Tag: building information modelling

BIM and sustainability

Having spent much of Wednesday (see earlier post) listening to people talk about building information modelling and sustainability, it was timely to get my latest AECbytes with a viewpoint from Scott Boutwell (blog; also previously cited in this blog here) talking about parallels in the increased adoption of pro-sustainability measures and the adoption of BIM …

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Collaboration and lean construction

Last year UK industry membership organisation Constructing Excellence organised an event (with Rubicon) focused on lean construction which managed to enthuse its London audience with ideas based around basic joined-up thinking on things like eliminating packaging, doing just-in-time delivery to site, simplifying electrical installations, etc. Like Greg Sorrentino, vice president and general manager of US …

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Not CADaaS but BIMaaS?

US CAD industry luminary Evan Yares has been interviewed by Franco Folini for his Novedge blog (a privilege I had last year). Evan’s final comments suggest that he feels Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based CAD is a distinct possibility even if there are, in his view, no CAD or SaaS vendors yet moving in that direction. Done right, …

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Greener Than Thou

CAD Insider Roopinder Tara attended last week’s Bentley bonanza in Baltimore (see my post) and, in a post Greener than Thou, has been wondering about how green a CAD company can be when, after all, its design software will be used to create edifices consuming large amounts of natural resources. Bentley’s Joe Croser told him …

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Collaborative processes help US industry respond to growth pressures

  FMI and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) have released their Eighth Annual Survey of Owners. Based on over 200 responses from a variety of owner types and industries, the survey has both good news and bad news for construction IT. Building information modelling (BIM) technologies are increasingly used, but there is also …

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Take-up of BIM growing

An article in US journal Building Design & Construction reports that US adoption of building information modelling (BIM) applications is accelerating (thanks to Mel at the Elemental blog for the link). More than a third of roughly 200 owners (collectively representing c.$115 billion in annual construction spending) responding to the 8th Annual Construction Management Association …

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Integrated Project Delivery – US guide

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), with the AIA California Council, has published Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide. This excellent document explains how project teams might move from a traditional approach to project procurement and delivery to a more collaborative, integrated team model. There are similarities with UK initiatives earlier this decade, but this guide also …

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BuildingSMART Conference, London

I attended the BuildingSMART conference in London yesterday and, as with many UK construction IT events these days (and despite the presence of significant delegations from Scandinavia and the US), found myself meeting a few familiar faces. Asite people, including CEO Tony Ryan and technical director Nathan Doughty, were there in force to support a demonstration of their …

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BIM – realistically, still over the horizon

AECcafe.com has reprinted a couple of interesting articles from AIArchitect by Michael Tardif, both on the subject on Building Information Modelling (BIM): Faith-based BIM (originally published 27 October 2006) BIM 2011: A Five-year Forecast (5 January 2007) BIM “not yet” The first article starts by echoing an argument I made in my book in that, despite …

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Asite BIM

  Software news in the latest issue of UK construction industry magazine, Building, talks about Asite BIM, suggesting that the UK project collaboration vendor is “about to shake up the world of online collaboration again with the launch of an online single building model”. “Users will be able to collaborate on the design of the …

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