Architects in Vietnam add more nature to structures, roofs | TurboCAD 2018 offers more for BIM | BIM stands to benefit from AR tech
May 22, 2018
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Architects in Vietnam add more nature to structures, roofs
These are some examples of how Vietnam's architects are including more plant life and natural elements in architectural design. Some are using pitched wood and glass roofs to create greenhouses, while others are using slatted designs to filter natural light into spaces.
The Spaces (UK) (5/16) 
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Stronger. Simpler. Better.
The BIL-Guard 2.0 by BILCO boasts aluminum construction for increased strength and rigidity and is available with a safety yellow finish. Compliant with OSHA fall protection standards, the BIL-Guard 2.0 features an innovative mounting system that doesn't penetrate the roofing membrane. Watch the video about BILCO'S hatch railing system.
BIM in the News
TurboCAD 2018 offers more for BIM
The 2018 edition of IMSI Design's TurboCAD suite offers greater capabilities in building information modeling. Among other things, users can import and save Industry Foundation Classes files and gain quicker insights into 3D models with a new dynamic-cut plane tool.
Engineering (5/16) 
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BIM stands to benefit from AR tech
Augmented reality is making major inroads in a number of fields, and building information modeling is likely to be next, writes Zco Corp.'s Kyle Mallinger. BIM's strength enables all parties in a project to work off the same visualized plans and stands to benefit from "AR's ability to present the data in a clear and straightforward manner," providing an ideal visualization platform.
Forbes (5/14) 
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Trusted by over 1 million individuals in more than 130 countries, Bluebeam's smart, intuitive markup and collaboration solutions advance the way design and construction professionals work, manage and collaborate on projects digitally. Learn more.
Advanced Construction Methods
Tips for enhancing off-site construction
Three documents about modular construction were released by the National Institute of Building Sciences Off-Site Construction Council. The journals examine steps to overcoming barriers to off-site construction, the use of precast concrete in off-site construction and legal issues to consider for modular construction.
Building Design + Construction (free registration) (5/16) 
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Robot-produced brick includes cooling properties
Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have developed a robot-produced, 3D-printed brick that can be made into any shape or design and can include cooling properties. The digital design and fabrication process allows for facades than can react to environmental conditions.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (5/17) 
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Startup's prefab housing model goes up in N.Y.
Startup Klein, along with architecture firm BIG, has created a small prefab home with a sharp angular roof in upstate New York. The model home has an evolved A-frame design with a square base and a twisting roofline.
Dezeen (5/17) 
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Concrete Catskill home is energy-efficient
Architect Jason Shannon and designer Paola Yanez of J_spy Architecture have completed an energy-efficient, 900-square-foot house of concrete blocks in New York's Catskill Mountains. The home's heat pump is connected to the home's concrete floor, which both heats and cools the house.
Inhabitat (5/15) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
Construction industry slowly integrating automation
The construction industry has too many variables to completely replace labor with machines, but companies are starting to integrate automation into the construction process. An example is Clark Construction's use of a brick-laying robot in building a school.
U.S. News & World Report (5/21) 
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Nissan to develop all-in-one home solar energy solution
Nissan to develop all-in-one home solar energy solution
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Nissan is planning an all-in-one residential solar energy solution that it claims will reduce electricity expenses by 66% with a six-panel system. The company plans to offer components individually or as a package that connects its energy management, generation and storage solutions.
Engadget (5/17) 
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Working Together
Microsoft's Surface Hub update adds extra tools for collaboration
Microsoft has revealed its updated Surface Hub digital whiteboard, which will focus on team collaboration. The update includes rotating 4K cameras, a multitouch display, and integrated speakers and microphones.
Computerworld (5/17) 
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