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 …

Graphisoft 2023 Product Portfolio Launch

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Graphisoft had the 2023 launch of its product portfolio at its “Building Together” Connect event earlier this month where it demonstrated the new releases of all its applications, including Archicad, its flagship BIM application; BIMcloud, its cloud collaboration platform; BIMx, its presentation and communication mobile app; and DDScad, the full-fledged MEP design application that it brought into its fold last …

Top 8 BIM Technology Trends That Will Dominate the AEC Industry

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The legacy brick-and-mortar AEC industry is undergoing massive transformation based on sustainability needs, project complexities, global expansion, cost influences, and legal compliance. This Viewpoint article by Bhushan Avsatthi, Director of BIM at HitechDigital, prognosticates the top 8 BIM trends that are set to transform the AEC sector. URL: https://www.aecbytes.com/viewpoint/2023/issue_110.html

AI and the Construction Life Cycle: What Can We Expect to Change?

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With the dawn of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the AEC industry stands on the cusp of a lasting transformation. AI promises to revolutionize the way we conceive, plan, execute, and track construction projects, making the construction life cycle more efficient than ever. This Viewpoint article by George Goubran, CEO of Built On Vision, envisions the big changes the AEC industry will …

Newforma Konekt: Design Collaboration + Project Information Management

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Newforma Konekt is a brand-new solution that has emerged from the acquisition of BIM Track, the popular web-based application for BIM coordination, by Newforma, developer of the first project information management application for AEC, Newforma Project Center. It makes Konekt the first solution that combines the detailed design collaboration and issue management capabilities that are required at the design and …

NVIDIA Keynote at SIGGRAPH 2023: Generative AI and Omniverse

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In my article on the AIA 2023 conference that was held earlier this summer, I concluded that: “… given how rapidly AI is taking over the technology airwaves in society as a whole, it was hardly surprising to see it also emerging in AEC technology solutions. In fact, I found the excitement — and potential game-changing capability — of generative …

Case Studies from Esri User Conference 2023

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The leading GIS software company, Esri, held its annual user conference last month, and I was able to tune in to its plenary sessions online, which provided an insight into how its ArcGIS products were being used in multiple ways across the world in varied domains including agriculture, environment, communication and connectivity, urban planning and transportation, communication and connectivity, disaster …

HKS: Firm Profile

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HKS, an interdisciplinary global design firm of more than 1,400 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and more, shares its perspective on AEC technology in this Firm Profile. Architecture is a collaborative profession that requires many stakeholders before and after the development of the architectural and interior design packages. At each project step, the key stakeholders must share …