Bentley chooses finalists for infrastructure awards | JE Dunn BIM professional awarded for project management | Mass. school project benefits from open BIM
September 29, 2020
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Topping It Off
The Year in Infrastructure Awards sponsored by Bentley Systems has selected 57 finalists for the awards presented next month. "The circumstances of the global pandemic have made the past few months a challenge for us all, and it is a testament to our users' resilience that we received over 400 nominees for our Year in Infrastructure Awards program," said Chris Barron, chief communication officer for Bentley Systems.
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BIM in the News
Sarah Paul, a senior virtual design and construction specialist at JE Dunn Construction, has received an award for project management and estimating. She provides building information modeling services and 3D services through her role at the company.
Full Story: Finance and Commerce (Minneapolis) (9/24) 
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The move to open building information modeling helped prevent potential problems and improve coordination during the design and construction of a new school in Holbrook, Mass. "This approach eliminates surprises, aids in maintaining the schedule, and most importantly, avoids a break-down in communication across all parties from designers to builders," said Kent Kovacs of Flansburgh Architects.
Full Story: Engineered Systems (9/24) 
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Advanced Construction Methods
Digital twins can improve the performance and life span of industrial assets, but the built environment has not reaped benefits seen in the manufacturing sector, writes Darren Martin, chief technology officer at Wood. However, new capabilities for analyzing the abundance of data produced by twins can change that, Martin writes.
Full Story: Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (9/23) 
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Construction Technology in Focus
Hilti has released its Concrete Sensors technology and service package in nine markets across the US and Canada ahead of a January rollout. The company's technology can help contractors monitor the internal temperature and strength development of slabs or structures by relaying temperature and relative humidity data to mobile devices.
Full Story: Concrete Products (9/22) 
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Acciona has released a new digital earthmoving platform that is compatible with its own equipment or equipment from other manufacturers. "By using the Earth Moving Platform developed by Acciona, users can see all of the assets in real time, including their precise location using positioning maps, as well as the status of each machine," said José Luis Oliván, project director for Middle East Construction at Acciona.
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Working Together
A renovation project at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., included new HVAC systems that will help protect artifacts within the facility while ensure guests are comfortable. Condensing hot water boilers fueled by natural gas ensure proper heating capacity, while the cooling plant added a variable-speed, high-efficiency centrifugal chiller, heat recovery rotary chiller and GSA chilled water.
Full Story: Engineered Systems (9/28) 
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Firms can improve bid accuracy by turning to an estimator with the technical, recordkeeping and technological skills to understand quantity takeoffs, Safeer Ullah Khan writes. Proper communication with all stakeholders, readily available cloud data and technology such as building information modeling can also help bolster bid accuracy.
Full Story: Construction Business Owner (9/22) 
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