CADALYST Articles

2002-2007


2007


AEC in Focus: Plant and Piping Software Design

Mar 1, 2007
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Software offers capabilities for greater interoperability.

AEC in Focus: Digital Structural Engineering and Analysis

Feb 1, 2007
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

AEC continues toward BIM, so architects and structural engineers are more linked than ever before.

AEC in Focus: Working Together

Jan 1, 2007
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Compressed formats and interactive Webcasts speed digital document review.

2006


AEC From the Ground Up: Aftermarket Solutions for CAD

Dec 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Third-party programs increase AEC productivity.

AEC From the Ground Up: BIM Update 2006

Nov 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

How complete is the building information model?

AEC From the Ground Up: Design Data for Construction

Oct 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

AEC industry progresses by evaluating construction costs and project management using BIM.

AEC From the Ground Up: Digital Project Management

Sep 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Using cutting-edge software to manage building projects.

AEC From the Ground Up: CAD Data Standards for AEC

Aug 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Collaboration in AEC depends on mandated or de facto standards.

AEC From the Ground Up: Preliminary Design Tools

Jul 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Productivity in AEC begins with effective digital tools

AEC From the Ground Up: Digital Multimedia and Presentation Trends

Jun 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

The digital AEC industry continues to mature, often through acquisitions.

AEC From the Ground Up: State of the AEC Industry 2006

May 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

BIM solutions are changing the AEC landscape.

AEC From the Ground Up: New Tools for Civil Engineering

Apr 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Objects, 3D Help Increase Productivity for Land Development

AEC From the Ground Up: Digital Options for Structural Analysis

Mar 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Structural software can work with architectural software.

AEC From the Ground Up: IFCs in Action

Feb 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

The 3D object exchange format of choice for BIM buildings.

AEC From the Ground Up: Plant Design Progress

Jan 1, 2006
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

The latest in P&ID and piping programs.

2005


AEC From the Ground Up: Put Our Projects Online

Dec 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

What's new in online project management and collaboration.

AEC From the Ground Up: The Strengths of BIM

Nov 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

BIM pays off in productivity.

AEC From the Ground Up: Multimedia Presentation Trends

Oct 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Stay on the edge with these digital presentation tools.

AEC From the Ground Up: AEC CAD Data Standards

Sep 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Standards keep all project members on the same page.

AEC From the Ground Up: AEC Translation and File Transfers

Aug 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

aecXML and Industry Foundation Classes take the stage.

AEC From the Ground Up: Civil Engineering Update

Jun 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Autodesk and Bentley unveil new tools.

AEC From the Ground Up: State of the AEC Industry

May 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

BIM implementation slow, but inevitable.

AEC From the Ground Up: Top Tools for Preliminary Design

Apr 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Going digital can spark creativity and speed work along

AEC From the Ground Up: Software Strategy: Civil Engineering Options

Mar 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

The latest in transportation and land development software.

AEC From the Ground Up: Software Strategy: CAD Options for AEC

Feb 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Last month's column discussed the major BIM (building information modeling) software packages in the AEC arena. This month we focus on a range of other CAD products for AEC design. Many of these products have the advantages of lower prices and less complexity, which makes them easier to learn and to operate.

AEC From the Ground Up: Software Strategy: Building Modeling Options

Jan 1, 2005
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

How does BIM software stack up with the 3D model concept?

2004


AEC From the Ground Up: Manage AEC Projects Online

Dec 15, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Effective cost control and timely completion of projects are vital in the construction industry. Today's construction market is highly competitive, driving profit margins down as risks increase. In this climate, one failed project can wipe out an entire year's profit. A project-based industry that depends on the accuracy of daily decisions needs solutions that provide competitive advantages in the field and in the office.

Autodesk Revit 7

Nov 1, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Less than one year after the last major release, Autodesk announced Revit 7, the latest update to its parametric building modeler. I reviewed a prerelease version of this program, as well as the Revit-based structural engineering and MEP engineering applications that are currently in beta release. I must admit that I am impressed.

AEC From the Ground Up: The Building Information Model

Nov 1, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Is BIM (building information modeling) the future for AEC design?

AEC From the Ground Up: Plant and Piping Software

Oct 1, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

A Large segment of the CAD industry is dedicated to plant piping software. Designers and engineers in any industry that moves or manufactures liquids use this genre of software.

First Look: VisionREZ

Oct 1, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Ameri-CAD, a 15-year-old architectural services and software development company, has harnessed the power of basic Architectural Desktop for the residential and light commercial industry through its new software, VisionREZ.

Architectural Desktop 2005

Jun 1, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Autodesk's updated architectural tools make a strong team.

AEC From the Ground Up: Are You Up to Standards?

Sep 15, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

One of the best ways to ensure that your CAD department is productive is to create and work according to a set of CAD standards.

AEC From the Ground Up: Multimedia Presentation Tools

Aug 16, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

This is the fourth year I've written about digital multimedia for presentations. For 2004, industry trends are heading toward high-quality digital presentations for presentation boards, the Internet, and CD-ROM and DVD. The emphasis is on real productivity.

Keep Up with AEC Technology

April 10, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

I attended the A|E|C SYSTEMS show in Orlando, Florida, in late February to get a first-hand taste of new technology for AEC applications.

Autodesk Embraces BIM: Architectural Desktop vs. Revit

March 1, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Since Autodesk purchased Revit, a seeming competitor to its flagship Architectural Desktop, the AEC community has been wondering, "Where is Autodesk going?"

The Architect's Answer

January 1, 2004
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Only a few AEC and multimedia software programs are elegant-they perform as advertised, are easy to learn, and have a good price point. SketchUp 3.0 from @Last Software is one of these programs. It's been at the top of my annual "Essential Presentation Tools" column, May 2003, along with Adobe Photoshop and PowerPoint, since it arrived on the scene three years ago.

2003


New Tools Deliver BIM Data

December 1, 2003
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Building model yields valuable information.

Mobile Computing Goes Afield

September 1, 2003
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Software options help wireless workers stay connected.

Draw It Once

June 1, 2003
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Save time with 3D block libraries and content.

Essential Presentation Tools

May 1, 2003
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Multimedia options help sell your designs.

Lifecycle FM Solutions

March 1, 2003
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

CAD integrates with facilities management.

QuadriSpace Presenter 2.3

February 1, 2003
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

The Quadrispace developers describe this software very well when they say that QuadriSpace Presenter 2.3 is the glue that brings multiple file types together as one interactive 3D presentation.

2002


CAD for the Field

June 1, 2002
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

New hardware and software options support mobile computing.

AEC Estimating Tools

September 1, 2002
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Estimating software taps into CAD building model data.

Today’s Plant and Piping Programs

December 1, 2002
By: H. Edward Goldberg, AIA

Options for P&ID and 3D plant design.