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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Author at Architosh

Autodesk Joins ODA to Fast Track Improvements to Interoperability

Autodesk joins ODA to bring stronger IFC and interoperability improvements to Revit and its AEC products, strengthening the AEC industry.

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Vectorworks 2021 BIM and Design Software Launched

Vectorworks launches new Vectorworks 2021 BIM and CAD product lineup with new focus on quality and performance and simplicity to empower designers.

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Maxon Receives $200,000 Epic MegaGrant by Epic Games

Maxon gains Epic MegaGrant to help fund ongoing improvements to the integration between Unreal Engine and Maxon’s award-winning 3D animation software, Cinema 4D.

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Member Access — (emTech) Section Plus for Xpresso #19

Member Access—(emTech) Section Plus is our new exclusive that builds off of what we shared in Xpresso #19. We offer deeper content and analysis from the topics of BIM, Revit Open Letter, BIM Interop, AI and Robotics in AEC, and more.

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Maxon Announces Cinema 4D Release 23

Cinema 4D R23 is Maxon’s flagship produce — offers enhancements to animation, character and UV workflows, and Magic Bullet Looks integration.

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Bentley Moves Closer to Public Stock Offering

Bentley moves closer to public stock offering by filing Form S-1 with the SEC. The offering may be waiting on infrastructure bill passage.

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Product Review: Trimble SketchUp Studio 2020

SketchUp Studio 2020 provides accessible energy and daylighting analysis tools and Architosh gets into the details in this review.

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Nemetschek Integrated Design—A Paradigm Shift for AECO

Nemetschek challenges the status quo with new Integrated Design BIM workflows, streamlining workflows between architects and engineers.

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Bluebeam Revu 20 Launched—Streamlines Remote Project Collaboration

Revu 20 empowers real-time collaboration across project partners working worldwide, while offering new data server for Australia market.

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Apple’s Threat to Epic Will Hurt Mac Pros in AEC

Apple can hurt Epic but in the process, they will hurt the Mac pro-market by cutting off access to iOS and macOS developer tools for Unreal Engine apps.

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Xpresso Exclusive Preview: An Unhappy Marriage—Autodesk Revit Users Unite Around Open Letter

The following is a preview of an exclusive feature that ran in the August issue of INSIDER Xpresso, Architosh’s free monthly newsletter.

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Xpresso Exclusive Preview: Vectorwork’s Pandemic Response and Flexible Licensing

The following is a preview of an exclusive article that ran in the July issue of INSIDER Xpresso, Architosh’s free monthly newsletter.

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Nemetschek Group — Stable Revenue Growth in Q2 2020

Nemetschek Group revenue proves stable, positive with high margins during the first half of the pandemic year—company diversities aiding German AEC giant.

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Autodesk Responds to Open Letter on Revit

Autodesk pens letter on Revit in response to British group—offers a detailed explanation of its development logic, promises a commitment to listening.

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British Designers Send Letter to Autodesk—Demand Revit Progress Fair Pricing

An Open Letter about Revit is aimed at Autodesk’s CEO by global British architecture firms asking for progress, fairer licensing, and true partnership.

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Generative Design in Revit Powers Speed for Stamhuis

Dynamo automation helps Stamhuis—a leading retailer in Europe—build customized, powerful, and efficient Revit workflows, improving BIM and project delivery.

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BIM is Central to Vectorworks’ Growth Strategy—Upcoming Technologies Revealed

Vectorworks is treating its BIM/CAD platform like an “OS” for design while building out features for ever-sharper market advantages in specific industry verticals.

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Enscape’s new 2.8 version—teams with BIM Track

Enscape 2.8 improves BIM industry collaboration via BIM Tracker partnership, plus several new visualization and collaboration improvements.

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Epic Games Obtains Strategic Investment from Sony

Sony has made a sizeable investment in Epic and this will enable the advancement of Unreal Engine technology and the upcoming Unreal Engine 5.

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Member Access — (emTech) Section Plus for Xpresso #17

Member Access—(emTech) Section Plus is our new exclusive that builds off of what we shared in Xpresso #17. We offer deeper content on computational design, robotics, AI, and more.

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GRAPHISOFT, RISA AND SCIA team on disruptive BIM workflow

A more seamless exchange of information between architects and engineers is offered by Graphisoft, RISA, and SCIA’s new disruptive BIM workflow.

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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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INSIDER Xpresso keeps CAD industry professionals up-to-date on next-gen emerging technologies (emTech) that will revolutionize the worlds of AEC and manufacturing and design. As an Xpresso reader, you will hear from some of the most important voices inventing and using the very latest tech in areas such as AI, machine learning, algorithm-aided design (AAD), AR, VR, MR, 3D printing, 3D computer vision, robotics, and SmartCities technologies.

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