Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering: Firm Profile

Seven Generations Architecture + Engineering, a leading tribally-owned architectural, engineering, and design firm that specializes in the federal, state, municipal, commercial and tribal markets and has a singular dedication to environmental stewardship, shares its perspective on AEC technology in this Firm Profile.

At 7GAE, we try not to say, “Well, we’ve always done it that way!” We embrace change and growth, so we are continually looking to expand our knowledge and incorporate new hardware and software into our workflow. As the AEC industry changes, we aim to keep our staff educated and enthusiastic about embracing that change. Our desire is to stay on the cutting edge of AEC technology by adding new tech to our standard workflow and processes as we work toward the common goal of providing unique solutions to unique projects. 

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/profile/2020/FirmProfile-7GAE.html

Digital Twins and Smart City Impact on Design, Build, and Manage

How will Digital Twins and Smart City programs change the way projects are designed, built, and managed?  Ron Perkins, who has more than three decades of experience in the AEC technology industry, explores this question.

Smart Cities have been discussed for many years now.  The concept of connecting IoT, sensor data, cameras, and other edge devices to a physical structure, campus, city, or town has a lot of promise.  Managing assets remotely while capturing analytics and leveraging that information to make predictive decisions suggests efficiency and sustainability at levels not otherwise realized. 

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2020/issue_95.html

Visualization in Digital Construction

In this article, Erik Hultgren of Tech Soft 3D, discusses the advances made in visualization within the AEC space that keep making it taking quantum leaps forward, unlocking exciting new use cases and capabilities.

The combination of hardware, software, and computing resources that is now available means that everything has scaled up tremendously, enabling the AEC industry to venture into some exciting areas, starting with the ability to ensure that buildings are being built as designed.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2020/issue_94.html

BEXEL Manager

This review explores BEXEL Manager, a sophisticated application for construction planning and scheduling with a wide range of capabilities including coordinating the multiple disciplinary BIM models in IFC format (3D BIM), construction planning and scheduling (4D BIM), quantity take-off and estimating (5D BIM), and finally, extending the use of the model to FM (6D BIM). In particular, it provides an integrated 4D/5D platform, which means that the scheduling and the costing are not done separately but in conjunction with each other.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/review/2020/BEXEL-Manager.html

Body Lawson Associates: Firm Profile

Body Lawson Associates, an acclaimed architecture, interiors, and urban design practice founded in 1993 and operating in the United States and globally, shares its perspective on AEC technology in this Firm Profile.

On the whole, we see AEC technology as becoming more versatile, faster, and easier to implement. However, we hope it can also better address the twin challenges of security and robust remote work.  Additionally, most of the manufacturing world is adopting robotics, and we have not embraced these technologies much in the AEC world. I see the AEC industry in the future starting to better integrate AI and robotics into our work.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/profile/2020/FirmProfile-BodyLawsonAssociates.html

Technology – A Catalyst for Innovation, Sustainability and Design at Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners is a global studio for sustainable architecture, engineering, urbanism, and industrial design, founded by Norman Foster in 1967. Since then, the firm has established an international practice with a worldwide reputation and is considered one of the leading architectural firms in the world.

In this article, Han Shi, Head of BIM & Design Systems at Foster + Partners, describes how technology forms an integral part of the firm’s workflow, with several interdisciplinary groups at the practice involved in areas such as computational design, building physics, performance analysis, optimisation, fabrication, and interaction design. They conduct state-of-the-art research and development in collaboration with universities and industry partners, exploring far-reaching ideas from bio-inspired engineering to extra-planetary 3D printing.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/feature/2020/Tech-FosterPartners.html

AASHTO National TRAC Bridge Challenge

This article captures the highlights of the National TRAC Bridge Challenge, an annual competition for students in 7th-12th grades organized by AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials), which aims to introduce students to the professional world of transportation and civil engineering and inspire them to consider careers in these fields.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2020/issue_105.html

The Momentary: Project Profile

Wheeler Kearns Architects (WKA) describes the implementation of AEC technology on its “The Momentary” project, a new art space satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

WKA employed technologies that would help us to maintain a presence on site virtually, allowing a higher precision of coordination for existing building elements as they related to new work. The workflow of “laser scanning > BIM modeling of existing > selective demo coordination > Photoscanning > iterative design modeling in BIM > selective performance modeling > construction informed by BIM > remote CA presence” enabled efficient responses to a complex series of conditions from a distance.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/profile/2020/ProjectProfile-TheMomentary.html

Merging Digital Transformation with Information Management in AEC

This article by Nick Nieder of Deltek discusses how AEC businesses can make the necessary operational changes required to adapt to the current changing conditions and stay profitable by merging digital transformation with information management. When done right, this can help businesses navigate the pandemic, empower project teams to work more efficiently, and help them identify key trends that inform decision making.

URL: http://aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2020/issue_93.html

GRAPHISOFT 2020 Product Updates

GRAPHISOFT unveiled the latest versions of its products at a virtual “Building Together” event held last week, including its flagship BIM application, ARCHICAD; its cloud collaboration solution, BIMcloud; and its mobile and web model viewing app, BIMx. Additionally, the event featured several presentations by customers using GRAPHISOFT’s solutions, most notably, the Australian firm, Fender Katsalidis, which used ARCHICAD to design Merdeka 118, a 118-storey skyscraper—the tallest building as of May 2020—currently under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We also learnt more about Nemetschek’s vision of integrated multi-disciplinary building design connecting ARCHICAD with two other products in its portfolio, SCIA and RISA, using OpenBIM.

This article summarizes the key product updates that were shared by GRAPHISOFT at the event.

URL: http://www.aecbytes.com/newsletter/2020/issue_104.html