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.
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.
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.
This is an excerpt from the book “Building Information Modeling: Automated Code Checking and Compliance Processes” by Dr. Nawari that was published by CRC Press on February 12, 2018.
In this article, Iain Miskimmin, author of the recently published Plain Language BIM book, draws from his extensive experience leading the Crossrail Bentley Information Management Academy and the BIM Advancement Academy program to cull through the complexities of BIM and provide a concise methodology for delivering digital assets of infrastructure projects.
In 2008, a seemingly modest proposal was made to make secure electronic cash transactions directly between interested parties. Called Bitcoin, it is now a worldwide phenomenon with the potential to disrupt money as we know it. But what exactly is Bitcoin and why should we in the AEC technology industry care about it?
In this article, Jim Forester, a long-time AEC technology veteran and enthusiast, attempts to shed some light on the underlying concepts of Bitcoin technology, Blockchain, and how it is immediately applicable to many aspects of built environment projects as well as the BIM technologies used to realize them.
In this article, John Hallgarth, Founder and CTO of 3D Constructor, who is a BIM enthusiast and passionate about applying Virtual Design to Construction Practices, explores some practical ways for general contractors to approach BIM, some outside-the-box ideas, and some key opportunities not to be overlooked by commercial builders.
In this article, Stefano Della Torre, Director of the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and a specialist in the field of restoration, shares his insights on the application of traditional BIM tools, which are primarily geared for new construction, to the historic preservation of our built cultural heritage.
In this Viewpoint article, Dennis Williams, an innovation enthusiast who writes and consults on how technology impacts B2B industries, looks at how emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, data management, and augmented reality are shaping the future of BIM and can help the AEC industry to get the most out of it.
With rapid developments in 3D scanning technology over the past thirty years, reality capture is now faster and easier than ever, taking form in high definition terrestrial systems, aerial photogrammetry systems, handheld infrared systems, and everything in between. In this article, Tucker Cedarleaf of Cedar+Mac, who has been working with laser scanning equipment and software for over 10 years, debunks the assumptions many users make that all reality capture is equal and that it’s as simple as taking photographs. He shows how and why traditional laser scanning tied to survey control is the only method of 3D capture that produces baseline data of the quality and reliability required for AEC industry use.