AEC Tech News: Focus on Productivity (#2)

22 Feb, 2006 By: Kenneth Wong

Cadalyst AEC Tech NewsConducting an Architectural Orchestra

James Dayton Design uses Digital Project
to reshape MacPhail Center for Music

James Dayton, founding principal of the Minneapolis architecture firm James Dayton Design, once sat in a kindergarten class to take notes, unperturbed by the 20-odd pairs of incredulous eyes staring at him and wondering why a full-grown person was lounging in one of their tiny plastic chairs. He was there to better understand the needs of his client, the Blake School, a private, coed school with students in prekindergarten to 12th grade.

For Dayton, architecture is "a first-person, empirical experience. It is about making thoughtful, well-crafted spaces that serve clients well and contribute positively to the built environment in a creative and innovative way." He had an easier time on another project, the MacPhail Center for Music, which he began designing 14 months ago. Here, site research meant eavesdropping on choral recitals and jazz performances. Read more >>

AEC from the Ground Up (Column): IFCs in Action

by H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

At The AEC/ST Convention in Washington, D.C., in December, I noted quite a bit of interest in BIM (building information modeling) and the IFC (Industry Foundation Class) format. BIM software is what the AEC industry is turning to for the creation of building designs, and it appears that the IFC format will be the open downstream transfer format for that information. NIBS (National Institute of Building Standards), the group creating the new National BIM Standard, has decided that IFC is the best method for information transfer, and the GSA (General Services Administration) has mandated that, starting in July, the delivery of IFC-transferable BIM data will be required for the preliminary design phase of all of its new fiscal year 2006 projects. Read more >>

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

Sustainable Design and the Virtual Building
February 28, 2006
(San Diego, California)
Presentations discuss how Graphisoft ArchiCAD provides tools to deliver graphically clear and statistically sound sustainable design alternatives. Earns 1.5 AIA Learning Units.

COFES 2006
April 20-23, 2006

Scottsdale Plaza Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona
Presented by Cyon Research, the seventh-annual Congress on the Future of Engineering Software will bring together executives from engineering, design, development, architecture and technology companies to explore new engineering technology and discuss its effects on the future of business. 

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

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