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Autodesk Releases New Design Suites, Adds ReCap to All

Autodesk Releases New Design Suites, Adds ReCap to All

Autodesk recently released its 2016 software portfolio of design, engineering, and construction products.

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The 2016 suites for buildings and civil infrastructure projects are the Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite and Autodesk Plant Design Suite.

The biggest change is that each design suite now includes Autodesk ReCap, a laser scanning and large image processing program that allows project teams to capture existing conditions and directly import them into a 3D model.

The Revit Building Information Modeling platform also has new rendering engines. The “Mental Ray” rendering engine that has been used since Revit 2008 has been replaced by Autodesk Raytracer and Rapid RT in the 2016 version. This can mean, in some cases, a leap from 2 hours for a detailed rendering to 3 minutes.

Dodge: Large LNG Plant Leads Construction Starts to Jump 9% in January

The value of new construction starts climbed 9% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $621.0 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.

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The increase in total construction was the result of especially strong performance in infrastructure starts, which benefited from a massive liquefied natural gas terminal facility in Texas. Nonresidential construction actually lost momentum for the second month in a row.

PwC Report: $172 Billion in Global Construction Mergers and Acquisitions in 2014

PwC Report: $172 Billion in Global Construction Mergers and Acquisitions in 2014

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ final 2014 quarterly analysis said the engineering and construction industries made 964 deals in mergers and acquisitions in 2014 worth more than $172 billion. Three times more than 2013’s total of $55 billion.

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The overall total of mergers and acquisitions was lower than the 10-year high set in 2007, but engineering and construction posted a 25% increase in deal volume over 2013. There were four deals in the fourth quarter of 2014, alone, that were valued at more than $1 billion. Overall, there were 21 deals in 2014 totaling the $172 billion. Most deals took place in Asia and Oceania.

Building Envelope Thermal Guide Promises Tighter Building Exteriors

International Engineering Firm Morrison Hershfield recently released “The Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide – Analysis, Applications, and Insights,” a report that aims to overcome obstacles confronting the architecture and engineering industries with respect to mitigating thermal bridging to reduce energy consumption in buildings.

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Thermal bridging is a fundamental of heat transfer where a penetration of a building’s insulation layer by a highly conductive or noninsulating material takes place in the separation between the interior and exterior environments of a building assembly.

Engineering Exports Grow in India

India’s engineering exports grew at a commendable rate of 24.15 percent to $ 16.94 billion during the April-June 2014 quarter but even better news lies elsewhere.

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The growth was led by a strong expansion in exports of high-tech engineering products such as aircraft and spacecraft parts, and automobiles.

Arup Uses 3D Printing to Create Tensegrity-Inspired Structural Bridge Parts

Arup Uses 3D Printing to Create Tensegrity-Inspired Structural Bridge Parts

Many people have heard of 3D printing with plastic or resin. The basic process extrudes a heated plastic in thin layers to gradually create a three-dimensional object.

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Until recently, though, only a few had heard of printing with metal, a different process that uses a layer to combine metal powder into a shape. Now, companies in the automotive and aerospace industry are utilizing this new type of production to create more complex and lighter parts.

BIM + Prefabrication = LEAN Construction Projects, Fewer Costs

BIM + Prefabrication = LEAN Construction Projects, Fewer Costs

The unsung heroes of construction, subcontractors are a nationwide legion of small firms and proprietorships who perform very specialized work such as mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) installation, fire protection and other largely hidden building elements. The difficulty many projects run into is that a trade subcontractor, on the project because of the amount of his bid and not his 3D design expertise, can lack the sophistication to use the 3D model created by the architect and engineers. Without subcontractors in the room during design, much of the promise of a 3D design is lost. FREE Download: The Monthly MMI® Report – covering the metals markets of the Construction sector.

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