Saturday, October 3, 2015

AECbytes Magazine Q3 2015

A couple of the articles in the AECbytes Magazine Q3 2015 issue:

Bentley EADOC: Cloud-Based Construction Management
This review explores how the capabilities of construction management—submittals, drawings, pay estimates, change orders, RFI's, action items, schedules, etc.—and project financials—budget, funding sources, contracts, pay estimates, change requests, and change orders—are integrated in EADOC, a collaborative construction management application that has just been acquired by Bentley.
Delivering on the Promise of BIM
This article highlights the challenge of the project information explosion caused by the adoption of BIM in the AEC industry and the importance of managing all this project information systematically to render order from chaos.

You can obtain a free digital copy of the complete Q3 Magazine by visiting

Friday, September 25, 2015

KIP 800 Printer is Wide-Format Highlight of Graph Expo

Check out the article now up on about KIP's new KIP 800 wide-format color printer:

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Off topic, completely: Just in case you need a laugh (Pilots and Mechanics)

I’d like to thank Gary Rowley for sending this to me.

Just in case you need a laugh:

Remember it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high school diploma to fix one; a reassurance to those of us who fly routinely in our jobs. 

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident. 
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.
P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-feet-per-minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.
P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF is always inoperative in OFF mode.
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny. (I love this one!)
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.
P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.
And the best one for last
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.

S: Took hammer away from the midget.

How Staples Advertises Engineering Prints – I think it is funny!

Well, excuse my sense of humor (admittedly, it is weird), but I got a big laugh when I read what Staples says about “engineering prints”.

Engineering Prints
18'' x 24'', 24” x 36”, 36” x 48”

These engineering prints reproduce line drawings and graphics with high definition and contrast. The large size creates an easy-to-read alternative for sharing ideas with clients and contractors and is a low-cost option when a high volume of prints is required.

   Delineate the finer points of a design without worrying about inaccuracies during reproduction. The crisp, white paper of these engineering prints makes every detail stand out, displaying lines and graphics with the meticulous accuracy required by architects and builders.

   Present a design to a group using one of these engineering prints, making it easy for everyone to see and share in the discussion. Center conversations around this visual to reach consensus on a project's requirements and to promote your ideas with ease.

   Choose the size and price to suit your budget and needs with the three options available for these engineering prints. Use the smaller size for personal perusal, saving the medium and large prints for on-site reference.

Based on what I read on Staple’s website, where it features “Engineering Prints”, engineering prints are only available in three sizes:

18 x 24 – starting at $1.99 each
24 x 36 – starting at $3.89 each

36 x 48 – starting at $7.79 each