Dec. 17 Webinar Highlights Simplified Laser Scanning Workflows


High density laser scanning is indisputably the best way to capture as-built data for BIM. But cumbersome software and complex workflows have prevented many construction firms from adopting this technology in-house. To be practical, it needs to be simple. ****UPDATE: The archived version of the webinar is now available online. Continue reading…

AU 2013 Highlights Considerable Growth Opportunities in BIM

Autodesk University 2013

If you didn’t register early for the numerous building information modeling (BIM) construction sessions at Autodesk University 2013, you were out of luck. It was a preliminary indicator of the prominence BIM in construction would play at this year’s educational software conference, which drew an estimated 9,000 attendees to Las Vegas—a 15 percent increase from 2012—and approximately 40,000-50,000 virtual attendees via the Web. Continue reading…

Leica Geosystems Launches New BIM Field Trip Solutions for Contractors


Leica Geosystems Inc. has launched a new series of solutions to help contractors extend the value of building information modeling (BIM) into the field and connect field information back to the model in the office. Perfectly tailored to fit any stage of BIM adoption in concrete layout, MEP layout, quality assurance, renovation/retrofit, and operations/maintenance as-builting applications, the BIM Field Trip by Leica Geosystems includes customized packages of hardware and software that make it easy to move from 2D to 3D workflows to achieve common BIM goals such as reduced rework, increased predictability and higher profitability. Continue reading…

New Guide Helps MEP Contractors Navigate BIM

MCAA BIM guideThe Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) has launched a new guide to help MEP contractors understand how to incorporate and leverage leading edge technologies and processes into their projects’ spatial coordination efforts. Titled Achieving MEP Spatial Coordination Through BIM – A Guide for Specialty Contractors, the document was developed by a task force comprised of members from MCAA, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), with financial underwriting from the Mechanical Contracting Education & Research Foundation (MCERF). Continue reading…

Brasfield & Gorrie ‘BIM Box’ Improves Field Communications on Hospital Project


B&G jobsite in a boxAn innovative jobsite communication tool recently helped Brasfield & Gorrie achieve an on-schedule completion of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro, Ga. (rendering above). Dubbed the “BIM Box” by its creator, Brasfield & Gorrie Project Manager Jep Pound, the solution was created from an old job box and gave the project team access to timely and accurate information on the construction site. “While addressing the need for BIM coordination on the jobsite, the BIM Box gave our team direct access to information whenever they needed it,” Pound said.

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