Google EarthThe recent entry of online search specialist, Google into the spatial arena with Google Earth has caused a frenzy of activity, but what implications might this new generation technology have for mapping in the construction sector?

VisualisationWith the use of VIZ Render and a few extra minutes of work on your Architectural Desktop model, anyone can produce a fairly good rendered image says CADline’s Technical Services Manager, Justin Taylor.

MotorwayContinuing his theme of mapping, James Cutler, CEO, eMapSite, looks at the use of bespoke web portals that allow multiple levels of access (management team, project team, client, suppliers, sub-consultants, quality team) to various project resources via a simple website.

British museumThis month's Cambridge-based workshop and conference, held at the British Museum in London, demonstrated that the momentum behind the Smart Geometry group continues to grow. In the first of two articles, Martyn Day reports.

GenerativeBentley’s long-term development of parametric modelling tools has finally reached the real world. The Smart Geometry Group continues to evangelise Bentley’s unique approach to form design.

OS MapContinuing the theme of previous articles, James Cutler, eMapSite, aims to further demystify OS MasterMap, by explaining how to use it and why for so many commercial users new systems need not be sought, contrary to advice in some quarters.

eMapSiteJames Cutler, CEO, eMapSite, looks at how Web services have enabled a new breed of digital geographic data supplier to play the multi-part role of data broker, data assimilation service and presentation toolkit.

RevitIn the latest of his series of articles on Autodesk Revit, CADline's Paul Woddy looks at how Revit's powerful scheduling functionality can be extended, with the use of additional parameters, to enable it to count more effectively.

RobbieRob Jamieson revisits an area which is very important for the design sector, but not necessarily as important to general computing. 64-bit Windows is shipping but does it work for mainstream CAD?

CadlineIn Architectural Desktop 2006, Display Themes are used to incorporate non-graphical data in a drawing by highlighting objects that meet certain specified criteria. This feature can dramatically reduce the production time for a drawing.

OS MapOrdnance Survey’s Mastermap promised the earth when it was launched, but its uptake in the AEC sector has been limited. James Cutler of eMapSite puts forward the case as to why CAD and GIS users should choose MasterMap as their mapping base.

Online toolsA new generation of online services are now allowing diverse project teams to collaborate and manage geographic information more efficiently says James Cutler, CEO at eMapSite.

Laptops: Future proofed?As an engineer or designer what exactly do you need from a laptop? Rob Jamieson dispels some of the common myths about technology and future proofing for Computer Aided Design on the go.

Adding topography to topologyTerrain data is playing an increasingly important role in the AEC sector. James Cutler, Managing Director of eMapSite, looks at the wealth of data that’s currently available to engineers, planners and architects for use in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and CAD applications.

OpenGL in Windows VistaMicrosoft’s next operating system, Windows Vista will feature DirectX at its heart. This could have major implications for OpenGL, the graphics API behind the majority of CAD applications, says Greg Corke.

BIM and the Freedom TowerWhile the CAD firms have been talking about BIM, there have been few projects that deliver on the vision. Autodesk has managed to pull off a major customer coup with Revit playing an important role in the design of New York's Freedom Tower.

EMapSiteContinuing his series of articles on digital mapping, James Cutler, emapSite takes a closer look at the use of imagery and aerial photography and their value to disciplines across the Architecture, Engineering, Construction sector.

MemoryOne of the primary benefits of 64-bit Windows XP is that it will be able to address more than 2Gb of memory per application. AEC Magazine put this to the test with the beta version of the forthcoming Operating System and two IBM IntelliStations from Matek.

CadlineIn the latest of a series of articles on Autodesk Revit, CADline's Paul A Woddy looks at how 'Shared Parameters' can extend the capabilities of scheduling and customised component libraries.