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.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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