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AECO Industry Predictions for 2013 from Microdesk

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Mike DeLacey, president of Microdesk, spoke about the company’s AECO industry predictions for 2013. Microdesk provides business and technology consulting services to help firms plan, design, build and operate land and buildings. At Autodesk University 2012, the company presented their predictions, which were brought to the forefront by natural disasters such as Hurricane Isaac and Hurricane Sandy that swung the spotlight onto the country’s failing infrastructure.

Top five trends DeLacey outlined are as follows:

  1. Rebuilding America “Hurricane Sandy is fresh in our minds, and we think in the coming months people are going to push for the use of technology in building, not only in the wake of Sandy but around the current crisis with infrastructure. Governor Cuomo talked about the advantage of technology and what we think the future will look like, especially with climate change and some of the storms we’ve had hit New York in years past. This push for technology is associated with infrastructure.
  2. Regulatory Compliance “We are seeing significant push for BIM for non-traditional use. The appetite for BIM is increasing based on increased ways to use the model. More government organizations are developing BIM-based workflows that will add efficiencies in regulatory compliance and design review. We think the use will influence the industry and further adoption at more levels.”
  3. Increased focus on the I in BIM “By that we see a critical mass at this point and more and more purpose-built apps taking advantage of information in the models. Look at the integration of Maximo and Revit or mobile apps that can stream specific parts of the model to your mobile device based on information in the model. BIM has found its way more and more into field operations, material management  and other uses that go beyond project delivery to help with more efficient facility operations and maintenance.”
  4. Mobility “Mobility is hitting critical mass but in 2013 will become an industry standard.  This may be the last year it’s on the list. We’re so connected in our personal lives, but in our business word we’re not connected, we are still chasing information around. I think it will change quickly – I think the Microsoft Surface new tablets/laptops that will all run Windows 8 will be the business equivalent of the iPad. It will be interesting to see if iPad can make itself a staple in the business environment. The iPad hasn’ been able to replace my laptop. I haven’t seen Apple make huge strides in the business world, there is still disconnection.”
  5. Cloud “The Cloud is still young and will be on the list for the next three years, until we’re actually running our design and construction apps from the Cloud. I think a lot of people who are in the position to make a decision about the Cloud are old enough to remember the Burroughs B25. That evolved from your user space and processing power on a desktop. Now we’ve grown up to a laptop that’s more powerful than that, where no one limits my space or processing power. We have created an independent computing generation and for a lot of people they think of the Cloud as going back to the Burroughs, having limited space. I think the reason that Autodesk put the 12-year-old on stage to was to demonstrate that they are growing up in a world the connectivity – anything they have on any device is so natural to them any time and anywhere.”

Quotes from AU2012 Attendees

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Last week Autodesk University 2012 attendees had their fingers on the pulse of what they need to get out of the conference and their conversations reflect an interest in more information about products.

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Information Mobility Takes Center Stage at Bentley Be Inspired 2012 Press Day

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Yesterday’s keynote at the Be Inspired Conference held at the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky in Amsterdam featured an introduction by COO Malcolm Walters, followed by a keynote by Bentley CEO Greg Bentley.

In attendance were 84 journalists from around the world, whom Walters said reached 3 ½ million readers.

Greg Bentley’s talk was entitled “Working Smarter, Together, and Accelerating Mobility for Data Acquisition.” He talked about how good infrastructure design sustains our economy and reduces our environmental footprint.

Consumerization

A new word was introduced:  “Consumerization,” or, the measure of how much invention is coming our way.  “The products we’re talking about are industrial,” said Bentley. “We don’t have to invent these technologies – we just have to apply them.”

Consumerization refers to a short cycle for products, economical and accessible everywhere.  It is really the first time we have heard Bentley Systems talk about the consumer market, except for the way the mobile market has broadened technology in its aim toward the consumer.

The Bentley Utilization Index shows growth in various industry segments. Asia continues to be a growth area for infrastructure. 2012 has shown reasonable growth widely and unevenly distributed throughout the world, according to Bentley.  47% of application utilization hours are BIM hours.

In a recent report by McGraw Hill, it was determined that there is the expectation in AEC firms that projects will be done in BIM in 2013. Those surveyed believe that ROI in BIM use depends upon the expertise level of those using it.

Bentley introduced the idea of industrial apps from Bentley that will be able to handle huge projects specifically. This takes the form of a ProjectWise or AssetWise passport on any device and gives access to all Bentley apps.

The concept of information mobility (where the information keeps working), vs. information mortality (where information gets stuck where it is and doesn’t get used properly; it is comprised of monolithic data structure, conflicting file formats, opaque information, and enterprise labyrinths) clarifies what can happen to  information that has been housed in building information systems and other information systems.

Information mobility was a phrase used throughout the day.

Information Modeling Innovations

Senior vice president of Bentley Software Bhupinder Singh spoke next on Information Modeling innovations. “Since 2009 we have been delivering compatibility updates through the V8i SELECT Series,” he said. “We are most interested in ease of use from the workflow standpoint, how easy is a product to implement in workflow.”

Ways in which this can be accomplished are through ProjectWise, according to Singh, where ProjectWise can contribute to knowledge sharing and view sharing such as spatial view, dependency view and component view.

There are concerns that the right version be used with mobile devices, when we have several different clouds offered, for example. Leaving ProjectWise behind a firewall can exclude someone outside the firewall who needs to access information.

Bentley CONNECT is designed to reach the consumers outside the firewall and enterprises that would like to share their data through a neutral space. An SAAS environment provides Bentley Connections Space that up until now has been serviced with DropBox.

Integrated Project Innovations

Singh talked about “Integrated Project Innovations” such as “Dynamic Review”  that translates to Bentley Transmittal Services that are built on ProjectWise transmittals. This also includes ProjectWise integration for Revit 2013, ProjectWise integration for Civil 3D 2013, and the new Project Dashboards to be available next year, enabling users to create their own dashboards. With this dashboard users will be able to use industry standards and i-models.

The Bentley product ConstructSim heavily leverages i-models as it is a model -based work package creation. The visualization engine in ConstructSim is Navigator.

For mobile devices Information mobility apps the heavy lifting will take place on a server.

Virtual Word vs. Physical World

Greg Bentley described the “physical world” as that of budgeting systems and scheduling. This is an area that also spans from graphics and engineering data.

The “virtual world” holds things like virtual positioning for ProjectWise, taking advantage of the sensor technology brought into Bentley by companies such as Ivara and Trimble, a picture that will fill out more as this conferences progresses.

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

 

Forrester Research speaks on the cloud

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

James Staten of Forrester Research spoke about the cloud at the recent Autodesk University in Las Vegas. He made a case for the cloud by saying that “clouds are more secure than you are.”

His recommendations:

  1. Focus – clouds can concentrate their whole security team on securing the one app.
  2. Exposure – when cloud outages happens every customer gets upset and they end up in New York Times. When your email system goes down it doesn’t show up in the papers. Because of that risk those creating the cloud invest heavily in the best security minds out there. Every one of those was given a job offer by Amazon, Microsoft, etc. at very high salaries. “If anyone breaks into my account I want to know about it. The cloud is concerned with extreme audits, a security expert, who they hire, who gets into the data center, whether they are making sure malware is up to date,” said Staten.
  3. Validation
  4. Multitenancy – there is far more encryption in the cloud model and it is far more difficult to see that another customer is there to alleviate concerns of privacy such as Pepsi and Coke using the same cloud service, for example.
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