Category Archives: Technology in Practice

DESIGNrealized Call for Speakers

DESIGNrealized is accepting proposals for our 2015 online education program. This is a tremendous opportunity for presenters to share their expertise with architects and building professionals from across the U.S. Presenters will receive complimentary registration for all DESIGNrealized AIA CES programs in 2015, a great way for speakers to fulfill AIA CES 2015 requirements.
  • Theme : INSPIRE
For our 2015 DESIGNrealized program we’re looking for speaker proposals that provide inspiration in design and technology. We encourage you to share your experience and inspire AEC professionals to innovate and think outside the box. The program tracks for our 2015 program are listed below and the deadline to submit is November 21, 2014.
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Design Program Tracks
  • Series 1 : Master Architect Series
    • Examine works of architects whose designs, local or national, influence the practice.
  • Series 2 : Innovative Building Practices
    • Explore methods of design or construction that deliver better buildings for clients.
  • Series 3 : Green & the Living Building
    • Discuss methods of sustainable design that help foster living buildings.
  • Series 4 : Designing for Wellness
    • Share how design methods and building material selections can improve well-being.
Technology Program Tracks
  • Series 1 : New Uses of Technology
    • Learn how firms are using technologies to improve design and construction.
  • Series 2 : Project Collaboration 
    • Discuss technologies that help teams communicate and build a better workflow.
  • Series 3 : Websites & Social Media 
    • Share techniques on how to use the web and social media to grow new business.
  • Series 4 : Using BIM in the Small Firm
    • Review how small firm projects use BIM and opportunities for new services.

To submit a proposal go to: http://www.designrealized.com/2015speakers
For more information contact:

- Tracie Simmons
– Speaker Coordinator
– e: tracie.simmons@learnvirtual.com

- p: 415-373-1841

 

New Jersey Revit Users Group

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NJ-RUG Announcement:

The New Jersey Revit Users Group is pleased to announce the creation of NJ-RUG and would like to extend an open invitation to our monthly meetings.  Our mission and purpose is to create the right conditions for NJ AEC Professionals to learn about Revit / BIM and increase the adoption of BIM across our industry.

 

The NJ-RUG meetings will focus on the holistic lifecycle of the BIM process; from pre-construction all the way through facility management.  Discussions will focus on user training and development, new technology, and applications as they relate to Revit and interoperable programs.

 

Come to our next event and meet with local AEC professionals to collaborate and discuss the use and implementation of Revit / BIM.   All Revit user levels are welcome and we also want to encourage attendance and participation from senior architects and project managers.

 

Meeting Location:

The Auditorium at DLB Associates, 265 Industrial Way Eatontown, NJ 07724

 

Upcoming Events:

  • November 20, 2014 @ 6:00pm
  • December 18, 2014 @ 6:00pm
    • BIM 360 Field+Glue, presented by Autodesk

 

View our Calendar Online: http://www.meetup.com/NJ-RUG

 

Direct Contact: Lee Kopsaftis – LKopsaftis@DLBAssociates.com

AIA South Jersey Member Meeting

AIASJ Feb 25 2014

AIA South Jersey Meeting

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Social Media is the HGTV of DIY – A wake up call for all you do it yourselfers!

Have you ever watched HGTV and felt inspired to remodel your kitchen, bedroom, or begin a landscaping project?! If so, you may have been delusional about the results, the time it takes to complete, and yes, even its costs. Do it “yourself” really requires a team of professionals to achieve a camera ready result. When you watched that 30 minute DIY TV show, did you see the weeks of prior design work and script writing, did you see the many unnamed workers that perform the work and ask yourself, is that “budget” real, did it include installation costs, adjusted cost of donated products and more importantly did it include the host/designer’s fees? Staging items may have even been brought in during filming that did not stay with the owners. Hours went into editing, camera angles were chosen, and anything that was not perfect was not shown.  Still feeling inspired?

So when something goes viral, when you find a marketing scheme you like for your business, and when you hear success stories from Constant Contact, do you tell yourself “Hey, if they can do it so can I?” Most likely you are wasting hours trying to market your business with no results, you may have several subscriptions and utilizing marketers that are telling you that you are getting “page hits”, but are you getting real-world results?  I bet you are using every single “social media” tool in the Toolbox that is the Internet. Well every job requires a specific tool, knowledge on how to properly use it and unfortunately you are using the wrong end of the screwdriver to paint your walls.

Here are some real world tips for anyone who wants results:

  • Viral versus virus- Are you spamming or stimulating?
  • Unless your logo goes on every product you produce, no one really cares about your label. Use the “free” image that you have been using for your profile picture on social media and Google Business Listings to place an image of what you really do. If you are an architect that only does residential work, well then post a picture of one of your residential projects. That is more of an attention getter than a logo using your initials!
  • Constant Contact will only reach people you have already reached out to! Unless you are a gym, a restaurant or another business that benefits from using coupons, you are wasting your time with e-mail marketing. You are milking the cow twice and making it angry.
  • Unless your target audience is teenagers and college students, get off Facebook for your business marketing. Try this experiment- type the industry and location of your business on Facebook’s search engine. For example, sticking with the architecture theme, try typing architects in NJ. Do you come up? Unless you are a brand, Facebook is for friends.
  • Do use Google or other search engines to increase your results. A great example of excellent marketing was Andersen versus Pella. For a few weeks, when you typed Anderson Windows, the first page hit was Pella’s article on why Pella was better than Anderson.
  • Finally, social media is not “do it YOURSELF”. That defeats the purpose of “social”. No one wants to be friends in real life with someone who only talks about themselves. Nor does anyone want to like, friend, or follow anyone who posts provocative MySpace style photographs of themselves, invites them to play Farmville, Pokes them every 5 seconds, fills up their newsfeed with web cats or emails them 5 times a day without anything interesting to say. Try to market your business as you would a conversation and not a 140 character tweet.

Jason Peist, Assoc. AIA
Regional Associate Director | New Jersey Region
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jpeist@trmassociates.com
| @AIANJRAD

The Deep Foundation/V-Zone Engineering & Design Seminar

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Smart Design Focus of AIA-NJ & NJIT Symposium

AIA-NJ

What Constitutes “Smart Design” To Be Focus of Free AIANJ Fall Symposium

 

 

Anyone interested in the worlds of architecture and design won’t want to miss the upcoming, free annual AIANJ Fall Symposium in Weston Hall, Summit and Warren streets, home of NJIT’sCollege of Architecture and Design (COAD). The event, set for March 6, 2013 from 4- 8 p.m. is a wonderful opportunity to hear fascinating debates among seasoned architects, designers and educators as they discuss questions like what is smart design while examining the ongoing technological transformation of the design disciplines.

The event should be easy to reach either via public transportation on NJ Transit Electric Light Rail (NJIT/Warren Street Station) or by car. Street parking should be available. Food may be purchased from vendors in the NJIT Campus Center.

“It is generally accepted that the history of innovation has relied heavily on technological advancements of the military,” explained event co-organizer Rhett Russo, associate professor at COAD. “However, equally significant contributions also belong to the history of architecture. The material procurement, maritime transport of stone, surveying and machinery necessary to build the great pyramids, as well many other significant structures, relies upon a robust network of distributed Intelligence, that seeks to overcome the lack of knowledge, time, space, and tools that are commonly available.”

Another question to be discussed: What constitutes design?

“Design has expanded exponentially at both ends of the spectrum,” said Matt Burgermaster, event co-organizer and assistant professor at COAD. “Design redefines both the large and the small to reveal unprecedented opportunities for innovation ranging from the global to the Nano-scale. How are architects and designers situating their work within these distribution networks? How do they innovate in this context? How have new approaches to business and logistics altered the way they conceptualize, construct and interact with our environment. These are some of the questions we will pose and hopefully answer.”

Speakers include the following COAD faculty members: Professor Glenn Goldman, FAIA + IIDA, Director, COAD School of Art and Design; Associate professors Keith Krumwiede and Richard Garber; Assistant professors Martina Decker, Taro Narahara, Jesse LeCavalierBrooks Atwood and Andrzej Zarzycki.

 

March 6, 4:00pm – 8:00 pm
NJIT School of Architecture, Weston Lecture Hall

4 AIA CEU LU/SD/HSW
Please RSVP – (973_ 596-3080

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Kalafsky Named to AIA National Resolutions Committee

KMK-100928-300TRENTON, N.J. (February 21, 2013) — Kurt M. Kalafsky, AIA, a member of AIA Jersey Shore, was recently appointed to the Resolutions Committee of the National Board of the American Institute of Architects.

Kalafsky, of The Aztec Corporation/Aztec Architects LLC of Iselin, N.J., has been a member of AIA-NJ since 1993 and of AIA-NJ’s Jersey Shore section since 1997. He served as secretary of AIA-NJ in 2010-2011, vice president of AIA-NJ in 2012 and is currently the 2013 president-elect. He has also chaired AIA-NJ’s Codes and Standards Committee for four years. Mr. Kalafsky’s term on the Resolutions Committee will commence immediately and continue through December 31, 2015.

As a member of the AIA Resolutions Committee he will work with the cosponsors of resolutions received in accordance with the Institute’s schedule and regulations to try to combine similar resolutions developing substitute resolutions acceptable to each such cosponsor; the Committee may also edit resolutions for grammar and clarity and conformity to form. All resolutions approved by the Resolutions Committee for consideration at the convention are forwarded the Institute Secretary who then transmits them to all components of the Institute.

“I am greatly honored to be given the opportunity to give back to my profession and to the Institute on both a state and national scale.” Kalafsky said.

Mr. Kalafsky is one of the original founders and Chief Technology Officer of The Aztec Corporation and Aztec Architects, LLC. He is a Registered Architect in twenty eight states and the District of Columbia. His 30 years of practical experience has created breadth of knowledge and performance in the research and development of digital mediums in corporate office interiors and base building architecture. Mr. Kalafsky researches the latest technology in both hardware and software for new advancements in the CADD/BIM Industry to develop ways to service Aztec’s clients more effectively and efficiently.

Important Announcement From DCA

An open letter from Edward M. Smith, Director, State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards

September 26, 2012

Dear Construction Officials and Electrical Subcode Officials:

As you may be aware, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has pulled its listing of all fire resistive cable, including listings for electrical circuit protective systems using fire resistive cable. I am writing to offer guidance on how to handle the withdrawal of these listings based on the information available.

Currently, UL still is investigating how and whether these products fail to perform and under what circumstances. We will continue to monitor this investigation closely and we will provide updated information and instructions as warranted. For now, code officials are advised to follow the below guidance:

Existing installations in any building or project for which a certificate of occupancy has been issued regardless of its age should be left as is. There is no recall or retrofit at this point in time.

For projects for which permits have been issued, but for which no certificate of occupancy has been issued, and for projects for which permit applications have been received, but for which no permit has been issued, the project should be allowed to proceed with the use of the product since the product was listed at the time of permit application. However, the applicant and the owner, if other than the applicant, should be given a copy of the enclosed notice informing them of the current situation and allowing them to make decisions based upon what is known at this time.

Projects for which applications are filed after today’s date cannot use a product for which there is no listing. In these cases, an alternate method of compliance must be used to achieve required fire rating.

Should you have any questions or need any further information, please feel free to contact our Code Assistance Unit at (609) 292-7899 or codeassist@dca.state.nj.us.

Sincerely,

Edward M. Smith
Director
Division of Codes and Standards

TAKE NOTICE THAT UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES (UL) HAS WITHDRAWN ITS LISTING OF ALL FIRE RESISTIVE CABLE, INCLUDING ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT PROTECTIVE SYSTEMS USING FIRE RESISTVE CABLE. UL IS CONTINUING ITS INVESTIGATION INTO THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE PRODUCTS. PROJECTS FOR WHICH PERMITS HAVE BEEN ISSUED MAY CONTINUE. BE ADVISED THAT, DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE PRODUCTS, APPLICANTS INSTALL THESE PRODUCTS AT THEIR OWN RISK. BELOW PLEASE FIND A LINK TO INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY UL WHICH MAY AIDE IN DECIDING HOW TO PROCEED.

http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/perspectives/regulator/fire/cables/

Information on the UL announcement may be found at the below link:

http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/corporate/newsroom/newsitem.jsp?cpath=%2Fglobal%2Feng%2Fcontent%2Fcorporate%2Fnewsroom%2Fpublicnotices%2Fdata%2Ful-and-ulc-announceimportant-changes-to-certification_20120912090000.xml

AIA South Jersey Annual Members Meeting

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