Features

Image After years focusing exclusively on the volume 15-inch market, Lenovo returns with a well-built 17-inch mobile workstation for more demanding 3D users

Image A closer look at the role of engineering software in the design of two winning projects from the 2015 Institution of Structural Engineers Structural Awards

Image With updated versions of AEC tools now available, and more features coming in the Autumn for subscription customers, we take a look at what’s new from Autodesk.

Image In the race to improve the energy performance of buildings, here’s how Sefaira coached a team with limited experience in energy modelling and HVAC design at ASHRAE’s 2015 Lowdown Showdown competition.

Image New technologies are empowering architectural firms to improve quality, capabilities and process

Image From laser scanners and drones to the cloud and ‘optioneering’ it has never been easier to capture exisiting site conditions and explore new designs

Image Technical products for detailed design & documentation are well developed, and yet conceptual design products remain in the shadows. But this is changing.

Image From laptop to desktop, virtual to cloud, Greg Corke gives a back to basics guide to choosing workstation hardware for 3D CAD

Image The combination of hardware-accelerated rendering, new methods of processing visualisations as 3D models, and the arrival of real-time rendering open the door to design realism in architectural workflow.

Image Martyn Day evaluates the latest projects and technologies involved in deploying robots and 3D printing in construction

Image In the good old days, collaboration was a floppy disk with a DWG file on it. Things have come a long way since then and even though 3D models are larger and the formats less open, mobile technology and the cloud are bringing new ways to work

Image Formerly the preserve of specialists and engineers, software makers are bringing analysis tools to the conceptual phase of design as well as moving traditionally compute-intensive analysis to the cloud for faster results

Image Several hardware and software trends are converging to create incredible new design workflows

Image Architects are taking advantage of readily available 3D CAD data and 3D printing architectural models with impressive results

Image How do you get from 2D to 3D, how should training be rolled out and what are the common issues encountered along the way? Paul Woddy answers these important questions and promises not to bore you with BIM

Image Our industry is changing at an ever increasing rate. Technology is playing a major role in this change, but the message has become muddied, confused to a point where a series of three-letter acronyms have become more important than the change they are intended to bring.

Image Destroyed in the 1920s, Sir John Soane’s Bank Of England masterpiece is being brought back to life in an advanced rendering competition, with close to $30,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, courtesy of HP and Nvidia.

Image Download the latest edition for the latest on Autodesk, Revit, laser scanning, non-linear analysis, workstations (and stormtroopers)

Image Autodesk University (AU) is a great resource for honing your skills and understanding the latest software, workflows, and best practices

Image Software is helping deliver beautiful structures that span huge distances with minimal materials. Peter Debney, application specialist at Oasys, shares some great examples

Image Complete with an army of Stormtroopers, Autodesk’s 23rd annual learning and networking event, held in Las Vegas last December, was certainly one to remember

Image Autodesk's new cloud-based collaboration tool promises to overcome the network infrastructure challenges that Revit and its large files have historically brought

Image Martyn Day evaluates the latest projects and technologies involved in deploying robots and 3D printing in construction

Image From reality capture with drones to augmented reality, Bentley Systems is embracing the real world to excite the next generation of engineers and designers

Image From major train station projects to retail, accommodation and leisure developments, AEC Magazine showcases the winners of the 2015 UK Tekla model competition

Image A new service from Bentley allows engineers to optimise designs for construction as well as tap into valuable engineering knowledge

Image A technology that can create mm accurate ‘reality meshes’ from photographs looks set to give laser scanning some serious competition

Image IMSCAD is one of the world’s leading specialists in graphics virtualisation and with a new ‘pay per user’ cloud service coming next year, the company plans to make virtualised CAD applications available to everyone

Image By putting workstations and BIM models in the data centre, AEC firms can transform collaborative workflows and run CAD software from anywhere

Image As Autodesk accelerates towards a subscription-only model for its CAD tools and services, we analyse what it all means