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I’ve had a profile on LinkedIn,the business focused social network site, for quite a while. It recently had a major make-over and I find the new interface much more approachable.
It also seems like it has taken off as I’ve seen much more activity recently. I’m not sure if this the new UI working, more people experimenting with business focused social networks or just because I’m using it more myself?
It has been handy to keep in contact with former colleagues, find new contacts in related industries or other areas of interest. I’ve also been able to help a few others as LinkedIn relies on a trusted referral model. Seems odd that someone in Idaho was introduced to a contact in the U.K. via a referrer in New Zealand. I knew both, but they wouldn’t have known I was a mutual contact without LinkedIn..
If you’re considering joining, or already using, LinkedIn and Outlook be sure to get their free Outlook Toolbar. In addition to adding LinkedIn integration it’s got a handy “Grab” tool, powered by anagram, which allows you to transfer contact information from an email directly into an Outlook Contact (in the correct fields).
An example of Outlook integration is this info button. It appears on emails and enables you to see if your contact uses LinkedIn, showing their chosen public profile, or invite them if they don’t!
If you’re a TypePad Blogger LinkedIn can be integrated with your side-bar using, literally, a single tick-box. They also offer a variety of HTML badges for any web page or blog post!
I haven’t spent much time working with DataCAD. In fact, probably more time getting stuff out of it, for other platforms, than creating anything in it! However, news of a new release caught my attention.
I remember going to an AutoCAD launch years ago, maybe r14?, and they mentioned a future where smart objects would replace line work enabling you to build a 3D virtual model. I also remember thinking – while they said it – don’t waste your time showing me the new widgets in AutoCAD, just give me those smart things!
The object model hinted at became a reality a short time later with the release of Architectural Desktop. At the time ArchiCAD users probably wondered what all the fuss was about…
Then along came Revit offering coherent building models capable of retaining, even responding to, design intent thanks to a database structure and parametrics. Even ArchiCAD users noticed and I suspect, maybe reluctantly, thought that was smart…
But reading this review of DataCAD 12 I thought I’d gone through a time warp;
DataCAD Gets Smart - Cadalyst AEC "So if a sliding glass door is added to the model, it will automatically cut the hole in the wall planes and add all the appropriate geometry of the sliding glass door. If the designer then decides she wants that door to be a double French door instead, she does not have to redraw anything; she just tells the program to make the door a double French door, and the wall and door geometry will automatically change."
Wow, that’s still considered new and smart in 2008?
It might not be parametric but AutoCAD Architecture 2009 (ACA) has included a number of updates which enable Building Model Information to be managed and exchanged. By refining existing features like Classifications, Property Sets and IFC import/export ACA enables object and performance data to be managed in the Building Model and exchanged with other applications.
It’s a very BIM’like focus for an application Autodesk marketing relegates to being “AutoCAD for Architects”. If you’re looking at AutoCAD Architecture as a tool to speed up drafting there is little point loading it with performance data or considering IFC exchange. If you want an AutoCAD based Building Model which manages Information…
I was going to write a longer post on the new ACA 2009 features but over at BIMology Tomislav already has!
BIMology: Smarter and Greener BIM with ACA 2009 This article might be offensive to those that are fundamentally opposed to the idea of using ACA as a BIM supporting platform, but nevertheless I cannot withhold my enthusiasm for the improvements that have been made with this new and somewhat downplayed release of 2009…
It’s not easy being green, according to Kermit, but this resource aims to make it a little simpler for Kiwis. It’s an New Zealand specific website with green building information, specifications and products.
The leaders in the New Zealand building industry have united to make Greenbuild possible. The result? A single location for listing and assessing New Zealand’s building products, with a particular emphasis on their sustainability. It’s a simple idea. If we measure the sustainability of buildings overall, what about their component parts?
Greenbuild lists these parts (and adds more all the time), comparing their performance through independent environmental assessments.
Greenbuild is a joint venture between Building Research, Masterspec, the NZ Institute of Architects, Registered Masterbuilders and Green NZ.