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.
4 designs honored at AIA's TAP Innovation Awards

The three main massing elements (south bar, atrium, and north tower) are each designed with their own structural systems and floor-to-floor heights to maximize efficiencies. Image: Alene Davis

May 27, 2015 | AIA

Morphosis Architects' Emerson College building in Los Angeles and the University of Delaware’s IS...

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Model Building System for Architects Wins Heart of Children

There are up to 620 pieces for walls, windows, and furniture. Renderings courtesy Arckit

May 26, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Arckit, as the system is called, was designed to a 1:48 scale, making it easy to create models ac...

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5 smart tech trends transforming the job site

Manhattan Construction’s use of 360 cameras on the DFW International Airport modernization and improvement project has greatly reduced the need for client/team visits to the massive site, and has improved existing site coordination efforts. Team members access the images via a digital floor plan of the job site. Users can take a virtual tour of the site by scrolling through the series of images. Courtesy Manhattan Construction

May 13, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

RFID labor tracking, 360 cameras, and advanced video tools are among the tech innovations that sh...

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Self-piloting drone maps out construction sites in Pennsylvania

The system comes with a box where the drone rests and charges. Photo courtesy Identified Technologies via YouTube

April 29, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The system comes with a real-time portal for immediate access to collected data.

The construction industry isn't rushing to hop onto the cloud: study

Illustration: FutUndBeidl / flickr

April 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new poll finds that nearly half of companies aren't planning to shift to cloud-based software t...

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A carboard box by Google can bring virtual reality to architecture
April 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The global search engine giant has launched a new product, Google Cardboard, that easily allows u...

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French startup develops drone camera that overlays video with 3D images

Concept Photo by Sysveo via Discovery News.

April 03, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The new drones can capture video and overlay the shot results with 3D images and augmented realit...

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Berkeley researchers develop 3D-printable concrete powder

A team from the university constructed the Bloom pavilion out of the 3D-printed material, which will go on tour around the world. Screenshot from UC Berkeley Campus Life on Youtube.

March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The technique allows teams to create more complex and precisely finished structures, with reduced...

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One of London’s new skyscrapers will be shadowless

The architects designed this particular concept as a potential pair of towers in Greenwich, England. Renderings courtesy NBBJ

March 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A team of architects from the London branch of NBBJ used computer algorithms to generate a dual-t...

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Google plans to use robots, cranes to manipulate modular offices at its new HQ

Rendering courtesy Google

March 11, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its visions of “crabots” accentuate the search-engine giant’s recent fascination with robotics an...

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A giant, silver loop in Dubai will house the Museum of the Future

The museum's exterior will be decorated with verses of the Sheikh's poetry, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

March 05, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Sheikh of Dubai hopes the $136 million museum will serve as an incubator for ideas and real d...

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OMA’s CCTV building needed a wi-fi retrofit, Rem Koolhaas, Forbes

According to Huawei, the building's layout contributed to the many blind spots for wireless Internet access. Photo courtesy Scott Meltzer/Wikimedia Commons

March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

It took a year-long retrofit to get WiFi transmission issues solved at China's iconic skyscraper....

DOE launches crowdsourcing website for technology innovators

Some ideas that have been submitted so far include: modular building facades, improving air tightness in envelopes, and scalable mixed waste to energy conversion technology. Infographic: DOE

March 04, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory launched a new crowdsourcing website called the Buildings Crowd...

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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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Photo courtesy ARC Media, Bridgit
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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