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About the Author: Sasha Reed has 10 years of experience working directly in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) market, with over 15 years of experience in Customer Relations. As the Director of Strategic Alliances at Bluebeam Software, Sasha interacts with AEC industry leaders to better understand the long range goals of the industry and to help guide Bluebeam’s technology development. Drawing on this real world experience, Sasha has spoken at numerous industry events including the American Institute of Architects’ DesignDC Conference, American Institute of Architects California Council’s Monterey Design Conference, Construct Canada, NTI Danish BIM Conference and the Associated Builders & Contractors EdCon & Expo, the International Highway Engineering Exchange Program and the International Facilities Maintenance Association Conference.  Before Bluebeam, Sasha was a Project Manager for M3, a Herman Miller dealer, where she learned firsthand the everyday challenges that the AEC industry faces, from project conception to completion.

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Futuristic tech wish lists… what are you waiting for?

April 11, 2013

It seems you can’t browse an industry website today without hearing about some new app, software, or hardware package that is going to push the bounds on the traditional ways in which design and construction are done. Case in point, a recent BD+C article about Google Glass asked the question, “will Google Glass revolutionize the construction process?”

Leveraging Augmented Reality (AR), Google Glass will enable users (or wearers) to look at a jobsite today, overlay graphical data or BIM model images and visualize how the project will look tomorrow. It’s sort of like overlaying reality with trace paper… but way cooler.

Well, an architect in Australia is going to put the concept to the test to see if there is a real world application for this futuristic technology. Conceptually, it’s easy to see the many use cases for this type of technology within construction. Whether it plays out as a useful tool or not is a whole other story.

Over the years, I’ve had many a conversation on the topic of the ideal futuristic technology for the industry: the George Jetson jet pack or hoverboard, if you will, for construction. But I wonder, what technology are you waiting for? What is the one innovation, however far-fetched it may be, that would make your life so much easier? What would truly revolutionize the way you work? Care to share?

         
 
 

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