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2012 Predictions: Autodesk on AEC

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The AEC business will see an increase in consolidated, super-firms with heightened focus on differentiating themselves in a competitive market. It will become important for firms to move beyond traditional offerings to include energy and water analyses as part of their conventional business. To this end, more large firms will acquire specialty firms and conduct mandatory training to expand the breadth of capabilities across their workforce

In 2012, building projects will become more complex, driven by performance requirements, particularly sustainable performance objectives. As a result, this will create a need for more multi-faceted construction systems, including an increase in fabricated building components based on digital processes. To accommodate this change, a new generation of “smart” building managers will emerge to take responsibility for handling these demanding, complex assets. These building managers will be accompanied by a new generation of digital-enabled fabricators who will be the intellectual engine of this change.

The rise in mobile devices and digital information cannot be ignored in 2012. This trend, which has asserted itself in every industry, will become increasingly important for the construction industry – specifically, project management and team communication.  The rise in digital information will drive demands for better access and management of project information across the lifecycle and construction firms – and their subcontractors – will expect to access that information from anywhere, on any platform.

The owner-operator relationship will continue to evolve in the coming year, as success parameters for a project are expanded beyond “on-time” and “on-budget.” First-year operating costs (i.e. energy and water) as well as predicted performance characteristics, such as hours of traffic congestion (for transit) or percentage daylight penetration (for buildings and factories) will be important factors to measure future success.

– Autodesk AEC Executive Team

2012 Predictions from Graphisoft: green, BIM and the cloud, open collaboration workflows

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Graphisoft’s Akos Pfemeter, director of global marketing, offered these predictions for the AEC industry in 2012:

 

— “GREEN” is becoming a standard organically integrated part of BIM from inception through completion to demolition

— BIM is more and more infiltrating the “cloud” through specific BIM integrated services and solutions

— Integrated Project Delivery is staying in the realm of “high-value” projects such as healthcare and research facilities

— Small and medium companies will keep looking for all-round BIM solutions covering the complete AEC workflow

— “OPEN” collaboration workflows are becoming the de-facto standard in interdisciplinary AEC collaboration

 

2012 Predictions from Bentley: Plant & Process

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Anne-Marie Walters, Bentley’s global marketing director, Plant, shared with us her predictions for that industry for 2012:

“Process  Industry Owners demanding data handover in ISO 15926 format for
operations – Owners for many years have been demanding their projects be done in some 3D plant design system to deliver the benefits of 3D modeling for their projects and generate their isometrics drawings.

Typically they have then had to receive their P&IDs and datasheets as dumb drawings and deliverables and entered data manually into their maintenance and operations systems, not seeing the benefits of improved data handover into operations.   Today, however, I am seeing an increasing trend to request a data handover for operations in ISO 15926 format as owners in the process industry are gaining confidence in both their EPC contractors’ ability to deliver data (rather than traditional drawings) and in the ISO 15926 format as a format that contains all the information they need for operations.

Focus on managing change across the project lifecycle and dashboards tracking progress – with so many ways to collaborate electronically there has been an explosion in dashboards that track the progress of every aspect of the project and with that the growing focus on how change is managed across all
participants.  From the initial requirements set out by the owner, through the multi-discipline engineering phases into procurement, fabrication and construction, tracking progress and managing change across the multitude of systems and applications has everyone talking about Information Management.   Especially I see the traditional PLM vendors from the manufacturing sector making overtures into the AEC industry believing this industry to be behind the curve.  But don’t underestimate the complexity of the projects and the unique
understanding that infrastructure professionals have in the world of AEC
that enables the software vendors, lead by Bentley, to offer pragmatic solutions for information management at an affordable cost.”

Dell displays new mobile workstations

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Richard Runnells, Precision Workstations & IVS Mktg.for Dell Precision Workstations, spoke with AECCafe’s Sanjay Gangal at Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas in December. Between 9,000-10,000 attendees were reported at the conference.

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NVIDIA Demos Multi-tasking Graphics Card Options

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Andrew Cresci, General Manager for NVIDIA talked with AECCafe’s Sanjay Gangal about NVIDIA’s news at Autodesk University 2011.

Sanjay: What brings you to this conference?

Andrew: AEC, Media and Entertainment and Manufacturing are the meat and potatoes of our business. We offer visualization and computation which makes this the perfect show for us.




Sanjay: Tell us about NVIDIA – how much has the company been involved in the CAD/CAM world?

Andrew: It’s the heart & soul of our business – 40% of our business. Autodesk is a big partner with huge volume. Historically, we’ve been providing high quality displays and visualization. More recently, we focused on simulation and rendering. We’re announcing Maximus technology. Because of the collapsing workflow, more people doing more workflow than ever before. People doing solid modeling and rendering multitasking and wanting to do these activities simultaneously. Maximus puts a huge GPU and graphics GPU into the same machine, and so you can keep running Autodesk Inventor or AutoCAD and can kick off 3D Studio Max rendering at the same time. People love this. If you’re running Inventor, it keeps running your analysis as you did before.

Sanjay: If someone says I need a graphics card for modeling or simulation, what’s the most powerful option?

Andrew: I would suggest the Maximus configuration, all the OEMS are shipping Maximus configurations, which is basically two GPUs in the system, one is for graphics and one for computing. Other than that you can ask for Quadro. We do some great Quadro cards all the way from Quadro 600 to 6,000. The cards have 6 GB memory. On the Tesla family of GPUs, there is the C2075, if you want to go down to the card level. Or use Maximus.

When Carl Bass was talking to the press, he spoke of Project Pandora. This is for the 3D Studio Max audience and allows you to render in the cloud. Users have wanted us to build a bigger machine for their rendering. When you click render in Pandora, instead of rendering locally it will render in the cloud. And it will shoot it off to the cloud. It can throw 32 GPUs at this. Something that would take a day and half I can get done in an hour. Pandora is in technology preview, and will release in an upcoming version of 3D Studio Max. It is a joint project with Autodesk.

Sanjay: How do people find out more about NVIDIA?
Andrew: Go to NVIDIA.com

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