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How BIM Brings Safety to the Construction Site

Construction is one of the most dangerous and hazardous industries worldwide — even with a significant drop in the rate of injuries over the last 20 years. Fortunately, there are new advancements being made every day to improve construction-site safety.

Prefab & BIM Technology Lead to Fast-Track Efficiency

Many areas of the construction industry could see a 5–10x productivity boost by moving to a manufacturing-style production system like the methods used in prefab construction. By taking things a step further and blending prefab construction with BIM’s benefits of optimized communication and visualization, construction builds could become even more efficient in the future.

BIM Software Keeps Construction Projects Running on Time

One single building project can involve designers, engineers, architects, and subcontractors spending hundreds of hours drafting the plans and executing the build. And while this type of collaboration has the potential to take a project to the next level, it can also be problematic without proper coordination.

Moving to Digital Collaboration: Save Time and Money

Blame Johannes Gutenberg. His 15th century printing press essentially sparked the world’s love for the printed word. In 1455; his first production of a set of 200 illustrated Latin Bibles launched Europe into the original information age. Fast forward to the 21st...

Invest in Construction IT: Preparing for the Future

It’s difficult to build towards something impossible to envision. The truth of the matter is we do not have a crystal ball; we cannot predict the future. We can look to the past for lessons and trends, but we must rely upon dreams, visions, and educated guesses for...

Transforming Construction Through Automation

Historically, the construction industry has been labor-intensive and slow to embrace emerging technologies. One could argue that it’s been generations since the industry has experienced significant changes in methods and processes. But all that is changing, as recent...

Overcoming Construction Industry Challenges with Best Practices

In many ways, examining and measuring productivity trends in the construction industry is like taking the temperature of the nation’s health. As productivity rises, private and public works investments provide a bit of spit and polish on a country’s infrastructure to...

Are You Ready for BIM?

Building information modeling (BIM) is quickly transitioning from a “nice to have” technology to a “MUST have” technology. If you want to compete effectively, you need BIM technology in your toolbox. This is real. We aren’t saying that BIM is critical to your success...

Trending: Modular Construction to Grow Again in 2017

There can be no doubt: the modular (also known as “offsite”) construction concept is becoming more and more important to the construction industry. A Google search revealed six major real estate and construction sites that list modular as a trend to watch in 2017....

3D Laser Scanning & the Point Cloud: Seeing Is Believing

Laser scanning technology cuts costs for wall panel manufacturing for existing buildings. When it comes to technology in the construction industry, there’s a new kid on the block: 3D laser scanning. This process creates digital images of existing structures and...

Modular Construction Is Green Construction

One compelling reason to consider modular construction is its positive effect on our environment. According to the Modular Building Institute, modular techniques are “inherently” green. Not only is it the right thing to do, but modular construction also translates...

Modular Construction: Safer Materials, Safer Workers

Safety does not happen by accident. This axiom holds true at home, on the road, and on the job. Safety on job sites under construction is extremely important; quite literally, lives are at stake. Did you know projects using modular construction techniques may improve...

Modular Construction for the Healthcare Industry

It’s no coincidence that modular construction is becoming increasingly accepted as a viable building method. A recent survey of 800 Australian design and contracting professionals confirms that modular techniques result in shorter project schedules, lower budgets, and...

Getting the Most Out of Off-Site Construction

I have been thinking lately about why prefabrication and modular construction (“off-site construction”) has not caught on more within the construction industry. There are numerous benefits: cost savings, waste reduction, and improved efficiency to name a few. More...

Why Modular Building Is Catching On

Modular building, already popular in Europe, is on the rise in the United States. If you’re not already familiar with this method of construction, going modular means that you manufacture modules of a building off-site (in a factory), then transport these...

Off-site Construction is Here to Stay

Winter and the new year are slowly but surely approaching, meaning it’s once again time to start thinking about the changes you want to make in the coming year. Personal resolutions aside, it might be a good idea to take a look at what changes can be made to your...

How to Improve Construction Efficiency and Productivity

Are you looking for a way to improve productivity on your construction site? It may seem counterintuitive, but the way to do that is by incorporating off-site construction into your processes. Off-site construction (whether prefabrication, preassembly, or...

Why Ignoring BIM Is a Danger to Your Business

The General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. government agency responsible for the building and operation of American federal agencies, established the National 3D-4D-BIM program in 2003 to promote the use of these technologies in construction projects. It has...

How Do I Get Started With Building Information Modeling (BIM)?

Business information model isn’t the future. It’s now. More governments and companies require using BIM for all construction projects. It’s a permanent, growing trend - for good reason, as BIM does much more than CAD. Any company that wants to be around five years...

BIM’s Unexpected Bonus: It Looks Good In Green

Whether you’re using cold-formed steel or wood construction, you’re probably fielding more questions from clients about your green building practices. In fact, the US Green Building Council estimates between 40-48% of new, nonresidential construction in 2015 will be...

What Is Building Information Modeling (BIM)?

You’re most likely familiar with computer-aided design (CAD) like AutoCAD. This software allows engineers to design 2D and 3D drawings of every facet of a product. Building information modeling (BIM) is similar except the software helps plan, design, analyze and...