BIM and Information Technology
How Li-Fi works. Illustration: Alejosemejiagp/Wikimedia Commons.
Li-Fi, which reaches speeds of 224 gigabits per second, is being tested in Estonia.
Dozens of AEC tech experts, including Nathan Miller, Founder of Proving Ground, gathered recently for Thornton Tomasetti’s AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon. Images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti
At a recent Thornton Tomasetti symposium, experts showed how designs and projects can be improved...read more
Photo: ep_jhu/Creative Commons
The Rapid Deployment Team will provide solutions for data centers both small (1 MW) and large (50...read more
Nearly half of energy-modeled projects met or came close to meeting 2014 carbon reduction targets. Photo: York Region/Creative Commons
Energy modeling allows architects to be more ambitious with energy-saving in their design project...
The SEED Collaborative will partner with a select group of cities, like Philadelphia, and states to help them better collect and manage building energy data. Photo: Peter Miller/Creative Commons
The SEED Standard will help manage, standardize, share performance data.
The Kinetic Block by MIT's Tangible Media Group
The Kinetic Blocks can manipulate objects into shapes without human interference.
Screenshot of a Magic Leap demonstation video
The company is developing the Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal. It projects images onto the re...read more
Image courtesy Vizable
Everyday users can simplify large amounts of data and sift through it interactively.
The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang
From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...read more
The device has an arm with a 180-degree sweep and 10 inches of Z-travel, cantilevered on a column that mounts to a work surface. Photo courtesy of Makerarm via Kickstarter
It’s not just a 3D printer. The creators say Makerarm can also etch, solder, and put icing on cak...
A screenshot of New York City in the web tool, where mobile-phone activity is organized as timelines.
Users can explore the mobile phone activities in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong....
Digital model of California's National Ignition Facility.
Aim is to provide uniformity in the delivery of BIM projects.
Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.
AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clie...read more
Facebook's data center in Forest City, N.C. The social media giant is investing $200 million to expand the campus with a third, 480,000-sf building. Photos courtesy Facebook.
Cities are now vying for these facilities with sizable tax incentives.
The University of Washington's student quad. The school now offers a BIM program.
The 11-week course is available for students and professionals and teaches BIM software skills, v...read more
The AMIE building, unveiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the DOE’s Industry Day event. Images courtesy SOM
The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) building features a high-performance shell wi...read more
Droneport renderings courstey Foster + Partners (via World Architecture Community)
The structures would store cargo-shipping drones and serve as community centers.
New YouTube video shows how drones can be used for building facade inspections. Screenshot courtesy WJE
"We believe that drone usage will enable building owners to assess problems quicker and with less...read more
Apple promises unprecedented precision for its new stylus. Photo courtesy Apple
A stylus, split screen, and improved graphics make designing on the tablet easier.
This visualization of residential unit types shows how different sizes and types of bedrooms are stacked and positioned within the building. 3D model courtesy Kyle Martin
Advances in building information modeling allow for more thorough project documentation, but don'...read more
Case’s bldgs = data conference highlighted how collecting data about personal activities can info...read more
The machine in action, up close. Photo screenshot from Mediated Matter via Fast Company Design
The machine uses molten glass as its “ink,” contained in a “kiln cartridge” that heats up at 1,90...read more
Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC community. Photo courtesy of Zebra Imaging.
Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC com...read more
By turning furniture into downloadable templates, offices can be in charge of sourcing and manufacturing their own products. Screengrab of opendesk.cc/designs
Offices can “download” their furniture to be made locally, anywhere.
Users can see an estimate of how much a rooftop receives sunlight year-round. Photo: screenshot via Google/YouTube.
The tool offers high-resolution aerial maps, like the one used in Google Earth, to estimate the t...read more
Instead of working on a 2D plane, Hyve3D allows users to work in 3D. Photo courtesy Hyve3D via YouTube
A University of Montreal professor has developed a system that elevates 2D cursors for a 3D world...
When Case launched in 2008, it was operating out of one of WeWork’s spaces, and the two companies have since been linked at the hip as WeWork has expanded. Photo: courtesy Case
The merger is expected to help standardize how WeWork designs and builds out office space.
Designers in Little’s Charlotte, N.C., office test drive a project design using two virtual reality methods: the Unity gaming engine combined with the Oculus Rift headset, and stereo panoramic renderings viewed on a smartphone using Google Cardboard. Photo: Little
Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of sof...read more
Chattanooga, Tenn., was selected as a winning city in the "What Works Cities" program. Photo: rjones0856/Creative Commons
The competition, called "What Works Cities," promotes innovation in city government by making the...read more
Photo: Dallas's Centerpoint Energy Plaza is one of the façade retrofits listed on the site. Ken Lund/Creative Commons
The site allows users to submit information about new projects, or supplement information on thos...read more