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Capturing Exeter in 360 degrees

360 degree images captured using a SphereVision specialist recording system are helping support the multimillion pound redevelopment of Exeter's Guildhall Shopping Centre

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Getting innovative with Vectorworks

Edited by Jonathan Reeves, Innovative Vectorworks BIM provides llustrated case studies and an introduction to BIM with Vectorworks Architect

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ARES map delivers hybrid CAD and GIS

Graebert GmbH has announced ARES Map, the latest addition to the company's growing family of CAD solutions

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AluK to open London design studio

AluK (GB) is continuing its business expansion with the launch of the AluK Design Studio in the City of London

Technology Focus

I wandered lonely as a Cloud…

With apologies to Wordsworth and thanks to the use of Nomad as a mobile tool for Vectorworks Cloud Services, Vectorworks Service Select (VSS) customers can enhance their design processes by handling complex processes and collaborating with project partners in the Cloud.

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Ahead of the crowd

Oasys MassMotion 8.0 takes crowd simulation modelling and visualisation to new levels, writes David Chadwick

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Software Focus

A greater degree of Insight

Autodesk's Insight 360 adds another dimension to the company’s range of environment building applications, and in the process assists architects in understanding the tools they are using

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Case Study

Of all the markets in all the World...

Hungary's A4 Studio has won the World Architecture Community's Award in the Public Buildings/Community Centers category for its design of the Casablanca Market in Morocco, created using GRAPHISOFT’s ARCHICAD

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I was pleased to be able to choose Oasys MassMotion as Editors Choice for last November’s Hammers Awards. It has long been a favourite piece of software of mine, dealing with the passage of pedestrians through a concourse, airport terminal or other high density occupation building. Not only is it able to pinpoint contention on the many routes, chosen by free routing agents tasked with merely getting from one point in a building to another, but it is invaluable in highlighting areas of concern in buildings targeted by terrorists, or engulfed by fire – examples of which are becoming only too frequent as evidenced on the news recently.

How fast can you evacuate a building? How can you set up alternative escape routes if one or another is blocked. We are building taller and bigger, especially in the Far East, where some terrible tragedies have occurred as companies put profit before occupants safety, and terrorists are purposely targetting events where many congregate in confined spaces – stadia and dance halls – to commit maximum outrage. Wider use of MassMotion, and its architect focussed edition, Flow, as a safety tool, rather than just as a space and access planning tool, must be the aim of developers of large public amenities everywhere.

David Chadwick

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