A Stanford University study documents the savings realized by the transition from 2D design to building information modeling, with costs reduced by as much as 10% of contract value and scheduled reduced by 7%, writes Microdesk CEO Michael DeLacey. These types of results are the reason many public and private organizations -- including the US General Services Administration, Veterans Administration and Army Corps of Engineers -- "are embracing BIM and contractually mandating its use," DeLacey writes.
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Construction firms using building information modeling are among the industries that will benefit from Release 2018.1.0 of Spatial Corp.'s 3D modeling software development kits. Among other things, the updated CGM Core Modeler toolkit upgrades analysis and simulation segments, and HOOPS Visualize speeds up renderings while offering expanded point cloud support.
Architectural pavilions are complex but little-noticed models that allow architects to experiment at a meaningful scale with advanced ideas. They serve much the same purpose as concept cars in the auto industry, and a new San Francisco exhibit gives pavilions the kind of attention showered on their automotive counterparts.
Lead Generation Experts co-founder Matt Lee writes about five trends in commercial construction. The trends center around energy efficiency, virtual reality, smart glass, green design, and collaborative spaces.
Joint venture Flatiron Dragado is constructing the $1 billion Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the finished structure will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in the US. Crews started placing concrete for the foundation in June, and more than 400 cubic yards of the material was placed for test pylons.
More than $700 million will be spent in various trials and tests to prove the mettle of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the first new aircraft carrier design for the US in more than 40 years. The ship is full of pioneering technologies, from its new launch system to its nuclear plant, and even its construction marked a milestone as the first vessel to be fully designed with 3D technology.
Triax Technologies and Procore have partnered to develop wearable technology that captures important data on a construction site. The technology will collect information on worker attendance, time on the job and safety.
Choosing between a greenfield site and an existing building involves weighing factors such as expense and long-term viability, writes Brian Gallagher of design and construction firm O'Neal. Consider using computer simulations to evaluate your options, he writes.
A team that's too loaded can see a decline in performance, along with less cooperation and teamwork, according to a study. "To find the right balance within a team, leaders should ask a very important question of their team members: 'What do you love to do?' " writes Jennifer V. Miller.
For leaders in the construction industry, no program provides a more comprehensive, uniquely focused program for construction executives than AGC's Advanced Management Program, or AMP. The AMP is designed for chief executives and senior-level management in construction. Learn more.
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