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Appwardly mobile

With many of the world's construction press assembled in one location, Bentley used its Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference, held at the end of October in London, to unveil a host of new applications

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New on Campus

The new Tekla Campus invites students to get involved with BIM via its free Tekla Structures Learning Edition, writes David Chadwick

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Getting the most from the Cloud

As more and more of the software applications that we use are being placed in the Cloud, the time is right to look at its benefits, and whether such a working environment would be suitable for a construction company with employees and collaborating companies spread out around the World. Si Hanks of Ai Solutions expands the idea further

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AECOM selects Trimble Software to manage global construction projects

The multi-year agreement covers a variety of software offered by Trimble Buildings.

Free BIM software for students

Tekla is offering students the opportunity to download Tekla Structures Learning edition, a free student license of the BIM software .

Case Studies

Reclaiming Pollokshaws

Water is the defining component of several Urban Infrastructure projects undertaken by AECOM and Collective Architecture in Glasgow

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The right treatment

The King's Health Partners Cancer Centre at Guy's Hospital earned Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners the award for Innovation in Building at this year's Be Inspired Awards

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Distilling the essence

AECOM has utilised Autodesk's BIM software to complete the construction of Scotland's largest whisky distillery - winning the company sustainable design awards in the process

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Software Review

Real-time energy analysis

Integrating Sefaira with SketchUp gives architects the ability to perform energy analysis from the very first steps of a design concept

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The Complete Works

To really get to grips with the latest version of Vectorworks, David Chadwick decided to embark on a personal project from scratch - an ongoing commitment

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An all-round view

A useful Artlantis tool for creating 3D panoramas has now been made available for ArchiCAD users

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Welcome to the January edition of the CAD User Newsletter.

What a month! And it's capped off by people complaining about the Governments intention to make flood prevention schemes mandatory. Their very laudable aim is to make developers implement water management schemes using natural landscaping, water run-offs, and other environmentally friendly practices – a zero sum game where the balance of water entering and leaving the site is the same pre and post development. The site developer's very laudable, but incompatible, aims are to maximise the number of houses – and therefore the income – they can obtain from the site.

Disregarding the extra benefits that effective water management provides - a balanced eco-system and enhanced amenities - the need to expand housing stock by building on land susceptible can only be achieved by effective water management. At the moment, householders pay for increased flood protection. Just wait till insurers put two and two together and decide that developers themselves are causing much of the problem by relying on antiquated waste water storage or disposal solutions.

We have covered water management in the last two issues of CAD User looking at Microdrainage – both in a software review, and in the Reclaiming Pollockshaws case study. Check them out in the links we provide with this newsletter.

David Chadwick

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