Boxing Clever

If you are old enough, you might remember getting a View Master for Christmas, along with half a dozen..

Opting into Building Ops

As almost everybody has access to a mobile phone it makes perfect sense for companies to leverage their capabilities, and..

Vectorworks 2017

I knew immediately that Vectorworks 2017 was going to offer some significant upgrades to the 2016 version as soon..

Algorithmic CAD

It's time to get to grips with algorithmic CAD. That's using formulas to drive your designs, enabling you to create..

Bumps and Bounces

Anyone can become a rendering expert if you follow some basic guidelines given out by Luis Ruiz, Vectorworks' Senior Architecture..

Game on!

For over twenty years, Autodesk software has been used to make the world's best visual effects and gaming software, and..

Xara Designer Pro x365

Xara Designer Pro X365 isn't really an architect's design tool - but it could prove very handy for taking..

A Legendary Release

I learnt a new word recently - 'mentee' - which apparently means one who is being mentored, itself a current..

Tekla Structures 2016

Tekla, now part of the Trimble group, recently gave its users a sneak preview of what they should expect..

Twinmotion 2016

As anyone with a PS4, Xbox One or souped-up gaming PC will attest, the videogame industry is now also the..

Bringing it all together

It seemed like a good idea at the time - accumulating all building information up to the point of handover,..

A greater degree of Insight

It's rather appropriate to be launching a software solution aimed at reducing the impact of buildings on the environment at..

CONNECTing with reality

It’s been a while since I’ve had this much fun playing in a sandbox! All with a serious purpose, of..

Meet your MakerBot

The 3D printer market is growing at an increasing rate, thanks to the development of simpler technologies and, of course,..

Adoddle to work with

Elsewhere in this issue I have stated that a primary use of the Cloud is for sharing information, either..

Scan to Go!

Imagine you are on-site, and have been discussing the drawings that the builders have been working on, leading to a..

It’s Flow time!

I probably use only about 5% of Microsoft Word, ignoring the raft of features that are available. That is..

Concurrent collaboration

Tekla has made model sharing the principal focus of the latest version of Tekla Structures. Tekla Model Sharing allows engineers..

BIMx PRO

Graphisoft's BIMX, supplied with ARCHICAD, is a handy model viewing device. BIMx PRO, though, takes the app to new levels,..

Vectorworks and BIMobject

Anybody using BIM is familiar with BIMobjects. They serve two main purposes - to provide architects and designers with..

BIM For Landscape

What on earth does BIM have to do with a load of shrubs? That may well be your first..

Arcon Evo

Elecosoft has just released a new version of Arcon, a complete CAD solution dedicated for architects, building professionals and..

The 5th dimension of 3D modelling

3D modelling has now progressed through the 4th dimension, time, and into the fifth Dimension, namely cost. The breakthrough has..

PDF Collaboration

The average construction project creates a mountain of documents, drawings, spreadsheets, schedules and similar instruments, all of which have to..

Shared Hypermodels

Product licensing can become a bit of a minefield, so, in response to requests from customers, Graphisoft has introduced a..

Free and Easy

Vectorworks is a very comprehensive architectural design package, covering terrain and landscape design, visualisation, lighting and stage design, as well..

Go with the Flow

You would be forgiven for thinking that the analysis of the flow of people through a building required a specialist..

Staying ahead of the game

I had already been talking to Paul Daynes at Newforma about his views on the status of the UK construction..

Smarter Cities

Cities are getting smarter with data sources and multiple sensors connecting people, services and things with each other. Bringing together..

It's BIM up North

Whilst some might suggest Level 2 is the norm and the world of digital construction is up and running,..

Fail to plan, plan to fail

The digitalisation of the construction industry is upon us. UK Cabinet Office returns indicate that by September 2014 total contract..

CADmouse goes wireless

The high-performance mouse is the wireless equivalent to the CadMouse, the world’s first desktop mouse for professional CAD users...

Leading UK builder opts for Aconex

United Living provides planned maintenance and new build services to clients throughout the UK, providing not just high-quality homes, but..

The BIM Object Cookbook

Whilst it is handy having access to a National library of BIM objects, there will come a time when..

Trimble Tekla Campus rises to the top

The Awards showcase the most pioneering initiatives in construction and engineering across four key strands: research, innovation, sustainability and..

An all-round imaging solution

Arithmetica's SphereVision Project Builder features a more refined and streamlined workflow, enabling users to easily bridge the gap between..

Brafer creates

Structures for major sports events are often underutilised post event, which is far from an ideal sustainable building lifecycle...

CADENAS 3D CAD BIM library for Schiedel

The Electronic Product Catalog, based on CADENAS' eCATALOGsolution stechnology, and access to the 3D CAD download portal http://schiedel.partcommunity.com now..

BIM with DFMA

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) has already become prominent within the fabrication industry through optimising the design and cost..

COBie or not COBie?

When the idea of running a question and answer session on Information Modelling was first mooted, my immediate reaction was..

Shaping the future

I am sure you will be familiar with Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors on a chip..

Earth Pyramid gets Arup backing

Mark, an engineering specialist at the global construction consultancy Arup, commented: "In late 2011, Steve was seeking guidance..

Twinmotion 2018

One click to do this, a couple of clicks to do that - terminology taken straight out of the Janet..

Building with numbers

Because industry players perceive it as increasing risk, the construction industry is notoriously resistant to change through technology adoption. The..

Predicting your next step

Graphisoft has chosen to focus on patent pending Predictive Design Technology in its latest release of ARCHICAD, Version 21, highlighting..

Solibri Model Checker

An interesting point was raised at the CAD User Seminar on COBie in May which I felt deserved a more..

Motion control

Recent tragic events have brought home the value of pedestrian simulation or crowd analysis software. Used principally for assessing the..

Building bridges

As part of its vision to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of railway travel within the city of London..

Solid Foundations

O'Reilly Concrete, Ireland's leading precast concrete manufacturer, moved from 2D design to 3D design over ten years ago, by incorporating..

Tunnel vision

Transport for London (TfL) - the statutory authority responsible for most aspects of Greater London's transport system - is planning..

4D and 5D BIM

Bar charts, work breakdown structures (WBS) and as-built progress charts are the meat and drink of Project Management software, but..

The view from the front

In our last issue we ran the first part of our overview of the CAD User Seminar on COBie, held..

Cranes and other birds

With more than 400 buildings, three terminals, three runways, and associated taxiways, Sydney Airport is one of Australia's most important..

A complex process

Methylchlorosilane is a highly flammable, water-reactive and toxic gas, used to make silicon and other water repellent materials for the..

Where's the risk?

The growth of BIM over the last eight years or so has resulted in a dramatic increase in information and..

Breaking with tradition

Until recently, the construction industry has suffered a technology bypass, relying on centuries-old processes and procedures to manage dazzlingly complex..

Time for a check up?

The prognosis was correct, and Barts Health subsequently achieved 22.5% reduction in Gas and 30% reduction in Electricity Energy Demand,..

Leading UK builder opts for Aconex

United Living provides planned maintenance and new build services to clients throughout the UK, providing not just high-quality homes, but..

Getting to the point

While we are still getting carried away with the exciting opportunities offered by drones carrying high quality cameras and..

Concrete steps

Off-site fabrication is 'old hat' in some technologies - most notably, the provision of precast concrete sections for high..

The use of ICT in architecture

Nikken Sekkei, which has over 2,500 employees and projects in 40 countries, is listed among the largest and most successful..

CADmouse goes wireless

The high-performance mouse is the wireless equivalent to the CadMouse, the world’s first desktop mouse for professional CAD users...

Mills and boons

The third year of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship threw up some formidable projects and genuinely exciting designs. As one of..

Emphasising the 'I' in BIM

Jaakko leads BIM coordination at Paaviainen Architects in Finland. Established in 1962, they focus on large scale projects in their..

Industry 4.0

Would the rapid deployment of collaboration skills and the sharing of information on a construction project have been achievable outside..

Project Beagle

You can clearly see why Ingenuity House, designed by Architect Sheppard Robson won the public vote at last year's Tekla..

Setting the scene

After many successful years selling Vectorworks software through Computer Unlimited (now Exertis) and building up a network of secondary..

The sky's the limit

As portable computers have evolved over time to become today's 'must have' piece of tech, so too structural analysis..

Nuclear assets

Waldeck Consulting is a pioneering consultancy pushing the boundaries of BIM and digital design when delivering its projects. Working..

Industry 4.0

Would the rapid deployment of collaboration skills and the sharing of information on a construction project have been achievable outside..

Cranes and other birds

With more than 400 buildings, three terminals, three runways, and associated taxiways, Sydney Airport is one of Australia's most important..

Mills and boons

The third year of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship threw up some formidable projects and genuinely exciting designs. As one of..

Concrete steps

Off-site fabrication is 'old hat' in some technologies - most notably, the provision of precast concrete sections for high..

Getting to the point

While we are still getting carried away with the exciting opportunities offered by drones carrying high quality cameras and..

The sky's the limit

As portable computers have evolved over time to become today's 'must have' piece of tech, so too structural analysis..

Setting the scene

After many successful years selling Vectorworks software through Computer Unlimited (now Exertis) and building up a network of secondary..

Nuclear assets

Waldeck Consulting is a pioneering consultancy pushing the boundaries of BIM and digital design when delivering its projects. Working..

CADmouse goes wireless

The high-performance mouse is the wireless equivalent to the CadMouse, the world’s first desktop mouse for professional CAD users...

A complex process

Methylchlorosilane is a highly flammable, water-reactive and toxic gas, used to make silicon and other water repellent materials for the..

Breaking with tradition

Until recently, the construction industry has suffered a technology bypass, relying on centuries-old processes and procedures to manage dazzlingly complex..

4D and 5D BIM

Bar charts, work breakdown structures (WBS) and as-built progress charts are the meat and drink of Project Management software, but..

The view from the front

In our last issue we ran the first part of our overview of the CAD User Seminar on COBie, held..

The use of ICT in architecture

Nikken Sekkei, which has over 2,500 employees and projects in 40 countries, is listed among the largest and most successful..

Where's the risk?

The growth of BIM over the last eight years or so has resulted in a dramatic increase in information and..

Emphasising the 'I' in BIM

Jaakko leads BIM coordination at Paaviainen Architects in Finland. Established in 1962, they focus on large scale projects in their..

Project Beagle

You can clearly see why Ingenuity House, designed by Architect Sheppard Robson won the public vote at last year's Tekla..

Time for a check up?

The prognosis was correct, and Barts Health subsequently achieved 22.5% reduction in Gas and 30% reduction in Electricity Energy Demand,..

Twinmotion 2018

One click to do this, a couple of clicks to do that - terminology taken straight out of the Janet..

Leading UK builder opts for Aconex

United Living provides planned maintenance and new build services to clients throughout the UK, providing not just high-quality homes, but..

Shaping the future

I am sure you will be familiar with Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors on a chip..

Predicting your next step

Graphisoft has chosen to focus on patent pending Predictive Design Technology in its latest release of ARCHICAD, Version 21, highlighting..

Tunnel vision

Transport for London (TfL) - the statutory authority responsible for most aspects of Greater London's transport system - is planning..

Building bridges

As part of its vision to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of railway travel within the city of London..

BIM with DFMA

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) has already become prominent within the fabrication industry through optimising the design and cost..

COBie or not COBie?

When the idea of running a question and answer session on Information Modelling was first mooted, my immediate reaction was..

Building with numbers

Because industry players perceive it as increasing risk, the construction industry is notoriously resistant to change through technology adoption. The..

Motion control

Recent tragic events have brought home the value of pedestrian simulation or crowd analysis software. Used principally for assessing the..

Solibri Model Checker

An interesting point was raised at the CAD User Seminar on COBie in May which I felt deserved a more..

Solid Foundations

O'Reilly Concrete, Ireland's leading precast concrete manufacturer, moved from 2D design to 3D design over ten years ago, by incorporating..

Earth Pyramid gets Arup backing

Mark, an engineering specialist at the global construction consultancy Arup, commented: "In late 2011, Steve was seeking guidance..