The AEC Lens
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of AECCafe.com, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.
May 16th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Here is a playlist of 27 SketchUp video tutorials. A brief description of each section follows:
May 12th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
The integration of CineRender, MAXON’s world-class CINEMA 4D rendering engine into ArchiCAD 18, brings high quality, photo-realistic rendering images closer to a much wider range of designers. ArchiCAD 18 is the only BIM application that provides not only high-end, professional image quality thanks to the Cinema 4D rendering engine, but a very smooth workflow and an excellent user experience as well.
One-button “photo-shot” rendering can lead to the same high-quality results with the same ease as with tweaking numerous sliders and parameters, allowing novice users to create professional renderings. Professional users can use all the advanced rendering settings of ArchiCAD, or continue the project visualization in MAXON Cinema 4D.
ArchiCAD 18 provides a wide range of professional surface material catalogs right out of the box. Users with an active subscription license may download additional surface materials free of charge from the BIMcomponents.com portal. The entire surface material set of MAXON’s Cinema 4D is also available. ArchiCAD 18 provides brand new lamp objects enhanced with new light settings: parallel light, area light and window light sources can be applied.
The standard, IES Light format can also be assigned to ArchiCAD’s lamp objects, ensuring manufacturer-specific photometric distribution for lighting. ArchiCAD’s live rendering preview and background processor support make the rendering workflow a smooth, uninterrupted process.
This 14-part playlist introduces many of the new rendering features available in ArchiCAD 18:
May 6th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
BUDAPEST, Hungary, May 6, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — GRAPHISOFT® announced today the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution for architects and designers. ArchiCAD 18 delivers innovations making the BIM workflow smoother, including CineRender, a brand new render engine with high-end photorealistic rendering capabilities found only in the professional visualization application CINEMA 4D – now available right inside the BIM tool.
“BIM innovation has been shifting from adding new features to introducing innovative new workflows — this is exactly what ArchiCAD 18 offers end-users,” said Laszlo Vertesi, Vice President of Product Development at GRAPHISOFT. “With ArchiCAD 18, we pinpointed the most important user requests related to workflow issues with the clear goal of providing our users with solutions that keep them in the creative design flow with as little disruption as possible.”
The Dell Precision M2800 Mobile Workstation is Available to Help Inspire Innovation for Design Professionals and Students
May 2nd, 2014 by Andy Rhodes
The evolution of digital content creation has unleashed the productivity of engineers, designers, creative professionals and students everywhere, but it has also set corresponding expectations incredibly high for that productivity as well, making it crucial for those individuals to use the proper tools to help their visions to come to life. Professional and aspiring engineers and designers cannot do their job these days without specialized applications for 3D modeling, digital content creation, and computer aided engineering and design such as Adobe Creative Cloud and AutoCAD. The problem is, for some, they’re being forced to run these applications on notebooks or desktops that don’t have enough power to generate the performance they need because they can’t afford a traditional workstation.
January 16th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Autodesk
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.
January 8th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Autodesk
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.
December 2nd, 2013 by David Heller
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
September 30th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: HP
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.
“Design as Preventative Medicine” Highlights Theme of Architects’ Video on Impact of Decade of Design on Public Health
September 25th, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: AIA
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:
September 12th, 2013 by David Heller
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.
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.