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Hello, everyone. Time for our weekly roundup of articles at the intersection of building information modeling (BIM); artificial intelligence (AI); and the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space.  Here goes:

Last week, we suggested everyone take a gander at all of the new updates in Autodesk Revit's 2017 release. If you haven't had time yet, fear not. Architect Magazine has given its review: "With more than 50 new features and enhancements, this version is a refreshing and substantial perennial update as compared to its past two predecessors... which didn't offer significant upgrades until their R2 (Release 2) editions." In the interest of brevity, they chose to concentrate on the five features they found most useful and compelling, but a complete list can be found here.

How fun does this look?! (Source: Autodesk/Architect Magazine)

Clearly, Autodesk Revit is an optimal tool for BIM implementation, but it is just one small slice of the overall BIM picture. And while gathering the knowledge to successfully integrate BIM into a regular workflow may seem daunting, the folks at Xinaps point out, "You are not involved in a constant hassle of endless manual rechecks, coming deadlines and disturbed communication channels between all the parties anymore." The usefulness of BIM methodologies spans across disciplines, encompassing the entirety of a project, from inception to completion and beyond.

A BIM reality check. (Source: Xinaps)

According to a report recently released by the NBS, BIM adoption and implementation is continuing to spread. While the survey is only a small sampling of the construction industry in the UK, the results are still promising: "The government is already seeing significant cost savings through BIM and is making further investment in it." As the tools and technology that aid BIM processes continue to become more user-friendly and widely available, the AEC space is likely to see exponential growth in BIM adoption worldwide.

Numbers don't lie. (Source: BIM Plus)

Those technologies, of course, reach beyond the AEC into broader adoptions.Builtr.Io examined the many ways technology could be the key to building communities that will not only provide for a growing population but sustain that population and the planet. They investigate everything from infrastructure to virtual reality and discover how emerging technology can help us build smarter for the future: "We need to find ways to improve collaboration and interoperability between the AEC disciplines so that the entire process is more efficient." As urban populations continue to rise, the focus needs to be on sustainable building combined with efficient facility management.

It takes a village, err... a city. (Source: IBM/Builtr.Io)

Of course, we can't create truly smart buildings and smart cities without the help of artificial intelligence. From autonomous vehicles to data analysis, future urban centers will require advanced machine learning to stay moving and connected. In a recent interview with The Verge, Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared his thoughts on what he saw for the future of AI and Google's place in that future, "In the long run, I think we will evolve in computing from a mobile-first to an AI-first world." Given the many forms of AI already on mobile devices, that future may be closer than we think.

Is anyone else surprised that the Google AI office is this mundane?            (Source: Popular Science)

Finally, the ConTechTrio was nice enough to give another shout out for our work at Building SP! Be sure to listen to their latest podcast for a ton of great info from their guest, Stacy Scopano, Sr. Industry Strategy Manager of Construction at Autodesk. Thanks for the love, guys! Have a great week, everyone.

Tags: BIM Artificial Intelligence Virtual Reality

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