Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP
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.
Autodesk announces new AutoCAD 2018 versions of leading CAD product line. Deeper PDF to CAD integrations headline new features.
Israeli-based Cloud Invent has built a replacement parametric solver for AutoCAD that the company says revolutionizes the way users work.
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.
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.
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.
Bluebeam Revu 2017 is now available and offers AEC industry professionals accelerated workflows and better collaboration across the entire lifecycle of projects.
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.
The all new V-Ray 3 for SketchUp has been redesigned for architects who want to focus on design without all the technical settings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consortium releases Vulkan features, WebGL 2.0 and new OpenXR working group; group hosts series of events for the developer community.
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.
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.
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.
Autodesk renames product to Autodesk Revit Live—introduces new features to enhance interactive 3D experience design software offering for Revit users.
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.
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.
Nemetschek’s Bluebeam Inc. gets a new interim CEO in internal CTO leader Don Jacob as company co-founder Richard Lee steps down.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board undergoes CEO search while, board members will resign while Autodesk’s own Amar Hanspal will hold reigns in the interim.
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.
ARCHICAD and Revit interoperability advances due to new updated ‘add-in’ software for Autodesk Revit.
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.
Abvent releases new Artlantis 6.5 with unlimited render nodes for free and Twinmotion support.
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.
AEC industry cloud-based software upstart, CloudCities, advances its offering with new IFC BIM model integration features, private scenes and attribute editor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add amazing cloud forms to Autodesk Maya using Elementacular 1.5 with support for Arnold and Pixar RenderMan renderers for your final image output.
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.
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.
Adobe is targeting graphics designers with new 3D compositing and rendering application, now in an open beta. Meet Project Felix.
Vectorworks sponsors Kenney Center American College Theater Festival.
ODA updates Teigha SDK technologies to version 4.2.2.
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.
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.
Now it is possible to utilize Solibri Model Checker (SMC) in a faster, near real-time way with the popular BIM application ArchiCAD.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?