Author: Michael Andrews

SMART and Mount Kilimanjaro

Anne Lorimor has the record of being the oldest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  Anne was 89 when she reached the peak on July 18th, 2019.  She loves hiking and she didn’t start with Kilamanjaro.  It started walking on streets

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Designing Buildings and Public Spaces for Social Distancing

COVID-19 has created building and facility use challenges.  Design requirements that solve the physical or social distancing requirements are going to dominate design thinking for years to come. The Bentley software used in the SMART Competition will enable student design

What is the Competition Schedule?

One of the first questions we’re typically asked by teams planning to register for the SMART Competition is “What is the competition schedule?”.  The normal answer is that the competition begins in August/September and the final judging is in April/May. 

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AIA List of Best Sustainable Buildings

Buildings generate nearly 40% of the world’s CO2 emissions—and since two-thirds of the buildings that exist today will still be around by the middle of the century, architects need to rethink their design now to have a chance of meeting

Texas high-rise to boast North America’s tallest living wall

A significant amount of greenery is headed to inner-city Dallas, Texas, in the form of a new high-rise that will boast North America’s tallest living wall. Located at 1899 McKinney Avenue, the building will rise to a height of 320

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Royal Society asks how technology can help achieve Net Zero carbon emissions

The Royal Society is running a project to study how digital technologies can best protect our planet’s environment and ultimately help achieve help achieve net zero carbon emissions. The ambitious question it is asking is: How can digital technologies be

SMART Competition Design Consideration

The current pandemic is an opportunity for architects and engineers to rethink facility design issues. One of the key design questions to consider: “What changes can an architect or engineering professional make when factors like biohazards or viruses must be

SMART Competition Activity Suggestion

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many schools all over the to close their doors and consider different remote education options. According to Mark Schneider, one of the competition organizers, “Since the SMART Competition is offered in a 100% virtual environment,

SMART Competition Modifies Key Dates

Due to the current pandemic, the SMART Competition is modifying the registration and submission deadlines. “Since the SMART Competition is a global program with all deliverables and project tracking completed in a virtual environment, the competition leadership decided to make

Bentley Systems, Inc., acquires GroupBC, a U.K. SaaS software innovator

In its inaugural study of the overall market for Collaborative Building Information Management (BIM), ARC Advisory Group ranked Bentley’s ProjectWise system as No.1 worldwide. The new opportunity is to build on ISO 19650, and GroupBC’s U.K. information management experience, to