ImageSurveying is an essential part of our business but in Building Information Modelling (BIM) it would be good to get survey data that was a little more useful, writes Martyn Day.

IT revolutions are few and far between, but then came the new breed of tablet PCs. Martyn Day looks at how the Apple iPad is already starting to make waves.

Starting out as a forum to discuss computational and parametric approaches to design, SmartGeometry now touches all aspects of architecture and construction from concept all the way to fabrication. Greg reports from the recent event, held in Barcelona.

ImageA new national standard for users of Autodesk Revit has now been released into the wild for the benefit of architecture, engineering and construction firms across the UK and the rest of the world.

ImageEvery Spring Autodesk produces its annual applications updates. Spanning AEC, Manufacturing and Media and Entertainment, the products should provide something for everyone.

ImageWhile Autodesk

ImageStructural steel software specialist AceCad has undertaken the biggest development to its software since it started out in the 1980s. Greg Corke reports on the philosophy behind the new evolution suite.

ImageAEC Magazine rarely gets to look at construction management software. This month Martyn Day reviews a product that integrates BIM models and construction schedules in a revolutionary way.

ImageSafely through the release of ArchiCAD 13, Graphisoft has just announced the launch of ArchiCAD 14, due to ship next month. Martyn Day had a chance to see the new features and updates in action.

ImageAutodesk Labs is a website where designers can download free software that is currently in development. An increasing trend is towards web-based applications. Martyn Day looks at Autodesk

ImageAdvance Steel has evolved into a highly capable steel detailing solution. Greg Corke reports on the AutoCAD-based software, which offers advanced modelling, connection design and a managed environment.

ImageA Revit family component is a functional element that must communicate the design intent, occupy a realistic space within the building. Paul Woddy looks at how to get the best out of Building Information Modelling software.

ImageIn the CAD calendar, December is always Autodesk University (AU) and it is always in Las Vegas. The 2009 event was the 17th consecutive AU and, as in previous years, consisted of non-stop presentation, classes, meetings and socialising.

ImageMoving to Building Information Modelling does not just assist in the co-ordination and production of plans and elevations. With an accurate 3D model, simulation and analysis can lead to better designs.

ImageMorson Projects uses upfront computational fluid dynamics to help ensure safe airflow in the Granary Wharf car park in Leeds.

ImageAfter coming to terms with some teething problems in Microsoft

ImageFor decades Computer Aided Design tools concentrated on the 2D documentation phase of the design process. More recently, Google SketchUp has highlighted the demand for 3D conceptual design tools, which has lead to the development of a number of competitive systems.

ImageMicroGDS is one of the AEC industry

ImageVideo conferencing and real-time collaboration for 3D CAD is the name of the game with HP

In ArchiCAD 13 Graphisoft has delivered the most impressive array of improvements and enhancements to its architectural Building Information Modelling (BIM) system in the product