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2017 eNewsletters
September - Featuring
Editor's Comment: Dystopian or what?George Orwell would have plenty to write about if he were alive today! His vision of a dystopian future in his novel 1984 has certainly captured...
Leading UK builder opts for Aconex
Aconex has signed a three-year enterprise agreement with United Living, who will standardise on the Aconex platform and solutions across its project portfolio...
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August - Featuring
Editor's Comment: Autonomously yours One of the nicest things about writing this comment every month is that I can do a bit of ‘futurology’...
Time to take control of your information
David Chadwick previews the Take Control Seminar on Information Management, to be held in association with Newforma on 1st November at the headquarters of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)...
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July - Featuring
Editor's Comment: Autonomously yours One of the nicest things about writing this comment every month is that I can do a bit of ‘futurology’...
Transforming temporary works design
Swanton Consulting has transformed the design of temporary works - such as façade and basement retention - using a software innovation that creates instant 3D models from laser scanner data...
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June - Featuring
Editor's Comment:The Role of COBie The grave disaster at Grenfell Tower has generated a mass of wild accusations and speculation as the victims relatives...
Earth Pyramid gets Arup backing
It's almost six years since Leeds-based engineer Mark Steele took a call from Steve Ward, the pioneering force behind a bid to construct a giant pyramid dedicated to peace and the environment...
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May - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Child’s Play Andrew Norrie from 3D Repo made a significant statement during the question and answer session at the recent COBie or not Cobie Forum...
$2.25 million investment for HoloBuilder
HoloBuilder, the German-American startup providing leading cloud and mobile software for virtual reality capturing of construction sites, has just received an investment...
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April - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Laying down the gauntlet!Mark Zuckerberg has been looking into the future, again, stating that the drivers for the next ten years are going to be artificial intelligence...
A seismic upheaval
David Chadwick considers the role of information in a future society and its relevance to the building model, and looks ahead to the CAD User COBie Seminar in May
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March - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Information is the Key!Cities of the future are going to be dependent upon Information Rich city models, full of data that can be surveyed...
Enhanced Collaboration with Tekla 2017
Trimble has announced the launch of three new versions of its software for structural engineering, fabrication and construction teams: Tekla Structures 2017, Tekla Structural Designer 2017 and Tekla Tedds 2017
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February - Featuring
Editor's Comment:COBie or Not COBie That is the question.Bill East of Prairie Sky Consulting came up with the COBie format for classifying and formalising...
'Digital Built Britain' discussed at NBS
Newcastle-based NBS recently welcomed Mark Bew MBE to its offices to deliver an industry talk to a 50-strong audience on the 'Digital Built Britain' programme...
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January - Featuring
Editor's Comment: Off-site fabrication Did you know that the term ‘Breezeblock’ refers to the usual constituent of this basic building component...
£50K funding for AEC research pilot
London South Bank University (LSBU) is has announcing a £50K award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)...
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2016 eNewsletters
December - Featuring
Editor's Comment: So, what will 2017 be like? The year 2016 will probably go down as one of the most surreal periods in history. I won’t list all of the things that will make it so....
ARCHITECT@WORK 2017 - go with the flow
ARCHITECT@WORK, the two-day trade fair aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, will return to Olympia National Hall for its 2017 edition on 25 and 26 January...
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November - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Nerds Rule OK Whilst Bentleys Assetwise APM case study for Exelon truly satisfied my nerdish tendencies, I trust you will perservere with the article, as it provides a compelling logical rationale....
Demand for building work bucks Brexit
Consumer demand for building work remained resilient in the three months following the vote for Brexit, new figures from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have revealed...
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October - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Conceptuals A concept is an abstract idea – a plan or intention – that is rapidly becoming de rigueur for the construction industry. No longer do we rely on the expertise of the architect or the engineer....
White Frog goes revit with new course
White Frog has launched its new Revit for Landscape Architecture training course ...
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September - Featuring
Editor's Comment: Disadvantaged – no way!.I am writing this half way through the Rio Paralympics, where we sit, once again, in second place on the table of medal winners, with China above us....
Free best practice E-learning courses
The Best Practice Hub - the construction industry's online platform for sharing best practice...
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August - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Brexit – the FUD Factor.It’s probably fair to say that the construction industry has been hit harder than most after the Brexit Referendum. Shares in construction companies...
Brafer creates "Nomadic Architecture" for Rio Games
Hosting the world's biggest sporting event, with ten thousand athletes from over 200 countries attending, Rio de Janeiro has had many sports facilities constructed...
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July - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Brexit – the FUD Factor.It’s probably fair to say that the construction industry has been hit harder than most after the Brexit Referendum. Shares in construction companies...
Free online guide to BIM compliance
Anew guide to BIM, created by Designing Buildings Wiki and PCSG, takes users step-by-step...
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June - Featuring
Editor's Comment: Biblical Proportions According to the BBC, London has been experiencing rainfall of Biblical Proportions. I don’t know if this was at all connected with God’s intervention...
£62.6 billion increase in the pipeline
Analysis by KPMG has revealed a £62.6bn jump in the value of the UK Government construction pipeline since August 2015...
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May - Featuring
Editor's Comment:The LifeCycle Tower Describing the way in which the LifeCycle Tower’s sensors are used to provide feedback about the building and its occupants, Monica Menghini,...
Lofty solution for Brazil's tallest building
Located in the fastest growing business region of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the WTorre Morumbi...
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April - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Who will build the future? An interesting piece by thinkBIM in this issue, looking at the skills shortage in the construction industry – the big topic for 2016. Whilst thinkBIM is focussed....
Serpentine designs bring summer touch of magic
In tandem with the 16th Pavilion in 2016, the Serpentine Galleries has expanded its...
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March - Featuring
Editor's Comment:The Global Challenge for architects Kenny Ingram, from IFS, looks at how the construction industry is evolving, and one of the first points he makes is about the need for better qualified entrants into the industry because of the increased sophistication of the tools on hand....
MakerBot and Stratasys partnership
MakerBot and Stratasys have announced a sales partnership program that allows both companies to extend the cross-selling of their products...
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February - Featuring
Editor's Comment:FM Delivery It's getting pretty close to the BIM Level2 deadline, when construction companies bidding for public projects have to show that they can deliver a project complete with the level of information required by the ....
Tender is the site for construction
TenderSpace is a newly-launched web based suite of tools developed for anyone involved...
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January - Featuring
Editor's Comment:I was pleased to be able to choose Oasys MassMotion as Editors Choice for last November’s Hammers Awards. It has long been a favourite piece of software....
Capturing Exeter in 360 degrees
360 degree images captured using a SphereVision specialist recording system are...
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2015 eNewsletters
December - Featuring
Editor's Comment:We have the Power
Technology has now caught up with aspiration. We already knew how to render a scene, optimise a space, create a virtual simulation of vehicles driving along a path, and produce lifelike renditions of plants....
Industry prepares for 2016 BIM mandate
A joint initiative between the Construction Products Association (CPA), BIM4M2, the...
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November - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Digital Process Plant
How do you scale an experiment up from a benchtop full of test tubes, Bunsen burners, bell jars and whatever else it took to prove it worked, and devise a working plant to churn out the fruits of your ...
UK Tekla award winners announced
The winners of the tenth annual UK Tekla Awards 2015 have been revealed after a panel of judges...
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October - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Judgement day approaches. As you can see in this newsletter, we have the Hammers coming up once more in the middle of next month. There have been a couple of changes from last year...
Excitech attains new Pinnacle
Excitech has launched the productivity platform 'Pinnacle Series' in the UK
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September - Featuring
Editor's Comment:There are a couple of good structural engineering articles in this newsletter – one looking at Tekla’s latest application – Structural Designer, which combines structural...
So good they’re building it twice!
Nemetschek Vectorworks has becomes the headline sponsorship of Build New York Live...
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August - Featuring
Editor's Comment:There is only a couple of months to go till the Hammers - the Construction Computing Awards held during the thrid week of November - and even shorter for you to vote...
ArtSystems Focus on Innovation Open Days for Resellers
Nottingham-based distributor ArtSystems is hosting two open days in September 2015...
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July - Featuring
Editor's Comment: We have an article in the current newsletter about 5D BIM – the addition of a cost element to the BIM process to provide rolling access to the financial elements of a project...
New Knowledge Transfer Partnership for Teeside...
A North-East architects firm is attracting international clients thanks to a joint research project with...
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June - Featuring
Editor's Comment: How do you make sure your application software is going to be able to take advantage of the inevitable evolution of digital technology. If you are one of the front runners, how far ahead...
A trio of asta developments
Asta Development has officially released the second version of Asta Powerproject BIM and is rolling the product out via...
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May - Featuring
Editor's Comment: Dialled into a Bentley Conference call yesterday, an annual event given by Greg Bentley who spoke about the current performance of the company, drivers in the industry, new acquisitions...
Acute3D is Bentley's latest acquisition
Bentley Systems has been on the acquisition trail again (see CAD User, Jan-Feb 2015, page 6), adding France-based Acute3...
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April - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Polling is rife throughout the land, but here's one with a result you didn't expect. Amongst the plethora of very useful charts in the NBS National BIM Report 2015 compiled from their BIM survey...
GreenSpec move to tackle 'Greenwash'
GreenSpec's PASS Green Building Products label aims to help design professionals and the self-build audience...
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March - Featuring
Editor's Comment:After a fallow period, when Sketchup was owned by Google, and nothing much seemed to happen to it – despite widespread adoption – the popular 3D building design...
Bentley acquires UK-based C3global
B3D Laser Mapping has launched a powerful solution that, the company...
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February - Featuring
Editor's Comment:We are really on the move in this months newsletter, with a couple of articles on the rail network, and updates on the growth of mobile computing...
Bentley acquires UK-based C3global
Bentley Systems has acquired C3global, a U.K.- based provider of web-based...
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January - Featuring
Editor's Comment:After a flurry of announcements and responses last May about the winding down of the BIM Task Group, it all went quiet. We are now in the middle...
The elephant in the room
An architect and BIM Product Manager for 4Projects by Viewpoint, John Adams is inspired...
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2014 eNewsletters
December - Featuring
Editor's Comment:With apologies to the popular TV series from which I have stolen the title, but Bentley's Infrastructure Conference last month also supplied some insight into the future...
Searching for ET
The new Five hundred metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), built using Bentley software, wowed attendees at Bentley's...
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November - Featuring
Editor's Comment:The Bentley Infrastructure conference was held in London at the beginning of this month - a gathering of major users of Bentley's...
Coping with COBie
The COBie Toolkit for Revit automatically generates COBie worksheets from a Revit data model, easing...
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October - Featuring
Editor's Comment:A couple of months ago the worldwide student design scholarship was run, hosted by Nemetschek, and developed round Vectorworks....
NBS Plugin for Autodesk Revit
We take a look at the new NBS plugin for Revit and how it is helping users change the way they coordinate information across construction projects
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September - Featuring
Editor's Comment:Whilst we are still feeling nice and relaxed from our summer holidays, and before we plunge into....
Construction Computing Awards Finalists 2014
Time to get the thinking cap on again!
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August - Featuring
Editor's Comment:This year has passed remarkably quickly, and we are only a few short months away from this year's Hammers Awards – the event hosted by Construction Computing that celebrates those companies and software developers....
Hitting a high note in 2014
The monthly Markit/CIPS survey of purchasing managers in the construction industry is consistently reporting increased confidence levels in the industry, reflecting figures....
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July - Featuring
Editor's Comment:The comment in the latest issue of the magazine puts forward a suggestion that we compile a bucket list of modern buildings that we really ought to visit, rather like our ancestors did in Victorian Times....
BIM is a Verb
David Chadwick resumes his coverage of our recent Collaborative BIM Round Table, sponsored by Vectorworks, looking beyond the hype at some of the real issues that are beginning to emerge
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June - Featuring
Editor's Comment:It's all coming together nicely. Now that we have the construction elements of CAD working together, sharing processes and data, and honing the tools that allow disparate construction software.....
Breakdown at Work!
Bentley launches the first automated Work Packaging solution for the construction industry with its ProjectWise Construction Work Package Server.
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May - Featuring
Editor's Comment:There was a very interesting press announcement a couple of days ago - just a little bit too late to make the current hard copy issue of CAD User.....
BIM Panel
David Chadwick opens proceedings on our Collaborative BIM Round Table, with the first of two articles on the adoption and practicalities of Building Information Modelling.
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April - Featuring
Editor's Comment:The last few weeks have been busy, with a number of BIM events scattered round the country, but, for us, the main focus was the BIM Panel which we hosted for Vectorworks in the Tower Hotel at the end of the month.....
Major culture change needed for BIM?
A cultural change is required if BIM is to be properly implemented across the built environment ahead of the government's 2016 deadline
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March - Featuring
Editor's Comment:The How becomes the Why! We are in an interesting phase in building design at the moment, as we appear to be shifting away from the 'What' and the 'How' of architecture to the 'Why' and, perhaps more....
COBie for All?
The Government's BIM Task Group is setting targets for the full implementation of COBie as the basis of sharing data between all parties in the lifecycle of a building
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February - Featuring
Editor's Comment: I never thought that I would have to start another eNewsletter comment talking about the weather, but here we are, the situation is still with us, and although the weather has improved slightly...
A Better Vision of BIM
Neville Glanville, industry sales director, Bentley Systems, explains why he thinks BIM could be seen as either a business enabler or technology red herring
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January - Featuring
Editor's Comment: What a month! And it's capped off by this morning's news item about a certain body of people complaining about the Governments intention to make flood prevention schemes mandatory. Their very laudable aim is...
Be Inspired
Bentley recently put on a comprehensive programme for Bentley users and the press in Amsterdam. David Chadwick reports
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2013 eNewsletters
December - Featuring
Editor's Comment: Welcome to the November edition of the Network Computing Newsletter. Last month we covered NASA’s struggles with its public cloud strategy and now the International Space station (ISS) has experienced...
The Hammers VIII - "And the winners are..."
The winners of the 2013 awards were announced on the 21st November at The Hotel Russell in London. Over 200 supporting guests gathered to see the outcome of the readers on line voting and judging panel's deliberations...
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