Saturday, December 3, 2016

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OpenBOM updates visualization and CAD management

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 10:17 AM PST

Using cloud technology to replace spreadsheets and paper for the Bill of Materials is a small but vital advance for manufacturing.   Start-up Newman Cloud has announced an update to its cloud-based engineering management software OpenBOM which includes new tracking features, CAD synchronization, and visualization enhancements. The OpenBOM team says the new additions are designed [...]

Friday, December 2, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Dasher 360: Give it a try!

Posted: 02 Dec 2016 09:12 AM PST

During the lead up to Autodesk University 2016, held a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, we made a number of key updates to Dasher 360. For those of you who haven't heard of it, Dasher 360 is Project Dasher re-imagined for the web using Autodesk's Forge platform. Here's a video that shows many of the enhancements we've made in recent months: Aside from my AU2016 class on Dasher – and how we used Forge to implement it – Alex Tessier and I presented Dasher 360 during the Construction Launch Pad event in front of around 1,000 attendees. Our...

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NGCodec takes video codec to Amazon cloud

Posted: 01 Dec 2016 08:00 AM PST

4K resolution for virtual and augmented reality video compression; only send pixels to the head mounted display. Video services start-up NGCodec today announced it has been working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the development of its RealityCodec for hardware-accelerated AWS-based video encoding and processing for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). RealityCodec allows [...]

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Intelligent 3D Façade Templated Design

Intelligent 3D Façade Templated Design

Intelligent 3D Façade Templated Design

Posted: 01 Dec 2016 04:00 AM PST

Geoffrey M. Haines, Desktop Engineering

Geoffrey M. Haines, BSc(Eng), ACGI, C Eng, MIMechE, FRSA

By Geoff Haines

If you think back to your first days in a design office, in a new industry, fresh from college, you'll remember that there was always a designer who'd been there many years. That was the person you sought for help, as they had all the experience of what works and what doesn't.

It was Oscar Wilde who said, "Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes." Why shouldn't you capture that experience to then avoid making the same mistakes?

There is a way this can be achieved which is by using a templated approach to design or, to use another term, “Knowledge Based Engineering”.

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Knowledge Based Engineering sounds like a complicated process but our simple application and approach allows an organisation to capture best practises and methodologies which become an automatic benefit for all concerned.

It is a way to create fully detailed designs and manufacturing information automatically.

Further, designers can then optimise, or "optioneer", many different ideas or solutions quickly to enhance the design process.

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3d_facade At Desktop Engineering we have taken this idea and developed what we term an Intelligent Rainscreen Panel for façade designers and fabricators.

Using Dassault's 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, we have captured the rules and formulae that drive the shape, strength, weight, and cost of a panel.

Factors such as blank sheet utilisation, different materials and thicknesses, and knowledge of manufacturing costs (laser cutting, folding) are all accounted for in the rules.

Further, the secondary structure or rails, that hold the panels have also been created as intelligent parts with similar information.

Combine these intelligent templates with an automated process for replicating them on a 3D building model and, within minutes, users are able to create a full design with manufacturing drawings, material schedules, and costs.

Alternate designs can be recreated by simply varying one or several parameters and then seeing the resultant recalculated cost and design.

Of course there is no single set of knowledge or experiences, as then there would be no differentiation between competing façade fabricators.

However, with the basis of one set of Knowledge within our Intelligent Rainscreen Panel, we are able to customise this set to suit particular fabricators.

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Design | @Desktop_Eng @3DSAEC

Originally published on the Desktop Engineering Blog

bim-whitepaperRelated Resources

END-TO-END COLLABORATION ENABLED BY BIM LEVEL 3: An Industry Approach Based on Best Practices from Manufacturing

Facade Design for Fabrication Industry Process Experience

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Autodesk revenue down 18% in third quarter

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 05:02 AM PST

The warnings about lower revenue during business model transition are still true. AutoCAD business is in the cellar. By Randall S. Newton Autodesk (NASDAQ: ADSK) continues to see revenue declines as it moves through its transition from selling software licenses to selling software subscriptions. Revenue in the third quarter of Fiscal 2017 (ended October 31, [...]

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Will Robots Make Our Jobs Obsolete?

Will Robots Make Our Jobs Obsolete?

Will Robots Make Our Jobs Obsolete?

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 05:40 PM PST


By Catherine Bolgar

Stock Market Robot Trading

Advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics are taking over jobs that are repetitive, predictable and sometimes dangerous for people to do. The impact of automation on society depends on how fast it occurs—and how quickly displaced workers transition to other forms of employment.

"What most people don't realize is the labor market has always evolved over time. Recent advances in artificial intelligence have the potential to accelerate the rate of change," says Jerry Kaplan, futurist and author of the book "Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Know."

"There will be plenty of work," he adds. "Many jobs cannot be automated with new technology. As we become wealthier, the demand for jobs increases as people spend more money."

A 2013 study estimates that computerization puts 47% of total U.S. employment at risk. A survey by the World Economic Forum earlier this year estimates that automation will cause a net loss of more than five million jobs globally between 2015 and 2020, out of the 13.5 million the surveyed companies currently employ. A canvassing of experts by the Pew Research Center found that about 48% expect significant displacement of workers from automation by 2025, with the other 52% expecting that technology creates more jobs than it displaces.

"My view is that there is ultimately going to be less work," says Martin Ford, futurist and author of the book "Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future."

A lot of jobs—maybe half the jobs out there—are doing things that are predictable," Ford adds. "It doesn't matter what industry you're in or even the skill level."

A radiologist must go through years of extensive schooling, but mostly does routine work that increasingly is being aided by computers, he says. Software can generate news stories and can translate spoken language in real time.

"Machines are taking on cognitive capability," he says. "Machine learning can figure things out. It's really disruptive. Especially deep learning. It's just amazing."

CyborgHowever, many of the jobs ripe for automation are low-skilled jobs, from driving to coffee-making to burger-flipping, Mr. Ford says, perhaps not entirely replacing them but greatly reducing their number.

"Technology will create jobs, but will the person driving a taxi be able to do that job? In many cases, the answer will be no," he says.

Retraining programs and geographic mobility will be key to helping people whose work has become obsolete to change professions, Mr. Kaplan says, adding, "We need to align our social policies with the economic realities."

These changes have happened before. Forty or 50 years ago, more than a million people, mostly women, worked as telephone operators; today, that occupation employs less than one-twentieth of that number. "Do we lament the loss of those jobs?" Mr. Kaplan asks.

New jobs will arise as we create new wants and needs that we can't even imagine now, Mr. Kaplan says.

"Historically, average U.S. household income doubles every 40 years, but our desires and expectations for our standard of living rise at the same rate," he says. "If you wanted to live like somebody in 1900 you could probably be fine working 15 hours a week. Today most people would like to have a TV and indoor plumbing, so we work longer and harder to increase our standard of living. It's more about our expectations and desires than some hard-and-fast rule of economics."

Robot human hand connectionThe World Economic Forum's survey of employers found the greatest expectation for demand in computer and mathematical jobs, with a 3.21% compound annual growth rate from 2015 to 2020, followed by architecture and engineering, with 2.71% expected growth. Office and administrative jobs, however, are expected to contract 4.91%, worse than the 1.63% decline in manufacturing and production employment, among respondents. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) looks by country at the percentage of jobs with high potential for automation or significant change in tasks.

Automation is here to stay. "It's integral to capitalism," Mr. Ford says. "There's this huge incentive to become more efficient. If your competitors do it, you do the same thing or you're quickly going to be irrelevant. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the biggest things happening right now, and pretty soon all companies will have to incorporate them."


Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

Photos courtesy of iStock

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

A busy day at EPFL

Posted: 30 Nov 2016 10:53 AM PST

Yesterday I was back at EPFL to visit a number of different people/teams. The main purpose of the trip was to meet with Klaus Schönenberger and Solomzi Makohliso from EssentialTech: an EPFL organization focused on reducing poverty by encouraging transfer of essential technology to developing nations. Examples of technology that has been transferred by the programme are a safe, affordable X-ray technology and a protective suit for working with Ebola patients. Image © 2016 EPFL Alain Herzog The delivery mechanism for the technology will either be an existing company or a startup, depending on the situation. The work EssentialTech...

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Forge DevCon - Call For Proposals

Posted: 29 Nov 2016 02:58 PM PST

Have you created something cool using the Autodesk Forge platform and want to share with others what you learnt? :)
Then why not do it at our next Autodesk Forge DevCon taking place at the Fort Mason Center, San FranciscoJune 27th to 28th, 2017?

Call for proposals is now open.

To submit your proposal, visit and click on the 'Call for Papers' tab - or go straight to the Call for Papers site, where you'll find more information about the types of sessions we're looking for.

-Adam (@AdamTheNagy)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Industry vendors join in new model based enterprise interoperability research project

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 08:00 AM PST

Purdue University joins with Anark, ITI, Lockheed Martin, and others to increase the use of intelligent assets in 3D models. Several engineering software vendors are joining with manufacturers and academia in a new research project to improve the usability of intelligent model based enterprise (MBE) technologies for manufacturing. The goal of the "Supply Chain MBE/TDP [...]

Monday, November 28, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Speak at the Autodesk Forge DevCon 2017: call for papers now open

Posted: 28 Nov 2016 09:22 AM PST

The "call for papers" is now open for the next edition of the Forge DevCon being held at Fort Mason in San Francisco on June 27-28, 2017. Here's a quick reminder of how the first DevCon went down, to whet your appetite. You can already pre-register your interest in attending, but I'm currently more focused on getting potential speakers to sign up to talk. I'll once again be running the AR/VR track (as well as the associated exhibition area) for the event, so if you feel you have something to share in this space, please go ahead and submit...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Graphisoft adds Google Cardboard support to BIMx architectural presentation app

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 07:00 AM PST

Virtual reality for viewing the virtual building model. BIM software developer Graphisoft, maker of ArchiCAD and BIMx for architects, has added support for the Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer as an update to BIMx. The new VR functionality will allow users of either Android or iOS smartphones to view building models in an immersive 3D [...]

Friday, November 25, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Google Earth VR | 3D Rudder

Posted: 25 Nov 2016 07:45 AM PST

It's Friday – and a holiday in the US – so it's time for some fun… Some weeks ago I received an interesting device through the post. It's called the 3D Rudder and is made by a startup in Marseille. They've basically created a foot-controlled joystick with three degrees of freedom, so you can control roll, pitch and yaw, all while keeping your hands free. The makers of the 3D Rudder originally intended it for navigating in 3D design applications – one of the founders is an architect by background – so their interest in me playing with it...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Technical innovations in natural resources

Technical innovations in natural resources

Technical innovations in natural resources

Posted: 24 Nov 2016 08:02 PM PST

By Catherine Bolgar

Uranium mine

Natural resources companies, like those in many sectors, are adapting technological innovations developed for other uses. They also are breaking ground themselves.

"The interesting thing is that every industry has something to teach other industries," says Dan Miklovic, principal analyst at LNS Research, a technology research firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Here are some examples of how natural resources companies have adapted innovations from other sectors:


Autonomous vehicles

"Mining was one of the first industries to use autonomous vehicles," Mr. Miklovic says. "Autonomous mining trucks operate all over the world today."

Autonomous vehicles, including trains and smart mining systems, allow mines in desolate or dangerous areas to greatly reduce the number of workers needed and to improve safety, especially underground and undersea, he adds.

Autonomous vehicles conduct inspections where it's too dangerous for humans to go, says Jim Crompton, subject matter expert for Noah Consulting, a Houston division of Bangalore-based technology consultancy Infosys.



Drones, adapted from the military, are being used to inspect offshore oil platforms in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico and may be adopted for land use as well if regulations change, Mr. Crompton notes.

Offshore oil rig drilling gas platformThe oil and gas industry also has adopted the safety culture of military nuclear submarines. "After the Horizon drilling disaster, there was a real strong push to drill wells more safely," he says. "There can be no accidents in the nuclear reactors in submarines. The framework from the nuclear submarine industry was added to the oil and gas environment."

In addition, military and intelligence set an example for cybersecurity. "It's not well known, but oil and gas is probably second to the government and financial services as a target for hackers," he says. "Some is intellectual property theft. But it can be even more serious. Everything is connected now and someone can change the control parameters and cause a physical accident."



Natural resources companies, along with medical imaging, led the way to the development of high-performance acoustic imaging technology to see below the surface, whether of skin or earth, Mr. Crompton says. Companies can model underground reserves in 3D and even 4D, showing the change over time.



Just as manufacturers manage the entire factory as a whole, rather than each critical piece of equipment separately, oil and gas firms increasingly view their operations as a single operation with repetitive functions, notes Mr. Crompton. They drill wells in a repetitive way in order to gain efficiencies and use sensors, control systems and executing systems to monitor the entire operation.



As planes fly, sensors on myriad parts capture and transmit data for real-time analysis so that even small maintenance jobs can be handled while the plane is on the ground between flights.

"Oil and gas is now doing that on compressors, turbines, pumps and even blowout preventers," Mr. Crompton says.

Diagnostics have greatly improved to predict if a part is about to fail and cause alarms to sound, Mr. Miklovic says. "What they haven't done is take the analytics to the next level. They haven't gone past predicting when failures are going to happen, to telling users what to do to prevent the failure."


Information Technology

Rather than sell a piece of equipment, some suppliers now are selling capability and guaranteeing reliability, Mr. Crompton says, similar to the IT model of "software as a service." For example, blowout equipment can be leased for a decade with the maintenance included.

RefineryNatural resources companies have employed modeling tools to design distillation towers and cracking equipment, for example, and are now using data analytics to measure how well their models map back to reality, Mr. Miklovic says.

However, they have yet to fully exploit the vast amounts of data they collect, using it, for example, to refine information about rock density, rock hardness and the amount of valuable mineral in the ore to continuously improve production, he says. "Natural resources involve a huge amount of variability," he adds. "They could do a better job of going back to accurately gauge how well their predictions related to reality."



The supply chain for natural resources companies is highly complex, and traditionally companies had warehouses of spare parts. By using sophisticated logistics systems, companies can eliminate the cost of keeping warehouses and stocks of spare parts, while ensuring the supplier can get the right part to the right place at the right time, Mr. Crompton says.


Challenges Ahead

A number of technologies are likely to affect the natural resources sector in coming years, from better communications to 3D printing, to better understanding the chemical breakdown of ore as it is getting processed, Mr. Miklovic says.

The challenge the natural resources industry has is it needs to stay current with technologies," Miklovic says. "Don't let them get too far ahead because there will be someone in your industry that adopts them quickly."



Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

Photos courtesy of iStock

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Affinity Designer now available on Windows

Posted: 23 Nov 2016 08:00 AM PST

A top seller on the Mac goes after Adobe Illustrator in a wider marketplace, offering speed, a rich feature set and a perpetual use license. A fast-rising challenger to Adobe Illustrator on the Mac is now shipping a Windows version. British software developer Serif says its Affinity Designer has been the best-selling professional design and [...]

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

From tomorrow: meet Mimus at the Design Museum

Posted: 23 Nov 2016 01:38 AM PST

Madeline Gannon's exhibit – featuring Mimus, the industrial robot that reacts to (and even interacts with) visitors – opens tomorrow (November 24th, 2016) at the Design Museum in London. I mentioned Madeline's project in a recent post as I'd had the chance to interact with it at the Autodesk Boston BUILD space. There's also an interesting article discussing the project that's just been posted over on In the Fold. Here's a video describing the motivation behind the project in more depth: If you're interested in how Mimus looks when not surrounded by glass, here's the video I recorded when...

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Graphics add-in board shipments up 9.2% in third quarter

Posted: 22 Nov 2016 10:00 AM PST

In the past 12 months AMD has taken 11 points of market share from Nvidia. New market data from Jon Peddie Research shows that graphics add-in board (AIB) sales are on an upward trend. Shipments during the third quarter of 2016 (ending September 30) increased from the second quarter of 2016 by 38.2%; this is [...]

Monday, November 21, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

VR/AR, Generative Design and Robots at AU2016

Posted: 21 Nov 2016 08:03 AM PST

As usual, this year's Autodesk University was a crazy tech-fest. Here's a lightning round-up of some of the cool stuff I saw, through the lens of my personal interests and the small amount of spare time I managed to spend exploring. Firstly, AR and VR were everywhere. The Future of Making Things Pavilion had 11 different VR booths, some of which were connected for collaborative experiences. I didn't get to try any (argh!) but I'm told I'll be getting access to the experiences for our VR installation in Neuchatel, in due course. One of my favourite projects in recent...

Saturday, November 19, 2016

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Gaming market continues to buoy graphics chips vendors

Posted: 18 Nov 2016 07:00 AM PST

All three leading vendors saw third quarter shipments increase sharply from last quarter. All three major computer graphics chips vendors saw increased sales in the third quarter of 2016 over the previous quarter, as PC and game console manufacturers prepare inventory for the fourth quarter. According to the latest market research report from Jon Peddie [...]

Friday, November 18, 2016

Autocad Interface

Autocad Interface

Autodesk University 2016: keynotes and classes

Posted: 17 Nov 2016 07:57 PM PST

Tuesday was my big day at AU2016: my colleagues, Alex Tessier, and I delivered a short segment during the Construction Launchpad session attended by roughly 1,000 people. This shot gives some idea of the size of the audience. I think it's probably the first time I've delivered a session with a camera showing me in close-up on the big screen. Here are a few tweets from the audience, showing what it probably looked like. Collaborative design review - Autodesk research using Microsoft Halolens. @keanw #au2016— Clay Helm (@HelmClay) November 15, 2016 Visualising data using @Autodesk Dasher 360 as...