Talking headsThere are a growing number of 3D tools that link to project planning applications to help streamline the construction process. AEC Magazine asked three proponents of these new generation tools for their views on the technology.

Harald KrohmerA recent survey shows that UK engineers and architects are lagging behind their European peers when it comes to practising lean construction management. Nemetschek is trying to change this by working with CSSP, a developer of cost management software.

Autodesk recently made its DWG libraries available in a new format for developers and customers, allowing the opening and saving of AutoCAD drawings without the presence of AutoCAD.

In the last issue of AEC magazine we gave our first impressions of AutoCAD 2004, this month we get the perspective of CAD consultant, Nigel Davies, focussing on the new DWF format and the implications of the new DWG.

Autodesk UniversityIn November Autodesk held its annual User event, Autodesk University. With many of its customers now on subscription, the company was more forthcoming about its future plans than usual.

Training vs implementationCADline’s Paul Woody looks at the process of purchasing discipline specific software, and how a dedicated deployment / implementation scheme can be much more effective than a software sale with a training initiative.

COFESEach year in the desert of Arizona, the Computer Aided Design community gathers to talk about the future of engineering software at Cyon Research's unique event. Martyn Day was in attendance.