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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
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 »

Digital Project based on manufacturing design platform

 
October 7th, 2009 by Susan Smith

Gehry Technologies’ Digital Project V1R4 SP5 is a departure from most CAD or 3D building information modeling (BIM) tools in that it is based on a design and manufacturing platform – in this case Dassault Systemes’ CATIA, used as a core engine.

The Digital Project suite is comprised of powerful 3D building
information modeling and management tools and includes two base products, Viewer and Designer, and several add-on products: Primavera Integration, MEP/Systems Routing, Imagine & Shape, Knowledgeware, Specialized Translators and Photo Studio.

Designer and Viewer can operate as stand-alone products; and one of those two is required for all add-on products.

Autodesk takes ebayer to court…again

 
October 2nd, 2009 by Susan Smith

One would think that a large software company such as Autodesk would have more to do than to ferret out eBay sellers who are selling their software. But that obviously is not the case:

“The case of Timothy Vernor, the man Autodesk tried to stop selling their software on eBay, has had another day in court.

Vernor is a full-time eBay seller, usually of comic books. But in 2005 he found a copy of AutoCAD design software at a garage sale – software which usually sells for about $4,000.

Shortly after he put the CD on eBay the auction house received a lawyer’s letter from Autodesk alleging infringements of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. eBay pulled the auction but Vernor complained and eBay, and Autodesk, eventually backed down.

But when Vernor chanced upon some more Autodesk CDs, apparently at another garage sale, they again hit him with DMCA notices.”

-Channel Register, Oct. 1, 2009, UK

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2009/10/01/ebay_autodesk_vernor/

Simulation seen as critical for design and operation of buildings…

 
September 30th, 2009 by Susan Smith

From a press release issued by Bentley today:

“Drury Crawley, Ph.D., technology development manager, U.S. DOE, said that in the DOE’s energy building research, simulation has proven critical for designing and operating buildings to support decision making. At the same time it:

•Helps design teams and owners focus energy-use reduction efforts;
•Permits assessment of predicted performance with established benchmarks or goals;
•Enables teams to evaluate alternatives.

Dr. Crawley added that the integration of the U.S. DOE’s EnergyPlus – a comprehensive building, envelope, HVAC, lighting, water, site, and renewables simulation program – with commercial software is critical to bringing energy simulation into mainstream workflows.”

Out takes on AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010

 
September 29th, 2009 by Susan Smith

“We don’t explicitly have interoperability with AutoCAD Plant 3D 2010 with the other 3D design packages out there, but obviously it supports DWG.”

Additionally, “Navisworks has the ability to bring in the model from the other vendors aggregated into a single 3D representation.”

- Robert Scherer, Autodesk Senior Industry Manager, Industry Process & Power

Uptake in BIM use reported

 
September 28th, 2009 by Susan Smith

“A new report found that nearly 50% of construction firms are using building information modeling tools. That’s an increase of 75% from last year, according to the McGraw-Hill Construction report. Benefits of BIM include increased productivity and profitability, observers say. However, they also note that, at this point, BIM has a limited impact on green building processes.” Environmental Leader (09/23)

-ASCE Smartbrief (09.25.09)

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