BIM and Information Technology

BIM and IT are subject matter that every member of the building team should have some kind of handle on, and that everyone can derive some benefit from. Whether it’s an app to help with cost control or an optimized building design achieved through BIM, these technologies can bring your projects to the next level and beyond.
Forest City, N.C. data center facebook

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.

October 09, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cities are now vying for these facilities with sizable tax incentives.

Skanska and University of Washington offer new BIM program

The University of Washington's student quad. The school now offers a BIM program.

October 07, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 11-week course is available for students and professionals and teaches BIM software skills, v...

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The AMIE building, unveiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the DOE’s Industry Day event. Images courtesy SOM

September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) building features a high-performance shell wi...

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Norman Foster proposes Droneports as way to ship goods across Africa

Droneport renderings courstey Foster + Partners (via World Architecture Community)

September 16, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The structures would store cargo-shipping drones and serve as community centers.

VIDEO: See how Wiss, Janney, Elstner engineers use drones to perform building inspections

New YouTube video shows how drones can be used for building facade inspections. Screenshot courtesy WJE

September 16, 2015 | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

"We believe that drone usage will enable building owners to assess problems quicker and with less...

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Apple Pencil, technology, Architects

Apple promises unprecedented precision for its new stylus. Photo courtesy Apple

September 14, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A stylus, split screen, and improved graphics make designing on the tablet easier.

How is data changing the nature of design?

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

September 09, 2015 | Kyle Martin

Advances in building information modeling allow for more thorough project documentation, but don'...

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The power of data: How AEC firms and owners are using analytics to transform design and construction

Courtesy Foursquare

September 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Case’s bldgs = data conference highlighted how collecting data about personal activities can info...

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MIT Develops 3-D Printer that Prints Glass

The machine in action, up close. Photo screenshot from Mediated Matter via Fast Company Design

August 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The machine uses molten glass as its “ink,” contained in a “kiln cartridge” that heats up at 1,90...

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BIM, AEC, Zebra Imaging, Rendering, Architecture, architects

Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC community. Photo courtesy of Zebra Imaging.

August 27, 2015 | Zebra Imaging

Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC com...

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British company OpenDesk offers open-sourced office furniture

By turning furniture into downloadable templates, offices can be in charge of sourcing and manufacturing their own products. Screengrab of

August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Offices can “download” their furniture to be made locally, anywhere.

Google Develops Google Maps for Solar Energy

Users can see an estimate of how much a rooftop receives sunlight year-round. Photo: screenshot via Google/YouTube.

August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The tool offers high-resolution aerial maps, like the one used in Google Earth, to estimate the t...

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Reimagined cursors can change digital imaging

Instead of working on a 2D plane, Hyve3D allows users to work in 3D. Photo courtesy Hyve3D via YouTube

August 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A University of Montreal professor has developed a system that elevates 2D cursors for a 3D world...

After refueling is capital tank, WeWork acquires BIM consultant Case

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

August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The merger is expected to help standardize how WeWork designs and builds out office space. 

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Robotic reality capture, gaming systems, virtual reality—AEC Giants continue tech frenzy

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

August 06, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of sof...

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Eight cities win Bloomberg data program award

Chattanooga, Tenn., was selected as a winning city in the "What Works Cities" program. Photo: rjones0856/Creative Commons

August 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The competition, called "What Works Cities," promotes innovation in city government by making the...

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A new database for tracking commercial and multifamily façade upgrades

Photo: Dallas's Centerpoint Energy Plaza is one of the façade retrofits listed on the site. Ken Lund/Creative Commons

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The site allows users to submit information about new projects, or supplement information on thos...

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Augmented reality app provides step-by-step help for repairing equipment

Screenshot: RemoteAR

August 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The developers of Remote AR have discovered a new application for AR technology that could apply...

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Startup builds a reputation with 3D printed walls

Photo: Courtesy Branch Technology

July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Branch Technology used the world’s largest freeform printer, one that has an arm that prints obje...

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New stylus brings digital sketching to the next level

Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to give the least fatigue to users. Photo courtesy Scriba via

July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Without buttons, users can change the weight of the stylus’ stroke.

BIM for O+M: New app streamlines project documentation handover process

The Building Ops app Dashboard offers focused and relevant role-based information to facilities technicians. Photo courtesy Autodesk

July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Building Ops app enables owners to begin operations on the first day with a turnkey maintenan...

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Google moves towards the light with Eddystone

Courtesy Google Developers

July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Though beacons usually broadcast information publicly, Eddystone has the option to communicate pr...

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New city-modeling software quantifies the movement urban dwellers

Map: MIT, courtesy of Andres Sevtsuk/City Form Lab

July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNA for Rhino 3D helps determine the impact that urban design can have on where pedestrians go....

The nation’s first drone park breaks ground in North Dakota

Photo: Alexander Glinz, Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is one of six testing sites around the country that are developing flight standards and eval...

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Researchers increase GPS precision to centimeter-accurate

Though centimeter-accurate positioning systems are already used in fields such as geology, surveying, and mapping, the devices have always been too large and costly. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

July 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new startup is working with Samsung to develop a snap-on accessory for centimeter-accurate glob...

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New documentary shows Legos as touchstones of creativity

Screenshot via YouTube

July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The film's narrator, actor Jason Bateman, says it’s a story “about a simple toy and how its uniqu...

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World’s first fully 3D-printed office to be produced in Dubai

The building will be 2,000 sf with one story. Renderings via Emirates 24/7

July 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A 20-foot-tall printer will be needed for the project, spewing out construction material consisti...

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Gilbane Building Company, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)

Gilbane’s Joey Felix, starting the Focus3D Laser Scanner.

| June 23, 2015 | FARO Technologies Inc.

Gilbane discovered the anecdotal side of laser scanning pales in comparison to the dramatic ROI s...

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A steel bridge in Amsterdam will be 3D printed

Multi-axis robotic hands will be equipped with 3D printing tools. Screenshot via M3XD/YouTube.

June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To complete the bridge, multi-axis industrial robots will be fitted with ...

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11 tips for mastering 3D printing in the AEC world

Populous dedicates space in its model shop in Kansas City, Mo., for creating models using an Epson ProJet 3500 CPX Max 3D printer. The firm had to develop software that could translate what its designers were providing into language the printer could interpret. Photo: Brian Folkers, Populous

June 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Early adopters provide first-hand advice on the trials and tribulations of marrying 3D printing w...

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