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BIM is a Verb

David Chadwick resumes his coverage of our recent Collaborative BIM Round Table, sponsored by Vectorworks, looking beyond the hype at some of the real issues that are beginning to emerge

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The BIM Viewpoint

4Projects by Viewpoint has been accumulating information about the current penetration of BIM within the AEC industry, and asks whether the UK is achieving its target to become world leaders in BIM

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Digging beneath the surface

Bentley Systems launches its Subsurface Utility Engineering application - SUE - to assist utilities in managing and controlling risk in their underground assets

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Academy class gets RIBA

Academy Class is now approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects as part of the RIBA CPD Providers Network

Register for Year in Infra

Registration is now open for Bentley Systems' Year in Infrastructure 2014 Conference, which will be held on Nov. 4-6 at the Hilton London Metropole in London

MOJ chooses 4Projects

The UK's Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has selected 4Projects' 4BIM model server to achieve Level 2 BIM across all their future development projects

Nemetschek joins BuildingSmart

Nemetschek, together with Autodesk, Trimble and HOK, has joined buildingSMART International's start-up Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) as a founding member to foster better interoperability between stakeholders in the built environment industries

Case Studies

Model looks

Looking at the very first sketches by Frank Gehry for Fondation Louis Vuitton, a new museum of contemporary art, the challenge of the endeavour is apparent. This is the kind of building that would not have been possible to construct without a comprehensive approach to BIM

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The Happiness Quotient

MSPS used CFD to test the natural ventilation system at Birmingham's new multi-purpose library, looking at, amongst the usual factors, how happy visitors would be using the building

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Software Review

Ahead in the Cloud

GRAPHISOFT's BIMcloud gets a head start in BIM collaboration via the cloud thanks to its tried and tested BIM Server utility

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Welcome to the July 2014 Newsletter.

Bucket List

The comment in the latest issue of the magazine puts forward a suggestion that we compile a bucket list of modern buildings that we really ought to visit, rather like our ancestors did in Victorian Times with their 'Grand Tours'. There are some fabulous buildings being constructed Worldwide using the latest architectural software and technologies, and whilst these look great on the small screen, that is no substitute for standing inside the building and soaking in the absolute scale of the structure, its fitness for purpose (what a horrible phrase to denote a building that embodies the purest and most noble ideals of its creator) and its setting.

Interested in finding out which buildings stir us the most? Then send me an email – cad.user@btc.co.uk – with your top three choices, explaining, quite briefly, why you think they should be on the list. I shall compile the final list of 10 buildings based on the frequency in which each building appears in my inbox. And it's a pleasant task for you whilst you lounge on the beach in some exotic location. There are no prizes, and no winners – not even a lucky draw to send someone on the 21st Century 'Grand Tour' – but I think it will be fun!

David Chadwick

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