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Industry prepares for 2016 BIM mandate

A joint initiative between the Construction Products Association (CPA), BIM4M2, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and NBS has been formed to provide consistent product data parameters and templates to enable manufacturers to prepare their product information in readiness for the Government's April 2016 BIM mandate

Informing flood risk assessment

Aerial photography and detaiiled 3D height models are being used to assess the risk of flooding, and help development projects progress through the planning process

Trimble enhances Tekla Tedds 2015

Liverpool-based technology company, Human Recognition Systems (HRS), have developed MSkills, a new system designed to make the lives of construction workers safer

Construction workforce goes mobile

A new mobile solution has been specifically developed for the construction sector, which aims to speed up and simplify the site inspection process

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Technology Focus

CONNECTing with reality

One of the highlights of Bentley’s 2015 Year in Infrastructure Conference was its focus on Augmented Reality, courtesy of Bentley's comprehensive CONNECT Editions and the Augmented Reality Sandbox

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Hardware Review

Meet your MakerBot

Acquired a couple of years ago by Stratasys, MakerBot 3D printers are one of the prime movers in the rapid growth of the 3D printing market, offering a simple and easy to use device at new and lower price levels

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Software Focus

Adoddle to work with

Asite's Adoddle justly earns recognition as a total \'back-office\' or off-site information manager for the construction industry

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Case Study

Learning curves

Thrayle house and Thomas Gainsborough School, Suffolk, provided ideal projects for Revit and IESVE engineers at CBG Consultants to meet a number of challenges, following the use of an IES Revit plug-in to improve its BIM workflow

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The BIM factor

BIM was used extensively during the design of the new Waste Water Treatment Plant in Liverpool by Galliford Try Costain and Atkins

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We have the Power

Technology has now caught up with aspiration. We already knew how to render a scene, optimise a space, create a virtual simulation of vehicles driving along a path, and produce lifelike renditions of plants and trees throughout the seasons, but because of the considerable amount of processing power needed to accomplish these tasks, they were always shunted off to render farms, dedicated processors and other devices in background mode.

With greater processing power, multi-processers and graphics cards that are probably more powerful than the machines they are sitting in, and with more efficient programming, everything we wanted to do is now available in real-time. No longer do we have to send the client away whilst we make some mods to his building at his request – we can run through a number of scenarios in front of him – and invite him to select his favourite. That’s the promise of Bentley’s new releases – the CONNECT editions of OpenRoads, SiteOps with the addition of LumenRT, for adding realistic landscapes with simulated weather, wind effects, water and much more.

Great stuff, but take a minute to think about the software and hardware technology behind Bentley’s Context/Capture, which takes a file of JPEGs – ordinary digital photos of a structure, cityscape or process plant – and then analyses each image to relate it to its neighbours, assesses dimensions and perspectives, and – hey presto – comes up with a navigable, highly detailed – photographic, of course - 3D model.

David Chadwick

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