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.
MIT Develops 3-D Printer that Prints Glass

The machine in action, up close. Photo screenshot from Mediated Matter via Fast Company Design

August 28, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The machine uses molten glass as its “ink,” contained in a “kiln cartridge” that heats up at 1,90...

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BIM, AEC, Zebra Imaging, Rendering, Architecture, architects

Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC community. Photo courtesy of Zebra Imaging.

August 27, 2015 | Zebra Imaging

Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC com...

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British company OpenDesk offers open-sourced office furniture

By turning furniture into downloadable templates, offices can be in charge of sourcing and manufacturing their own products. Screengrab of opendesk.cc/designs

August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

Offices can “download” their furniture to be made locally, anywhere.

Google Develops Google Maps for Solar Energy

Users can see an estimate of how much a rooftop receives sunlight year-round. Photo: screenshot via Google/YouTube.

August 24, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The tool offers high-resolution aerial maps, like the one used in Google Earth, to estimate the t...

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Reimagined cursors can change digital imaging

Instead of working on a 2D plane, Hyve3D allows users to work in 3D. Photo courtesy Hyve3D via YouTube

August 17, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

A University of Montreal professor has developed a system that elevates 2D cursors for a 3D world...

After refueling is capital tank, WeWork acquires BIM consultant Case

When Case launched in 2008, it was operating out of one of WeWork’s spaces, and the two companies have since been linked at the hip as WeWork has expanded. Photo: courtesy Case

August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The merger is expected to help standardize how WeWork designs and builds out office space. 

GIANTS 300 REPORT: Robotic reality capture, gaming systems, virtual reality—AEC Giants continue tech frenzy

Designers in Little’s Charlotte, N.C., office test drive a project design using two virtual reality methods: the Unity gaming engine combined with the Oculus Rift headset, and stereo panoramic renderings viewed on a smartphone using Google Cardboard. Photo: Little

August 06, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of sof...

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Eight cities win Bloomberg data program award

Chattanooga, Tenn., was selected as a winning city in the "What Works Cities" program. Photo: rjones0856/Creative Commons

August 05, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The competition, called "What Works Cities," promotes innovation in city government by making the...

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A new database for tracking commercial and multifamily façade upgrades

Photo: Dallas's Centerpoint Energy Plaza is one of the façade retrofits listed on the site. Ken Lund/Creative Commons

August 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The site allows users to submit information about new projects, or supplement information on thos...

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Augmented reality app provides step-by-step help for repairing equipment

Screenshot: RemoteAR

August 04, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The developers of Remote AR have discovered a new application for AR technology that could apply...

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Startup builds a reputation with 3D printed walls

Photo: Courtesy Branch Technology

July 29, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

Branch Technology used the world’s largest freeform printer, one that has an arm that prints obje...

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New stylus brings digital sketching to the next level

Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to give the least fatigue to users. Photo courtesy Scriba via getscriba.com

July 20, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Without buttons, users can change the weight of the stylus’ stroke.

BIM for O+M: New app streamlines project documentation handover process

The Building Ops app Dashboard offers focused and relevant role-based information to facilities technicians. Photo courtesy Autodesk

July 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The Building Ops app enables owners to begin operations on the first day with a turnkey maintenan...

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Google moves towards the light with Eddystone

Courtesy Google Developers

July 15, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Though beacons usually broadcast information publicly, Eddystone has the option to communicate pr...

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New city-modeling software quantifies the movement urban dwellers

Map: MIT, courtesy of Andres Sevtsuk/City Form Lab

July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

UNA for Rhino 3D helps determine the impact that urban design can have on where pedestrians go....

The nation’s first drone park breaks ground in North Dakota

Photo: Alexander Glinz, Wikimedia Commons

July 14, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is one of six testing sites around the country that are developing flight standards and eval...

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Researchers increase GPS precision to centimeter-accurate

Though centimeter-accurate positioning systems are already used in fields such as geology, surveying, and mapping, the devices have always been too large and costly. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

July 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A new startup is working with Samsung to develop a snap-on accessory for centimeter-accurate glob...

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New documentary shows Legos as touchstones of creativity

Screenshot via YouTube

July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The film's narrator, actor Jason Bateman, says it’s a story “about a simple toy and how its uniqu...

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World’s first fully 3D-printed office to be produced in Dubai

The building will be 2,000 sf with one story. Renderings via Emirates 24/7

July 01, 2015 | BD+C Staff

A 20-foot-tall printer will be needed for the project, spewing out construction material consisti...

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Gilbane Building Company, Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)

Gilbane’s Joey Felix, starting the Focus3D Laser Scanner.

| June 23, 2015 | FARO Technologies Inc.

Gilbane discovered the anecdotal side of laser scanning pales in comparison to the dramatic ROI s...

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A steel bridge in Amsterdam will be 3D printed

Multi-axis robotic hands will be equipped with 3D printing tools. Screenshot via M3XD/YouTube.

June 23, 2015 | BD+C Staff

To complete the bridge, multi-axis industrial robots will be fitted with ...

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11 tips for mastering 3D printing in the AEC world

Populous dedicates space in its model shop in Kansas City, Mo., for creating models using an Epson ProJet 3500 CPX Max 3D printer. The firm had to develop software that could translate what its designers were providing into language the printer could interpret. Photo: Brian Folkers, Populous

June 21, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Early adopters provide first-hand advice on the trials and tribulations of marrying 3D printing w...

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What’s next for 3D printing in design and construction?

Carbon 3D has developed a 3D printing method, continuous liquid interface production (CLIP), that uses UV light to trigger photopolymerization, and oxygen as an inhibiting agent. By balancing this interaction, CLIP “grows”objects from a pool of resin. Photo: Carbon 3D Inc.

June 16, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 3D printer industry keeps making strides in technology and affordability. Machines can now pr...

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Arup report anticipates the future of manufacturing

Images: Arup

June 15, 2015 | Arup

Human-robot collaboration, self-cleaning and self-healing materials, mass customization, and 3D p...

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Deep data: How greater intelligence can lead to better buildings

Photo: “Night Lights of the World,” courtesy NASA and NASA Earth Observatory

June 14, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The buzzword may be “Big Data,” but the reality is that Building Teams need to burrow deep into t...

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Google launches company to improve city leaving

Google CEO Larry Page believes that focusing on innovation for cities is an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people around the world.

June 11, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The search engine giant is yet again diversifying its products. Google has co-created a startup,...

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First earthquake warning system installed in North Portland

The first U.S. installation of the ShakeAlarm was installed in North Portland, Ore.'s Radiator Building. All images: CoreFirst

June 09, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The ShakeAlarm system recognizes and quantifies the faster but lower-energy seismic P-wave, which...

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Ready for takeoff: Drones await clearance for job site flights

The Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed rules for commercial drone use would require pilots to be at least 17 years old and obtain aircraft operator certificates with a small unmanned aerial systems rating. Photo: courtesy Assurance

June 08, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

The fog is finally lifting on who will be allowed to pilot unmanned aerial vehicles. 

Diamond Schmitt Architects creates tool to compare energy use data across building types

The firm released its ecoMetrics analysis tool at the CAGBC Conference. Image: Diamond Schmitt Architects

June 08, 2015 | Diamond Schmitt Architects

The firm's new ecoMetrics tool allows for a comprehensive analysis of data from energy simulation...

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Backpack becomes industry first in wearable reality capture

The Pegasus:Backpack from Leica is the industry's first wearable reality-capture technology. Image: Leica Geosystems

June 05, 2015 | Leica Geosystems

Combining five high-dynamic cameras and a LiDAR profiler, Leica's Pegasus:Backpack creates a 3D v...

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