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Features: Special

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.

SIGGRAPH 2016: Computer Graphics Show Round-Up
Graebert Shows ARES Touch for iOS and ARES Kudo Progress—More Flexibility Than Rivals
Curators of Spatial Computation—What Autodesk Project Fractal Says About Future Architects
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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.

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.

Frame lets me use my Macbook the way I used to use the giant PC tower in my closet. There's no going back.”

Features: Product In-Depth

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.

In-Depth: Architosh looks at GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner STAR
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
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In-Depth: How Developer ‘Perfect Parallel’ is Changing the Game of Golf

In this feature we talk to Andrew Jones, COO of Perfect Parallel, a leading-edge software developer with a range of inter-related golf design, gaming, visualization, and broadcast suite technologies. What makes this company so fascinating goes beyond its tech and into its relationships and aspirations. Relationships with firms like Nicklaus Design, as well as the professional golf networks in the United States and abroad, have Perfect Parallel poised to shake up the game of golf. 

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…

Features: Interviews

Former Apple Executive Richard Kerris Says AR Future Big, Talks About ‘Glyph’

Many Architosh readers may remember Richard Kerris from his days at Apple as Senior Director of Developer Technologies (his role from 2001 – 2007) where he led worldwide developer relations and technical marketing across audio, video, photography and other pro apps. Presenting in eight Steve Jobs keynotes, Kerris was one of the few Apple executives permitted to talk to the press about Apple products. In this second Architosh interview (his first was well over a decade ago) Kerris discusses his career at places like Apple, HP, and Pixar and provides an informed market perspective on virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR), the changing nature of the creative “pro” in digital fields and of course the new Avegant Glyph.

Ouellette Talks—Ambitious Routes Abound for Expanding openBIM Mission
Nemetschek Forms US Strategic Base—Learn What Comes Next
Phil Bernstein on the Changing Role of the 21st Century Architect—The Interview (Part 2)
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Resist and Challenge the Inevitable: Eva Franch i Gilabert at Vectorworks Design Summit

In this special interview feature, Architosh talks to Eva Franch i Gilabert after her design keynote at the 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit held this spring in Chicago.

Correcting Misconceptions—New Vectorworks CEO Says Company Will Tout Its BIM-ness

For years former Vectorworks CEO, Sean Flaherty spoke frankly—and rather accurately, when all the data points are collected—about the BIM Movement’s longer-than-expected full emergence. Now with BIM fully astride within the AEC world, the clock is ticking and Vectorworks’ new CEO means BIM-business.

There are so many elements about The Foundry that we find attractive, not the least of which is the core management team.

Features: Viewpoint

BIM for Smart Layouts and Smart HVAC Products Enhance Energy Efficiency

While a Trump presidency in the United States potentially threatens the shared goals of the Paris Climate Conference agreements, architects and MEP engineers today have increasingly sophisticated tools and techniques to continue to save building energy consumption—like Smart BIM layouts and Smart HVAC products.

Viewpoint: It’s the Simple Stuff That Matters
Viewpoint: Steve Jobs told us to ‘Think different’—does Apple still agree?
Viewpoint: How Apple’s iPad Pro and devices like it will change Architecture
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Viewpoint: Sustainability and Boards—Why Linking Significant Audiences and Materiality Matter to Long-Term Success

7 out of 10 S&P 500 corporations are reporting on “sustainability” showing significant new focus on environmental concerns. Can linking a Statement on Significant Audiences and Materiality move all major global corporations beyond short-term investor concerns for real, longer-term success and planetary benefits?

Viewpoint: International Climate Change—Is it a Turning Point for World Architecture?

Will the AEC industry respond with the zest and positivity required to capitalize on a landmark agreement for climate change? What does the AIA (American Institute of Architects) say about the landmark agreement in the Paris Climate Conference?

Features: Firm Profile

Firm Profile: BOGDAN & VAN BROECK—The Ecology of Densification

Continuing on a trend of expanding the scope of discourse beyond the “digital” in design practice, Architosh is pleased to present this feature interview of Belgium professor engineer-architect Leo Van Broeck and his award-winning ecological, research-oriented design practice. The design keynote speaker at the recent Vectorworks Design Summit, Leo spoke to Architosh recently about his firm, co-founder, work and their philosophical positions in the field of architecture and urban design.

Firm Profile: Archiform 3D — Challenging China with Integral Design
Artist Profile: Janet Echelman – Sculpting Volume Without Weight
Firm Profile: Candusso Arquitetos – Architecture Visualized on the Mac
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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.

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.

CAD/3D/AEC Industry Features—Curated by Architosh

Here are some of the best feature articles we have read lately in the CAD/3D/AEC industries, making high-level impacts on technology, innovations, firm practices and business thinking. 


 

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