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MICRODESK reveals top trends for 2015 that will shape the AEC industry

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Microdesk, a provider of business and technology consulting services for the design and construction industry, shared its predictions for the top trends that will shape the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry in 2015. Microdesk surveyed its executive management team, customers, and technology partners to gain their insights and perspectives on the coming year. As a result, they have identified the following major trends as those that will directly impact the AEC industry in the coming year and beyond.

Autodesk reinvents teamwork in the cloud

LAS VEGAS – Autodesk, Inc. cloud-based tools like A360 and Fusion 360 empower designers and engineers to work in whole new ways and are reinventing the modern design and collaboration experience. At Autodesk University, the company announced that A360 Team will be available globally later this month.

Autodesk makes design software free to schools worldwide

LAS VEGAS – Fulfilling its promise to expand access to its professional design software in education, Autodesk, Inc. has made its industry-leading design, engineering and entertainment software free to students, instructors and academic institutions worldwide.

Global market for zero net energy buildings to reach $239.7 million in 2018

WELLESLEY, Mass. – BCC Research reveals in its new report, ZERO NET ENERGY BUILDINGS: GLOBAL MARKETS, the global market for zero net energy (ZNE) commercial buildings is expected to grow to $239.7 million by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 50.6%. Growth is being driven by a global green building boom, ongoing governmental regulations, and regional environmental concerns.

CH2M HILL designs world’s first data center certified by new LEED standards

Denver — A data center designed by CH2M HILL/IDC Architects for Grainger in Lake Forest, Ill., has been certified as the world’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) facility of its type. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL. The data center’s advanced cooling system uses outside air to cool the facility, and is designed to consume up to 50 percent less energy for cooling than conventional data centers.

Commercial UAV Expo announced for October 2015

Portland, Maine — SPAR Point Group announced that it will launch Commercial UAV Expo, Oct. 5-7, 2015, at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. As organizers of 3D technology events in North America, Europe and Asia, SPAR Point Group is well established in the data capture and imaging technology space.

LAN to design initial phase of new rail Line to Houston’s Bayport Terminal

Houston — The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has selected Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) to design Phase 1 of a new rail line to the Bayport Terminal. The project, which involves design of approximately 6,500 linear feet of primary rail line, will extend the existing Union Pacific Rail Corridor along State Highway 146 into the facility.

CH2M HILL releases third quarter results

Denver — In September 2014, CH2M HILL announced restructuring plans to reduce $120 million in annual operating expenses and has since launched strategic and operational initiatives to grow revenues and margins while reducing risk. The restructuring and other operational initiatives are underway and the company is positioned to return to profitable financial performance in 2015 and beyond.

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