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!
Continuing our slightly narcissistic journey of what we love about us, we took a look back at some of the material from BuildingSP that others found most engaging last year. In our Top BuildingSP Posts From 2016, we revisited the pieces we've published over the past year that most encouraged our audience to ask questions, offer commentary, or reach out to us. The Beginning of the End of Clash Detection was by far the most popular, which is understandable to anyone who has ever had to complete the tedious task of finding clashes. Some may have thought it was mere click-bait, but as we've been increasingly able to prove, the end really is near. The importance of software in the construction sector also struck a chord with many readers, as did our take on what makes the most successful 3D modelers. Our analysis of tech's influence in AEC will continue with renewed vigor in 2017, so stay tuned!
Obviously, not everything this week centered around us (darn it). Our friends at Construction Dive offered up their analysis of how to improve tech adoption on the job site. They spoke with several subcontractors who candidly offered their take on why it's so difficult to introduce new technology to the construction sector. Among their issues were ease of use, the need for thorough yet engaging training practices, and problem solving – as opposed to just throwing in a shiny new gadget. The subs agreed that tech for the sake of tech isn't likely to win anyone over: "Subcontractors... want tech to perform one or two functions extraordinarily well rather than providing satisfactory or rudimentary functionality across a broad set of job-site applications." As is the case with many new toys, the fascination with their newness wears off quickly if they prove to be more fluff than substance.
2016 was the year of construction tech, but we have high hopes that 2017 will be even bigger. (Source: Construction Dive)
The Construction Dive folks also issued their predictions for which trends will have the greatest impact on the industry in 2017. We were most intrigued by their stance that we will see a rise in collaborative project delivery methods, a rise in offsite/modular construction, and further implementation of virtual and augmented reality technology (a big win for our partners at ViaTechnik and Matterport!). We are most excited about the rise of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in AEC, as we see the potential they bring to all stages of the building process, from initial design to facility maintenance. The experts at Construction Dive seem to think that this tech is still at a "jumping-off point," but we are optimistic that the rapid advancements taking place across the VR world, in both hardware and software development, will see the advent of its regular use in AEC in the very near future.
VR and AR will have major roles in construction in 2017. (Source: Construction Dive)
In case your New Year's resolutions included traveling the world, you may want to check out Curbed's list of 52 incredible buildings around the world. Each building is truly a work of art, so you'll just have to go visit them all.
Looking for rustic beauty in a natural setting? Start your journey in Botswana at the Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. (Source: Curbed)
Cover image: "Generative Design" is a processing bot that takes the latest abstract pictures from Flickr using an API and re-designs them by shifting groups of pixels randomly to the left and right. You can contact Ondina Frate of @GenerativDesign at email@example.com.
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.