Siberian startup constructs building using 3D printing technology | Stadium takes SCIA prize for outstanding use of BIM | ConstructConnect Canada chief touts tech-adoption role of BIM
October 17, 2017
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Topping It Off
Siberian startup constructs building using 3D printing technology
Siberian startup Apis Cor has developed a 3D printer that constructs buildings of up to three stories using a concrete made of finely grained fibers and special additives -- in a fraction of the time required by traditional construction. Private equity fund Rusnano Sistema Sicar has invested $6 million in the company and said that cost savings over foam concrete for houses may be realized as early as next year.
ReadWrite (10/9) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
BIM in the News
Stadium takes SCIA prize for outstanding use of BIM
This year's biennial SCIA User Contest 2017 included a Special BIM Prize of the Jury. The award that honors challenging BIM projects for structural engineers went to Hescon for its soccer stadium in Dunajska Streda, Slovakia, and the company's use of software to create a global static model.
Engineering (10/11) 
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ConstructConnect Canada chief touts tech-adoption role of BIM
Speaking at CanaData West in Vancouver, ConstructConnect Canada President Mark Casaletto noted the important role played by building information modeling in breaking down the siloed nature of the construction industry, which has in many ways been slow to adopt new technology. To his surprise, Casaletto said, the Canadian industry has been fairly quick to get into BIM, with majority adoption likely in the next two years.
Journal of Commerce (Canada) (10/11) 
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Advanced Construction Methods
Seattle tower to feature first rebar-free concrete core
The Rainier Square Tower planned in Seattle will use a rebar-free concrete core, a process called coupled steel-plate composite shear wall, to improve seismic resistance by getting rid of rebar congestion. A model of the core design is being constructed.
Engineering News-Record (10/11) 
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Buoyant tower designed for shallow, medium offshore depths
Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a buoyant tower for oil and natural gas exploration and production in shallow and medium water depths. The tower, which includes tanks for oil storage in the hull, can reduce engineering, procurement and construction costs by half, the Chinese company says.
Upstream (subscription required) (9/28) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
Net-zero transforms approach to design, construction
Net-zero design and construction -- in which buildings create or capture all the energy they need -- are becoming more common, and experts says the technology exists to make every new building this efficient. Learn how to discuss the idea with clients, and examine the environments of some net-zero office buildings.
Architect Magazine online (10/5) 
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Investors eye big payout with construction tech
Investors are pouring money into construction technology startups, whose products could radically transform the industry over the next few years. Construction technology entrepreneurs say investors' understanding of the sector has "grown dramatically" in recent years, and getting the technology to the work site has become easier as smartphones have become more prevalent.
Construction Dive (10/11) 
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MX3D uses robotic arm to 3D-print steel bridge
A 3D-printed pedestrian bridge is under construction in the Netherlands. The stainless steel bridge is being built offsite -- partially by a robotic arm -- and the company behind the project, MX3D, hopes to install it next year.
Engineering News-Record (10/10) 
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Working Together
Why digital maturity in the workplace matters
Embracing digital technology improves leadership development, gives workers more skills and creates a culture that encourages collaboration, innovation and engagement, writes Anthony Abbatiello of Deloitte Consulting. "As your organization takes steps toward digital maturity, you'll likely find that the satisfaction of your workforce increases, and talent retention improves," he writes.
Training magazine (10/10) 
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Companies tailor office spaces to work assignments
Companies tailor office spaces to work assignments
The open office trend may be on its way out as major employers, including Microsoft and IBM, realize the value of team spaces and private areas like phone-booth-style and isolation rooms that allow workers to concentrate and collaborate. New layouts aim to create a "diversity of spaces," highlighting the best of open floor plan and private office designs.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/6) 
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BIMForum News
On Oct. 3 the BIMForum released the 2017 public comment draft of its LOD specification
Download it free of charge from at BIMForum

The LOD Spec is a language that describes where a model element is on the path from vague concept to fully specified. This language enables concise definition, at the individual element level, of complex BIMs, providing for clear specification of models for milestones, information exchanges, deliverables and the like.

With this release the BIMForum is seeking feedback from industry users. If you have comments or suggestions please send them to by Friday 10/20. The feedback gathered in this effort is vital to ensuring that the Spec continues to improve in relevance and usefulness to the AEC industry.

Updates this year include added content, including:
  • Room/Space Objects
  • Grids and Levels
  • Grading
  • Mechanical Fasteners
  • Formwork
In addition, some key logic has been made more consistent.

The Spec is updated annually after going through a process of new content collection and vetting, existing content review and update, and public review and feedback.
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