Construction Progress Tracking with HoloBuilder

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This article provides an overview of HoloBuilder, which uses 360° photos to track construction progress guided by a mobile app on the jobsite, and provides a cloud platform for hosting, organizing, and sharing the captured images. It also integrates with several popular AEC applications such as Autodesk BIM 360, Revit, Navisworks, and Procore, allowing it to fit more seamlessly into …

Archicad 26

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The article on Graphisoft’s 2022 Product Launch published last month captured the key updates that were shared at the launch event about the latest versions of Graphisoft products including its flagship BIM application, Archicad; its cloud collaboration solution, BIMcloud; its mobile and web model viewing app, BIMx; and a new building services solution, DDScad, that was recently added to Graphisoft’s …

Digital Urban European Twins: The DUET Project

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A few months ago, I wrote about the SmartBRIDGE Hamburg project as an example of an actual digital twin in action, one of the few in which the emerging digital twin technology has actually been implemented. As the technology is further developed, we are likely to continue seeing more implementations, both for individual buildings and infrastructure assets, as well as …

Five Powerful Lessons Shaping the Future of AEC

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The past few years have been challenging for the AEC industry, as architecture firm owners worked to maintain business continuity amidst an unfolding pandemic and economic disruptions while simultaneously addressing an escalating client demand for more sustainable, ethical design. The demands have called upon architects and designers to find new ways of working and to deliver results that will benefit …

A Digital Twin for a Health Care Facility using IoT and Edge Computing Devices

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This research paper by Ashit Harode and Walid Thabet of Virginia Tech and Michael B. DuLaney of UCHealth describes the creation of a low-level Digital Twin that allows visualizing and monitoring five key parameters that measure the air quality in an operating room suite at a health care facility in Denver, Colorado. Data captured from various sensors or simulated are …

ALLPLAN Infrastructure Day 2022

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Last month, the leading AEC technology vendor, ALLPLAN, had its annual Infrastructure Day event, in which the company showcased the latest developments in its solutions and highlighted how they were being used in infrastructure projects around the world. The implementation examples were presented by the AEC firms executing these projects, and they provided the opportunity not just to learn more …

CellBIM: BIM Inside Excel

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The use of Excel is pretty much ubiquitous in most industries including AEC, and the idea of being able to open up a BIM model inside Excel and work with its data is brilliant in its simplicity. This review explores a new application, CellBIM, which actually does this. With it, you can bring a BIM model into Excel, work directly …

Qatar Foundation Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup: FineHVAC Case Study

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This article describes how the BIM application for HVAC, FineHVAC, was used by the firm, GKA Engineers, for the design of the HVAC network installations in the Qatar Foundation Stadium, a host venue for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup and one of the principal sports complexes in Qatar. “The program’s ability to handle a wide range of projects of …