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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

2017 BIMCON: Five Disruptive Thoughts Heard at GRAPHISOFT’S User Conference

The architecture industry has largely escaped dramatic disruption despite a huge influx of new technologies in the building industry. But the expectation is mounting for it to happen.

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Autodesk Introduces New AutoCAD 2018

Autodesk announces new AutoCAD 2018 versions of leading CAD product line. Deeper PDF to CAD integrations headline new features.

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Autodesk’s AutoCAD Gets Cheetah Solver from Cloud Invent

Israeli-based Cloud Invent has built a replacement parametric solver for AutoCAD that the company says revolutionizes the way users work.

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Dassault’s Spatial Corp Partners with Distene on 3D Mesh Technology Critical to Simulation

Spatial Corp partners with Distene of France to provide 3D Precise Mesh product, enabling reduced iterative workflows working with CAD-to-mesh procedures in FEA and simulations.

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CloudCities Update Brings Procedural Terrain and Advanced Search

AEC industry software upstart, CloudCities, has updated their namesake cloud-based application again and this time added procedural terrain support with seasonal visual support and advanced search features.

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Fluid Dynamics for Maya—Chaos Group Releases New Phoenix FD 3 Plugin

Smoke, fire, liquids and oceans simulations are all new possible directly inside Autodesk Maya. Chaos Group brings popular plugin Phoenix FD 3 to the top 3D package in the M&E industry.

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Bluebeam Ships New Bluebeam Revu 2017 for AEC Industries

Bluebeam Revu 2017 is now available and offers AEC industry professionals accelerated workflows and better collaboration across the entire lifecycle of projects.

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ARM says “Brain Cells” in Chips Will Surpass Neurons in Humans by 2018

Softbank’s CEO and chairman offers up exciting and even scary picture of the future 30 years out—says ARM will ship trillions of chips in IoT devices and these chips will one day have the IQ of 10,000.

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Highly Anticipated V-Ray 3 for SketchUp Released—Dramatically Simplified and Powerful

The all new V-Ray 3 for SketchUp has been redesigned for architects who want to focus on design without all the technical settings.

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CloudCities Aims To Be the Bridge Between Related Industries—Model Viewing with Data In Mind

A growing urgency to support 3D model mashups in AEC and GIS fields is bringing a Swiss software company to the foreground to solve those issues. 

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CL3VER teams with The Mies van der Rohe Foundation—Explore Barcelona Pavilion via Internet

The Mies van der Rohe Foundation and CL3VER seal an agreement to offer virtual visits to the Mies van der Rohe pavilion in Barcelona, Spain.

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Architosh Site Update: Where Did The Commenting Go? —Answers and More

Architosh’s commenting system is currently but only temporarily down. New commenting will arrive with new whole site updates greatly improving the user-experience across all devices.

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GDC: New Game Engine Emerges From Japan—Xenko Game Engine

New Japanese game engine, Xenko, aims to take market share away from Unreal Engine and Unity—with support for the latest C# language, Vulkan support and VR.

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SideFX’s New Houdini 16—What’s Hot In This 3D Software Package

SideFX’s Houdini 16 has massive new updates in features and capabilities. Architosh takes a look at some of the bigger ones in procedural oceans technology and its all new shader builder module.

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GDC: Khronos Reveals API Updates and New Working Group at Game Developers Conference

Consortium releases Vulkan features, WebGL 2.0 and new OpenXR working group; group hosts series of events for the developer community.

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OrthoGraph I Now At Version 1.5—New LDM Features and More

OrthoGraph I has just surprised us with a point-5 update. The new improvements include new support for more laser distance meters (LDMs) including from Bosch and several new features.

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Will Apple Forego Intel?—Why AMD’s New RYZEN Chips Look Smart for Future Macs

Apple’s Mac design philosophy change hasn’t been lost on the company’s pro users. AMD’s new RYZEN 7 CPUs look to promise more computing muscle per watt than Intel and offer a nicer philosophical fit for Apple. The 1700, in particular, is ideal for a future Mac Pro.

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Apple’s WebGPU Standard Proposal—Aiming at Common Access to Explicit Graphics

Apple’s Webkit team is proposing a new industry group to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the web—one that can develop a standard API that leverages modern GPU features.

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Formerly Autodesk LIVE—Revit Live 1.7 Intros This Week

Autodesk renames product to Autodesk Revit Live—introduces new features to enhance interactive 3D experience design software offering for Revit users.

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Apple Announces ‘Apple Park’—Names Theater After Steve Jobs

Apple today has introduced Apple Park, the official name of its new stunning Apple 2 Campus in Cupertino, California. Employees move in starting in April.

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Bluebeam Lands in Boston—Job Openings Point To Web Directions

Pasadena-based Bluebeam, Inc., a thriving AEC software developer—and a subsidiary of German AEC software holdings giant Nemetschek SE—has established a Boston office. New job posts there signal new development directions.

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Bluebeam’s Founding CEO Exits Company—CTO and Founding Member Don Jacob Named Interim CEO

Nemetschek’s Bluebeam Inc. gets a new interim CEO in internal CTO leader Don Jacob as company co-founder Richard Lee steps down.

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Product Review: OrthoGraph I—Building Survey System for AEC Pros

Should AEC pros still use pen and paper and measuring tape to survey existing buildings in the field? Or should they go “digital” and streamline this tedious and time-consuming process. In this review, Architosh goes deep and provides a complete evaluation of the OrthoGraph I building survey app system—cloud driven and integrated with laser distance meters.

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Chaos Group’s New V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max—7x Faster Rendering and Adaptive Lighting

V-Ray 3.5 for 3ds Max is the very latest release of Chaos Group’s famed industry-leading renderer—now with Adaptive Lights algorithm.

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Architecture, Affairs and Cost Overruns—Jeff Bridges to Star as Mies in Farnsworth House Story

Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal to co-star in biopic drama piece on the tumultuous relationship that brought the German architect one of his most famous masterwork commissions.

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Allegorithmic Releases New Substance Designer 6—Material Authoring Tool

Substance Designer 6 comes with new filters dedicated to scan processing to help 3D artists build a complete workflow of ready-to-use, clean tiling materials adaptable to photogrammetry.

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Onshape Intros Sheet Metal Design Tools—Coming Next Update

Onshape is the only professional 3D CAD system to offer sheet metal designers and manufacturers simultaneous and synchronized flat, folded, and tabular views. New Sheet Metal Design Tools coming to Onshape in upcoming release offer the Cambridge-based MCAD startup another industry leading edge.

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Looking at The Future of Vectorworks—CEO Dr. Sarkar Shares Insights

The future of major technologies and tools isn’t always clear. However, one can gain some key perspectives from the answers to critical questions by tech leadership. In this interview, Architosh asks Vectorworks’ CEO Dr. Sarkar questions that probe the future of Vectorworks.

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Autodesk Announces Its CEO, Carl Bass, Is Stepping Down

Board undergoes CEO search while, board members will resign while Autodesk’s own Amar Hanspal will hold reigns in the interim.

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Event News: More Details Emerge on GRAPHISOFT User Conference Coming to Las Vegas

Details on GRAPHISOFT’s big annual BIM conference in Las Vegas are shared. This not-to-be-missed event is aimed at all ARCHICAD and BIM users, from Canada to Mexico and beyond.

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New Version of ARCHICAD CONNECTION for Autodesk Revit Adds Version 2017 Support

ARCHICAD and Revit interoperability advances due to new updated ‘add-in’ software for Autodesk Revit.

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ARCHICAD 20—A Deep Dive Into Its Best New Features

In this feature article Architosh takes a deeper look at the three big new features in ARCHICAD 20. Part insights, part step-by-step we dive deep into many aspects of graphic overrides, the Property Manager and what the new UI brings to UX.

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Abvent’s New Artlantis 6.5—Unlimited Render Nodes and More

Abvent releases new Artlantis 6.5 with unlimited render nodes for free and Twinmotion support.

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Software Training—How Pluralsight Is Taking Aim at AEC and Manufacturing

Sophisticated new technologies at Pluralsight aim to boost software training engagement and accelerate companies’ abilities to skill-up. But the best part is that Pluralsight is bringing this tech to AEC and MCAD professionals.

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CloudCities Update Focuses on BIM—New IFC Support and Password Protected Scenes

AEC industry cloud-based software upstart, CloudCities, advances its offering with new IFC BIM model integration features, private scenes and attribute editor.

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Apple iOS Gets Improvements in Mobile CAD in Recent HOOPS Exchange Technology

Software developers for iOS and Android now have access to HOOPS Exchange in the latest version, enabling robust support for mobile app creation that supports demanding 3D CAD model data in various native industry standard formats, including IFC for the AEC BIM market.

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New Autodesk Revit 2017.1 Update Gets Dynamo Player & More

New multi-disciplinary enhancements to Revit come in version 2017.1 update—including new Dynamo Player which aims to increase usage of visual scripting tool inside Revit for users.

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Bentley and AGI Announce Cesium Consortium—Accelerate Virtual Globe For BIM/Infrastructure

Partnership will help accelerate developments in open-source Javascript library for world-class 3D globes and maps with the aim of infrastructure and BIM visualization.

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GRAPHISOFT Announces Keynote Speakers For Its North American User Conference

Flagship event for Graphisoft in North America will bring together renowned keynote speakers and a powerful BIM technology course line up, offering unique learning experiences and networking opportunities for attendees.

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Tomorrow’s Future Architects Need To Fix Their Attitude—Secrets to Sucessful Group Projects

Group projects can be dreadful in architecture schools, but there is a way to make them fruitful and scholarship or competition worthy endeavors with the right attitude adjustments.

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MCAD News: Onshape Takes Lead On ‘In-Context’ Design

Onshape’s new In-Context design features take a leading position within the MCAD industry with respect to top-down design in complex multi-part and multi-assembly design. The latest update brings these to users in addition to other enhancements.

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Market Research Report Says CAE Market to Reach $5.8 Billion USD by 2021

Computer-aided engineering market (finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics) for aerospace, automotive, defense industry, industrial machinery, and other applications will grow at CAGR of just over 11% between now and 2021.

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Technology to Master in Architecture in 2017—Architect Magazine’s Take

Architect magazine has an interesting story and take on what technologies architects should master in 2017—spoken by some of the industry and leading firm’s digital directors and thought-leaders.

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Event: ThinkParametric Course—Using Galapagos for Grasshopper

Learn how to use Galapagos with Grasshopper to optimize four clustered buildings for optimal views against core criteria like building area, depth and shape constraints, etc—from ThinkParametric.

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Arnold and RenderMan Now Supported in Elementacular 1.5 Update for Autodesk Maya

Add amazing cloud forms to Autodesk Maya using Elementacular 1.5 with support for Arnold and Pixar RenderMan renderers for your final image output.

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While Study Shows VR Taking Off—Apple Plans Indicate Augmented Reality (AR) Direction

Yes, VR is getting better known and 2017 will no doubt be a big year for virtual reality. But Apple seems to have other plans and in an ironic twist hopefully its AR plans can address industrial markets (not consumer) where Microsoft’s Hololens is making good traction.

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Report Says VR Awareness Rising—But Which Brands Surprises…

Virtual Reality Headsets may be on the rise in the minds of American consumers, but industry report clearly shows that the brands that are dominating are not the brands one thinks of as much if they are coming at VR from the professional industrial markets.

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Adobe Partners With Chaos Group—Integrates V-Ray Into New Project Felix

Adobe is targeting graphics designers with new 3D compositing and rendering application, now in an open beta. Meet Project Felix.

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Vectorworks Inc. Sponsors the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Vectorworks sponsors Kenney Center American College Theater Festival.

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Open Design Alliance Releases Teigha 4.2.4—Support for Autodesk ReCap Files

ODA updates Teigha SDK technologies to version 4.2.2.

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Product Review: Strata 3D CX 8.1

Does Strata 3D still have a place in the highly competitive 3D software market? In this product review we take a look at Strata’s current shipping version and all the technology it packs in an under $1000 USD punch—including the stunning visual results one can achieve with this stalwart 3d package.

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ODA Works Around Autodesk—Reverse Engineered SKD for Revit Released To Developers

Now available for licensing and production use, ODA’s Teigha BIM can bring native Revit file support to any CAD or 3D application utilizing the available software development kit.

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ArchiCAD Users Get ‘Best in Class’ Integration with Solibri—New Integration

Now it is possible to utilize Solibri Model Checker (SMC) in a faster, near real-time way with the popular BIM application ArchiCAD.

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Autodesk Senior Vice President Amarpreet Hanspal Sells 39K Shares of Stock

Autodesk’s Hanspal sells shares at optimal time, netting US 3 million, and above 12-month average analysts share price—and on the heels of its first quarter selling only subscription-only licenses.

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Autodesk Ending 123D Apps—Features To Go Into Other Products

Autodesk in 2017 will shut down its Autodesk 123D.com domain and apps along with it—users encouraged to look into other products. Autodesk Circuits remains in its own domain.

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Featured Video: The New OrthoGraph I System

In this featured video Architosh showcases all the capabilities and uses of the all new OrthoGraph I mobile cloud-based app for Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices, used in conjunction with laser distance meters like the Leica DISTO D2. Learn how to streamline field dimensioning and take data straight into BIM and CAD applications.

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Five Emerging Trends and Their Potential Impact on the Future of the AEC Industry

To kick off the new year, Architosh looks at five emerging technology trends happening broadly across society and what their influence and impacts may be on the AEC industry and the professionals that drive it—including architects, builders, engineers and environmental stakeholders like the citizens of cities.

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Nemetschek Acquires dRofus—Could Become “Group” BIM Collaboration Platform

The Nemetschek Group doesn’t own a tier-1 BIM collaboration platform like its larger rivals. However, the acquisition of dRofus of Norway lays the foundation for a future possibility. dRofus is already dominant in healthcare facilities in US, Europe, and Australia.

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Mental Canvas—The Radical New Drawing App You Haven’t Heard Of

Mental Canvas is an innovative and original new drawing application that put its user and viewers in the 3rd dimension. The app looks to be great for architects and those who sketch out spatial ideas. Alas, it is developed for Microsoft’s Surface devices at first.

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BlackSpectacles Software Survey May Do More Harm Than Good

Billed as the software you need to know to get a job in 2017, Black Spectacles’ Annual Software Requirements Study has Revit, AutoCAD, and SketchUp as the three must know applications in demand at top architecture firms. But is this list good for the industry at large?

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