Let’s face it BIM is here to stay. The process is truly transforming project planning and management. But is it really a useful process? At first blush, you say, “yes.” The data generated from a model can be leveraged into a beneficial visual and informational aid for design and field personnel. Field activities require practical and accurate information from the model to apply to physical construction. So why is it so hard to implement BIM in the field? Could it be that time and accuracy is lost from manual activities? Are teams still making calculations from 2D plans? Are they using old measurement methods? To get to the heart of the matter, this post explores the facts and fiction of BIM.
More than ever, technology plays a vital role in today’s design and construction firms. Emerging solutions are greatly influencing the way a project operates as well as how project stakeholders perform their tasks. However, there are so many options to consider, each having their own pros and cons. Some solutions really suit a specific project role, while others seem to cover a wide range of activities.
Do you ever wonder how to get more out of your project resources? The hustle bustle of an active worksite, ebb-and-flow of resources, the need for critical information, and unpredictably of weather conditions make it really difficult to solve the project productivity puzzle. However, with the advent of location aware technologies, solutions for construction operations productivity seem to be bit clearer.
A sense of place and space is the main area of focus throughout the design and construction project phases. As you are well aware, there is a range of technologies allowing users to experience a space. For example, augmented reality technologies coupled with global position systems allow users to view physical, real world building environments with elements augmented by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics or global positioning (GPS) data. Virtual reality technologies allow users to interact with a project model prototype and test design prior to physical construction. However, once a building becomes enclosed as a result of physical construction, global position systems no longer works. In this post, we explore indoor positioning systems (IPS) as an option to pick up where GPS leaves off.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you have probably noticed the design and construction industry is rapidly evolving with new, emerging technologies. Augmented Reality (AR) is just one of the many technologies positively impacting the way project teams work. AR allows designers and builders to overlay project drawings, models, or images onto a physical space. This post touches on why the technology’s range and depth of application is truly groundbreaking.
Are you looking for the ideal calculator to tackle some of your simple or more complex equations? In today’s world of smart phones and mobile devices, a range of calculators are right at your fingertips. Not only can you access them at any time, these applications tend to be less expensive than their physical counterparts. Whether you are an architect, engineer, contractor, or tradesperson, there is a calculator app for you. Check them out; you may find one that satisfies a current need:
Have you ever considered the gargantuan size of data incurred on any one given project? Between daily communications, in-office and trailer project management activities, and job-site exchanges, the enormous amount of information is simply mind-boggling. Now consider for a second all the ways we can capture project data: mobile devices, aerial sensory technologies, software logs, cameras, microphones, radio-frequency identification readers, and wireless sensor networks. Is your head spinning yet? But “what if...” What if you could harness this information into data that dramatically ups your construction game? Would you consider a way to tackle it?
Augmented reality (AR), or the ability to view physical, real world building environments with elements augmented by computer-generated sensory input (sound, video, graphics or GPS data), is all the rage on construction sites. AR applications are generating a buzz and quickly gaining momentum on active jobsites near you.
Innovating A/E/C practices with new technology requires team commitment. This commitment begins with collaborative and strategic discussions within a company, and more specifically, among cross-functioning departments and stakeholders. Discussion about A/E/C practices across functional areas should include insight from operational subject matter experts, information systems personnel, training and development personnel, executive sponsors and insight from key stakeholder groups. The intent of these discussions is to identify transition activities, eliminate duplicative activities and create operational efficiencies.
It is time to play, “What’s in Your Builder’s App Toolbox?” This post features productivity apps that prove to be useful for architects, engineers and builders. This handy list is categorized by type and provides a description along with some field notes. We compiled a list from your industry peers – read through the list and tell us where we fall short by commenting below. Once we receive a healthy list of updates, we will continue to update and run this feature.