Embodied Carbon – Why it Matters to the Structural Engineer

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There is a lot of buzz happening in the structural engineering community around reducing carbon. Engineers are being asked from clients what they are doing to reduce embodied carbon in their structural designs. However, many structural engineers are not clear what their role is to play in reducing carbon. If they deliver a “good” structural design that is efficient and …

Allplan 2023

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This review explores the key updates in the new version of Allplan, including the integration of full BIM for Precast capabilities, expansion of its 3D site planning capabilities, improved support for point clouds, a live connection to Solibri for issue management, a live link with Lumion for visualization, expanded connection design and automated reinforcement for engineering, and several enhancements to …

Graphisoft Building Together 2022

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A few weeks ago, Graphisoft held a virtual AEC industry summit, which brought together experts from around the world to share their knowledge and best practices on topics including sustainable architecture, digital workflows, immersive visualization, and empowering future architects and engineers. This article provides an overview of some of the sessions presented at the event by AEC firms around the …

SimScale World Cities Day Event

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Last week, the engineering simulation company, SimScale, held a one-day event specifically focused on the AEC industry, highlighting the importance of simulation technology in the design of projects ranging from individual buildings to entire cities. It was held to coincide with World Cities Day, which is held on October 31 every year to promote the global effort to create a …

Trimble Connect

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Trimble is one of the leading technology vendors serving the AEC industry today. While it started off being primarily focused on construction — it was founded as Trimble Navigation in 1978 and subsequently changed its name to Trimble Inc. — it has, over the years, acquired many leading applications in design and engineering including SketchUp and Tekla. In 2014, it …

Applications of Precast Concrete Panels

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By: Laura Martin | Posted: October 20th, 2022 | Last Updated: October 20th, 2022 Categories: Blog, Precast Precast concrete architectural panels come in various sizes, shapes, colors and thicknesses and often have a decorative role along with the normal structural functions. Architectural panels provide designers with enhanced flexibility and creativity by offering more sizes and shape profiles along with many color and texture …

Applications of Precast Concrete Slabs

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By: Laura Martin | Posted: October 20th, 2022 | Last Updated: October 20th, 2022 Categories: Blog, Precast A primary benefit of precast concrete is that it saves significant time on a project because it arrives on-site already cast, cured and ready to install. Production of precast concrete involves pouring the concrete into a pre-made mold with pre-stress strands or rebar or both as the primary reinforcement and …

ODA Summit 2022

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The Open Design Alliance (ODA) – the leading nonprofit organization focused on openness and interoperability in the CAD industry – returned with its annual Summit last week in which it provided an overview of the technology updates it has made since last year’s event. While the work of the ODA is not directly used by design professionals, it is licensed …

Construction Progress Tracking with HoloBuilder

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This article provides an overview of HoloBuilder, which uses 360° photos to track construction progress guided by a mobile app on the jobsite, and provides a cloud platform for hosting, organizing, and sharing the captured images. It also integrates with several popular AEC applications such as Autodesk BIM 360, Revit, Navisworks, and Procore, allowing it to fit more seamlessly into …

Archicad 26

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The article on Graphisoft’s 2022 Product Launch published last month captured the key updates that were shared at the launch event about the latest versions of Graphisoft products including its flagship BIM application, Archicad; its cloud collaboration solution, BIMcloud; its mobile and web model viewing app, BIMx; and a new building services solution, DDScad, that was recently added to Graphisoft’s …