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Unity Reflect adds Navisworks integration, BIM coordination

Unity announces Unity Reflect with Navisworks support, among other features.

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ARM Macs and CAD & 3D Apps — Apple Chip Readiness?

Which CAD and 3D apps look ready for the Apple chip? ARM Macs with the Apple chip will offer new advantages for Macs in the 3D and CAD markets.

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Rosetta 2.0 for Apple’s Intel-ARM Mac Transition?

Rosetta 2.0 may not be the name of Apple’s Intel – ARM binary translator but Apple has the experience to write a brilliant one.

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Bentley’s ProjectWise 365 Has Gone SaaS—Brings Broad Market and Platform Appeal to AECO Industry

The future of Bentley’s ProjectWise 365 looks bright—technical advances, standards adoption, and carry-over from traditional ProjectWise customers all suggest good things for Bentley.

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The Future: Apple Moving to ARM-based Macs in 2021

Apple is poised to make the move to custom design processors for its Macs and will tap its elite experience in ARM-based chip design to empower Mac computers to go places it deems it cannot get to by sticking with Intel.

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Early Access(+): (emTech) section for INSIDER Xpresso—newsletter #16

Early Access (+) is the preview release of the Emerging Technologies section of the upcoming Xpresso newsletter. The (+) stands for our new format of providing “even more” carefully curated content from around the web on (emTech) and its impact in AEC and manufacturing industries. It’s a publication just for INSIDER Member annual subscribers.

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Building Together Digital Event—Features World’s 2nd Tallest Structure

We take a look into themes shown in the upcoming Graphisoft Building Together digital global event and tie-in some analysis and commentary from what we heard a year ago at Graphisoft’s last major event in the US.

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Why Scaling from Little BIM to Big BIM Made Sense for Idle Architecture

A Melbourne-based practice is discovering that moving to Big BIM is enabling them to take on larger projects and better streamline their project delivery.

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AEC News: Prof. Georg Nemetschek Establishes New Innovation Foundation

Prof. Georg Nemetschek establishes the Nemetschek Innovation Foundation in Munich, Germany, with the aim of supporting science and research in the industry with a focus on global industry leadership in artificial intelligence (AI) in construction.

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CAD News: IMSI Design Releases New DesignCAD 2020—New SketchUp 2020 Support

New DesignCAD 2020 product line features new SketchUp 2020 and AutoCAD 2020 compatibility among several other important improvements.

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Epic Releases Unreal Engine—Version 4.25 Brings Production-Ready Raytracing Tools

Epic Games has released the latest Unreal Engine (version 4.25) delivering on substantial new capabilities for both the gaming and professional markets.

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Talking to 2019 Autodesk Innovator of the Year—Amr Raafat of Windover Construction

Trained as an architect, Amr talks to us about Windover Construction’s award-winning project and the innovations at his company using VDC technologies like Hololens and drones.

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BIM News: Abvent Group Partners with BIM One, Author of BIM Track

Abvent partners with BIM One of North America to offer its BIM Track app to its EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region customers.

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BOXX Intros ‘BOXX Cloud Services’ (BCS) Virtual Cloud Workstations

Architecture, Engineering, and Product Design firms can now experience the power and performance of BOXX workstations in a virtual private cloud.

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Autodesk Intros ‘Generative Design’ inside Revit 2021 Among Other Features

Autodesk adds computational design tools directly inside the new Revit 2021, along with the new capability to do slanted walls and much more.

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Autodesk BIM 360 Design Expands Global Collaboration Options with Europe Data Center

Autodesk expands reach with BIM 360 Design and new Europe Data Center. Addresses the needs of design professionals working from home and remote locations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bentley News: Public Stock Listing and Other News for Infrastructure Software Giant

Bentley may be going public soon and the company acquires UK AEC industry CDE leader GroupBC with its market-leading BS 1192 compliant SaaS tools used in construction.

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A Focus on AAD (algorithms-aided design) in Architecture

Our third annual architosh INSIDER Report—now delivered in the first quarter of the new year—takes a deep look at AAD (algorithms-aided design) in Architecture by talking to those involved in its key new developments.

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INSIDER: Introduction—A Focus on AAD (algorithms-aided design) in Architecture

The third edition of our annual INSIDER Report delivers another concentrated dose of feature articles on another key topic in the industry—AAD (algorithms-aided design) or otherwise known as “computational design.”

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INSIDER: Hypar Looks to Unlock AEC Industry Expertise via Computational Design Ecosystem

The AEC market isn’t just hamstrung by data silos, AEC industry expertise itself is missing its true market potential, both economically and socially on a global scale.

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INSIDER: Expanding a BIM Workflow Near You—McNeel’s New Open Source Rhino.Inside SDK

BIM tools have failed global design leaders in many areas—especially advanced modeling. Now Rhino and GH are coming “inside” to help solve long extent pain points in the AEC industry.

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INSIDER: Ladybug Tools Aim to Take Environmental Analysis to Wider Audience

Architosh talks with ‘Ladybug Tools’ co-founders Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari and Chris Mackey, about their young software company’s near future with computational design tools technology that aims to be more democratized soon.

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INSIDER: A Brief Tour of Select Grasshopper Add-Ons

We look at 35 Grasshopper plugins that add additional capabilities and superpowers to the number one AAD tool in the market used in AEC. Importantly, there are quite a few GH plugins working for the Mac version of Rhino + Grasshopper—a growing reality that is good for the market.

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Autodesk Announces AutoCAD 2021—Includes Free Extended Access to Cloud Tools

New AutoCAD 2021 boasts excellent new features that will streamline the work of AutoCAD users on desktop, web, and mobile, integrating with Google Drive and AutoCAD Web App, plus lots more.

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INSIDER: How JPW is using Bentley’s OpenBuildings Designer GenerativeComponents to Push the Edge of Practice with Technology

A mid-sized architectural practice in Australia has designed what will be the largest building in the country once finished. In the process, the firm advanced the use of computational design with BIM using Bentley’s OpenBuildings Designer GenerativeComponents (OBD-GC).

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Epic Games Announces Release of Twinmotion 2020

New CG lighting, vegetation, material options enable greater flexibility and realism in new Twinmotion 2020 with Unreal Engine technology.

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HOOPS Communicator 2020 Now Available for Mac

Engineers now have more powerful tools for web application development with Mac availability and improved support for the BIM collaboration format (BCF).

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Enscape Introduces Version 2.7 of its Real-Time Rendering Software

New BIM-driven workflows and enhanced performance make Enscape the perfect complement to the building process.

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CAD News: Tech Soft 3D Obtains Significant Investment from Battery Ventures

Funding will fuel growth for Tech Soft 3D, the strategic technology partner for engineering software development companies worldwide.

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ANIMAIONIC MAXIMUS Mac Graphics Project Launched

New London startup introduces ANIMAIONIC MAXIMUS hardware solution for turning Macs into more powerful workstation class machines.

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A New Openness—How Vectorworks is Adapting to the World of Integrations

A software application famous for its all-inclusive capabilities is learning how to gain new powers for its users by connecting to others.

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AAD software company TestFit Raises $2M for new breed of AEC software

TestFit secures $2M in seed funding round. The market for generative design software to explode, doubling to $275M by 2023.

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Fireside Chat: Talking about emTech (Emerging Technologies) with Vectorworks

What the Advanced Technology Group at Vectorworks is working on can excite the senses—especially for Vectorworks users!

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BricCAD BIM supports the BIMcollab issue management ecosystem

Bricsys collaborates with BIMcollab and announces integration between products yielding new BCF features and workflow capacity.

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Evento Anual de Graebert—Berlín se viste de gala para las grandes noticias de ARES Trinity

Graebert continúa impulsando la innovación en el formato de archivo CAD (.dwg), lo que entusiasma a los asistentes de este año con opciones de integración únicas en el mercado AEC BIM junto con fuertes avances en sus tecnologías para la nube con ARES Kudo.

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XTAL Professional VR Headset—As Shown at CES

New VR headset features unbeatable 8K resolution and unique VirtualLink capable implementation.

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Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf project wins prestigious buildingSMART International Award for Best Design

In an outstanding display of IFC collaboration and Open BIM teamwork, PDC (a division of DBM Vircon) has won first prize in the design category at the recent 2019 buildingSMART International Awards.  The award recognized PDC’s Digital Engineering team for its pioneering and innovative efforts on the $3.6 billion Queen’s Wharf project in Brisbane, Australia.

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Khronos Group Releases Vulkan 1.2—Graphics API Takes Off

Vulkan 1.2 integrates 23 proven extensions into the core Vulkan API—propels low-level graphics API standard further and with very wide industry adoption and support.

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INSIDER Xpresso #11 — Interview Shares Details on Vectorworks’ Emerging Technologies Research Group

Vectorworks executives help us peer into the future of Vectorworks technologies—focusing on AAD (algorithm-aided design), AI and machine learning, AR and VR and much more

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Varjo’s XR-1 Developer Edition—Looking at Industrial-Grade XR Device

Varjo’s XR-1 is the most capable industrial-grade mixed-reality headset on the market and has already gained the trust of some of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the global market, like Volvo and Saab.

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The Nemetschek Group Strengthens Market Position in Media & Entertainment

Nemetschek Group strengthens its market position in the growing Media & Entertainment software division.

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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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