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    CAD FOR AEC PRINCIPALS

    Does computer-aided design provide significant business benefits to architecture, engineering, and construction companies? In many cases, the heads of these firms are skeptical, according to new studies. Is this a matter of perception, or are the software technologies really failing to measure up to vendors' claims for efficiency?

    At the recent Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES 2000), technology experts Kristine Fallon, FAIA, and Kenneth Stowe, P.E., offered their opinions on the problems and the solutions.

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    VIRTUAL CRANBROOK UNITES TRADITION AND TECHNOLOGY

    In the 1920s and 30s, the famous Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen committed both his talent and his spirit to the Cranbrook Academy of Art . This pioneer of the Arts and Crafts movement served as campus architect and president of the art school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. His goal was to create an environment for master artisans and students to live and work together.

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    EXPANDING YOUR PRACTICE THROUGH WEB MARKETING

    Every architecture firm, it seems, has a web site, but how effective are these sites as marketing tools? It depends how you use them. During the 1990s, many firms placed their billboards on the information highway by setting up a promotional web site. It might have included a portfolio of work, some high-sounding statements of design philosophy, perhaps a client list, and news of current projects.

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    Elume ns Corporation and IBM will team up  to provide new hemispherical display for 3D design and visualization.

    Bricsnet Architecturals becomes integration platform  for intelligent building components in the next generation of Ausam's cabinet software.

     

     
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