• 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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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:

The use of generative design is gaining momentum in design and construction, even in creating tools used for construction. A student design team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign just won the Additive Manufactured Excavator Design competition using generative design to optimize the design process and the use of materials needed to produce the excavator cab. "With just three months to design, prototype and refine their excavator cab design, team members... chose to focus on a design that not only demonstrated the capabilities of digital manufacturing, but also maximized a user's visibility with gridded roofing while reducing both noise and vibration with structural air gaps." A prototype will be 3D printed and on display at IFPE and CONEXPO-CON/AGG at the Tech Experience in Las Vegas in March 2017.

The winning team. What were you doing when you were 20?!  (Source:Engineering.com)

Further in the world of additive manufacturing, a construction company in China has just printed a house purportedly able to withstand a magnitude 8 earthquake. The 400-square-meter concrete house was completed in just six weeks, exponentially faster than traditional building methods and with an eye toward sustainability. According to 3DPrint.com, "HuaShang Tengda states that any cement material can be used with the process, so that other construction firms can take advantage of what is locally available." Additionally, the house was printed entirely on-site, paving the way for building fast, inexpensive, eco-friendly, and if the seismic testing is accurate, extremely durable homes.

Fortress or seismically-sound residence? (Source: 3DPrint.com)

Augmented and virtual reality continue to make inroads throughout the design and construction industry. Techonomy recently reported on the many ways virtual technologies will improve life in the real world. In addition to enhancements in education and training, the emergence of AR and VR hardware and software revolutionizes how designs are rendered and interpreted: "...rather than looking at a building design on a 2D screen, users can walk through it as if they were there and experience the different aspects of that design in a high quality visualization. Not only does this let designers better communicate their ideas and intent to clients, it also ensures that buildings better match client expectations and requirements." 

Imaginary buildings are the future. (Source: Techonomy)

Thanks to new FAA regulations, once the design goes from the virtual space to the real world, drone use can now more easily augment the construction process. Construction Dive reports that the newest guidelines reduce the time it takes to get licensed and allow for more leniency in terms of who can operate the drones while simultaneously improving safety standards. "Dick Zhang, CEO of Identified Technologies... said the rules have been 'two years in the making' and further whittle away obstacles to widespread adoption of drone use." In addition to simplifying the process for construction, the report foresees the regulations as a boon to the manufacturing of the drones themselves.

As long as your drone weighs less than 55 pounds (along with a few other regulations...), it's free to roam the friendly skies. (Source: Construction Dive)

Curious about the state of AI – where it is and where it's going? Check out Who Cares Again's informative and entertaining take on the potential for artificial intelligence and how it will affect our everyday lives, for better or for worse. Have a great week!

Like we said, for better or for worse... (Source: YouTube)

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