If you cannot view this email please click here
AEC Mechanical BIM Design Hardware Collaboration


banner advert

Sage Partners with Autodesk, eTakeoff

Sage has launched a new integrated BIM, takeoff, and estimating solution developed through a collaboration with Autodesk and eTakeoff

Transforming temporary works design

Swanton Consulting has transformed the design of temporary works - such as façade and basement retention - using a software innovation that creates instant 3D models from laser scanner data

banner advert

main headline

ALLPLAN opens new UK office

BIM solutions provider ALLPLAN has expanded its team with the opening of a new office in the UK in order support its growth in the European market and further help influence BIM for engineering

banner advert

Software Reviews

Predicting your next step

Predictive Design Technology lies behind ARCHICAD 21's enhanced stair and railing design

main headline

Motion control

Version 9.0 of MassMotion from Oasys introduces direct support for SketchUp along with the Software Development Kit, for advanced behaviour scripting

main headline

Solibri Model Checker

It makes a lot of sense to validate a model using Solibri Model Checker before you create your COBie data drops. Leaving it to the asset manager to verify the data is an impossible 'ask', says David Chadwick

main headline

banner advert

Case Studies

Tunnel vision

Combining geological modelling and BIM for infrastructure, HoleBASE SI and AutoCAD Civil 3D helps Atkins design a new tunnel under the River Thames

main headline

Solid Foundations

High quality precast concrete solutions from Tekla keep O’Reilly Concrete ahead of the industry

main headline

banner advert

Technology Focus


Usha B Trivedi explains why DFMA is a natural ally for BIM, helping to change the way buildings will be put together in the future

main headline


Autonomously yours
One of the nicest things about writing this comment every month is that I can do a bit of ‘futurology’ – looking at social, software and hardware trends and extrapolating further – the sort of thing that old buffers do in front of large audiences and get paid enormous amounts for without having to actually deliver on their visions.

What prompted this thought was the article from Mass Motion on pedestrian simulation, which sets up complex scenarios in which thousands of individual agents – each of them set up with their own idiosyncracies, are given a task to get from A to B, usually within a 3D model of an airport, railway station etc., and left to themselves to carry out that task, interacting with all other agents and the obstacles they will meet on their way.

That is not far removed from the tasks that will be set for autonomous vehicles, each of which will have a destination keyed in by a passenger, and a model of the city in which it operates, updated in real-time by the activities of other driverless vehicles. Using similar algorithms to those used by Oasys in Mass Motion, they will be able to find optimum routes to accomplish the journey successfully and in a timely manner.

The spanner in the works is having to share the city space with driven vehicles, and their propensity for random activity. To ensure autonomous traffic flows efficiently within the city, other vehicles will have to be hybrid beasts - autonomy taking over in the city - or banned altogether.

Another thought - when nobody owns a car in the city, and is able to hail an autonomous one or use a more efficient public transport system - what happens to the London Cabbie (whose ‘knowledge’ becomes worthless overnight) - or Uber?

David Chadwick

To make sure you get your copy of the Newsletter emailed to you personally, every time, click here to register.

To unsubscribe click here

Published by: BTC 35 Station Square Petts Wood BR5 1LZ

Tel: +44 (0) 1689 616 000
Fax: +44 ( 0) 1689 826 622