Cintoo releases new BIM processing tool | Commentary: Construction industry needs BIM standards | Tips to optimize BIM implementation
November 13, 2018
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Cintoo releases new BIM processing tool
Cintoo is offering a new building information modeling processing tool, Cintoo Cloud, that facilitates the transfer of complex data sets into the cloud and allows users to view an accurate representation of meshes from any desktop or laptop with internet access.
SPAR 3D (11/9) 
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Whitepaper: Practical Advice for BIM Data Management
Managing multiple interfaces & monitoring data exchange between them is a challenge when working on projects that require interdisciplinary coordination. This whitepaper confronts these problems & offers solutions, while giving valuable insight for successfully using BIM models. Download the whitepaper.
BIM in the News
Commentary: Construction industry needs BIM standards
The construction industry's implementation of standards for the use of building information modeling would allow for more uniform contracts and would make cost estimation easier, write Pepper Hamilton LLP's Joseph Imperiale and Michael Chase. Some opportunities for standardization include defining BIM requirements, recognizing who owns the intellectual property rights and dividing cybersecurity costs.
JD Supra/Pepper Hamilton (11/9) 
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Tips to optimize BIM implementation
To maximize what your business gets out of building information modeling, utilize IT professionals, regularly update data and implement a BIM standard, Sarah Kloepple writes. IT departments can be instrumental in helping convert data from other systems and can help you decide which data to include, says Peter Costanzo of IMAGINiT Technologies.
Buildings magazine (11/2018) 
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Explore Vectorworks’ BIM Capabilities with Ease
Our BIM implementation checklist is a convenient, self-paced guide to help you become familiar with Vectorworks BIM. This resource offers the flexibility to prioritize areas of knowledge relevant to your interests and skill sets, so your transition to Vectorworks will be as smooth as possible. Download the guide today.
Advanced Construction Methods
MIT develops autonomous drones that don't need GPS
An autonomous drone system developed by a group of MIT students could have applications in the construction industry for conducting plenum space surveys or 3D laser scanning without using GPS. "You could send drones out every day or week and map the site changes, generating 3D reports that could be used for clash detection or in paying subs based on a percentage of completion," said John Russo, a surveyor and president of the US Institute of Building Documentation.
Engineering News-Record (11/8) 
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Company achieves operational excellence with 3D laser scanning
3D laser scanning has helped Brady Services, a leading provider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning solutions, to virtually map the placement of HVAC systems during a project's bidding process, reducing unexpected surprises and potential cost overruns for clients. Stephen Poe, mechanical engineering team leader, says scans show clients "what we are capable of doing up front so they are more likely to partner with us and build a long-term partnership with us."
Construction Dive (11/7) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
Autodesk CEO zeroes in on "design-and-make" identity
Autodesk has been losing money since 2016, but CEO Andrew Anagnost is hoping to make it profitable through continued development of industrialized technology for the construction industry, including artificial intelligence platform BIM 360 Project IQ. "[B]y becoming a design-and-make company, that's how we're going to win," he says.
Forbes (11/12) 
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Photo: High Concrete Group helps win ACI award
The American Concrete Institute named a four-story building using elements from High Concrete Group as the winner of the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards in the mid-rise buildings category. The structure at 1200 Intrepid Ave. in Philadelphia was honored for High Concrete's precast concrete panels that were used to build a curved, load-bearing facade.
LancasterOnline (Pa.) (11/8) 
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Couple building ICF house in Miss.
Bridge designer Dwight Utz and his wife are using Styrofoam, concrete and steel to build an insulated concrete form house in Hinds County, Miss., that can withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour. Despite costing about 30% more to build than a traditional home, ICF structures have a reduced carbon footprint and can offer significant savings on electricity costs.
WJTV-TV (Jackson, Miss.) (11/7) 
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Case study: Implementing Lean to maximize savings
A Dallas, TX general contractor that opted for an enterprise rollout of Touchplan has seen an outstanding adoption of the Last Planner® System. The result? Smoother projects, improved communications, and a game-changing benefit they didn't even see coming. Read the case study.
Working Together
How to deal with financially struggling subcontractors
By monitoring trade partners and acting quickly when subcontractors show signs of financial distress, risk managers can help construction firms avoid significant problems, experts say. Contractors should build relationships with subcontractors before projects start, conduct pre-qualification reviews and intervene quickly when problems arise.
Business Insurance (tiered subscription model) (11/8) 
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