While smartphones and drones are becoming more common at construction worksites, a lack of knowledgeable staff and small budget shares are limiting the implementation of other new technology in the industry, according to the JBKnowledge 2018 ConTech Report. Building information modeling can help with visualizing projects and project planning, but 28% of respondents reported an unwillingness to bid on projects that involve the technology.
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BIM quality assurance developer Solibri and Graphisoft have created a link between Solibri Model Checker and ARCHICAD to help improve quality assurance of building information models. Users can now directly import BIM into SMC, allowing for monitoring of model quality assurance at any point during design as opposed to having to move back and forth between programs.
Bentley Systems is offering building information modeling services to foreign greenfield and brownfield substation projects. Bentley Substation and Bentley Navigator were recently utilized in a greenfield project in Cambodia faced with the challenge of discerning accurate dimensions.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemical engineers have developed a new material that consumes carbon dioxide from the air to grow, reinforce and regenerate itself. The gel-like polymer could have applications in the construction industry as a material used for repair or protective coatings.
Data analysis, workflow automation and reality capture tools can give construction companies a competitive edge by helping them improve project quality and identify problems before they happen, panelists said at a recent industry conference. For example, Clark Construction uses 3D laser scanners to analyze project sites and create digital models that allow project teams to spot and correct errors early on.
Construction project management software company InEight's recent acquisition of BASIS, a developer of artificial intelligence planning software, could catalyze a change in the way construction companies plan for projects. By leveraging a combination of AI and human intuition, companies can use the InEight-BASIS technology to store centralized information and use it to make better decisions.
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A sound-proof installation on display at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden was constructed from translucent concrete panels made by squeezing High-Performance Concrete between two sheets of bubble wrap. The material's 1 million membrane-perforations trap noise and its 262,500 cavities disperse high-pitch sound.
Today's building codes are very stringent, and the design of the One World Trade Center has played an important role in improving tall-tower safety, writes Gideon Fink Shapiro. The tower features the industry's first use of 3D building information modeling software on a super-high-rise, as well concrete with a compressive strength of up to 14,000 psi, which is stronger than any mix previously used in New York City.
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