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News for contractors and the construction industry | November 17, 2011

A 2011 AGC SmartBriefBIM Special Report
AGC hosted a BIMForum on Nov. 2-3 in the Washington, D.C., area. Several hundred BIM practitioners attended and heard presentations about the value of building information modeling. If there was one consensus after the forum, it was that every party achieved significant return on investment from BIM, but all tended to define it differently.

Take a look through the AGC SmartBrief BIM Special Report below for the latest stories about building information modeling and other related news.

  • The more you use BIM, the greater your ROI
    Continued use of building information modeling can improve your return on investment, according to this piece. For instance, a large contractor and subcontractors at work on a hospital project with complex MEP systems used Google SketchUp and technology from Autodesk and were able to shave $14.5 million off the targeted budget. The best way to understand, evaluate and make decisions at each critical point is through the use of BIM, according to Jim Bostic in the AVP Construction Division of the St. Joseph Health System. Constructech (free registration) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Match construction site with intended use with macro BIM
    Macro BIM, used before the design phase, can help contractors provide sound estimates, writes Garry Myers, a senior estimator/planner at Michigan-based Clark Construction. He used it to determine the viability of a site for a $100 million, multibuilding project. By importing the site's topography, setting the elevations and modeling the buildings and roads, he learned they'd need to redistribute about 600,000 cubic yards of dirt to balance the site. Because of that, the project was put on hold -- "a fiscally smart decision" the developers were able to make more quickly than with traditional methods. Engineering News-Record/Mountain States (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Autodesk CEO on how design software aids building efficiency
    New tools are giving designers the ability to help identify materials or methods of constructing a building that allow it to be more environmentally efficient, says Autodesk President and CEO Carl Bass. "Designers can better understand the things they are building before they build them," Bass said. "The earlier in the process, the greater the impact can be ...Increasingly, we are seeing our tools used in sustainable designs." (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Tips for easing data format translation
    The sharp increase in building information modeling and CAD tools has increased demand for data format translations, writes Robert Green, a CAD programmer and consultant. In this article, Green offers a list of tips for understanding a client's translation requirements and meeting their expectations. He recommends, among other things, asking clients to send sample files to better understand their formatting, versions and details. (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Infrastructure projects begin to embrace BIM
    The infrastructure segment of the construction industry has begun to embrace building information modeling for a variety of projects. In Australia, for example, Bentley's WaterGEMS water distribution modeling software is used to manage and operate more than $43 million in water assets. Observers say that BIM improves contractors' ability to "resolve issues through coordination, interference management, and clash detection to improve the overall outcome of the project." Constructech (free registration) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Advances in BIM technology boost supertall projects
    The evolution of building information modeling and software interoperability are transforming the shape of the architecture, engineering and construction industry, making it more possible to design and build supertall skyscrapers, according to this article. "As BIM and interoperability advance, more complex projects can be worked on very effectively and more options explored in less time," said Ken Murphy, director of BIM at Thornton Tomasetti. He also noted that the computational geometry in BIM was a plus and allows for multiple iterative designs more quickly. "As BIM and interoperability evolve and integration of these tools into the AEC workflow grows stronger and broader, the trend to build increasingly higher most certainly will continue as well," this article concludes. (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The benefits of using BIM to manage assets
    Asset management of buildings has been traditionally carried out by managers without the need for 3D model designs for buildings. However, as expectations grow from the architecture, engineering, construction, and owner/operator industry, using building information models may be the solution to the fast-changing business environment, writes Steve Martin, Microdesk application development director. The advantages of using BIM for buildings' asset management "bring new life to the AECO building ecosystem," Martin says. Area Development magazine (11/2011) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • BIM, life-cycle facility management could transform industry
    The "convergence of building information modeling and Cloud technologies" will give the AEC industry the tools it needs to improve facilities management processes, writes Peter Cholakis. However, Jason Grant believes that improvement will come from the use of product life-cycle management instead. "If the data and modeling can be more easily reused from phase to phase, then PLM could be the game changer that we all thought BIM should be," he writes. Peter Cholakis blog (11/5), Adaptive Practice blog (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • IPD starts to catch on in public sector
    Changes in the design-build industry may reduce the cost of public and private projects. Observers note that integrated project delivery, which allows all parties to work together toward a goal and that came about after the emergence of BIM, is replacing the inefficient competitive bidding process. Recent legislation in Connecticut that provides more flexibility for public-private partnerships suggests that IPD will catch on in the public sector. "The public sector will come around in time," said James McManus, principal and chairman of Connecticut-based design-build firm S/L/A/M Collaborative. "I don’t think it is going to catch on too quick; it takes a big leap of faith on the owners to do it." Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Autodesk says its BIM 360 aids collaboration, more
    To help meet the architectural, engineering and construction industry’s collaboration and data management challenge, a new approach is needed, writes Pat Keaney, director of AEC Collaboration Products at Autodesk. Such an approach must deliver a complete, accurate and digital view of design and construction projects to multidisciplinary teams in the office or in the field. "By using an approach that reflects Autodesk’s BIM 360 vision for integrated, easy-to-deploy collaboration, data, and lifecycle management, rather than overly complex and disconnected data management and collaboration tools, construction firms are better positioned to successfully rise above and stay ahead of the competition," Keaney concludes. (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Building Information Modeling Education Program
    BIM requires new mindsets and technological processes to move the industry forward. The BIM.Building Information Modeling Education Program, developed in conjunction with leading BIM practitioners, technology firms and educators, is designed to successfully educate construction professionals at all experience levels on a range of topics they would encounter implementing and using BIM. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Certificate of Management -- Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM)
    The AGC Certificate of Management -- Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program. Successful candidates will carry the CM-BIM designation. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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