Over the years, Bentley's building solutions have undergone a number of rebrandings; TriForma, Bentley Architecture and now AECOsim. However, the foundation platform, MicroStation has remained consistent. AEC Magazine examines the new flavour.
As reliable as the sunrise, Autodesk released the updates to its family of CAD and Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools this Spring. Martyn Day visited Autodesk’s San Francisco HQ to see the latest design technology.
As far as steel fabrication and detailing packages go Advance Steel has always stood out due to its tight integration with AutoCAD. Now for the 2012 release the software is also being made available as a standalone DWG-native application, meaning users do not have to invest in a costly AutoCAD license.
Under the tutelage of CEO Carl Bass, Autodesk, the world’s largest CAD software provider, has gone from a one-trick pony to a multi-platform, multi-industry specialist. At the company’s 2013 product launch event Martyn Day talked to the enterprising leader about his vision for design, hosted solutions and what lies beyond the cloud.
Nvidia Maximus is a new workstation technology that enables users to work freely in a 3D application, while running a full speed rendering or simulation in the background. AEC caught up with Nvidia to find out more.
Having access to CAD models on a laptop is a business necessity. If you are truly mobile then you will need them on your Apple iPad and preferably be able to share sessions remotely with other users. Martyn Day evaluates one such product, CadFaster for iPad.
Last issue AEC reviewed the new renovation tools in the latest release of ArchiCAD from Graphisoft. This month we conclude the review, highlighting the other functional improvements to the popular architectural BIM modelling tool, writes Martyn Day.
The benefits of 3D modelling on large projects are numerous, especially from using analysis and simulation. Arup’s development arm Oasys has an exciting new application for simulating individual pedestrians up to massive crowds. Martyn Day takes a look.
Project Information Management (PIM) systems are often seen as a necessary evil. But many firms still struggle to associate project emails with simple ‘folder’ systems. Newforma is a non-obtrusive management system that works, writes Martyn Day.
There are a number of much-anticipated improvements to the latest Revit release, and yet Paul Woddy of revitguru.com still recommends that clients do not update to the new version until after the first service pack.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) developers have mainly been concerned with providing tools to complete new build projects. In these challenging economic times of make do and mend, features for renovation and retrofit are the ‘new new’. By Martyn Day.
The co-ordination of multi-disciplinary models in a single environment is one of the foundations of Building Information Modelling. Greg Corke looks at a free tool from structural BIM specialist Tekla that enables engineers, architects or anyone involved in construction to do just that.
Most companies now have multiple databases for customers, sales and project information, but keeping track of relational data can be difficult. CADline has a new product to visualise multiple databases simultaneously on a map, writes Martyn Day.