Technology

The architects and engineers responsible for preserving the icon that is the Sydney Opera House are relying on BIM to guide renovations and manage facilities

ImageBlair Gray, Technologist at Dyer Architects, shares his mixed experiences on the path to Building Information Modelling with Graphisoft

ImageThis month Lenovo unveiled its first ThinkStation line of workstations. The company partnered with long term customer, the AT&T Williams Formula One team, for the launch event. John Marchant reports.

ImageIn the first of his two articles this month, Rob Jamieson takes a closer look at the balance between value and service in the CAD software industry.

ImageIn the second of his two articles this month, Rob Jamieson takes a break from his usual stomping ground of technology and shares his experiences of culture and business in Japan.

ImagePDF is ubiquitous, and is becoming an increasingly popular format for storing scanned drawings. However, there

Siggraph 2007 reportIn August Rob Jamieson took his annual trip to Siggraph, the world

Scanning uncoveredSteve Hannath of Softcover looks beyond the marketing hype and tells you all you need to know when buying a wide format scanner for CAD.

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leftHow safe is your company data? Could you survive a catastrophic crash? From External drive to online storage, Rob Jamieson gives a whistle stop tour of backing up.

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.