October 21st, 2017
Partnerships make the world go round.
Or so it would seem from the recent announcements made by Bentley Systems at their 2017 Year in Infrastructure Conference held in Singapore this past week. The event drew record numbers, primarily from Southeast Asia, China and India. 130 journalists also were in attendance.
Future Testing is a process that leverages virtual design and construction, simulation, and rapid iterations. With Future Testing, AEC project stakeholders are able to anticipate issues and opportunities early, reduce risk, take advantage of innovative ideas, and gain an edge on the competition.
An excellent example of a company employing the Future Testing method is CadMakers Inc., a construction and manufacturing technology company.
They work closely with AEC businesses to streamline projects from design to construction, leveraging leading engineering software solutions. Their design approach includes modeling all the building systems — architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, civil and geotechnical — and mapping them virtually in an accurate, virtual 3D model. Then, they get everyone — the project architect, engineers, and various subcontractors — together to view the model and crowdsource solutions to identified problems.
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This approach combines the hands-on expertise and experience of construction industry veterans with the visualization provided by 3D modeling with a specific end goal of prefabrication for multiple building systems.
The results speak for themselves.
CadMakers helped design the Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia near Vancouver, an 18 story mass-timber building.
They leveraged Future Testing by employing virtual design and construction modeling, and on-site assembly simulation of manufactured parts. This approach helped complete the structural components of the project approximately 50% faster and at less cost than traditional concrete buildings of the same size (when factoring in reduction of carrying costs and labor on site due to speed).
In fact, the 20-month project was complete three and half months ahead of schedule.
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Watch how CadMakers is leading the AEC industry into the future:
Learn all about Future Testing through real world examples from CADMAKERS, SHoP ARCHITECTS, SMEDI, A. ZAHNER COMPANY, and HARDSTONE CONSTRUCTION in the Dassault Systèmes white paper: Replacing Problem-Solving with Future-Testing: The New Paradigm Poised to Disrupt the AEC Industry.
Chief Economist Alex Carrick Shares Outlook on 2018
October 19, 2017 by Alex Carrick, Chief Economist at ConstructConnect
Article source: ConstructConnect
Employment and revenues for architecture, engineering and construction have grown modestly for most of 2017. But the signals for the next 12 months are mixed, with architectural billings positive, construction starts uneven and contractors hiring, but worried about finding enough qualified workers. Meanwhile, there is huge uncertainty about the impact of potential changes in tax, infrastructure, immigration and other types of policy. How will these cross-cutting influences play out?
On November 1, three of the industry’s leading economists will come together for the annual Design and Construction Industry Economic Forecast, where they’ll discuss the changing landscape of commercial construction, the opportunities and challenges facing the industry as well as strategic insight on industry trends.
Construct Connect recently spoke to Alex Carrick, Chief Economists for ConstructConnect, for a quick discussion about his thoughts on the current state of the construction industry and where things are heading.
ConstructConnect: How long have you been hosting this webcast, what’s it about and who should attend?
Article source: ConstructConnect
The percentage levels and changes in Table 1 are based on the Census Bureau’s seasonally-adjusted (SA) August 2017 and earlier put-in-place construction statistics. ‘Put-in-place’ as a concept is meant to mirror work-in-process or progress payments as projects proceed.
For each type-of-structure, Table 1 takes the behind-the-scenes put-in-place data and compares the percentage changes of latest-12-months-over-previous-12-months versus latest-three-months-over-previous-three-months (annualized).
If the three-month percent change exceeds the 12-month percent change, then construction activity in that type-of-structure category is considered to be speeding up. A check mark is entered in the far right column. (If the opposite is occurring, a check mark is entered in the ‘slowing down’ column.)
If a type-of-structure category has a latest 3-month percent-change that is negative, but less negative, than its 12-month percent-change, such a circumstance is also considered to be an instance of ‘speeding up’ and warrants a check mark in the right-hand column. (Or, if it’s turning more negative, then it’s ‘slowing down’ further.)
Webinar: Design Immersion | Sketch to Virtual Reality
Thank you for registering for our October 4, 2017, Design Immersion Webinar!
If you attended the live webinar, you can revisit key points in the video and share it with other team members. If you registered but could not attend, please watch the recording at your convenience.
Architecture is going through a fundamental shift in how designers communicate ideas. Today’s clients are technology savvy and becoming more comfortable with interactive design immersion technologies such as iPads, BIMx, Google Cardboard VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. We invite you to join this presentation to learn how mobile and virtual reality (VR) technologies are changing the way architects interact with clients, consultants, contractors and other stakeholders.
- Reviews technologies that can increase your presentation effectiveness and sell your design ideas to clients.
- Examines popular architectural design immersion technologies including BIMx, Google Cardboard VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
- Discovers through case studies how architects use design immersion to improve the design process, build client engagement, expand services and support remote communication.
- Explores how mobile and virtual reality impact current and future methods for presenting and communicating design and construction
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