Talk about an exciting week! Autodesk University (AU) 2016 in Las Vegas was full of learning, connecting, and experimenting with fun new toys. We made it to Friday, but there's a good chance we'll be sleeping all weekend... In the meantime, here's a look at some of what we experienced, as well as some interesting tidbits from around the world of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC).
Building information modeling (BIM) is, naturally, something that is near and dear to our hearts, but many still ask, "What is it?" Frustratingly, there is no simple answer, but the folks at Arup have attempted to simplify it in a recent post about how digital collaboration is redefining design. They discuss the ways that virtual prototypes not only aid in better construction, but continue to be useful even after a project is completed: "BIM achieves all this because it is not simply a 3D animation: it is an intelligent project model in which information is embedded so it can be shared between stakeholders throughout the whole process." BIM does not begin with design and end with construction; rather, it serves for the lifetime of the building or even the city for which it was employed.