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Posts by Anthony Frausto-Robledo AIA, LEED AP

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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Territory Studio—Cinema 4D Powers Screen Visuals in ‘Blade Runner 2049’

How does one develop technology from the original Blade Runner film and make it feel authentically like it evolved over three decades? That was part of the task at hand for Territory Studio and Cinema 4D.

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Introducing the new Architosh.com—Optimized for Performance and Readability on Every Device

This is why Architosh looks different. We explain the new update, new look and why it matters.

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architosh INSIDER 01—Introduction

architosh INSIDER Reports are a new segment of our premium content on Architosh. Designed to be topical in nature, these annual reports are developed to provide a set of high-level editorial focused on a particular company, technology segment, emerging set of innovations, or set of inter-related industry issues.

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INSIDER: GRAPHISOFT’s BIM World—From the banks of the Danube to Tokyo

The Hungarian BIM software maker had a tremendous year, with noteworthy new technologies and even more noteworthy news of developments that lie ahead.

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INSIDER: Kai-Uwe Bergmann—Talks About BIG’s Influence, Tools and Work with Audi and Google

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is the most game-changing internationally celebrated architecture practice in existence, but even hearing about their work with Audi was still shocking. In this interview, Kai-Uwe Bergmann gives us a special insider view of how their firms thinks—about practice…project opportunities and the architectural industry.

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INSIDER: Big Construction and ARCHICAD—Willard Williams Talks Shop

Architect Willard Williams isn’t your typical ARCHICAD expert. He works on the construction company side of the equation now, but his insight about BIM and about how VR/AR and ARCHICAD can add value to the market is worth taking notes on.

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INSIDER: Architectural Craftsmanship in the Age of BIM—Johnathan Redman Discusses FJMT Australia

An award-winning multi-national design practice disproves common assumptions, showing that BIM when combined with niche ideas about materiality and advanced digital simulation, conspire towards large works of architecture with cultural significance and lasting beauty.

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Architosh INSIDER Report 01: GRAPHISOFT’s BIM World—From the banks of the Danube to Tokyo

Our inaugural launch of architosh INSIDER Reports begins with a focus on Hungarian BIM software developer, GRAPHISOFT.

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INSIDER: A Brief Tour of ARCHICAD Add-Ons

In this brief article we look at a few ARCHICAD “Add-On” applications, some you may not have heard of before. The good news is the world of apps that extend and enrich the ARCHICAD universe keeps on growing.

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GRAPHISOFT Dramatically Reshaping the Power of BIM—The New Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection 2.0

RGA stands for Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD and the new RGA  toolkit offers a dramatic advance with the new GS-AC Live Connection v2.

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CL3VER Does Big Update—New CL3VER Presenter and More

CL3VER continues to advance with new Presenter offering enhanced optionality over visual control, commenting collaboration, rendering type and resolution and much more.

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Architosh Exclusive—Nemetschek Group Unveils Its CDE Strategy with Bluebeam Technology at its Core

Moving AEC companies into BIM solutions isn’t the big problem anymore for the Nemetschek Group, rather it’s moving its customers into common data environments where project stakeholders can extract maximum value inherent in the exchange of information.

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GRAPHISOFT Announces ‘ARCHICAD-To-Bluebeam Revu’ Connectivity

GRAPHISOFT establishes its first key link between its leading BIM software solution for architects and designers and Bluebeam Revu, the market-leading collaboration software used by big construction firms in the United States and abroad.

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World First—Shapr3D Brings Industrial Strength Siemens 3D CAD to iPad Pro

Shapr3D is the first CAD system to run Siemens Parasolid and HOOPS Exchange on iOS natively and it is designed specifically for the power of the iPad Pro.

 

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INDEX 04: 5 Best Native Mac CAD Apps

The best Mac CAD applications offer more than just a great CAD solution. On the macOS platform they need to reach for their “mac-ness” and translate Apple’s ethos and user-interface design standards into a coherent CAD experience.

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INDEX 02: CAD: MCAD (Mechanical Computer-Aided Design)

The MCAD market has traditionally ignored Apple, but things started changing in the late aughts. By 2010 – 2012 major new players like Siemens’ NX (Unigraphics) came to the platform. The strength of the MCAD platform for the macOS platform has grown a lot since, and there are now over 25 native macOS CAD apps meant to tackle MCAD industries.

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INDEX 03: Vectorworks Workflows and Add-Ons

Vectorworks is a globally leading BIM/CAD platform and the number one Mac CAD application with over half-million users worldwide. Over 30 plugin and add-on applications powerfully extend Vectorworks workflows.

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INDEX 03: ARCHICAD Workflows and Add-Ons

ARCHICAD is the original BIM application and arguably the market leader for BIM innovation for the global architectural community. The veteran BIM application has more than 50 third-party Add-On applications that powerfully extend what ARCHICAD can do.

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INDEX 01: All Mac CAD/CAM Apps—Alphabetical Listing

This is our complete (WIP) listing of all Mac CAD/CAM apps, simply organized in alphabetical order. This is our master list truncated lists are organized below for faster access to specific apps for different industries or CAD platforms.

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INDEX 02: CAD: Multi-disciplinary

Multi-disciplinary apps mean CAD apps of a generalist nature or apps broad enough to cover in detail two or more major industry sectors. Nearly all the macOS CAD apps here can address both MCAD sectors and AEC sectors but some less than others.


 

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INDEX 02: CAD: AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction)

The Mac platform has always been popular in architecture circles in particular but increasingly within the overall AEC industry. This list of AEC CAD apps is just one component of what we will eventually have for AEC app list coverage.

 

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Ultimate List of CAD Applications for the Apple Mac Platform

Architosh has completed one of its most ambitious special projects that hail back to the site’s origins—the creation of the world’s biggest list of CAD applications written for the Mac (Macintosh) platform.


 

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CorelCAD 2018 Arrives for Mac and Windows—iOS Version Coming Soon

CorelCAD 2018 powers professional technical design with advanced CAD capabilities at an affordable price, offering native DWG file format CAD on Mac OS X, Windows and soon Apple iOS.

 

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BIM6x Announces Revit Families and Revit Geometry Exchange Add-on for ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD users will get direct import and export of Revit families and files via new plugin from BIM6x.

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BricsCAD BIM 18—In Gent A New Power Is Rising in the BIM World

Bricsys of Belgium delivers many robust upgrades to its BricsCAD platforms and its BIM solutions has gain machine learning technology.

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Vectorworks Cloud Wins Cloud Based Technology of the Year

Vectorworks’s cloud technology has garnered a Hammers Award by Construction Computing Magazine at its annual AEC technology award gala in the UK.

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First Architects Using reMarkable Tablet—Digital Paper Revolution?

Will the reMarkable digital-paper based tablet catch on with architects who love to sketch?


 

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e-on Software Partners with Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood

Bentley’s e-on Software establishes a new partnership with the MIT of Visual Effects—Gnomon School in Hollywood.

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New V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp Offers Faster GPU Rendering and More…

New V-Ray 3.6 for SketchUp brings hybrid rendering technology and streamlined UI to the latest rendering plugin for the Mac from the Chaos Group.

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Mac CAD/3D News: ‘Black Friday’ Sales Offer Steep Discounts on Mac and iOS Software

There are numerous excellent sales on Mac and Windows CAD and 3D software due to Black Friday in the United States, marking an excellent time to save some money.

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AU: Autodesk Announces AutoCAD 2018 for Mac and AutoCAD LT for Mac

Autodesk announces new 2018 versions of AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT for Mac.

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AU: Autodesk Previews Next-Gen BIM 360 Platform for AEC Industry

New Connect and Construct Exchange partner program tames construction app chaos.


 

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AU: Boston-based BIM in Construction Leader Assemble Systems Gain Autodesk Forge Funding

Boston based BIM in Construction Leader chosen by AEC powerhouse Autodesk for Forge Fund investment.


 

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Autodesk BUILD Space in Boston Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Autodesk celebrates one year of “future of making things” in its innovative Autodesk BUILD Space in Boston.

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HP Announces new HP DesignJet T830 for AEC Pros

HP DesignJet T830 large-format plotter expands possibilities for agile AEC project teams for print/scan/copy onsite or in the office.

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New “Shape” by Bricsys Takes Aim at Trimble SketchUp

Bricsys of Belgium, the developer of popular BricsCAD, has announced Shape, a new DWG-native 3D conceptual “SketchUp-like” design software tool. It is slated for 2018 release.

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Altair IPO—Engineering Software Company Soars on Debut

While not ruling out using proceeds for acquisitions, Altair Engineering—parent company of solidThinking, Inc.—says successful IPO will allow it to pay off debt.

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Product Review: BenQ 27-in PD2710QC Display Monitor for CAD & Animation

Architosh reviews the BenQ PD2710QC Design Series display, a 2K monitor purpose-built for technical-creative workflows in CAD/CAM, Animation and related industries.

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Product In-Depth: A Focus on Workflow in ARCHICAD 21

ARCHICAD 21 has some truly astounding new tech inside but the Hungarian BIM leader says this release is all about the workflow.

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Flying Through DEVELOP 3D LIVE 2017 Boston—The Event

A quick peek at what was going on in Boston this week—DEVELOP 3D LIVE Boston at Boston University.

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