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AECbytes Blog 2013-07-26 19:31:03
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AECbytes Blog 2013-07-10 17:00:46
This article captures the technology highlights from the recently concluded AIA 2013 Convention and Expo, including some major developments from Autodesk, including enhancements to the conceptual design app, Formit, that was introduced at the last Autodesk University, and a new application for design scripting called Dynamo, Affinity 8 from Trelligence, form.Z 7.0 and bonzai3D 3.0 from AutoDesSys, the new IESVE for Architects …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-06-20 19:22:21
This review explores in detail Newforma?s new Model Viewer for viewing and navigating model files published from Revit in Newforma Project Center. It is part of the Newforma Building Information Management module, and is a dramatic development for Newforma Project Center, integrating it with Revit much more closely than in previous versions. It adds a toolbar to the Revit ribbon that …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-06-12 18:38:37
This review explores the latest release of ArchiCAD, version 17, from Graphisoft, whose key enhancements are the ability to automatically clean up junctions between construction elements in the entire model based on the intersection priority value specified for different building materials; real-time 3D cutaways that can be created by multiple cutting planes, providing very specific interior views of the model; background processing …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-05-29 22:47:49
This article captures the results of a recent survey conducted by AECbytes comparing Bentley?s ProjectWise with Autodesk?s Vault Collaboration AEC for data management and collaboration in AEC. The results are shown in three categories: the first capturing the overall responses; the second showing the responses for those who selected ProjectWise as the solution implemented by their firm for data management and …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-05-16 17:06:31
In 2008, Jim Bedrick published an article in AECbytes entitled ?Organizing the Development of a Building Information Model? in which he introduced the concept of LOD. At that time, the acronym stood for ?Level of Detail.? Since then, a lot of work has gone into the LOD framework by organizations including the the AIA California Council IPD committee, the AIA Contract Documents Committee, …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-04-24 19:18:42
This month Autodesk released its 2014 product portfolio, comprising of some new products and updated versions of its existing products across all of its ?Design and Creation Suites? for the three main industries it caters to: Manufacturing, Infrastructure (including Buildings), and Media and Entertainment. This article explores the new 2014 Autodesk Building Design Suite that is targeted towards the AEC industry. It …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-04-11 18:53:09
AECbytes last reviewed the BIM application, Allplan, from the Germany-based Nemetschek Allplan Systems GmbH in April 2008, just after version 2008 had been released. Subsequently, Allplan was also one of the six BIM applications reviewed and compared in detail in the BIM Study Evaluation Report published in 2010. Nemetschek has recently released version 2013 of the application, and this review looks …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-04-04 16:52:42
In this article, John Tobin, Director of Architecture at EYP, an architecture/engineering firm headquartered in Albany NY, shares his insights on how the two contrasting types of innovation, ?sustaining? and ?disruptive” — as popularized by Clayton Christensen in his seminal book, The Innovator?s Dilemma – can be applied to the AEC technology industry. He posits that BIM is a disruptive technology, in …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-03-14 17:18:59
Nine years ago, Dr. Paul Teicholz, Founding Director of CIFE at Stanford University, wrote an article for AECbytes on the topic of labor productivity. During the intervening years, there have been many changes in the AEC industry that have had the potential to impact labor productivity, and in this new article, Dr. Teicholz takes another look to see what, if any, changes can …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-02-28 16:28:21
This article features the latest updates from AEC technology vendors, comprising both updates to existing products as well as new solutions. These include the latest versions of the IntelliCAD-based BIM applications for architectural and MEP design, IDEA and FINE-MEP, from 4M; the latest developments from Newforma; the results of the survey on collaboration that Aconex conducted on AECbytes a few months …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-02-25 19:14:43
AECbytes is working on a research report comparing Bentley?s ProjectWise with Autodesk?s Vault Collaboration AEC for data management and collaboration in AEC. As part of this research, AECbytes is conducting a brief survey among its readers to gather information about the usage of each solution — the benefits, challenges, most valued features, and so on. The results of the survey will …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-02-14 18:04:47
This article provides an overview of vPlanner, a new visual planning tool developed by Ghafari Associates to facilitate collaborative project management in the AEC industry. Ghafari Associates is well-known for its advanced implementation of AEC technologies as well as its professional work in multidisciplinary design, technology consulting, construction management, lean construction, and IPD projects. With such a distinguished track record in …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-01-24 18:27:54
This article by Jonghoon ?Walter? Kim, Michael Marchione, and Stephen Tolbert of DPR Construction and India Rose Hill of The Boldt Company describes a DPR project in which the BIM model was used in a unique approach to project phasing for a large-scale MEP renovation of a medical research facility. Here, the model was employed as more than a strictly visual or …


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AECbytes Blog 2013-01-17 18:25:46
This article follows up on the recent article on Bentley?s Be Inspired 2012 conference, with a dedicated look at all the finalists? presentations in the building-related categories, including the winning projects, for Bentley’s annual Be Inspired awards. It provides a unique opportunity to learn in depth about leading AEC projects from all over the world that are using Bentley solutions. URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2013/BeInspired_Projects.html …


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AECbytes Blog 2012-12-20 16:20:10
This article provides an overview of the software solutions related to the building industry that I saw in the Exhibit Hall at this year?s Autodesk University. These include new solutions such as REVIZTO, BIM C.A.V.E. from Assemble Systems, Content Studio, Oasys MassMotion, dRofus, and YouBIM, as well as updates from established products such as CodeBook, IES Simulex, Solibri Model Checker, and …


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AECbytes Blog 2012-12-11 14:34:04
This article on Autodesk University 2012, which was recently held in Las Vegas, captures the highlights of the general session keynote and the two innovation forums I was able to attend, along with technology news relevant to the AEC industry news that was shared at the event. This includes an overview of the new Autodesk FormIt iPad app, which enables conceptual 3D …


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AECbytes Blog 2012-11-29 07:08:10
This Viewpoint article by Scott Page, who specializes in architecture, fabrication, and laser scanning, demystifies reality capture from 3D laser scanners and the ?point clouds? they generate, and explores the state of the art of how this technology integrates with BIM. It also looks at the formats and standards for point clouds, and presents a “wish-list” of how laser scanning technology should …


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AECbytes Blog 2012-11-21 19:18:07
This article provides a dedicated look at the business and technology updates shared by Bentley executives at the Bentley’s recent Be Inspired conference held in Amsterdam.  Unlike Bentley’s Be Connect user conference, which is typically held in the summer in the US, open to anyone, and is more product-focused, the Be Inspired conference is an invitation-only event that is intended to …


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AECbytes Blog 2012-11-08 18:25:26
This article is a case study of the implementation of BIM in KEO, one of the largest AEC/PMCM firms in the Gulf region that is consistently ranked in ENR in the top 200 International Design Firms as well as the top 20 International PM rankings. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Kuwait, KEO is a multi-disciplinary company with offices in about …


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