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From the Editor: What Inspires You?

Each day I rummage through my email, hoping for just a few treasures, as if I were at a flea market or a thrift store. I’m hoping for some tiny morsel of inspiration, whether it’s a project that stands out or an interesting topic to share. How do you choose which projects you will work on? Do you even get that choice? Once you begin your work, what inspires you?…

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Industry Outlook: Industry 4.0 to Disrupt Construction

You hear it every day. The construction business is changing. You need to be prepared for the technological transformation. Jobsites need to be outfitted with digital technology that will enhance productivity, safety and collaboration. This is all being driven by the potential of Industry 4.0, which takes the IoT (Internet of Things) to the next level. It’s more than just connecting devices to the internet. Specifically, it will impact both construction workers and operators out in the field, as well as building owners.…

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VR Tools for AEC Professionals: Worldviz Introduces Vizible

Vizible isn’t just about enabling these interactions, though. As Zach Goepel from Procore Technologies (a Santa Barbara construction project management software company not too far from us) notes: “What’s unique about Vizible is how easy it is to share an experience with others.” Making the next generation of user-friendly collaboration tools requires expertise with user interfaces for VR, and we’ve been building that expertise for more than a decade at WorldViz. We want to help users hold meetings and demos in virtual reality as easily as they would have a Skype call. …

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Special Report: Vectorworks Hosts Third Annual Design Summit

As an architecture student, you were exposed to a particular design software. Maybe it was one of the most well known in the field at the time. After graduation, when you joined an architecture firm or opened your own, you went with that software, right? Vectorworks wants to be the go-to BIM software for the AEC environment, and to change how you think about design software.…

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From the Editor: After the Storms

Harvey. Irma. Jose. Katia. No, these are not random names. They are the hurricanes on record while we were preparing this issue of Masonry Design. Most, if not all, of you are familiar with Harvey and Irma, two large hurricanes which brought about incredible destruction in the Southeast United States in August and September — destruction to the tune of tens of billions of dollars in Houston, Texas, and all across the state of Florida.…

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Industry Outlook: New Software Aids in Green Building and Roofing Practices

It’s no secret that green building is growing in the United States — a practice where the structure and application of processes are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life cycle. Specifically, the North American green roof industry experienced an estimated 10.3 percent increase in 2016 over 2015, recording 889 projects in 40 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces (2016 Annual Green Roof Industry Survey).…

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Virtual Reality – Twinmotion 2018: Real-Time VR Software for Architects and Designers

Virtual reality (VR) architectural visualization, long a staple of the European market, has been making inroads in the U.S. market as well, and Twinmotion 2018 is well positioned to lead the charge. Released by France’s Abvent Group in July, Twinmotion 2018 is the latest version of its award-winning 3D immersion software developed especially for architects, designers, urban planners and landscapers — regardless of the size and complexity of their project, equipment, computer skills or modeler.…

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From the Editor: A Home Run for Masonry Design

A March 2017 report by The New York Times described the online retail giant Amazon’s foray into brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon is slowly building physical bookstores and grocery/convenience stores and is exploring stores that would sell furniture, home appliances and electronics.…

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