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ImageWith the transition from 2D to 3D, from dumb symbols to intelligent objects, content becomes even more important.

3D printing is causing a stir in industrial design and engineering circles, but how can it help AEC professionals who don’t want to take the technology in-house? AEC Magazine looks at how bureau services can model projects down to the finest detail.

ImageSmartGeometry provides an environment in which to experiment with the latest technologies, from computational design to laser scanning. This year delivered its usual eclectic mix of workshops and talks, ranging from the practical to the surreal.

ImageChoosing a Building Information Modelling (BIM) consultancy can be a daunting task. AEC magazine looks at the pros and cons of independent advice.

ImageIn October the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) held its second annual BIM conference. The mix of presentations, panel discussions and roundtables promoted some healthy debate into the future of Building Information Modelling for infrastructure.

ImageOundle Group Managing Director Joe Croser considers an online subscription that analyses and benchmarks AEC software-user skills to help companies develop competitive advantage

ImageClear communication throughout the build process is essential, whether a domestic or commercial contract.

ImageThe potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is vast, but most UK design and construction companies are at the early stages of use. Beyond eliminating waste and lessening re-work, BIM can offer more systemic benefits for teams concerned with sustainability in buildings, writes Sarah Graham, UK sales manager, Integrated Environment Solutions.

ImageRegular AEC Magazine contributor, Rob Jamieson, shares his frustrations as a string of delays to his house extension could have been avoided with good use of drawings and 3D models.

ImageMonaco was once again the hub of the European visualisation and simulation industry at Imagina 2011, writes Stephen Holmes.

ImageLast year saw the launch of the AEC (UK) BIM Standard for Revit. At its first anniversary, we take a look at how the standard has been received in the market.

ImageWith teams and clients based all around the world, holding design meetings can be a challenge. Cadfaster has a slick solution for Building Information Modelling (BIM).

ImageClare Watson explores how collaborative software can lead to potentially huge hidden savings.

ImageRecent events indicate that the Process Plant software market is heating up. Following Intergraph being acquired, the Plant industry has received new offerings from Autodesk and Bentley Systems.

ImageAnyone who writes off green design as niche should think again, in a few short years, the entire construction community will be orientated around sustainability.

ImageThere is a widespread industry move to adopt Building Information Modelling and intelligent 3D design. But, if the advantages are so clear, why stop with just the one building? Why not model the whole city?

ImageJamie Gwilliam, Autodesk

ImageChris Hobbs, AEC application manager at CADline Ltd, discusses the evolution of 3D visualisation and why considering the ‘bigger picture’ is now central to good design.

ImageAt last year

ImageIn a generous move in these troubled times, Bentley Systems has unveiled an initiative to give unemployed AEC professionals access to the latest versions of MicroStation with online training, for free. Martyn Day asks what it is all about.