The Many Marvels of Marionette and How to Make the Most of It

In this tutorial, architect Alan Woodwell, a long-time Vectorworks user shows how the graphical sculpting tool, Marionette, can be used not just to sculpt complex forms but also to automate and speed up many tasks within the Vectorworks framework.

AECbytes Magazine Q2 2017

The recently published Q2 2017 issue of AECbytes magazine includes:
  • Autodesk 2018 AEC Design Solutions
  • Firm Profile: John Robertson Architects
  • Automated Code Compliance Updates

... and more!

The digital version is FREE. To read the magazine online or to download a PDF or iPad version of the latest issue, use this link.

Contractors: A Practical Approach to BIM

John Hallgarth, Founder and CTO of 3D Constructor, explores some practical ways for general contractors to approach BIM, some outside-the-box ideas, and some key opportunities not to be overlooked by commercial builders.


This article captures the highlights of GRAPHISOFT's recent KCC (Key Client Conference) event comprising updates from the company, the global launch of ARCHICAD 21, an overview of several third party solutions working with GRAPHISOFT products, and their use by customers worldwide.

Revit Collaboration Across Continents

Beca, one of Asia Pacific's leading professional consultancies faced a challenge in meeting a Revit project deadline. In this article the Beca team relays how they employed cloud-enabled solutions to deliver the project not only on time but while reducing costs.

Automated Code Compliance Updates

The article captures the updates in the nascent field of automated code compliance since I last wrote about it in 2015, exploring commercial solutions that range from simply digitizing the code-checking process to full-fledged BIM-enabled automated code-checking, as well as a research initiative that seems particularly promising.

VendorHub News

  • MEPcontent offers free Revit and AutoCAD BIM content for MEP. >>
  • IESVE 2017: New Features & Enhancements. >>
  • New features in ElumTools 2018 (for Autodesk Revit 2018). >>
  • Ideate Software to Present its Revit add-in tools at BILT North America 2017. >>
  • Tekla 2017: Tekla Structures, Tekla Structural Designer, Tekla Tedds. Heaps of improvements for construction workflows. Learn and download now. >>
  • Bentley: Upgrade your Autodesk Licenses -- Top 5 Reasons You Have a Choice. >>
  • SCIA webinar: Advanced Analysis in SCIA Engineer. >>
  • Microsol Resources webinar recording: BIM in the Era of Connection. >>
  • GRAPHISOFT North America, Black Spectacles Announce Learning Partnership. >>
  • BIMcollab customer story: Empowering the team at Multiplex. >>
  • ARCAT mobile app available for Apple and Android devices. >>
  • Aconex Drives Project Collaboration for Expo 2017. >>
  • To COBie or Not To COBie? For Vectorworks Users, That is the Question. >>
  • French language Solibri Model Checker now available! >>
  • Upcoming Twinmotion 2018 live webinar on Aug 17. >>
  • Free demo of new AutoTURN Version 10.1. >>
  • Latest BIM enabled version of Keysoft Landscape software. >>
  • ALLPLAN Supports Three EU Projects for the Future of Building. >>
  • Sefaira blog post: A Workflow for Early-Stage Architect-Engineer Collaboration. >>
  • 4M IDEA Architecture 14 has been released: Download free trial. >>
  • Newforma Congratulates AIA Georgia Design Winners. >>
  • Case Study: Mott MacDonald Bentley Project uses ProjectWise and OpenPlant to manage BIM deliverables. >>
  • Deltek Customers Ranked Among the 'Best-of-the-Best' Consulting Firms. >>

From the AECbytes Archives

  • Now that BIM has conquered the building industry and is here to stay, this article explores the application of the same "information modeling" concept to infrastructure.
  • While the "Internet of Things" can be used to make buildings with smarter controls and sensors once they are built, and inhabited, can it also be applied in the design and construction phases?
  • A broad overview of the IFC model without delving too deeply into its technicalities, intended to provide a better understanding of it to the AEC practitioner interested in interoperability.