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March 28, 2013News for commercial building design and construction professionals

  • Augmented reality can transform design, construction methods
    The use of augmented reality has the potential to transform the way AEC firms execute design and construction projects, said Sydney-based architect Rana Abboud. Tools such as Google Glass offer a perspective of the physical environment integrated with 3D graphics and data. "What this [AR] would do is allow you to overlay the computer data directly onto the site and walk around," Abboud said. "So it's not a static, one perspective view. Basically, you walk around a site and you can see these 'hot spots' which show the location of where things need to go." Building Design + Construction (free registration) (3/26), DesignBuildSource.com.au (Australia) (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Products, Innovation & Technology:  Construction tech could help overhaul U.S. infrastructure  (More stories below ...)

Sustainability & Green Building:  Giant downdraft tower might create 500 MW of power  (More stories below ...)

Advancing Your Career:  Networking with the boss  (More stories below ...)

News from CSI:  CSI Webinar: Specifications -- Protecting Your Design Intent  (More stories below ...)

  Products, Innovation & Technology 
  • Construction tech could help overhaul U.S. infrastructure
    Technology and processes such as BIM, finite-element analysis and other methods "will allow the construction industry to fix infrastructure with the money that is available," this article notes. Technology has the potential for helping the industry eliminate costs and improve collaboration. "As America searches for a way to improve its infrastructure, construction technology can help by providing the means to build structures as cost effectively and efficiently as possible," it notes. Constructech (free registration) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Forbes' 15 "Emerging Downtowns" undergo building booms
    Forbes has released a list of the top 15 cities tagged as "Emerging Downtowns" where populations have boomed and college-educated professionals are settling in. Among the cities with booming downtowns are Denver, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, Los Angeles and New York City. Pedestrian walkways, bike paths and green housing are just some of the amenities the younger generations look for. "We carefully evaluate what the future workforce is looking for, and we incorporate those demands into what we are building," said Tami Door, chief executive of the Downtown Denver Partnership. Forbes (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Caltrans may replace 288 giant bolts on Calif.'s Bay Bridge
    Caltrans is considering replacing all 288 bolts on the $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in California after at least 30 of them snapped. The bolts are between 9 and 17 feet long and about 2.5 inches in diameter. "It appears to be a type of materials problem -- the presence of hydrogen in the metal," said Tony Anziano, Toll Bridge program manager, who is "pretty confident" it's not a design issue. It is unclear how long replacing the rods would take, but the new bridge is safe and still scheduled to open the day after Labor Day, Caltrans said. San Francisco Chronicle (free content) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building 
  • Giant downdraft tower might create 500 MW of power
    Solar Wind Energy hopes to construct a 2,250-foot-tall, wind-powered tower on the Arizona-Mexico border that would generate 500 megawatts of power. The project, which consists of the $1 billion tower, a plan to pipe desalinated water in from the Sea of Cortez in Mexico and a desalination plant, is expected to create 2,500 construction and transportation jobs. When water is sprayed into the hollow tower's opening, it creates very humid and heavy air, which sinks down the tower. The sinking ir can accelerate to 50 mph and then exit the tower and spin turbines. Forbes (3/26), Forbes (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Your Career 
  • Networking with the boss
    Having lunch with the boss might make you nervous, but you can combat your jitters by preparing some topics of conversation and thinking of questions you might be asked, Molly Ford writes. "I can almost guarantee" the boss will ask about "your career goals or where you see yourself in five years, so have an honest and thoughtful answer ready," she writes, adding that you should follow up with a verbal and written thank you. TheDailyMuse.com (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from CSI 
  • CSI Webinar: Specifications -- Protecting Your Design Intent
    April 4, 2 p.m. ET
    Credit: 1.0 AIA CEHs, 1.0 PDHs

    This program looks at specifications from the point of view of the project leaders, architects, and designers. Specifications are a powerful tool for documenting and protecting the design intent of the project. This program will help designers and project architects understand the powerful design applications inherent in specifications. Rather than writing specifications, it is about using them to ensure that design intent is protected in terms of products, assemblies, and systems. This seminar reviews project manual specification procedures and techniques with the goal of improving the way design intent is specified. Various type and formats of CSI 3-part specifications will be presented and their relevance toward project delivery discussed. Several specialized short format specifications will be presented and discussed to support designers in getting what they designed. Learn more, or register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CSI WebReach
    Imagine reaching a dozen offices with your next presentation, without ever leaving your desk top! As a CSI WebReach Program sponsor, you give attendees nationwide the opportunity to participate in a completely FREE educational program. You’ll speak to a national audience without the hassle of traveling, interact with your audience through today’s best e-tools, and generate sales leads through attendee lists -- while CSI handles the logistics of your program. Learn more at www.csinet.org/webreach. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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