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.
9 best practices for effective laser scanning

The rendering above depicts a 3D laser scan of a performing arts theater atrium in greyscale format. This viewing method is preferred in low-light environments. Rendering: JE Dunn

February 23, 2015 | Trent Nichols, LEED AP

JE Dunn’s National BIM Director, Trent Nichols, offers tips and advice for mastering the art of l...

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Project Tango devices contain customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. Image: Google

February 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Google is said to be partnering with LG to create a version of the technology for public release...

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BIM for safety: How to use BIM/VDC tools to prevent injuries on the job site

Gilbane created this 4D simulation to help visualize the planned work areas near public thoroughfares on a recent project. Rendering: Gilbane Building Company

February 08, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Gilbane, Southland Industries, Tocci, and Turner are among the firms to incorporate advanced 4D B...

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Toy around with Ittyblox's ultra-detailed building blocks

Photos: Shapeways

February 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

For Lego fanatics, time is no object when building a model. For those of us with a little less ti...

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5 crucial lessons from moving BIM/VDC workflows to the cloud

Like any emerging technology, cloud-based modeling has nuances that can be nettlesome for firms that are new to the process. Illustration: Autodesk

January 29, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Early adopters of cloud-based model collaboration share what they learned in overcoming their tou...

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With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time digital files.

When a physical block is moved, its interface "twin" does the exact same thing. Screenshot from Lego X.

January 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

With the Lego X system, users can transfer the forms they’ve created with legos into real-time di...

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MVRDV designs twisty skyscraper to grace Vienna's skyline
January 26, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The twist maximizes floor space and decreases the amount of shadows the building will cast on the...

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January 21, 2015 | Autodesk

Schneider Electric has announced the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding, which states tha...

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Solarbox London was founded by London School of Economics graduates Harold Crast
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

About 8,000 of London’s famous red telephone boxes sit unused in warehouses, orphans of the digit...

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Photo courtesy Daqri
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Smart Helmet is equipped with an array of cameras that provides 360-degree vision through its gla...

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Photo courtesy Gimbal
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Beacon technology personalizes smartphone messaging, creating a new information resource for stor...

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December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Technology combines a smartglass visual device with a motion-sensing armband to simplify field ma...

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Photo courtesy Steris
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Ideas are cheap. Solutions are what count. The latest installment in BD+C's Great Solutions serie...

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Images courtesy HealthSpot
December 29, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The HealthSpot station is an 8x5-foot, ADA-compliant mobile kiosk that lets patients access a net...

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Gilbane invested $60,000 to acquire its first 3D laser scanner, the FARO Focus 3
December 23, 2014 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

From energy modeling on the fly to prefabrication of building systems, these advancements are pot...

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Photo: WorldViz
December 09, 2014 | BD+C Staff

High-speed rendering software, custom APIs, virtual reality tools, and BIM workflow tips were amo...

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Photo courtesy Ken Nakagaki
December 05, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Design student Ken Nakagaki has adapted a device to work with CAD software to replicate digital f...

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December 01, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Skanska will participate in an 18-month program with a consortium of partners to develop a robot...

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An example of Aons Construction Risk Map, which the portal updates regularly to
November 18, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The new interactive tool from Aon Risk Solutions provides real-time updates pertaining to the ris...

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Thornton Tomasettis computational modeling and R&D incubator, CORE Studio, has
November 05, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

Without a common language linking BIM/VDC software platforms, firms seek out interoperability sol...

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Photo: Don McCullough via Wikimedia Commons
October 15, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Labour announced that they will start using drones to help...

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The $100 million MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, designed by architecture f
October 14, 2014 | Adele Houghton, RA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, ND

The path to more extensive use of health data in green building is blocked by certain myths that...

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Since 1998, William Duff Architects has specialized in retail, residential, and
October 13, 2014 | BQE Software

William Duff Architects has seen immediate benefits to their business since the implementation of...

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October 07, 2014 | BD+C Staff

In this downloadable graphic, technologist Shaan Hurley dissects 37 cocktails and analyzes their...

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A user navigates a virtual reality model of a proposed commercial office at DPR
September 13, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

The emergence of low-cost VR technology means that anyone with a few hundred bucks and a decent w...

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Translated Geometries, shape memory polymer
September 10, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Students in Barcelona have created a composite material using shape memory polymers that can defo...

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Photo courtesy of DAQRI
September 09, 2014 | BD+C Staff

A Los Angeles-based startup added augmented reality technology to a hardhat, creating a smart hel...

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The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of Gehry Technologies' latest projects. Re
September 08, 2014 | Trimble

Trimble and Frank Gehry announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate...

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September 02, 2014 | BQE Sponsored Content

Understanding effective project management helps many big and small organizations to carry out la...

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August 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Mark Domino, the son-in-law of developer Douglas Durst, has developed an app, called Spireworks,...

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