Accurate by Design: How Reality Capture Transforms Construction

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The use of laser scanning in construction is soaring—and for good reason. On a typical construction project, rework accounts for 12 to 15 percent of the cost of construction. With laser scanning, the ability to catch conflicts before they happen can reduce rework to 1 to 3 percent or less. This reduction translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings on change orders, not to mention the advantage of keeping the project on schedule. The new collaboration between Autodesk and Leica Geosystems is making the adoption of laser scanning even easier for construction teams. In a 60-minute webinar on September 1, Leica Geosystems’ Cathi Hayes and Autodesk’s Eric Richie went behind the scenes on the alliance between the two technology giants to share cutting-edge success strategies. You can now view the webinar on-demand.

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Basic MEP Field Tools for Enriching BIM Workflows

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No matter where you are in your BIM adoption process – whether you are just getting started with digital layout or already using advanced 3D workflows on every jobsite – there are field tools that can enrich your workflows and help you improve your accuracy, efficiency and overall productivity. Most mechanical, electrical and plumbing contractors begin experimenting with BIM by using paper or CAD files for MEP digital layout. MEP layout requires accurate information throughout the entire process to avoid expensive rework, so having the ability to quickly and easily add construction layout points to your project is critical in the field, as well as in standalone CAD environments. Here are three common MEP workflow challenges and the basic field tools that can help you overcome them. Continue reading…

REAL 2015 to Showcase State-of-the-Art in 3D Capture Hardware and Software

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More than 500 leaders and innovators in 3D will converge at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Feb. 25-26, 2015, for the launch of REAL, a unique gathering to explore reality computing as the continuum of reality data, from 3D capture to 3D processing through to AR/VR, 3D printing and fabrication. The two-day event will bring together multiple disciplines doing real work in 3D from across architecture and art, engineering and entertainment, manufacturing and media, heritage and health, sports and science. Continue reading…

An Easier Way to Manage Revitalization Projects

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Urban revitalization projects are often fraught with challenges due to inaccurate or incomplete documentation. Fortunately, there is an easy way to capture as-is conditions, inform the model with accurate data, provide quality assurance checks during construction, and capture progress milestones for a highly efficient building process. Continue reading…

BIM Field Trip Keeps Four-Story Residential Construction Project on Track

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Ensuring the perfect fit of steel beams in commercial and residential buildings requires more than line drawings and spot measurements. On complex structures with contemporary designs, creating a seamless flow of accurate data in a 3D digital environment is often the only way to get the job done right the first time around. Continue reading…

BIM 101: The Basics of Back Checking for Quality Assurance

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If you are already taking your layout points out of the office and into the field, that is a major accomplishment and one that positions you for success using BIM in the field. However, it’s always best to “measure twice and cut once,” as the adage goes, so now is the perfect time for some important quality assurance (QA) steps. Continue reading…

A Simple Way to Monitor Structural Health in Supertalls and Superslims

“Supertalls,” the category of buildings over 984 feet tall, and “superslims,” a term being applied to supertall buildings with very small footprints, are becoming increasingly common in modern cityscapes. Surprisingly, however, structural health monitoring of the sort that is often deployed on bridges and dams is not a routine part of supertall asset management. Part of this is complacency; the Empire State Building, after all, was completed in 1931 and is still standing tall at 1,454 feet (including antenna). And in fact, skyscraper and supertall performance over time has been impressive. It appears that architects, structural engineers, and contractors really do know how to build tall buildings in ways that stand up to the forces of weather and time. But this very success could be creating new risk factors as the relatively sudden expansion of supertall and superslim construction puts pressure on architects to push the envelope of construction technology. Continue reading…