WA100 Live 2024 Webinar: Exploring the Impact of AI on Architecture

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Similar to last year when I attended and wrote about a World Architecture 100 (WA100) Live webinar focused on technology, I attended a similar webinar this year which discussed how AI (Artificial Intelligence) was impacting the architecture sector. While it is still relatively early days for AI in design, it was very interesting and insightful to hear the perspectives of …

Dusty Robotics in Action

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Towards the end of last year, I had the opportunity to visit a construction site that was using technology from a company called Dusty Robotics. As the name suggests, the company makes robots, not for tasks that we typically associate with robots such as manufacturing prefabricated components or even for automating tasks for onsite construction such as rebar tying, but …

Skema: Jumpstarting BIM

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Skema is a new web-based conceptual design tool for architects that aims to “fast forward” the traditional design process to get to the BIM model. It does this through a lot of automation, starting with creating the massing model of a proposed design on a selected site, analyzing it for sustainability, refining the mass with blocking and stacking for schematic …

SpeckleCon 2023: AEC Implementations and Speckle Add-ons

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Last month, I provided an overview of the latest technology developments of the Speckle platform that were shared by the Speckle team at the recently held SpeckleCon 2023 online event. Speckle is an open-source AEC technology cloud platform that uses cutting-edge database technology — instead of a file format — to create an open central repository for AEC project data, …

Customer Presentations from Graphisoft Learn 2023 Event

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This article captures the highlights of the customer presentations from Graphisoft’s recent Building Together Learn event that focused on three critical areas of AEC technology: data-driven design, design collaboration, and the use of VR for design and visualization. The firms sharing their stories came from different parts of the world and were therefore able to provide a fascinating glimpse at …

JZA+D: Firm Profile

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JZA+D, a full-service, multidisciplinary architectural and design firm headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, which has won numerous design awards and works in a wide range of sectors including workplace, multifamily residential, higher education, hospitality, retail, and religious structures, shares its perspective on AEC technology in this Firm Profile. Our dream is full interoperability and compatibility of technology across competing platforms, …

SpeckleCon 2023

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This article provides an overview of the 2023 SpeckleCon conference held last month, which showcased the latest technology developments of the Speckle platform, including a brand-new Automate tool for automating repetitive tasks in AEC. Speckle is a radically different approach to AEC technology — it stores project data in an open database rather than a traditional file, providing not only …

Allplan 2024

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The new version of Allplan, one of the leading BIM applications used globally, has just been released. In addition to strengthening its comprehensive suite of tools for architecture, engineering, and infrastructure design, Allplan 2024 has also significantly expanded its capabilities for prefabrication as well as construction planning. In fact, it is the only BIM solution I am aware of that …

Enhancing Efficiency and Precision in HVAC Design at a Healthcare Facility: FineHVAC BIM Case Study

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In the demanding world of healthcare, precision and efficiency are paramount. Designing specialised spaces like a Breast Cancer Institute within a hospital in Sydney, Australia, requires meticulous planning and unwavering attention to detail. This case study delves into how the integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) design through the 4M FineHVAC software, revolutionised the design process for the HVAC (Heating, …

What Happened to CIM?

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CIM stands for “City Information Modeling,” the concept being similar to how BIM stands for “Building Information Modeling.” However, while BIM is very much alive and well in the AEC industry, that doesn’t seem to have happened with CIM — the term hasn’t really taken off. Is that because the concept of a “city information model” was flawed to begin …