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£50K funding for AEC research pilot

London South Bank University (LSBU) is has announcing a £50K award from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

New ways to design for MEP disciplines

The new version 2016.11 of the MEP design software MagiCAD for Revit and AutoCAD introduces new productivity-enhancing workflows on top of Revit and AutoCAD technologies

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Interactive, 3D Modeling Plug-in

RDV Systems has released 123BIM Publisher, a 3D modeling plug-in for AutoCAD Civil 3D and Bentley MicroStation

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Case Studies

Bringing the tropics to Hampshire

Its 3D BIM and advanced modelling tools made Vectorworks the ideal choice for Terence O'Rourke when designing Marwell Zoo's new Tropical House

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Lendlease gets ahead in the cloud

Meeting Health & Safety requirements prompted Lendlease to deploy Human Recognition Systems cloud-based MSite biometric site access system

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Fusion in practice

Barratt Developments finds that manufacturing building components offsite allows contractors to save on delivery costs, reduce manpower on erection, speed up construction schedules

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Software Review

Boxing Clever

Graphisoft adds VR support to the ARCHICAD experience with the latest release of the software

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Technology Focus


Virtalis, pioneers in Virtual Reality, have recently launched VR4CAD, providing engineers and architects with a serious interest in VR with an easier entry point

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A Light Touch

A new survey has found that increased investment in technology is not showing a commensurate increase in project performance. Paul Daynes of Newforma explains why

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Off-site fabrication
Did you know that the term ‘Breezeblock’ refers to the usual constituent of this basic building component. used worldwide. Breeze refers to the ash, or cinders, with which it is made. They come in varying densities, the lighter ones unsuitable for carrying loads such as beams or being used in walls and foundations. What of its future? Basic house bricks might appear to be a good substitute, but we closed down most of the major kilns when we fell in love with concrete – so now we have a shortage, with no chance of building new kilns with their sprawling acreage and old-fashioned kilns.

So how do you feel about light guage steel frames, manufactured off-site to exact (and bespoke) dimensions according to building plans, and erected within hours by half a dozen trained craftsmen. Developed by the firm Fusion Building Systems, these are being trialled by Barratt Developments, and they are designed to save on delivery costs requiring five times less transport, and speed up construction schedules, a complete steel frame for a house can be erected within a day..

Just one of a range of off-site fabrication examples, and a material that probably has its own set of pros and cons – (won’t be subject to dry rot!) - but indicative of the search for new building techniques, materials in a drive towards lowering costs, reducing emissions and all the other imperatives we have today.

David Chadwick

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