AEC Tech News #198

16 May, 2007 By: Heather Livingston

Boosting Integration, Reducing Frustration

Software for AEC firms can streamline process and productivity issues within the company’s current IT infrastructure.

Ever incorrectly code a metatag, causing you to misplace critical information? How about file an email in the wrong project folder? You’re not alone, but Newforma, based in Manchester, New Hampshire, hopes that your numbers will soon be dwindling.

Newforma was founded in 2003 by seven AEC and software engineering professionals, whose goal was to create a comprehensive software solution to streamline project process and productivity issues -- all while working within a firm’s existing IT infrastructure. Newforma Project Center, the company’s flagship software product, is used by AEC/O to manage project information, issues, submittals, transmittals, internal document quality control, design iteration and takeoff.

“We don’t give firms the overhead like a document management or a project extranet system where you’ve got to organize the information,” said Ian Howell, CEO. “We’re giving them a basis to reach in and get the information in a project context, which allows new employees on the project team or in the office to be productive much more quickly.”
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1-2-3 Revit: BIM and Analysis for Sustainable Design, Part 2

By Rick Rundell, AIA

Last month I began a two-part series exploring how BIM supports analysis for sustainable design -- discussing how the Revit building information model can be used directly by building analyses modules from IES (Integrated Environmental Solutions).

I ended the article with a description of IES's new Sustainability Toolkit, an analysis package unique to the Revit platform that lets architects conduct a variety of analyses using a Revit BIM. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

AEC Technology Strategies 2007 Conference
June 7-8, 2007
Las Vegas, Nevada
ZweigWhite's AEC Technology Strategies 2007 Conference is the eighth annual information technology conference for business and IT leaders in architecture, engineering and construction. This event brings together all the AEC disciplines, gives equal time to the business and design issues driving technology, and involves both technology managers and business managers from AEC firms. Read more

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