National Music Centre’s New Home Arises in Calgary

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Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music”—Goethe’s aphorism comes easily to mind when contemplating the National Music Centre (NMC) and its new building, recently named Studio Bell, which was designed by superstar architect Brad Cloepfil and is set to open in the summer of 2016. It’s a big building—160,000 square feet distributed among nine towers—with a big budget: $168 million. And it supports the hopes of a revered institution, as well as the ambitions of Canada’s third-largest city. Continue reading…

The Secret to Faster, Smarter MEP Layout

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Power Design Inc., based in St. Petersburg, FL, is one of the most dynamic electrical contracting companies in the nation. The family-run business provides service in design-build, construction and pre-construction, engineering, systems and lighting, with an emphasis on integrity, quality, innovation and teamwork. In a webinar on December 16, Bradley Moore, BIM/VDC manager of Power Design, and Stanley Lawrence, owner of Datum Tech Solutions, shared insights on Power Design’s transformation from traditional to cutting-edge MEP layout. You can access the on-demand webinar here.

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Why Holder Construction Doesn’t Talk About BIM as ‘BIM’ Anymore

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Building information modeling (BIM) benefits owners by lowering cost, creating a better quality product that they can understand more easily, and providing a digital as-built that they can use for the lifecycle of the project, says David Epps of Holder Construction, one of the leaders in BIM. So why isn’t Holder Construction talking about BIM as ‘BIM’ anymore … and what does this mean for the future? Watch this interview to see how Holder Construction adds value to construction projects and facilitates the workflow through every step of the process.

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Leica Geosystems Takes BIM Full Circle at Autodesk University 2015

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Building information modeling (BIM) is experiencing a revolution in the construction industry as project teams increasingly strive to adopt a lifecycle process that brings reality into BIM and BIM into reality. Through innovative hardware and software integrations, today’s construction professionals have faster and easier access to high-accuracy data throughout the entire construction process. At Autodesk University 2015, Dec. 1-3 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Leica Geosystems will show how workflow solutions developed in collaboration with Autodesk bring BIM full circle for a holistic building construction approach.

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A Better Way to Use Point Clouds in AEC Projects

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Laser scanning helps lower building contractor risks by ensuring as-built drawings are accurate and by exposing any inaccuracies early in the process, before they turn into change orders during construction. One area where contractors increasingly want to use point clouds is in the QC/QA process. Scanning the real-world construction site and comparing the point cloud data with the models can help identify potential problems and clashes before they occur. However, most commonly used modeling software was not designed to manage and manipulate point cloud data, making it difficult to leverage the power of rich, high-accuracy 3D point cloud data sets for project review and analysis. A recent development provides a solution. Continue reading…

Robotic vs. Manual Total Stations: A Q&A with Golden Construction

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Robotic total stations and intelligent field layout software are gaining in popularity because of their benefits, but as with any new technology, the associated costs and learning curve seem intimidating at first. Golden Construction in Birmingham, Ala., recently invested in the Leica iCON robots with surprising results. We sat down with Golden Construction’s Steven Denney, a veteran field engineer , to talk about some of the benefits his firm has experienced since adopting the use of robotic total stations in the field.

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Field Layout Masters: How Successful Construction Firms Get It Right

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Low productivity and high waste are common problems in building construction, driven largely by unexpected rework and change orders. Additionally, the complexity of buildings has increased, along with owner expectations to lower costs, accelerate turnaround and increase quality. Still, some construction firms have found a way to thrive in this environment. Their secret? The adoption of new processes, such as building information modeling (BIM) and digital workflows. The recent collaboration between Autodesk and Leica Geosystems is making cloud-connected, model-driven field layout even easier so construction teams can increase jobsite productivity. In a 60-minute webinar on September 3, Leica Geosystems’ Cathi Hayes and Autodesk’s Zach Crumal showed how the alliance between the two technology giants can improve your layout process. You can now view the webinar on-demand.

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