Having an integrated project design and construction team can spell the difference between having a project that ends successfully and on schedule and having a project that’s mired in change orders, cost overruns, and even litigation.
Designers and builders working on government-funded projects in the U.K. are approaching the 2016 deadline for implementing Level 2 (managed, collaborative) building information modeling on all such work.
By introducing geometric linear perspective to painting and architecture, Renaissance artist and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi not only revolutionized technical procedures, but also fundamentally altered our ways of visual perception and spatial understanding.
Keith Bentley, one of the founders of Bentley Software, summed up the state of design software's evolution from CAD to CADD and now BIM—and a lot more about the state of the industry—when he observed: Software for design and construction is facing a significant change order to keep pace with the evolution of the internet, cloud and powerful new hardware and form factors.
Autodesk has added a new feature to its BIM 360 suite of field collaboration tools that is designed to help contractors and project managers extract data more effectively from 3D building information models for layout planning.
In this screenshot depicting business intelligence tools, a dashboard categorizes jobs based on profit ranges determined by a dashboard user with the ability to group by company, department and project manager, as well as selected profit range and project metrics.
Keeping the workforce and public safe as the project swirls through its cycles requires that managers be vigilant analysts, aggressive contingency planners, flexible adjusters, great communicators and effective safety trainers.
With the theme of "Optimizing Design with BIM," the BIMForum carried into its Spring gathering in Boston a goal of "shining a light on design and engineering and showcase the best examples of collaboration, optimization and sustainability."