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The elephant in the room

An architect and BIM Product Manager for 4Projects by Viewpoint, John Adams is inspired by a desire to improve the construction industry through better tools and processes

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Groundbreaking Technology

Linking infrastructure models to earth movers allows road and rail contractors to save both time and money, thanks to the integration of resources between Bentley's OpenRoads and Trimble's Business Centre - HCE Office Software.

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Coping with COBie

The COBie Toolkit for Revit automatically generates COBie worksheets from a Revit data model, easing the process of transferring data from the Building Information Model.

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Viewpoint Acquires MCS

Viewpoint Construction Software has acquired Mobile Computing Systems (MCS), one of the leading providers of mobile enabled construction project defect management, plans and mobile forms for use within live construction project environments.

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3D laser mapping of earthquake sites

New Zealand based Solutions By Zeal has been using the ZEB1 hand held laser mapping system to survey buildings at risk from earthquakes or in need of restoration or redevelopment

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Partnership unlocks new technologies

Newcastle and London-based urban designers, landscape architects and masterplanners, Colour, are finding new ways of implementing the latest technology in its work thanks to a partnership with Teesside University

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Case Study

Real time Snagging

conjectMI provides an onsite snagging management tool that speeds up the identification, reporting and rectification of defects, enabling critical projects to be delivered with 200% savings on time and within budget

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Software Review

The Complete Package

Vectorworks Architect 15 is a significant new iteration of the solution, with plenty of interesting new features, says David Chadwick

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Bringing construction planning to life

Asta Powerproject BIM gives Project Managers the 4D planning tools they really need, says David Chadwick, allowing them to visually link their management model with the 3D model

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Freedom of expression

Tekla Structures is rapidly becoming a comprehensive tool for the design and fabrication of buildings, from its Trimble inspired integration with SketchUp, to its extensive reporting and Model organising capabilities. David Chadwick reports.

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Job Done?

After a flurry of announcements and responses last May about the winding down of the BIM Task Group, it all went quiet. We are now in the middle of the proposed deadline (tautology?), and await with bated breath the identity and shape of the new 'legacy group' that will take over the task of keeping Level 2 on track, following the completion of the BIM Task Group's mission in March, in a 'managed handover', with Government funding apparently remaining in place until March 2016. Future funding and Government support for Level 3 is in place remains in place and plans exist for Level 4 – the next task for the BIM Task Group under Mark Bew?

The legacy group will take over Level 2, the BIM hubs and the continued development of the documentation and updating of the existing documents where necessary. BS1192:2007 and PAS1192:2 and :3 will be developed and is being developed as ISO 19650 for the international market place. The Learning Outcomes Framework is just being signed off so that training and certification against a single specification can be producedcourtesy of BRE.

We should know shortly who will be taking over. Some may feel that it represents a diminution of the government's interest in BIM. I think that it represents a natural progression as adoption throughout the industry becomes an accepted fact. As the BIM Task Group probably found out through countless presentations there are only so many fresh ways you can tell a story. The message has been accepted – time to pass on the responsibility to the industry.

In this issue we do have, though, Conject, Vectorworks and Asta Development, worthy winners at The recent Hammers Awards.

David Chadwick

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