Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's 3,281-foot skyscraper progresses | BIM can streamline development processes | Benefits of BIM include cost savings, accuracy
February 13, 2018
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia's 3,281-foot skyscraper progresses
Construction on the $1.5 billion Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, due to be the world's tallest at about 3,281 feet, has reached the 63rd floor, with the concrete shell scheduled to wrap up next year. A Chicago structural engineering firm evaluates the building's concrete mix monthly for suitability to withstand wind and temperature volatility in Jeddah.
Times of Oman/Reuters (2/7) 
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BIM in the News
BIM can streamline development processes
Building information modeling can improve development processes in complex projects, despite potential pitfalls regarding which party is chosen to coordinate BIM data. For best results, make sure BIM-related risks are allocated based on how parties can benefit from BIM and control or absorb the risks, Dino Wilkinson and Matthew Heywood write.
Construction Week (2/3) 
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Benefits of BIM include cost savings, accuracy
Structural models are produced more quickly and accurately using Tekla Structures building information modeling software, says Adam Joraanstad of F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. Clash detection through the software prevents problems in the field, he says.
ForConstructionPros (2/8) 
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Bring Your Designs to the Real World with AR
Experience and present your design ideas like never before by using the new Augmented Reality (AR) functionality within the free Vectorworks Nomad app. The AR viewing mode removes the barrier between the virtual model and the real world, helping users and clients make design decisions before a project is built. Watch the video to learn more.
Advanced Construction Methods
Calif. exhibition displays concrete concepts
The Designing Material Innovation exhibition in San Francisco includes five experimental architectural pavilions constructed to create concrete concepts for design, fabrication and materiality. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the California College of the Arts and the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
The Architect's Newspaper (2/5) 
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Cable-stayed bridge to span Houston waterway
The Harris County Toll Road Authority is widening the Sam Houston Tollway and will soon begin construction on a new bridge as part of the project. The bridge will have a 1,320-foot main span, and its main pylons will be placed outside the Houston Ship Channel.
Roads & Bridges online (2/2) 
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Developer proposes 11-story timber office structure in N.J.
Canadian firm Michael Green Architecture plans to build an 11-story office complex in Newark, N.J., using a design made with engineered wood products. The roof will feature areas of covered gardens.
Dezeen (2/6) 
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Concrete an alternative for interiors
Concrete can be an inexpensive, durable alternative for interior architecture, fixtures and decor. Concrete companies "are doing more interesting things like trough sinks, entire shower stalls, staircases, really large fireplace surrounds, wall panels or furniture pieces," designer Ana Cummings says.
Realtor (2/5) 
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Calif. architect builds sustainable houses from recycled materials
Architect Karl Wanaselja creates sustainable, net-zero-energy homes out of recycled building materials. Wanaselja uses shingles made from recycled vehicle roofs, awnings from repurposed vehicle glass and furniture from recycled wood.
The Daily Californian (University of California, Berkeley) (2/3) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
How virtual reality can help smaller architectural firms
Investing in virtual reality may benefit smaller architectural firms even though the initial investment may seem prohibitive. It may be easier for large firms to offer VR-enabled experiences, but their size may prevent them from making changes quickly.
VentureBeat (2/8) 
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Trimble buying construction-management software company
Trimble has acquired construction-management software company e-Builder. The companies hope to fully integrate the two systems.
Engineering News-Record (2/2) 
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Working Together
3 exercises to prepare for collaboration
Working collaboratively, with its inherently chaotic nature, may require an adjustment period for employees who are used to working alone. Ayse Birsel, co-founder of design studio Birsel + Seck, recommends three steps to get the creative juices flowing.
Fast Company online (2/5) 
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