Technology

The light fantasticThe way we see our world is thanks to the way light is absorbed and/or reflected by the objects around us. In Revit and 3ds Max this can be re-created by raytracing and radiosity rendering.

Workstations: the refreshWorkstations can be fragile machines, so what can you do to help ease the pain if you have to rebuild an entire system? Rob Jamieson reports.

When do we adopt new technology?Upgrading software and hardware can be a complex process that needs careful planning, but by putting it off you could be missing out on valuable functionality and performance, says Rob Jamieson.

Bringing design to lifeThe ability to visualise 3D data is becoming increasingly important for not only architects, but engineers and planners as well. From highway design to noise impact assessment James Cutler, CEO, emapsite, looks at the many ways 3D visualisation can benefit AEC professionals.

Software service for your hardware?From memory management to hard drive and driver optimisation, Robert Jamieson gives his top tips on how to spring clean your workstation for optimum performance.

Look around you (closely!)James Cutler, CEO at eMapSite explores how the explosion in the ability to capture, store and mine all kinds of data digitally allows CAD and GIS practitioners to play an ever more valuable role.

Max vs MayaA 3ds Max user for ten years, Chris Hobbs, application specialist at CADline, recently started using Maya. But which is the right product for in design visualisation users?

Getting ready to get it rightCAD and/or GI requirements remain one of the more frequently overlooked aspects of a project scope, in terms of resources, budget and time. Yet experience suggests that the more such specialists are consulted, the more likely it is that customer expectations will be met, says James Cutler, eMapSite

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WorkstationsFor CAD, workstation performance is essential, but keeping your machine cool without it sounding like a plane taking off, is also vital.

Matching site data to MasterMapThe recent launch of OS Net brings real time kinematic (RTK) GPS to the field and site surveyor and centimetre level positioning. But what does this mean to those in the construction industry?

Maps and LBSThe AEC sector needs to be au fait with OS MasterMap Integrated Transport Network (ITN) Layer in order to meet the needs of customers and add value to already rich propositions, says eMapSite’s James Cutler.

OpenGL logoLater this year Microsoft will be launching Windows Vista, its long awaited next generation operating system. With Vista actively promoting DirectX, Robert Jamieson asks what is the future of OpenGL, the 3D API used by most CAD applications?

ARRKThe idea of creating scale models out of materials cured by lasers used to be the stuff of science fiction. But one company is already pushing the boundaries of architectural model making with its groundbreaking Rapid Prototyping technology

Google EarthThe recent entry of online search specialist, Google into the spatial arena with Google Earth has caused a frenzy of activity, but what implications might this new generation technology have for mapping in the construction sector?

VisualisationWith the use of VIZ Render and a few extra minutes of work on your Architectural Desktop model, anyone can produce a fairly good rendered image says CADline’s Technical Services Manager, Justin Taylor.

MotorwayContinuing his theme of mapping, James Cutler, CEO, eMapSite, looks at the use of bespoke web portals that allow multiple levels of access (management team, project team, client, suppliers, sub-consultants, quality team) to various project resources via a simple website.

British museumThis month's Cambridge-based workshop and conference, held at the British Museum in London, demonstrated that the momentum behind the Smart Geometry group continues to grow. In the first of two articles, Martyn Day reports.

GenerativeBentley’s long-term development of parametric modelling tools has finally reached the real world. The Smart Geometry Group continues to evangelise Bentley’s unique approach to form design.

OS MapContinuing the theme of previous articles, James Cutler, eMapSite, aims to further demystify OS MasterMap, by explaining how to use it and why for so many commercial users new systems need not be sought, contrary to advice in some quarters.