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2020 Contractor Giants Walbridge_UofM StudentUnion

Walbridge teamed with architect Integrated Design Solutions on a 20-month renovation of The Michigan Union, the University of Michigan’s iconic 1919 student union. The project involved upgrades to the MEP systems and elevators, a roof replacement, and restoration of 540 of the building’s original windows. Courtesy Walbridge

   

December 04, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

Contractors are more receptive than ever to ways that help get projects done faster.

The Weekly show: SPIRE smart building rating system, and pickleball court design tips
November 20, 2020 | BD+C Staff

The November 19 episode of BD+C's The Weekly is available for viewing on demand.

The Weekly show: Nvidia's Omniverse, AI for construction scheduling, COVID-19 signage
November 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C editors speak with experts from ALICE Technologies, Build Group, Hastings Architecture, Nv...

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Meet Jaibot, Hilti's new construction jobsite robot

Using data from the BIM model, Jaibot locates itself accurately indoors, drills the holes dust-controlled, and marks them according to the trade, according to the maker. Photo: Hilti

   

October 28, 2020 | BD+C Staff and Hilti

The semi-autonomous robot is designed to assist MEP contractors with ceiling-drilling applicati...

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The SPIRE Smart Building Program, World’s first smart building assessment and rating program

Photo courtesy UL and SPIRE Smart Building Program

   

October 26, 2020 | PETER FABRIS, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

The SPIRE Smart Building Program will help building owners and operators make better investment...

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Risk mitigation: Using data tools to catalog, classify, and evaluate facility risk

Organizing vulnerabilities by campus, cost, risk severity, and count. Graphics: John Tobin

   

October 23, 2020 | JOHN TOBIN, NEW YORK OFFICE DIRECTOR, SMRT ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS

This case study highlights how new data analysis tools can be successfully leveraged to gain in...

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The Weekly show: AI for building facade inspections, and how to design a world-class architecture firm
October 14, 2020 | BD+C Staff

The October 15 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand.

Smart buildings stand on good data
October 01, 2020 | Mike Paciero, VDC Manager, VIATechnik

The coming disruption of owning and operating a building and how to stay ahead through BIM.

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The Weekly show: Digital twin technology and social equity in the AEC market
August 27, 2020 | BD+C Staff

The August 27 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand. 

Meet Spot Dog: The robotic inspection dog for construction jobsites

This four-legged robot, whose gait resembles a dog's, is capturing construction data for several general contractors around the country. Images courtesy Swinerton

    

April 13, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Boston Dynamics, the robot’s creator, has about 100 machines in the field currently.

A demonstration project in Los Angeles County will build a complex of four small single-family houses using 3D printing to form their shells. Renderings: HDR

March 30, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A project in southern California will put onsite fabrication to the test against other construc...

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Working from home? Don't miss out on the latest issue of Building Design+Construction
March 23, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C's March issue features the largest and most important technological innovations across the...

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A tree grows in Stanford: CIFE, VDC, and where it all began - VIATechnik blog

The Engineering Quad at Stanford University, Stanford, CA. Photo by: Danielle Dy Buncio, VIATechnik

   

March 17, 2020 | Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder & CEO, VIATechnik

As our industry adopts VDC as standard practice, it is important to remember where these ideas...

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A side-by-side viewer compares an OpenSpace picture and the BIM model of a Level10 Construction project for a Silicon Valley tech company

A side-by-side viewer compares an OpenSpace picture and the BIM model of a Level10 Construction project for a Silicon Valley tech company. The walk path and the current location can be seen in the top corner. Image: Level 10 Construciton

March 10, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

OpenSpace’s AI-based reality capture tool looks to make site documentation a completely passive...

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Mobile wayfinding platform helps patients, visitors navigate convoluted health campuses

As soon as visitors step out of their car in the parking garage, the mobile wayfinding platform provides turn-by-turn, Blue Dot navigation through the entire campus. Photos: Gozio Health

   

March 09, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Gozio Health uses a robot to roam hospital campuses to capture data and create detailed maps of...

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BuroHappold commits to all new building projects achieving net-zero carbon by 2030

BuroHappold’s work for the new Santa Monica (Calif.) City Services Building will help it become one of the first municipal facilities to meet the cutting-edge criteria for ILFI’s Living Building Challenge.

  

March 09, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The engineering firm also launched a long-term partnership with ILFI.

Holly St. Clair, Sasaki's first Chief Technology Officer, was recently recognized as one of the country's leading influencers. Image: Sasaki

March 02, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Following an industry trend, the firms hire chiefs of technology and sustainability, respective...

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Knotel's Boston location. Knotel, which provides flexible workplace solutions, bagged the biggest deal with ConTech investors in 2019

An inside look at Knotel's Boston location. Knotel, which provides flexible workplace solutions, bagged the biggest deal with ConTech investors in 2019. Image: Knotel

    

February 22, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Builtworlds’ annual list of venture deals led by workspace providers.

Giants 300 Technology and Innovation Study: Assessing the state of technology adoption at AEC firms
February 13, 2020 | BD+C Staff

This survey of 130 of the nation's largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms trac...

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The Digital World: BIM event

The one-day event took place at Whitehall Place, in London. Photos courtesy John Tobin

   

February 05, 2020 | JOHN TOBIN AIA, NEW YORK OFFICE DIRECTOR, SMRT ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS

Digital twin, ISO standards, blockchain, and data were the hot topics at the recent The Digital...

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Drone technology is one of the tools that engineers and contractors are using to make their jobsites more efficient. A new report by Deloitte sees construction technology as a competitive advantage. Image: Deloitte

January 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Deloitte, in new report, lays out a risk mitigation strategy that relies on tech.

How the new EC3 tool raises the bar on collective action

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator helps building teams evaluate a project’s overall embodied carbon emissions during design and procurement decision making.

   

January 10, 2020 | Donald Davies, President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Nearly 50 AEC industry organizations partnered to develop the groundbreaking Embodied Carbon in C...

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Beacon is a Revit plugin that generates a comprehensive data visualization of a project’s embodied carbon.

The Embodied Carbon Lab at Thornton Tomasetti has calculated the embodied carbon of more than 600 structural engineering projects over the past seven years. Beacon was developed based on the firm's experience and deep data sets.

    

January 08, 2020 | Thornton Tomasetti

Beacon is a Revit plugin that generates a comprehensive data visualization of a project’s embodie...

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Reconsidering construction robotics, Building Design+Construction

Photo courtesy Construction Robotics

   

December 18, 2019 |

After decades when experts predicted that robots would become more prevalent on construction site...

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WSP created a VR model with all the sensor data displayed as real time information that’s visible through VR goggles. Image: WSP USA

WSP created a VR model with all the sensor data displayed as real time information that’s visible through VR goggles. Image: WSP USA

   

December 04, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

AEC firms are finally putting to use project information they’ve been storing in their computers...

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A robot called MULE does the heavy lifting of cinderblock on a jobsite. Robotics for repetitive construction is catching on with large and small contractors alike. Images and video: Construction Robotics

October 30, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The machines address trade labor shortages, as well as worker wellbeing and safety.

Bluebeam launches Revu 2019, with accelerated rendering and enhanced measurement functionality

Photo: Bluebeam

   

October 29, 2019 | Bluebeam, Inc.

The latest version of the company's flagship tool focuses on accuracy, speed, standardization....

A national survey of contractors and building owners finds a large portion of respondents unhappy about how data are shared by project teams. Charts: e-Builder and Dodge Data & Analysis

September 27, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new survey finds that contractors and owners differ about the urgency of getting to single, sea...

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Additive manufacturing goes mainstream in the industrial sector

Image by ZMorph3D from Pixabay

   

September 17, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

More manufacturers now include this production process in their factories.

Meet the masters of offsite construction

Photo courtesy Prescient

   

September 12, 2019 | Robert Cassidy, Editor, Multifamily Design+Construction

Prescient combines 5D software, clever engineering, and advanced robotics to create prefabricated...

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