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Since 2009, the Building Team Blog has served as the primary platform for BD+C's editorial team to opine about all things related to the AEC market, from the latest design tools to green building trends. Building Team Bloggers include Robert Cassidy, Editorial Director (rcassidy@sgcmail.com), David Barista, Editor-in-Chief (dbarista@sgcmail.com), and John Caulfield, Senior Editor (jcaulfield@sgcmail.com).
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Posted on May 10, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Finnish structural BIM software company, Tekla, Inc., has announced that Trimble Navigation, a construction software and hardware manufacturer based in Sunnyvale, Calif., has made an offer of purchase for roughly $485 million ($6 a share).In a statement, Tekla said shareholder Gerako Oy, who holds...
Posted on May 06, 2011 By Jay Schneider
Well, not exactly, but it could happen very soon. Take a look at the temporary restaurant sitting atop Brussels’ historic Arc de Triomphe-Triomfboog. The Cube, by Electrolux, offers 18 diners a spectacular view of the Parc du Cinquantenair, and is one of two structures traveling across Europe...
Posted on May 05, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Autodesk’s popular drawing-sharing and mark-up mobile app, AutoCAD WS was released to the Android market on April 20th and has been downloaded more than 500,000 times since its release.The launch was something that the AutoCAD WS team had been preparing since releasing it as a mobile app for...
Posted on May 04, 2011 By Rob Cassidy
“Zero and Net-zero Energy Buildings + Homes,” a 64-page White Paper that proclaims “the next frontier in the green building movement,” will be the topic of a 1-hr Q&A with 6 “NZEB” experts at the AIA Conference + Expo, Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, at...
Posted on April 22, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
While it’s always nice to see what’s new in Revit 2012 (now with constructability tools!), some of the most valuable information editors and bloggers take from Autodesk’s annual media days in suburban Boston are the actual customer stories presented to the media.This year’s...
Posted on April 22, 2011 By Rob Cassidy
Thanks to the hundreds of our loyal audience members who watched our “Greening the Campus” webcast on April 21. We hope you gained some insights from our distinguished panel of experts: Bob Koester (Ball State), Angela Halfacre (Furman), Richard Johnson (Rice), and Chris Ramey (U of...
Posted on April 11, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Autodesk invited reporters to its AEC headquarters in Walthan, Mass., this week to unveil its 2012 AEC product line and present its strategy for the next year. Construction, not designed, ruled the two-day event.“The (general) contractor is becoming the most vocal proponent of BIM around the...
Posted on April 05, 2011 By Rob Cassidy
They’re all “world middleweight cities” that are likely to become regional megacities (10 million people) by 2025—along with Dongguan, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, and Wuhan (China); Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Jakarta (Indonesia); Lahore (...
Posted on April 05, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Autodesk has added native 3D mouse support for the Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012, Autodesk Revit Structure 2012, and Autodesk MEP 2012 software applications. Previously users had to download and install plug-ins for their particular 3D mouse.  Carmel, Calif.-based 3D Mouse manufacturer...
Posted on March 25, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Bluebeam released the newest version of its PDF mark-up/management software this week. Bluebeam PDF Revu 9 and its first premium edition, Revu eXtreme.Major changes for AEC users include the ability to batch-produce PDFs from DWG files thanks to a new AutoCAD plug-in and optical character...