This article captures the highlights of the recent Autodesk University 2016, which continued with the theme of “The Future of Making Things” introduced last year, but which introduced some more AEC-specific technologies to look forward to, including Project Fractal, a generative design tool; Project IQ, which can mine construction data to show potential project risks; and Project Quantum, a cloud-based multi-disciplinary BIM tool that seems poised to become Autodesk’s next generation “post-Revit” technology. It also provides an overview of the award-winning projects executed using Autodesk’s solutions in its annual AEC Excellence Awards competition.
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 article, Chris France, whose previous articles on BIM and the Cloud in AECbytes were all about cloud technology (high performance workstations in the cloud) being adopted by firms so they could collaborate between all their offices effortlessly, now highlights what has changed with BIM cloud technologies and how they are being used for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). He discusses the three main cloud IPD strategies to choose from — Distributed, Hybrid, and Private Cloud — in detail and how they are different from each other. He also provides recommendations and best practices for IPD technology.
Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure (YII) conference was held earlier this month in London, and as with previous conferences, it was an opportunity to showcase both the range and depth of infrastructure solutions available in Bentley’s portfolio as well as the wide variety of infrastructure projects around the world that are being implemented with the help of these solutions. This article looks at the main updates from Bentley at this year’s YII conference including the continued expansion of its CONNECT edition to several products including its flagship O&M application, AssetWise, the launch of OpenRoads Designer, the advances in its reality modeling product, ContextCapture, and partnerships with Microsoft and Topcon. It also looks at several infrastructure projects from China, Finland, Denmark, and the US that were implemented using Bentley solutions.
This article provides an overview of the technology offerings focused on sustainable design that were exhibited at the recently concluded 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, including the new Design Guidance functionality in Trimble’s Sefaira Architecture, several updates and new features in IES’s extensive portfolio of performance analysis tools, the updates to Autodesk Insight 360, and the enhancements to Graphisoft’s and Vectorworks’ analysis tools that are built into their BIM applications. It also looks at a new offering focused on the energy performance of buildings after they are built called Measurabl.
- City Information Modeling
- Firm Profile: LMN Architects
- AEC Technology Updates
- Hurricanes and their Aftermath: How Can Technology Help? (AECbytes Archived Article)
- Three Tech Trends Shifting the BIM Industry in 2016
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Now that building information modeling (BIM) has been firmly established in the AEC industry for the design, construction, and operation of individual buildings, and infrastructure modeling—also referred to as “BIM for infrastructure”—is starting to gain some traction for the design, construction, and operation of infrastructure, we are also seeing some movement towards applying the intelligent modeling concept to the next broader level of human habitation, the city.
While we are still a long way off from having “city information models” (CIM) available for our cities, various technology solutions for it are emerging, from BIM stalwarts such as Autodesk and Bentley to CIM-specific solutions from companies such as virtualcitySYSTEMS, Cityzenith, SmarterBetterCities, CyberCity 3D, and Agency9, of of which are discussed in this article. It also looks at how CIM is different from the concept of “Smart Cities” that we are increasingly starting to hear more about.
Last week, AECbytes published Part 1 of its annual technology roundup highlighting recent key developments in AEC technology from the leading vendors industry including GRAPHISOFT, Bentley, Autodesk, Trimble, and Allplan.
This article, Part 2 of the roundup, continues to look at updates from other established AEC technology vendors, including Newforma Project Center, form•Z, the Sweets app from Dodge, DESTINI Estimator, and Solibri Model Checker, as well as a few more. It also provides a high-level overview of a new application about which there is a lot of buzz but very little is known so far—Flux, which came out of Google’s research incubator, Google X.
Every year, AECbytes publishes a technology roundup highlighting the key developments in AEC technology that AEC professionals should be aware of as they go about their work of designing, constructing, and operating buildings and infrastructure. With the growing number of technology solutions targeted towards the AEC industry, the corresponding number of updates is also increasing every year, and we will look at them in a two-part series. This article, Part 1 of the series, looks at the key developments of the leading technology vendors in the AEC industry including GRAPHISOFT, Bentley, Autodesk, Trimble, and Allplan.
Today, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is routinely used in the design of buildings and other vertical structures. When the design for a new U. S. Navy aircraft carrier pier and the rehabilitation of existing bulkhead began in 2009, BIM was becoming a standard in vertical structure design, but had hardly been used for piers and other horizontal structures. The Moffatt & Nichol led MN3M joint venture, which was awarded the contract for the project, decided to utilize BIM to improve coordination among design disciplines, identify potential construction conflicts, reduce errors in design, help visualize the end product, and provide the Navy with a model to be used for asset management. This process is described in more detail by John Gaul and Michael Rieger, who worked on the project as a structural engineer and project manager respectively.