• 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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We've made it to Friday once again. Time to take a look back at some of the things we talked about this week.

Dynamo is one of our favorite building information modeling (BIM) planning tools and we've recently integrated GenMEP with their platform. We're very excited about this as we see these tools at the forefront of disruption in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Software integration is changing the way we design and build, providing "people-driven tech and human-centered automation." Some worry that this automation means the "robots" will be taking our jobs, but what it's really doing is creating the jobs of the future. While some of our more mundane work may be taken over by machines, those very machines will need human counterparts to guide them in their various endeavors. We believe it's this very human/machine combo that will transform AEC and help us create better buildings at a better value.

Interested in being a robot trainer?! (Huffington Post)

Gaining insight into how technology is transforming AEC is crucial to understanding what people and firms need, both now and in the future. With this in mind, Autodesk just opened BUILD (Building, Innovation, Learning and Design) in Boston, a space where AEC teams can test new materials and methods prior to working on actual construction sites. In true Autodesk fashion, the space is free to use, giving their own execs a chance to glimpse the innovative thinking that is shaping a new age of building.

The BUILD Space in Boston provides machines and tools that replicate those that might be used on a construction site. (Source: Engineering.com)

While a technological revolution has occurred in AEC as a whole, it's been relatively slow to catch on in the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) sector. The sluggish adoption of BIM by MEP designers has led to challenges for firms that see the value BIM provides in the long term. They face issues with staff training, scheduling, and equipment. Michael Grose of MDP Engineering Group shared a piece offering suggestions on how to work around these challenges to smooth the transition while BIM practices continue to take hold. The key takeaway is in the need for more training. As Grose points out, "The older generation of engineers have been using 2-D software for 20 years or more and have been understandably resistant to learning new programs. The younger generation of MEP engineers are surprisingly not yet learning to use BIM software in school."

BIM training is no joke, and neither is keeping skills up to date. (Source:Autodesk)

So how do we bridge this gap? Sasha Reed of Bluebeam addresses the issue. Tech-savvy BIM professionals are in high demand, and there simply aren't enough of them to go around. Training is a time-consuming process, and often across-the-board training results in extraneous knowledge. Her solution is "Just-In-Time training." Rather than teach an entire team every aspect of a program, her system "delivers a focused amount of information to the learner exactly when they need it, rather than requiring them to store large quantities of knowledge just in case they need it." This more focused program saves time and helps employees retain the information that is most pertinent to their specific job.

Gaming the clock is no easy task, but evaluating necessary skills is doable. (Source: Catapult Creative Media)

Before you can train the people, however, you must find the people. Due to the aforementioned scarcity of highly trained BIM professionals, finding the right people for your team can be challenging at best and prohibitively expensive at worst. We offered up some suggestions on where to look for motivated, trainable professionals to create your own BIM-savvy team.

Next up: unicorns vs. robots. (Source: Pinterest)

It's the weekend! Looking for something crazy to do? How about BASE jumping from a fog-shrouded tower in Dubai? Yeah, we're not that brave either. Have a great weekend!

 

 

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 brett@buildingsp.com.

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