National Music Centre’s New Home Arises in Calgary

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…

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

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

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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Accurate by Design: How Reality Capture Transforms Construction

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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Video: Where BIM Is Taking Construction

Building information modeling (BIM) is having a substantial impact on the construction industry by improving accuracy and reducing risk. In this engaging panel discussion, we go behind the scenes with David Epps of Holder Construction, Russell Gibbs of Brasfield & Gorrie, and Chris Scanlon of DAVIS Construction to talk about some of the latest trends, including laser scanning, robotic total stations and multistations. Plus, Cathi Hayes of Leica Geosystems shares details about the latest innovation for data capture in building construction.

How Sandra Wilkin Fosters BIM at Bradford Construction

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…

When to Use a Scanning Total Station vs. a Dedicated Laser Scanner

When is it best to use a scanning total station versus a dedicated laser scanner?

It’s a question we’re increasingly being asked by professionals who want to improve accuracy and reduce rework on their construction projects. In both new construction and renovations, the rich, complete data captured with a laser scanner provides the required information with the accuracy needed for as-built documentation and construction planning. But what type of laser scanner is the best fit for your needs?

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Four Steps to Connect Models to Field Work

For most contractors, accurately connecting information from the office to the field, and from the field back to the model in the office, is an ongoing challenge. In the office, the building information modeling (BIM) or virtual design and construction (VDC) group can push information and models out to the field all day long, but if the crews in the field – the ones actually doing the work – don’t buy in to the process, these models are nowhere near as valuable as they could be. How do you create a workflow that establishes buy-in from everyone on your team? Continue reading…