Airport Building Information Modelling: Book Review

The book, Airport Building Information Modelling, is an extended case study of the implementation of BIM on the new Istanbul Airport project, which is now in operation and is currently the world’s largest airport terminal building under a single roof.

Given that the project is relatively recent, the choice to use BIM for it is hardly surprising—after all, why would any venture not want to deploy newer and more advanced technologies that are available rather than use older and outdated technologies? Thus, the book is notable not because it tells us why BIM was used for this project, but how. Also, one of its authors, Ozan Koseoglu, was the Chief Technology Officer of the project and directly responsible for its BIM implementation, making the “how” come comes straight “from the horse’s mouth,” as it were. The co-author of the book, Yusuf Arayici, comes from academia, and his research and writing expertise is reflected in the content of the book, which is well organized and structured, making the level of detail in it easy to digest and far from overwhelming.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2020/AirportBIM-Book.html

AEC Technology: Hits and Misses

The start of a new decade is a good time to take stock of where we are and where we have been.

I have been in the AEC technology industry for over 15 years, in the course of which I have had the opportunity to observe and study its key trends. I have seen applications that have come and gone, as well as applications that have come and stayed. Often, in the course of my current writing when I have needed to go back and research some of my older articles, I come across an application and I wonder: Is it still around, and if so, how is it doing? A lot of applications seemed very relevant and promising when they were launched. Have they stood the test of time?

Based on my own experience and research, this article captures a summary of what I found.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2020/AECTech-HitsMisses.html

People Profile: Kayleigh Houde

Kayleigh Houde, a computational engineer who spearheads the Computational Collective at BuroHappold, shares her experiences and insights on AEC technology in this Profile.

“…there hopefully will come a time (in the not so distant future) where a group of firms or teams develops a suite of code-based toolkits that have the backing of decades of AEC knowledge.”

URL: http://aecbytes.com/profile/2020/PeopleProfile-KayleighHoude.html

BIM for FM at UCSF

 A few months ago, the organization, IFMA (International Facility Management Association) presented a webinar on “Integrating BIM and FM: Status, Case Study and Opportunities” which included a case study of how BIM was integrated with FM on the new UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) Medical Center in Mission Bay. Unlike BIM for design and construction which are, by now, well established and understood in the AEC industry, there are no known strategies for implementing BIM for FM, so the UCSF-Mission Bay team had to start from scratch and figure it out. The effort has taken years, but it is finally ready and in use in the real-life operation and maintenance of the hospital. An overview of how the BIM-FM integration was done, as shared in the webinar, is presented in this article.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2019/BIM4FM-UCSF.html

Autodesk University 2019

This article discusses the main AEC-specific technology updates that were shared at the recent Autodesk University, including:

  • Integration of construction applications into a new Autodesk Connected Cloud
  • Expanded integration of Revit and Civil 3D with ArcGIS online
  • Launch of Project Refinery as a public beta for generative design
  • Integrating Revit with IoT in BIM 360 Ops to create “smart spaces”

It also provides a brief overview of some of the third-party products that were exhibited at the event, including IdeateApps, ElumTools, The Wild, and Newforma.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2019/issue_102.html

Layer: Capturing and Organizing Building Data

Layer is a new AEC application that was launched close to six months ago to address what seems to be an obvious need in the industry—organizing and integrating the vast amount of disparate data that is typically collected on site during the retrofit or construction of a building project.

You would think that with all the applications we have for BIM, design coordination, model checking, project information management, construction management, document management, and project collaboration, there would be an application that could be used to easily connect notes, images, videos, task lists, etc., to their related building element. Surprisingly, there wasn’t, as the architectural firm, BVH Architecture, discovered while working on a multi-year, multi-phase rehabilitation project of the Nebraska State Capitol, which required the team to document more than 1,300 rooms with nearly 60 data points in each room. They looked hard but could not find a good solution for organizing and coordinating the vast amount of building data that they had collected—the number of photos alone was over 40,000. There was also no way to view the captured data efficiently in Revit, the BIM application they were using. They ended up developing a software solution in-house and, given that the need for such a solution was so compelling but still unmet in the marketplace, they spun it off as a separate company, Layer.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2019/Layer.html

Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2019 Conference

Bentley’s signature annual event, The Year in Infrastructure (YII) conference, was held a few weeks ago in Singapore. While I did not attend the event in person this year, the main updates from the event can be distilled from the comprehensive resources about it that Bentley has made available online, including technology and business keynotes from Bentley executives and guest speakers, press releases, product briefings, and project summaries of all the finalists and winners from Bentley’s annual YII awards competition. This article presents a summary of the key technology updates, followed by some additional details about what was shared.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2019/issue_101.html

Project Profile: Beehive Bridge

The “Beehive Bridge” is a 265-foot-long highway overpass in the city of New Britain, Connecticut, connecting the two parts of the city that are divided by a highway. Svigals + Partner created a design scheme for a pedestrian-friendly streetscape with an abstract take on the “beehive” theme that has long been associated with New Britain—it features colorful translucent panels in an abstract honeycomb pattern that separate the overpass visually from the highway below

In this profile, Svigals + Partners describes the implementation of AEC technology on this project.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/profile/2019/ProjectProfile-BeehiveBridge.html

ARCHICAD 23

This review explores the new features for improved modeling, coordination, productivity, and performance in ARCHICAD  23, including revamped Beam and Column tools that makes these elements faster to model and fine-tune for all types of structures, a new Opening tool for modeling mechanical voids to improve coordination between architects and engineers, and an initiative to open up the application to more custom development by significantly expanding its APIs.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2019/ARCHICAD23.html

Mapping with ArcGIS

Since the explosion of professional GIS products in the mid 90s, ArcGIS by Esri has seen a steady rise. The company began in the 1960s as a land use consulting firm and now enjoys the largest share of the GIS market. Notably, the use of ArcGIS in educational settings has been steadily climbing, especially in fields like environmental sciences and history. In the past few years, there has also been a call for architects to further embrace the possibilities of ArcGIS, and especially to begin incorporating it into architecture classrooms. After all, GIS is useful for analyzing any project with a spatial component, making architectural projects a natural fit.

This article describes the use of the online version of ArcGIS for a historical research project exploring the spatial component to revolution in the city of Paris, and how the memory of political conflict helps to inspire and initiate similar actions in new generations.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/tipsandtricks/2019/issue88-arcgis.html