AEC Technology Updates, 2017

This annual AEC technology round-up looks at new releases of existing products such as Allplan, Twinmotion, 4M IDEA, BIM Assure, Aconex, and Autocase, as well as new solutions including Unicorn Render for rendering and BIMsmith for finding BIM content.

Cityzenith Smart World for City Information Modeling

This review takes an in-depth look at Cityzenith's Smart World platform for city information modeling, how it aggregates all the available data for a city, normalizes it, and make it accessible through a web browser.

The Many Marvels of Marionette and How to Make the Most of It

In this tutorial, architect Alan Woodwell, a long-time Vectorworks user shows how the graphical sculpting tool, Marionette, can be used not just to sculpt complex forms but also to automate and speed up many tasks within the Vectorworks framework.

Contractors: A Practical Approach to BIM

John Hallgarth, Founder and CTO of 3D Constructor, explores some practical ways for general contractors to approach BIM, some outside-the-box ideas, and some key opportunities not to be overlooked by commercial builders.


This article captures the highlights of GRAPHISOFT's recent KCC (Key Client Conference) event comprising updates from the company, the global launch of ARCHICAD 21, an overview of several third party solutions working with GRAPHISOFT products, and their use by customers worldwide.

AECbytes Magazine Q2 2017

The recently published Q2 2017 issue of AECbytes magazine includes:
  • Autodesk 2018 AEC Design Solutions
  • Firm Profile: John Robertson Architects
  • Automated Code Compliance Updates

... and more!

The digital version is FREE. To read the magazine online or to download a PDF or iPad version of the latest issue, use this link.

VendorHub News

  • Love SketchUp? Need Amazing Construction Docs? Register for "SketchUp to ARCHICAD" webinar on Aug 24. >>
  • Bentley Announces Finalists in 2017 Be Inspired Awards Program Recognizing BIM Advancements in Infrastructure Design, Construction, and Operations. >>
  • Abvent launchesTwinmotion 2018 for architects and designers. >>
  • Deltek Announces the Launch of its Product Partner Marketplace. >>
  • BIM Platform Allplan Bimplus Offers New Features for Virtual Reality and Connection to SCIA Engineer. >>
  • Ideate Inc. Partners with Datum Tech Solutions. >>
  • Vectorworks Announces Seven New Speakers for 2017 Design Summit. >>
  • IES becomes HKGBC member to foster green building & sustainability actions with like-minded experts. >>
  • Solibri Model Checker Tips and Tricks: SMC and BIM Use Cases. >>
  • Donges SteelTec chooses Tekla BIM software solutions. >>
  • Aconex to Help Deliver M25 Motorway on Budget. >>
  • Sefaira blog post: How to Collaborate When the Design is Still in Flux. >>
  • BIMcollab customer story: Construction project from Dura Vermeer and De Nijs. >>
  • Battery Ventures Makes Majority Investment In Software Firm Newforma. >>
  • GuideSIGN 7.0.1 Update Available from Transoft. >>
  • Touchplan + Procore: The ultimate solution to your complex Lean projects. >>
  • MEPcontent offers free Revit and AutoCAD BIM content for MEP. >>
  • New features in ElumTools 2018 (for Autodesk Revit 2018). >>
  • SCIA webinar: Advanced Analysis in SCIA Engineer. >>
  • Microsol Resources webinar recording: BIM in the Era of Connection. >>
  • Latest BIM enabled version of Keysoft Landscape software. >>
  • 4M IDEA Architecture 14 has been released: Download free trial. >>
  • Case Study: Mott MacDonald Bentley Project uses ProjectWise and OpenPlant to manage BIM deliverables. >>
  • ARCAT mobile app available for Apple and Android devices. >>

From the AECbytes Archives

  • Now that BIM has conquered the building industry and is here to stay, this article explores the application of the same "information modeling" concept to infrastructure.
  • While the "Internet of Things" can be used to make buildings with smarter controls and sensors once they are built, and inhabited, can it also be applied in the design and construction phases?
  • A broad overview of the IFC model without delving too deeply into its technicalities, intended to provide a better understanding of it to the AEC practitioner interested in interoperability.