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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:

We all know that the construction sector is often reluctant to embrace new technology. Many industry leaders, however, are attempting to change that, encouraging firms to see "disruptive" tech as an opportunity rather than a cause for concern. A recent report from BuiltWorlds outlined how this trend was highlighted at last week's MCAA Construction Technology Conference, where disruptive is no longer a negative, but "is synonymous with outside-the-box creativity, and futuristic innovations that spawn whole new markets, and give some businesses a clear advantage over others." Covering everything from BIM methodology to drone use to apps, the report detailed many of the ways new tech is streamlining the workflow, improving communication, and saving time and money.

If disruption leads to this... we're all for it. (Source: BuiltWorlds)

Confused by the mass of BIM information currently flooding the market? Arch20 has you covered. They just released their compilation of the 30 websites BIM practitioners should visit every week. While their list is largely geared toward architects, it's a handy resource for everyone who practices BIM in the AEC community: "There is an overwhelming amount of information out there on BIM, however, we have taken the time to search through the best-known BIM blogs, publications, and tools." For architects and contractors alike, it's a handy list to have at your fingertips. 

Good information is good for everyone. (Source: BuiltWorlds)

What's next for BIM technology? If Russia has anything to say about it, the country will be the next leader in BIM methods. Construction Dive reported that "Russia is angling to become the authority on building information modeling (BIM) technology and plans to export that expertise to the rest of the world." Russia's Ministry of Construction is attempting to create an open Russian BIM Standard, looking to current practitioners, such as WERFAU, and BIM technology providers, like Autodesk Russia, to help them implement a comprehensive and competitive guide to BIM practices. 

A BIM building in progress in Russia. (Source: Construction Dive)

Drones are a big part of overarching BIM technology, and their potential usefulness in disaster situations is rapidly becoming more apparent. Daily Commercial News reports that drones may soon be able to carry 3D-printing capabilities, allowing for the rapid construction of emergency shelters for survivors in areas rescue workers can't quickly access. A collaborative project involving three British universities is looking at how to make such a system possible using swarm technology: "...the system engineers are working on what will amount to an entirely new printing system to remotely manufacture structures such as shelters and bridges for those in need. The team is working on the world's first 3-D printing system consisting of a swarm of aerial robots that can autonomously assess need and manufacture buildings." Whereas drones are currently capable of sending images from disaster areas for their human controllers to assess, these drones would be able to immediately get to work helping people get to safety.

These drones are friends, not foe. (Source: The Economist)

We've talked extensively about the usefulness of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) as it relates to the AEC space. Of course, those applications have proven to be numerous, diverse, and ever expanding. This week, however, we're too busy being intrigued by this TED Talk with artist/director/entrepreneur Chris Milk. If you have a Google Cardboard or similar viewing device, have it ready for the ending. Enjoy and have a great week!

Tags: BIM Architecture and Planning Technological Innovation

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