Are you doing your happy dance? We are – it's Friday! Here's a quick look back at the topics that grabbed our attention this week.
As many of you know, we love to talk about building information modeling (BIM), and that often leads us to talking extensively about productivity and collaboration. One of our favorite tools for BuildingSP is Slack, and we outlined the many ways we find it useful in a recent post. As with most modern professionals, much of our day requires that we work in teams. Not so long ago, this collaborative spirit meant an immense amount of paperwork: letters, memos, faxes, etc. Over time, this gave way to an overwhelming amount of email, from our teams as well as from outside sources. Slack allows us to streamline inter-office communications in a way that is neatly organized, easily searchable, and fosters timely responses. Our inboxes are still cluttered, but at least the team is, literally, on the same page.
We're so glad we don't have to deal with this mess anymore! (Source: The Grindstone)
Another company we really like – Matterport. We've been working with point clouds created in Matterport for our mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) autorouting, and the cleaner data and smaller file sizes have proven invaluable. We wanted to share our experiences thus far and the advantages our team has found working within the platform. Certain projects will still require the precision of laser scanning, but we have found Matterport environments to be a more cost-efficient option for the work we are doing. Additionally, as architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals, it's in our best interest to continuously look ahead to the introduction of virtual reality (VR) into the AEC workflow, and Matterport is doing just that. As both technologies improve, we see a future where MEP modeling, along with a fair amount of the overall design process, is done in virtual environments (we hope in something like a real-life Holodeck!).
With so many options, how do you choose the right approach? We can help you decide what will work best for your project. (Source: CrunchBase)
Regulations can easily lead to headaches, especially in construction. Of course, most of them are necessary for the health and safety of workers, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to get around at least a few rules? With well-planned BIM, you can! We examined OSHA's new regulations, taking effect in June 2017, to prevent construction workers' exposure to silica. The new regulations require some costly measures, but we've found a solution. With proper BIM processes, we can avoid drilling into cast-in-place concrete (the primary cause of silica exposure) by correctly planning and placing concrete deck pour inserts for MEP systems prior to beginning construction. Rather than protecting workers from silica, we move to eliminate the exposure altogether.
To drill or not to drill? No question here. Put down the drill! (Source:BuildingSP)
Think back to your school days. Did you ever have one of those classes that could have been so great if it weren't for the dull, fluorescent-lit, depressing room it was held in? We hated those rooms too, and we discussed the ways that better design fosters a happier environment and leads to big leaps in innovation. We especially examined how architecture in Denmark tends to lean towards spaces that are more than just functional;they are nurturing places that can motivate and encourage even more great design. Fortunately, we see this trend taking hold in parts of the United States, and hope it's a trend that continues to spread.
Talk about innovative student housing solutions. This is a dorm! (Source:Inhabit)
For the time being, we are highly motivated to get our groove on this weekend! Need some inspiration to get moving? Take a look at this TED Talk (it's a short one) that explores the history of social dance. It’s a lot richer and more diverse than you might think, as all the best things are. Have a great weekend!
Happy weekend, everyone! (Source: Dancing)
As you may have noticed, we've been doing a lot of writing about the impact of computational BIM, generative design, and the future of how we work. One thing we haven't done is turn some of this thinking into more rigorous analysis. But now we're ready to do that!
If you work for a general contractor, subcontractor, or design firm and want to collaborate on whitepapers that quantify how computational methods of working will change our industry, reach out to us and let’s talk about what we can do. We're open to collaborations worldwide and have lots of ways of measuring performance indicators to gain insight into change in our industry. Contact Brett Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.