Why David Epps Believes in BIM

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Holder Construction Co. in Atlanta is an early adopter of building information modeling and has used it on projects since 2004. Today, BIM is no longer considered an emerging technology at the firm – it’s an integral part of the company.

“We view BIM as a tool and incorporate it into all of our processes,” said David Epps, Holder’s BIM manager. “We don’t think of our department as BIM anymore. We have BIM experts that facilitate our projects across the company, but at the end of the day, it’s a part of our business that makes us better builders.” Continue reading…

7 Things You Should Know About Laser Measurement Tools

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Whether you’re looking for a laser distance meter for interior as-builting or just need a good all-purpose tool, Hugh Baertlein shares seven good questions to ask before you make your decision. Baertlein has been working in measurement technology for almost 25 years, and 12 of those have been with laser distance meters (or laser distance measurers), also known as LDMs. Read the full article  on the Leica Geosystems lasers website.

Don’t Let These BIM Myths Hold You Back

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With construction spending once again on the rise, there has never been a better time to get involved in BIM. “Minimum BIM requirements” are increasingly being included in project bids and specifications, and a growing number of project stakeholders are placing a higher value on companies that offer BIM services.

Still, there are some skeptics who remain on the sidelines. If you’ve been wondering whether BIM is right for your firm, be careful not to get sidetracked by these three common myths. Continue reading…

BIM 101: 6 Cool Apps for Viewing 3D Models in the Field

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We’ve all heard about the trend of “Getting BIM to the Field.” Typically, models were used in the office for pre-con and not something that applies to field work, where 2D datasets are the norm. Although the 2D process is familiar, it limits the amount of information available to the construction team. Taking the model to the field for use as a reference can substantially increase accuracy by providing immediate access to information that is not visible or clear on 2D plans.

Fortunately, the development of tablet computers and recent software advances have made viewing reference models in the field much easier either locally (preloaded onto the tablet) or in the cloud; in fact, many software viewers are available for free. Here are six apps that allow you to take reference models to the jobsite. Continue reading…

AU 2013 Highlights Considerable Growth Opportunities in BIM

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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…