Selected Projects from Bentley’s 2016 Be Inspired Awards

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This article provides an overview of some of the most compelling projects that were nominated for Bentley’s 2016 Be Inspired Awards in different infrastructure categories from around the world, including the Hanking Center Tower in China, 22 Bishopsgate in London, the Oviedo Automatic Parking System in Colombia, Helsinki’s 3D city model enhanced with laser scanned data, and the Ordot Dump Closure project in Guam.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2017/BeInspired2016.html

AEC Technology Highlights and Trends: From 2016 to 2017

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The start of a new year is a great time to take stock of different aspects of our lives, both on the personal and professional fronts, and for those of us in the business of developing, implementing, and studying AEC technology, it is fascinating to look back at what has been accomplished so far and what we can look forward to in the months to come. What were the main highlights of 2016? Were there some anticipated developments that did not pan out? What is the “state-of-the-art” of AEC technology at the moment? What’s “hot” going forward? What is the state of BIM? How are the leading vendors in the field doing on technology development? In general, is technology living up to its promise or not really? Are we past the “heady” days of technological breakthroughs in the AEC industry and have to now concentrate on the difficult, relatively unexciting, and often mundane, challenge of implementing these technologies?

Of course, it is not possible to answer all these questions, or even to find the answers to all of them, within the scope of an article. But this first AECbytes article of 2017 attempts to summarize the main AEC technology highlights of 2016 and identify the key trends going forward, looking at where we currently are and where we are headed.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2017/HighlightsTrends-2016-2017.html

AECbytes Magazine Q4 2016

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Issue Highlights

  • Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference
  • IPD and the Cloud
  • People Profile: Laura Kay Smith, ZGF Architects
  • Greenbuild 2016
  • Firm Profile: Gomez Vazquez International Architects

… and more!

The digital version is FREE. To read the magazine online or to download a PDF or iPad version of the latest issue, go to: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1222342?__r=492658

For a printed copy or discounted annual subscription, or to access earlier issues, go to: http://www.aecbytes.com/magazine/

Autodesk University 2016

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This article captures the highlights of the recent Autodesk University 2016, which continued with the theme of “The Future of Making Things” introduced last year, but which introduced some more AEC-specific technologies to look forward to, including Project Fractal, a generative design tool; Project IQ, which can mine construction data to show potential project risks; and Project Quantum, a cloud-based multi-disciplinary BIM tool that seems poised to become Autodesk’s next generation “post-Revit” technology. It also provides an overview of the award-winning projects executed using Autodesk’s solutions in its annual AEC Excellence Awards competition.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2016/issue_85.html

 

Perspectives on Historic BIM Developments in Italy

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In this article, Stefano Della Torre, Director of the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and a specialist in the field of restoration, shares his insights on the application of traditional BIM tools, which are primarily geared for new construction, to the historic preservation of our built cultural heritage.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2016/issue_82.html

IPD and the Cloud

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In this article, Chris France, whose previous articles on BIM and the Cloud in AECbytes were all about cloud technology (high performance workstations in the cloud) being adopted by firms so they could collaborate between all their offices effortlessly, now highlights what has changed with BIM cloud technologies and how they are being used for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).  He discusses the three main cloud IPD strategies to choose from — Distributed, Hybrid, and Private Cloud — in detail and how they are different from each other. He also provides recommendations and best practices for IPD technology.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2016/issue_81.html

Year in Infrastructure 2016 Conference

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Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure (YII) conference was held earlier this month in London, and as with previous conferences, it was an opportunity to showcase both the range and depth of infrastructure solutions available in Bentley’s portfolio as well as the wide variety of infrastructure projects around the world that are being implemented with the help of these solutions. This article looks at the main updates from Bentley at this year’s YII conference including the continued expansion of its CONNECT edition to several products including its flagship O&M application, AssetWise, the launch of OpenRoads Designer, the advances in its reality modeling product, ContextCapture, and partnerships with Microsoft and Topcon. It also looks at several infrastructure projects from China, Finland, Denmark, and the US that were implemented using Bentley solutions.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2016/issue_84.html

Greenbuild 2016

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This article provides an overview of the technology offerings focused on sustainable design that were exhibited at the recently concluded 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, including the new Design Guidance functionality in Trimble’s Sefaira Architecture, several updates and new features in IES’s extensive portfolio of performance analysis tools, the updates to Autodesk Insight 360, and the enhancements to Graphisoft’s and Vectorworks’ analysis tools that are built into their BIM applications. It also looks at a new offering focused on the energy performance of buildings after they are built called Measurabl.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2016/issue_83.html

AECbytes Magazine Q3 2016

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Issue Highlights

  • City Information Modeling
  • Firm Profile: LMN Architects
  • AEC Technology Updates
  • Hurricanes and their Aftermath: How Can Technology Help? (AECbytes Archived Article)
  • Three Tech Trends Shifting the BIM Industry in 2016

… and more!

The digital version is FREE. To read the magazine online or to download a PDF or iPad version of the latest issue, go to: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1177192?__r=492658

For a printed copy or discounted annual subscription, or to access earlier issues, go to: http://www.aecbytes.com/magazine/

City Information Modeling

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Now that building information modeling (BIM) has been firmly established in the AEC industry for the design, construction, and operation of individual buildings, and infrastructure modeling—also referred to as “BIM for infrastructure”—is starting to gain some traction for the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure, we are also seeing some movement towards applying the intelligent modeling concept to the next broader level of human habitation, the city.

While we are still a long way off from having “city information models” (CIM) available for our cities, various technology solutions for it are emerging, from BIM stalwarts such as Autodesk and Bentley to CIM-specific solutions from companies such as virtualcitySYSTEMS, Cityzenith, SmarterBetterCities, CyberCity 3D, and Agency9, of of which are discussed in this article. It also looks at how CIM is different from the concept of “Smart Cities” that we are increasingly starting to hear more about.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2016/CityInformationModeling.html