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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

AU 2016: Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3 for Revit—Bringing Top Renderer to BIM Application

Industry-standard and leading photo-realistic rendering application, V-Ray, is now integrated into Autodesk’s BIM application Revit.

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AU 2016: Chaos Group Announces €2 Million Investment in CL3VER

Chaos Group, the makers of the famed V-ray renderer, has partnered with AEC presentation start-up CL3VER, making 2 million euro investment. New partnership will bring essential 3D visualization and communications tools into one software platform.

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Rhino for Mac Price Goes Up Jan 1—Mac Version Nearly Complete

Rhino 5 for Mac goes up in price in January so readers who have wanted to add this tool to their arsenal should probably grab this app now. This, plus we have additional notes on Rhino Mac development in general below.

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Microsoft Hololens and Trimble SketchUp Viewer Bring Mixed Reality (MR) to AEC Industries

Trimble and Microsoft offer thematic change in AEC industries with new “mixed reality” technology—new SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft Hololens is now available after stealing the show at AIA National 2016.

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Bluebeam Releases New Revu v2016.5.2

Bluebeam Revu 2016.5.2 updates doesn’t just squash bugs—new update supports new Microsoft Surface Studio all-in-one computer. This one will make Apple Mac users in the AEC industry jealous!

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Silicon Valley’s Reaction to Trump Presidency Looks Within

Is Silicon Valley creating technologies that bring us together, or push as apart?

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Nope, Not Star Wars—CloudCities Is Powerful 3D App Covering Autodesk University 2016

A little know but growing app called CloudCities is primed for major attention and use at Autodesk University next week. The 3D map technology will provide attendees with guided, intelligent information.

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Six Years Running—ArchiCAD Wins ‘BIM Product of the Year’ Again

GRAPHISOFT has again took top prize in the BIM Product of the Year category at The Hammers.

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Trimble Announces New SketchUp 2017—New Graphics Pipeline 2.0

With this release, Trimble has turned its attention to accelerating and fine-tuning 3D graphics along with powerful updates to better modeling and drawings capability.

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Encore Announces New ViaCAD 10 for Mac and Windows

Software publisher Encore has released Evolution Software’s latest update in ViaCAD 10 for macOS and Windows platforms.

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BIMobject App Now Available for Vectorworks 2017 Software

Robert Anderson, VP, of Vectorworks presents the new BIMobject App for Vectorworks.

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Bricsys Announces new BricsCAD V17—Advances BIM, Modeling and Sheet Metal CAD

Bricsys of Belgium announces new DWG-based BricsCAD V17 for MCAD, AEC and general CAD workflows. New update advances BIM, sheet metal design CAD and 3D modeling functionalities.

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Lasers and iPads—How OrthoGraph Solves AEC Problems

We take a deep-dive into what OrthoGraph I offers the AEC industry for solving building measurement workflow challenges common to just about all building professionals. Paired with a laser distance meter (LDM) OrthoGraph I not only rapidly increases the time it takes to measure, it reduces errors and dovetails into today’s IFC-based BIM tools.

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Maxon Taps AMD Radeon ProRender Technology for CINEMA 4D

OpenCL provides the platform agnostic architecture for AMD’s Radeon ProRender physically-based GPU rendering engine.

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SketchUp Is On The Web—But You Might Not Have Known

Trimble’s SketchUp has been quietly implemented in the modern web browser and users are invited into a free open beta to test it out for non-commercial usage.

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Event Shootout—Microsoft Shockingly Out Innovates Apple

In back to back PC events this week, social media is calling Microsoft the winner, and Apple the loser. Despite an innovative “Touch Bar” added to another thin beauty, the Surface Studio has got people excited.

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Graebert Annual Meeting 2016—Introducing ‘Trinity’ of CAD

Graebert and its partners continue to capitalize on the legacy of the DWG CAD file format. At this year’s Annual Meeting in Berlin, held two weeks ago, partners extolled the virtues of Graebert as both partner and technical resource, while the Berlin company announced even more expansive plans around its Trinity of CAD strategy.

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A Day Away from New Macs—One Reader’s View (And Design) of A New Pro Desktop

It’s got a handle, is sized for standard parts, it’s very expandable and best of all it features flexible CPU/GPU support and all the goodness that older pro Mac desktops posssed. We wish we could order such a Mac.

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Vectorworks Inc. Congratulates Build Earth Live Hyperloop BIM Competition Winners

BIM Unlimited, Hyper Poland, Future Architects, HyperNova, BIM Fusion, rLoop and Mobius receive awards.

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In-Brief: Bricsys Talks Adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) to DWG-based CAD System

Some quick notes on announcements and chatter at the Annual User Conference for Bricsys being held this week in Munich, Germany.

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3D Rhino-based Lands Design Now Released As Beta

A new landscape design tool has been released in beta. Lands Design is a software product that runs in McNeel’s popular Rhino modeling environment. The release suggest how powerful vertical tools can be built onto top of Rhino, and thus becoming extensible via algorithmic tools like Grasshopper.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Announces Third Annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Students in design fields can win up to $10,000 US dollars as part of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, now in its third year.

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Autodesk LIVE now supports Vive and Oculus Rift

Revit users powering interactive visualizations through the new Autodesk LIVE now have access to powerful VR (virtual reality) gear in Vive and Oculus support.

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OrthoGraph I introduced for both iOS and Android—building survey app offers free mode

All new OrthoGraph I application for iOS and Android aims to enable users to create complete building survey plans faster than ever, saving time on site and reducing errors associated with paper and pencil methods.

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In German EU Countries—Nemetschek Jumps Ahead of Autodesk Says Poll

A leading German-based AEC magazine focused on competitions for tenders has published software usage data for AEC professionals, largely architects, which shows Nemetschek Group companies dominating US giant Autodesk.

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BRICSYS 2016 Coming to Munich in One Week

Next week in Munich, Bricsys NV, will host its annual developers conference on everything BricsCAD including introducing its latest version 17 release. The native DWG competitor targets directions both similar and unique to its euro cousin Graebert as both compete to win market share from US giant Autodesk.

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Graebert Annual Meeting Preview—CorelCAD, ARES, Cloud and More…

Architosh preps for Graebert’s big Annual Meeting in Berlin next week. Here is what is hot on the agenda for conference discussions and new knowledge.

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CAD / 3D News: Nvidia, Rhino, Boxx and Trimble News

We have tidbits items on Nvidia Iray and its new spherical camera for VR; plus news from Trimble and McNeel on online accounts, new domains and new company name for the former; plus BOXX has new over-clocked workstations.

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Samsung Gear and HTC Vive Lead VR Survey But Magic Leap?

There are surprises in the CGarchitect VR survey but the bigger surprise perhaps is the brewing emergence of Magic Leap and what it means for computing and where Apple fits in this story.

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Matterport Launches World’s Largest Virtual Reality (VR) Library of Real World Places

VR leader set to help expand market for “content” with new CoreVR offering that is free for 2016.

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Dr. Sarkar Reveals Details Behind Development of New Vectorworks 2017 Software

Some of the biggest feature updates in Vectorworks 2017 are discussed in detail, and we learn how the company is thinking more “multi-generational” while still being intensely customer-driven to better position itself as a leading BIM competitor.

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Open Design Alliance Announces Teigha BIM for Autodesk Revit

CAD Industry Consortium ODA Targets Autodesk’s BIM Dominance with New Teigha BIM API. Reverse-Engineered Technology Enables Competitors Access to Native Revit Files and Families.

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Nvidia Job Posting for Mac Software Engineer Points To GPU Return and OpenCL Push for Apple

Nvidia looks to be playing a key role in future Macs—new Nvidia Mac OS X centric job posts indicate Apple may be moving away from AMD in favor of what Nvidia is doing with AI with GPU compute.

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Desktop and Workstation Computers In Decline—Says Latest Industry Report

New data in Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey, by Business Advantage, may suggest future directions for multi-device and multi-platform makers like Apple. Future trend data looks negative for Apple’s Mac Pro but rosy for Apple’s iPad Pro.

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London and Australia Investment Firm Inject Strata with ‘First Round’ Funding for VR/AR Enterprise Push

Funding, hiring John Wright as President, and the addition of award-winning talent—highlight Strata push into virtual and augmented reality for enterprise market. The Mac 3D software stalwart looks to be targeting expanding markets for 3D and VR & AR.

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Autodesk Finalists for 2016 AEC Excellence Awards Competition—Announced!

Autodesk announces finalists for 2016 AEC Excellence Awards Competition.

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Mac 3D/CAD News: Tekla, Fusion, Vectorworks at GreenBuild 2016 and More…

We have CAD/3D News Tidbits: Vectorworks 2017 at GREENBUILD 2016, Autodesk Fusion adds PLM, and Tekla has introduced major updates to their product line.

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OrthoGraph Teams with CadLine Ltd for Building Survey and 3D Interior Design

Joint Venture between OrthoGraph and ARCHLine aims at solving key pain points in the AEC industry with measuring existing buildings on paper and manually repeating an error-prone process with paper-to-CAD translation. New collaboration streamlines specifically for work that interior architects and decorators must do.

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Architects Head Back to School with LEARNVIRTUAL—Hybrid Learning Platform Focused on ArchiCAD In Practice

ARCHVISTA Announces LEARNVIRTUAL—Cutting Edge Learning Technology and Virtual In-Person Training at Affordable Pricing.

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GRAPHISOFT to Host Webinar Touting BIMx and BIMx PRO Features

Ernesto Minnucci, Laureate of Civil and Environmental Engineering, of Minnucci Associati, will showcase some of his firm’s recent projects. And GRAPHISOFT will give a ‘sneak-peek’ into new BIMx features coming out later this fall.

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Phil Bernstein Steps Down From Role as Vice President at Autodesk

Architect and Yale professor has headed strategic relations at Autodesk for a decade and a half…will now become Autodesk Fellow.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Announces English Version of New Vectorworks 2017 BIM Software Product Line

New annual release features robust new Resource Manager, stunning new performance speed-ups, virtual reality (VR) support, a suite of new irrigation tools, support for native Revit file format, and broad collection of BIM-centric enhancements.

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Featured Video: The All New Vectorworks 2017

In this featured video, Architosh showcases all the new great features in the new Vectorworks 2017 product range, including some BIM interoperability capabilities including native Revit import.

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ODA Accelerates BIM Interoperability With Native Revit File Support

The Open Design Alliance’s reverse engineered Revit file format support for its Teigha BIM API may soon change the BIM application landscape.

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3D News: The Future Group Demos First Mixed Reality (MR) Based on Unreal Engine

Hyper-Realistic Feature Film-Quality Sets and Effects Integrating People and Objects In Real-Time,
New Patent-Pending Software With Origins In “The Matrix Trilogy” and more…

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MAXON Ups Rendering Ante with Multi-Year Technical Collaboration Agreement with NVIDIA

New agreement brings NVIDIA’s scalable and physically-based rendering technologies to Cinema 4D users, including NVIDIA Iray for GPU rendering.

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Mac 3D News: Chaos Group Launches Brand New Website

Chaos Group introduces brand new website with new section the Magazine, plus a new responsive design for various viewing and different computing devices and a whole lot more.

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Apple Involvement in IoT/Connected Home Limited in Short Run, Says Analyst

Apple keeps touting HomeKit but don’t expect more of Apple in IoT until hardware improves with AppleTV or the company introduces new gear aimed at competing with devices like the Amazon Echo.

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Apple Sep Event—Don’t Be Surprised by Big Mac Update Today

Apple may not be ignoring the Mac product line because it is too distracted with future products like the Apple Car. This large time gap may mean that Apple has big plans for dramatic Mac updates that adjust the Mac product line to better suit the needs of today’s customers.

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Altair updates HyperWorks 14 CAE application to serve its Aerospace customers

Altair updates HyperWorks 14 to better support the Aerospace industry.

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Music and BIM: Second BIM Brothers Music Video Out—’Faster than Ever’

Does it make sense for tech companies to produce highly engaging music videos touting the virtues of their products and services? You be the judge in this second edition music video produced for GRAPHISOFT as part of the original BIM Brothers music video series.

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Mac 3D News: Allegorithmic Adds Design Industry First to Substance Designer 5.5

Material Definition Language (MDL) authoring is now possible and Linux support increases compatibility with VFX pipelines.

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Arguably Ahead on Technology—GRAPHISOFT Aims For The Future of Practice

By partnering with the most dominant algorithmic design software company and creating a meta-data infrastructure with a flexible graphical super-system—to help visibly put that data to work—the Hungarian BIM software maker is positioning itself for the future.

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Dassault’s Spatial’s New 2017 version of its 3D ACIS Modeling Kernel

We take a look at Dassault’s Spatial 2017 1.0 release—technology that powers many 3D and CAD applications in the Windows and Mac environments.

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MAXON wins Computer Graphics World Magazine ‘Silver Edge Award’

Maxon’s Cinema 4D release 18 was selected as ‘Best of Show’ for Technology and Vision that promises to greatly impact the industry.

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Event News: Nordic BIM Academy Launches in Copenhagen 2016

Worldclass BIM event set to take center stage in Copenhagen in November—Nordic BIM Academy Copenhagen 2016

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Autodesk Releases Dynamo 1.1 Update for Computational Design

T-Splines technology gets added to Autodesk’s Dynamo computational design tool. More updates in 1.1 release…

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Analysis: Kerris’ Critique and Failed Newton Make Valuable Apple AR Lessons

Stop deciphering what Apple may do in the VR or AR markets—former Apple exec Richard Kerris’ logical break-down of the VR-AR space just gave us a huge clue as to why the company is taking so long.

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Mac 3D: New V-Ray Showreel 2016 Out—Stunning Imagery

Visually stunning show reel by Chaos Group is released for the year. Their 2016 show piece is quite fetching and you will notice films you probably didn’t think V-Ray was involved in.

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High Growth Dynamics Continue for Nemetschek Group in 2016

Nemetschek Group continues to propel itself to record financials on the basis of sound if not brilliant US-based acquisitions.

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