussion that was held at Autodesk University 2011 uploaded on Youtube by geoExpressions. The session focused on exploring BIM and GIS from a variety of perspectives including technology; data accuracy, access, integration and analysis; collaboration and efficiency; and a look to the future.
BIM versus GIS: The Session Intro.
BIM versus GIS: Introduction to BIM
BIM versus GIS: Introduction to GIS
December 20th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
I recently had an opportunity to interview Tom Salomone, MCAD & AEC Worldwide Segment Manager at HP at the Autodesk University, 2011 in Las Vegas. This is a transcript of the interview.
Sanjay: How has the show been going for you?
Tom: The show has been going awesome for us. We’ve got a lot of traffic going through out our booth. We’re showing out our workstations. So we have five desktop workstations and three mobile workstations that we are showing.
So we even have a small form factor work station that is sixty five percent smaller than our other work stations. This is for those in the auto-CAD space that are looking for something inexpensive and who are moving into the line. We have our higher end workstations for those people who are looking at 3dS Max. We have an ideal work station for Revit that we have here today as well. So we really have the full spectrum of work stations for auto-CAD.
With our mobile workstations, we have a fourteen inch, a fifteen inch, and a seventeen inch. So if you want light, you can get the fourteen inch. If you want power you can get the seventeen inch. If you want to compromise, you can get the fifteen inch. We have our tool-less chassis, not just with our desktops, but, also with our mobiles. So you can actually take apart the bottom of our mobile workstations and access the components the same as you can with our desktop workstations.
So, we really have a lot of cool products that we are showing. We also have some brand new technologies that we are showing at this year’s Autodesk. For the first time ever we are showing our new touch panels, our new touch monitor with Autodesk. So people can see that and see how they can really use the new technology. You can do ten fingers touch on the wall; you can do one hundred and fifty, one hundred and eighty finger touch. It’s very, very powerful.
The other thing that we are showing that is new since September is that we have our workstation cluster technology. You can actually cluster work stations together to maximize your power for things like analysis, things like rendering. So you can get a whole lot more power applied to those problems locally, just by leveraging unused cores that are available on your workstation.
So we have a lot of really cool things. We have our new printers. We are talking about E-print and share. It’s a free software where people can sign up for it, where you can print anywhere on the web. So you can be here in Los Vegas, and you can print back home if you wanted to. It’s really cool.
Bluebeam Software Promotes Digital Project Workflows Through its Faces of Revu Campaign at Autodesk University 2011
December 14th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal recently interviewed Richard Lee, President & CEO of Bluebeam Software at the Autodesk University 2011.
Sanjay: Richard, how has the show been going for you?
Richard: The show has been fantastic. Actually, it has been really busy. So we’ve been very excited to be here. It’s always a good show for us, but this year we have a very large booth and our presence is great. It’s nice to see a lot of our customers visiting us.
Sanjay: Tell us a little bit about Bluebeam software. How long have you been around? Where are you based at? How big are you?
Richard: Our Company is based at Pasadena, California. We’ve been around for about ten years now. We’ve kinda been in this industry for a while. We’re quite large, we have customers in fifty three different countries now. We have about a hundred resellers worldwide. We are opening an office on the east coast. We have an office now in Sweden. It’s actually pretty exciting. I think our customers are excited to have that type of support, and we are excited to be there.
December 13th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
This is a transcript of Sanjay Gangal’s video interview with Marc Goldman, Director of Strategy at The Blue Book at the Autodesk University 2011.
Sanjay: Can you tell us a little bit about The Blue Book, and what does the company do?
Marc: The Blue Book is a 98 year old company. The first 85 years or so we produced directories – printed books that included everyone in the construction industry in the united states. The directory has grown to over a million classified listings, organized into some 550 different classifications. It’s our job to keep that data up to date. About 15 years ago we started to build some application on top of that data and put all that data online. Now we have tools to help contractors with their bid management, help architects and designers with product selection, help with document exchange, and we facilitate about a million messages back and forth within the design and construction industry in any given week.