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Industry News Roundup: March 16

Industry News Roundup: March 16

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Our team was at the 2012 SEAA National Convention & Tradeshow last weekend, demonstrating the new SDS/2 Erector! The product received a great response; automated report features, as well as its depth and flexibility, were big hits. Click here for more information on what SDS/2 Erector brings to the table. 

How will iPads and other tablets transform construction? "Because all the design information is digital, tons and tons of amazing software have been created to make that part of the process better and more efficient. In fact, architects and engineers have gotten so good at being efficient, that all together they now typically only make up 8% of the total cost of a building." TechCrunch has the story

Only 10% of Middle East construction professionals currently use BIM, but there's huge potential for it in the United Arab Emirates. "There is huge potential for BIM usage in the UAE, with so many ongoing and planned projects. However, many firms need guidance on how best to implement BIM and maximise its benefits." Read more reasons for BIM expansion in the UAE in Construction Week Online’s article.

Have you heard about AISC's "Steel Profiles" podcast? Each month, they interview a steel design or construction industry expert, and you can find and listen to them all here. Past interviewees include: former Chairman of the AISC Manuals Committee William A. Thornton, Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus Thomas M. Murray, and other great industry leaders and educators. 

Is green building becoming part of "business as usual"? Take a look at these top 10 predictions for green buildings, from Science Alert. Predictions include: increased demand for green communities, cities, and infrastructure; BIM becoming standard practice; and affordable “green.”

In case you missed our latest blog post:

We added a new SDS/2 Tech Tip on our blog! Learn more about "Shear Tabs Attached to the Supported Member in SDS/2."