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AEC Mechanical BIM Design Hardware Collaboration

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From 2D to BIM

A new 'Build to Rent' development at Pontoon Dock on the DLR provides a perfect illustration of the way processes are involved in a typical BIM project using Vectorworks software throughout

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Bluesky above Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is using aerial photography from Bluesky to plan long term development and growth

Premium service for MagiCAD Cloud

MagiCAD Group has announced the launch of MagiCAD Cloud Premium

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Consortium to tackle AEC Delta Mobility

An industry-wide consortium of partners including BuroHappold Engineering, 3D Repo, Speckle Works, UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management and Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group, with external support from HOK, Atkins and Arup has joined forces to tackle some of the key issues in Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) as part of the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

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Excitech to deliver CDE to Heathrow

Excitech has been awarded a 7-year framework agreement to lead a consortium comprising GroupBC and Autodesk technologies to deliver Heathrow Airport Limited’s chosen Common Data Environment (CDE) solution

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SitePlanner migrates to UKFast

SeaRoc Group, providers of the SitePlanner contractor management system, have taken steps to significantly improve the software's reliability and security by migrating to major hosting provider, UKFast, utilising multiple ISO27001 - certified data centres

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Case Study

Changing hotels with BIMx

Tighter workflows helped by 3D scanning and Graphisoft's BIMx help to halve hotel refurb lead time

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Costing BIM 360

BIM 360 brings real-time inter-office collaboration to the Bailey Partnership, a leading consultancy practice

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Software Review

Don't be deflected

Deflections should always be considered in the design of slabs, in order to meet serviceability criteria applicable to concrete floor systems. While there are several ways to determine and calculate slab deflections, Tekla Structural Designer is arguably the most capable software solution available. Kenny Arnott, Principal Structural Consultant at Trimble Solutions (UK) Ltd explains why here

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Powerproject XV

Elecosoft releases Powerproject XV for effective project management

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City Hoppers

I was invited to a very interested briefing a couple of days ago – in the House of Commons. The topic was about Quantum Computing and its impact on civilisation. I was particularly interested as Autonomous Vehicles were mentioned as an area under consideration should we actually find a way to build a working Quantum Computer – and that falls neatly into the topic of the last newsletter – which focussed on the future of infrastructure.

Forget Quantum Computers for the time being. I’ll come back to it later on. The concept is brilliant, but the application still has fundamental problems – one factor being that using it to solve an incredibly complex problem with even a modest number of states.

I did meet an interesting American journalist, though, who was Features Editor for Flight International – one of my favourite mags as a nerdy youth. We spoke about Boeing 737s and the future of air travel, with a large number of companies involved in future flying technologies – an interesting one being short haul flights using electric propulsion units and vertical take-off capabilities. We both agreed that within the next twenty years or so, flying and attitudes to it will change dramatically. With reference to last issues piece about the future of infrastructure, I think it’s time we started talking about the future of regional airports and whether we really need large flying hubs. To extrapolate – London City Airport could become more viable than Heathrow. Discuss! We intend to keep in touch and share thoughts about the future of flight.

David Chadwick

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