Prefab-itats For Humanity

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In 2018 alone, over 26,000 homes were lost to wildfires in the US. Statistics by the Insurance Information Institute indicate that the top ten states at risk for wildfire are California, Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Idaho, Washington, Oklahoma, Oregon, Montana and Utah. One area in which housing was devastated by wildfire …

Here is an Example of a BIM 360 RFI Workflow

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The architecture, engineering, and construction industry is undergoing a technological revolution that can be difficult to keep up with. Technology for architects and engineers has been around for some time now but has lagged behind for some of the most important players on the construction side – the project management …

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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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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 BIM Could Benefit Your Next Project

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It comes as no surprise that the construction industry has evolved in the last decade and will continue to evolve in 2020 and beyond. One factor in the ever-changing landscape of construction is the growing development and adoption of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) process. BIM adoption has proven to …

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Saving Time with Synchrony

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For a BIM manager, no matter how hard you try, there are just too many things that can waste your time. One of the major time wasters is managing documents and moving them around. And how about creating custom reports every time someone on the project asks for something kind …