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Aliya Jennifer
Aliya Jennifer
Aliya Jennifer writes for BIMhub, a platform that encourages all players of the AEC industry to collaborate throughout the building life cycle from creation, maintenance, amortization and depreciation.

Future of Building Information Modeling

 
July 25th, 2012 by Aliya Jennifer

Did you know that designers of the very first automobile dubbed the invention as “horseless carriages” since they were reluctant to change their mindset and accept a revolutionary technology? Similarly, designers of steel frames covered them in masonry so that they looked like already-known bearing wall structures. It took them years to utilize the expressive capability of steel that is quite prevalent in designing buildings today. There are scores of other examples where almost every industry has tried to dismiss an innovative solution and attempted to shape it according to familiar practices. But eventually, true innovation conquers all. The AEC industry is also undergoing a similar phase with BIM technology. Nevertheless, scope and future of BIM services is resplendent with opportunities galore. Let us get a sneak peek at what the future holds for Building Information Modeling.

Building Information Modeling – The Future Ahead

The increased awareness about green energy efficient homes has led to an amplified interest in Building Information Modeling services as the means to achieve this. The drivers of adopting green technology include energy efficiency, environmental health and generating less waste. With BIM technology, AEC firms can build facilities with Green House Gases (GHG) control, carbon regulation and zero emissions.

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BIM – A Collaborative Approach to Working

 
July 18th, 2012 by Aliya Jennifer

Companies such as Toyota and Boeing in the manufacturing sector have been using digital design models for decades and now seem to have become masters in the art of collaborative projects. For the construction industry to reach that level where collaborative thinking is second nature, the industry needs to expand its view and come out of its safe haven. Clashes between architects and engineers, or between contractors and suppliers are not uncommon. Building Information Modeling, with its very core of collaboration, attempts to bridge these gaps between different stakeholders. Slowly and steadily, the AEC industry is also moving on to that plane where an integrated approach is fast replacing the traditional methods.

Building Information Modeling

Integrated practice is the key to collaboration in any domain. An integrated approach is when all the stakeholders involved in a construction project life cycle – architects, designers, engineers, contractors etc. work together. Throughout the whole building life-cycle, they can, together, do their bit of value addition towards the final structure. Such a collaborative way of functioning offers enhanced quality and efficiency for all building processes, thereby resulting in achieving cost effectiveness as well as client satisfaction, which is crucial to any project.

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Alioscopy Announces Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 Extended Alioscopy-Ready

 
May 7th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Alioscopy

Alioscopy Enables Millions of Adobe Photoshop Digital Imaging Artists to Generate Alioscopy-ready ‘No-Glasses’ 3D Content

Alioscopy® USA, a 3D technology provider today announced that Adobe® Systems Incorporated has integrated its Alioscopy auto-stereoscopic, 3D multi-view algorithm as a new feature in Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 Extended software.  As more and more digital imaging artists create content in stereoscopic and auto-stereoscopic 3D, Alioscopy offers a unique patented process for generating 8-view images for viewing and play-back on auto-stereoscopic 3D HD LCD displays.

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Autodesk 2013 Solutions for Building Design Professionals

 
April 2nd, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

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This video is a recording of the AEC Building Design press session staged on 27 March 2012 to support a Media Summit to launch Autodesk’s 2013 portfolio of software and services.

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Ted Talk by Mark Raymond – Innovative architecture to ensure a sustainable future

 
March 19th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

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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.

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New HP cloud printing tools for AEC Professionals

 
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:

  • An expansion of HP’s partnership with Autodesk to enable remote printing from the highly popular AutoCAD WS. As of today, by registering for HP ePrint & Share, AutoCAD WS users can use the new Plot to Print function to print their designs and automatically archive a copy on any web-connected HP Designjet or HP ePrinter. This new feature provides full control over plot styles, paper sizes, layouts and more.
  • Additional capabilities for the HP ePrint & Share mobile application, HP’s free, cloud-based printing and sharing tool for Designjet users, including full functionality for the iPad® and the ability to send PDF e-mail attachments to print. Previously, all documents printed from the mobile app were selected from the user’s HP ePrint & Share library. Now, users can print PDFs received via e-mail as well, providing access to more documents when and where they need them.

 

Autodesk’s Carl Bass Keynote Address at the BSR Conference 2011

 
February 8th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

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Highlights from Autodesk’s Carl Bass’ address at the BSR (Business Social Responsibility) Conference 2011.

About the BSR Conference

Ranked at the top of corporate responsibility events globally, the annual BSR Conference attracts more than 1,000 senior business executives, entrepreneurs, and distinguished leaders from the public sector and civil society.

Now entering its 20th year, the Conference provides participants unrivaled opportunities to engage with sustainability leaders and practitioners to build the business of a better world.

Plenary sessions feature global corporate leaders at the forefront of responsible business whose dynamic leadership strategies are boosting the bottom line and benefiting the world. Presenters follow a unique format which allows participants to get up close and personal with these industry luminaries. The I3 plenary presentations feature innovative and inspirational speakers from different aspects of society who motivate, inform and encourage participants with their extraordinary stories.

Outside of the plenary presentations and I3 speakers, there are over 35 breakout sessions scheduled over three days. With two types of sessions, the customizable agenda allows you to plan your schedule with a variety of topics and session lengths that suit your needs. The two-hour working sessions thoroughly examine a diverse range of topics by integrating presentations, case studies, and group discussions into a collaborative, workshop-style setting. One-hour conversations present an intimate forum for participants to hear from and engage with a cross section of global business and sustainability leaders who are addressing new ideas and practical solutions for sustainable business.

In addition to the sessions, the BSR Conference provides ample time for networking at meals, afternoon breaks, evening receptions and after-hour events.

Keynote Speakers Announced for Fiatech Technology Conference & Showcase

 
January 27th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal



Fiatech’s 2012 Conference Program Committee is developing a particularly strong set of
presentations, which we are confident will provide you significant value from the sharing of
advancements, developments and demonstrations of leading technologies and processes.
We are pleased to announce our outstanding Keynote Speakers for this year’s conference.

REGISTER HERE, early bird ends February 6, 2012!

Monday, April 2

Matthew May
Founder
Shibumi Creative Works
Elegant Solutions: Rules to Innovate By

The business world is waking up to the fact that innovation is taking on a new shape, and that simply flooding the market with overblown and overbuilt new products is not the answer. They know that what’s next is all about being nimble, agile and flexible in creating compelling customer value, flowing that value through streamlined processes and seamless experiences void of burden and waste, and embedding a real discipline around the daily pursuit of better in service of the customer. In this talk, Matthew E. May will illustrate the 3 principles and 10 key practices that foster a culture of cross-company innovation, inspiring managers to unleash the human creativity of every individual in the organization, while providing the knowledge needed to design idea systems and structures that avoid the typical downfalls of traditional approaches. Examples drawn from a number of companies and organizations point out the do’s and don’ts, must-haves and nice-to-do’s.

Tuesday, April 3

Anirban Basu
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Sage Policy Group

The Dog Ate My Home

Mr. Basu’s presentation will focus on the economy’s nascent economic expansion and its sustainability. Special attention shall be given to the performance of the global economy, the local and U.S. economies, regional economies throughout the U.S., financial markets, labor markets, real estate and other salient aspects of the economic environment. The speaker will also discuss the state of the small business environment as well as the role of small businesses in the recovery. Finally, the speaker will provide an economic outlook for the year to come on both a national and local level. 

Wednesday, April 4

Thomas Frey
Executive Director
DaVinci Institute
Sponsored by Bentley
The Future of Innovation and the Converging Forces of Change

People make decisions today based on their interpretation of what the future holds. That’s why we say “the future creates the present.” This is just the opposite of what most people think—that what we’re doing today is going to create the future. In reality, the image that people have in their heads today of what the future holds will determine their actions. So if we change people’s visions of the future, we change the way they make decisions, today.

We are seeing a number of converging forces that will both rewrite the rules of business and redefine the world of innovation. Smartphone apps have exploded onto the scene creating a nexus for physical products vs digital products. At the same time, the same devices are driving an “awareness revolution” creating ongoing conflicts between privacy and transparency.
Crowdfunding is on the verge of taking on the banking industry. Traditional colleges are being undermined with online education. And Baby-Boomers are beginning to shed many of their physical possessions as they prepare for their retirement, and a new generation with different values will be assuming power. So where will the creative minds of tomorrow take us?

At the heart of all these changes is an increasingly untethered society, finding new ways to make connections in a fluid ocean of ideas and talent that meet the hyper-individualized needs of the people creating our future. The businesses of tomorrow will be defined far more by the journey they’ve taken than the facilities they exist in.



PLM for AEC: A Better Way to Manage Buildings

 
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.

Peter A. Bilello, President, CIMdata Inc.

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.

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2011 Autodesk University General Session Keynote Presentation

 
January 20th, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

This is the 2011 Autodesk University General Session Keynote presentation given by a number of speakers including:

  • Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer of Autodesk at 0:5:14
  • Jeffrey McGrew, Principal, Because We Can, at 0:24:10
  • Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop at 0:29:49
  • Chris Anderson, Author of ‘The Long Tail’ and Editor of Wired Magazine at 45:44
  • Carl Bass, CEO and President of Autodesk at 1:09:40
  • Lynn Allen, Technical Evangelist at 1:32:55

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