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MEP to the Front, Pt. 4 – Creating a BIM Process

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Flashy is fun. Flashy is exciting. Unfortunately, generating a new process is not usually flashy, and it is rarely much fun. Yet, to move forward and achieve business success, sometimes you’ve got to generate new processes. If you’re in the MEP industry and haven’t embraced building information modeling yet, sooner …

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Ways to Tackle the Skilled Labor Shortage

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Data collected year over year shows a continual decline in available skilled construction labor. The construction workforce shortage is one of the most significant threats to the growth and success of the industry as a whole. According to a recent article in the Autodesk BIM 360 Newsletter, a survey conducted …

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4 Uses for Dashboards in Construction

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Digital dashboards are PDF-based document management tools that can be used across the entire construction project – from client presentations to closeout. As described in the Bluebeam StrXur article “A Digital Dashboard for All Phases,” project dashboards can be created that enable anyone on the job to find anything they …

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The Joy of Digital Handover

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There are a couple of methods for project closeout that general contractors have access to these days. One is “the way we’ve always done it” – rolls of drawings and large notebooks containing warranties, instruction manuals, spec sheets, coffee-stained pages, and sticky notes. Another method is a clean, concise, text-searchable …

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Technology Driven . . . Reality Based

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The process of creating highly detailed digital 3D models of construction projects is a process that’s relatively new – likely less than seven years old. By importing photographs and laser scans into reality capture software, a firm can preserve current conditions of every feature of a jobsite, whether it is …

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MEP to the Front, Pt. 2: MEP in Project Planning – Does it Matter?

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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series MEP to the Front

As considered in the Applied Software blog article, “Mine All Mine: Can AEC Teams Play Nice?” the collaborative process can deliver profitable projects to satisfied owners ahead of schedule. This reality is driving more and more firms toward involving all project teams from the early stages of a collaborative design-build …

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How to Speed Up Your Design Reviews

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Bluebeam® Revu® speeds up design reviews by elevating paperless workflows to a new level. As Helen the Architect will tell you, Bluebeam has the right tools for the design review and collaboration job: Compare Documents – Automatically highlight and identify the differences between two drawing revisions with easy-to-see clouds, just …