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Case Study: Using Bluebeam On the San Diego Central Court

Posted by Kyle Specht on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 07:08 AM

As one of the largest construction companies in California, we work on a range of commercial and public projects. We are currently building the San Diego Central Court, a $450,000,000 project. The work includes the construction of a 22-story, 704,380 gross square-foot court and office building, incorporating 71 courtrooms. The building consists of a moment-resisting steel structural frame clad with unitized, insulated aluminum and glass curtain walls and architectural precast concrete panels. The project also includes construction of a new 182’ long pedestrian bridge connecting the new courthouse with the existing Hall of Justice.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Bluebeam Revu, Bluebeam Studio

Compelling Reasons to Use Virtual Mock-ups for Fabrication

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 15:07 PM

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is forever changing the way we design and build. The process encourages and actually improves project engagement allowing for more effective collaboration throughout a project’s lifetime. As the demand for BIM tools continue to rise, the need to design within an enhanced virtual environment will continue. In this post, we concentrate on two areas, virtual mock-ups and fabrication simulation.

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Topics: Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), BIM, Virtual Mock-ups and Prefabrication

3 Key Highlights From This Year’s AIA Convention in Philly

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 @ 06:06 AM

If you did not make it to Philly for the 2016 AIA Convention this year, you really missed out! For the architectural and design community, it is the event of the year when like- minds come together for an incredible experience. As you might expect, you get the opportunity to learn from industry experts, gain insight into what is happening in the built environment, and get inspired by rising stars in the design world. While this year’s convention really delivered in all these fronts, I found this year’s convention particularly meaningful. In this post, I wanted to share my top three highlights with you.

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Topics: Construction Technology, Building Performance

VDC Series: Virtual Building at the Design Phase

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 15:06 PM

It almost goes without saying; a majority of important project decisions are made at the design phase. Traditionally, all project stakeholders do not participate at this phase. For argument sake, let’s imagine a scenario where all project stakeholders are involved during the design phase. You’d expect get a clearer picture on project scope and geometric detail. Decisions on physical construction would lead to greater outcomes in terms of timing, delivery, and cost. Add virtual building into the mix and you’ve got an environment that sparks proactive engagement and, ultimately, greater results. This post makes the case for building in a virtual environment.

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Topics: Design Phase, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), Best Practice, virtual building

6 Exciting Wearable Technologies for Design and Construction

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 16:03 PM

As new design and construction technologies continue to make a positive impact on our jobsites, it was only a matter of time before wearable technology arrived on the scene. It is refreshing to note, a number of these technologies are developed to enhance the everyday gear familiar to the jobsite worker. Created to boost adoption, wearable technology may eventually be used to enhance or offer added functionalities to the hardhat, safety vest and power tools. The following explores 6 exciting wearable technologies for design and construction:

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Topics: Gear + Apps, Construction Technology, Wearable Technology

Asking “What If” With The 4D BIM Sequencing Project Model

Posted by Patrick Krzyzosiak on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 16:02 PM

“What if?” This tends to be the reoccurring question each project team faces when working with a 4D BIM construction-sequencing model. Model-based sequencing links model elements to schedule activities to develop a construction-sequencing plan. 5D model-based estimating adds in the element of cost to the 3D BIM model. The construction sequencing method is an invaluable resource for developing the project plan for the activity sequence and logistical requirements on an active construction site, or phased occupancy of a renovation, retrofit, addition.

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Topics: Sequencing and Phasing, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), BIM, 4D Sequencing

11 Technologies Transforming Jobsites in 2016

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 14:01 PM

Jobsite environments are rapidly changing with the increased adoption of onsite technologies advancing active and effective engagement.  In this new age of design and construction innovation, there will be winners and losers. There’s a clear divide between early adopters and late bloomers that construction professionals cannot afford to ignore.  The following describes the technologies we believe will continue to make an impact as well as emerging technologies that could begin to make a presence in 2016.

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Topics: Construction Technology, BIM, Building Performance

VDC and the Future of Building Performance

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 15:11 PM

It seems like every month there is a new state regulation or internal business decision that requires a higher level of performance for buildings and their related infrastructure. From Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), to beating the CA Energy Code we are all faced with the reality that faster, better, cheaper, and more efficient is becoming an extremely difficult equation. Most medium to large organizations are also plagued with differed maintenance protocols, legacy software, and a dwindling or rigid workforce environment. The industry will need to adapt, reinvent, and do more with less to survive this new regulatory environment. The solution to this need is widely accepted as a software solution, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Organizations will not only need to change their informational workflows, they will also need intuitive software solutions that bridge the gaps between capital planning, construction/record drawings, facilities work order management, and asset management systems. The question is no longer “Why BIM?”, but what Level of Development (LOD), layers, and informational resources are we looking for from the design team and contractors. Even for folks not actively using these added features today, dollars to dimes they are using a system that will accept some form of layered export from BIM.

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Topics: Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)

Fact or Fiction? BIM is an Effective Tool

Posted by Dan Dolinar on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

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.

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Topics: Construction, Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), BIM

A Field Guide to Using PlanGrid On An Active Construction Site

Posted by Josh Cantrell on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 14:08 PM

Simplicity makes PlanGrid a superintendent’s and field engineer’s “go to” job site app. The PlanGrid platform allows for real-time plan updates and synchronizes changes over Wi-Fi and cellular networks. It is practical and easy to incorporate on a project of any size or scope.  This mobile tool takes away the need for paper blueprints, delivers much-needed plan version control, and creates a collaborative environment for sharing project critical information including markups, progress photos, and issues tracking.

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Topics: Mobile Devices, Construction Technology, PlanGrid