The Week in Summary: BIM for All Industries, 3D Printing Concrete & the South's New Tech Hub

We've made it to Friday yet again. Unless you're a hockey fan, this week of February means a bit of a sports drought, so let's take a look at what's been happening in the world of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC)!

Building information modeling (BIM), as its name would suggest, has revolutionized the way we design and construct buildings. But can BIM shake up the way we view other systems as well? According to a recent post on Engineering.com, it can and it is. BIM methodologies are being embraced for infrastructure projects, transportation, and even power utilities. As the article reports, "The benefits gained from shared, accurate, up-to-date digital 3D data and project information is not limited to any one industry or trade." Digital models that can be shared and updated across platforms prove beneficial to any industry that requires collaboration and coordination.

The Week in Summary: Project Quantum, BIM Saves History & Superhero Generative Design

It's finally Friday! Those of us in the Bay Area are looking forward to a weekend of sunshine after what's been a very soggy couple of weeks. But before we break out the sunscreen, let's take a look at what's been going on in the world of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) this week.

Many of our favorite building information modeling (BIM) tools come to us from the folks at Autodesk. They announced this week that they will be continuing their march toward simplifying BIM workflows with Project Quantum. Not a design tool per se, Project Quantum is a platform that lightens the data load required by BIM software and allows for faster, easier sharing of relevant information: "Project Quantum represents a fundamental shift of mindset at Autodesk in developing products for AEC and was not what we were expecting to hear. On the face of it, it's not about rewriting or regenerating Revit, but is a much broader vision that aims to tackle collaboration and workflow." Our traditional Autodesk BIM tools aren't going anywhere, but Quantum seeks to make them work better and faster, thereby streamlining the design process.

The Week in Summary: A Machine-Human Coexistence, Most Useful Tech Trends & Blended Buildings

We've found our way to Friday again! We love to be weekend warriors, but first let's take a look at what's been happening in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space this last week. 

It's been a big week for us at BuildingSP, as momentum around ClashMEP, our new tool for Autodesk Revit, continues to build. Along with our partners at Ideate, we outlined some of the many features that make ClashMEP a game changer for the AEC world. We discussed the difference between traditional "batch" processing of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) clashes and what we introduce as "continuous" processing. Clash detection has long been a tedious process for MEP modelers, but we aim to change that. Our platform offers real-time clash detection as you model, with deeper metrics and enhanced connectivity. We were excited to chat with the ConTechTrio about our progress, what we see for the future of MEP modeling, and why it's a game changer for building information modeling (BIM). You can listen to our talk here.

The Week in Summary: Mixed Reality, Robots as Co-Workers & Smog-Eating Buildings

Friday has rolled around once again, and this one's a doozy. No matter your political outlook, we can all agree that times are a changin'. So here's a little respite from the political mayhem with a look back at what's been happening around the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) world.

Mixed reality has seen a lot of press over the last several months. Industry giants like Facebook and Microsoft have seen the potential for virtual and augmented reality (with Zuck facing yet another round of legal flack), and everyone with a Kickstarter account or a venture capitalist on speed dial is trying to get in on the game. One of the biggest road blocks for the little guys, as is often the case with burgeoning technology, is in the price tag. The Microsoft Hololens developer pack, for example, starts at nearly $3,000. Small change if you're a Silicon Valley VC, but a hefty sum if you're working out of mom and dad's garage. Fortunately, at this year's Consumer Electronics Showcase, Microsoft announced partnerships with other PC manufacturers that will be offering a lower-cost alternative. There's just one issue. Spar3D reports, "These $299 headsets are expected to mimic the functionality of a HoloLens, but with one big tradeoff: You'll need to be connected to a PC. The original HoloLens, on the other hand, allows users to move around untethered." Even with that limitation, at one tenth the cost these alternatives could prove useful not just to game developers, but to designers and builders looking to explore the benefits of AR without the hefty initial investment.

The Week in Summary: The Year of BIM, Rave Reviews & Construction Drones

2017 is looking like a busy year here at BuildingSP. As we roll into the second Friday of the new year, here's a look back at what's been going on in the world of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) over the past week.

As usual, the dawn of the new year has brought about myriad predictions for what will shape the AEC industry in 2017. Many people talked about the role of new and evolving technology this year, including the folks at Microdesk. Of particular note, however, is that they see the evolution of new technology being spurred by the broader adoption of building information modeling (BIM), for everything from design to facilities management: "We predict we will begin to see an increase in the number and types of tools and technologies, such as virtual reality, generative design and the Internet of Things, that will be utilized for BIM modeling and management." As the technology useful for design and construction continues its rapid advancement, the adoption of BIM practices should become easier and more cost effective.

BuildingSP, Inc. Announces the Release of ClashMEP, An Add-In for Autodesk Revit

BuildingSP, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of ClashMEP, an add-in for Autodesk Revit. ClashMEP adds robust clash detection capabilities directly within the Revit environment in real time. As a user models mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems, ClashMEP automatically detects clashes and identifies them on the Revit model. This removes the need for exports or uploads to do clash detection and clashes can be fixed in real time.

ClashMEP detects clashes with other Revit objects, IFC files, linked models, hidden models, and point clouds. The method of identifying clashes can be customized to your needs and clashes can be detected on a per-route or selected basis. Setup is as easy as turning on spell check in a word processing application.

"Over the past decade, I've done a lot of clash detection," says Brett Young, CEO of BuildingSP.  "ClashMEP revolutionizes the clash detection workflow because it changes it from a standalone process involving long meetings into a real-time, dynamic method of doing modeling. We are significantly enhancing the capabilities of the Revit modeling platform for MEP systems."

"ClashMEP is changing our business," says Danielle Dy Buncio, CEO of Viatechnik, a building information modeling (BIM) consulting firm. "The models we produce for clients are inherently of a higher quality because the feedback loop on clashes is immediate and we can correct them as we go."

ClashMEP is available for sale through the BuildingSP website at http://www.buildingsp.com.  Trials are also available for evaluation purposes.  

About BuildingSP, Inc.

BuildingSP, Inc. is a software development firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The firm is comprised of experts in both Building Information Modeling (BIM) and advanced algorithms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.  For more information, visit www.buildingsp.com.

  

Media Contact

Name of Media Contact:  Brett Young

Contact Phone: 415.312.6242

Title of Media Contact:  CEO & Founder

Contact Email:  Brett@buildingsp.com

Company Name:  Building System Planning, Inc.

Website URL:   http://www.buildingsp.com

 

The Week in Summary: Singing Our Praises, Construction Tech & Beautiful Buildings

It seems we survived the first week of 2017. It's shaping up to be an interesting year, with predictions coming from all over the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space about how tech will change the industry in the coming 12 months. And, naturally, many of us are also taking a look back at what piqued our interest in 2016. So here's a look at what we talked about around the water cooler this week.

We've been buzzing with excitement at BSP lately, and it seems the buzz is catching. We're talking, of course, about our recent release of ClashMEP, our newest add-in for Autodesk Revit that allows for dynamic modeling of MEP systems with clashes detected as you model! Yes, you read that right. Clash detection is done against other Revit objects, linked models, IFCs, and point cloud, and it even works in C4R environments. We've had some great feedback from the likes of the ConTechTrio and Spectrum AEC, and look forward to sharing the platform with many more AEC professionals in the weeks to come. We'll also be at the San Francisco AEC Hackathon this weekend, so if you attend make sure to come visit us!

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