Software

ImageRecent market conditions have coalesced to drive a massive take-up of Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools. Martyn Day looks at the benefits of this fast-growing technology.

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ImageA new website from Informatix is showcasing the work of customers using Piranesi artist

ImageRevit goes green with the addition of the Integrated Environmental Solutions

ImageThere is a lot of talk about green building design and many architects are coming up against design-related criteria of Part L. With building performance becoming key, Martyn Day evaluates a low-cost solution that could be the answer to better building design.

With rumours that Autodesk has been making plans to patent the use of the term DWG, Martyn Day looks at the reasons behind this move and the potential impact on the CAD industry.

Plant extracts This month Autodesk launched its first in-house developed P&ID (pipe and instrumentation diagram) application for AutoCAD. Martyn Day looks at the company

AutoVue 19.2With so many free file viewers available, you would have thought that the CAD file View and Markup market has become a tough place to do business in. Martyn Day evaluates Cimmetry Systems

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Revit Structure 2008Now on its fifth release, Revit Structure is finally catering for the design of more complex structures with a whole range of new advanced modelling tools. Greg Corke reports

SketchUp 6The take up of 3D in architectural practices has been slow to say the least. However, one application appears to have gained broad acceptance within
the AEC market - and that is SketchUp. Martyn Day reports.

Oasys Mail ManagerThere are many different files that need to be kept backed-up when working on a project. It seems there are lots of products that manage CAD files and very few that manage those all important emails.

Fabsec FBEAM 2006The use of cellular steel beams is on the increase in the UK construction sector. But in order to make the most of this weight saving technology, you need a design tool that engineers find easy to use says Greg Corke.

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CADS RC 9 previewHundreds of Consulting engineers, contractors, and rebar fabricators throughout the world have been using CADS RC for many years. Greg Corke got an exclusive preview of the latest release, which brings the mature RC detailing product bang up to date.

Acrobat 8 professionalAdobe has updated its PDF creation range of products and free viewers. It seems Adobe is not just interested in documents anymore but also real-time business meetings, says Martyn Day.

ImageWhile MicroStation was almost totally re-architected in the V8 release, with Bentley adding considerable new functionality and a powerful new file format, the graphics engine had yet to be replaced and the interface was

Autodesk Design ReviewAutodesk has, yet again, reworked and re-branded its viewing and mark-up solutions for AutoCAD, Revit and Inventor. Autodesk Design Review is the company

Revit Structure No. 3With Revit Structure an analytical model is automatically generated as you create your physical model. The analytical model can then be linked to structural analysis applications and the physical model automatically updated from the results.

PlanAfter carrying out a building survey, as-built plans are commonly re-created inside a CAD system. DistToPlan looks to streamline the process with the help of a handheld Leica Disto plus laser measurement device and a standard Tablet PC running AutoCAD.