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.
The Top 5 Features of a Technology-Enabled Tool Management Solution
Every contractor knows that tool mismanagement—whether from tool loss, hoarding or breakage—can impact the efficiency and productivity of the business.
One of the principle causes of tool mismanagement is a lack of accountability. It’s not easy to keep track of every hammer, drill and grinder that goes in and out of a warehouse on any given day, particularly when these assets number in the thousands. Added to this complication, crews develop favorite pieces of equipment that don’t get returned
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.
Throughout my years working with software clients, I have been exposed to numerous approaches and mindsets when it comes to estimating projects. Some clients are very exacting and detail oriented – some might say obsessively so. Others are much more fluid and loose –some might argue to the point of recklessness. . Most clients fit somewhere in between these two extremes.
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
Benchmarking with Trimble Field Link and the Robotic Total Station
Your Robotic total station helps you to lay out points that the CAD/Coordination Department has assigned to 3D coordinated objects you are responsible for laying out on the project. Some points may have different elevation relationships to each other and also the level you are trying to lay them out on.
Benchmarking is a way that you can control how you lay out your work. You can also use it to your advantage to manipulate
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.
January 1, 2011 marked a significant milestone in North America for it was the date the oldest members of the baby boom generation celebrated their 65th birthday and thus marked a watershed moment. From that day forward for about the next 20 years, there is the potential for 10,000 boomer retirements a day.