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Building with Numbers

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

How the construction industry is reducing cost, risk and waste – with math

Andrew Watts, CEO of international building engineers, Newtecnic, looks at new research and practices that deliver construction industry innovation from concept to fabrication and operation.

Because industry players perceive it as increasing risk, the construction industry is notoriously resistant to change through technology adoption. The idea of following tried and tested solutions is almost universal because ‘if it worked before it will work again’.

This attitude has restricted industry progress producing waste of up to 50% on many projects. And, negative environmental impacts, caused by easily correctable inefficiencies persist as long as the building stands.

Riskier Business?

Industry players and stakeholders are mistaken in the belief that new methods and technologies present increased risk. In fact, the opposite is true because by using technology it is possible to reduce risk while creating more imaginatively conceived buildings at lower cost that use less energy, are more durable, look better and are interesting to inhabit. They also take less time to make and on completion appear effortless. This seemingly impossible list of advantages has been proven across the world where, in partnerships with developers, architects and engineers, collaboration over data reveals absolute truths about buildings.

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Hey, BIM! Got a Better Acronym?

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Three years ago, I sought to change the acronym P&ID (Piping and Instrumentation Diagram [or Drawing]) to Piping and Instrumentation DATA (Not Drawings)Up Next: Building Information Management (BIM). For the full-version of this article, navigate to the EiCAD Blog

Why, you might ask, must we change the meaning of BIM? Answer: Because most Owner-Operators are unaware of what ‘BIM’ means when it comes up in conversation.

I still remember the first conversation I had with my longtime, friend and colleague, Ian Matthew – once Autodesk’s lead Plant expert – who they replaced him with, I have no idea…

Ian said to me while driving to the Valero Benicia Refinery in 2012: “BIM is the future. BIM will change how the world, including oil and gas, chemical, and other industries operate!”
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Building Information Modeling Q+A

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
  1. What is BIM?

BIM is most recognizable as a product and collaborative process.

As a product, BIM becomes a Building Information Model – a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during the facility’s lifecycle from inception onward[1]. A Building Information Model includes 2D and 3D computer graphics enriched with non-graphic attribute information describing the components of the design. It may be requested as a project contract deliverable, provided during facility handover, and used for operations.

As a collaborative process, BIM becomes Building Information Modeling – a process by which a group of designers, contractors, material suppliers, and facility owners work together, sharing information about the project. Advanced BIM offerings provide a collaborative process featuring an increased depth of information modeling – beyond design visualization to performance simulation, optioneering, and operational immersion – and increased breadth of information mobility, facilitating collaboration among multiple project disciplines from design through construction and operations.

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