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When Star Trek™ debuted 50 years ago, who would have thought the technology employed on the Starship Enterprise would one day be used on construction jobsites. Read The Full Story »

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Microsoft released Windows 8 to the general public in October 2012. It marked a change in how the AEC and real estate industries purchases and uses information technology. Windows 8 also ushers in the era of the cloud to our industry.

Window 8 uses a new technology that leverages open Internet standards, which positions the Internet as the operating system (OS) that devices connect to for applications, documents and data. Windows 8 acts as your “traffic cop,” managing subscription-based applications while directing the flow of documents and data to online and offline destinations. Continue »

Latest version of Bluebeam Software’s PDF-based collaboration solution addresses key needs for technical industries and remote professionals

Pasadena, CA (March, 19 2013) – Today Bluebeam® Software, leading developer of PDF-based collaboration solutions, announced the release of Revu® 11. This new version of Bluebeam’s flagship solution makes it easier than ever for users in document-intensive industries including architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) and oil and gas to collaborate on project documents and digitize technical reviews. Continue »

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For years, Hollywood special effects in movies like Minority Report and the Iron Man series have been teasing design professionals with hand gesture devices to move in, around and through information in 3-D.  Leap Motion is bringing this idea into reality in May. With the Leap Motion hand-gesture, motion-control product, users will be able to use their hand or hands to create shapes, move objects, zoom, pan and perform other gesture-controlled functions. Designed to work out of the box with Autodesk 3-D products such as Maya, 3-D Studio Max, Revit and its flagship product, AutoCAD, Leap Motion promises to be one of the hottest products of 2013. Continue »

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This week, the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) gave three companies a 2013 Innovation Award for their inventive products. Twenty-two companies competed for the awards. Winners were selected by a team of judges that included roadway engineers and safety experts who evaluated the companies’ products or services and visited their exhibits on display during ATSSA’s 43rd Annual Convention and Traffic Expo in San Diego. Since 1969, ATSSA’s Traffic Expo has been the largest roadway safety exposition and convention of its kind in North America, featuring the latest in roadway safety products and services that help save lives. Continue »

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It’s impossible to overlook the rise of cloud computing in the construction industry given its ties to mobile technology and building information modeling (BIM). Yet, the way a business approaches its cloud strategy impacts its ability to boost productivity and save money. Consider the following data:

  • U.S. smartphone users totaled 115.8 million at the end of 2012, and that number is expected to reach 176.3 million by 2015, according to eMarketer.
  • Tablet devices will generate more web traffic than smartphones by early 2013, according to Adobe Digital Index.
  • BIM adoption is rising steadily, increasing 13 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to a 2012 National Building Specification survey. Continue »
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The digital age is going three-dimensional. 3-D printers will be popping up in office supply stores in the not-too-distant future, and companies like Autodesk are ramping up their capabilities at a furious pace. On a much smaller scale is the 3Doodler–something its inventors are calling a 3-D printing pen, though that may be a bit of stretch because there’s no computer involved. It will turn freehand or stenciled doodles and drawings into wire figures and structures by acting like a glue gun that uses 3-D printing plastics instead of glue. The plastic sets up quickly enough to allow the user to draw in the air and come out with a solid shape. Continue »