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.
Sample of a 3D rendering created and altered in real time using Enscape’s real-time rendering software

Sample of a 3D rendering created and altered in real time using Enscape’s real-time rendering software. Enscape.

April 05, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

With emerging real-time rendering tools, project teams can design and render on the fly, for enha...

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Small construction companies are less willing to spend on technology than companies in several other business sectors, including retailing, manufacturing, and real estate. Image: Pixabay

March 01, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A survey of 800 companies found tepid interest overall in investing in “big data.” 

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



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

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December 14, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction Co., Gilbane Building Co., and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. top BD+...

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Courtesy Daqri

December 14, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, Gensler, and WSP top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest BIM design firms, as...

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Alan Robles, Gensler, speaking at BD+C's Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference

Gensler's Alan Robles speaking at BD+C's 2017 Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference. Photo: BD+C

November 27, 2017 | BD+C Staff

This high-energy, daylong forum will deliver 16 game-changing business and technology innovations...

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Yulio heat map

Courtesy of Yulio Technologies

November 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor + John Caulfield, Senior Editor

From heat mapping to VR-based meetings, check out this trio of virtual and augmented reality appl...

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Existing reactor tank roof piping and equipment prior to remodel.

| October 26, 2017 | FARO

By integrating creativity and ingenuity with practicality, the Moody team was able to address the...

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October 18, 2017 | Autodesk

Autodesk’s investment in Project Frog creates a common data environment, streamlines design and e...

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A handheld scanner being used

The FARO Freestyle 3D handheld laser scanner was used to quickly capture precise measurements in One Liberty Plaza’s mechanical room. The device connects directly to a Microsoft Pro Surface tablet and has 3D point accuracy ≤1.5mm and an indoor scanning volume of up to 8m³. Photo: Actus3D.

October 12, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The emergence of handheld 3D laser scanners has been a boon for firms looking to lower costs and...

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3D model of a project

3D model of project shown in Navisworks, models developed in Cyclone and Revit.

| August 28, 2017 | Jason Schwartz, Principal at Acensium

Acensium is an engineering consulting services firm with a focus on material handling retrofit pr...

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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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June 13, 2017 |
Bluebeam’s Sasha Reed discusses why AEC leaders should give their teams permission to responsibly br... read more
June 13, 2017 |
Thornton Tomasetti’s Jonatan Schumacher presents the firm’s business model for developing, incubatin... read more
June 13, 2017 |
Yazdani’s Ben Juckes discusses the firm’s tech-centric culture, where scripting has become an every-... read more
May 24, 2017 |
Daniel Davis offers a glimpse into the world at WeWork, and how his team is rethinking workplace des... read more
May 24, 2017 |
Sean Parham shares how Aditazz is shaking up the traditional design and construction approaches by a... read more
May 24, 2017 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! (May 11, 2017, Chicago), Nathan Miller presents hi... read more

More than 170 bathroom pods were used in The Broadmoor West’s $57 million renovation in Colorado Springs, Colo. The prefabricated pods are five-fixture units that include double sinks, a soaking tub, a shower stall, and a separated toilet water closet. Photo courtesy Oldcastle SurePods.

May 05, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Advancements in building technology and ongoing concerns about labor shortages make prefabricatio...

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PlanIt Impact's cloud-based platform is helping CB Properties and Milhaus Development plan a $24.3 million mixed-use building on 27th and Troost Streets in Kansas City, which will include 182 market-rate apartments and 12,000 sf of commercial space. The developers are using this platform to better understand operational costs so tenant occupancy would be more affordable. Image; Planit Impact

April 05, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

PlanIt Impact's sustainability scoring is based on myriad government and research data.

Photo courtesy of Heywood Chan Photography

March 28, 2017 | John Caulfied, Senior Editor

One shortcut: sending shop drawings created from laser scans directly to a wood panel fabricator....

Courtesy Daqri

March 13, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Here are a few new reality capture products and platforms that caught our eye.

Prior to starting a recent renovation, Mortenson Construction laser-scanned as-built conditions to assist in comparing the actual building to the design, and to facilitate accurate project planning. Courtesy Mortenson Construction.

March 10, 2017 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Advanced reality capture technologies are breaking down the barriers between the job site and pro...

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One of a pair of Canova Lions that guard the entrance to the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. The bronze sculptures were cast from the 1792 originals by Antonio Canova for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St. Peter’s Basilica. Courtesy Leo A Daly.

February 06, 2017 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

How one Building Team is giving a university client what its facilities staff really wants from B...

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Image: Aadbuild, Wikimedia Commons

January 13, 2017 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

National Institute of Building Sciences releases a manual for developing standard set of BIM docu...

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Photo courtesy of Sasaki Associates

October 11, 2016 | David Malone, Associate Editor

“Fail” is no longer a dirty four-letter word: for maker culture, it has become a crucial stop alo...

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John Williams, CEO of Impact Infrastructure, whose Autocase software calculates the dollar value and ROI of earning LEED points, taking into account financial, social, and environmental benefits. Image: BD+C

October 07, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Autocase analyzes the financial, social, and environmental benefits of certification.

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