Big Budget Buildings: 10 Construction Projects That Broke the Bank
Over recent years the US AEC sector has grown substantially. Economically, the sector is buoyant and job creation throughout the industry has been high. The construction industry has benefitted from strong policy decisions and science and technology have been high on the political agenda.
Extending Trimble’s Product Capabilities with Microsoft HoloLens
Mixed Reality technology blends real world objects with digital content, interactively, and in real time. It helps users efficiently interpret physical and digital information, and the spatial relations between them. This article describes the benefits of integrating Microsoft HoloLens’ Mixed Reality technology with Trimble products, during key stages of the Design-Build-Operate (DBO) workflow.
Level of Detail and Model Progression Specification
Three-dimensional modeling is becoming more common in today’s construction processes. While models are easy to create, the question which should be asked is; what is the 3D model good for? Is it just a pretty picture or can it actually be fabricated and constructed? Level of Detail (LOD) is what we will explore for this article and how it has helped answer these questions.
BIM is a word or label that has become commonplace in our industry, and the processes and practices that make up BIM are changing the way MEP contractors do business. We are all aware that BIM makes a project more efficient and cost effective, but adopting BIM also has costs to the contractor.
There have been a number of articles in Extensions regarding BIM. Although some may not think of 3D printing as BIM, the following information could change your mind. When thinking of 3D printing, some may think of printing cute little trinkets or something not relevant to the construction process, however several of the next items up for print may be surprising. How about a fusion of robotic assembly and 3D printing utilizing concrete to actually assemble your next building? If the current
Creating Point Data for the Trimble MEP Robotic Total Station Using PipeDesigner 3D
In your BIM process, you spend a lot of time modeling geometry, coordinating your design with other trades and generating construction drawings for field layout. If you are like many other contractors, you would like to be able to relay the accuracy of your CAD model to the field without doing additional work in that process.
Have you noticed in the AEC industry that a lot of interest has been generated around laser scanning? The reason for this is that scanning provides a fast and accurate way to collect large amounts of measurement data to be used in both the design and construction process.
This time of economic uncertainty emphasizes the need to maximize your profits. One proven technique is prefabrication. Although larger mechanical contractors have been maximizing prefabrication processes for many years, smaller companies can utilize the principles to reduce field crew size and the time required for material handling on the jobsite. Obvious benefits of prefabrication include working in a controlled environment and minimizing the amount of excess material to be stored at the