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$2.25 million investment for HoloBuilder

HoloBuilder, the German-American startup providing leading cloud and mobile software for virtual reality capturing of construction sites, has just received an investment of $2.25 million in its first year

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Lucideon continues to expand on-site

On-site testing and consultancy services allow for informed choices to be made during any stage of a construction project, whether it is new build, refurbishment or infrastructure

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Digital transformation with Arithmetica

Arithmetica, the UK innovator in rapid laser scanning data processing, has appointed point3D as a reseller for Pointfuse

High-flying deal for Aconex

Dubai Airports Corporation has signed a five-year enterprise agreement with Aconex

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Case Studies

Redefining project efficiency

Bluebeam Revu 2017 has become the industry standard PDF solution for workflow automation and collaboration, a statement that Hilson Moran would certainly corroborate

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Right in the frame

Pinewood Structures drives quality with Elecosoft Framing.

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Designing Reality

An inspired design, created and developed by architects at ArchiRADAR, won first prize in Graphisoft's 'Algorithmic Design meets BIM' competition

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Software Review

OpenRoads Designer

Bentley's OpenRoads Designer provides a federated model that encompasses all disciplines in roadway design from conception to completion, writes David Chadwick

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Tekla 2017

Trimble has released the latest version of Tekla's structural engineering design and analysis suite of tools

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Software Review

Visualising the future

3D Repo bring their cloud expertise to a UK government-funded smart infrastructure project

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Child’s Play
Andrew Norrie from 3D Repo made a significant statement during the question and answer session at the recent COBie or not Cobie Forum – which, by the way, was a successful event, allowing us to raise serious issues about the delivery and use of building information by its intended recipients, and what actually happens when COBie, and any other format for delivering asset management information, hits the ground. He stated that future architects and engineers are already immersed in future technology, and that accessing data directly from 3D digital models is ‘child’s play’ to them.

This, as much as anything else, will encourage companies to move towards the 3D federated model as a single source of information, instead of the more formal COBie database (not a spreadsheet – Martyn Horne, Vectorworks, at the same Forum). The problems of ownership of the model and its development throughout the life of an asset still persist, although practical solutions appear to be in place, based on licensed models that allow upgrades and further development to its users.

The trend in construction is towards more efficient access to the information held in the model, whether a company uses 3D Repo’s Open User non SQL Database capabilities with its rather free handling of data from all sources, or Bentley’s OpenRoads Designer, which brings all elements involved in the design and construction of roads and bridges together in a highly visual digital single source model.

The way we present information is advancing rapidly – accelerating, in fact. The challenge to companies is whether they stick with what is comfortable now, or whether they dare look twenty or thirty years into the future, and start planning for it now. The next CAD User has a nice Case Study coming up from Bentley that illustrates that point admirably.

David Chadwick

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