Autodesk has released updates for its building information modeling software InfraWorks, including a Generic Bridge Objects tool that allows users to import designs of intricate bridge parts. The update also improves synergy and allows for shared data with cloud-based platforms and BIM 360.
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Digital technologies such as building information modeling are helping to lower construction costs despite an increase in unskilled workers. "The use of BIM, virtual reality, internet of things and modular technology in the design and management of housing and infrastructure is creating smart cities around the world," Assael Architecture director Dipa Joshi says.
Building information modeling is useful in the construction of smart buildings, because it helps gather information from various sources. To make the most of BIM, contractors need to plan for the future by optimizing data and internet-based building technology, writes Hiral Patel.
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A report from the Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies at Georgia Tech looks at ways that engineers and construction professionals can incorporate IoT into building design. The architecture, engineering and construction industry often does not take connected technology into account, but building information modeling may be a gateway to incorporating tools and sensors into the workflow and plans.
Virtual reality has gained acceptance as a means to simulate and model construction sites, but the technology also has potential as a safety tool, writes Laurie Cowin. VR can facilitate guidance for dealing with common site hazards without actual exposure and is capable of presenting a wide array of scenarios.
Sandvik has two decades of experience with the technology that provides self-driving heavy equipment for the construction and mining industries. The company's latest vehicles can operate independently through the entire mining cycle of loading, hauling and dumping as demonstrated with one 38-ton example maneuvering through an intricate maze of 589 glass sheets.
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Hoar Construction used a semi-automated mason to lay 70% of the bricks used to replace a 14-story brick facade on the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke, Va. The SAM robot laid an average of 3,000 bricks per day -- six times quicker than a human -- helping make the project efficient and safe.
Nearly half of respondents to a recent PlanGrid and FMI Corp. study said job-site rework is caused by poor communication among stakeholders, with more than one-quarter saying poor intrateam communication leads to rework. "All this waste can be detected and prevented through better project planning," said Steve Yots, vice president of construction operations for The Boldt Co.
Building relationships through frequent check-ins and real conversations is how effective leaders build teams without internal turmoil, writes Wally Bock about what he's learned in the half-century of experience in business. "Your conversations and relationships give you early warning when there's a problem," he writes.
Elaborate team-building exercises may be ineffective, creating artificial situations with effects that don't carry over into the real business world, writes Lance Salyers. However, trust is nevertheless essential, and true collaboration requires team chemistry, as well as open communication.