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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 »

Aconex SaaS collaboration for projects

 
February 3rd, 2012 by Susan Smith

Aconex CEO Leigh Jasper and Robert Phillpot, general manager of products, co-founders, spoke recently with AECCafe’s Sanjay Gangal about that company’s software-as-a-service collaboration system for the construction engineering and infrastructure industries that manages all the information and processes that flow on projects.

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2012 Predictions: Bentley Systems on Bridges, Civil & Transportation

 
January 30th, 2012 by Susan Smith

·        The growth areas for use of bridge information modeling (BrIM) practices and technologies will continue to be Design/Build and PPP projects.

·        Use of BrIM will bring measurable improvements in constructability analysis (and ultimately, in operations).

·        2012 will see greater adoption of BrIM at the Contractor level, for value engineering and cost mitigation.

·        More organizations will change how they fund IT investments based on planning a shift to cloud computing.

·        The practical realities of how enterprises are implementing sustainable business practices will continue to evolve rapidly, resulting in changes to organizational processes and the nature of sustainable business system solutions.

Commentary: Bentley’s BrIM solutions will continue to leverage Bentley platform technologies in readiness to support the shift to cloud computing.
The BrIM solutions for 2012 are well positioned to support sustainability and the changes to organizational systems and processes that will be required.

– Jackie Cissell, Bentley’s Product Marketing Manager, Civil & Transportation for BrIM (Bridge Information Modeling)

2012 Predictions: Autodesk on AEC

 
January 30th, 2012 by Susan Smith

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

 
January 27th, 2012 by Susan Smith

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

 
January 23rd, 2012 by Susan Smith

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.”

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