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Why Isn't There a Smarter BIM Tool for Building Design, Yet?

This Viewpoint article by Lachmi Khemlani, Founder and Editor of AECbytes, questions why we still don't have a smart building design tool which does not require us to painstakingly model every detail in our buildings, but can automatically create much of it from a conceptual sketch using a rule-based expert ...

AECbytes Magazine


The Q1 2015 issue is here!


It includes the following articles:


  • High-Speed Rail and BIM
  • 3D Scanning, Printing, and Visualization at the Inaugural REAL Conference

  • Firm Profile – LEO A DALY

  • Discussion: Generative Design Tools in AEC

  • HOK's Fifth Annual BIM Awards

... and more!

The digital version is FREE. Download a PDF copy here, To read the magazine online or to download an iPad version, use this link.


For a printed copy or discounted annual subscription, click here.

Revit 2016's New Physical-Realistic Rendering Engine

The 2016 version of Revit that was just announced has a number of new features, a key one of which is the new CPU-based Autodesk Raytracer rendering engine as an alternative to NVIDIA's GPU-based mental ray rendering engine. This article covers what is new and different about this new rendering ...

High Speed Rail and BIM

This article explores the potential use of BIM on high-speed rail (HSR) projects, in the wake of the formal launch of California’s planned High Speed Rail initiative, and explores whether we can expect the use of BIM to significantly lower the cost of new HSR projects than those implemented in the pre-BIM era ...

AEC Technology Updates: Design and Analysis Applications

This article captures the key AEC technology updates related to building design and analysis applications, including Graphisoft's BIMx Pro, Nemetschek's Allplan, 4M's IntelliCAD-based BIM suite, the new MEPdesigner for SketchUp from Trimble, ArchiCAD add-ons from the Cadimage Group, Revit ...