3D modeling helps designers educate community members | From BIM to cloud and more | Arcadia Engineering cites BIM as key to Bucharest project
March 21, 2017
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3D modeling helps designers educate community members
Community members often express concerns about the effects of an infrastructure project, but state departments of transportation can now turn to 3D modeling to educate the public. The modeling allows people to visualize complex engineering documents, something that is "not trivial," according to Dolio Kafri of RDV Systems, developer of the modeling system.
Engineering News-Record (3/17) 
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Sanveo Electrical 360
There has always been a need for a robust tool to perform accurate 3D model health checks and ensure seamless flow of information between different phases of a project. Electrical 360 not only does this, but more. To learn about the most comprehensive health-check tool for 3D electrical models, please download whitepaper here.
BIM in the News
From BIM to cloud and more
Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction began working with BIM in 2004. In this case study, the firm explains the importance it places on now being in the cloud -- including holding virtual meetings out of its data center.
The Data Center Journal (3/13) 
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Arcadia Engineering cites BIM as key to Bucharest project
Arcadia Engineering, newly selected as general designer for the LEED pre-certified Business Garden Bucharest, says it is relying on building information modeling to play a vital role in design coordination and avoiding potential project conflicts. "BIM is a cost, quality and time saver, and we employ BIM across all projects requiring complex planning," said founding partner Florin Nistor-Chinole.
Construction Week (3/16) 
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A Contractor’s Technology Guide: BIM a top focus
This "State of Construction Management Technology" guide helps contractors get up to speed on the top 3 trends, including BIM, and challenges in construction technology, and includes the top 8 considerations when researching construction management software. Download whitepaper here.
Advanced Construction Methods
Google to launch construction of innovative campus
Google to launch construction of innovative campus
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Google expects construction of its new campus to begin this year, with a unique, canopy-style structure at the center, incorporating natural light for all daytime illumination on the upper floor. The roof will be completely covered with lightweight solar panels that are expected to provide 40% of the needed power, qualifying the structure for LEED Platinum certification.
New Atlas (3/13) 
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Company says it will 3D print a skyscraper
Cazza, a United Arab Emirates-based construction company, says it will build the world's first 3D-printed skyscraper using a technique called crane printing. No height or design for the building has been released, but the company's chief executive officer said the process will make skyscraper construction more efficient and faster.
The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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Ind. bridge replacement to use slide-in construction
Construction could start in April on a bridge replacement project on Interstate 70 in Indiana's Wayne County. Two three-span bridges will be replaced, and contractors will use accelerated bridge construction to build the replacements next to the current bridges, sliding them in place when finished.
WTTV-TV (Indianapolis) (3/13) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
Technology takes center stage at ConExpo
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Technology was on full display at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017. This story highlights some of the top tech trends in the construction industry, including drones, telematics, 3D printing, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, wearable technology and self-healing building materials.
Construction Dive (3/15) 
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Photos: Modular construction takes center stage at NYC project
Turner Construction Co. used modular construction to erect the $300-million Marie-Josee and Henry R. Kravis Research Building at Rockefeller University in New York City. Each module weighed between 500 and 788 tons, were sent to the site by barge and then lifted to the site.
Engineering News-Record (3/16) 
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Manufacturer, drone company target construction industry
Manufacturer joins drone company to target construction industry
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A major construction-equipment manufacturer is working with a drone company to market unmanned aerial vehicles and related services to construction companies.
Fortune (3/8) 
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Working Together
How to cultivate both collaboration and competition
Collaboration and competition aren't necessarily opposing concepts in business, and elements of both approaches can be used at the same time to optimize performance. "Broken down to their most simple forms, we might say competition equals success, and collaboration equals buy-in," writes Marcy Fetzer, a principal consultant for DecisionWise.
Switch & Shift blog (3/14) 
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San Diego BIMForum || April 3-5 || Registration is open
More than ever, owners are becoming more focused on leveraging BIM to deliver their projects. Moving beyond the request to have the project be designed and constructed with BIM, owners are creating project specifications and turnover guidelines that are BIM-centric and outline innovative BIM-enabled processes to successfully deliver their work. At the Spring BIMForum, we will learn from owners how they are using models and what information is most critical. Register now.
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