AEC Tech

AI and digital twin firm Reconstruct Inc. closing $7.7 million Series A investment

Rendering: Reconstruct Inc.

May 15, 2019 | Reconstruct Inc.

Reconstruct’s AI and digital twin capabilities provide indoor/outdoor views for project stakehold...

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Can machines design?

Illustration: Adobe Stock

May 07, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

Instead of debating about whether machines can design, why don’t we ask, What if they could? How...

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Report: Contractors invest $1.6 billion in workforce development annually

Photo: Christina Morillo via Pexels

April 25, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ABC members increased training spending 45% from 2013, according to a new report. 

PlanGrid Delivers BIM Data in 2D and 3D Directly to Mobile Users in the Field

Construction teams and facilities managers can now drill down into rich BIM data in an easy-to-use 2D interface or 3D environment. Rendering: PlanGrid

April 24, 2019 | PlanGrid

One of the construction industry’s most widely-used mobile technologies makes critical data acces...

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A rendering of the 70-acre Seaport San Diego redevelopment, for which the owner's rep Gafcon is applying Digital Twin technology to manage the construction process. Courtesy Gafcon

April 24, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

One leading owner’s rep is pushing that idea with its “OneModel” BIM-sharing approach.

AEC angel investor

Jesse Devitte is among the coterie of savvy venture capitalists who saw gold in those AEC hills. McKinsey & Company estimates that investors pumped more than $10 billion into “contech” startups between 2000 and 2017. Illustration: Cathy LePenske, BD+C

April 19, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Jesse Devitte is among the prescient venture capitalists who’ve bet on the AEC industry finally c...

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4 fundamental relationships between buildings and machines

If and when AI drives the entire process of design, construction, and operation, buildings could become exponentially smarter with resources, money, time, and performance. Illustration: stock.adobe.com/SMSka

April 17, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

If and when AI drives the entire process of design, construction, and operation, buildings could...

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NBBJ creates Design Performance Group whose goal is to connect building design with occupant wellbeing

NBBJ's Design Performance Group leaders, from left, are Nate Holland, Peter Alspach, and Margaret Montgomery. Image: NBBJ

April 12, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The firm also wants to advance energy efficiency in its projects.

2019 Accelerate AEC speaker lineup announced, May 13-14, NYC
April 10, 2019 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's third-annual Accelerate AEC Innovation Conference (May 13-14, NYC) will explore A...

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BI(m): BIM data without models

A new breed of data tools creates a valuable opportunity for the next wave of BIM and facilities management, one where “pure data” is at the center.

February 08, 2019 | John Tobin, New York Office Director, SMRT Architects and Engineers

A new breed of data tools creates a valuable opportunity for the next wave of BIM and facilities...

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Our robotic future: Assessing AI's impact on the AEC profession and the built environment

Photo: Pixabay

January 09, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, Design Director, Gensler

This is the first in a series by Lance Hosey, FAIA, on how automation is disrupting design and co...

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Additive manufacturing heads to the jobsite

A 21-foot-long shipping container houses a mobile additive manufacturing “toolbox” that includes two Panasonic robots that can 3D print, weld, cut, and polish. The unit’s transportability to jobsites could make it ideal for producing bespoke spare parts in the field. Courtesy of Autodesk

December 07, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Prototype mobile 3D printing shop aims to identify additive manufacturing applications for constr...

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BD+C editors want your input on AEC technology

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September 27, 2018 | BD+C Staff

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Sponsored webinar: Benefits of traceable construction
| September 14, 2018 | FARO Technologies

In this free 60-minute webinar, Keith Alcorn of FARO Technologies will talk about the concept of...

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Weidt Group’s Net Energy Optimizer now available as software as a service

The software allows users to see validated results for hundreds of proven energy-efficiency options in real time.

July 24, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proprietary energy analysis tool is open for use by the public.

Call for speakers: Accelerate AEC! innovation conference, May 2019

Speakers take the stage at the 2018 Accelerate AEC! conference, May 10, 2018, in Chicago. More than 150 AEC professionals attended the event. Photo: BD+C

July 17, 2018 | BD+C Staff

This high-energy forum will deliver 20 game-changing business and technology innovations from the...

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Watch all 19 Accelerate Live! talks on demand

In her talk at Accelerate Live! 2018, micro-buildings design expert Aeron Hodges, AIA, Senior Designer/Manager Stantec Architecture, explored the key drivers of the micro-buildings movement, and how the trend is spreading into a wide variety of building typologies. Photo: BD+C

June 24, 2018 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s second annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago)...

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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), a trio of expe... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AS+GG’s Anthon... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), HOK’s Greg Sc... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), SOM’s Lucas Tr... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AEC technophil... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), building syste... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), two of CannonD... read more
thyssenkrupp tests self-driving robot for ‘last mile’ delivery of elevator parts

Measuring 33 inches wide, the delivery robots can travel on sidewalks and can carry payloads weighing up to 77 lbs. Photo courtesy thyssenkrupp

January 29, 2018 | BD+C Staff

“With driverless delivery robots, we could fill a gap and get spare parts from our warehouses to...

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Staging should be used to support the client’s goals. This rendering for a spec office client was designed to target young, trendy tenants.

Staging should be used to support the client’s goals. This rendering for a spec office client was designed to target young, trendy tenants. Rendering: TILTPIXEL

       

January 02, 2018 | RAMY HANNA, 3D ARTIST, TILTPIXEL

3D artist Ramy Hanna offers guidelines and tricks-of-the-trade to ensure that project artwork is...

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The map includes easily accessible and detailed information on each of the nearly 34,000 historic buildings within the city’s 141 historic districts. 

December 21, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission launched a new, enhanced version of its inter...

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Jacksonville Jaguars’ new practice facility, designed by Populous

The facility’s roof consists of 3,000 tons of structural steel that support a PTFE membrane. The PTFE fabric is suspended from 430-foot-long structural steel trusses that support an array of structural steel v-columns. Design architect Populous designed the roof form and then worked in tandem with Walter P Moore to create the roof’s structure and subdivide it into trusses. All images and renderings courtesy Populous

  

August 25, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor 

The project team employed Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and a host of other software appli...

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A rendering of the updated exterior of 287 Park Avenue South from Spagnolo Group Architecture

Rendering courtesy SGA

July 20, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

287 Park Avenue South is a nine-story Classical Revival building previously known as the United C...

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Sean Parham, VP of Product Marketing and Management with Aditazz Photo: Adam Grubb

July 06, 2017 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural AEC innovation conference, Accelerate Live! (May 11, Chicago), featured...

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