BIM has the potential to change the world, in the same way architectural drawing did, writes Douglas MacLeod in a wide-ranging commentary. "As BIM evolves, it is like a snowball rolling down a hill that gets larger and larger as it collects more data," writes MacLeod, chair of the RAIC Centre for Architecture at Athabasca University in Canada.
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A study by a Chilean university finds increasing adoption of BIM software by construction, engineering and architectural firms in that country. The core group of companies using BIM as standard procedure is 34%, up 12 percentage points from 2016.
BIM played a significant part in a newest structure at the heart of Singapore's Changi Airport, voted best in the world by passengers for the past seven years. Contractors were able to deal with key issues early in the construction process, proving that the unique design, which includes the world's largest indoor waterfall, could be built safely.
The Airport Authority of India has decided that BIM will be the primary design and planning platform for the new terminal at Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport. Autodesk's Revit will provide a cloud-based solution for design team members to communicate in real time.
Utah chose hydrodemolition as an efficient way to replace concrete decking on 14 deteriorating bridges as part of an Interstate 70 overhaul. The state's contractor used Aquajet Aqua Cutter 710 robots for debris removal along with water collection, filtration and reuse.
Skanska USA is using reality-capture technologies to boost efficiency and translate project models to the jobsite as it works on Terminal B at New York City's LaGuardia Airport and the Moynihan Train Hall at the James A. Farley Post Office building. One particular challenge in each case is a requirement that both facilities continue to operate normally as construction proceeds.
The Wild, a VR/AR collaboration platform, and Igloo Vision have integrated to allow entire teams to collaborate on the design process in real time by entering a virtual reality igloo or using VR headsets. Once inside the model, "everyone can see what each other is looking at and can gauge reactions easily," says Jake Rowland of Igloo Vision.
Cameras at job sites can increase productivity by cutting down on rework, improve collaboration and help with accident prevention, among other benefits. "[Sensera Systems] cameras have weather and time stamps that can be used to develop history reports," said Wendi Burke, Sensera's director of marketing.