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.

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October 11, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

“Fail” is no longer a dirty four-letter word: for maker culture, it has become a crucial stop alo...

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John Williams, CEO of Impact Infrastructure, whose Autocase software calculates the dollar value and ROI of earning LEED points, taking into account financial, social, and environmental benefits. Image: BD+C

October 07, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Autocase analyzes the financial, social, and environmental benefits of certification.

A shrinking workforce combined with a boom in technology have created new roles — and new value for tech-savvy veteran workers on the jobsite.

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Considerable challenges posed by the height of the buildings. Narrow streets enclosed by high rise structures removed any option of using GPS survey methods. Everything needed to be shot via line-of-sight measurement. (Image from Google Earth Pro).

| October 03, 2016 | Ty Barksdale, 3D Project Manager, DeWalt Corporation

DeWalt Corporation, which has completed thousands of surveys over the last 50 years, began using...

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Members of the Building Team for the 700,000-sf addition to the Banner University Medical Center Tucson meet at the co-location office in Tucson, Ariz. Pictured (l. to r.): Kristian Watkins, Project Manager, Banner Health; Dan Dupaix, Director of Facilities, Banner Health; Alison Rainey, AIA, Director, Shepley Bulfinch; Elizabeth Spelman, AIA, RA, LEED AP, Senior Architect, Shepley Bulfinch; and Mark Barkenbush, Senior Project Executive, Banner Health. Photo: © 2016 Kat Nania Kendon / Shepley Bulfinch.

September 15, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Experts share tips and tricks for maximizing cross-team collaboration.

September 12, 2016 | BIMForum

The comment period is open until Sept. 23.

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September 07, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The costs and benefits of managing 29 types of waste are now included.

August 30, 2016 | BD+C Staff

HOK, Perkins+Will, Turner Construction Co., The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Jacobs, and Thorn...

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August 30, 2016 | CBRE

With dependable cellular and Wi-Fi coverage a must-have amenity for today’s businesses, CBRE to c...

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A new app launched by Dodge Data & Analytics gives pros a quick and secure way to scan a wide range of projects of interest. Image: Dodge Data & Analytics

August 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The product, called PlanRoom, could be particularly useful in sharing data and communications amo...

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August 09, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Animated GIFs are a simple tool that can explain a large amount of intricate information in an ea...

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Autodesk LIVE includes interactive tools like time of day and time of year, which provide realistic sun lighting and shadows. All images courtesy Autodesk. Click here to enlarge.


July 25, 2016 | BD+C Editors

Users can adjust navigation points, render styles, and even the time of day, with fluid and quick...

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Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host next week's Republican National Convention, at which more than 20,000 people are expected to attend. The venue is relying on a distributed antennae system to help boost voice and data transmission and make sure those attendees' smartphones work smoothly. Image: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Each venue is equipped with DAS technology that extends the building’s wireless coverage.

Autodesk and Trimble will share APIs to improve develop products that improve user workflow

Autodesk headquarters in San Rafael, Calif. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.

June 14, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Data and document management is likely to benefit the soonest. 

Conquer computational design: 5 tips for starting your journey

HDR design team members utilize computational design tools to collaborate on façade treatment strategies for one of the firm’s arena projects. Courtesy HDR

June 07, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Data-driven design expert Nathan Miller offers helpful advice for getting your firm ready to use...

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A project team at HDR collaborates on design solutions for a sports facility project with the help of data-driven design tools. The firm has been using CM tools for several years. Photo courtesy HDR

June 07, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Rapid prototyping, custom plug-ins, and data dashboards are among the common applications for com...

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May 20, 2016 | AIA

The new automated connection will allow the more than 350 AIA 2030 committed firms to report thei...

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The Fluid Harmonic Damper combines NASA's fluid structure coupling technology with water-filled PVC piping. It will be installed in a Brooklyn, New York, building later this spring. Rendering by Ena Cheung. All images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti.

May 10, 2016 | BD+C Editors

TTWiiN initially features six products and will add more via its own incubator.

Advanced laser scanning technology supports data collection and modeling efforts for Missouri’s Iatan 1 Power Plant
| May 10, 2016 | FARO  | ROBYN M. FELLER

For the installation of a new heat exchanger, the power division of Black & Veatch contracted...

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Navigant Research estimates that global demand for data integration technologies for buildings will increase nearly tenford over the next 10 years. Image: Pixabay

May 05, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Navigant Research report takes a deeper dive to examine where demand will be strongest by regio...

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April 25, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The SkyBEAM UAV is used for identifying energy leaks, rooftop damage, deteriorating façades, and...

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U.K. imposes BIM requirement on government projects

Image: Tyler Disney/YouTube screenshot.

April 21, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

U.S. unlikely to follow suit.



April 12, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Is the U.S. in an innovative funk, or is this just the calm before the storm?

Turner streamlines construction progress tracking using predictive visual data analytics

Using images captured with a drone, the team creates a point cloud that is overlaid atop a 4D as-built model to compare real world to the intended design. The comparison report uses colors to point out problem areas (yellow indicates a missing element). Courtesy Turner.

April 08, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The construction giant teams with a computer science and engineering professor to develop a cleve...

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Interactive map shows present and future Miami skyline

Screenshot of the Downtown Miami Interactive 3-D Skyline Map, which depicts what the city's skyline could look like after all of the planned, proposed, and under construction projects are finished.

April 05, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Downtown Miami Interactive 3-D Skyline Map lets users see the status of every downtown office...

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Work or play? Caio De Azevedo, a Project Engineer with McCarthy Building Companies, tests the Oculus Rift as part of a comparison to determine which current virtual reality option is the best fit for clients, partners, and the Building Team.  Photo: McCarthy Building COS.

March 21, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Faster conversion times and higher-quality graphics are enabling VR to make the jump from novelty...

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March 15, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Making things like augmented reality, precise measurements of indoor spaces, and indoor wayfindin...

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Visual estimating, generative design, and component construction push the limits of BIM/VDC

Trent Nichols, VP and National VDC Director with JE Dunn (left), and Jason Hickam, Preconstruction Manager, use the firm’s new BIM-based visual estimation tool, JE Dunn Lens, to track the costs of a project design. Photo courtesy JE Dunn

March 14, 2016 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

DPR Construction, JE Dunn, and The Living advance the AEC industry with three clever tech solutio...

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A construction specialist programs the flight path of a drone using a Sony tablet that's part of a Site Scan platform that Sony, 3DRobotics, and Autodesk have introduced to make using image-capture data from the field easier with modeling and design software easier. Image courtesy 3DRobotics

March 09, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

3DRobotics, Autodesk, and Sony launch Site Scan to speed the process of making models from field...

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March 02, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The most detailed model ever for a city this size will help Boston meet its long-term energy use...

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5 tips for creating photorealistic architectural renderings

Going bold and adding the desired tenant’s name to the top of the building in a rendering can be the final piece to getting the company to sign the lease—as was the case with Yahoo at the 229 West 43rd Street project in Manhattan. Courtesy Neoscape

February 24, 2016 | Matthew Clarey, Art Director, Neoscape

Storytelling, authenticity, and detail are vital to producing lifelike project artwork, according...

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