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.
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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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, tango, google, 3-D scanner, 3D scanner

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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