Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
March 23rd, 2011 by Susan Smith
In a Webex this week Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Business for Autodesk talked about the 2012 portfolio which will soon be available.
Because customers are successful using multiple products, Autodesk is not offering single products in this release, but rather suites of products for all kinds of design. He called it an “integrated software approach.” A lot of discussion was spent on artists and production facilitators in the entertainment industry, a big customer of Autodesk products.
The suites cost “a few hundred dollars more than an individual software program” but offer more in terms of interoperability and the entire suite will be offered on a USB thumb drive.
Building Design Suite*
Factory Design Suite*
Product Design Suite*
Entertainment Creation Suite*
* – Software included varies according to Suite versions; Standard, Premium or Ultimate.
I will be attending the AEC Media Summit in Waltham, Mass. in two weeks and will have a full report on the suites at that time.
March 8th, 2011 by Susan Smith
Geospatial company Getmapping has announced a new monthly account for its online ‘Planning Required’ planning map service (www.planningrequired.com). According to the company, architects, home improvement companies and professionals who are regular users of the service will benefit from significant savings when they sign up for accounts. Customers will receive a single bill for multiple transactions.
Launched in 2010 the Planning Required service is used by thousands of architects, developers and members of the public who need to submit a site and block plan as part of a planning application. Planning Required provides an easy and quick way to order site plans in the format required by Local Authorities.
President’s Better Buildings Initiative promises to put commercial real estate industry in recovery mode
March 8th, 2011 by Susan Smith
According to an independent analysis conducted by Architecture 2030, and released in a Fact Sheet, illustrates that the President’s Better Buildings Initiative (BBI) can put the nation’s commercial real estate (CRE) market on the road to recovery, creating at least 300,000 new U.S. jobs and boosting tax revenue to begin putting money back into federal, state, and local coffers.
March 3rd, 2011 by Susan Smith
Bentley Systems held its first annual corporate update yesterday, which was not an earnings call, as they are a privately held company. Coupled with that update was the announcement of the acquisition of SACS, an integrated finite element specialized offshore structural analysis software, the launch of iWare Apps to facilitate the use of Bentley iModels, and new sustainable licensing through what the company is calling “annual portfolio balancing.”
Each product launch announced – SACS and the iWare Apps – circles back to structural analysis, an area that Bentley is focusing on a lot. SACS opens up offshore oil & gas industry to Bentley, where previously they have focused on onshore accounts. iWare Apps extend iModel which provides integrated structural modeling (ISM) methodology for the creators and consumers of structural project information across multiple vendors’ apps.
February 3rd, 2011 by Susan Smith
I just received today this letter from Ed Mazria, who lives here in Santa Fe, NM. He wrote about his conference call with The White House today announcing Obama’s Plan for Better Buildings, which he describes here:
February 3, 2011
I just finished a conference call with The White House announcing President Obama’s Plan for Better Buildings: a plan to create tax credits for commercial building energy reductions similar to that called for by Architecture 2030 in the “CRE Solution”.
This is a dramatic step toward addressing the commercial real estate (CRE) crisis.
The White House plan calls for the current commercial buildings efficiency tax deduction of $1.80 per square foot, known as 179 D, to be changed to a tax credit (this is roughly equal to the $3 to $4.50 per square foot deduction called for by Architecture 2030).
* 90% of all commercial buildings are small (under 25,000sf), most are single establishment occupied (81%) and many are owner-occupied;
it is important that a commercial tax credit be made transferable, meaning a building owner can sell or transfer the credit in order to make the efficiency renovation.
Many of you, including architects attending AIA Grassroots this week in Washington, DC, have contacted us seeking information about the CRE Solution. This new development provides an important opportunity for you to educate your Congressional representatives about the President’s plan.
For information on the CRE crisis, see http://architecture2030.org/the_problem/problem_economy and