Terrain data is playing an increasingly important role in the AEC sector. James Cutler, Managing Director of eMapSite, looks at the wealth of data that’s currently available to engineers, planners and architects for use in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and CAD applications.
Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows Vista will feature DirectX at its heart. This could have major implications for OpenGL, the graphics API behind the majority of CAD applications, says Greg Corke.
While the CAD firms have been talking about BIM, there have been few projects that deliver on the vision. Autodesk has managed to pull off a major customer coup with Revit playing an important role in the design of New York's Freedom Tower.
Continuing his series of articles on digital mapping, James Cutler, emapSite takes a closer look at the use of imagery and aerial photography and their value to disciplines across the Architecture, Engineering, Construction sector.
One of the primary benefits of 64-bit Windows XP is that it will be able to address more than 2Gb of memory per application. AEC Magazine put this to the test with the beta version of the forthcoming Operating System and two IBM IntelliStations from Matek.