It has been 10 years since the BIM Handbook was first published, when it emerged as the definitive guide to BIM for both practitioners in the industry as well as students and researchers in academia. Extensively researched and meticulously written by a team of leading researchers and experts in AEC technology, the third edition of the book has just been released. Coming seven years after the second edition, this review explores how the new edition of the book captures all of the many developments in the world of BIM that have emerged in the intervening years.
Innovation remains not just alive and well in the AEC technology industry but is continuing to grow at an increasing pace, as evidenced in this year’s collection of technology updates. We have new releases of several popular applications including Vectorworks, IDEA, dRofus, IESVE, SDS/2, and Twinmotion; new integrations such as IrisVR with Navisworks and Transoft with Vectorworks, which extend their capabilities and make them more powerful; and a host of new solutions in various fields including Overtur from Allegion, BSD Speclink Cloud, BIM & Scan AutoCorr, bim.aero, and BIMserver.center from CYPE Software. Collectively, they span a wide range of disciplines and processes in AEC including BIM, analysis, visualization, objects and specifications, data management, collaboration, laser scanning, and infrastructure design.
Waffle structures are used in several design fields including architecture to construct complex, organic forms. In this Tips and Tricks article, Mark Loomis, Principal at MP Studio, who is keenly interested in 3D modeling, parametric modeling and generative design shows how to use a Grasshopper script to model a waffle structure, using its algorithmic design capabilities to automate the process and allow parameters such as the spacing and the width of the ribs of the structure to be adjusted just by moving a number slider.
This article captures the latest updates on automated code compliance in the AEC industry, with new commercial and research efforts as well as some exploratory efforts in governments to determine how it could be applied to streamline the approvals process by regulatory agencies.
This article discusses the divisive architectural style of New Brutalism, which was developed in European cities in the 1950s and 60s, and asks whether or not our current planning capabilities would have, had they been available at that time, prevented its rise. Had governments and their architects had the capability to use 3D CAD (computer-aided design) or BIM (building information modeling), would they have invented a different, perhaps more indulgent sort of style for the postwar period? Or, was New Brutalism itself a creative choice rather than a utilitarian one, a conscious, definitive break with European architectural style and tradition of the past in the wake of a destructive European war?
In this Viewpoint article, Andy Knauf, Chief Information Officer of the architectural-engineering Mead & Hunt, describes how the use of a cloud-native virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution helped his firm meet its aggressive growth target by allowing its architects, engineers, designers, as well as the technical teams that support them, to collaborate at cloud scale and speed, in real time, from anywhere in the world.
As with each new release of ARCHICAD, the new version that was released a few weeks ago also revolves around a theme named after a breakthrough improvement. For ARCHICAD 22, the theme is “BIM Inside and Out.” The “inside” in this case refers to the many enhancements for modeling and managing the information within the BIM model, while the “out” refers to the dramatic improvements in the Curtain Wall tool which greatly speed up and simplify the design of building façades, whether they are composed of straight lines or irregular shapes.
These two key features are explored in more detail in this review, along with the many additional improvements related to productivity, workflow, and performance in ARCHICAD 22.
Helping underprivileged communities gauge the affordability of clean energy technology is one step in the direction of empowering them to make the investment in it. Solar, in particular, has a lot of promise in certain Global South nations that have high solar availability, with dense populations that require spatial efficiency. It is a simple, elegant, and relatively low-maintenance technology that can serve the needs of many communities and offer exceptional long-term savings via a reduced or eliminated energy bill. Coupled with government subsidies and incentives, the solar market can be an effective solution to the problem of energy poverty for many communities in Global South nations.
This article by Meghna Patnaik, who specializes in Sustainable Environmental Design and is currently a Design Engineer at SunPower, describes a feasibility study she did for the development of solar power as an affordable clean energy technology for one such community—the Purkal Youth Development Society, a nonprofit organization located in Purkal, India, which serves low-income communities from the surrounding villages.
In this Viewpoint article, Erik Pijnenburg, CEO of KUBUS BV, discusses the importance of integrated and centralized BIM issue management, not only to improve the quality of BIM data, but also of the design process in AEC.
Integrated issue management enables multi-disciplinary design teams to improve early design knowledge-sharing. In later phases, clash detection or advanced model checking is helpful for quality assurance, but being able to find clashes without a structured way to get them solved does not guarantee high quality model-data. Without integrated BIM issue management, projects will continue to deal with issues on an ad hoc basis and will never reach a point where the data has no defects anymore before construction starts. A dedicated issue-management tool that can organize and help to resolve the large number of issues in AEC projects is essential to creating the high-quality BIM data for successfully executing these projects.
In an AEC technology landscape that has an overall dearth of “smart” tools, the Aditazz Design Synthesis application has the potential to become one. It is focused on creating libraries of rooms for different project types that are pre-validated for code-compliance, which means that when they are used in a project, they can come with the assurance that they already satisfy the internal requirements of that space. Its objective is to make it easier and faster to design projects with highly regulated design requirements such as hospitals, hotels, schools, and so on, using rooms that are already code-compliant. The application comes with a Revit plug-in that has bidirectional integration, allowing the rooms to be placed in a Revit project and still continue to be monitored for code-compliance.
The application is still in a very early stage with several interface enhancements required before it can be commercially released, but the underlying concept is intriguing and represents a unique way of thinking about rule-based design and how it can be applied in AEC.