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Hi-Tech Engineering Design Solutions. Emerging Economies LEED in BIM Adoption; A Step Towards Betterment. Developing economies such as China, Brazil, South Africa, India etc. have come to understand the importance of green building construction following the rising need for imperative economical and sustainable development.

Emerging Economies LEED in BIM Adoption; A Step Towards Betterment

However, challenges such as lack of resources and financial conditions hinder the construction of green building in developing nations; unlike developed nations such as USA and UK. The pivotal hurdle in green buildings development for emerging economies is that these countries have many other national issues like poverty, unemployment, and ultimately better living standards to be looked after.

It has thus compelled governmental authorities to address aforementioned issues from the front; obviously putting green buildings construction to enter the fray from behind. In order to understand LEED benefits, it is vital to know how building construction harms the environment and leaves irreversible carbon footprints. Macro BIM: Building Information Modelling - e-architect.

Macro BIM, Construction Technology Visualization, Structures Design, Architecture CAD Building Information Modelling – AEC Industry Construction Computer Design Information 30 May 2017.

Macro BIM: Building Information Modelling - e-architect

ARThood. “With the buzz word ‘drone’ that every AEC industry professional is aware of, it’s pretty controversial to express any views that disagree with its usefulness.


But yes, there is a strong case of disagreement about the revolution that drones are [or are expected] to bring across construction industry.” DRONES! BIM for Railways Infrastructure Development. European railways infrastructure construction and development faces a number of business as well as technological challenges of modern era.

BIM for Railways Infrastructure Development

These challenges of construction hindrance and budget insufficiency originate out of climatic shifts, regulations and public subsides. Furthermore, a commitment to deliver high-level results, safety and security, capacity and connectivity of construction site with the office staff and sustainable development are the obstacles in the progress of construction. Besides, especially in Europe; railways are public goods and a consensus has to be reached for their needs and wants. With multiple complexities of scalable impact, contractors and infrastructure developers find options that deliver determined solutions and coordinate their job roles well when it is the case of railways infrastructure development. BIM+ - Augmented reality: the next logical move for BIM-ready firms?

Is a BIM-ready construction sector ready to embrace augmented reality (AR) as a standard practice?

BIM+ - Augmented reality: the next logical move for BIM-ready firms?

Will it tightly integrate the design and construction phases for improved communication, quality and efficiency across the building design and development, or is it still an add-on to core working practices? BIM: Myth or Reality? - Only MYTH. Building Construction Posted by Hiral Patel on May 22nd, 2017.

BIM: Myth or Reality? - Only MYTH

Challenges for Building Product Manufacturers in Adopting BIM. Building product manufacturers today are facing the unavoidable BIM storm, which requires them to develop product data in a standardized format as a part of requirements from contractors who follow BIM processes for construction projects.

Challenges for Building Product Manufacturers in Adopting BIM

It is becoming increasingly challenging for manufacturers to maintain a library of BIM objects and that too with required meta-data, as each new project has its own set of data requirements. But doing nothing is equally risky, as without BIM-ready models the chances of architects/designers picking the manufacturer’s product in their designs are less, affecting the revenues eventually. How to make a construction projects cost effective.

Overhead costs in large scale construction projects are an unavoidable phenomenon and their repercussions on the final output are a serious concern to general contractors and construction firms.

How to make a construction projects cost effective

For more than a decade; Building Information Modeling (BIM) has been proactive and proved its worth in helping contractors bring down the costs even in projects of multiple complexities. In spite of bringing BIM on board, a constant scrutiny of planned spending capacity and actual spending is of crucial importance as it ensures that the building is constructed within budgets.

So what are those key signs that show BIM implementation is correct and projects are on a cost effective track? The six key questions if answered positively will ensure that works are in sync with BIM plans. Is the cost estimation correct from outset? Whenever any construction project breaks the ground, cost estimates are crucial to follow a planned budget ahead. BIM for healthcare facilities: A closer look at the benefits and challenges. Apart from being different, general contractors find healthcare building construction projects to be the grimmest ones too because of technology upgrades, their unpredictability, the large area and inconvenience in maintaining unhindered site activities.

BIM for healthcare facilities: A closer look at the benefits and challenges

Most EPC firms would rather build something other than refurbishing or renovating an existing healthcare facility or even construct it from scratch. When BIM Supersedes 2D Drawings, Structural Engineers Need Collaboration Cosh. Pay No More to BIM Charlatans; Else You Are a Propagator of BIM Wash. Posted by Hiral Patel on May 16th, 2017 The unnecessary BIM hype and counterfeit legalities that BIM charlatans [software technology vendors and BIM managers together] leverage is creating BIM wash across the UK.

Pay No More to BIM Charlatans; Else You Are a Propagator of BIM Wash

In fact, the act BIM implementation that UK government initiated, and the AEC industry professionals including EPC firms, general contractors, civil engineers, architects and consultants, surveyors and facility managers across the UK propagated, has started to act as a weapon against them. In the wake of compulsory BIM implementation; software vendors and BIM resellers hype about licensing and accreditation and set lose several deceptive claims propagating their products. The negative propagation of BIM wash doesn’t end here. It goes to the lengths of damaging the entire AEC industry, wasting both, money and time.

BIM and Cloud: The Ultimate Solution for Efficient Construction Management. Posted by Hiral Patel on May 9th, 2017 For general contractors, delivering quality construction projects in minimal time is the key to get quick ROIs. However, delivering quality of work in construction sector has to start from grass root level since; lives of hundreds of inhabitants depend on it. ARThood. Approaching near-universal BIM adoption by AEC professionals has not only offered a 3D design collaboration and coordination but also delivered a revolutionized construction management approach. It has essentially removed stacks of RFIs and construction documents, and caused building construction sites to go paperless. EPC firms and general contractors ruling AEC industry have come to acceptance of twilight stage of manual blueprints and professional dependent on them.

BIM being the primary tool is a foundational system for developing reality technology like laser scanning, GIS – Geographical Information Systems and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC), in construction sector and essentially a stepping stone for going paperless. When it comes to advance site functions and going paperless; one doesn’t have to look any farther than BIM. Turning to a paperless construction site. Construction Design Engineers should adopt Autodesk Revit to meet stringent project deadlines & market demands.

Structural engineers, architects, MEP engineers, and drafters argue about the value of an array of novel modeling and sketching tools utilized by them for their project specific requirements. Today, with multiple advances in Information Technology, Revit and AutoCAD has delivered maximum usability in the AEC industry. Nevertheless; drafters and design engineers argue about the value of one over the other, purely based on their personal user experience. There are 3 P's of BIM: people, processes and policies. Advances in technology have impacted virtually every sphere of life, where Radio Shack stores have been replaced by cloud service providers like Google and Amazon, Netflix has replaced Blockbuster, and smartphones have successfully replaced Polaroid cameras. The scenario in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) fraternity is no different where BIM is all set to replace CAD for planning, designing and modelling AEC projects.

BIM is taking the architectural practice a step further BIM is the stepping stone helping the AEC industry to progress, along with the technological evolution called generative design. Hospital Construction Projects Can Get Faster, Better & Cheaper, Says Expert Architect. As a director of AEC division at Hi-Tech iSolutions LLP, one of India’s most successful architectural design support firms, Bhushan Avsatthi sees exciting opportunities ahead to build what he feels and calls “future enabled” hospital building; faster, better and cheaper while offering greater energy-efficiency and enhanced flexibility.

How to improve the overall hospital construction process in coming years? Yes there are ample opportunities of improving the hospital construction processes. To start with and to have the most prominent impact, implementing lean construction ideas would make all the difference. Secondly, the construction process should be looked at more like a manufacturing process. Why is Clash Detection & Resolutions Significant in BIM? Posted by Hiral Patel on March 31st, 2017. Construction Industry Needs Digitized Project-Management Work Flows. Contractors Should Verify Construction Project Documents for Change Order Requests. Reasons for change order vary for every construction project. Due to scope changes or unforeseen conditions, there comes a situation where contractors are compelled to request for additional time and funds so as to complete the contractual obligation.

These change orders at time become major challenges, especially when requested additions come with multiple complexity and time frame constraints. BIM & As-Built Models Mitigate Risks in Refurbishment Projects. Viewpoint: Drone Revolution is Dominating Construction Projects Across Every Stage. Drones are here to stay in the world of construction. But what are the benefits they are providing exactly? 3 BIM offerings that drive successful building construction projects. With advent of BIM technology, structural engineers, civil engineers, MEP engineers and architects are set free from dealing with 2D sketches. But if you picturize a 3 dimensional model of a building facility when you hear the acronym BIM, you are only partly aware.

BIM ready 3D model designed in Autodesk’s Revit is only the tip of the iceberg, while the entire big body is beneath the water upon which you are sailing. There is a lot more to BIM with Autodesk’s Building Design Suite – BDS, other than building just 3D model. BIM Helps Structural Engineers To Construct Earthquake Resilient Buildings. Steel Framing Projects - Panelization Maximizes Off-Site Construction Benefits. Panelization is a process where walls, floors and roof sections are assembled off-site in a controlled environment with help of cold formed-steel framing. Cold formed steel along with wood and concrete masonry, are considered in the initial stage of project inception. However; the final decision mostly narrows down to steel framing due to its attributes of lower construction cost, reduced insurance costs, non-combustibility, and above all is the requirement that the project should be LEED certified. Panelization can shave off as much as 75% off a construction project’s field time.

All that is required is the expertise to design building structures with this progressive and popular methodology of cold-formed steel shapes. Design experts with that hands on skills and experience, can give them that additional benefit to identify and decide upon the best design for constructability of any project. To Small & Medium Construction Firms BIM Is Tough; Offshoring is a Viable Option.

Posted by Hiral Patel on March 31st, 2017. Is BIM more beneficial to Overall Construction Industry? Architectural Design Support, 2D/3D CAD Drafting Drawing Services.

CAD Drafting and Designing

Importance of Structural Analysis to Structural Engineers for Construction Projects. Interior Design and Architecture of Wonderful Hall Design Project. 3D Floor Plans Design: 3d House Floor Plans Modeling & Rendering. Rebar Detailing; An Essential Element of Structural Engineering. ARThood. Is BIM Getting Tough; Or Is It Just A Deceit?