Looking back at the year’s AEC trends
AEC Weekly magazine ticks off the top 10 trends affecting architects, engineers, and consultants.
Between a historical presidential election and dismal economy, 2008 brought significant change (good and bad) to the architecture, engineering, and consulting industry. AEC Weekly magazine summarized the top 10 trends affecting the field over the past year.
1. Building information modeling: Although BIM chatter has been heard for years, the number of projects actually benefitting from its use are increasing.
2. Bentley/Autodesk Interoperability Agreement: This pact stands to greatly improve the accuracy and speed of project information flow.
3. Emerging market standards: Companies are reacting to standards such as IFC, LEED, buildingSMART Alliance, and the National BIM Standard and ISO 15926.
4. Creating flat liability on projects: Risk management concerns regarding AEC projects has led stakeholders from all sides to take a new look at minimizing exposure.
5. Nemetschek Goes to Parasolid: By picking Siemens PLM Parasolid engine as the new foundation for 3-D in their product, Vectorworks 2009, the company is helping bring the usefulness of BIM to architects’ attention.
6. Algorithmic design; GenerativeComponents (GC), derived from Bentley’s first Applied Research Group, is now a commercial product using algorithmic design. The product has been embraced by architects looking to explore a range of alternatives cost effectively.
7. 3-D printing: These accurate, detailed views have breathed new life into physical architectural presentation modeling, taking far less time than hand-built designs of the past.
8. Digital cities: Autodesk’s LandXplorer allows a city to create infrastructure models quickly, delivering an expanded level of data sharing.
9. Integrated project delivery process: Establishing common terminology, fostering cooperation among stakeholders, and improving communication overall smoothes the process from inception to execution.
10. Cloud computing: This technology enables firms to free themselves from the oppression of providing Internet and other communication infrastructure by using Amazon Cloud services, Microsoft Live Mesh, or others to only pay for the service they actually use.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.