National Music Centre’s New Home Arises in Calgary

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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…

BIM Makes Prefab Easy for Nelson-Carlson Mechanical

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Nelson-Carlson Mechanical, a family owned plumbing and mechanical company that has been in business for almost 100 years, recently found itself faced with a growing requirement – especially with its government contracts – to use building information modeling (BIM). As Nelson-Carlson implemented the changes necessary to adopt a BIM workflow, the company quickly evolved from using 3D layout solely on an as-needed basis to using it almost every day. Continue reading…

Three Projects That Show How GCs Apply BIM

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Practically all general contractors have heard about building information modeling (BIM), but what are the applications of this breakthrough technology in real life? We recently checked in with Russell Gibbs and Shawn Mancill at Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms, to learn more about how they are tying together BIM in the office and the field. Continue reading…

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

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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…

How to Capture Tall Vertical Structures from a Distance

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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…

BIM Field Trip Keeps Four-Story Residential Construction Project on Track

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Ensuring the perfect fit of steel beams in commercial and residential buildings requires more than line drawings and spot measurements. On complex structures with contemporary designs, creating a seamless flow of accurate data in a 3D digital environment is often the only way to get the job done right the first time around. Continue reading…

Video: BIM Solutions for Construction Layout

How can you extend the benefits of BIM to the jobsite for construction layout? With the BIM Field Trip by Leica Geosystems, you can add BIM layout points to the model and hand it off to the field for use with total stations, multistations and 3D laser measuring devices to create a “paint-by-numbers” installation, which results in fewer errors and changes in the field and a higher level of predictability.

Go here to learn more about the BIM Field Trip.