ImageAs far as steel fabrication and detailing packages go Advance Steel has always stood out due to its tight integration with AutoCAD. Now for the 2012 release the software is also being made available as a standalone DWG-native application, meaning users do not have to invest in a costly AutoCAD license.

ImageBIMproject is a brand new information management tool that uses BIM models to help manage and control procurement workflows all the way to construction.

ImageOcé’s new cloud-based document distribution system is designed to take the pain out of sharing the latest drawing revisions.

ImageUnder the tutelage of CEO Carl Bass, Autodesk, the world’s largest CAD software provider, has gone from a one-trick pony to a multi-platform, multi-industry specialist. At the company’s 2013 product launch event Martyn Day talked to the enterprising leader about his vision for design, hosted solutions and what lies beyond the cloud.

ImageAutodesk’s new conceptual design tool enables planners and engineers to consider geospatial, civil and architectural data together in an interactive 3D environment.

ImageLast September Autodesk announced the launch of its cloud-based services, offering free features and additional benefits for subscription customers.

ImageNvidia Maximus is a new workstation technology that enables users to work freely in a 3D application, while running a full speed rendering or simulation in the background. AEC caught up with Nvidia to find out more.

ImageGone are the days when steel fabrication software was judged purely on its ability to model steel, design connections and produce drawings and CNC data. AceCad

ImageHaving access to CAD models on a laptop is a business necessity. If you are truly mobile then you will need them on your Apple iPad and preferably be able to share sessions remotely with other users. Martyn Day evaluates one such product, CadFaster for iPad.

ImageLast issue AEC reviewed the new renovation tools in the latest release of ArchiCAD from Graphisoft. This month we conclude the review, highlighting the other functional improvements to the popular architectural BIM modelling tool, writes Martyn Day.

ImageThe benefits of 3D modelling on large projects are numerous, especially from using analysis and simulation. Arup’s development arm Oasys has an exciting new application for simulating individual pedestrians up to massive crowds. Martyn Day takes a look.

ImageProject Information Management (PIM) systems are often seen as a necessary evil. But many firms still struggle to associate project emails with simple ‘folder’ systems. Newforma is a non-obtrusive management system that works, writes Martyn Day.

ImageThere are a number of much-anticipated improvements to the latest Revit release, and yet Paul Woddy of still recommends that clients do not update to the new version until after the first service pack.

ImageBuilding Information Modelling (BIM) developers have mainly been concerned with providing tools to complete new build projects. In these challenging economic times of make do and mend, features for renovation and retrofit are the ‘new new’. By Martyn Day.

ImageThe co-ordination of multi-disciplinary models in a single environment is one of the foundations of Building Information Modelling. Greg Corke looks at a free tool from structural BIM specialist Tekla that enables engineers, architects or anyone involved in construction to do just that.

ImageMost companies now have multiple databases for customers, sales and project information, but keeping track of relational data can be difficult. CADline has a new product to visualise multiple databases simultaneously on a map, writes Martyn Day.

ImageKeeping track of valuable project email has become a problem for almost every architectural practice. Oasys has a low cost solution that is growing in popularity. Martyn Day reports.

ImageLast year AEC Magazine looked at an innovative UK-developed modeller for urban design called CityCAD. With a new version out, Martyn Day went in for an upgrade.

ImageIt has been a while since AEC has come across any impressive new rendering applications. This month Martyn Day thinks he has found an absolute corker from France.

ImageA fast way to build a virtual city, CityEngine is an easy-to-use tool for concept design or modelling cities for in-context visualisation. Stephen Holmes takes a look.