This article follows up on the recent overview of Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference, with a dedicated look at the projects that were selected as the finalists in the building-related categories of Bentley’s annual Be Inspired awards, the winners of which were announced at the conference.
This article discusses the main updates from Bentley at its recent Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference held in London, including the official launch of its cloud
software service called Bentley CONNECT, updates to its suite of mobile solutions including the introduction of its Field Supervisor app, and new and upcoming features in MicroStation, ProjectWise, and AECOsim Building Designer. It also provides an overview of some other sessions at the conference, including a fascinating look at the London 2012 Olympics, the planning that went into the design of the infrastructure for it and how the execution was accomplished.
The objective of this research was to compare the applications, Bentley’s ProjectWise and Autodesk’s Vault, for data management and collaboration in AEC. The impetus was to respond to a number of readers who have written in over the years to find out if such a comparison exists. Rather than a detailed analysis of the individual features of ProjectWise and Vault, the report provides a brief overview of each in several key categories, enabling a high-level, at-a-glance comparison of the two applications.
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This article captures the semi-annual update of the main developments from AEC technology vendors in the last six to seven months, including an overview of the 2014 version of Nemetchek Vectorworks that has just been released, the latest developments from Assemble’s cloud based platform for extracting data from BIM models, a new mobile app called Field3D for viewing IFC models, a new EnergyPlus integration that boosts Sefaira’s energy analysis capabilities, the latest developments in Newforma’s suite of tools for project information management, a new TurboSite plug-in for AutoCAD from IMSI/Design, a new way to view SketchUp models on the iPad using Viso3D, updated Revit add-in tools from CTC, and finally, the developments in ArchVision’s RPC content creation and management tools.
In this article, Antonio Ruivo Meireles, who is the Innovation Manager of Mota-Engil, a large building company headquartered in Portugal that has more than 20,000 employees worldwide, describes a more advanced integration of the BIM process implemented at his firm, in contrast to the “Hollywood BIM” implemented by most builders. He discusses the BIM implementation strategy followed at Mota-Engil in detail, along with the key pointers that emerged from it that should be helpful to other construction firms adopting BIM . There is also an extended discussion of the main benefits of BIM for a builder, based on Mota-Engil’s experiences with it.
This review takes an indepth look at the new version of Revit, the key product in the 2014 Autodesk Building Design Suite, to see what additional BIM capabilities it can provide to AEC professionals across all the three design disciplines it targets: architecture, structure, and MEP. These include several improvements made to the core Revit platform for enhancing user productivity and efficiency including displaced views and the ability to apply temporary views to a display, improved modeling and editing of stairs and railings, several structural and MEP BIM improvements including better visibility and greater control over the structural analytical model and the ability to divide MEP systems to make them easier to work with, and a new engine for point clouds that makes them faster to work with and provides greater control on their appearance.
This article by Chris France, former CIO of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting and President of Advance2000, follows up on his popular AECbytes’ articles on BIM and the Cloud by looking ahead to what he sees as the logical next step in AEC technology — VDC in the Cloud. Unlike BIM, which is primarily focused on design, VDC (virtual design and construction) addresses means, methods, schedules, costs, safety, logistics, inventory, manufacturing, etc. This article discusses the key business benefits of VDC in the Cloud, including Lean Construction, Agility & Mobility, Collaboration, Cost Reduction and Leveling the Playing Field.