AECCafe Weekly Review December 17th, 2017

Interview: Building Design Modeling at Bentley Systems
December 15, 2017  by Susan Smith

This interview was conducted with Andy Smith director product management – Building Design Modeling and Santanu Das, senior vice president, Design & Modeling, at Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2017 thought leadership conference, Singapore.

Leighton Asia Hong Kong Boundary Crossing – BIM Advancements in Construction – Be Inspired Award Winner (photo courtesy of Bentley Systems)

Total Employment Increase in U.S. and Canada in November +300,000
December 15, 2017  by Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect

November’s Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records a net gain in U.S. total jobs during the month of +228,000.


The latest Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada highlights hiring north of the border in November rising by +80,000 jobs.

U.S. Put-in-Place Construction Spending Forecasts – Heading Into Winter 2017
December 13, 2017  by Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect

ConstructConnect is known for its ‘starts’ statistics and forecasts. Twice per year, however, − in early summer and late fall − ConstructConnect also calculates and publishes ‘put-in-place’ construction spending projections.


It helps that the ‘starts’ numbers are leading indicators for the PIP figures.

The history of PIP capital spending is compiled and published by the Census Bureau. A thorough explanation of the differences between ‘starts’ and ‘put-in-place’ is provided at the end of this article.

ConstructConnect is now estimating that ‘grand total’ U.S. put-in-place construction spending in 2017, expressed in ‘current’-dollar terms (i.e., not adjusted for inflation), will be $1.233 trillion.

By Design – Firm Profile, Landon Bone Baker Architects
December 13, 2017  by Mary Moscarello

By Design Episode 2 continues with an in-depth look at the legacy that Chicago-based firm, Landon Bone Baker (LBB) has built over the years.

In this firm profile piece, Pete Landon and Jeff Bone speak with passion and humility about what motivates them to remain committed to bringing good design to community based housing.

Prepare to be inspired.

Click here to watch the LBB profile.

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