The weekend is upon us once again and we can't wait for a little relaxation and a lot of football! But first, here's a look back at what we've been looking into this week.
Engineers, like most professionals, likely take the definition of engineering for granted. It's more than just a definable term; it's a concept that engineers actually embody, much like doctors. Still, when looking at building information modeling (BIM) practices from a cross-disciplinary perspective, it's helpful to have a concrete understanding of what engineering means. We discussed our particular definition of engineering as "the use of math, science, and technology to optimize a solution to a problem," and took a look at how we can apply this definition to BIM processes. What makes this way of looking at a problem unique is that we aren't just looking for a solution, but rather for an optimal solution.
So many potential components of engineering make it difficult to nail down just one definition! (Source: BuildingSP)
In that same spirit of optimization, we were pleased to announce that we're teaming up with Matterport, a scanning platform provider that can "quickly register photospheres into a virtual reality (VR) environment." The resulting environment can be viewed in VR, or can be output as object files or point clouds. Given the mercurial nature of design and construction, the more tools we have at our disposal, the more opportunity we have for finding the optimal solution for any given client. We are excited to count Matterport as a partner in our endeavors for finding the best options in differing environments, as they give us a highly workable platform for many architecture and renovation projects.
Talk about mercurial! Luckily Matterport's got our back. (Source: BuildingSP)
As we strive to be more effective in creating the built environment, it's important to look at the tools that help us in that endeavor and the alternate ways that they can be useful. We're always looking at how to improve productivity, and one of the best ways to do that is to make numbers work for us. It's one thing to say productivity has increased; it's another to be able to take a measurement and then say it increased by X% compared to the same period in the previous year. Not only can this kind of thinking be a boon to personal career growth, it provides a solid measurement against which we can track further progress. After all, as Peter Drucker famously said, "If you can't measure it, you can't improve it."
Drucker knows how to maximize productivity with the best of them. (Source:LinkedIn)
The first step, of course, is deciding what to measure. Our travels this week took us to Denmark and Norway, where we worked with MT Højgaard. As one of the largest general contractors in Scandinavia, it was exciting to see their BIM processes, and interesting to note the differences in their workflow compared to what we do in the United States. While mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) coordination is paramount stateside, much of Europe focuses on 5D BIM, which incorporates BIM practices in the estimation process. Fuzzy on the details of what makes BIM 5D? Check out this video from The B1M. It's an invaluable resource for all things BIM.
We just can't get enough of these traditional houses in Denmark. (Source:WorldCrunch)
BIM wasn't the only thing on our radar this week (although it kind of feels that way). As usual, we kept an eye on what's happening in artificial intelligence, generative design, and other technologies that look to transform the way we build. In the process, we stumbled across this TED talk from a few months back all about 3D printing: where it started, where it stands, and where it's poised to take us. Enjoy and have a great week!
This would probably be our first attempt with a 3D printer as well. (Source:Gizmodo)
Development and beta testing of GenMEP continues. In response to user feedback, we have now added all standard conduit angles for routing electrical systems. Floating network licenses have been running flawlessly for over a month now using a cloud license server. We continue to look for additional beta testers! Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.