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COBie for All?

The Government's BIM Task Group is setting targets for the full implementation of COBie as the basis of sharing data between all parties in the lifecycle of a building. How realistic is this, and what stage are we at? David Chadwick reports

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Enter the G-Cloud

The supply of IT services to public bodies has taken some knocks in recent years, but the recent G-Cloud Framework, which has just selected 4Projects as one of its suppliers, looks set to anchor future public procurement in a comprehensive and secure selection, purchasing and operating environment

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BIM: the next stage of evolution

By Michael McCullen, Executive Chairman, Asta Development

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Bridging the training gap

Does one size fit all when you need training? Who would tell you how to take Autodesk Inventor models into Revit? Graham Mansfield - Business Development Manager at Micro Concepts Ltd, believes their customer-oriented training courses provide optimum solutions for all

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Hammering out the future!

The Construction Computing Awards 2013 took place just as the press started to roll out stories about the rising optimism in the construction industry

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What's new on tekla campus?

Tekla Campus, Tekla's online academy for students wishing to learn Tekla's BIM tools, is in the process of receiving a significant update

Support and training for InfraWorks

Eagle Point Software Corporation, an Autodesk AEC Industry Partner, has added Autodesk InfraWorks 2014 content to thei Pinnacle Series

Mott MacDonald launches app version of LifeCYCLE

New App developed in direct response to requests to help benchmark and reduce life cycle cost and carbon values for construction projects

Bluebeam Revu 12 now out in the field

Bluebeam Software has released Revu 12, the latest version of their flagship solution

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Case Studies

Bending Glass

Robert Partington & Partners used GenerativeComponents and Bentley Architecture to prove to contractors that Park House, on Oxford Street, was both buildable and affordable

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Software Review

Arena view

3D Laser Mapping now offers Veesus' innovative visualisation software Arena 4D, which integrates multiple visualisation tools with 3D scanned point clouds

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On-site insights

On-site inspections should now be de rigueur, especially when you have applications like IMSI Design's TurboSite Plus and Pro available, says David Chadwick

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Perfect Pour Planning

The focus of Tekla Structures 20 for Concrete Contractors moves on from the why and how of modelling accurate In-situ concrete pours to improved planning and management, says David Chadwick

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BEM - Building Energy Modelling

Graphisoft's EcoDesigner STAR provides fully integrated energy analysis within the ArchiCAD BIM environment

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The How becomes the Why!

We are in an interesting phase in building design at the moment, as we appear to be shifting away from the 'What' and the 'How' of architecture to the 'Why' and, perhaps more fancifully, the 'Why Not!'. The geometric tools for turning our concepts into digital models are now so advanced, with free-form modelling, 3D adding a couple of extra dimensions and generative design, that it is hard to imagine where the next software breakthroughs will come from. So now we are purposing our buildings to enhance their performance and sustainability levels, improve environments and accessibility, and find ways of cutting construction costs through better collaboration on projects and the shared use of building information.

The current eNewsletter reflects three of these issues, with a couple of reviews about building performance analysis (one from the Hebrides where I spent an idyllic week in a remote croft in Harris. I believe their architecture has progressed since then) and an eagerly awaited integrated energy analysis suite from Graphisoft. It also contains a couple of features on BIM, stepping gingerly and gradually into a subject that is set to warm up over the next year as companies line themselves up for Jan 1st 2016! Some interesting issue are starting to come out on BIM which we shall expand on in the next Newsletter. And we have a return to a subject covered some years ago which simulates the movements of vast crowds through public buildings - a fascinating subject with great visuals, backed by some seriously impressive software.

David Chadwick

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