AEC Tech News #163

1 Mar, 2006 By: Dennis Hall

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BIM is Here. Now What?

Education and awareness is the best course of action for today’s AEC professional, says CSI

In the November 2004 issue of Cadalyst magazine, “AEC From the Ground Up” columnist and prominent architect H. Edward Goldberg described the technology of building information modeling and asked the question, “Is BIM the future of AEC design?

At the time, Goldberg reached two important conclusions. The first was that the answer to his question was a very definite “yes.” And the second was that the true potential of BIM would only be realized when the AEC community comes to understand what BIM can do.

Eighteen months have passed since then, and the article’s conclusions are even truer today. BIM is a computerized model that stores and links all information about any given project in a variety of forms: object properties, object-oriented graphic components and database entries. When it reaches its full potential, BIM is going to revolutionize the way projects are designed, engineered, constructed, maintained and ultimately reused. It’s absolutely crucial that members of the AEC community familiarize themselves with the technology. Read more >>

What’s New in AutoCAD 2007

by Sara Ferris

Autodesk on March 1 unwrapped the latest versions of a multitude of products. Here we'll focus on new features planned for AutoCAD 2007, the flagship CAD product and the engine behind the various Desktop vertical products. Coming soon, we'll review products geared specifically for the AEC, manufacturing and civil design markets.

Autodesk announced these products today, but they won't start shipping until around March 23. Read more >>

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

IDEAL Web Presentations
Interactive webinars and live product demonstrations on a variety of dates address topics relevant to large-format document production, 3D printing and other hardware technology. Presented by IDEAL.

Get Advanced Control Over Document Exchange and Output
March 2, 2006, 2 p.m. ET
In this live Web presentation by Adobe, learn how Acrobat 7.0 software helps AEC professionals automate and integrate project processes, making it easier to work with all team members, no matter where they are or which tools they use.

Revit Structure
March 3, 2006, 1:30 p.m. ET
Free webinar from AEC CADCON will cover the capabilities and advantages of Revit Structure as building information modeling tool purpose-built for structural engineers.

AIA 2006 National Convention and Design Expo
June 8-10, 2006
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California
Annual meeting of the American Institute of Architects will explore innovations in design and construction, examine the challenges of the public realm and inspire fresh vision.

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here>>

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