• Transforming how work gets done.
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  • ClashMEP
    Real-time Clash Detection in Revit

    ClashMEP will transform how you work. Real-time clash detection - no exports or uploads. It will spark new ways of working on your projects.


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  • Webinar: Getting Started with Dynamo & GenMEP

    Watch our recent webinar and learn how GenMEP works with Dynamo for MEP auto-routing without clashes.

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  • The Beginning of the End of Clash Detection

    Clash detection needs to fundamentally change. Read this article to hear our thoughts on how we're working towards better BIM workflows.


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Tools leverage the power of people. At BuildingSP, we are at the forefront of the latest trends in AEC technology - Generative Design, Computational BIM, Machine Learning, and Big Data. We are passionate about improving AEC through our understanding of people and technology.

Generative Design for MEPS Systems

Clash-Free Autorouting

Our work is done clash-free, so there's no need to do clash detection of modeling created using GenMEP.

Computational

Our work uses computational BIM methods. Our algorithms are fast, accurate, and reliable.

Workflow Integrated

GenMEP is integrated into Autodesk Revit with planned future integrations into other BIM / CAD platforms.

Works in Point Clouds

Our routing avoids all objects in the modeling environment, including point clouds, meshes, linked Revit files, IFC files, and other Revit objects.

  • Computational BIM
  • Generative Design
  • Lean & Strategic

The average BIM user clicks their mouse
more than 400 times per hour.

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Computational BIM is the use of computers to leverage, extend, and improve otherwise manual tasks in BIM. Computational BIM uses the power of algorithms and automation to lower the amount of manual input, increase modeling cadence, and improve quality.

GenMEP is computational BIM.

Generative Design is the Future of Work

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Generative design is the combination of computational methods, form synthesis, and outcome optimization. In GenMEP, generative design occurs at two levels - at each quarter inch of a given infrastructure route and at a system level with multiple routes. Generative design changes how we work - faster, smarter, better.

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GenMEP is Lean and Strategic

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GenMEP is a lean and strategic solution. The computational power of GenMEP allows for the generative creation of many different outcomes for MEP systems. This means that a lean practitioner can align these outcomes with a client's value system. Read more about our thinking of how GenMEP enables lean thinking.

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It's a little late in the year to be continuing predictions for 2016, but Stuart Frankel and Kristian Hammond of Narrative Science offered their AI predictionsto Time Magazine and grabbed our attention. Most notable is the pair's assertion that "2016 will bring about a major shift in the perception of AI. It will cease to be a scary, abstract set of ideas and concepts and will be better understood and accepted as more people realize the potential of AI to augment what we do and make our lives more productive."

The folks over at x.ai sure hope that's the case. Their new "personal assistant" (a.k.a. Amy) works with your existing calendar and responds to your emails to schedule meetings for you. The waiting list is long but the results look to offer something truly spectacular.

Some, however, are less enthusiastic about the potential of AI. A recent report by the World Economic Forum predicts that automation and AI will replace 5 million human jobs by 2020. To put that in perspective, it's estimated that there will be 320 million more people inhabiting the planet by 2020, which means 1.5% of that new population will be without jobs. The report isn't all doom and gloom though. The WEF also predicts "the creation of 2.1 million new jobs, mainly in more specialised areas such as computing, math, architecture, and engineering, could partially offset some of the losses." Tell your kids to forget liberal arts; math and science are fast becoming the only way to go.

Fortunately for those of us adopting BIM technologies, the human element will remain very much in demand. Architect Magazine asserts that "BIM-savvy clients" unleash the potential for designers to continue working with their clients long after a given project is completed. The author, Michael Kilkelly, claims, "Architects can leverage their expertise by consulting with clients who wish to develop their own BIM capabilities. This opens the door to additional revenue streams and, moreover, gives the architect a seat at the table when clients discuss future capital planning needs." While technology may take over in some areas, it offers long-term collaboration in others. 

Such is the goal of Australian-based Aconex. Their "digital twins" will support the collaboration of all involved in a project on an online platform: "The internet of things is going to have a big impact on construction. As more devices are on the internet, the ability to connect the information across all platforms will be important; this is linked to building information modelling (BIM). You will need to have photographs, maintenance schedule drawings and more, all attached to 3D models."

New technology always creates a stir. At least in the AEC world, embracing the new seems to offer myriad possibilities.

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