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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 Julie Higginbotham, Senior Editor (jhigginbotham@sgcmail.com).
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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...
Posted on March 22, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Autodesk held a webcast Monday, March 21, 2011, to announce the 2012 editions of its subscription software products.The San Rafael, Calif.-based company announced new “suites” for its bundled software, several interoperability enhancements, and a new digital delivery method that allows...
Posted on March 16, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Boston-based Energy Analysis company Retroficiency has raised $800,000 in a funding round led by Nasdaq-listed energy management firm World Energy Solutions. The web-based service’s efficiency identification and qualification (EIQ) system was launched last week, the same time as the...
Posted on March 07, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Last week software manufacturer Bentley Systems launched its iWare Apps site. The site is Bentley’s one-stop location for free iWare Apps for enhanced interoperability and links to free training in their use and in-depth reference documentation. Third party developers can also submit their...
Posted on February 01, 2011 By Rob Cassidy
I’d like to share an email I got the other day.“My name is Tom Waski,” it began. “I am an Air Force air traffic controller deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq. I received a ‘We Care’ package from your office a few weeks ago. I wanted to let you know how much it...
Posted on January 19, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
NVIDIA’s Quadro 2000 is the mid-range professional graphics solution in its Quadro line of Fermi-based cards. The Fermi architecture cards have the first professional-class graphics processing units to integrate high performance computing capabilities with advanced visualization techniques....
Posted on January 13, 2011 By Jay Schneider
Multifamily projects were a hot topic at the 67th International Builders’ Conference in Orlando this week. The majority of people seem bullish on the multifamily market, but the majority also say the market is changing in some pretty dramatic ways. What’s different: demographics, the...
Posted on January 07, 2011 By Rob Cassidy
There is a growing sense among those who take sustainable design and construction to heart that building green buildings alone is not enough. We have to take their location into account, too.If you stick a LEED Platinum building out in the middle of nowhere, the building itself may be an energy...
Posted on January 04, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Few aspects of building design can benefit from a 3D building information model more than building envelope design. Building envelopes are responsible for structural integrity, moisture control, temperature/thermal control, and control of air pressure boundaries to create a continuous barrier...