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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 December 21, 2011 By Rob Cassidy
Two good articles on rental apartments in today's 12-21-11 Wall Street Journal. "Big Developers Dabble in Apartment Market," by A.D. Pruitt and Dawn Wotapka, tells of 25.3% bump in multifamily construction starts in November vs. October. Key point: commercial office/retail property developers like...
Posted on October 27, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
It came as little surprise to veteran Silicon Valley watcherss that HP announced today that it would keep its PC business, flip-flopping on an earlier statement by former CEO Leo Apotheker that the PC giant would either close or spin off the business. When Apotheker was ousted last month and...
Posted on October 19, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Autodesk and Gehry Technologies today announced that they will work closely together to support an expanded portfolio of BIM solutions. The agreement includes full service for multiple Autodesk-based BIM products to better meet the needs of many Gehry Technologies consultancy clients. “I...
Posted on October 05, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
Last week Trimble announced it will soon release new plug-ins for its Point Creator software platform to allow the creation and transfer of field points into the CAD and the Autodesk Revit BIM platforms. Existing users of Autodesk Revit 2012 (Architecture, MEP, and Structures versions) and popular...
Posted on September 23, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
  Autodesk also recently released its latest Autodesk Labs product, “Project Storm.” This technology preview offering provides cloud-based structural analysis to structural engineers as a part of the BIM process. Engineers and designers can extend design models from Autodesk Revit Structure to...
Posted on September 23, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
 Nemetschek AG held a virtual event recently to announce the release of Vectorworks 2012 from its Columbia, Md., US headquarters.The new release includes new modeling features such as automatically-set working planes and a new stories feature that allows design layers to be dynamically and...
Posted on September 08, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
The HP Elitebook 8760w was released in April as the successor to its 8740w mobile workstation PC, and the laptop is ideal for architecture, engineering, power-computing, and content-creation customers who need the performance of a workstation with the portability and convenience of a laptop. That...
Posted on August 31, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
 Graphisoft, NEC Corporation and leading Japanese Construction Company Obayashi Corp. announced this week that they are working on joint development of a BIM cloud-computing platform to provide integrated building information modeling workflows and company-wide BIM-based information sharing....
Posted on August 23, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
 Hewlett-Packard’s announcement last week that it plans to sell or exit the personal computer business was overshadowed by the news that the company’s TouchPad tablet computer and all WebOS devices would be shuttered as well in the world of consumer electronics. But for most AEC firms that use...
Posted on August 19, 2011 By Jeff Yoders
As the iPad continues to dominate tablet PC sales, several manufacturers of construction and design software are introducing new products to take advantage of its popularity.Vela Systems, a producer of interactive BIM-for-construction software, announced the development of Field-BIM Interactive, a...