Spaces: iPad App for Conceptual Design

This review explores the new Spaces iPad app for sketch-based conceptual design which meshes the concept of a building model with drawing on the iPad, allowing building designs to be explored on the iPad quickly and fluidly.

Enscape: Real-Time Design Visualization

This review explores Enscape, a real-time photorealistic rendering application that connects directly to Revit, Archicad, SketchUp, Rhino, and Vectorworks, allowing designers to see their models in real time and present them to clients.

Nearmap: Aerial Imagery for AEC

This article provides an overview of Nearmap, which provides frequently-updated aerial imagery of most of the populated areas in North America, Australia, and New Zealand for use in building and infrastructure design.

Allplan 2022

This review explores the new features and improvements in Allplan 2022 for navigation, model inspection, visualization, scripting, automated reinforcement, terrain modeling, road design, bridge design, construction scheduling, and more.

More Reviews

Archicad 25

VisiLean: BIM Integrated Lean Construction Planning

IES Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL)

Infurnia: Cloud-based Architecture and Interior Design

Layer: Capturing and Organizing Building Data

TonicDM: Project Information Management for AEC

IDEA Architecture 19

Visicon: Model Review and Validation

Allplan 2019

Solibri Model Checker

Allplan 2018

vPlanner: Visual Planning to Facilitate Building Construction

ArchiCAD 9

ENVIRONMENT for Revit

Understanding BIM (Book Review)

BEXEL Manager

FINE MEP: BIM for MEP Engineering

ARCHICAD 23

BIM for Facility Managers (Book Review)

Naturally Animated Architecture (Book Review)

BIM Handbook, Third Edition (Book Review)

Cityzenith Smart World for City Information Modeling

Aconex: Cloud Platform for AEC Collaboration

BIMx Docs

Piranesi 4

Selected Earlier Articles

Thornton Tomasetti

CORE Studio: AEC Technology Development at Thornton Tomasetti

This article explores the cutting-edge AEC technology applications developed by CORE Studio, a dedicated software development group at Thornton Tomasetti. The applications including Konstru, Swarm, Asterisk, Trace, and many more for design, analysis, collaboration and visualization.

Layer software

Layer: Capturing and Organizing Building Data

Layer is a new AEC application that was launched close to six months ago to address what seems to be an obvious need in the industry—organizing and integrating the vast amount of disparate data that is typically collected on site during the retrofit or construction of a building project.

Merdeka 118

Merdeka 118: Project Profile

Fender Katsalidis describes the implementation of AEC technology on the “Merdeka 118” project, a 118-storey, mega-tall skyscraper under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon completion, it will become the tallest building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and the second-tallest building in the world.

Social Distance Modelling

Social Distance Modelling for COVID

This article 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 system.