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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

Nemetschek Forms US Strategic Base—Learn What Comes Next

The Germany, Munich-based, Nemetschek Group is flourishing, driving the strongest growth in the AECO software industry after a string of brilliant software acquisitions. But all of this success has largely been driven without the benefit of a full-time, directed strategy group. Now the AECO software multinational—the smallest of the Big 4 global AECO software companies —is setting up a global strategy group in Washington, DC.

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AIA 2016: Information Technologies at this Year’s Convention – Part 2

We dive deeper in our Part 2 coverage of software and technologies at the 2016 AIA Convention in Philly. These four companies exhibited together and these four companies have interesting innovations in the pipe and/or ready now.

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AIA 2016: AIA and Autodesk announce new feature to automate 2030 Commitment reporting data

Autodesk and AIA team on new automatic reporting system via new design tool features and the new Design Data Exchange system (DDx).

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AIA 2016: Information Technologies at this Year’s Convention – Part 1

We begin our AIA Expo show floor reports series with the largest companies showing their software wares to architects at this year’s 2016 AIA Convention.

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In Brief: Highlights from AIA 2016 Philly

Architosh is at AIA Philly 2016 and we will have extensive show coverage and a big picture gallery series as well. If you couldn’t attend this year, you have a missed a good one. Record attendance, great speakers and tech…and let’s not forget Philly herself!

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Inflection Point: Disruptions, Platforms and Growth with Rhino + Grasshopper (Part 1)

According to Gartner’s “Hype Cycle technology curve, algorithmic aided design within the building design industry—sometimes referred to as AAD—is nearing the “peak of inflated expectations,” where we see in the industry what is known as supplier proliferation. Indeed, quite suddenly in fact, McNeel & Associates has seen a ground swell in competition to their famous Rhino + Grasshopper product combo. An inflection point is coming, due to the rapid rise of something McNeel & Associates has become synonymous for, but so too is change. In this two part series we investigate the factors in this change and learn what may lie ahead.

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Vectorworks Design Summit 2016—What Was Cool This Year

Architosh kicks off the first of a series of articles on what was shown and discussed at this year’s Vectorworks Design Summit.

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New SCIA Engineer 16 announced—delivers 350+ updates structural engineering app

Scia has announced the new SCIA Engineer 16, IFC certified Open BIM structural modeling, analysis, design, code checking and reporting software for structural engineering workflows in AEC.

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Thornton Tomasetti Launches Software Development Firm

In an industry first, global AEC engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti has spun out its R&D groups, including CORE studio, to form a privately-held software engineering firm advancing leading edge solutions for both the main company and the industry at large.

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GRAPHISOFT’s Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection

The Rhino-Grasshopper-ArchiCAD Live Connection enables architects to use all three applications in bi-directions, working to bridge algorithmic design with a leading edge BIM application in ArchiCAD 20. This new connection was beta tested by over 1000 architects around the world. The Live Connection plugins enable Rhino to produce native GDL ArchiCAD elements, while Grasshopper can drive model elements in ArchiCAD algorithmically.

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GRAPHISOFT announces new ArchiCAD 20—Fresh Look at BIM

ARCHICAD 20 reinforces the letter “I” in BIM with a number of important functional improvements while adding a brand new, flat-design graphical user interface, making it the most graphically modern BIM application on the market.

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Design Summit: Vectorworks CEO Dr. Sarkar Reveals Technology Road Map

More than 600 key customers from 23 countries around the globe today got to see the future of Vectorworks at the CEO keynote at the Vectorworks Design Summit in Chicago.

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More News of Twinmotion-Abvent Merger: Switching Heads of Development

Head of KA-RA at Twinmotion will lead new combined Abvent unit.

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NAB: Autodesk acquires the Arnold Renderer and its development team

Autodesk announces its acquisition of Solid Angle, the makers of the Arnold Renderer, at NAB 2016 this week. This is the first major advanced renderer Autodesk owns in-house but the company has already committed to an “open renderer policy” and even third-party products will be robustly supported and that may become a new business segment for the company.

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NAB: Nvidia Iray and Cinema 4D for Architecture—Live Event

This year at NAB the Nvidia Iray plugin for Cinema 4D is being showcased at the Maxon booth…a live presentation is available to view as well.

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Twinmotion developer KA-RA has joined the Abvent Group

Twin motion developer joins France’s Abvent SA, the developers of the famed Artlantis series of rendering products for the AEC industry. The R&D teams and marketing teams will be integrated to drive synergies and prepare for future directions in the market.

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The chip the new Mac Pro may have been waiting for is out and ready!

Intel’s new 14nm Xeon E5-v4 Xeon processors are out. While not the biggest update in recent memory, the new lithography process means less power to more cores and thus higher performance. This is a great time for Apple to update the Mac Pro. Perhaps the only time.

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Phil Bernstein on the Changing Role of the 21st Century Architect—The Interview (Part 2)

In this interview Architosh learns more than just what Phil Bernstein thinks about educating 21st century architects in the context of advancing AEC digitization. He shares his vast knowledge of “practice” in the 20th century and how things have evolved to the point we face today. In this two-part series we cover the gamut from roles to society’s expectations of professionals, from contracts to architecture schools, from the importance of coding to where Revit’s brain may go.

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Phil Bernstein of Autodesk on the Changing Role of the 21st Century Architect—The Interview (Part 1)

In this interview Architosh learns more than just what Phil Bernstein thinks about educating 21st century architects in the context of advancing AEC digitization. He shares his vast knowledge of “practice” in the 20th century and how things have evolved to the point we face today. In this two-part series we cover the gamut from roles to society’s expectations of professionals, from contracts to architecture schools, from the importance of coding to where Revit’s brain may go.

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Illustrious Jury Awards Graphisoft BIMx Pro Architizer A+ Award

One of Apple’s most illustrious software developers has won yet again, another key industry award, sweeping the “Best of Best” Award for the 2016 Architizer A+ Awards in the Technology category.

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Mac 3D: PipeLineFX is now Cloud-Ready on Google Cloud Platform

A world-leader in render farm software for the media & entertainment (M&E), AEC industry and the games industry, PipelineFX has enabled its award-winning Qube! render farm software to work on the Google Cloud Platform.

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Bluebeam Revu now out for Apple’s Mac Platform—Big win for Mac in AEC

Years in the making, Nemetschek Group subsidiary, Bluebeam Inc., has released a Mac native version of its building industry leading application Revu. A full fledged member of the Bluebeam family, the Mac version can fully participate in Bluebeam Studio workflows in the building industry.

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German Nemetschek Group appoints Sean Flaherty Chief Strategy Officer

The now former CEO of Vectorworks, Inc., Sean Flaherty, has been appointed to the role of Chief Strategy Officer on the Nemetschek Group supervisory board, a position where he will drive group-wide future strategy for the resurgent AEC software company.

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Dr. Biplab Sarkar named CEO of Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc., announces new CEO in Dr. Biplab Sarkar, while Sean Flaherty takes up key full time position as Chief Strategy Officer for the entire Nemetschek Group.

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Eva Franch i Gilabert named Vectorworks Design Summit Keynote Speaker

Vectorworks Inc. announces design keynote speaker for upcoming Design Summit, this year held in Chicago. New York architect Eva Franch i Gilabert will deliver a talk titled “Alternatives” on 27 April 2016.

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Matterport enhances Immersive Spaces with First Generation Mattertag Content

Matterport users are now able to annotate points in 3D space for real estate, travel and hospitality, media and AEC markets.

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Nemetschek Group posts impressive financial results

The Nemetschek Group continues record earnings and revenue results as company shares forecasts for fiscal 2016 with estimated EBITDA of nearly $100 million USD.

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Graphisoft partners with UK based 3D Point Cloud scanning company

Graphisoft UK partners with Murphy Surveys on Point Cloud Scanning for the UK and Irish AEC markets.

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Tidbits: PTC, Vectorworks, Trimble CAD and AEC news

CAD News: PTC sponsors leading tech startup event in Massachusetts aimed at finding great new tech in areas related to its MCAD base, including AR and IoT; plus Vectorworks and Asite headline next Build Earth Live, a project involving a Hyperloop; and finally we have news on Trimble Connect’s latest updates.

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Featured Video: Vectorworks Design Summit—2016 Chicago

In this featured video, Architosh showcases the highlight aspects of the upcoming 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit taking place in Chicago, one of the architectural capitals of the world. Take a peak below…only takes a minute!

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Maxon showcasing Cinema 4D at 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas

Maxon will be showcasing Cinema 4D R17 at the NAB 2016 Show in Las Vegas next month.

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‘High Performance': The Ultimate BIM Feature

In this special feature, Architosh takes a look at the nature of ‘performance’ both in the architecture firm and its value in the BIM transformation from 2D CAD to BIM workflows. What is the firm performance trade-off due to BIM? How have architects argued against performance? And how do we discuss and evaluate performance within software and BIM in today’s workflow? This feature illuminates this topic using one BIM developer’s software development work as a case study.

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Possible OS X Futures—Two Things We Learned This Week

A future where Apple controls its microarchitecture for iOS completely and where it doesn’t for OS X raises questions. Additionally, Apple’s iCloud ambitions speak to interesting answers in hosted app solutions that can address the “pro” market.

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Post Event: Apple’s Top 5 Far Reaching Announcements from Yesterday

Architosh looks at the top 5 most far reaching announcements from yesterday’s Apple Event. Only one of them concerns an Apple product and none of them concern the Mac.

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Mr. Pro, Meet Mr. Pro—Why the new iPad Pro and BIMx Pro are a Killer Duo

Graphisoft’s deservingly noteworthy BIMx Pro gets prime time today in Apple’s event introducing the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro.

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GDC Recap: Autodesk expanded VR support and streamlined 3D character creation

Autodesk continues to serve the Game Developers market with key technology updates to its tool chains.

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Webinar: Introducing solidThinking Inspire 2016

Free webinar introduces product and industrial designers to the latest solidThinking Inspire 2016 for optimized and streamlined design.

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Apple TV shaping up to be big focus on March 21, but Mac Pro update, where art thou?

Could Apple shock us with something to say about the new Mac Pro that has failed to delight in the market? It never hurts to imagine and dream, right?

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solidThinking Inc., announces solidThinking Inspire 2016

Additive manufacturing accelerated with introduction of PolyNURBS; cost-saving benefits for broad range of production processes.

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ILEXSOFT of Italy releases HighDesign 2016 for Mac—Full Featured 2D CAD

New OS X only CAD system delivers new 64-bit performance and many new enhancements.

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Altair releases HyperWorks v14 for Windows and Mac

Altair releases new HyperWorks 14 for Windows and Mac—Complete CAE Suite

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Playing Nice is Best—Autodesk and Siemens Sign Agreement on CAD Interoperability

Manufacturing CAD Giants Autodesk and Siemens Agree on Interoperability Pack—Companies to Share Toolkits.

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The Foundry launches MODO 10 Series—Next Generation 3D Platform

The Foundry talks up MODO 10 Series for professional 3D modeling, animation, rendering, game development—future releases focused on gaming and interactive design, including VR.

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Jeffrey Ouellette of Vectorworks, Inc., named buildingSMART International’s Implementation Support Group Chair

The buildingSMART International chairmanship offers platform for advocation of open data buildings standards in the whole AEC industry via initiatives like OpenBIM and IFC.

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Chaos Group Speeds Up V-Ray for Maya with version 3.3

Chaos Group delivers with big update to V-Ray for Maya with version 3.3—adding up to 50 percent rendering performance improvement.

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Win Free Trip to Design Summit in Chicago—Vectorworks Announces New Prize

Win a free trip to the Vectorworks Design Summit in Chicago. Entrants have a chance until March 9th.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Donates Software, Computers and Training to Philadelphia Design Center

Vectorworks Inc., donates software, computers and training for the new Philadelphia Design Center.

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Graebert releases new ARES Kudo YouTube Video—First Peaks

Want to see a Sneak Peak at ARES Kudo? Graebert releases a YouTube video showing the new cloud-based DWG CAD solution in preview form.

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CAD News: Germany’s Graebert Celebrates 4 Years and Double-Digit Growth in India

Germany’s Graebert celebrates 4 years of success in India as it expands its customer footprint at a rapid rate and quadruples its programming and management staff at its Indian headquarters.

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2016 Vectorworks Design Summit Details Revealed: Speakers, CEU’s and Exhibitors

Vectorworks’ annual Design Summit conference kicks off later this spring in Chicago. Like last year the event will show attendees an exclusive preview of upcoming software technology for one of the world’s leading CAD and BIM developers. Early Bird discounts to the event are still in the offering.

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irisVR CEO and Co-Founder Talks About Pro VR Industry—Oculus versus Vive and More

In this executive interview, we talk to irisVR software company Co-Founder and CEO, Shane Scranton—about B2B virtual reality, the market, the hardware VR devices, Apple and much more.

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Gaming News: Valve Brings SteamVR to Unity Platform

Valve brings SteamVR to Unity Platform and Offers New VR PC Test App.

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Vectorworks and PRG Partner for Content for Vectorworks Spotlight

Vectorworks has partnered with the world leading supplier of entertainment and event technology to develop new tools and content for Vectorworks Spotlight, the leading CAD technology for entertainment design.

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BricsCAD v16.2 released from Bricsys—new UI and 3D modeling updates

Bricsys adds four important new feature updates in point-dot release for BricsCAD V16 (in version 16.2)—adding improved UI, Quad cursor additions, Dynamic UCS and Clip Display status useful in BIM.

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Tech Soft 3D release HOOPS Visualize 2016—new 64-bit support for Apple iOS and more

Graphics toolkit boasts new 64-bit support for iOS and Android, advancements in performance and tight integrations with Parasolid modeling kernel and Autodesk’s RealDWG.

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The Khronos Group releases Vulkan 1.0 API Specification

The Khronos Group has now released the Vulkan API for graphics and compute on GPUs, a bonafide positive development for the IT world, providing software developers numerous benefits and options.

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COBie inventor says ARCHICAD is 100 Percent COBie-compliant

Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD BIM software has achieved 100 percent COBie Design Stage compliance, says Bill East, COBie inventor.

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Mac 3D News: formZ to Celebrate 25 Years of Innovation

Famed 3D stalwart and Mac developer, AutoDesSys, announces 25th anniversary of legendary formZ software. The Ohio-based company has a LAB unit in Los Angeles that is producing extensions and an upcoming parametric visual scripting environment, a la Rhino + Grasshopper.

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BIM News: MagiCloud—Europe’s largest online BIM library launches

Progman launches new MagicCloud online BIM library with over 1 million products in Revit MEP and Autodesk formats.

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AIA News: AIA nominates 9 Boston Society of Architects members to College of Fellows

AIA nominates nine Boston Society of Architect members to the College of Fellows.

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