Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2014!

While Santa is getting settled in his new abode (looks like there is still some construction to do), it is time for me to wish you all wonderful holidays, a relaxing time with your family and friends and all the best for the new year! I hope to meet you, see you, email you or […] Read more..

SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2014 Announced!

The annual SketchUp user conference has just been announced by Trimble for 2014. It will be: In Vail, CO During skiing season Amazing!!! For more on this, check out their announcement. Registration opens in November. Official SketchUp Blog: Announcing SketchUp 3D Basecamp 2014

Favorite Places mapping web app is now open source

I decided to make my Favorite Places web app (that was the basis for the UMass Favorite Places site) open source. You can now find it on my GitHub page: https://github.com/alexschreyer/My-Favorite-Places In doing so, I made a bunch of improvements and squashed some bugs. Don’t forget to look at the readme.txt file. Please drop me […] Read more..

You can now use SketchUp with Allen/Iano’s Fundamentals of Building Construction book

When it comes to learning construction methods and systems (and, of course, the related materials), it is crucial for a student to understand how things fit together. Every construction system is an assembly of subparts (e.g. beams, bolts, decking) and often a layering based on various functional requirements (e.g. air barrier, insulation, structural sheathing,…). This […] Read more..

SOM gets on Board with Tall Wood

If you have been following the recent building trends in wood architecture, you may have already asked yourself this question: How tall can we build in wood? As it turns out, the currently most prolific highrise planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) is throwing their weight into the discussion. With a recently published report, this firm is […] Read more..

WebGL works again on Android 4.3! Yay!

In case you heard me complain on Google+ about the fact that I apparently am last in queue for Google’s mysteriously-timed Android updates: I finally got it (on my Nexus 4)! Yay! As you may know, one of the improvements in Android 4.3 is better WebGL support. So one of the first things I did […] Read more..

Oh no, what happened to Google Maps???

I just updated my Android maps app to the latest version – only to be forced to look closer at Google Maps’ design updates. And I must say I don’t like them at all!!! But first the positives: It makes sense to maximize the map’s screen real estate. It didn’t in the past make any […] Read more..

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