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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Smart Cities Tech—How ADRF Addresses the Always Connected Challenge

Both Smart Infrastructure and higher demands by people and their enterprises are placing a premium on always-on RF (cellular) based networks. ADRF’s technologies are solving these 21 st century challenges.

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Chaos Group Releases V-Ray Next for Revit

Photorealistic Renderer gains over 20 new features and improvements, bringing smart tech to the BIM world.

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scape Landschaftsarchitekten—BIM Lessons for Landscape Architects

The scape Landschaftsarchitekten office in Germany is one landscape architecture firm that is excelling at its use of BIM technology in their practice. The lessons, from both failures and successes, are critical to the firm’s success overall.

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AU19: Autodesk and Unity Tout New Unity Reflect at AU—Available Today!

Unity’s new Unity Reflect, announced at AU 2019 as imminent for release in December, has now arrived for purchase. The new live-synched, real-time immersive visualization tool supercharges AEC workflows for collaboration among project stakeholders.

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Recaping the Latest News—Apple’s New Mac Pro, Metal 2 and NVIDIA

Apple and NVIDIA are not coming back together anytime soon. So Mac pros need to forget about RTX and CUDA and look forward to a future of Mac Pro apps optimized around Metal 2 and its successors powered by AMD high-end GPUs inside of highly customized and optimized workstation hardware from Apple in new Mac Pros. The good news is: the key developers appear all in.

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Bentley Systems Advances Digital Twins—Critical to Smart Infrastructure and Climate Change  

This feature—which was originally published in our free monthly newsletter (INSIDER Xpresso) several weeks ago—focuses in on what we learned from the Bentley 2019 Year In Infrastructure Conference, held in Singapore, this past October. The key innovations we want to talk about from that conference center around “digital twins,” but we also want to highlight some stunning facts about the size and growth of the global infrastructure market. Some of these are “head-spinning” and hard to fathom, but nonetheless absolutely true.

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AU19: Autodesk University 2019—Gallery 1 and Introduction

Architosh kicks off our first of several Gallery articles from Autodesk University 2019 with a whole lot more to come soon!

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Autodesk Ushers in New Era of Connected Construction with Autodesk Construction Cloud

Autodesk has deepened its AEC cloud solutions to advance integrated design and construction through the new Autodesk Construction Cloud—tying together BIM 360, PlanGrid, BuildingConnected and Assemble.

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Lumion 10 Stuns with New Features—New Versions Available Now

Lumion 10 is now out and available and is packing great new features for visualization pros in the architectural market.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Brings Ultimate GIS Workflow to AEC and Landscape Professionals

Integration of Vectorworks BIM capabilities with Esri’s ArcGIS Online services to benefit planners, developers and designers.

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Nemetschek Group Closed Third Quarter (2019) with Record Earnings

Germany’s Nemetschek Group has closed the 2019 year third quarter with record earnings and an undiminished high rate of growth.

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YII2019: Bentley Joins as Multinational Member—Announces Support for IFC for Digital Twins

buildingSMART International’s IFC standard has gained a significant partner in Bentley Systems’ as it joins the consortium as a multinational member and announces new file format interoperability between its iModel standard for Digital Twins and the open industry IFC file format.

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Bentley Systems Announces Winners of Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards

Infrastructure in Bentley’s parlance includes from Buildings, Plants to Cities—entrants and winners span categories like Building and Campus, Digital Cities, Power Generation, Project Delivery, and so on.

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YII2019: Bentley’s Citilabs and Orbit Geospatial Technologies’ Acquisitions

Advancing mobility digital twins through Orbit GT’s automated mobile mapping workflows (digital context) and Citilab’s CUBE simulations (digital components) for predictive transportation scenarios (digital chronology).

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YII2019: Bentley Announces Acquisitions, New Joint Venture and Deeper Commitment to Digital Twins

Bentley announces key strategic acquisitions in Citylab, new iTwin Cloud Services, new updates and entirely new applications in its Open-branded tools and a new joint-venture.

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Vectorworks Inc. Earns 12 Nominations in 2019 Construction Computing Awards

Voting poll closes November 1st for 14th Annual Construction Computing Awards where Vectorworks is up for 12 nominations.

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Early Access: (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso—#08

Early Access and enhanced coverage of the Emergent Technologies (emTech) section for the upcoming INSIDER Xpresso #08, Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside this issue, we cover Xpresso reader demographics, a Harvard AI in Architecture thesis, and Bricsys’ AI ambitions.

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Neoscape Visualization Agency Takes Innovations On-The-Go with Lenovo

Neoscape is removing guesswork behind imagining the future of architectural environments for their clients. Moving away from traditional rendering, the company is deploying real geometry and physics with real-time ray-tracing to build cinematic and interactive experiences.

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Vectorworks Announces New ‘Vectorworks University’ Training Platform

Vectorworks has delivered on a promised new centralized online educational platform for customers across all design disciplines—architecture, landscape design, and entertainment design chief among them.

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Dr. Biplab Sarkar Talks to Architosh About Vectorworks 2020

In this feature, we learn from Dr. Biplab Sarkar about some of the thinking behind many of the new features in Vectorworks 2020, just recently released, and where parts of the application may be going in the future.

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Jonathan Reeves Highlights New Features in Vectorworks 2020

This new feature highlights architect Jonathan Reeves of the UK and his demonstration videos of the best new features in Vectorworks 2020.

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Kilograph Turns Unrealized Michael Graves Designs into VR Watercolor Experiences

Kilograph melds Architecture’s past and future, letting users add VR paint to unbuilt resort.

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34th Annual Architecture in Perspective Conference 2019—Speaker Lineup Announced

As environmental design becomes a non-negotiable skill for creatives, architects and archviz experts have a unique opportunity for growth. This October, the industry’s past and future will come together at the 34th annual Architecture in Perspective (AIP) Conference in Hollywood.

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Professor Randy Deutsch—Discussing the Future of Architects: Convergence and Superusers (Part 2)

Author, architect, and professor Randy Deutsch talks to Architosh about his last two hit books delving into the transformative forces shaping change in AEC and the nature and characteristics of some of the architects responding to those forces he calls Superusers.

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Professor Randy Deutsch—Discussing the Future of Architects: Convergence and Superusers (Part 1)

Author, architect, and professor Randy Deutsch talks to Architosh about his last two hit books delving into the transformative forces shaping change in AEC and the nature and characteristics of some of the architects responding to those forces he calls Superusers.

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New Vectorworks 2020 Features Showcase Video by Jonathan Reeves

Jonathan Reeves, UK architect and expert Vectorworks user showcases new features in Vectorworks 2020 video.

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BIM News: buildingSMART and ODA Announce Strategic Partnership

The Open Design Alliance and buildingSMART International form strategic partnership on interoperability standards for BIM technologies.

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Vectorworks Inc. Introduces new Vectorworks 2020 Product Line-Up

Vectorworks 2020 has been released—big new data-design tools, performance improvements, and all-new animation system shine in the new version.

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Finnish Varjo Accelerates Global Expansion—Opens US Headquarters

Varjo Technologies Oy is rapidly expanding with resellers, new US HQ and shipping to Japan.

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Project Lavina—Chaos Group’s the Future of Real-Time Ray Tracing

Project Lavina advances for Chaos Group, NVIDIA RTX GPU scaling, noise reduction and more….

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Early Access: (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso—#07

Early Access coverage of the Emergent Technologies (emTech) section for the upcoming INSIDER Xpresso #07. Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside this issue, we cover Global Construction, Robotics at ETH’s DFAB House, AI in Construction and AI in Architecture.

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Autodesk’s Revit 2020.1 Release—Big New MEP Features

Autodesk has partnered with the US Department of Energy (DOE) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), making Revit more integrated with EnergyPlus—the industry’s leading building energy systems simulation engine and OpenStudio SDK.

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BIG BIM plus Open BIM with Vectorworks Architect

You likely associate Vectorworks—a CAD/BIM software with historically strong graphics capacity—with marquee designers like Daniel Libeskind and award-winning small firms. However, you might want to start updating your associations.

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New Job Post—Portends Apple is Serious About 3D Industries with Mac Pro

Apple has a new warhorse to go battle in the 3D market with, but SIGGRAPH discontent for the machine was squarely aimed at the lack of NVIDIA GPUs. Despite this, new job posts at Apple clearly indicate renewed commitment and interest in the media & entertainment software market for which the new Mac Pro should make an ideal entrant.

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SIG: Maxon Announces Next-Gen Cinema 4D Release 21

Maxon introduces next big release as part of ‘3D for the Whole World’ initiative as well as subscription pricing options.

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Profile: Design Excellence—The Work of Vectorworks Scholarship Winners

The Vectorworks Design Scholarship offers lucrative prizes but its student winners show us just how talented and deserving their creative work really is.

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SIG: Luxion Unveils KeyShot Support for Nvidia RTX with OptiX

KeyShot 9 to support NVIDIA RTX accelerated GPU ray tracing and AI-accelerated denoising through the integration of NVIDIA OptiX ray-tracing engine.

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Early Access: (emTech) section for INSIDER Expresso—#06

Early Access coverage of the Emergent Technologies (emTech) section for the upcoming INSIDER Xpresso #06. Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside this issue, we cover new Parametric tools in Architecture, Robots in Architecture and Construction and new Neuroscience insights to help you balance your career path.

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National Engineering Firm Becomes Far More Agile with VDI via GPU Workstations

Most large AEC firms with multiple locations seek out agility for their operations. Southland Industries in the United States accomplished this recently with VDI via GPU workstations from Workspot.

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GRAPHISOFT offers new #graphisoftLEARN Master Classes—exceptional learning for BIM professionals

New 2-day conference in Budapest, Hungary—#graphisoftLEARN Master Classes will offer BIM professionals exceptional learning opportunity.

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C3D Labs Unveils B-Shaper for AEC and BIM Developers

C3D Labs adds innovative Mesh to B-Rep editor and converter to its API Toolkit.

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ODA Toolkit Will Allow Generation of Revit Model Files from Any Application

Export Autodesk Revit files to JSON and OBJ with the new ODA BimRv SDK 2020.

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ToolTalk: Catching Up with The Wild—Noted VR Software for Design

The Wild is one of the coolest new AR/VR software packages with several industry-only unique features. We catch up with The Wild in this ToolTalk story and cover several of its latest features arriving earlier this year.

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Autodesk Announces AutoCAD 2020 for Mac and AutoCAD LT 2020 for Mac

The 2020 release of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac features both new features and improvements to popular features based on user feedback.

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Open Design Alliance Releases new IFC Software Development Kit (SDK)

The Open Design Alliance announces its first IFC software development kit (SDK). The new toolkit aims to improve IFC implementations throughout the AEC industry.

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Learning IN Las Vegas—Summary Impressions from Two Architecture Conferences

Clear themes loomed large at AIA 19 in Las Vegas. We discuss two of them in the context of technologies and change in the field of architecture.

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Master Builder 2.0—GRAPHISOFT Shapes Its Future Around Integration

The Hungarian BIM maker lays out a compelling case that integration is vital to the future of AEC—offers sneak peek at how they intend to set themselves apart.

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Vectorworks to Acquire connectCAD—Will Solidify Its Place at Forefront of Entertainment Industry

Technology linking schematic diagrams of interconnections in one design package on display at InfoComm booth 7672.

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AIA: Unity Brings Unity Reflect to Real-Time BIM

Unity Reflect will save customers time and money by giving AEC professionals the ability to export BIM data natively from Autodesk Revit and expanding collaborative real-time 3D experiences on any device.

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GRAPHISOFT and Epic Games Partner On Next-Gen Real-Time Rendering for AEC Customers

GRAPHISOFT and Epic announce co-marketing agreement to bring real-time, raytracing technology to ARCHICAD 23 users in the second half of 2019.

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The New Mac Pro Has Arrived—with Pro Display XDR

Apple’s new modular Mac Pro with accompanying Pro display has arrived and they are both far more in line with what real pros are seeking. They are both for the upper range professional customers—you won’t be buying a new Mac Pro just to play games!

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Volvo Cars and Varjo Announce World’s First Mixed Reality Application for Car Development

The future of car development is here: Volvo Cars and Varjo, the Finnish maker of high-end augmented reality headsets, have created a world-first mixed reality approach to evaluating prototypes, designs, and active safety technologies.

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Early Access: (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso—#04

Early Access coverage of the Emergent Technologies (emTech) section for the upcoming INSIDER Xpresso #04. Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside this issue, we cover Smart Cities, AI and Robots in Architecture, Construction Robotics, brand new AR/VR tools and new Computational Design offerings from Dassault.

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Varjo Announces Groundbreaking Mixed Reality Headset—XR-1 Developer Edition

XR-1 Delivers Photo-realistic visual fidelity in full field view, resulting in true Mixed Reality indistinguishable from the real world. Volvo Cars also invest in Varjo after groundbreaking first application.

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Bentley Systems’ OpenSite Designer Now Available

OpenSite Designer uniquely integrates modeling, optimization, and automated deliverables to accelerate digital twin advancements for civil site designers.

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CIVIGNER is New Web-based Engineering Application for Civil and Geo

A new web-based 3D CAD system from Spain emerges as CIVIGNER and is being shown this week at a Barcelona conference as its big debut. We have the story.

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Epic Acquires Twinmotion from Abvent—Joins Unreal Engine Suite of Technologies

Epic acquires Twinmotion and adds it to its Unreal Engine suite of technologies for professional markets.

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Autodesk BIM 360 Now Includes Construction Cost Management

Autodesk intros powerful construction cost management module built into its BIM 360 platform.

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Finland’s Varjo is a Game-Changer—VR-1 with Bionic Display Can Transform Industries

Virtual Reality (VR) is a powerfully immersive experience in today’s leading VR toolsets, but Varjo’s VR-1 adds incredibly useful “human-eye” resolution thanks to its Bionic Display technology.

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Early Access: (emTech) Section for INSIDER Xpresso newsletter—#03

Our Early Access Release of the (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso #03. Non-subscribers can gain access to this information by signing up for our monthly Xpresso newsletter for free. Inside this issue, we talk extensively about Smart Cities, sensors, AR, VR—and more!

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