On June 8, the software house of engineering and design firm Arup, London, is releasing MassMotion, an industrial-strength pedestrian-behavior analysis tool developed over five years for internal use. “Previously, it has only been available to us,” says Erin Morrow, the product manager at Oasys Ltd., a firm Arup set up in 1976 to develop, support and market tools built in-house. Mass-Motion has evolved over four version for use in complex, multilevel 3D BIM environments. The tool is designed to address the multi-core, 64-bit processors of modern computers. A multi-threaded architecture controls the actions of hundreds of thousands of virtual “agents”—that
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.