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.

Photo Credit: Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance

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.

 

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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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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Image courtesy Meta

February 17, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The startup is an underdog in the AR battle but has a range of investors and fans.

London’s ’shadowless’ towers

Developed by NBBJ’s London office using design computation techniques, the No-Shadow Tower is a dual-tower scheme that utilizes the façade from one tower to effectively “erase” the shadows created by the second tower by redirecting sunlight. All renderings courtesy NBBJ

February 05, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Editor

Using advanced design computation, a design team demonstrates how to ‘erase’ a building’s shadows...

Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a pr...

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Drone imagery of map volumes—such as stockpiles of building materials—can now be measured and processed in the field, with accuracy that the software provider claims rivals laser scanning. Image: DroneDeploy

February 03, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

DroneDeploy’s latest app is available for all mobile devices. 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

January 27, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The virtual city will be used to help predict the outcomes of and possible issues with various sc...

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Photo: Lisa Picard

January 20, 2016 | BD+C Staff

App allows users to track noise, differential pressure levels, vibration, and dust

Laser scanning and in-shop prefabrication a boon for the WellStar Paulding Hospital

All images courtesy Brasfield & Gorrie.

December 21, 2015 | Jeff Yoders, Contributing Editor

Contractor Brasfield & Gorrie’s use of BIM and prefabrication on the Hiram, Ga., hospital sho...

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New app visualizes amount of cellular signal and Wi-Fi in an area

The application in action. Screenshot courtesy Architecture of Radio via YouTube

December 03, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Using data collected from millions of cell towers and Wi-Fi routers, the app makes the invisible...

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New wireless technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

How Li-Fi works. Illustration: Alejosemejiagp/Wikimedia Commons.

November 30, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Li-Fi, which reaches speeds of 224 gigabits per second, is being tested in Estonia.

John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

November 24, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

At a recent Thornton Tomasetti symposium, experts showed how designs and projects can be improved...

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AECOM and Project Frog form partnership for building data centers

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November 19, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Rapid Deployment Team will provide solutions for data centers both small (1 MW) and large (50...

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AIA: Energy modeling key to reaching carbon neutrality in buildings

Nearly half of energy-modeled projects met or came close to meeting 2014 carbon reduction targets. Photo: York Region/Creative Commons

November 18, 2015 | AIA

Energy modeling allows architects to be more ambitious with energy-saving in their design project...

DOE launches new data collaborative to help cities and states boost building efficiency

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

November 17, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The SEED Standard will help manage, standardize, share performance data.

MIT develops ‘river of 3-D pixels’ to assemble objects

The Kinetic Block by MIT's Tangible Media Group

October 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The Kinetic Blocks can manipulate objects into shapes without human interference.

Magic Leap's augmented reality project continues to generate support

Screenshot of a Magic Leap demonstation video

October 27, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The company is developing the Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal. It projects images onto the re...

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Image courtesy Vizable

October 26, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Everyday users can simplify large amounts of data and sift through it interactively.

4 Building Material Innovations from the Chicago Architecture Biennial

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

October 20, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...

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A robotic arm can 3D print, etch, solder, and carve from a desktop

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

October 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

It’s not just a 3D printer. The creators say Makerarm can also etch, solder, and put icing on cak...

New web tool from MIT organizes human movement in interactive graphs

A screenshot of New York City in the web tool, where mobile-phone activity is organized as timelines.

October 19, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Users can explore the mobile phone activities in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong....

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