Five BIM Predictions for 2015

Building information modeling has become an integral part of the way many construction firms do business. More and more contractors are seeing the benefits and value of BIM and using it to take a more proactive approach to construction. Exciting things are happening in BIM this year! Here are some of the trends you should expect to see throughout 2015 and beyond.

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

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…

Laser Scanning: A Better Way to Analyze Concrete Slab Flatness

Most of the methods used today for conducting slab flatness analysis are manual and labor intensive. Floor flatness/floor levelness (FF/FL), a commonly used method, requires the creation of a grid on the concrete slab following a set of specifications before taking manual readings. Contractors that use the ASTM E1155 standard method for determining floor flatness (FF) and floor levelness (FL) numbers typically take a measurement every foot along the grid lines. Using this method, even small projects often require a substantial amount of time to complete the data collection and analysis. Recently, however, contractors have begun to discover a new way to save a substantial amount of time and money on their projects: laser scanning.  Continue reading…

Two Hot Trends to Watch at World of Concrete 2015

Exciting things are happening in the concrete industry, driven by the emerging requirements of owners and general contractors to incorporate intelligent 3D model based design into layout and construction to reduce costly rework and keep projects on schedule. The World of Concrete show in Las Vegas next month – one of the top shows in the industry – is projected to be the largest in six years with 1,300 exhibitors and over 630,000+ square feet of exhibition space. In addition to all of the newest products and equipment, building information modeling (BIM) – incorporating intelligent 3D design models into construction and layout, and utilizing high definition scanning before and during construction to compare as-built to as-designed – is a hot trend in the concrete industry that will get a lot of attention this year. Continue reading…

Video: Laser Scanning for Construction

In the planning stage, a laser scanner is a powerful tool for analyzing a construction site. High detail and unique visualization options help designers get a more complete picture of the site. During construction, scanning can be used to check progress or verify standard compliance. It can also be used to obtain valuable information in preparation for future phases of construction as well as to create virtual 3D models that can be used to manage MEP and structural design and construction. Laser scanning can also be used to capture highly accurate and complete construction as-builts. Watch this video to see how Karins and Associates based in Delaware uses laser scanning to add value to construction projects. Continue reading…

How to Capture Tall Vertical Structures from a Distance

In a service-oriented business, client satisfaction is the No. 1 goal. But as any entrepreneur who has ever entered a contest knows, it can’t hurt to have a secondary motivation to raise the bar on a firm’s overall capabilities.

When Doug Brinley first learned about the new MultiStation category in the annual Plan Contest at HxGN LIVE 2014, he knew he wanted to make an entry on behalf of Glapin Milphrey, LLC, the company he founded in 2012. “I wanted to submit a highly creative project that would explore the value of the MS50 for our company and provide a competitive contest entry,” Brinley explains. Continue reading…

An Easier Way to Manage Revitalization Projects

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…

Perfect-Fit Aluminum Cladding with 3D Laser Scanning

In 2011, Tronnes Surveys was asked to step in on a tricky project involving the Edmonton International Airport’s (EIA) new Combined Office Tower (COT), which integrates offices and the air traffic control tower in one eight-story building. A sleek, undulating zinc cladding system, meant to evoke Edmonton’s sweeping plains landscape, cocoons the COT and strikes a very modern, distinctive note. The trusses are all individually designed and mounted on hollow structural sections (HSS)—essentially 12,000 lineal feet of square tubing wrapped around the base structure, offset several inches by knife plates.It’s the crown jewel of EIA, but installing the COT’s cladding was a significant challenge for the surveyors and contractors who took on the task. Continue reading…