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Bentley acquires UK-based C3global

3D Laser Mapping has launched a powerful solution that, the company says, will revolutionise the production of highly accurate building floor plans

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Detailed components for SketchUp

With the release of SketchUp 2015, SketchUp has greatly expanded and improved its standard component collections, with more than 2,800 individual detailed pieces of new SketchUp-authored content now available on 3D Warehouse

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A visionary advance in Virtual Reality

Virtalis is now shipping the first new version of its Visionary Render software since it was launched last year

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No need to waste time in the office

A new in-cab waste management system from Yotta is set to transform the delivery of refuse collection services

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Case Study

The benefits of building twice

For a project as complex as HS2, with its political, environmental and public issues being of paramount importance, there is no alternative to building a virtual model to test every aspect before the final designs are established

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Software Review

Lumen marvellous

Graphisoft ArchiCAD is now fully integrated with LumenRT 2015 on both Mac and PC, enabling architects and landscape designers to present their designs with the utmost realism

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Ahead in the cloud

Conject tools support PIM (Project Information Management) and the AIM (Asset Information Model) - from Project Control to Defect Inspections and Operations & Maintenance

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Spread a bit of 'appiness

After a fallow period, when Sketchup was owned by Google, and nothing much seemed to happen to it – despite widespread adoption – the popular 3D building design application, now part of the Trimble stable, is forging ahead with a number of interesting new apps and extensions that take advantage of its easy-to-use 3D modelling tools and 3D Warehouse, the Sketchup repository for customer inspired designs. . Tools like Trimble MEP Designer, Layout for turning models into sets of drawings by adding model views to pages, choosing drawing scales, and adjusting line weights, etc. Sketchup Make, a fun, free 3D drawing tool for anyone interested in 3D design, and loads more from a community of developers using the Ruby API to produce apps to solve the kind of 3D modelling problems that might otherwise leave you scratching your head.

Typical of these is Modelur – free-of-charge as it is still in beta-testing mode – which adds a new level of functionality to mass modelling using Sketchup. Available in Extension Warehouse, Modelur speeds up urban design by allowing developers to apply modular values to designs, which, in the simplest terms, calculate instantly the number of storeys you will get in an extrapolated building based on its height and the height of each storey, plus much, much more, - a rapid design tool with automatic responses to changes in the mass model.

David Chadwick

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