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From the Editor: Start the New Year Looking Back to See Forward

February 16, 2017 - in Articles, Column

With 2016 in the rearview mirror, it’s a great time to reflect on our accomplishments and failures as well as look ahead at the potential 2017 holds for us as individuals and for our industry as a whole. Look Back Professionally, 2016 was a busy and exciting…

Use the Cloud to ‘Make It Rain’

February 14, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

By Mark Scacco, P.E. Hybrid cloud solutions provide immediate access to project data regardless of internet connectivity Unless you’ve been hiding under…

From the Editor: Celebrating the Work We Do

December 19, 2016 - in Articles, Column

Timing is everything, and I couldn’t have timed my joining Informed Infrastructure any better. The AEC industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, and…

From The Editor: An Honor and Privilege to Serve Our AEC Community

October 12, 2016 - in Column

Ten years ago, I gave a presentation at the Trimble Dimensions annual training and networking seminar. The session was focused on the interoperability between Trimble’s data collection and reduction software, and Autodesk’s CAD modeling software, so it…

InfraWorks 360 Is Growing Up: From Conceptual Tool to Detailed Design, InfraWorks Adds Engineering-Grade Features

September 27, 2016 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Since its initial release a few years ago, Autodesk InfraWorks 360 (IW360) has been received as an interesting software-development exercise in what a BIM application for infrastructure could look like, with some promising but limited functionality. Some robust…

The Village at Westfield Topanga: Strict Runoff Regulations Require Creative Solution

August 8, 2016 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

In 1964, the first enclosed shopping mall in California opened its doors. Located in Canoga Park, a neighborhood in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, Westfield Topanga is a two-level, 1.6-million-square-foot indoor shopping center. In 2015, its owners embarked…

Managing the Model: Varied Organizations Lead the Charge for AEC Improvements

May 31, 2016 - in Column

For nearly 15 years, my company, Engineered Efficiency, has worked with thousands of AEC users and firms to help them get the most out of the technology they use (or could be using). But this is a large industry with a tremendous amount of variety and disparate…

Tower of Power

April 20, 2016 - in Feature, Featured

Strong Steel Overcomes Constraints at a Tight Site In Chicago, one of the world’s architectural capitals, it’s not uncommon to see unusual buildings, innovative designs and creative construction techniques. The winds are strong, the soil is poor, and there…

Managing the Model: Getting the Lead on the Late Majority

April 3, 2016 - in Column

A longtime acquaintance recently started an engineering design firm, and he asked me and my staff at Engineered Efficiency to help him get their AEC technology up and running. Right now, his company is small and has a clean slate: they don’t have any bad…

Managing the Model: Why Do A/E Firms Hate BIM?

January 31, 2016 - in Column

It’s possible that “hate” in this column’s title is too strong a sentiment—perhaps “have indifference toward BIM” is more appropriate. I spend a lot of time talking to owners and department managers at A/E firms, and a common chorus I repeatedly…