Category Archives: Construction

This Crazy Electric Bicycle Looks Like Something A Superhero Would Ride

By Adele Peters – Like some other electric bikes, the INgSOC gives a choice of modes.

A removable battery pack behind the seat runs an electric motor.

The rider can choose to sit back and let the bike do all the work, or switch to a mode that just helps make pedaling easier. Or–if someone wants to actually get some exercise–they can switch to pedal-only mode. As they ride, some of that energy will be captured to go back into the battery pack and power lights and a smartphone dock. more>

A Flight of Fancy: Designer Builds an Exquisite Paper Replica of a Huge Jetliner – Luca Iaconi-Stewart is a self-described “crazy guy who loves aviation.” In fact, he loves it so much that he spent the last five years building a table-size replica of the Boeing 777 airplane made entirely of paper file folders.

Each part began as a series of computer drawings, which he then printed out on the file folders. He cut out the shapes with an X-Acto knife, grabbed them with tweezers, and glued them together. It sounds easy, but just the engine took one month to design and four months to assemble. more>

Updates from Autodesk

Autodesk Charts the Future of Building Information Modeling

Autodesk – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) unveiled several exciting new technologies for Building Information Modeling (BIM) today at its annual user conference, Autodesk University. With today’s announcements and numerous other recent innovations, Autodesk continues to extend BIM value across the full lifecycle of the built environment for Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) professionals in the building and infrastructure industries.

“We are expanding the reach of BIM on multiple fronts — into conceptual design on one end of the spectrum and into construction on the other. Our advancements are empowering professionals to move from designing objects and simply representing their ideas in 2D and 3D to designing in context while optimizing and better predicting the performance of their designs,” said Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice president of Information Modeling and Platform Products. “Autodesk is helping to drive higher levels of productivity into the building design, infrastructure and construction industries both in the office as well as in the field with our expanding desktop, cloud and mobile portfolio.” more>


Most Germans don’t buy their homes, they rent. Here’s why

By Matt Phillips – There’s another pretty simple reason Germans are less likely to own houses. The government doesn’t encourage it.

Unlike high-homeownership countries like Spain, Ireland and the US, Germany doesn’t let homeowners deduct mortgage-interest payments from their taxes. Without that deduction, the benefits of owning and renting are more evenly balanced.

But given the economic spasms suffered in house-crazy economies such as the United States, Spain and Ireland in recent years, the German approach to housing looks pretty good right now. And German people clearly like how their system of housing works. more>


Updates from Autodesk

Autodesk – Collaboration with Amazon Web Services, OTOY and NVIDIA Enables Developers to Access Powerful 3D Modeling from Anywhere, Anytime, with Any Device Using a Simple Web Browser.

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) customers will now be able to access Autodesk InventorAutodesk RevitAutodesk Maya and Autodesk 3ds Max design tools via a web browser. For the first time ever, customers can access full-fledged 3D design, engineering and entertainment work in a browser without sacrificing performance, power or functionality.

“Designers and engineers face deadline pressures and efficiency targets that demand work be more mobile than ever,” said Jeff Kowalski, chief technology officer at Autodesk. “It’s no longer a requirement to run sophisticated 3D design applications such as Inventor, Revit, 3ds Max or Maya on a powerful workstation. Now all you need is a simple browser and an Internet connection. We are excited to be first in the design industry to provide this capability.” more>