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Image There’s no better way to view CAD models or renders, but will your workstation keep pace with these stunning high-definition displays?

ImageThe Elizabeth Quay pedestrian bridge is a highlight of the Western Australian Government’s project to revitalise central Perth

Image Autodesk University in Las Vegas is the company’s key opportunity to share its latest updates and present its vision for the future. Martyn Day reports on some exciting new technologies, including one that could eventually replace Revit

Image AEC Magazine dives deep into the technology highlights of Bentley’s annual conference, which was held in London last month

Image Ever since Bentley Systems acquired Acute3D in February 2015, it has forged ahead with Reality Capture, integrating key technologies into its foundation  platform

Image LumentRT, the easy-to-use viz tool offers users of Bentley software, Revit, ArchiCAD, SketchUp a gateway into a powerful ‘game engine’ environment. It now supports VR

Image Microsoft’s HoloLens and the use of reality meshes have got round tracking issues, paving the way for exciting new AR applications from Bentley

Image Bentley Systems’ new breed of design tool is built to combine mesh data with detail design in one space for an incredibly dynamic experience

Image Bentley Systems is helping engineers ‘design out’ delays before they happen, by giving them access to real-time supply information

Image Bentley may still be preparing for an IPO, but there has been some important news on its relationship with Siemens that could have big ramifications in the future

Image Staff at the BIM training company reassess their conservative hardware approach following a trial of the HP Z240 SFF

Image Level of definition (LOD) matters because, without a clear idea of how much information is needed at each stage of a project, BIM benefits are likely to be compromised.

Image After a slow lift-off, the Internet of Things is making its presence felt in almost every aspect of the AECO industry

Image When it comes to addressing gaps in the BIM chain, it’s time to take a look at construction verification as a way to add long-term project value

Image From drone-gathered site data to augmented reality (AR), advanced technologies are bringing new perspectives on real-world environments and works in progress

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Martyn Day reports on the latest developments in computational and generative design and examines how Autodesk is ramping up development

Image With the availability of affordable headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, VR is now within reach of AEC firms of all sizes

Image Last year Autodesk demonstrated a VR capability that could deliver immersive experiences from accurate Revit models. This demonstration has now become a reality

Image Fresh thinking and a powerful partnership are shaping the company’s approach to open BIM and collaboration

Image After years focusing exclusively on the volume 15-inch market, Lenovo returns with a well-built 17-inch mobile workstation for more demanding 3D users

Image A closer look at the role of engineering software in the design of two winning projects from the 2015 Institution of Structural Engineers Structural Awards

Image With updated versions of AEC tools now available, and more features coming in the Autumn for subscription customers, we take a look at what’s new from Autodesk.

Image In the race to improve the energy performance of buildings, here’s how Sefaira coached a team with limited experience in energy modelling and HVAC design at ASHRAE’s 2015 Lowdown Showdown competition.

Image New technologies are empowering architectural firms to improve quality, capabilities and process

Image From laser scanners and drones to the cloud and ‘optioneering’ it has never been easier to capture exisiting site conditions and explore new designs

Image Technical products for detailed design & documentation are well developed, and yet conceptual design products remain in the shadows. But this is changing.

Image From laptop to desktop, virtual to cloud, Greg Corke gives a back to basics guide to choosing workstation hardware for 3D CAD

Image The combination of hardware-accelerated rendering, new methods of processing visualisations as 3D models, and the arrival of real-time rendering open the door to design realism in architectural workflow.

Image Martyn Day evaluates the latest projects and technologies involved in deploying robots and 3D printing in construction

Image In the good old days, collaboration was a floppy disk with a DWG file on it. Things have come a long way since then and even though 3D models are larger and the formats less open, mobile technology and the cloud are bringing new ways to work