Contractors use BIM to keep N.C. MetLife project on schedule | Unity updates BIM plug-in | Contractors team with AI company to improve workplace safety
March 19, 2019
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Contractors use BIM to keep N.C. MetLife project on schedule
Building information modeling was instrumental in helping the MetLife project in Cary, N.C., meet its deadline and budget requirements, according to RMM Fabrication & Modeling General Manager Elizabeth Woodrome. The use of BIM allowed all contractors to incorporate their plans into the early HVAC drawings, providing additional details along the way, said Woodrome.
SNIPS Magazine online (3/15) 
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BIM in the News
Unity updates BIM plug-in
Unity, in partnership with PiXYZ, has updated the PiXYZ Unity plug-in to allow PiXYZ metadata such as item materials to be uploaded into Unity's 3D visualization platform. This will allow users to work with the building information models without having to return to the original BIM document.
Engineering (3/12) 
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Advanced Construction Methods
Contractors team with AI company to improve workplace safety
Nine major construction companies have partnered with software firm to develop predictive analytics that can prevent accidents and improve safety throughout the industry. Suffolk, which will serve as chair of the council, contributed 10 years of project data and photos to the predictive model, and other partners will contribute data anonymously as the system develops.
Construction Dive (3/13) 
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Consulting company finds way to present stitched drone images in hours
Consulting firm Dudek, which offers drone imagery services to construction companies, found that stitching together the photos from the flights took days, so it created a solution using Microsoft Azure's Workspot Workstation Cloud to present photos to a client within hours. "The software allows us to cluster multiple processing units together to act as if it was one big computer," Dudek's Brian Nordmann says.
Construction Dive (3/13) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
BIM use in stadium renovation highlights new territory for contractors
The Nou Camp soccer stadium in Barcelona, Spain, is being renovated with the help of Synchro's building information modeling technology. BIM was well-suited for the large project, but many Spanish contractors have never used it before, which resulted in a significant knowledge gap.
SportsPro Media (3/15) 
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Working Together
To lower cost of homes, builders and suppliers need to be on same page
To lower cost of homes, builders and suppliers need to be on same page
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Building affordable homes for today's consumers requires builders and suppliers to work together to improve processes and communication, John McManus writes. By collaborating to eliminate friction and improve transparency, both groups can bring value to the table, he writes.
Builder online (free registration) (3/13) 
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Get creative to manage teams across shifts
Many organizations have people working across all hours, so try to schedule meetings during shift overlaps, place talented people on all shifts and create forums for idea exchanges that don't depend on everyone being physically present, write Karin Hurt and David Dye.
Let's Grow Leaders (3/14) 
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Worker fatigue leads to serious safety risks
Fatigue is a serious problem in the workplace that can lead to reduced cognitive performance, microsleeps and a corresponding increase in safety risks to employees, according to the National Safety Council. The council recommends that employers speak openly about fatigue as a safety hazard and use sleep disorder screenings or sleep health education as a means to improve the problem.
Construction Executive magazine online (3/12) 
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