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Demand for building work bucks Brexit

Consumer demand for building work remained resilient in the three months following the vote for Brexit, new figures from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) have revealed

New updates for SOFiCAD and SOFiPLUS

Construction software developer SOFiSTiK has released new versions of its products and BIM apps

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An all-round imaging solution

The latest 360 degree imaging software from Arithmetica provides an easy way to combine 360 degree video trails with maps, plans and layouts to produce a fully immersive and interactive view

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MSite TV gets the message across on-site

A new cloud-based communications system for construction sites that keeps the workforce healthy, safe and informed on a myriad of issues has been launched by MSite

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Software Focus


Bentley's new OpenRoads ConceptStation integrates a number of applications in an easy-to-use, real-time concept design solution for civil infrastructure.

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Vectorworks 2017

Vectorwork 2017 comes with a number of important new features that cement its reputation as a cost-effective design tool for architects, landscape and stage designers, writes David Chadwick

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Mobile purchase order processing

The ubiquity of mobile phones means that on-site managers can now make critical and timesaving decisions that optimise site efficiency with Integrity Software's Evolution M financial accounting and management software

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Case Studies

Walking on Aire

William Hare Group's Tekla award-winning pedestrian entrance to Leeds Station is set to become a new and exciting landmark for the city

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Smarter Building

Following on from Smarter Cities, Smarter Building shows how an integrated approach to construction, using Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform, optimises all processes throughout a building's complete lifecycle - especially post-production

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Maintenance Prioritisation

Developing an effective maintenance strategy for companies with multiple assets is now a feasible option with Bentley\'s AssetWise APM

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BIM to go

Surveying the structure of Chelsea Bridge became a 'as easy as ordering pizza on your phone' for Keir Group after they started using BIMXtra from Clearbox

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Nerds Rule OK
Whilst Bentleys Assetwise APM case study for Exelon truly satisfied my nerdish tendencies, I trust you will perservere with the article, as it provides a compelling logical rationale that can be used to quantify and forecast costs associated with asset maintenance – and to optimise the same by calculating the wear rate and lifetime expectancies of all types of equipment and replacing them before they wear out or fail.

I am hardly a nerd in the geekish sense – I am more of a technophobe when it comes to the innards and operating systems of computers – but I can get pretty pedantic when it comes to acquiring the right sort of information when decisions have to be made – and this falls neatly into my lap. The trick lies in deciding which type of information is required – whether accumulated from equipment mounted sensors, historical records or whatever, and then devising the algorithms that use that data to extrapolate how it will change over period of time, and to set points where further maintenance becomes prohibitive, or the lack of it will cause it to fail.

It’s a bit like AI – the learning process is ongoing, and feeds upon itself. The more data you get, the more accurate the results will become. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together?

David Chadwick

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