AEC Tech

Additive manufacturing goes mainstream in the industrial sector

Image by ZMorph3D from Pixabay

   

September 17, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More manufacturers now include this production process in their factories.

Meet the masters of offsite construction

Photo courtesy Prescient

   

September 12, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

Prescient combines 5D software, clever engineering, and advanced robotics to create prefabricated...

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Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group

Matt Gough, Director of Innovation and Work Winning, Mace Group 

  

August 27, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

From building prefab factories in the sky to incubating the next generation of AEC tech startups,...

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No humans necessary. A transfer platform slides under the car's wheelbase and positions the vehicle to be parked automatically in a basement of 500 Walnut. Image: Westfalia Technologies

August 25, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This is the first “palletless” system that Westfalia Technologies has installed.

5G expected to give a boost to construction technology cell-tower-cellphone-masts-clouds-270286

Enhanced data transmission will make virtual reality more effective, but 5G adoptions will increase gradually. Photo: Pexels

  

August 22, 2019 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Virtual reality, Internet of Things, robotics, and drones will all benefit from enhanced data flo...

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Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab, Deerfield, Ill., AEC Innovators, Burcin Kaplanolgu

The 20,000-sf Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab in Deerfield, Ill., replicates an actual jobsite, and allows visitors to walk through five different stages of construction work, to test new technologies and training techniques, or to share best practices with peers. Photo: Oracle 

  

August 15, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab allows visitors to walk through five diffe...

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Darren Bechtel (second from right) with his Brick & Mortar Ventures team (from right): Kaustubh Pandya, Curtis Rodgers, Alice Leung, and Austin Yount. Image: Brick & Mortar Ventures

 

August 14, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Brick & Mortar Ventures has struck 16 deals in past 20 months.

Dane Stokes, a Design Technology Specialist with ZGF Architects, shown with floor sensors, AEC Innovators, BD+C

Dane Stokes, a Design Technology Specialist with ZGF Architects, shown with floor sensors that were used to capture occupant circulation data for one of the firm’s projects. Photo: ZGF

  

August 09, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Computational design lets ZGF Architects see patterns that renderings and even models can’t show....

2019 Bluebeam Extreme Conference: Peer-to-Peer Learning at Scale
July 29, 2019 | Bluebeam

XCON 2019 to focus on collaborative partnerships and what works in digital construction

prefab construction, modular construction, offsite construction

Photo: Pixabay

    

July 23, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

The most important benefit of offsite construction, when done right, is reliability.

Lack of standards hampers development of exoskeleton industry

Photo: SuitX

   

July 15, 2019 | By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Guidelines, common terminology, and testing methodology are needed, says expert. 

Investors eye startups focused on automating construction

Photo: Pixabay 

   

July 15, 2019 | By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Investors could reap big payoffs in an industry that experts say is ready for automation.

A new report on how contractors collect and use jobsite data is based on responses from 187 companies. Image: Dodge Data & Analytics

July 12, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Information is power, but are contractors collecting what they need to make better decisions?

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As part of its four-year phased construction to Butler University's Gallahue Hall and Holcomb Building, Pepper Construction overlays imagery of where new utilities and buildings will be onto drawings and maps of existing structures. Pepper has been creating 3D models of underground utilities on jobsites since 2017. Image: Pepper Constructon

 

July 11, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Overlaying new installs and site surveys add precision to the construction process.

Blue Collar Labs launches Builder’s Almanac, an online construction technology evaluation platform

 

Builder’s Almanac a free informational resource that organizes technology by construction workflow.

  

July 10, 2019 | Blue Collar Labs

The free online resource aims to eliminate subjective bias from the contech software evaluation p...

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July 02, 2019 | Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Design Director, Gensler

Could there come a time when buildings will become less about bricks and mortar and feel more lik...

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A crew member with BAM Construction (second from right), working on that contractor's King's Cross project in London, demonstrates how he correlates the installation of mechanicals with laser-scan models he accesses from the cloud, a process that Autodesk and Leica Geosystems developed. Image courtesy Autodesk

June 28, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The software goliath sounds the alarm about the urgent need for productivity improvements to addr...

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June 26, 2019 | David Barista, Editorial Director

About half (42%) say their firm is “on par” with their most-direct AEC competitors.

Mortenson, a top-20 nonresidential contractor, is teaming with Built Robotics to make upgrade kits for earthmovers used on Mortenson's renewable energy projects. Image: Built Robotics

June 10, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The partners will focus on equipment used for earthmoving in wind and solar projects.

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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