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Architectural Technologist – A New Client

iPhone

iPhone

Today is Saturday the sky is heavy and overcast, a gloomy start to the weekend, but I'm working, I have a drawing to finish, print to PDF and send out, and I need to prepare to see a new client, I have got the address, telephone number, post code, and a map of the site, my iPhone is free of photos to plenty of space, I'm ready to go.

I get work from all sorts of places, some from existing clients, some from people I have worked with, some from a friend of a friend, I used to advertise in a local trade magazine, but it got to expensive and I stopped, I get nothing from yell, or any of the other trade directories, paper or electronic, they phone and keep telling me it's the best way, but I nod and politely tell them no.

For me contacts are the best source of new jobs, talking, emailing,chatting in the pub, keeping up with old friends, and my mobile is the key, my iPhone is the best bit of kit I have, that and my Mac, it's my life line. Next comes Skype, this simple little program, keeps my costs down, every new client I have I try to get them onto it, it saves so much time, and cost, I can switch screens and instantly show them areas of interest, getting immediate delicious, that might have taken days sending emails. Plus calls to nine Skype contacts are the cheapest I can get, even if I call Newzeland.

I say Skype is my next best friend, but google hangouts is becoming more than a threat to Skype, the way it's inter grading itself into gmail, my diary and the basic framework of my day to day life, I am a big user of Google+ where I first saw it, but it's gone way past that, to being an entity of it's own, and one that is becoming very powerful.

I'm currently reading Tubes, Behind the scenes at the Internet, by Andrew Blum, really fascinating, we all take the Internet for granted, it's there, but Andrew is taking me on a path to show the real Internet, the way it works, I'm right at the start, but even now it is a fascinating read.

So there it is, Saturday, lots to do, but as always a blog to write, oh have you been onto Jon Pickups Archoncad site, he posted a blog on what program's he thought might be useful on a friends new iPad, I have added to that list, with the apps I use on almost a daily basis. Please drop in and add your list.

There is no CPD today other than keeping up my client getting techniques, it a weekend, relax enjoy, take it easy, chill,,,,, if you can.

 

Architectural Technologist – Belfast CIAT AGM 2012

Coat of Arms of Belfast City Council

Coat of Arms of Belfast City Council (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No CPD today, jsut a reminder that the 2012 CIAT AGM is in Belfast this year and my ticked is booked, I realy am looking forward to the weekend, it’s a time to see old friends and take a few beers with new ones, its a time to cement relationships, and make new ones,

I have just finished a stint teaching students, and as always I tried to get the ones who are in Architects offices to join up, and become student members, it cost nothing, and give so much, from status to a learning path that should last a life time, plus, as many of use aproach retirement, I want to bring on the younger members to take over and push CIAT to new and better things, there is a lot to do, always will be, and it does not get done without the partisipation of the core members.

So if your planning to attend Belfast this year the dates are 16-17-18 November 2012, details can be found on the CIAT web site, although currently its not up yet.

A whole bunch of us are flying to Belfast City from Birmingham, so if your about, you’ll know were to find us.

Did you watch the Google I/O last night, well I did and was highly amused, better than an Apple event, but not so slick.

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Architectural Technologist – Eiffel Tower Construction photos

Deutsch: Paris: Eiffelturm und Marsfeld

Deutsch: Paris: Eiffelturm und Marsfeld (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember some time back I looked at the old drawings of the Eiffel Tower, well recently I came across a set of old black and white photos of various stages in the construction of the tower, on Design you trust, which has a link to another site called 2cool2betrue, with even more great site photos that show various stages of the towers growth, I particularly like the foundation set out.

My older blogs include The Birthday of Gustave Eiffel and the eiffel Tower plans

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Architectural Technologist – Fransesca Berrman receives MBE

Full shot of a MBE including the case it is gi...

Full shot of a MBE including the case it is given in. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recieved a note from Adam today, and wondered what it was all about, “Francesca Berriman, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists was honoured with an MBE for services to the Architectural Technology Profession.”

But he was right, well was there any doubt, Francesca has been part of MSAAT, BIAT, and CIAT since before my enrollment, she has worked hard to raise the profile of our institute often working long hours away at exhibitions, creating links with other institutes and raising our profile in the built environment, so my heart felt warmest congratulations goes to Francesca for this great honour, her award was mentioned in the same breath as Zaha Hadid’s award of Dame, see the article on BD, Can’t get any better, I jest of course.

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Architectural Technologist – Maps with Apple or Google

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I, like many of you out there, use OS maps a lot. I buy from a shop in Stourport on Severn, I phone, give them an address, or  post code and I get a file by return on email, I like this service, The Map Shop, who I use, have a nice friendly atitude, I know I could go to one of the online electronic store but to be honest, I use a mac and original they the online services did not support us, so I used the Map Shop, and stuck with them, besides I like the banter and chat.

But thats not what I wanted to draw to your attention, its the battle thats now waging between Google and Apple, on their respective map services. I use maps from Google, I print to pdf any site, and use it as a background to outline a site boundary and features before I go the THe Map Shop and order n OS map. Vectorworks has a nice abitity to rescale and ones a known dim is used to pull the map into line it’s good enough to use for a quick scheme.

But now we have tow major players looking to get my attention, Apple have or will remove the google links and rely upon their own data, Gizmodo have an excellent article outlinging the two different maps although the Apple map  is till under Beta, I quite like the scrisp look of their maps, but I use Google not for just the basic map, but the street view which has helped out many a time, and all the embeded data, will Apple come in at the same level, I can’t think so, although the 3D map looks very promising.

3D also adds another question as to how I can add my building to it, several great videos on youtube outline this and I will do a little research to show how to do it, in another article, ok with a Vectorworks biast, but as general as I can.

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Architectural Technologist – Abandoned Hospital Merchiston – Urban Exploration Abandoned Scotland

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 06: Peter Birch, Goog...

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 06: Peter Birch, Google Product Manager for Google Earth, shows an image of new 3D map rendering during a news conference about Google Maps on June 6, 2012 in San Francisco, California. Google announced new upgrades to Google maps including a feature to download maps and view offline, better 3D mapping and a backpack camera backpack camera device called Trekker that will allow Street View to go offroad on hiking trails and places only accessible by foot. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

You might have guesed, I like the video’s from Abandon Scotland, a small, I presume, team that captures old building that are just left to wrot, this time it’s Merchiston Hospital, what a waste of a perfectly good building, still my reasons for showing it, is not to shame the local authority, the Abandon Scotland team are doing just fine, more to look at the background, the construction, which is so evident after the various groups have stripped most of the metal and valuables.

Looking at their film, always makes me sad, but the CPD is huge, from the background info on the construction, location, google earth search’s, to just all the online info there is, particularly this building, some scary stoires from the locals, to local Universities and colleges that might want to use it as a project base, although gaining access might be a little bit of a legal iffy,

The main web site for Abandon Scotland has all the videos and past articles, some are now being restorated, some still lie in decay.

This is the first time a voice commentary has been added, interesting development, as I might have wanted a more technical approach rather than the way the Abandon teram have chosen, but, and its a big but, it’s their film and I enjoyed it none the less.

Todays Picture is not of the hospital, more the way Google and Apple have locked horns, which I’m pleased to say is going to allow the technology for maps to increase only to our benefit, I’m pleased to say. More of this later, the Apple and Google videos are going to be about soon, so more comment later.

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Architectural Technologist – Google Chromebook

English: An Acer Chromebook showing the introd...

English: An Acer Chromebook showing the introductory screen walking news users through the touchpad's features. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been waiting for this announcement for some time, the google chromebook has been updated to be, as Gigaom say a fine machine, lightening fast and very usable. Long ago the pundits predicted this style of machine, and it’s now here, but what impact has it on the Architectural practice, or us the Architectural Technologist, well take me for example, although I use Google Docs an awful lot, I can’t see me going out to buy one, my Mac does all I want and more, and on the move, my new iPad is so good, but should I be setting up an office, then secretary staff and perhaps researchers would be ideal people to use this machine. The apps available on the Google store allow just about every type of work, from simple writing to viewing and using a dwg drawing, video, and photowork, spreadsheets, and all social network stuff via a browser.

The same goes for the Chromebox, a small Apple like box that is the desktop version, just add a screen and keyboard and your away.

Overall it look a nice machine, but my path is clear with my Mac and iPad, and if the offline google docs comes as predicted in a few weeks, then I’m made. Oh yes nearly forgot, I found a nice little app for the iPad that accesses the Google drive and displays all content, with a nice writing section I can easily use, check out  gDocuments, I have it loaded and will be testing this week on my travels, and at I think £1.60 not bad.

Don’t forget, Im away at present so no  tech hangout this Friday at 3 pm, but back next week, call in to chat, moan,find out something, anything to do with Architectural Technology. follow me on Google + “+stevescaysbrook”

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