BIM and Information Technology
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.
Advancements in building technology and ongoing concerns about labor shortages make prefabricatio...read more
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
PlanIt Impact's sustainability scoring is based on myriad government and research data.
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One shortcut: sending shop drawings created from laser scans directly to a wood panel fabricator....
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.
Advanced reality capture technologies are breaking down the barriers between the job site and pro...read more
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.
How one Building Team is giving a university client what its facilities staff really wants from B...read more
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National Institute of Building Sciences releases a manual for developing standard set of BIM docu...read more
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“Fail” is no longer a dirty four-letter word: for maker culture, it has become a crucial stop alo...read more
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
Autocase analyzes the financial, social, and environmental benefits of certification.
Considerable challenges posed by the height of the buildings. Narrow streets enclosed by high rise structures removed any option of using GPS survey methods. Everything needed to be shot via line-of-sight measurement. (Image from Google Earth Pro).
DeWalt Corporation, which has completed thousands of surveys over the last 50 years, began using...read more
Members of the Building Team for the 700,000-sf addition to the Banner University Medical Center Tucson meet at the co-location office in Tucson, Ariz. Pictured (l. to r.): Kristian Watkins, Project Manager, Banner Health; Dan Dupaix, Director of Facilities, Banner Health; Alison Rainey, AIA, Director, Shepley Bulfinch; Elizabeth Spelman, AIA, RA, LEED AP, Senior Architect, Shepley Bulfinch; and Mark Barkenbush, Senior Project Executive, Banner Health. Photo: © 2016 Kat Nania Kendon / Shepley Bulfinch.
Experts share tips and tricks for maximizing cross-team collaboration.
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The costs and benefits of managing 29 types of waste are now included.
HOK, Perkins+Will, Turner Construction Co., The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Jacobs, and Thorn...read more
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With dependable cellular and Wi-Fi coverage a must-have amenity for today’s businesses, CBRE to c...read more
A new app launched by Dodge Data & Analytics gives pros a quick and secure way to scan a wide range of projects of interest. Image: Dodge Data & Analytics
The product, called PlanRoom, could be particularly useful in sharing data and communications amo...read more
Animated GIFs are a simple tool that can explain a large amount of intricate information in an ea...read more
Autodesk LIVE includes interactive tools like time of day and time of year, which provide realistic sun lighting and shadows. All images courtesy Autodesk. Click here to enlarge.
Users can adjust navigation points, render styles, and even the time of day, with fluid and quick...read more
Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland will host next week's Republican National Convention, at which more than 20,000 people are expected to attend. The venue is relying on a distributed antennae system to help boost voice and data transmission and make sure those attendees' smartphones work smoothly. Image: Erik Drost/Wikimedia Commons
Each venue is equipped with DAS technology that extends the building’s wireless coverage.
Autodesk headquarters in San Rafael, Calif. Photo: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons.
Data and document management is likely to benefit the soonest.
HDR design team members utilize computational design tools to collaborate on façade treatment strategies for one of the firm’s arena projects. Courtesy HDR
Data-driven design expert Nathan Miller offers helpful advice for getting your firm ready to use...read more
A project team at HDR collaborates on design solutions for a sports facility project with the help of data-driven design tools. The firm has been using CM tools for several years. Photo courtesy HDR
Rapid prototyping, custom plug-ins, and data dashboards are among the common applications for com...read more
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The new automated connection will allow the more than 350 AIA 2030 committed firms to report thei...read more
The Fluid Harmonic Damper combines NASA's fluid structure coupling technology with water-filled PVC piping. It will be installed in a Brooklyn, New York, building later this spring. Rendering by Ena Cheung. All images courtesy Thornton Tomasetti.
TTWiiN initially features six products and will add more via its own incubator.
For the installation of a new heat exchanger, the power division of Black & Veatch contracted...read more
Navigant Research estimates that global demand for data integration technologies for buildings will increase nearly tenford over the next 10 years. Image: Pixabay
A Navigant Research report takes a deeper dive to examine where demand will be strongest by regio...read more
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The SkyBEAM UAV is used for identifying energy leaks, rooftop damage, deteriorating façades, and...read more
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U.S. unlikely to follow suit.
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