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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 »

Check out the National BIM Standard

September 28th, 2009 by Susan Smith

“The NBIMS Committee (the National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee), is a project of the National Institute for Building Sciences (NIBS) buildingSMARTalliance™. Originally chartered in 2005 under the Facility Information Council (FIC) the NBIMS Committee was re-chartered as an Alliance project in 2008 in order to consolidate missions and streamline services. From 1992 to 2008 the FIC mission was to “improve the performance of facilities over their full life-cycle by fostering common and open standards and an integrated life-cycle information model for the A/E/C & FM industry.” Although FIC was sunsetted in 2008 its mission continues under the governance of the Alliance. The NBIMS Committee continues this tradition by knitting together the broadest and deepest constituency ever assembled for the purpose of establishing and managing through an Industry consensus process a series of open source National standards and guidance for all aspects of Building Information Modeling. The NBIMS Charter (PDF) spells out the Committee’s vision and describes the results NBIMS expects to achieve.”

Tekla announces Windows 7 compatibility Oct. 22

September 28th, 2009 by Susan Smith

BIM company Tekla, which has built its software architecture on the Microsoft platform, announced compatibility with Windows 7 which will be launched October 22.

Green schools becoming a reality

September 23rd, 2009 by Susan Smith

“The USGBC just kicked off the third year of its highly successful National Green Schools Campaign (NSGC) with the launch of the Coalition for Green Schools. In the past 12 months, the NGSC has been supporting the passage of federal, state and local initiatives including the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Facilities Act, funding for green school construction and renovation as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the “Making green Schools a Reality” Resolution. So far, over 1,700 schools have registered in LEED for Schools and nearly 200 have certified.”

-Reuters, by Rob Watson, September 22, 2009, “Greening America’s Schools”

Autodesk Sketchbook mobile app ought to turn some heads

September 17th, 2009 by Susan Smith

Something that should appeal to a lot of folks at a price tag of $2.99  — Autodesk SketchBook Mobile painting and drawing application which extends your digital sketchpad to your Apple iPhone or Apple iPod Touch. Sporting the same paint engine as Autodesk SketchBook Pro software, SketchBook Mobile offers professional-grade painting and drawing tools in a streamlined and intuitive user interface.

Although I can’t see architects designing large canvases with this tool, it is great for capturing those fleeting ideas that can end up on a cocktail napkin or the back of an envelope. This way you’ll be able to have a digital representation to take to your computer later. What a concept!

Full-Screen Environment

Full-Screen Environment

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile: Realistic Brushes

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile: Realistic Brushes

Built sector responsibility for carbon emissions

September 2nd, 2009 by Susan Smith

Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, said the U.S. building sector, comprised of 300 billion square feet, accounts for nearly half of all U.S. energy carbon emissions and 3/4 of its electricity consumption.

According to Architecture 2030 research, by 2050, 75 percent of the nation’s current built environment will be either new or renovated.

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