It has been over 15 years since I took an in-depth look at the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) open standard and my reason for doing so at that time was that with the increasing interest in BIM in the AEC community, “the issue of interoperability as a means to integrate the various model-based applications into a smooth and efficient workflow” had emerged to the forefront of professional attention. Here we are, all these years later, and the interoperability issue is still as critical as ever, if not more so. The number of applications for the AEC industry has exploded, and it is likely to continue to increase. We need all these applications to be able to work together in order for them to be able to do what they need to do — help AEC professionals design, construct, and operate buildings and infrastructure as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible. And in order to work together, they need to be able to exchange the building data they are creating and using with each other freely using a common standard, which is what the IFC is.
In addition to the IFC, the industry organization, buildingSMART, that develops it also develops several additional standards including BCF (BIM Collaboration Format), MVD (Model View Definition), IDM (Information Delivery Manual), and bsDD (buildingSMART Data Dictionary). What these various standards are and what they do is the subject of this AECbytes article.
Robotics is still a relatively new addition to the ancient land surveying industry. This article by Jane Marsh, Editor-in-Chief of Environment.co, highlights the many benefits surveying robots bring to the industry, bringing it closer to a monumental shift. When surveying robots become standard, the industry could look entirely different than it does today.
This article by engineers Sorin Ficut and Dan Ferne of INTBS Romania highlights the practical benefits of using FineFIRE, a BIM software for fire protection design, through a real-world case study involving the storage capacity expansion of a bottling plant of Coca-Cola HBC S/E Europe in Timis, Romania.
FineFIRE is a flexible modeling tool for sprinkler installations, practically without any design limits. We can directly get (almost on a real-time basis) the pipe sizing results according to the standards, thus enabling engineers to focus on the substantial aspects of the design. Particularly for medium to large scale projects like the one presented in this article, FineFIRE is the ideal tool to study alternative design solutions/scenarios in order to reach the optimum one.
ZELUS describes the Phase One renovation of the New Orleans Superdome, for which it provided pre-construction services. The Superdome was originally built in the 1970s and has become one of the most iconic sports stadiums in the US. It remains the largest fixed-dome structure in the world.
Using the BIM as-built has proven mission-critical to this project. With a structure as complex, grand in scale, and iconic as the Superdome, everyone working on the project has to know what they’re getting into before construction begins.
With the number of construction projects dwindling as a result of the pandemic, many companies are reimagining their business models to secure their future. While how to increase productivity remains one of the major hurdles that the industry needs to overcome, construction and engineering companies must also look to servitization — the idea that construction organizations compete on full lifecycle support offerings rather than simply the tasks associated with initial build — to attract new business.
In this article, Kenny Ingram, Vice President of Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure at IFS summarizes some key trends that he believes will color 2021 and beyond, including lifecycle management, offsite construction, and 5D BIM.
Fender Katsalidis describes the implementation of AEC technology on the “Merdeka 118” project, a 118-storey, mega-tall skyscraper under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon completion, it will become the tallest building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and the second-tallest building in the world.
Designing a building as complex as Merdeka 118 required inputs from many different engineers in their individual fields. As architects, we orchestrated and coordinated meetings with an assembly of consultants contributing to the full project model using processes like BIM and software applications including Archicad, Solibri, and Aconex.
This article captures the key AEC industry updates that were shared at the recent Autodesk University, including some new products, most notably Autodesk Tandem for digital twins and Autodesk Build for construction, the acquisition of Spacemaker for generative design in urban planning, and updates to existing products including generative design in Revit and site optimization in Civil 3D.
On November 11, 2020, the AEC Technology industry lost one of its leading figures, Chuck Eastman. In memoriam, AECbytes is reprinting this Viewpoint article from 2008 that was authored by Chuck Eastman and his co-authors of their seminal work, the “BIM Handbook.”
Chuck Eastman was a Professor in the Colleges of Architecture and Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and Director of the College of Architecture PhD Program where he led research in the area of Building Product Models and IT in building construction. His career was spent making building models a practical reality, starting in the 1970s. He held positions at UCLA and Carnegie-Mellon University, and was funded to advise industry associations on their development and deployment of BIM, including AISC, PCSC, NIBS and FIATECH. He authored 5 books and over 70 journal papers.
Studio Ma, an internationally recognized architecture and planning firm that is laser-focused on sustainable and environmentally responsive design, shares its perspective on AEC technology in this Firm Profile.
On the whole, wInterestingly, the software and technology we are using to work remotely has helped us to work together better, because our language has become more precise and our habits more consistent and conscientious. We now have a better quality-control protocol, because we can’t make assumptions and we have to check in with each other. This has only increased since the onset of the pandemic because the lack of in-person engagement necessitated even greater precision and more deliberate engagement.
This article discusses key topics from Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure (YII) conference that kicked off last week, including digital twins, digital cities, Bentley’s upcoming iTwin Platform and its strategic partnership with Microsoft, and the many updates to Bentley’s existing applications for design integration and project delivery.