eDispatch Vol 77

Considering how hot a topic Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been in the last year or so, you probably won't be surprised to learn that the same systems and professional practices found in BIM are prevalent in other industries as well. For years, lighting designers have been at the forefront of information modeling. And, as VectorWorks has historically been strong in its ability to integrate 2D and 3D with information, it's been a natural fit for the industry to adopt our lighting design software, Spotlight, as a standard. The industry relies heavily on producing intelligent designs that are easy to share, so that they can effectively communicate information. This approach provides a greater sharing of information between phases and disciplines in the design and construction process, and it's proven to be a big success in the lighting industry.

Last month we had a chance to hold an event at the Abe Burrows Theater on the campus of New York University. There, we highlighted our partnership with ESP Vision, a lighting pre-visualization software company. Using ESP Vision, Spotlight users can virtually run a complete visualization of a performance. Seeing the effect of changes to conventional lights, moving lights, LED lights, full motion video, special effects and other performance elements instantly allow a designer to maximize the impact of lighting on the production. Once the entire show has been cued, a lighting designer can interface directly with their lighting console to run the performance exactly as it has been visualized. This saves hours of set-up time...and money!

In the super-competitive world of New York productions, we had a rapt audience looking at the future of lighting production. Whether you're directly in the lighting industry, or just curious to see how ubiquitous BIM principles are becoming, I encourage you to learn more about how lighting production is moving into the world of visualization and automation.

More information about the VectorWorks Spotlight/ESP Vision partnership can be found here.

Sean Flaherty
Sean Flaherty
CEO, Nemetschek North America

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AIAS Student Conference: Nemetschek North America supports architect students across America. As such, for the fourth year running, we're sponsors of AIAS. And this week our own Nick La Forest, industry specialist, will be the luncheon speaker at the Grassroots Leadership Conference, held in D.C. The Grassroots conference, designed for the chapter presidents, offers instruction on how to be an effective leader, how to run a successful AIAS chapter and techniques to motivate and organize students. It's expected that every chapter will be represented at this conference, and we're honored to be a part of this important component of our industry’s continued excellence.

If you didn't know this already, students can receive a * FREE * copy of VectorWorks Designer. All they need to do is fill out the info on this website form and then download the software once they're approved.

We'll also be at the AIAS Forum 2008 in Denver, Colo., this coming December. We're looking forward to meeting the new generation of architects emerging from across the globe.


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