These products brought a unique element and provided solutions to these six projects.
BIM and Information Technology
Is the U.S. in an innovative funk, or is this just the calm before the storm?
Using images captured with a drone, the team creates a point cloud that is overlaid atop a 4D as-built model to compare real world to the intended design. The comparison report uses colors to point out problem areas (yellow indicates a missing element). Courtesy Turner.
The construction giant teams with a computer science and engineering professor to develop a cleve...read more
Screenshot of the Downtown Miami Interactive 3-D Skyline Map, which depicts what the city's skyline could look like after all of the planned, proposed, and under construction projects are finished.
The Downtown Miami Interactive 3-D Skyline Map lets users see the status of every downtown office...read more
Work or play? Caio De Azevedo, a Project Engineer with McCarthy Building Companies, tests the Oculus Rift as part of a comparison to determine which current virtual reality option is the best fit for clients, partners, and the Building Team. Photo: McCarthy Building COS.
Faster conversion times and higher-quality graphics are enabling VR to make the jump from novelty...read more
Making things like augmented reality, precise measurements of indoor spaces, and indoor wayfindin...read more
Trent Nichols, VP and National VDC Director with JE Dunn (left), and Jason Hickam, Preconstruction Manager, use the firm’s new BIM-based visual estimation tool, JE Dunn Lens, to track the costs of a project design. Photo courtesy JE Dunn
DPR Construction, JE Dunn, and The Living advance the AEC industry with three clever tech solutio...read more
A construction specialist programs the flight path of a drone using a Sony tablet that's part of a Site Scan platform that Sony, 3DRobotics, and Autodesk have introduced to make using image-capture data from the field easier with modeling and design software easier. Image courtesy 3DRobotics
3DRobotics, Autodesk, and Sony launch Site Scan to speed the process of making models from field...read more
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The most detailed model ever for a city this size will help Boston meet its long-term energy use...read more
Going bold and adding the desired tenant’s name to the top of the building in a rendering can be the final piece to getting the company to sign the lease—as was the case with Yahoo at the 229 West 43rd Street project in Manhattan. Courtesy Neoscape
Storytelling, authenticity, and detail are vital to producing lifelike project artwork, according...read more
Image courtesy Meta
The startup is an underdog in the AR battle but has a range of investors and fans.
Developed by NBBJ’s London office using design computation techniques, the No-Shadow Tower is a dual-tower scheme that utilizes the façade from one tower to effectively “erase” the shadows created by the second tower by redirecting sunlight. All renderings courtesy NBBJ
Using advanced design computation, a design team demonstrates how to ‘erase’ a building’s shadows...
Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB
BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a pr...read more
Drone imagery of map volumes—such as stockpiles of building materials—can now be measured and processed in the field, with accuracy that the software provider claims rivals laser scanning. Image: DroneDeploy
DroneDeploy’s latest app is available for all mobile devices.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The virtual city will be used to help predict the outcomes of and possible issues with various sc...read more
Photo: Lisa Picard
App allows users to track noise, differential pressure levels, vibration, and dust
All images courtesy Brasfield & Gorrie.
Contractor Brasfield & Gorrie’s use of BIM and prefabrication on the Hiram, Ga., hospital sho...read more
The application in action. Screenshot courtesy Architecture of Radio via YouTube
Using data collected from millions of cell towers and Wi-Fi routers, the app makes the invisible...read more
How Li-Fi works. Illustration: Alejosemejiagp/Wikimedia Commons.
Li-Fi, which reaches speeds of 224 gigabits per second, is being tested in Estonia.
Dozens of AEC tech experts, including Nathan Miller, Founder of Proving Ground, gathered recently for Thornton Tomasetti’s AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon. Images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti
At a recent Thornton Tomasetti symposium, experts showed how designs and projects can be improved...read more
Photo: ep_jhu/Creative Commons
The Rapid Deployment Team will provide solutions for data centers both small (1 MW) and large (50...read more
Nearly half of energy-modeled projects met or came close to meeting 2014 carbon reduction targets. Photo: York Region/Creative Commons
Energy modeling allows architects to be more ambitious with energy-saving in their design project...
The SEED Collaborative will partner with a select group of cities, like Philadelphia, and states to help them better collect and manage building energy data. Photo: Peter Miller/Creative Commons
The SEED Standard will help manage, standardize, share performance data.
The Kinetic Block by MIT's Tangible Media Group
The Kinetic Blocks can manipulate objects into shapes without human interference.
Screenshot of a Magic Leap demonstation video
The company is developing the Dynamic Digitized Lightfield Signal. It projects images onto the re...read more
Image courtesy Vizable
Everyday users can simplify large amounts of data and sift through it interactively.
The main exhibit hall is the Chicago Cultural Center, which opened in 1897 and served as the city’s main library until 1977. Photo by Adilla Menayang
From lightweight wooden pallets to the largest lengths of CLT-slabs that can be shipped across No...read more
The device has an arm with a 180-degree sweep and 10 inches of Z-travel, cantilevered on a column that mounts to a work surface. Photo courtesy of Makerarm via Kickstarter
It’s not just a 3D printer. The creators say Makerarm can also etch, solder, and put icing on cak...
A screenshot of New York City in the web tool, where mobile-phone activity is organized as timelines.
Users can explore the mobile phone activities in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong....
Digital model of California's National Ignition Facility.
Aim is to provide uniformity in the delivery of BIM projects.
Gilbane’s John Myers (left) demonstrates a detailed virtual reality model of the 75/125 Binney Street project in Cambridge, Mass., for architects Robert Schaeffner, AIA, LEED AP, and Hilary Barlow, both with Payette, the design architect for the 382,000-sf business park.
AEC teams are using gaming engines to not just showcase their projects, but to immerse their clie...read more