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Unity and “a product tailored to your needs” (for AEC)

Unity and “a product tailored to your needs” (for AEC) | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

A PRODUCT TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS

Unity have partnered with our sole distributor VIMtrek to take the full cross-platform visualization power of Unity game engine technology and bring it to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries.

Jed Fisher's insight:

(AEC = industry of Architecture, Engineering, Construction)

So we have seen the rise of Unity and Unreal in many industries now - no longer only games. At 4D Pipeine we often use Unity and Unreal for various projects in different sectors including manufacturing but also AEC. Sometimes it makes a great fit, other times we will “roll our own” and build a product or solution from scratch (increasingly with webgl).


It’s clear though that Unity is also seeing the demand, they have a AEC page now about it’s use and they have partnered with a AEC consulting company called VIMtrek.

VIMTrek seems to now be building an offering around an exclusive partnership with Unity and the Unity editor. VIMTrek is clearly focused on AEC and Unity seems to have backed them thus the offering is likely to grow.


The reasons for the partnership from Unity (per a post in the Unity forums from Unity reps): "

- We switched focus towards the end of developing our AEC features, Unity still has much to achieve in the video game space and it would be ignorant of us to think we had completed in our mission/s. 

- AEC market deserves a lot more respect and attention than we could offer, we tried to solve the problem of developing an engine that catered for this market but in essence we couldn't do it with the level of investment we could commit too. The team wrote a lot of code and developed some cool features, basically we didn't want to lose that hard work and disappoint all of our customers who had given us such awesome feedback already, we therefore felt it was our duty to seek out a solution that best suited as many people as possible. Allowing VIMtek to resell what we had developed was the way we went to get these tools into the hands of our users. 

- Announcement on VIMtek site here: http://vimtrek.com/unity/unity-announcement

- There's contact details at the bottom of this page: https://unity3d.com/unity/industries/aec

"


It will be interesting to see how this announcement is perceived, certainly some AEC consultants will see this as potentially competitive, also similarly some AEC solutions providers like Revizto (a solution built on the Unity platform) will see this as competitive.

It’s also in a vertical where there are a number of webgl editors and viewers appearing, companies like Cl3ver but more all the time. Finally we are also increasingly more AEC/BIM viewers (and platforms) in this space, for example BIMx, Onuma, bim+, and others. In short, there’s plenty of room, plenty of opportunity, it’s less about competition and it’s more about find a targeted well fitting solution. 


It’s clear that there is a demand for visualization in the AEC space; it’s also clear that there is a clear servicing need; and finally there is most certainly a space for products like Unity - as well as the traditional AEC solutions and BIM platforms/tools. In short - let’s watch this space and offerings in this space grow.



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Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later

Putting Point Clouds to Work: Then, Now, & Later | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

3D laser scanning technology may still seem like science fiction to many, but it is increasingly becoming a standard tool relied upon by a number of diverse trades and professions from construction to archaeology. Laser scanning, now under the umbrella term, “Reality Capture,” as it has come to be known, continues to find new applications for those needing detailed as-built data. Simply put, Reality Capture is the digital documentation of a 3D environment. This can be accomplished though laser scanning or by photogrammetry. Both methods are able to capture most existing site elements within view. The result is a full-color, 3D point cloud. Laser scanners may sound like highly specialized and expensive equipment—they are. However, as the price of scanners continues to drop and photogrammetry software continues to improve, we can expect reality capture technology to become a commonplace tool used by an even wider array of trades and industries...


Via oscar lopez
Jed Fisher's insight:

Excellent article about "reality capture" (aka point clouds) for AEC/BIM/Buildings. It's more and more relevant and needed to compare "as built" to planned/virtual.

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Breaking News - Frank Gehry's AEC Software Company Acquired by Trimble

Breaking News - Frank Gehry's AEC Software Company Acquired by Trimble | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The merger will help streamline communication across the construction process, according to the companies.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Breaking News!
Wow - smart move by AEC company Trimble - and a good move IMHO by Gehry Technologies; I see this making a lot of sense for both companies. I also get to say "i called it" on this one (albeit 2 years ago and did think that Dassault was the more likely buyer).

Gehry has been doing a lot of good things with their own developments (Digital Project & cloud based GTeam) and their own acquisitions (like BIMshare). Trimble meanwhile has also been on a little bit of a rampage with some excellent acquisitions such as Sketchup (from Google). 

Interestingly both Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes have invested heavily with Gehry over the years.

The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) and BIM space is still very exciting; Autodesk, Nemetschek (esp. bim+), Bentley, and Trimble all doing some very interesting things. Of all these groups Trimble comes the most from the C/Construction space but now with it's purchases it's getting a very strong offering also in the A/Architecture.

Gehry Technology primarily sells their products through it's world-class building development consulting services. They a well known for building complex signature designs from architects like their founder Frank Gehry. 

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Metaio gives virtual reality legs, but it's not the best fit for Oculus Rift or Google Glass

Metaio gives virtual reality legs, but it's not the best fit for Oculus Rift or Google Glass | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The future of virtual reality is not bound to a chair, so Metaio is encouraging folks to take a stroll. The augmented-reality firm will today unveil its "6D Augmented Reality Holodeck" tech, which ...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Click the link to see the video.

We've (4D Pipeline) found this to be a great fit for walking around an "work in progress" building build. Use AR to see the finished building.

Another way we've used this when doing car interiors, let the user have  a VR experience to what it's like inside the car.

Great to see the technology always improving.

Contact me to hear how 4D Pipeline can help your next App/product.

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CL3VER: Cloud based editor to create 3D presentations for Architects

THE PROBLEM
To sell projects effectively, it is key for architects to communicate and adapt concepts and designs efficiently. 2D plans, images and videos leave space for misunderstandings which delays the decision process, This is frustrating for both you and your client since both of you want to start building as soon as possible!

THE SOLUTION
At CL3VER we have developed the first professional cloud based platform to enable clients to see their building from different angles, inside or outside, see and compare alternative designs and get your project approved in a shorter time.
With CL3VER you can create interactive 3D presentations of your buildings without install anything in your computer, because you already have what you need: an internet browser.


Via oscar lopez
Jed Fisher's insight:

Impressed with CL3VER's evolution, at one point they had were "just another webgl viewer" but they have refined their feature set and functionality and targeted primarily Architects for effective communications. They've also streamlined their product. And have teamed up with companies such as bim+

 

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John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition

John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
After almost a week of silence, legendary game developer and Oculus CTO John Carmack has finally voiced his opinions on Facebook's planned acquisition of the virtual reality headset maker....
Jed Fisher's insight:

In case you had not heard - Facebook recently bought Oculus VR for $2 Billion dollars, a pretty penny.

Reactions are divided, there are two camps,

1. Those who think Zuckerberg has gone crazy and has bought a prelaunch/pre-real-revenue high risk company that has nothing to do with Facebook/Social. Add to this group all the people who invested in their huge Kickstarter and got nothing from the buyout (some of these guys are sending the Oculus death threats!)

2. Those who think this is a brilliant move with Zuckerberg reacting to Google Glass and see Oculus as a great platform to extend Facebook.

 

Many folks have asked me what I think. In short - I think Oculus is an excellent asset for Facebook to have, I just don’t think it’s currently worth anywhere near $2B. There are other alternatives that are technically equal or superior but are just less “cool”, most would be buyable for millions not billions. For example: http://technicalillusions.com/ (these guys also have had a great Kickstarter).

Reasons I see it making sense for Facebook:

- it’s social

- it’s wearable (trending and responding to other VR/AR goggles/glasses) 

- it’s great for gaming and Facebook increasingly is doing more in gaming

- it’s great for VR experiences such as shopping, virtual worlds

- plenty of business uses too - in AEC/Manufacturing and more.

 

In short - it’s great for 3D+VR+Social+Cloud and people of all walks of life - especially those who had stock in Oculus ;-)

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bim+ Explorer - BIM on the go.

This is a demo video for the  bim+ Explorer app available on the iOS app store. http://www.bimplus.net

Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice to see continual traction of bim+.

If you are in the AEC space I highly recommend checking out the bim+ Explorer iOS App (to view, explore, annotate and present your 3D building).

It's a beautiful alternative to the heavy functionality of Autodesk 360 Glue. 

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Digital Manufacturing Summit | NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference - March 24-27, San Jose, CA, USA

Digital Manufacturing Summit | NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference - March 24-27, San Jose, CA, USA | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Bringing Together Experts in Design and Engineering. 

GTC will host a multi-day Digital Manufacturing Summit with in-depth exploration of how NVIDIA's GPUs are driving innovation across automotive, aerospace, apparel, architectural-engineering-construction and consumer products. 

Jed Fisher's insight:

Once again my favorite conference of the year is coming up!

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference or GTC for short. It's a great event, keynoted by NVIDIA's CEO Jen Hsun Huang and packed full of goodies for hardcore developers and graphics professionals.

For the last two years there has been an focus on Manufacturing/Architecture with special tracks- this year it is the Digital Manufacturing Summit. 

And here we really have some absolute gems speaking, to name just a few: 

 

S4658 - Rethinking the Skateboard Shoe by Safir Bellali ( Director, Design Innovation, Vans, a VF Company )

 

S4935 - Digital Workflow In Automotive Design by Tyler Blake ( Design Manager, Ford Motor Company )S4905 - The New Acura NSX, Making Dreams Reality by Pete Petersen ( Manager of Digital Modeling and Visualization , Honda R&D ), Joseph Catalano ( CG Designer, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. ), and Mari Takashima ( Principal System Engineer, Honda R&D )

 

S4689 - Increase Traffic and Revenues: Lightworks Iray + Photorealistic Interactive 3D-Online, In-Store POS Digital Configurators by Dave Coldron ( Product Director, Lightwork Design Ltd.)

 

S4634 - What Makes Design and Styling Critical to a Brand by David Hilton (former Chief of Exterior Design of Bentley Motors).

 

S4643 - Looking Back into the Future by Daniel Simon (pictured).

 

S4677 - Immersive Design and Robotic Fabrication in the Trillion Dollar U.S. Construction Industry by Greg Howes ( CEO, IDEAbuilder )

 

S4216 - Beyond 4k: Video Walls and Interactive Displays at High Resolutions using Multi-Machine Clusters by Erik Beaumont (CEO, Ventuz)

 

S4669 - Supercharging Engineering Simulations at Mercury Marine with NVIDIA GPUs by Arden Anderson ( Technical Specialist - Computational Analysis, Mercury Marine )

 

S4642 - Large Scale Visualization at Boeing - by Christopher Senesac ( Senior Process Architect, Boeing )

S4678 - NVIDIA Driven Image Generation in Immersive Fast-Jet Simulators by William Paone ( Technical Lead Engineer: Image Generator Product Development , Boeing ) 

S4622 - Virtual Automotive: Projection Mapped Graphics for Automotive Design by Christie Digital

 

S4688 - Photo-Realistic Real-Time Digital Mock-Up Design Review in a Five-Sided 4Kx4K Immersive Room by Andras Kemeny ( General Manager, Center for Virtual Reality and Immersive Simulation, Renault, Renault )

 

S4663 - Creative Artistry Driven by GPU Technology: A Look Inside Armstrong White by John Willette ( Director of Computer Generated Imagery and Partner, Armstrong White )

 

Also more great talks by Gulfstream, Technicon, Applied Material, and many more soon to be announced!

 

(Disclosure: 4D Pipeline is contracted by NVIDIA to help with the organization of this Summit).

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Awesome show! Thank you to all the speakers. More followups soon!
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5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year

5 Augmented Reality Startups to Watch This Year | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
As we face the new calendar year with improved exercise routines and diets, here are five innovative young startups to watch in the headlines.

Via Mohir
Jed Fisher's insight:

As often discussed, to be successful in any tech (especially something like AR) one needs to focus on great use cases. This is a nice summary of some of the new players in this space who are doing exactly this.

BTW - 4D Pipeline plug - we've worked on multiple AR projects helping our customers be successful with products by improving the experience in sales, product configurators, design reviews, product experiences,  architecture walkthroughs and visualizations, assembly instructions, and more - if you'd like and hand with your #innovation, #AR, or just #doingmore let me know - we've a an awesome team of agile product designs and developers to let you turn idea into reality.

jed (at) 4dpipeline.com

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Apple's iBeacon Technology Brings New Possibilities for Location-Based Gaming AND ...

Apple's iBeacon Technology Brings New Possibilities for Location-Based Gaming AND ... | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Apple's iBeacons have a lot of potential for inclusion in location-based games, according to The Tap Lab CEO Dave Bisceglia, who spoke to Re/code...
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And AEC, GIS, BIM, FM, Products, and more.

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Bentley Systems Embraces the Cloud

Bentley Systems Embraces the Cloud | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Via Eduardo Cortés Yuste, Ray Howard
Jed Fisher's insight:

It's Autodesk University Week! #AU2013 the big gather in Vegas to talk shop and have a little fun!

So to celebrate let's talk about Bentley Systems instead :-)

 

1.5 years many companies were saying “cloud’s not going to happen” and talking about a mobile product 5+ years away. No more excuses for this thinking. Cloud and mobile are here and increasingly changing the game.

Bentley, and other big players like Autodesk, Dassault, and Nemetschek is now realizing it needs to start embracing the cloud, mobile, and Apps. Big old clunky desktop products are thankfully dying a slow death. 

They are discovering that Cloud and Mobile are not just buzzwords, they open up new business opportunities and improved customer workflows. Now, with their cloud/app future, they can better tap into SaaS, downstream Owners, uber “bim” models (Bentley’s ones are call i-models), cloud based simulation, bim access, Augmented Reality use for building information, reaching construction i.e. Apps for the field, and the easier to use user experiences.

Will be interesting to watch Bentley Systems progress over the coming months.

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Ray Howard's curator insight, December 3, 2013 7:00 AM
Bentley is taking a measured approach to cloud services, allowing its users to set their own pace as they embrace data mobility, simulation and flexible licensing
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BIM becomes virtual design and construction (VDC)

BIM becomes virtual design and construction (VDC) | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
For many of us who have participated in the rapid growth of BIM, It is tempting to see it as just one more technology development in the project delivery process, but its real impact is quickly accelerating beyond that.
Jed Fisher's insight:

The world doesnt need another algorithm :)

But it's a very good article and inline with many of my previous posts. It's time for BIM to get useful to downstream to contractors and owners (and even occupants!). 

Contractors have grasped the power of BIM, they look at BIM models and immediately understand how they could be used for virtual design/contruction tasks.

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Firms need BIM to access a £27bn market by 2016

Firms need BIM to access a £27bn market by 2016 | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Manufacturers of building products must “wake up” to Building Information Modelling, a system to reduce waste and improve health and safety, to access a £27bn.

Companies that make building materials may be aware of Building Information Modelling, or BIM, but they need to wake up to the size of commercial opportunities.

 

Jed Fisher's insight:

The title says it all. BIM opportunities and particular downstream BIM opportunities are MASSIVE. 

Add GIS to BIM and things even get more exciting. Add Mobile/Glass/AR and we can significantly change the way people interact with the buildings we spend our days in. Workflows get changed - people get to do more, do new things, find information, interact, collaborate. 

The Google Maps analogy is a good one - do you even remember what it was like before Google Maps - it will be the similar when BIM reaches the mainstream.

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4D Pipeline wins Best Hack of SEPS Data Developer Team

4D Pipeline wins Best Hack of SEPS Data Developer Team | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Thanks to ONUMA and AEChackathon! Great event to be part of. Great to see Healthcare “getting hacked” (in a good way!). Lots of excellent participants and fantastic outcomes.


If you work in facility management or healthcare building design i highly recommend you check out SEPS2BIM.

Space and Equipment Planning (SEPS) impacts the bottom line of planning, design, construction and facility operations.  SEPS 2 BIM is all about helping healthcare owners make their facility requirements data accessible to save money, and do more.

Here is our certificate :-)

https://www.onuma.com/downloads/4D_Pipeline.pdf

Jed Fisher's insight:

Great event, thanks to everyone involved.

Also see

seps2bim.org

www.onuma.com

www.aechackathon.com 


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Google's BIM-busting App for Design and Construction

Google's BIM-busting App for Design and Construction | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Remember the “Google[x] to revolutionize the construction industry” headlines from this time last year?

Google technology could halve construction costs

Google’s secret development unit has developed a technology that could earn the company $120 billion a year, and,

Is Google planning a BIM-busting app for construction?

Google_X

Google’s secret is secret no more...

Jed Fisher's insight:

I'm glad to finally see what this was all about. I have to say while I'm pleased people are seeing the need and the opportunity in this space I'm disappointed with what i see so far with Flux. Their CEO has awesome energy but i can't help but feel they are going into a space they know little about. 

The comment by Mike Bordenaro is spot on - companies like Onuma and Kimon Onuma have been talking about this for years, not only this - they've been doing something about it and have a great BIM/Facility-Planning&Management platform which is available now and increasingly used by many. Worth taking a look at or watching Kimon on TED.

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Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision

Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Military pilots wear expensive displays that show them relevant flight data as they scan the skies. Now a startup is bringing the tech to the masses.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great to see AR getting more real use cases.

AR glasses open up many useful workflows for pilots, also BIM and Building professionals, manufacturing, simulations, and training.

Together with 3D shape detection it's possible to have a very rich markerless AR experience.

Exciting things ahead!

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The Commercial Worth of BIM in Construction Sector

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is considered to be future of the construction industry. It is through this process that you can apply 3D, 4D and even 5D…


Via Rajib Dey
Jed Fisher's insight:

Good market data.

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BIM penetration accelerating in world markets

BIM penetration accelerating in world markets | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Building Information Modeling (BIM) has achieved incredible penetration in the vertical construction market in North America and in several Northern European and Asian countries.

 

 

A recent 2014 McGraw Hill Construction report analyzes survey data collected from construction companies that use BiM.  The survey was conducted in nine of the world’s important construction markets.  The data and analysis in this report are based on an online survey conducted with 727 contractors in ten countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US).


Via arvind bhandari, oscar lopez
Jed Fisher's insight:

Good BIM information, also AEC CAD information.

Some nice infographics also at:

http://www.thenbs.com/images/bim/NBS-National-BIM-Report-2014_infographic.png

And full report at:

http://www.thenbs.com/topics/BIM/articles/nbs-national-bim-report-2014.asp

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Matterport: 3D Models of Real Interior Spaces

Matterport: 3D Models of Real Interior Spaces | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

We're excited about Google's Project Tango announcement today of a smartphone with a built-in 3D sensor. We're especially excited because we've been developing on a Tango demo unit for the last month and can now finally talk about what we've built publicly! We believe that the future of 3D scanning is mobile. As 3D sensors start showing up in phones and tablets, Matterport's software will be an app enabling millions of people to capture, share, and interact with the world around them in 3D. We have been working to optimize Matterport's software stack for Tango, and already have some early results to show.

Jed Fisher's insight:

I’m not a jealous guy but today I am ;-)

Hats off to Matterport. Really blown away to see the first results of Tango. 

I really like that the Matterport have not just gone gimmicky or gamey, they've focused on real world useful problems to solve, recommending their technology for Insurance, Construction Management, Hospitality, Retail, and Real Estate, ... 

I can't wait to get my hands on Tango - ready to knock people off their seats!

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2014 The year the construction industry will discover PLM ?

2014 The year the construction industry will discover PLM ? | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
This year I had several discussions with persons working for construction companies. They shared their BIM dreams and tried to explain them the PLM benefits and basics as they are much alike. The c...

Via IGE+XAO
Jed Fisher's insight:

 After many years of working with both Manufacturing/PLM and AEC/BIM companies, and the software OEMs in these spaces I feel like i know these spaces incredibly well along with their similarities and differences. 

Jos Voskuil lays out a good overview of both PLM and BIM, good summary!

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3 Ways Advanced Tech is Transforming Real Estate Marketing

It used to be that if you wanted to sell condos or a large commercial project, you designed a model unit with the best views, on the highest floor, decked out…
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great example by the CTO of Neoscape on how 3D and related technologies are impacting the real-estate market.

This is an area we (4D Pipeline) find ourselves helping with regularly - very interesting space.

PS Rodrigo Lopez spoke at last years NVIDIA CPU Technology Conference event - awesome event which you'll hear more about shortly

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IDEAbuilder's comment, January 29, 2014 6:23 PM
And we will open up membership in the Digital Fabrication Network in February - http://dfabnet.org/
IDEAbuilder's comment, January 29, 2014 6:23 PM
And present on all of this at the Nvidia GPU Conference in March
Jed Fisher's comment, January 30, 2014 4:47 AM
Hi Greg - Looking forward to the AECHackathon ! Looks great!
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Researchers create a more accurate alternative to Wi-Fi for tracking people through walls

Researchers create a more accurate alternative to Wi-Fi for tracking people through walls | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
WiTrack could be used for new kinds of gaming or to trigger help for the elderly when they fall. It is an update to earlier work released by MIT in June.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Happy New Year catchup - Impressive research, again great for AEC/BIM/GIS/FM.

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Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere

Augmented Reality Is Almost Everywhere | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
There is less difference between our work and home devices, our tablets and our mobile phones. They are not meant for "work" or for the "home." We just use..

Via Mohir
Jed Fisher's insight:

Good end of year overview to where AR is going particular with BIM and AEC/field work. 

I'm glad to see people increasing referring to AR not as a technology but instead by it's usecase - for example, helping with in field repair/assembly support.

PS I love the structural sensor (see my previous blog post).

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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 23, 2013 8:41 PM

"The future of augmented reality is tied to devices like the iPad. But that’s just the foundation for a next generation of apps. These apps will leverage endless stores of data that will take the form of physical objects and provide people with expert knowledge that will be immediately available. This will allow us to see the world in whole new ways and forever transform how we live and work."

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Nemetschek acquires (MEP solution provider) DDS

Jed Fisher's insight:

Safe but good acquistion by Nemetschek. Makes sense for them. Data Design Systems DDS is well used in Europe especially. This acquistion will add to their growing BIM solutions.

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Jed Fisher's comment, November 15, 2013 11:48 AM
LATISTA also acquired now by Textura® Corporation, the leading provider of innovative collaboration solutions for the construction industry. Learn more here http://hub.am/17vOuxN
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Google technology could halve construction costs

Google X: Genie could halve construction costs and time to market, earning the company $120 billion a year.
Jed Fisher's insight:

So what is the mysterious GoogleX doing in the BIM space??!!!

Anyone know anything more?!

Sounds very interesting. They sold Sketchup to Trimble. Maybe they'll buy Trimble back :)

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