AIA 2015 Convention and Expo

This article takes a closer look at the BIM applications, extensions, and conceptual design tools that were exhibited at the recent AIA convention held in Atlanta. These include the upcoming releases of Vectorworks and ArchiCAD, a new “SEPS to BIM” plug-in for importing intelligent health objects into SketchUp or a BIM application, Revit add-ons from AGACAD, updates on FormIt and Dynamo from Autodesk as well as the launch of a new pared-down and less-expensive Revit Collaboration Suite, and developments on mobile viewing and 3D printing in SketchUp. In addition, there were several analysis and visualization applications that were exhibited, which will be described in the upcoming Q2 2015 issue of AECbytes magazine. This year’s AIA convention also provided attendees the opportunity to hear former US President, Bill Clinton, deliver the opening keynote address in person.