Autodesk Inc., a company that produces AutoCAD and building information modeling (BIM) software for the building industry, released green building software it acquired in the purchase of Green Building Studio and Carmel Software Corp. Both of the acquired companies produce software for construction sustainability. “Autodesk is committed to providing technology that makes sustainable design easier and more efficient,” says Jay Bhatt, senior vice president of Autodesk ACE Solutions.
Green Building Studio was launched on the Internet in 2004. The Web service offers building energy and carbon analysis tools for architects and designers using CAD and BIM software from Autodesk. The tool lets builders analyze building design proposals for sustainability. Carmel Software provides HVAC mechanical engineering software that delivers thermal load calculation to give engineers the data needed to determine the necessary size of HVAC systems. Carmel’s programs were also developed for compatibility with BIM software.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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