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    World’s most sustainable building can now be found in Dubai

    http://m.gulfnews.com/news/uae/environment/world-s-most-sustainable-building-can-now-be-found-in-dubai-1.1197814 Dubai: If Dubai is home to the tallest, the largest, and everything else worthy of the record books, it can also have the “most sustainable” commercial building in the world — The Change Initiative (TCI) — on Shaikh Zayed Road. TCI is a 4,000-square-metre shop that provides sustainable solutions in Dubai. It has secured the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council (GBC), a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting sustainable buildings worldwide. TCI achieved 107 points out of 110, making it the most sustainable commercial building in the world. The record was previously held by Pixel, a four-level building in…

  • Reviews

    Reading and highly recommend Atopia Chronicles

    Mathew Mather’s Atopia Chronicles is a 6 part Kindle book I’ve become addicted too. Pure SciFi that is perfect reading while I await my Google Glass pickup next Saturday. The worlds of Atopia are augmented reality taken to the extreme and in the stories we follow a group of intersecting lives which Mathers develops with simple brilliance. A must read for all Glassholes like me.

  • Autodesk

    IPads Supplanting Blueprints Boosts Builder Productivity – Bloomberg

    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-31/ipads-supplanting-blueprints-boosts-builder-productivity.html As the wind whips through the top floor of an unfinished eight-story office building a block west of the White House, Steven Denbow points to metal air ducts as an example of work that wouldn’t need to be redone. The 29-year-old senior project engineer for Balfour Beatty Plc (BBY) ran three-dimensional simulations before construction began, finding hundreds of clashes, or design elements that interfered with each other. When the software indicated water pipes would intersect the ducts, he requested changes so workers didn’t have to rebuild parts of the $29 million project. Armed with iPads linked to the newest plans, work orders and information requests, specialists such as Denbow…

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    Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Competition

    http://www.infrastructure-excellence.com/ … the 2nd annual competition showcasing Excellence in Infrastructure. The winners will be given over $10,000 in prizes by our generous competition sponsors. The competition is open to everyone planning, designing, building and managing infrastructure projects, 21 years and older, to highlight the best projects done in 2012/2013.We are looking for the best usage of Autodesk technology to plan, design, build or manage Civil Infrastructure projects. Project types may include Transportation (roads and highways, rail, airports, bridges…), Land development (commercial sites, subdivisions, public parks and recreation…), Water (distribution, water resources, dams and levees, wastewater), Energy (electric and gas distribution, electric transmission and substation design) and Urban planning

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    Autodesk lives what they preach

    I’ve been reading the corporate sustainability report for fiscal 2013 and this company continues to impress. Autodesk® customers are using Autodesk software to lead the charge towards a more sustainable future.  The report is actually good reading for those interested in the environment, our future and even those following the ADSK stock price.  Read the report here. Most impressive for me is the fact that Autodesk eats it’s own cheese.  They practice what they preach and do so in a big way. Autodesk increased revenue 4 percent in fiscal year 2013 compared with fiscal year 2012, while reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 8 percent during that period. Our…

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    Sarah Hill’s “Broadcaster’s View of Glass”

    On her blog, Sarah Hill has written a fabulous piece relating her first 5 days with Glass.  Sarah is one of those people who wants to be followed and she is so open it makes one want to follow her.  Some Glass Explorers had the fun of being in a hangout with her as she was fitted for her Glass. I highly recommend her blog and the videos she has posted.  http://sarahhillstories.blogspot.com/2013/06/glass-cast-broadcasters-view-of-google.html Here’s a teaser… “As I walked up the stairs to pickup my Glass at Chelsea Market in New York, I kept looking at my mobile phone like a girlfriend looks at her boyfriend right before she breaks up…

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    What I learned at iMoot 2013

    Over the course of 6 days and 24 hours, non-stop, there was much to take in at this year’s iMoot.  As usual, the networking via chat and forums was the single greatest reward for attendance.  Here I’d just like to discuss my prime takeaways. Learning – I’ve felt this way for some time but it was nice to hear Moodleman not only agree but force feed the notion that there is no such thing as eLearning.  Learning is learning and remote learning, online learning, whatever you call it, is simply learning.  This website will no longer differentiate between online or classroom as all is now blended. Gamification of learning –…

  • Autodesk,  Learning,  Moodle

    iMoot 2013

    Since Tuesday, I’ve been attending the International iMoot and I’m quite amazed at how much I’ve learned.  What is an iMoot you ask? Moodle (open source learning management system) conferences are call Moodle Moots.  An iMoot is a virtual, online conference that runs 24 hours a day with keynotes and presentations by users and experts from all around the globe.  There are also forums and the live presentations include a lively chat.  So I’ve watched sessions in the middle of the day and a couple at 3 am and 5 am.  I could see the recordings later on but the chat is truly incredible and I love to converse with…

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