Autodesk's purchase of PlanGrid brings into its stable a popular digital blueprint software that helps contractors streamline their project management. Image: Autodesk
PlanGrid and BuildingConnected are the latest pieces in the company’s quest to digitize the const...read more
The ability of EC firms to capture, understand, and apply from all kinds of sources—including their job sites—is critical to their being able to deliver buildings for smarter cities in the future. Image: Deloitte Consulting
A new paper from Deloitte Consulting advises companies to revise their strategies with an eye tow...read more
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
Prototype mobile 3D printing shop aims to identify additive manufacturing applications for constr...read more
HouseZero is designed to test systems whose installation would improve the performance of existing buildings that currently account for two-fifths of America's annual energy usage. Image: Michael Grimm
Hundreds of embedded sensors will inform energy use reduction research.
eSentire sent out 57,000 alerts about potential threats in the second quarter of 2018, and Construction was among the top five industries to receive them. Image: eSentire
The latest report from eSentire finds a total of 4 million “hostile events” against all sectors d...read more
360° cameras could surpass stationary laser scanners as the tool of choice to document construction, according to a new report that polls more than 250 AEC firms and service providers. Image: Pixabay
More firms are adding scanning and photography to their services.
14th@Irving is being designed and constructed to serve New York's burgeoning innovation economy, with systems that can be adapted for future tenants. Image: Davis Brody Bond
Prefabrication and modularization are two construction techniques that are likely to attract investment in the coming years, according to a new McKinsey & Co. report. Image: Pixabay
McKinsey & Co. sees systems integration and talent acquisition as key investment drivers....
Contractors position in place one of 92 prefabricated exterior panels that were installed for a 12-story hotel in Boston in 13 working days. Image: Island Exterior Fabricators
Skender launches an advanced manufacturing division. Katerra ups its bet on modular. Prefabricati...read more
Photo: Uptake Technologies
JLL, in a new report that tracks this trend, cites three areas where startups are most active....
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
BD+C’s second annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago)...read more
This autonomous construction management tool tracks jobsite progress in real time.
Neither training nor modification of the physical environment are required to use the system....
Woods Bagot has set up a space in its New York office where clients can view early stages of design ideas in virtual reality. The firm has been using customizable VR apps for about a year. Image: Woods Bagot
The architectural firm is finding that some clients respond quicker to proposals as a result....
Technology has been and always will be perceived as a source for wonder and worry.
Clark Construction now uses Turnover Vision on all of its projects. The algorithm driving this mobile app also helps the contractor anticipate problems. Image: Clark Construction
Turnover Vision is the latest example of Clark digitizing its construction management process....
A Suffolk Construction team member explores one of the firm’s projects using a CAVE virtual reality setup at its new Smart Lab in San Francisco.
Real-time construction analysis, just-in-time materials delivery, digital production planning sys...read more
More third-party suppliers have been developing software products that can be layered atop Forge, Autodesk's cloud-based platform that aspires to provide end-to-end project transparency. Image: Autodesk
The goal is to further streamline the construction process, from design to commissioning.
Can studying humans at a behavioral level produce better buildings? Cognitive architecture expert...read more
At Terrell Place, in Washington D.C., motion sensors activate 1,700 sf of panels on lobby walls and corridors that display artwork that never looks the same to any passerby.
Indoor digital media changes the identities of buildings by stimulating occupant interaction....
Co-working real estate giant WeWork is using AI-driven machine learning to forecast how prospective occupants might use co-working and shared spaces. Pictured is the company’s Yan’an Dong Lu space in Shanghai, where AI work has been conducted. Courtesy WeWork.
From construction scheduling to risk management, AEC firms see promise in budding artificial inte...read more
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
A survey of 800 companies found tepid interest overall in investing in “big data.”
From real-time guest feedback to AI-driven hyper-personalization, the hotel of the future will em...read more
The CorTek system has been used on five projects to date, including the One Steamboat Place resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Images: Vulcraft
With this patented, steel-and-concrete hybrid system, the service core will no longer be the sche...read more
The main-event stage at The International, an annual Dota 2 eSports championship tournament, held at the KeyArena in Seattle. Photo: Wikipedia.
More than 380 million fans take in professional video gaming events each year, but most do so wit...read more
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For construction, the robot could be used for wiring the ceilings or floors of a building.