BIM and Information Technology
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
Facebook's data center in Forest City, N.C. The social media giant is investing $200 million to expand the campus with a third, 480,000-sf building. Photos courtesy Facebook.
Cities are now vying for these facilities with sizable tax incentives.
The University of Washington's student quad. The school now offers a BIM program.
The 11-week course is available for students and professionals and teaches BIM software skills, v...read more
The AMIE building, unveiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the DOE’s Industry Day event. Images courtesy SOM
The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) building features a high-performance shell wi...read more
Droneport renderings courstey Foster + Partners (via World Architecture Community)
The structures would store cargo-shipping drones and serve as community centers.
New YouTube video shows how drones can be used for building facade inspections. Screenshot courtesy WJE
"We believe that drone usage will enable building owners to assess problems quicker and with less...read more
Apple promises unprecedented precision for its new stylus. Photo courtesy Apple
A stylus, split screen, and improved graphics make designing on the tablet easier.
This visualization of residential unit types shows how different sizes and types of bedrooms are stacked and positioned within the building. 3D model courtesy Kyle Martin
Advances in building information modeling allow for more thorough project documentation, but don'...read more
Case’s bldgs = data conference highlighted how collecting data about personal activities can info...read more
The machine in action, up close. Photo screenshot from Mediated Matter via Fast Company Design
The machine uses molten glass as its “ink,” contained in a “kiln cartridge” that heats up at 1,90...read more
Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC community. Photo courtesy of Zebra Imaging.
Company promises new product will bring "easy creation process" to holographic imaging in AEC com...read more
By turning furniture into downloadable templates, offices can be in charge of sourcing and manufacturing their own products. Screengrab of opendesk.cc/designs
Offices can “download” their furniture to be made locally, anywhere.
Users can see an estimate of how much a rooftop receives sunlight year-round. Photo: screenshot via Google/YouTube.
The tool offers high-resolution aerial maps, like the one used in Google Earth, to estimate the t...read more
Instead of working on a 2D plane, Hyve3D allows users to work in 3D. Photo courtesy Hyve3D via YouTube
A University of Montreal professor has developed a system that elevates 2D cursors for a 3D world...
When Case launched in 2008, it was operating out of one of WeWork’s spaces, and the two companies have since been linked at the hip as WeWork has expanded. Photo: courtesy Case
The merger is expected to help standardize how WeWork designs and builds out office space.
Designers in Little’s Charlotte, N.C., office test drive a project design using two virtual reality methods: the Unity gaming engine combined with the Oculus Rift headset, and stereo panoramic renderings viewed on a smartphone using Google Cardboard. Photo: Little
Given their size, AEC Giants possess the resources and scale to research and test the bevy of sof...read more
Chattanooga, Tenn., was selected as a winning city in the "What Works Cities" program. Photo: rjones0856/Creative Commons
The competition, called "What Works Cities," promotes innovation in city government by making the...read more
Photo: Dallas's Centerpoint Energy Plaza is one of the façade retrofits listed on the site. Ken Lund/Creative Commons
The site allows users to submit information about new projects, or supplement information on thos...read more
The developers of Remote AR have discovered a new application for AR technology that could apply...read more
Photo: Courtesy Branch Technology
Branch Technology used the world’s largest freeform printer, one that has an arm that prints obje...read more
Countless 3D-printed prototypes were tested, and Scriba’s final design was found to give the least fatigue to users. Photo courtesy Scriba via getscriba.com
Without buttons, users can change the weight of the stylus’ stroke.
The Building Ops app Dashboard offers focused and relevant role-based information to facilities technicians. Photo courtesy Autodesk
The Building Ops app enables owners to begin operations on the first day with a turnkey maintenan...read more
Courtesy Google Developers
Though beacons usually broadcast information publicly, Eddystone has the option to communicate pr...read more
Map: MIT, courtesy of Andres Sevtsuk/City Form Lab
UNA for Rhino 3D helps determine the impact that urban design can have on where pedestrians go....
Photo: Alexander Glinz, Wikimedia Commons
This is one of six testing sites around the country that are developing flight standards and eval...read more
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
A new startup is working with Samsung to develop a snap-on accessory for centimeter-accurate glob...read more
Screenshot via YouTube
The film's narrator, actor Jason Bateman, says it’s a story “about a simple toy and how its uniqu...read more
The building will be 2,000 sf with one story. Renderings via Emirates 24/7
A 20-foot-tall printer will be needed for the project, spewing out construction material consisti...read more
Gilbane’s Joey Felix, starting the Focus3D Laser Scanner.
Gilbane discovered the anecdotal side of laser scanning pales in comparison to the dramatic ROI s...read more