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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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Although the digital age certainly has made distributing project information faster, easier and more cost effective, using electronic files alone does not guarantee real-time access to current data. Suppose a contractor is installing heaters in a hospital vestibule and notices not enough space exists between the door and the ceiling. He finds the related drawing on his tablet computer, makes comments and sends it to the project architect for clarification. What the contractor doesn’t know is the architect already addressed the issue, but the updated drawing was not yet pushed out to the team. Continue »

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A new study predicts opportunities for contractors and professional services firms in light of the Obama administration’s focus on cutting waste, fraud and abuse in spending. The federal government claims improper payments declined 6 percent to $108 billion in fiscal year 2012.

The report contends technology will play a growing role in the reduction effort. Therein lie opportunities for the AEC industry, especially for firms that can offer government agencies shared data models across siloed information systems and include all  participants in construction projects. Continue »

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The past 20 years have been traumatic for many AEC professionals. Learning technology-based solutions such as CAD and BIM have brought new values, revenues and processes to design-build and the business of construction. As technology grows from being used as an “electronic pencil” to being used as the basic form of business and communication, an entire generation of professionals has been caught in a purgatory between old and new. The tools of one generation are fundamentally different from the tools of the next generation; the best firms as the ones who have successfully bridged this gap.

This fast move into technology has created an entire group of design-build professionals known as “Generation Lost.” The technology tsunami of the 1990s and 2000s developed an entire group of design professionals and contractors that are at a distinct disadvantage moving into the next 20 years. Continue »

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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 »