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Features: Special

How BIG’s influence can reframe the role of BIM in Architecture

Architosh is pleased to present this special feature on Bjarke Ingels Group, famed Danish architecture firm. Several weeks ago we got a chance to talk to BIG’s Jakob Andreassen, BIM Manager at BIG Copenhagen, about the architectural practice, its design methodology and perspective on the use of computerized software—particularly BIM.

Looking at solidThinking Inspire 2014 for Architectural Design
Architosh publishes Mac professional workstation survey results
Autodesk Talks to Architosh about AutoCAD for Mac 2015—Features, Parity and Market Segments
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Take the Architosh Reader Survey and Enter a Chance to Win an Apple Watch Sport

Architosh is asking its readers to help provide useful feedback to steer the future direction of the online publication. Participants will be entered into a random draw to win a free Apple Watch Sport model, valued at $350.USD, plus gain a free industry report valued at $49.USD. Help us make Architosh better so that more Apple users enjoy its platforms in the CAD, 3D and AEC markets.

Khronos speaks to Architosh about the new Vulkan Graphics API: What it Means

In this special feature Architosh digs into the main elements behind the new Vulkan graphics and compute GPU API in a discussion with The Khronos Group president Neil Trevett to get at what all this means for computing and graphics going forward.

The skinny is this. The leading visual scripting modeling tools don't run natively on Mac OS X. This changes everything.

Features: Product In-Depth

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Sensopia introduces MagicMeasure app for iPhone and iPad

With MagicMeasure anyone can simply measure distances, surfaces or volumes from a picture. Take a picture, then simply touch objects on the picture to see their dimensions appear!. Measure distances/surfaces on walls and floors, or more complex 3D objects and calculate volumes. 

John Bacus of Trimble talks to Architosh about SketchUp, broadly and about version 2014
Autodesk talks to Architosh about Octane Cloud Workstation: Autodesk Edition at Amazon
Product In-Depth: V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp
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In-Depth: The New and Dynamic formZ 8

AutoDesSys, Inc., talks to Architosh about what’s coming up this summer in the new formZ 8—covering in detail such new features as its Subdivision Surface Modeling tools, new OpenGL Interactive Rendering improvements and much more…

In-Depth: Architosh looks at GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner STAR

GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner STAR brings advanced building energy modeling (BEM), simulation and analysis to the early stages of the BIM workflow with the intent to improve and alter building designs. The software supports ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for LEED and more…

Features: Interviews

‘Trimble Connected’—Bacus Discusses SketchUp 2015 and Growing Trimble Roles

In this special feature interview, John Bacus of Trimble’s SketchUp division talks to Architosh about the latest SketchUp 2015—the second release of the product in one year—and helps put the product into the larger Trimble context–particularly Trimble Connect.

Why OTOY will change our 3D world: A conversation with Jules Urbach
Sean Flaherty talks to Architosh: On BIM and Vectorworks in Asia
Bluebeam Talks: Why They Do AEC Collaboration Better
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Nemetschek AG Exec’s Talk Details of Bluebeam Acquisition with Architosh

Nemetschek AG’s Executive Board members in charge of the group’s overall strategic direction, CEO Sean Flaherty of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., and CEO Viktor Varkonyi of Graphisoft, Inc. discuss the thinking and outlook behind the recent acquisition of US-based Bluebeam Software Inc.

Dr. Biplab Sarkar Talks to Architosh About Nemetschek Vectorworks 2015

Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. discusses the latest release of Vectorworks 2015 and the technical achievements and technology behind this important update.

Our companies’ shared vision is to give users a choice, rather than dictate what they use.

Features: Viewpoint

Revamping Old Building Design for Achieving Net Zero Energy Consumption

It is the responsibility of every home owner, developer, architect, and engineer to develop energy efficient buildings and hence contribute towards the crucial cause of safeguarding the energy resources that are going extinct. The NZEB wave has the potential to transform the AEC industry and make buildings self-reliant for their energy requirements.

Viewpoint: BIM 4D for Construction Scheduling Has Created Wonders in the AEC Industry
Viewpoint: Lighting School with Mac App Illuminando – Lesson 2
Viewpoint: Lighting School with Mac App Illuminando – Lesson 1
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Sustainable Building Practices with Energy Saving Models – Epact 179D Tax Savings for Daylight Harvesting

Architosh is again pleased to share another informative Viewpoint article from BIM consultant and expert Bhushan Avsatthi, who briefly discusses the often unacknowledged US tax breaks under the EPAct 179D tax savings for buildings that achieve energy cost reductions more than the range specified by ASHRE energy standards. Mr. Avsatthi discusses the importance of “daylight harvesting” as a technology and technique for added energy savings measures.

Viewpoint: Have AEC Professionals Really Embraced Technology?

Architosh is again pleased to share another viewpoint article by BIM consultant Bhushan Avsatthi, who offers his perspective on all things technical in the AEC industry and ask the question: have AEC pros really embraced technology? The rhetorical question serves to form a 35,000 feet view into the present and emerging technology of AEC.

Features: Firm Profile

Firm Profile: Levi + Wong Design Associates—Virtualizing Healthcare Architecture

We continue our Firm Profile series for the second time this month with a feature on the mixed practice design firm Levi + Wong Design Associates, a Boston area architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm serving national clients through a highly-developed 3D ‘virtual design’ process using GRAPHISOFT’s highly noted ArchiCAD and BIMx platforms.

Artist Profile: Janet Echelman – Sculpting Volume Without Weight
Firm Profile: Candusso Arquitetos – Architecture Visualized on the Mac
Firm Profile: Emilio Cassani – Industrial Designer Shines on Mac

Firm Profile: Nick Hardman—Hardmarque Re-Imagines Australia’s Future Manufacturing

We continue our Firm Profile series this November with a feature on solidThinking export Nick Hardman of HardMarque Future Factories, which specializes in a wide range of industrial design focused on the ‘additive manufacturing’ sector, serving diverse clients in the areas of industrial and product design.

Firm Profile: Archiform 3D — Challenging China with Integral Design

We continue our Firm Profile series with Archiform 3D founder and president, Steve Bell. Archiform 3D is a leading global provider of advanced architectural visualization and design services operating globally. The company does amazing work and they do it all with a spartan pipeline consisting of ArchiCAD and CINEMA 4D. This is a big interview but chalk full of interesting business craft and insightful details–the kind of information Architosh is known for pulling out in stories like this. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy the story.

‘Out on the Web': Curated Features on CAD and 3D

Unlike our curated news here—which focuses on general tech and design stories—on our new Features page we want to curate important articles focused on CAD and 3D technologies themselves and all the implications that come with them. Yes, there may be a bit of overlap, but we’ll try hard to curate a flavor difference.


This week we have caught a few interesting stories…such as Autodesk veteran Michel Besner heading over to Toon Boom Animation to become president. While we write about PipelineFX often we will point you to another story about this company’s dominating Qube! render farm technology.

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