Yechte Consulting launches Yechte Visuals, a subsidiary focused exclusively on 3D computer generated images and animations.
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Microsoft's Windows 8 goes gold. Microsoft is readying the big launch.
Did you watch the London 2012 opening ceremony? I did, and it was glorious - but I bet there was a moment, just before it all kicked off, when Danny Boyle was absolutely bricking it.
After years of work, and no doubt lots of sleepless nights, there was nothing left for Boyle to do: all he could do was cross his fingers and hope things wouldn't go tits-up. All that effort, all that money, all that hard work could all too easily have ended in disaster.
I bet Steve Ballmer knows that feeling.
Olympic medals aren't the only important gold things kicking around this week: Windows 8 has gone gold too, which means it's been released to manufacturing (RTM). The feature set is locked down, the DVDs are being duplicated, the OEMs are making their installation images and there's nothing more to work on: all Microsoft can do now is cross its fingers and hope Windows 8 isn't another Windows Vista.
Boyle only had to wait a short while to see whether his project ended in triumph or trauma.
Ballmer has to wait until the end of October.
If I'm going to drag the Olympics analogy out a bit more - and, of course, I am - then Windows 8 is the third, faintly baffling bit of the opening ceremony, the sitcom bit that didn't work as well as the enormously exciting Industrial Revolution section (that, I reckon, would be Windows 95, or maybe XP). On tablets, Windows 8's groovy new UI makes sense; on PCs, though, the jury's still out.
Windows 8 cover
It's a brave move, and a very risky one: people have invested a great deal of time and effort in the familiar Windows UI, and they might not welcome Metro in the way many tech fans have. While Microsoft says there are 7 million PCs running the Release Preview and a further 9 million with the Consumer Preview, it doesn't have figures on how many of those people went "good god! This is awful!" and threw up in a bucket.
Will Windows 8 be a triumph? I've no idea; I'm still trying to make up my own mind about whether I love it or loathe it. What I do love, though, is that Microsoft is bringing its A-game: Windows 8 is big and bright and brave and bold, and the fact that it could go horribly wrong just makes it all the more exciting.
Whatever you think of Microsoft, you have to admire Steve Ballmer's balls.
Source: Tech Radar
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Mega-deal outsourcing deals - those contracts with a value of $1 billion or more - picked up in the second quarter of 2012, according to the quarterly Global TPI Index.
Five mega-deals were signed during the quarter compared with just one each in the second quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012. All five were awarded outside of the mature U.S. and Western European markets-three of them in India and Brazil.
Mega-deal activity is always fairly uneven quarter to quarter, said John Keppel, partner and president of research and managed services for outsourcing consultancy ISG, which produces the index. But the location of the awards is worth noting.
"In the future we expect most new scope growth to come from emerging markets," said Keppel, "while the U.S. and Western Europe will generate the bulk of restructuring activity."
The mega-deals awarded by companies in the telecom, banking and consumer goods industries with a combined value of $6.3 billion, accounted for nearly 30% of global contract value signed during the second quarter. Four of them were entirely new deals, while one was a restructuring.
Additionally, 11 mega-relationships-those with an annual contract value of $100 million or more--were initiated in the quarter, the most since 2009 and an increase of four signed the year prior and seven in the previous quarter.
Keppel doesn't expect the mega-deal activity to return to decade-ago levels of robustness. "Some mega deals in the past year, especially those that are restructuring-related, are being broken up and returning to the market in the form of multiple smaller contracts with shorter durations," said Keppel. And the bellwether for large outsourcing deal affairs is likely to be the mega-relationship category of deals as contract durations continue to get shorter. The average deal length so far this year is 4.85 years, compared to 6.48 back in 2000.
"We expect mega-deals and mega-relationships will continue to make up an important part of the market," said Keppel. "We also expect more mega-deals to be awarded in less mature regions but mega-relationships to continue in mature and less mature regions."
Taking into account all outsourcing contracts worth $25 million or more, $13.1 billion in IT outsourcing business took place in the second quarter, up six percent year over year but down five percent over last quarter due to light contracting activity.
TPI is predicting a softer outsourcing market in the third quarter. "Historically, third quarters have been softer than other quarters, and current industry pipelines suggest this will hold true in 2012," Keppel said. "The fourth quarter will likely pick up, with some help from larger deals in the pipeline ready to go to award."
Meanwhile global outsourcing vendors continue to battle it out for business. American multi-national service providers have held 53% of total market share since 2010, down 10% from the 2007 to 2009 period.
European, Middle Eastern and Asian (non-Indian) vendors held 25% of the market since 2010, up three percent from the 2007-2009 period. While the Indian-heritage firms gained seven percent in market share, from 15% in the 2007 to 2009 period to 22% today.
Source: IT World
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- Indian IT services industry is at a crossroads: HCL Tech CEO (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
- IT Outsourcing Predictions in 2012 (satpute.wordpress.com)
BIM overlay added to architects’ management document.
The RIBA Plan of Work is set to be overhauled for the first time in 50 years to include bim processes. The RIBA’s new Plan of Work, which organises the process of managing and designing buildings, is due to be issued in early 2013 and will also include a green overlay, as well as changes in procurement. “It’s a different way of doing things,” said Richard Brindley, executive director for membership and professional support at the RIBA. “The actual processes are still there, but how they fit together is very different.” Though still in its infancy, it is known that the new Plan of Work will identify stages by numbers rather than letters. “The bim overlay is just highlighting key aspects through the different stages that we should be looking for,” said John Orrell, member of the core review group, which is led by Dale Sinclair. So far the group has produced a draft bim-overlay document and will meet this week to finalise the changes, which will eventually feed into the new Plan of Work.
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Yechte Consulting finalises renders for a private spa in the United Kingdom.
BIM enables the design team to work together to model every detail of a building.
Up until the 1980s, the main purpose of architectural models was as a presentational material, to show clients and stakeholders how a concept would look as a finished building. They were often made to a very high standard, but could be expensive, fragile and cumbersome. Drawing and modelling were also often laborious processes.
If major amendments were needed after technical information and costs had been fed into the detailed specification and tender package, you would literally have to “go back to the drawing board” and start again.
Advances in technology have allowed designers to cut the time they spend on models and drawings, and have also enabled greater accuracy of design. The introduction of more advanced computing into mainstream business during the 1980s saw computer aided design take off across a number of industries. CAD is used extensively to design everything from shampoo bottles to cars, trains and buildings. This has automated much of the redrawing and remodelling process.
Using bim allows all interfaces between the specified flooring and other parts of the building to be reconciled before installation. Here Karndean Design-flooring was installed in London’s Push Studios.
The introduction of 3D CAD, which was developed in the 1980s but became more mainstream in the 1990s and 2000s, further increased the quality of design. With 3D CAD there is no need for the designer to imagine how 2D objects fit together, therefore reducing errors.
Advantages of BIM
BIM offers benefits for everyone involved in construction projects, including clients, designers, contractors, suppliers and facilities managers.
The government has recognised this, and adopted a strategy that all projects worth more than £5 million will be managed using BIM by 2016. This is another good reason for companies to adopt BIM.
Early design clarity
Late design changes can result in extra cost and delays to a project. With BIM, architectural models, structural models and MEP models can be brought together to carry out virtual testing and highlight conflicting design decisions.
These errors can then be rectified very early in the process. For example, if an architect specifies a window and a structural engineer specifies a beam that conflict, this will be picked up immediately.
Likewise, if a specification does change, BIM can be used to ensure that no new clashes are introduced. To give an example, if a 20mm hardwood floor covering is specified and the client demands a re-specification to 3mm LVT Designflooring, the BIM software will alert the specifier to the conflict with door frame heights and door sizes.
BIM allows the creation of a building virtually before it is built, so virtual testing can be done early on in the design process to ensure that standards are met.
Aspects of the design that can be tested include:
- Consumption of energy
- Carbon emission rates
By visualising daylighting, for example, the project team can ensure that skylights are installed at the correct angle and the right size to let in sufficient light. This avoids the need to replace a non-conforming skylight at the end of a build, saving money and time.
Architectural models have come a long way since the pre-CAD era of wood, cardboard and glue.
By using 3D studio maps, details can be highlighted and highly detailed planning undertaken, not just by the project team but by the client and end user. BIM visualisations can be used in a number of ways:
- Simulating pedestrian use
Pedestrian simulations can be included to view the density of use and identify bottlenecks, flow rates, queue sizes, journey times and so on. Such information has been used to alter timetables for schools and determine optimum numbers of students.
- Close design analysis
3D parametric models can be used to identify the specifics of products used, for example, in walls and floors, as BIM objects can include a variety of details.
- Fit-out design
Room loading can also be completed early on to ensure accessibility standards are met with the introduction of furniture, for example under the Disability Discrimination Act.
- Managing time & budget
Time and cost are often referred to as the fourth and fifth dimensions of BIM.
By incorporating all of the elements of a construction project, including the time scale, BIM can establish sequencing early on in a project and flag up whether there are any potential clashes in the programme. This can avert delays and, by consequence, save additional costs. For example, when time is added to the model, detailed visualisations of the following can take place:
- What is being done at any given moment
- Activities on a certain date
- What plant is needed
- What hoardings are needed
- Impact on the local area
At present, the major software packages do not automate this process and major revisions still need reworking, but it is a good start.
Cost information can then be added to form the 5D model, including:
Rates can then be added, to better understand the cost of the build at a micro scale.
BIM Academy case study
The BIM Academy cites a real-life example from the US.
The use of BIM on a recent project highlighted a structural beam conflict with a sprinkler pipe, enabling it to be immediately rectified.
If it had not been dealt with at an early stage, the conflict would have become apparent during construction, after all the structural supports had been set. In other words, it would have cost $4,664 per clash, which, as there would have been 10 instances per storey, would have risen to $46,640. And as it was a 15-storey building, the total cost would have been $699,600.
It would have incurred the following costs per clash:
- $3,800 for replacing materials
- $205 for removing the beam with a crane
- $195 for installing the new beam with a crane
- $464 for cutting the hole for the pipe in the beam
What is BIM?
BIM is the next stage in developing architectural models and integrating them with the whole construction process. It is not a single piece of software, but an integrated digital process providing coordinated, reliable information about any given project. In effect, it gives meaning to what are, within CAD, just shapes.
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A whole model view of a project using BIMsight software by Tekla.
Though the most visible face may be the geometric model, BIM is essentially a database of information from many different compatible sources, including 3D CAD, which can be drawn on by all those involved in the construction, maintenance and eventual demolition of a building. This information may come from many sources, including:
- Revit AutoCAD
- National Building Specification’s (NBS) free online National Bim Library, which includes generic bim objects for systems and products such as walls, windows, doors, founda-tions, cladding and roofs. This will be launched at Ecobuild. BIM objects can include installation instructions and guidance on maintenance.
- Plug-ins for factors such as environmental conditions, people flow, project management and life-cycle assessment.
- The BIM Academy, a partnership between Ryder Architecture and Northum-bria University, describes the process as the “digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility, creating a shared knowledge resource for information about it, [and] forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle”.
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