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DWF v. PDF – an Autodesk interview

In my book, I discussed Adobe and Autodesk’s development of different file formats to manage design data (it’s a topic I have since returned to – here for instance). I have just found an interesting interview on the Novedge blog with Autodesk’s Mary Hope McQuiston regarding the DWF format – a similar interview having previously been undertaken with Adobe’s …

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e-Builder makes its “major announcement”

I wrote last month about US construction collaboration vendor e-Builder and its impending major announcement. I waited well into July to see what this would be, but nothing appeared on the e-Builder website until just over a week ago when a release finally appeared, backdated to 29 June. e-Builder announced “the launch of e-Builder Enterprise 6.0, …

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Autodesk Buzzsaw adoption

A news release from Autodesk gives some clues about the scale of adoption of its Buzzsaw construction collaboration application. The release reports “a powerful but steady growth in European sales”, with Autodesk’s Mark Ellis adding: “We had been experiencing an average of two new customers a week for the past nine months, but more recently …

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Croser v. Baxter (‘Building Design’ collaboration debate)

An IT feature in the 16 March 2007 issue of UK trade weekly Building Design is something of a debate between Joe Croser of Bentley and Autodesk’s Pete Baxter on the future of collaboration. You can read the articles yourselves (available online here), but I have picked out what I think were the key exchanges – I wish …

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Autodesk acquires Navisworks

Just a few months after Nemetschek acquired Graphisoft (see post), further consolidation of the AEC design software market comes as Autodesk announces that it is acquiring UK-based 3D/4D software vendor NavisWorks – best known for its JetStream design review products.

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Autodesk sustainability survey at Think 07

The recent Think 07 exhibition and conference event in London was used by Autodesk as an opportunity to canvass the opinions of visitors to the event on sustainability. The results are reported by Cadalyst (SURVEY: Better Collaboration, the Right Tools and Technology are Key to Sustainable Design). Of those questioned, 61% said that sustainability was now …

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Seeing red

A recent Cadalyst article, Reviews Have Architects Seeing Red by Scott Mackenzie, talks about ‘CAD-less’ marking-up of drawings. He writes: “Over the past several years, I have not seen a whole lot of electronic redlining going on,” before explaining: “The older generation of architects and engineers can be indifferent, hesitant or intimidated by the whole …

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CAD collaboration

Earlier this month, I mentioned New Zealand-based David Harrisons’ Stress-Free blog. In a more recent, long post entitled CAD Collaboration, he discusses the challenge of collaborating around CAD models. He gives a good outline of how teams have used technology to share CAD information to date, including the use of what he calls “external document management”. …

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Collaborate via Blackberry

At the Autodesk Connected blog Alex Willingham talks about using the US-based Constructware construction collaboration system via a Blackberry wireless device. The tools clearly focus on document collaboration rather than drawings, which is hardly surprising. I regularly hear seasoned AEC professionals moaning about how it is more difficult to view and mark-up drawings on-screen than …

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Leading, largest, global – how do you measure it?

Australian-based construction collaboration technology vendor Aconex says it is now “providing its online information management service to $100 billion worth of construction and engineering projects” (I’m not sure if this is US dollars or Australian dollars; in British pounds sterling, this would be around £50bn or £40bn respectively). According to its news release: “Global uptake of the …

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