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BIM Panel

David Chadwick opens proceedings on our Collaborative BIM Round Table, with the first of two articles on the adoption and practicalities of Building Information Modelling

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Hebridean Energy Analysis

GreenspaceLive, based in Stornoway, develops software that helps architects and engineers simulate future energy use of buildings

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Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Aiming to scale the heights in Architecture and Design? Don't sit on your ideas then - bring them to fruition and show them to the World through the Vectorworks Design Scholarship!

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4Projects NEC3 Manager

With Compliance and Collaboration becoming increasingly important in the construction industry, David Chadwick spoke to 4Projects about the way their NEC3 Contract Manager assisted the process

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Coins wins Queens Award

Construction Industry Solutions (COINS) has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise for International Trade in recognition of their substantial growth in overseas earnings and commercial success in the construction sector

Ready for take-off at Terminal 2

Terminal 2, Heathrow Airport's new passenger terminal which opens to the public on 4 June, will feature one of Europe's longest permanent sculptures, the 78m Slipstream, by Royal Academician, Richard Wilson

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Rugged handhelds Juniper Systems

The rugged handheld computers from manufacturer Juniper Systems will be on show for the first time at a UK event

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Oasys Competition

A new initiative is underway to identify engineers using Oasys software who are pushing the boundaries of the class-leading solution.

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Case Studies

Chilling out at John Lewis

John Lewis was able to reduce energy usage at their new store in York by downsizing their Chiller - thanks to IES's Apache HVAC tool

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Software Review

Oasys - A Towering Landmark

Oasys GSA supports analysis of an even wider range of structures, with Nonlinear shell elements and an enhanced mesh generation engine heading the list of new analysis tools for the next generation of structures

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Hardware Review

Got my Mojo working- Stratasys

3D Printing enters the mainstream market with support from established CAD printer distributor ArtSystems

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Welcome to the May 2014 Newsletter.

There was a very interesting press announcement a couple of days ago - just a little bit too late to make the current hard copy issue of CAD User - but Autodesk has just announced its own 3D printer. It comes with an Open Software Platform for 3D printing, called Spark. It emphasises exactly what we said in the Art Systems/Stratasys piece, that both the manufacturing and the architectural market are really starting to wake up to the benefits of additive manufacturing.

The most astonishing thing, though, is that the principal CAD software developer, with no previous experience in selling and supporting hardware - and just think of all of the CAD oriented hardware tools it could have decided to start playing with in the past - has decided to take their own 3D printer on board. When you think about it, it correlates with something I said in the last issue - software enhancements are becoming harder to develop as the 3D Design market matures. Architects already have incredibly sophisticated tools to create what they want, and are looking at work processes to save money. Where is the next breakthrough for Autodesk that Revit was? Is that why they are now looking at hardware?

David Chadwick

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