• Theme: Building Automation, Software

    OpenVSP is a parametric aircraft geometry tool that allows users to create a 3-D model of an aircraft defined by common engineering parameters. This model can be processed into formats suitable for engineering analysis. Beginning in the early 1990s, J.R. Gloudemans and others developed for NASA what we now know as the...

    Aircraft Design Software (ADS) offers a way to make a complete conceptual design of a single or multi engine aircraft of different sizes, from the small UAV to the light commuter aircraft. It was developed 20 years ago by Didier Breyne, founder and managing director of OAD, but first put on the market in 2009. It’s...

    In the wake of the 2008 U.S. housing crisis and Great Recession, people had to rely on resources other than money, and the movement of autonomous and collaborative initiatives was born. In a 2013 Ted Talk, Wikihouses founder Alastair Parvin asks, “Who are the people that make cities?” Around the same time, resourceful...

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    Only a few years ago, the concept of a “smart city”—or one that uses a complex network of wireless devices to facilitate communication between buildings and infrastructure, residents, service providers and administrators—seemed like science fiction. Today fiction is rapidly becoming reality. A recent report from...

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    BIM was under discussion at Batimat 2015 in Paris, a leading biennial construction exhibition. One pertinent BIM presentation was made by Agence Qualite Construction (AQC), a Paris-based organization. To examine the performance of BIM, AQC launched a study in 2010 that would follow the construction processes of 40...

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