BIM and Information Technology

BIM and IT are subject matter that every member of the building team should have some kind of handle on, and that everyone can derive some benefit from. Whether it’s an app to help with cost control or an optimized building design achieved through BIM, these technologies can bring your projects to the next level and beyond.
March 21, 2019 | Steve Sanda, AIA, Digital Transformation Specialist

Tricky construction budgets, large project teams, and unique designs needing extensive coordinati...

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Little Hero, an eight-story building in Melbourne, Australia, was among the first in that country whose floors were manufactured and finished offsite, and then stacked and snapped together onsite. Image: The Hickory Group

March 06, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A paper by Deloitte looks back at an origin case study. But the country has yet to develop a full...

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January 18, 2019 | Kevin Miller, AIA, President/CEO, GSBS Architects

Sharing of and reliance on BIM data is central to the idea that BIM will lead to a more efficient...

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Woman using a tablet to view an unbuilt project on a jobsite

Umbra employee Elina Nygård uses a tablet to view a BIM model on site before construction has begun. While this could be done in VR, augmented reality allows for the model to be explored in the actual environment where the completed building will exist. AR gives architects and clients the most realistic walkthrough of an unbuilt structure possible. Courtesy Umbra

January 10, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Could new technology that simplifies the transfer of BIM models to augmented reality push AEC fir...

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Autodesk's purchase of PlanGrid brings into its stable a popular digital blueprint software that helps contractors streamline their project management. Image: Autodesk

December 20, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

PlanGrid and BuildingConnected are the latest pieces in the company’s quest to digitize the const...

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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

December 18, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new paper from Deloitte Consulting advises companies to revise their strategies with an eye tow...

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| October 15, 2018 | Robyn M. Feller

At the top of the list of challenges for the Sandia project was that the building’s walls were be...

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| October 15, 2018 | Robyn M. Feller

At the top of the list of challenges for the Sandia project was that the building’s walls were be...

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P+W utilization modeling

Courtesy Perkins+WIll

August 16, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

According to a McKinsey & Company report, only the travel and tourism and professional servic...

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The i/o team at Perkins+Will holds a planning session for an intelligent project delivery app. The firm utilizes machine learning tools and processes to learn from current and past projects. Courtesy Perkins+Will. Courtesy Perkins+Will.

August 16, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Machine learning represents a new frontier in the AEC industry that will help designers create bu...

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July 30, 2018 | Global Data

AI practitioners are primarily seeing very pointed benefits within problems that directly impact...

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Weidt Group’s Net Energy Optimizer now available as software as a service

The software allows users to see validated results for hundreds of proven energy-efficiency options in real time.

July 24, 2018 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The proprietary energy analysis tool is open for use by the public.

Call for speakers: Accelerate AEC! innovation conference, May 2019

Speakers take the stage at the 2018 Accelerate AEC! conference, May 10, 2018, in Chicago. More than 150 AEC professionals attended the event. Photo: BD+C

July 17, 2018 | BD+C Staff

This high-energy forum will deliver 20 game-changing business and technology innovations from the...

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Watch all 19 Accelerate Live! talks on demand

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

June 24, 2018 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s second annual Accelerate Live! AEC innovation conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago)...

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Students lined up against a wall
June 12, 2018 | David Barista, Editorial Director

Many schools use predictive analytics to help reduce freshman attrition rates.

June 11, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), a trio of expe... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), HOK’s Greg Sc... read more
May 30, 2018 |
In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), AEC technophil... read more
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In this 15-minute talk at BD+C’s Accelerate Live! conference (May 10, 2018, Chicago), building syste... read more
Sample of a 3D rendering created and altered in real time using Enscape’s real-time rendering software

Sample of a 3D rendering created and altered in real time using Enscape’s real-time rendering software. Enscape.

April 05, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

With emerging real-time rendering tools, project teams can design and render on the fly, for enha...

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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

March 01, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A survey of 800 companies found tepid interest overall in investing in “big data.” 

Staging should be used to support the client’s goals. This rendering for a spec office client was designed to target young, trendy tenants.

Staging should be used to support the client’s goals. This rendering for a spec office client was designed to target young, trendy tenants. Rendering: TILTPIXEL

       

January 02, 2018 | RAMY HANNA, 3D ARTIST, TILTPIXEL

3D artist Ramy Hanna offers guidelines and tricks-of-the-trade to ensure that project artwork is...

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December 14, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Turner Construction Co., Gilbane Building Co., and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. top BD+...

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Courtesy Daqri

December 14, 2017 | BD+C Staff

Jacobs, Gensler, and WSP top BD+C’s ranking of the nation’s largest BIM design firms, as...

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Yulio heat map

Courtesy of Yulio Technologies

November 06, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor + John Caulfield, Senior Editor

From heat mapping to VR-based meetings, check out this trio of virtual and augmented reality appl...

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Existing reactor tank roof piping and equipment prior to remodel.

| October 26, 2017 | FARO

By integrating creativity and ingenuity with practicality, the Moody team was able to address the...

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October 18, 2017 | Autodesk

Autodesk’s investment in Project Frog creates a common data environment, streamlines design and e...

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A handheld scanner being used

The FARO Freestyle 3D handheld laser scanner was used to quickly capture precise measurements in One Liberty Plaza’s mechanical room. The device connects directly to a Microsoft Pro Surface tablet and has 3D point accuracy ≤1.5mm and an indoor scanning volume of up to 8m³. Photo: Actus3D.

October 12, 2017 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The emergence of handheld 3D laser scanners has been a boon for firms looking to lower costs and...

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3D model of a project

3D model of project shown in Navisworks, models developed in Cyclone and Revit.

| August 28, 2017 | Jason Schwartz, Principal at Acensium

Acensium is an engineering consulting services firm with a focus on material handling retrofit pr...

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