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This month. What we have for you in this issue!
  • Starter Course: The Top Five Must-Reads
  • Special Feature: 2021 Tech Trends — CAD/3D Industry Executives Share Thoughts
  • emTech: Emerging Technologies -- Computational Design News; Arkio, Omniverse, Conceptboard, Modelo, etc.
  • The Briefing: Biggest CAD Industry News Last Month

Ruminations. The political situation in the U.S. has reached unprecedented terrain. Against this backdrop, my mind has drifted away from the pressing concerns of the COVID-19 crisis, while trying to stay focused on what should be a very exciting year in emerging technologies in AEC and CAD industries. COVID-19 took us home for work, and with that came interesting lessons and long-arc tech trend accelerations. More on that in our Special Feature this month. -- AFR
Starter Course

The Top Five Must-Reads

I've combed the Internet to find the most interesting, compelling, or controversial stories about the AEC, design and manufacturing industries, and the social and emerging technological forces at play on both:

1 - The U.S. Capitol wasn't designed for an insurrection, is the title of this FastCompany piece by Mark Wilson. This an excellent article that discusses the long-standing observation that the U.S. Capitol building is a security challenge. "It's kind of easy to defend a closed installation—an army base or nuclear plant. Nobody gets in. If you get over the fence, we shoot you. But we're talking about the place we invite the public to, and [want them to] feel welcome,"   (FastCompany)

The Capital east front at night.  (Image: Martin Falbisoner, Wikicommons) 

So Washington DC was designed to be open?  Indeed, that is the case. Pierre Charles L'Enfant designed DC in the grand classical architecture style and the gesture was aspirational. "It wasn't meant to feel exclusive or fortress-like. The city is one big symbolic gesture to what the nation is supposed to be."

2 - Beyond the Master Builder: How Robots Can Really Transform the Role of the Architect. Boston Dynamics construction manager Brian Ringley sees invaluable opportunities for robotics that have little to do with automating building construction and installation.  (Architecture Magazine)

A means and methods debate?  Absolutely! “This file-to-field approach, challenging even for the few vertically integrated organizations currently capable of its execution, is infeasible to implement in today's prevailing risk-averse and siloed design-bid-build delivery model."


3 - Week in Tech: A New Model Predicts the Impact of Climate Change on Cities. 'University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign' researchers have completed a study on climate change that predicts the temperatures in certain urban areas will, on average, increase between 1.9C and 4.4C by the end of the century. (Architect Magazine)

What is the call to action? The full research findings are published here on Nature. The findings call for multi-modal global projections of local urban climates for climate-sensitive development and to support green infrastructure intervention as a means to reduce urban heat stress on large cities. 


4 -  How robots could save one of the world's most unusual cathedrals.  "Barcelona's most famous landmark has all the makings of a fantastic blockbuster movie: politically savvy priests, robots, vigilante revolutionaries, the husband of the Virgin Mary, a seemingly mad but brilliant architect, vandals, desecrators, and 138 years of a still-unfolding plot."   (CNN Style)

Closing in on the finish line.   this article covers the history of Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece, The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, Spain. It discusses architect Mark Burry's role in the completion of the basilica and the use of computers to solve some of the toughest challenges facing its completion. The estimated construction finish for Gaudi's masterwork is now aimed for 2026, marking the 100-year anniversary of Gaudi's death. 

5 - 3D Printers May Be Toxic to Humans.  In what is certainly of high concern to advocates of this emerging technology, 3D printers may in fact be bad for us—or at least until we learn to protect ourselves during their use.  (Forbes)

What's the risk? 3D printers can emit toxic particles during their operations. A study presented at the 2020 Society for Risk Analysis virtual Annual Meeting in December showed that the particles released during the printing process can affect indoor air quality and public health. The melting of plastic filaments and other similar materials tend to release volatile compounds into the air near the printer and the object. Read here to learn more. 

Five More Stories

6 - Foster + Partners adopts Spot the Boston Dynamics robot dog

7 - A Trillion-Transistor Chip That Just Left a Supercomputer in the Dust

8 - Robots Made of Ice Could Build and Repair Themselves on Other Planets

9 - The smart city news that shaped 2020

10 - The future of airport design after COVID-19

These additional stories and our analysis, commentary, and images are all available to yearly INSIDER Membership subscribers, inside our already published "Member Access—(emTech) Section" feature. Lands on 16 Jan 21.

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Special Feature

2021 Tech Trends — CAD/3D Industry Executives Share Thoughts

We look at technology trends in CAD and 3D industries from the vantage point of long-arc trends and the impact of the pandemic context. 

IN A POST-PANDEMIC WORLD WHAT TECH TRENDS will have emerged, accelerated, or changed for us all in the years ahead? And specifically—what impacts will there be in the CAD and 3D industries?

To answer these questions, CAD and 3D industry executives share perspectives, impacted naturally by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Firms and individuals around the globe have had to make numerous adjustments to live-work life arrangements. Many of these changes will remain with us for years to come. Additionally, we look at long-arc tech trends and how they too have been possibly impacted by pandemic context. But first, five trends for 2021.

Trend 1: Mobility is Heightened

This is both the most obvious and most interesting trend with respect to the pandemic context. To get the best sense of what is happening across multiple CAD and 3D industry segments, we had the good fortune of Lenovo approaching us to discuss 2021 trends. Speaking to a world-leader in workstation computer hardware added insights we might not get from software folks.

Chris Russo, Worldwide Segment Manager, Architecture, Engineering, and Product Development, Lenovo, told us the pandemic has altered the mobility parameter in computing. “Mobility is going to be the new norm,” he says. “We believe this is going to continue and many of the things that our customers learned in the past year are going to be a part of their permanent workflow.”

"We partner with a firm called TGX that enables users to connect a mobile workstation to a desktop workstation or a rack workstation to do more powerful workstation type work."  --- Chris Russo, Lenovo, Architecture, Engineering, and Product Development, Lenovo.

With professionals forced to work from home, the CAD and 3D industries faced myriad challenges—from computer power, collaboration to data storage. These three core challenges drove the importance of other trends listed below. But the initial factor facing the closures of offices was "how do I bring my work home?" 

The pandemic suddenly highlighted the concept of “grab and go” for end-users and computer manufacturers alike. And it’s going to have an enduring impact. “The easiest thing was for people to pick up their workstations and take them home,” says Russo. However, today’s computer systems were never designed for a pandemic context. Russo said that challenges for IT departments and professionals have included learning how to securely access their work files, connect mobile users at home back into their offices or data centers, and how to do high-performance work remotely.

The easiest solution seems to suggest that powerful laptop computers could support the “grab and go” utility for a pandemic and post-pandemic world. However, laptops want to be thin and light. And that’s the challenge. Such machines don’t support the GPU power necessary to respond to pre-pandemic workflows much less the present pandemic context. (see trends below).

“We partner with a firm called TGX that enables users to connect a mobile workstation to a desktop workstation or a rack workstation to do more powerful workstation type work,” says Russo. He says that in the AEC space as well as other CAD/CAE environments, IT departments want to create a one to many environments where many remote workers can connect to a powerful centralized server. “We believe that mobility will become a permanent part of what AEC firms do going forward,” he adds, “and certainly solutions that enable powerful GPU-based workflows that are centralized in the office or data center are going to be a part of that solution.”

"I believe this completely ignores the fact that human beings actually like being around other human beings."  --- Istvan Csanady, CEO, Shapr3D

One final note about the Mobility trend. This isn’t the same as the Remote Work trend. The latter is a long-arc trend that got a forced massive boost. But Istvan Csanady, CEO of Shapr3D says he is not convinced the degree of remote work will stay this high long-term. “I believe this completely ignores the fact that human beings actually like being around other human beings,” he says. He emphasizes what the pandemic context really emphasizes is that “having a modern technology stack is inevitable in 2021.” This implies that firms (especially) but even homes, need to have an up-to-date technology stack (see Trend A below) and this will include the use of “mobile devices and running cloud services,” he says. “Not having a modern infrastructure in place is a liability and a blocker for productivity.”

Trend 2: Cloud Connectivity / Collaboration

Cloud computing is a central feature of ICT innovation in the past decade. What happened with the forced remote work situation during the 2020 COVID-19 crisis is that companies accelerated both the use and adoption of cloud-based software solutions. Storage of data in the cloud became mission-critical during 2020. And the AEC industry, in particular, entered the pandemic context far less than optimally prepared.

While nearly every CAD and BIM company offered some form of cloud-computing solution to aid the remote work orders during the pandemic, typically what was offered was centered on the more collaborative or storage side of BIM. There is no major BIM authoring solution that works natively through the cloud at the present time. BIM models are large data files. Working on federated and centralized BIM data sets, AEC professionals learned to adapt and develop workflows that prior to the pandemic were often only found in large or tech-forward practices.

"Design freedom maintains a position of high importance to the Archicad development team..."  --- Huw Roberts, CEO, GRAPHISOFT

“Design freedom maintains a position of high importance to the Archicad development team,” says Huw Roberts, CEO, GRAPHISOFT. “When the move to cloud-powered offices—necessitated by the pandemic—became a part of the day-to-day reality, GRAPHISOFT made certain firms could facilitate on behalf of architects using Archicad.” GRAPHISOFT’s BIM solution was better positioned to deal with the pandemic than most. The Hungarian software leader led the industry back in 2014 with its patented delta-server technology inside its BIMcloud solution.

Both BIM and CAD users in the AEC space have needed a method during the pandemic to access and work on their data with others (including multiple users working on the same file at the same time) from remote locations like their home. This persistent need will drive up innovation in cloud connectivity and collaboration. While there are excellent online meeting tools like Zoom and Microsoft Teams, few of these tools are integrated with existent BIM collaboration tools, to say anything about BIM authoring tools. The emergence of API connectivity (the Integrations era) will hopefully aid these issues.

There is substantial room for improvement, not only in the current set of video conferencing solutions available but in the integration of online meeting tools technology with BIM and CAD drawing collaboration environments. As remote working looks more likely to be an impact change for years to come, a healthy set of startups is looking to improve things. Bluescape, for example, offers virtual workspaces for teams and clients. Other solutions like Figma, and Slab, join existent tools like Asana and Slack.

Trend 3: Real-Time Design

Our third trend for 2021 is also pandemic context-driven. When we can’t work and design side-by-side in the office, the need for real-time communication exists. So jumping from cloud-based connectivity and collaboration leads us to the need for real-time design.

Chris Russo of Lenovo adds, “The need for real-time collaboration has clearly accelerated the need for real-time design workflows. This has driven real-time rendering. When I talk to Ken at Epic Games, an old colleague, they are seeing the same thing. Both Unity and Epic have really exploded in terms of their ability to support the industry with real-time workflows. It’s not just about pretty pictures and changing colors anymore, it’s about real-time design.” Russo says Lenovo’s customers need to make real-time design workflows happen due to remoteness during the pandemic.

"The need for real-time collaboration has clearly accelerated the need for real-time design workflows. This has driven real-time rendering."  --- Chris Russo, Lenovo, Architecture, Engineering, and Product Development, Lenovo.

Part of the real-time-ness of design demand is leading to changes in BIM workflows for AEC. It is also leading to our next trend of industrialized construction. Chris Russo says that Lenovo sees the pandemic context accelerating existent trends like industrialized construction and digital twins. “Convergence of manufacturing and construction will continue because of fee recovery,” Russo says. “How do we build components more efficiently or in parallel off-site? And how do we assemble components on-site saving transportation costs?”

Russo notes that the term “fee recovery” is often used by construction firms to stand for not losing money due to construction delays, waste on construction sites, and tooling and equipment issues. While architects, designers, and engineers are trying to speed up the design processes that lead to approvals via real-time design and real-time rendering workflows, folks in the BIM industry are also trying to remove entire non-efficient ways of working—like the process of sharing BIM models and comparing them for clash detection.

"Architects and structural engineers work on a shared model co-designing the load-bearing structures of buildings."  --- Huw Roberts, CEO, GRAPHISOFT

Huw Roberts of GRAPHISOFT says that his company will expand on its focus on Integrated Design, a technology set and process change that enables all project stakeholders to work together on BIM models using their respective best-of-breed industry tools yet avoid clashes in the first place. “Architects and structural engineers work on a shared model co-designing the load-bearing structures of buildings,” says Roberts. “Structural analysis partners within the Nemetschek Group and sister companies such as RISA, SCIA, and FRILO provide workflow integration.”

There is substantial pressure in AECO to find the productivity gains that have eluded the building industry for far too long. Real-time design—and near-real-time Integrated Design—will emerge more strongly in 2021 and onward as one of the ways productivity gains can be obtained. Real-time rendering will also be one of its centerpiece technologies.

Trend 4: Industrialized Construction

The convergence of manufacturing and building construction was already underway prior to the pandemic, but the pandemic context presented some interesting surprises on the construction side of things. Some have reported improved efficiency on the job site due to fewer people on the job site. Fewer people also means less contact and exposure. On the flip side, pandemic restriction rules and laws have shut down factory floors while allowing construction jobs sites to operate at a limited compacity.

The pandemic as a crisis has forced all industries and their firms to think of ways to increase resilience within their industries. A McKinsey study for post-pandemic construction reminds its readers that there was a skilled labor shortage prior to the pandemic. In the current and post-pandemic context, where restrictions on cross-border movement of skilled labor, and where rolling physical-distance measures will remain on construction sites, industrialized construction trends are in more demand, not less.

Katerra aims to transform construction by vertically integrating the traditionally disparate pieces of the design-building and operate AECO industry. The company has struggled to make a profit after billions of venture capital.  (Image: Katerra) 

One advantage of off-site construction is the improved management of movement and interaction of the workforce, in addition to quality and speed benefits. The other reason for industrialized construction is the need to add technology and digitization to create more innovative building systems.

I did not have a chance to speak to a person within the industrialized construction space. However, this McKinsey report from last May offers excellent observations that align with the other trends in this story. As noted above, the stagnant productivity in ECB (engineering, construction, and building materials) companies is one of the reasons why the ECB industries have been ripe for disruption. Think Katerra. However, Katerra’s approach may not be the right approach.

A word of caution about the above-cited report. It notes that economic activity could be back on track by early 2021 if the virus is contained within the next few months. It also suggested that economics would return to 2019 levels by 2023 at the earliest. This was May when the report was written. Interestingly, the CDC recommends that construction workers get vaccines after frontline essential workers. These guidelines were issued on 20 December 2020.

Trend 5: Virtual and Augmented Reality

In a recent conversation with the folks at Varjo, the makers of the world’s most advanced VR-XR headset, Urho Konttori, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Varjo, shared with me a story about how one of their users, an automotive manufacturer, was using the latest VR-3 and XR-3 headset to work on and present designs between colleagues spread as far as Europe to India.

In one of our earliest feature articles on Varjo, they noted that pilots could travel less far (not to Boeing) to train on simulators that consisted of Varjo VR-XR headsets, saving time and money. Both of these cases, whether pilots for simulation or car designers collaborating, pandemic context travel restrictions, and common sense drive up adoption of VR, MR, and XR solutions.

Varjo's next-generation XR-3 and VR-3 headsets offer industry-leading capabilities for simulation and design workflows.  (Image: Varjo) 

For the foreseeable future, business travel will remain somewhat constrained. How long mask-wearing will remain on flights is anyone’s guess. It could be years. With air travel becoming far less glamorous—and it was getting very glamorous again in its luxury sector—people will likely limit its use. Advancements in virtual, augmented and mixed-reality headsets will only accelerate their use as a substitute for “in-person” experiences. Immersive experiences will save money, time, and offer things that in-person experiences cannot.

Long-Arc Trends: COVID's Impact

Let’s now overlay the above trend information with other broad and narrow ICT trends. There are interesting implications.

Trend A:  Faster Bandwidth: G5 and WiFi 6

Lenovo may feel that pairing up laptop users with powerful remote GPU servers is an answer, but what is going to help that process are two other long-arc trends coming to step-change improvements. Namely, cellular data moving to G5, which offers 100x speed advantages over G4, with speeds ranging from 100Mbps to nearly 792Mbps (on Verizon’s network) and the new WiFi 6 which ups speed as high as 3.5Gbps. These speeds far exceed the average Internet bandwidth in the United States at 50Mbps, however.

Trend A will see acceleration due to Trends 1-5 above, particularly trends 2-3. Both new standards decrease latency which are key impacts on CAD and BIM systems syncing with master models and data sets. At the LAN level, architects on BIM teams could check-out and check-in their components of BIM models benefitting from low-latency Ethernet networkers operating at up to Gigabit (1,000Mbps) speeds. So for remote teams to work extremely well software systems must utilize delta change technology so they continuously stream small changes through the Internet and out to other teammates.

G5 is going to benefit IoT and edge device networking equipment. And WiFi 6 and G5 will help advanced Edge AI—bringing artificial intelligence out to the edge where industrial machine learning intelligence solutions will continuously monitor, diagnose, and forecast a machine’s lifecycle. A continuation of remote work arrangements is timing with the emergence of both WiFi 6 and G5, perfectly timed and needed.

Trend B: AI/ML in Construction & Operations

Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue in AEC subsectors like construction and in architecture. This year we saw one of the biggest acquisitions in the AI in architecture space with Autodesk’s buy of Industrialized construction (Trend 4 above) may factor in accelerating AI and machine learning in construction in the year ahead. We already know that G5 and WiFi 6 are accelerating Edge AI and part of that space is IoT devices on factory floors and inside infrastructure. Octonion, a company bringing AI to the edge, has applications for Smart Industry, Smart Home, and Smart City. Its industrial sectors include industrial power and tools, energy supply systems, industrial motor controls, industrial drives, and a lot more—all bearing on AECO from construction through operations.

Trend C: The Chip Wars

A new trend has emerged in the past year and it involves Apple’s competition in chips with Intel and AMD. This trend has been visible in the lead-up to this moment for years. Apple’s ARM-based A-series processors in its mobile devices have been on a steeper improvement curve than x86 processors. Shapr3D CEO Istvan Csanady believes this is an inflection point in computing and sees Apple’s new M1 processor as the beginning of a kind of revolution.

"It's also clear that customers want to access their CAD system and data even from their personal devices, and they demand a great experience."  --- Istvan Csanady, CEO, Shapr3D

Apple isn’t the only company ramping up to take advantage of ARM-architecture processors and their energy-efficient advantages over Intel’s x86. Nvidia recently acquired ARM from Softbank and Qualcomm and others (including Intel) may eventually produce new ARM-based chips for the general Windows PC market.

"Shapr3D is a company that is working extremely hard to take the CAD industry to the 21st century and to provide the best design experience in the world."  --- Istvan Csanady, CEO, Shapr3D

The impact on the CAD and 3D industries could be dramatic because the disruption Apple is set to make on the industry will be dramatic. Also dramatic will be the software disruption, as both rival platforms switch over to proprietary low-overhead graphics APIs for most apps on those systems. The world of CAD and 3D apps will migrate away from OpenGL to Microsoft and Apple’s graphics APIs or possibly Vulkan.

An image of Shapr3D's award-winning CAD application for iPad Pro showed here running on an Apple Silicon Mac. Csanady is very bullish on Apple's chip development and sees Apple becoming a major disruptive force with computers of all kinds in the next few years.  (Image: Shapr3D) 

But the larger point is computers will change. “It’s also clear that customers want to access their CAD system and data even from their personal devices,” adds Istvan Csanady, “and they demand a great experience.” Csanady’s award-winning Shapr3D for iPad Pro is not just coming to the Mac (in available beta now) but also to Windows in the near future. If Apple does to the computer what it has done to smartphones and tablets—making them vastly easier systems to manage and use—the expectations for use of software may change. “It’s just unbelievable for us that companies still need an IT department maintaining and installing CAD systems,” he adds. “Shapr3D is a company that is working extremely hard to take the CAD industry to the 21st century and to provide the best design experience in the world.” What would help to provide that level of disruption would be the kind of disruption Apple may introduce in its future Macs.
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ACADIA 2020 went huge in 2020! Due to the global pandemic, the annual ACADIA (Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture) conference went virtual and in doing so had a massive turnout! More important, perhaps, the conferences' developments from the pandemic context may include things that can present in future ACADIA conferences. (ArchNewspaper)


New Digital Tools in a Post-Pandemic World:

Emerging Tools:  Due to the global pandemic, we have all had to make adjustments, in firms, in design and engineering schools, on the job site, in the factory, and at home. Here are some other interesting tools developments with comments. 

Nvidia's Omniverse -- We have mentioned this before either on Architosh or in this newsletter. Omniverse works with Universal Scene Description (USD) files and Material Definition Language (MDL) files, both loading, creating, and managing these data sets. 

Further Analysis & Commentary:  This technology enables co-collaborative creation and editing of 3D models and scenes—in other words, multiple people working towards the same end goal but as a team and using different tools that can work within the Omniverse system. Huw Roberts, CEO of GRAPHISOFT noted in comments to us for this newsletter that such innovations relate to the creativity coming out of the chaos of 2020, or at least address that chaos. Omniverse predates the global pandemic, but his point is more about how such technology can address this pandemic context quite beautifully. 

Arkio -- Is a new beta-level interactive, collaborative 3D workspace. Multiple stakeholders can all interact and design together using various devices from VR headsets to mobile devices. It features push-pull modeling and integrations with Revit. 

Further Analysis & Commentary:  We saw glimpses of this kind of technology in The Wild VR software at AU several years ago. Modeling with VR handsets is still quite challenging but will surely become vastly better with time. Arkio is in beta now but looks very promising. The ability to offer participation for stakeholders using different types of hardware is a big key win. It's been possible for multiple users to meet, collaborate, and work together with VR systems for years, but what typical architectural client has a VR system? 

Conceptboard -- this is a new collaborative whiteboard solution with an infinite canvas. You can add in video and numerous file formats onto the canvas. Then pointers with participant names float around as folks work on things together. It supports @mentions, records board history, versions, and edits and has robust role management with access and permissions. Used by corporate giants like Siemens, Lufthansa, Konica-Minolta, plus architecture firms like HOK, Perry Ellis International

Further Analysis & Commentary:  As noted in the Special Feature article on trends, there is a plethora of cloud-based collaborative solutions but few dovetail yet in impactful ways with AEC/BIM solutions. Conceptboard looks very interesting for 2D collaboration and "infinite canvases" are useful for conceptual-stage work. 

Modelo -- is devoted to enabling multiple stakeholders to access and view 3D models on any type of device. Users can create a free account. The system supports (ingests) most common 3D formats, including SketchUp, Rhino, Revit, AutoCAD, Navisworks, and other open standards like OBJ and STL. Once your model is stored you can share a URL for access. 


What's Cooking: Future Xpresso Features

So definitely on tap for next month will some beginnings at testing and looking at the Mac mini M1 based machine Architosh now has its hands on. Last month it was still in shipment but our early impressions with general computing the M1 chip is quite fast. We are impressed with multiple aspects of Apple's macOS on its ARM-based M1.

The new Mac mini with M1 processor. 

We look forward to sharing this story in Xpresso #24 in February.
The Briefing

Biggest CAD Industry News Last Month

(the biggest news and features in December)

Feature: Bentley's Now Public—YII20 Highlights and Re-Attacking the Architecture Market. This special feature looks at Bentley's Year in Infrastructure 2020 virtual conference highlights, plus a focus on how Bentley is re-engaging with the architecture market.  [8 -12 min. read]  (Architosh). Highly recommended for AEC and infrastructure professionals. 

Feature: A Journey to BIM—Dialing in Software with Sun Path Precision
This firm profile story delivers into one architect's pathway from climate zones to software systems, arriving in Florida and adjusting his toolset to best design for the climate.  [5-8 min. read]  (Architosh). Highly recommended for architects.

BIM News: Takenaka partners with KUBUS's BIMcollab on BIM issue management.
BIMcollab had a string of announcements the past month, this one being one of the more significant ones. Getting in with Japanese AEC giants is a premier pathway to increased market share and usage in Japan AEC.
 [5 -min read]  (Architosh). 

3D News: McNeel's Rhino 7 + Grasshopper—Biggest Update in their History
In typical McNeel fashion, a quite announcement regarding the AEC industry's most prolific and significant computational design tool. There are fantastic updates in version 7.  [5 min. read]  (Architosh). This is definitely a must-read! 

BIM News: Archicad 24 Update 2 gains enhanced Integrated Design workflows
This is a very exciting preview of the next-gen game and visualization engine from Epic and it will have big consequences for AECViz.  [5-min read]  (Architosh). A very important update to a leading BIM tool. 

Apple News: Apple's future Mac Pro with Apple Silicon to sport 32-cores

This story notes several Bloomberg reports who say Apple is working on the chip for its next Mac Pro with Apple Silicon and the chip will support 32-cores.  [5-min read]   (ArchitoshWow! Big news for Mac fans! 

CAD News: Graebert First CAD for ARM Macs plus ARES 2022 News
The Germans get to the first Mac on M1! Plus detailed information on ARES 2022 news. [5-min read]  (Architosh).  M1 related news in the CAD space!
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