Leica Geosystems and Autodesk Collaborate to Transform Building Construction Industry

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Leica Geosystems, Inc., the pioneer of measurement technologies, and Autodesk Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, have formed a collaboration to provide wider access to premier reality-capture and BIM-to-field layout solutions for professionals involved in laser scanning, building construction layout and related markets. The alliance creates new opportunities for professionals working with Autodesk software to leverage the high-accuracy data from Leica Geosystems’ sensors directly within popular Autodesk authoring tools. Multiple technology integrations are being explored as both companies look for ways to create synergies that will benefit their joint customers.

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17 Must-Attend BIM Sessions at HxGN LIVE

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HxGN LIVE, Hexagon’s annual user’s conference, will be held in Las Vegas, June 1-4 at the MGM Grand Hotel. The Geosystems track will include more than 100 presentations on industry trends, user testimonials, new technology previews, interactive technical demos, hands on training and more. Registered attendees are free to attend any conference session. Check out these “must attend” sessions to learn how industry leaders are applying building information modeling (BIM) and other new software and technologies to grow their businesses. Continue reading…

How Sandra Wilkin Fosters BIM at Bradford Construction

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Bradford Construction has been a forward-thinking business for over 25 years. In addition to maintaining a sharp focus on budget, safety and scheduling – and consulting with woman- and minority-owned businesses across the country – Bradford is also an early adopter of 3D laser scanning and building information modeling (BIM). “We wanted to integrate our systems so that we could improve the accuracy of our information,” said Sandra Wilkin, founder and president of the Bradford Companies. “That’s when we started looking at how we could leverage BIM processes.” Continue reading…

No More Waiting for Points: CECO Concrete Construction Saves Time and Money with Robotic Total Stations

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CECO Concrete Construction has been in the concrete industry for over 100 years. Founded in 1912, the leading concrete subcontractor has 18 offices nationwide and has worked on all kinds of projects, from parking garages and high-rise hotels to hospitals and sports stadiums. Its most recent project is the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. With projects of this size and scope, time is money and the more control a subcontractor has over the total process and schedule, the better.  Continue reading…

How Will SLAM Technology Revolutionize Building Construction?

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SLAM stands for simultaneous localization and mapping. It was developed in the 1980s for robotics and has been used to guide self-driving cars and common household robotics such as the popular iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner. Technically speaking, SLAM is a relative positioning concept based on sensor inputs such as photos or laser scans. It computationally creates a map of an unknown place while simultaneously tracking the location. The algorithms used depend on the sensor type, so different algorithms are used with photos than with laser scan data. So what does that have to do with building construction? Continue reading…

How Mallory Collier Drives BIM at Brasfield & Gorrie

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Mallory Collier, the lead virtual design coordinator for Brasfield & Gorrie’s Nashville operations, has a long history with building information modeling. Collier’s experience with BIM goes all the way back to college, where she was a member of the first BIM competition team at Auburn University. “I did my thesis on BIM,” said Collier. “We had to take a project through the process from inception to finish. The technology was still fairly new then, so I learned some in the classroom and the rest was self-taught in the field.” Continue reading…

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…

Technology Plus Training Is Key to BIM Success

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The benefits of using BIM for MEP layout are overwhelmingly positive. However, adopting this new process is not without a learning curve. For seasoned foremen like Tom Brown, a leading foreman’s instructor with Nelson-Carlson, learning a new technology and adopting BIM takes some getting used to. “Many mechanical and plumbing shops are in a constant struggle to turn a profit. Contractors need to start making money immediately following their BIM investment, which can be a tall order without the right training,” he says. Continue reading…