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AEC Tech News (#319)

4 Oct, 2012 By: Cadalyst Staff


HP and Autodesk Move AEC Workflows to the Cloud

Two industry insiders provide perspectives about hardware and software solutions that are changing the way professionals work.

By Carles Marti and Rick Rundell

Cloud technologies are increasingly prevalent these days: there are web-supported calendars, cloud-based phone systems, and CAD software programs hosted in the cloud. You even can print projects from cloud servers.

That said, what is the impact of cloud computing on the AEC field? Rick Rundell, Autodesk's senior director for project, data, and collaboration services, joined Carles Marti, marketing project manager for Designjet web services at HP, to address that question. Their consensus is that AEC companies that want to stay competitive should consider the cloud as a way to help their employees be productive outside the office.

How does the cloud change CAD workflows?

Marti: Through the cloud, users can review, publish, share, and print information from virtually any place with an Internet connection. Cloud-based interfaces help information flow more quickly and efficiently, reaching more people at the same time, wherever they are. Users can work remotely — facilitating multi-location teams, for example, where members choose to live where they want to live because technology lets them do so. We are seeing more project management conducted away from desks: on tablets at construction sites, or even in taxis. The end result is that users save time and shorten project iterations.

What are the primary benefits of the cloud for AEC professionals?

Rundell: You can't design, engineer, and construct something in a cubicle or an office. At some point, someone needs to be on site at the project, and design information must be available across multiple stakeholders. AEC projects are highly collaborative team efforts, often involving multiple sites, countless companies, and hundreds of very mobile professionals. The key value of the cloud is ubiquity: making information about projects available to team members virtually anytime, anywhere. Read more »

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Carles Marti is marketing product manager for HP Designjet Web Services. Rick Rundell is Autodesk's senior director for project, data, and collaboration services.

   

HP Expands Web-Connected, Large-Format Printing Lineup with Entry-Level Machines

New offerings provide AEC students and small professional offices with in-house printing options starting at $1,000.

By Cadalyst Staff

HP unveiled web-connected, entry-level printing solutions for AEC students and professionals last week, with the goal of making in-house, large-format printing accessible to more users. The new offerings include:

  • The compact, 24-inch HP Designjet T120 ePrinter series, targeted toward students and freelancers — users who are often first-time wide-format printer purchasers.
  • The 24- and 36-inch HP Designjet T520 ePrinter series, designed for small AEC teams.

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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's senior editor.

   

Epson Leaps into CAD Market

Company announces T-Series wide-format printers designed to bring its reputable color and quality reproduction into the hands of architects, engineers, and GIS professionals.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

Epson — the company and the brand — has long been familiar to and respected by professional photographers who know the company for its high-quality wide-format photo printers. But Epson is not a name that has been associated with CAD or engineering work — until now. The company is preparing to make its debut in the engineering market in November with the EPSON SureColor T-Series line of wide-format inkjet printers — and is setting its sights on capturing 20% of the HP-dominated market by 2015. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst.
   

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Contex Announces New Wide-Format Scanners, MFPs

New IQ scanner series said to produce exquisite image quality for 24" and 44" technical documents, maps, and drawings.

By Nancy Spurling Johnson

The last week of September was an eventful one in the wide-format imaging market: HP introduced entry-level options for its line of web-connected, wide-format ePrinters; we reported on Epson's impending entry into the CAD market; and Contex announced a brand-new wide-format scanner as well as new and improved multifunction devices. Read more »

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Nancy Spurling Johnson is editor-in-chief of Cadalyst.
   

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

 

Fall BIMForum
October 10–11, 2012
Tacoma, Washington
With the theme of Facilities Management, this fall's BIMForum will explore the state of the industry and what the future holds for BIM (building information modeling) and facilities management. Read more »

VE Training Course
October 15–16, 2012
Omaha, Nebraska
This training, presented by IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions), will teach simulation techniques and methods that enable more sustainable design practices using the enhanced features of VE v2012. Read more »

Autodesk University 2012
November 27–29, 2012
Las Vegas, Nevada
Autodesk University (AU), a conference and exhibition for Autodesk product users, will bring together design and technology professionals for networking, exhibits, innovation forums, and a new curriculum of more than 800 lectures, roundtable sessions, and hands-on labs. Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to news@cadalyst.com.

   

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