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 ArchShowcase  by Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Glendessary Lane in Santa Barbara, California by PLACE
Article source: PLACE 2,300 s.f. single family residence designed with a modest and respectful impact to the land, with an emphasis on intuitive functionality and aesthetic clarity. The temperate Santa Barbara weather allows for the owners to …

 AECCafe Voice  by Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Artec 3D Debuts its Artec Ray Laser Scanner for BIM
Artec 3D presented at SPAR 3D their latest product the Artec Ray, professional metrology-grade laser scanner. Read the rest of this entry »

 AECCafe Guest Blog  by Andrew Watts
Andrew Watts
Building with Numbers
How the construction industry is reducing cost, risk and waste - with math Andrew Watts, CEO of international building engineers, Newtecnic, looks at new research and practices that deliver construction industry innovation from concept to …

 The AEC Lens  by Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect
Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect
Infographic: Notable U.S. and Canada Construction Project Starts
Article source: ConstructConnect Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs. This infographic looks at notable U.S. and Canada …

 AEC+Compliance Paradigms  by Shane Kling
Shane Kling
Is it Dumb to Have Smart P&IDs?
  The most valuable source of engineering data for a facility is arguably the piping and instrumentation diagram. From its inception and well into daily operational use, P&IDs are the lifeblood of a manufacturing facility. (for the full …

 What’s the Word on AutoCAD?  by Isaac Harper
Isaac Harper
Autodesk Desktop App… New in 2017
One of the first changes you may notice when installing AutoCAD 2017 is the new Autodesk desktop app, which is automatically displayed after the install is complete. This new app is replacing the Autodesk Application Manager that delivers security …

 Assemble the BIM Possibilities  by Howard Davis, CEO
Howard Davis, CEO
The Benefits of Visually Communicating Your Project Schedule
A huge advantage that comes with the BIM data integration in a construction project is the ability to visualize the expected progress throughout the entire process. When teams are empowered to create a comprehensive project schedule in a way that …

 A Word on BIM  by David Metcalf
David Metcalf
Tales from the Helpdesk Crypt – Install, uninstall Revit 2015 Content Libraries
This help topic has come up due to users reporting issues with missing parts of or all of their content on install of Revit 2015 to their systems. New for Revit 2015 users, a new method to add Revit Content Libraries has arrived. A separate …

 The Tip Jar  by Julie Ginn
Julie Ginn
Tap into the Hidden Profitability Potential of Your Staff
Through good or bad economic times, one of the equations that contribute to business success for professional services firms remains the same: optimizing utilization = increased profitability. While the math may be simple, the realization of this …

 NOT AEC  by Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Ted Talk: “The death of innovation, the end of growth” by Robert Gordon
The US economy has been expanding wildly for two centuries. Are we witnessing the end of growth? Economist Robert Gordon lays out 4 reasons US growth may be slowing, detailing factors like epidemic debt and growing inequality, which could move the …

 AECCafe Today  by Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Pictometry/AutoCAD Civil 3D integration
Pictometry International Corp., inventor of measurable, aerial oblique imagery and analytics tools, launched Pictometry Integration for Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2013 and 2012 products at Autodesk University the last week of November 2012. Now …

 Grew Design  by Milton Grew
Milton Grew
ICC INTENDS TO BE MORE USER-FRIENDLY
I was pleased to have been invited by the International Code Council (ICC) to participate in the ICC Community Coalition Event held in Denver, Colorado during September 8 - 10, 2010. There were about 40 of us including ICC administration, ICC …

 Steve Watt's Blog  by Steve Watt
Steve Watt
BIM Ushers in a Culture of Collaboration
Before you ask yourself whether or not your company has money in the budget to purchase and implement a suite of BIM (Building Information Model) software applications, you should first ask yourself whether or not your company has a culture that …

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