How BIM makes the IPD model possible – a Q&A with BuroHappold

Not all Ivy League schools have massive endowments and bank accounts. Some have to get more creative when looking to build new facilities on a budget – or simply embrace innovative new approaches to design and construction. And that’s exactly…

What is a Master Government Aggregator? – a Q&A with DLT

Earlier this week, government IT solutions provider, DLT, announced they were selected as the “Master Government Aggregator” for 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software leader, Autodesk. The software tools provided by Autodesk are essential for many government uses and missions:…

How BIM made the UVA Hospital expansion possible – a Q&A with Skanska

On the first day of this year’s Autodesk University Conference, AEC Excellence Awards were handed out to the infrastructure design, building design, and construction projects that utilized technology in innovative ways to evolve and redefine the design and construction process.…

PlanGrid brings needed disruption to construction industry

When you think about the industries that are on the cutting edge of new technologies and innovations, the construction industry is not likely the first to enter your mind. In fact, the construction industry has often been hesitant to change…

Writing a New Story for Impoverished Communities with 3D Printed Homes

Over 900 million people around the globe live in sub-adequate housing that lacks necessary sanitation and water. By 2025, that number is expected to grow to 1.6 billion – a fifth of the world’s total population. What can be done…

How CAD and BIM are helping Seattle’s public utilities

State, local and municipal governments play many roles and deliver many disparate services for their citizens. However, one of the most overlooked – albeit essential – services that they deliver is the provision of utilities. One of the tools that…

Rebuilding smarter after hurricanes: lessons learned from the Netherlands

When Hurricane Florence made landfall and stalled over the Carolinas in September 2018, the storm dropped an incredible eight trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina alone. The deluge produced catastrophic flash flooding and river flooding leaving many homes, roads,…

Josh Watkins, Water Utility Manager for the City of Redding, on the use of digital design in public utilities

Choosing to work in public service comes with the reward of getting to help provide essential services and necessary infrastructure to constituents. But it also comes with some incredible challenges, tight budgets and the knowledge that mistakes made in the…

NASA looks to build habitats on other planets using 3D printing

“If you build it, he will come”. If humans are destined to visit and colonize Mars, we’re going to need somewhere to live. But does that mean the first astronauts on Mars will also be construction workers? Will inter-planetary spacecraft…

Army National Guard centralizes critical facilities management data

Military installations the world over must successfully plan, contract, monitor and manage their facilities construction and maintenance. The Construction and Facilities Management Office (CFMO) at the Army National Guard (ARNG) is no different. The CFMO maintains thousands of facilities across…