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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

AIA2018: Bentley Announces Acquisition of Synchro Software

Introducing time dimension to synchronization of BIM processes with work packaging, immersive visualization, and constructioneering, by way of Connected Data Environment (CDE).

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Umbra and City of Helsinki Partner to Stream Massive City Datasets to Mobile AR and VR

Helsinki and San Francisco-based Umbra™ have partnered with the City of Helsinki, Finland, to bring a massive, real-time streaming 3D model of the entire city online and viewable on web browsers and mobile devices like the Apple iPad. Multi-Billion Polygonal Models Powerfully Optimized Based on aerial photographs of Helsinki taken in 2015, the city generated […]

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Product In-Depth: Graebert’s ARES Kudo—Premier Onshape Partner Application

Architosh takes a look at Graebert’s ARES Kudo for Onshape, a third-party “partner app” that builds on the two company’s previous DWG integrations but offers much more through Graebert’s Trinity of CAD multi-environment offerings.

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AIA2018: Autodesk to Introduce BIM 360 Design at AIA 2018

Autodesk will demonstrate the power of cloud-connected design through its BIM 360 platform as it advances BIM 360 Design at AIA 2018 next week.

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Number of Architects in United States Rising—Says NCARB Data

Against the backdrop of a booming economy, the United States has seen an increase in the number of architects in the country and its territories. And architects are growing in the largest economy in the world, at a faster rate than the general US population.

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Famed Architect Antoine Predock to Keynote Vectorworks Design Summit 2018

Famed critical regionalist architect, Antoine Predock, will headline the design keynote the 2018 Vectorworks Design Summit.

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A Miniature German Mittelstand—How the Nemetschek Group is Crushing It In the AEC Software Industry

The Nemetschek Group has quietly taken the number two position for global AEC software dominance. If past trending continues it could rival Autodesk revenues in AEC in half a decade. We spoke to its chief strategy officer, Sean Flaherty, to get the complete picture.

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Infographic—The Future of VR (virtual reality) by 2025

A web agency has put together a researched infographic on the future of VR. We dig into the details and the findings and unpack a few of them in our analysis.

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Oasys Software of the UK delivers MassMotion Viewer

Arup’s software house has released a new MassMotion Viewer with their recent update to MassMotion and Flow—their pedestrian analysis and simulation software packages for the AEC industry.

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MCAD—Onshape Announces Onshape Enterprise

Onshape adds powerful and industry-first features to Onshape Enterprise. Enterprise integrations and real-time, unprecedented visibility top of the agenda in this offering.

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Gaming Specialist Razer—Launches Mac Compatible Core X eGPU

Gaming hardware specialist Razer has a new eGPU for the Mac audience in the new Core X.

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Mac legend formZ has gained a new rendering engine—Academy Award-winning V-Ray

AutoDesSys gains Academy Award-winning rendering technology in new V-Ray for formZ. Now one of the world’s leading intuitive 3D modeling programs offers its users the very best in photo-realistic rendering output.

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SolidWorks Veteran Joins SimScale—Cloud Native Simulation Engineering App Team Gains Leader

SimScale is an industry leader in cloud-native engineering simulation technology, based in Germany but now possibly growing in the Boston region with a key new executive added to the team.

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2018 Vectorworks Design Summit—Registration Opens

Sunny Arizona will be the site of the annual Vectorworks Design Summit this year. The resort will offer attendees an inducement to make a little fall vacation out of it or bring their family along. While the venue type changes the focus is on a powerful educational experience for their users.

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Bentley Expands in France—Unifies Offices with e-on Software Subsidiary

Bentley expands and consolidates into new office in Paris, including bringing in-house its e-on software subsidiary employees where they can collaborate better with Bentley infrastructure software engineers.

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GRAPHISOFT Introduces ARCHICAD 22—Built for Facade Design Masters

A newly revamped Curtain Wall tool provides powerful capabilities for facade design masters using either traditional or algorithmic-based design methodology. In addition, GRAPHISOFT intros new patent-pending Machine Learning algorithms to speed up BIM.

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Abvent Releases Artlantis 7—Intros New ‘Twinlinker’

Abvent releases new Artlantis 7 with a new integrated third app called Twinlinker, designed to share your renderings with your clients and stakeholders faster and everywhere on any device.

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Trimble to Acquire Viewpoint—Leading CDE (Common Data Environment) in AEC

A leading global CDE tool for the AEC industry has been acquired by Trimble, complementing its existing AEC tools portfolio and Trimble Connect.

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Autodesk Releases Update to AutoCAD for Mac—New in Version 2018.1

Autodesk updates the macOS version of AutoCAD to version 2018.1.

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BricsCAD Shape for macOS—SketchUp Competitor Arrives in Market

Belgium-based Bricsys, has released the new BricsCAD Shape for macOS (and Windows too!).

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OrthoGraph 2.0 Arrives—Becomes Platform for BIM Model Management

OrthoGraph 2.0 goes beyond mobile app for building survey and BIM model creation—new solution is a full web platform for BIM model management with an integrated API for third-party extensions.

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The Artistry of Landscape Designer Eric Arneson—Using Autodesk SketchBook

Fall in love with drawing again…is the tagline at Autodesk’s SketchBook app home page. In disciplines that used to be all hand-drawn, this feature on SketchBook user Eric Arneson shows why there is no need to be reminscient about it. You can draw beautifully by hand today—just digitally.

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Autodesk Releases Revit 2019—Multidisciplinary BIM Application

Autodesk advances BIM with Revit 2019, adding substantial new features across three main categories of Design, Optimize, and Connect.

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Apple CPU Moves for Macs—Will Offer Enhanced Security, Says Cybersecurity Expert

The present age offers increasing threats to data and individual privacy. If Apple moves away from Intel on its Macs, future Macs can offer a much more secure enclave for users.

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Apple Leaving Intel on Macs by 2020—Impact on New Mac Pro

Apple’s leaked ARM Architecture for Mac plans seem exciting but chip transitions tend to hurt deeper more complex applications that are made of multiple software toolsets produced by developers supporting developers.

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GTC: Chaos Group Unveils New GPU Rendering Architecture at GTC 2018

Advances in V-Ray to double the speed of GPU production rendering. Chaos Group makes big announcements at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference.

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Nemetschek Group Y17 Financial Results—Superb Growth and Targeting US AEC Market

The Nemetschek Group of Germany, a holding company of 15 leading software brands in AEC and Media & Entertainment, has posted record revenues for their 2017 financial year. The firm is targeting the US AEC market for top-line growth in coming years.

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Japan’s Nikken Sekkei and GRAPHISOFT Extend Strategic Partnership

Nikken Sekkei and GRAPHISOFT have reached an agreement to extend their strategic partnership for the promotion of BIM from 2018 to 2022 — with a special focus on developing next-generation BIM workflows.

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Where Does the Mac Fit in Autodesk’s new One AutoCAD Strategy

The Mac today plays a part in the One AutoCAD strategy that is unique from the mobile and Web variants—a desktop version which apparently has unique users as a group but where diverse devices and settings require different degrees of parity.

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Onshape Takes MCAD to Era of Design Data Management 2.0

Cloud-based CAD innovator Onshape introduces pivotal new features taking design data management to a new level.

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Vectorworks Partners with Bluebeam—Studio Now Syncs with Vectorworks Cloud Platform

Vectorworks is the first BIM software to integrate with Bluebeam Studio for real-time markups and review.

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ARCHICAD Now Available Under Subscription Licenses in North America

New subscription licensing options for ARCHICAD in Canada and the US now available will empower firms with greater workflow and collaboration capabilities.

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VR-AR Plans Inching Closer?—Apple Engineers Host AR-VR Sessions at May Event

Following the Vrvana headset acquisition late last year, Apple engineers at upcoming Display Week event in May point to evolving Apple AR-VR product plans.

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Trump May Soon Drive Up the Price of Your Next iPad or iPhone

President Trump is looking to place large tariffs on Chinese-manufactured goods, particularly those in the technology and telecom sectors. This could mean rising prices for your favorite gadget—your next smartphone!

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Event News: See the new Bluebeam Revu 2018

Bluebeam will launch Revu 2018 with a special webcast this coming April—a not-to-be-missed event for AEC pros utilizing the most popular software tool for document collaboration and markup.

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Here Come The Game Engines—Open Beta of Unreal Studio Announced for Pro App Market

Game engines are on the cusp of a major invasion of the professional apps market—with leading 3D professional tools now looking at Unreal integrations.

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New Apple Pencil Patent—How It Can Impact CAD and 3D Apps

New Apple Pencil patent could dramatically add value to Apple devices in the CAD and 3D software industries.

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Why Shapr3D Changes the iPad Pro Story From Toy to Tool

Early personal computers were called “toys” by the mainframe and minicomputer people. In the end, the so-called toys ruled the day.

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Mac 3D News: Germany’s Cheetah 3D Reachers Version 7.2

Cheetah3D now incorporates Apple’s AVFramework for superior time-media handling like the export of animations.

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Vulkan Coming to Apple — Alternative to Metal API Headed to Mac and iOS

Valve, LunarG and The Brenwill Workshop have joined forces with the Khronos Group to bring the industry-standard low-level graphics API, Vulkan, to the Apple macOS and iOS platforms.

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Bricsys Ships All New BricsCAD V18.2—New Core Features Advance BIM and Sheet Metal Design

BricsCAD advances to version 18.2 and adds dozens of new features—a powerful point dot upgrade from the emerging BIM software provide.

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McNeel Ships New Rhino 6—Grasshopper Now Built-In

The long-awaited Rhino 6 with integrated Grasshopper is now shipping worldwide. New flexible cloud licensing make using Rhino 6 wherever you are easy.

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SimScale Handles ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Comfort Assessment

SimScale offers HVAC engineers simulation and engineering analysis workflows via web-based software, including thermal analysis for ASHRAE Standard 55 conformity for occupant comfort.

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SimScale Integrates Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange for more Powerful 3D CAD Handling

In just over a half-decade this young German software company has more than 100,000 customers utilizing its range of engineering analysis software, distributed through a SaaS model through the web.

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HOOPS Exchange 2018—Bolsters AutoCAD and iOS Support and Siemens Parasolid Integration

The world’s most used CAD platform, geometry modeling kernel, and the world’s most professionally utilized mobile operating system all got extended support in TechSoft 3D’s HOOPS Exchange 2018 update.

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French Mac Developer Releases New ‘bim.aero’ for the AEC Industry

New BIM software from France aims to simplify the building design process by allowing architects and designers to use whatever modeling software they want up-front and then segue gracefully into IFC2x3 BIM compliant models which can then be pushed to the main BIM tools.

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Bespoke Computational Tools at Payette Drive Unforeseen Values to Firm and Client Alike

Grasshopper, Ladybug, Honeybee, HumanUI…these are just some of the buzz words among those doing computational design at Payette, a subset of the major Boston-based practice doing work around the world.

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Altair Releases Inspire 2018—Simulation-Driven Design Software

solidThinking Inspire 2018 accelerates the pace of product innovation through advanced PolyBURBS fit tools, 3d lattice and solid-lattice structures and tools for additive manufacturing.

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Gaming Tech Takes Over—SPACIALISTS Touts Its Unreal Engine Viz Pipeline

As game engines continue to evolve as full-fledged complete 3D development environments, their ability to simplify complex development challenges across platforms means more professional 3D pros will begin to take advantage of them.

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Facebook’s VC Backs new Doxel—AI and Computer Vision to Disrupt Construction Industry

Andreessen Horowitz leads investment in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence disruptor, Doxel, of Palo Alto.

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Event: ARCHICAD BIM Manager Course

Learn what it takes to become an ARCHICAD BIM Manager in this online course.

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Construction Software: PlanGrid introduces new ‘PlanGrid Submittals’

PlanGrid has added a much-wanted element to their popular construction SaaS software solution for professionals in the building construction industry. Now the architect, engineers, and contractors have a complete submittals workflow contained entirely within PlanGrid with the new PlanGrid Submittals.

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SketchUp May Finally Have Some Competition—New BricsCAD Shape

BricsCAD Shape is finally rolling out with the Windows version first but the Mac version is on its way. The new conceptual design modeler is meant for architects and engineers and is DWG native and supports IFC workflows.

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Vectorworks, Inc. Brings Apple’s ARKit to CAD/BIM Designers—Lastest Nomad App

Nomad’s ARKit update adds power to design services delivery for architects and related professionals on the Vectorworks platform. Now clients and designers alike can see full-scale 3D models in actual environments.

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CDE Talk—Five Classifications of Difficulty for Architects

The architect’s job can be measured in difficulty across two spectrums of challenges. How do the new developing CDE (common data environment) cloud solutions address these two sets of complexities and are you sure you are using the correct CDE for your practice?

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A Primer on CDEs (Common Data Environments) for Architects

In this article, we provide a primer on the Common Data Environment (CDE) application standards for data in the AEC industry as it relates to pain points in the industry and where new CDE application solutions can take us.

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Ultimate List of CDE (Common Data Environment) Apps for Architects

The Mac platform isn’t a minority player in an AEC industry moving to the cloud with the most important new digital platform to affect industry change—the new CDE (common data environment).  This article introduces the reader to 18 different solutions and profiles 5 leaders against key CDE definition criteria.

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The Ethical Conundrum of Bitcoin for Sustainable Architects

Can architects ethically embrace the cryptocurrency phenomenon knowing just how much energy it consumes?

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progeSOFT iCADMac 2018 Released—Native DWG CAD Program Gains Features

progeCAD SA’s macOS native version got a good-sized update in December—iCADMac 2018.

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Neoscape Visualizes Revitalized Shanghai Waterfront in Futuristic 4K Video

John Portman & Associates’s Shanghai urban renewal project shines spectacularly in new Neoscape futuristic 4K video.

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