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AEC Industry Job Market Update

The U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a "Monthly Jobs Report" soon after the beginning of each month. Each report describes the previous month's employment situation, based on data such as the number of jobs that were added to the economy and the unemployment rate. According to the March Jobs Report, the US economy saw an increase of 103,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained at 4.1%.

Growth wasn't as substantial in March (103k) as it was in February (313k), however the outlook is still positive. This was the 90th consecutive month of growth. According to the New York Times, "February's job growth was probably inflated by a surge in hiring in construction and the retail sector that reflected unseasonably warm weather in much of the country. Both sectors slumped in March as winter storms blew through the eastern United States."

Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is the leading economic indicator of construction activity, as it "reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and nonresidential construction spending." A score of 50 is neutral, above 50 is positive and below 50 is negative. The March ABI of 51 shows an increase in demand for design services. According to the report, billings remain strong at firms with multifamily residential and commercial / industrial sectors.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics showed a decrease of 15,000 jobs within the construction industry. Architect Magazine indicated that the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry as a whole saw a decline. For example:

• Architectural and engineering services declined by 3,600 jobs
• Heavy and civil engineering construction decreased by 3,600 jobs

The Dodge Momentum Index tracks and measures the initial reporting of non-residential building projects. With the increase in non-residential construction projects, the Dodge Data & Analytics' Momentum Index increased 6.1% in March to 155. Commercial building saw a decrease of 9.6% and the institutional building an increase of 1.6%.

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The AEC Industry Job Market Update

The United States. Department of Labor- Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a Monthly Jobs Report after the beginning of each month. Each report describes the previous month's employment statistics, based on data including the number of jobs that were added to the economy and the unemployment rate.

Per the February Jobs Report, the US economy saw an increase of 313,000 jobs this past month and the unemployment rate remained at 4.1% for the 5th consecutive month. 

Overall, February's report was viewed in a positive light. 

  • Job creation greatly surpassed expectations
  • Job growth has been consistently strong in recent months 
  • The labor force participation rate is back up to 63%
  • Average hourly earnings rose 2.6% year-over-year

The Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) Industry  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an increase of 61,000 jobs within the construction industry. The construction industry had the strongest month of job growth since 2007, which was responsible for 1/5 of the new job creation.

According to Architect Magazine, the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry as a whole is trending upward. 

  • Architectural and engineering services added 5,600 jobs  
  • Nonresidential building construction jobs increased by 8,900
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction increased by 7,500 jobs
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Revit Keyboard Shortcuts

Autodesk Revit continues to be the predominant platform in the AEC industry for project design and documentation. With most architecture and building engineering firms having already implemented Revit, or in the process of implementing Revit, having Revit proficiency is one of the most desirable skills for job seekers to possess.

Speed and accuracy are the two traits employers most often request from production and technical staff. The following Revit keyboard shortcuts are for Revit Architecture and can help enhance the end user's speed, and thereby increase their odds at performing at a high level.

Revit Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Home Tab

 

Collaborate Tab

CM

Place a Component

ER

Editing Requests

DR

Door

RL

Reload Latest

WA

Wall

RW

Reload Latest

WN

Window

 

View Tab

GR

Grid

TL

Thin Lines

LL

Level

VP

View Properties

GP

Create Group

VG

Visibility/Graphics

RM

Room

VV

Visibility/Graphics

RT

Tag Room

WC

Cascade

RP

Draw Reference Plane

WT

Title

 

Annotate Tab

 

Manage Tab

DL

Detail Line

SU

Sun and Shadows Settings

EL

Spot Elevation

UN

Project Units

TG

Tag by Category

 

Family Editor Shortcuts

F7

Spelling

LI

Detail Line

TX

Text

DI

Dimension Aligned

 

Modify Tab

 

Snaps

MA

Match Type

SC

Centers

PT

Paint

SZ

Close

SF

Split Face

SE

Endpoints

LW

Linework

SI

Intersections

AL

Align

SM

Midpoints

OF

Offset

SN

Nearest

SL

Split

SP

Perpendicular

TR

Trim

SX

Points

MD

Modify

SQ

Quadrants

 

 

SR

Remote Objects

 

 

SO

Snaps Off

 

 

ST

Tangents

 

 

SS

Turn Snap Override Off

 

 

SW

Work Plane Grid

 

 

 

 

 

View Control Bar

 

Navigation Bar

GD

Graphic Display Options

ZA

Zoom All to Fit

HL

Hidden Line

ZR

Zoom in Region

HC

Hide Category

ZZ

Zoom in Region

HH

Hide Element

ZO

Zoom Out(2x)

IC

Isolate Category

ZV

Zoom Out(2x)

HI

Isolate Element

ZS

Zoom Sheet Size

RR

Rendering Dialog

ZE

Zoom to Fit

HR

Reset Temporary Hide/Isolate

ZF

Zoom to Fit

SD

Shading With

ZX

Zoom to Fit

RH

Toggle Reveal Hidden Elements Mode

ZC

Previous Pan/Zoom

WF

Wireframe

ZP

Previous Pan/Zoom

Shortcuts that appear on Various Contextual Tabs

CS

Create Similar

MV

Modify – Move

//

Divide Surface

PP

Modify – Pin

PR

Properties

RO

Modify – Rotate

PG

Group Properties

RE

Modify – Scale

AP

Edit Group – Add

UP

Modify – Unpin

AD

Edit Ggroup – Attach Detail

VU

Reveal Hidden Elements – Unhide Category

CG

Edit Group – Cancel

EU

Reveal Hidden Elements – Unhide Element

FG

Edit Group – Finish

VH

View Graphics – Hide by Category

RG

Edit Group – Remove

EH

View Graphics – Hide Element

EG

Group – Edit Group

EW

Witness Lines – Edit Witness Lines

LG

Group – Link

EX

Exclude from Group

UG

Group – Ungroup

MP

Move to Project

AR

Modify – Array

MD

Modify

CC

Modify – Copy

RA

Restore All Excluded

CO

Modify - Copy

RB

Restore Excluded Member

DE

Modify – Delete

SA

Select All Instances

MM

Modify – Mirror – Pick Axis

 

 

 

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Architectural Registration Exam Version 4.0 is Being Retired

With the retirement of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE®) 4.0 around the corner, thousands of licensure candidates have already switched to the latest version, ARE 5.0—and many are finding success with the new exam.

Since the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) launched ARE 5.0 in 2016, candidates have had the option to take ARE 4.0, ARE 5.0, or a combination of both versions to complete the examination requirement. But time is running out for candidates looking to complete the exam in ARE 4.0, which is why NCARB is encouraging test takers to plan their transition strategy or switch to ARE 5.0 now.

Exam Candidates Prefer ARE 5.0’s Content and Interface

ARE 4.0, which retires June 30, 2018, features seven divisions organized around different content areas. In comparison, ARE 5.0 features six divisions organized around the phases of a typical architecture project. These divisions also align with the Architectural Experience Program’s™ (AXP™) practice areas, an improvement test takers find both refreshing and beneficial.

“The ARE 5.0 tests align very closely with the various phases of project development,” said Austen Conrad, Assoc. AIA, who passed all six divisions in just three months. “As long as candidates have had a chance to work in every phase of a project, they should feel comfortable taking the exams.”

ARE 5.0 also incorporates the latest testing methods, replacing ARE 4.0’s vignettes with case studies, hotspots, and drag-and-place questions. The exam will continue to use multiple choice, check-all-that-apply, and quantitative fill-in-the-blank questions.

“While ARE 4.0 divisions are relatively known and predictable after so many years, ARE 5.0 divisions are much better exams—they really test your ability to think and make decisions like an architect,” said recently licensed architect Leah Alissa Bayer, AIA, NCARB, who took a combination of both versions and passed in just five tests.

Making the Switch to ARE 5.0

NCARB first announced the retirement of ARE 4.0 in 2014, providing candidates with ample time to design a personalized testing strategy. Anyone who has not completed the exam by June 30, 2018, will need to transition to ARE 5.0 to complete the ARE.

To help make the upcoming change as smooth as possible, NCARB has developed a number of free resources, including an interactive Transition Calculator that shows how ARE 4.0 credits will transfer to the new exam. Candidates can also get real-time help from NCARB experts through the ARE 4.0 and ARE 5.0 communities.

Developed by NCARB, the ARE is used to test a candidate’s knowledge and skills, and is required for initial licensure in all U.S. jurisdictions.

Source: NCARB.org
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Minneapolis Posts One of the Lowest Jobless Rates Among Large Cities

The Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington metropolitan area in Minnesota and the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin metropolitan area in Tennessee posted the lowest unemployment rates among all large, US metropolitan areas at 2.3% each in October, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics announced today.

The highest jobless rate among large metropolitan areas in October was posted by the Cleveland-Elyria area in Ohio, at 5.2%, followed closely by Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise area in Nevada at 5.1%.

The lowest unemployment rates among metropolitan areas of all sizes was in Ames, Iowa., at 1.4%, followed by Columbia, Mo., at 1.5%. El Centro, Calif., and Yuma, Ariz., had the highest unemployment rates at 20.9% and 18.0% respectively.

The response rate for the October survey was below average in Puerto Rico, in part as a result of difficulties accessing some remote areas that were significantly affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Bureau reported. The US Virgin Islands was not able to administer its establishment survey in September or October 2017.

Source: staffingindustry.com

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