This Viewpoint article by Scott Page, who specializes in architecture, fabrication, and laser scanning, demystifies reality capture from 3D laser scanners and the “point clouds” they generate, and explores the state of the art of how this technology integrates with BIM. It also looks at the formats and standards for point clouds, and presents a “wish-list” of how laser scanning technology should evolve going forward.
This article provides an overview of four leading books on BIM, all of which are general books that attempt to provide a more theoretical and broad-based understanding of the BIM phenomenon rather than “how-to” books focused on individual BIM applications. These books include BIM Handbook: A Guide to Building Information Modeling for Owners, Managers, Designers, Engineers and Contractors; The Impact of Building Information Modeling: Transforming Construction; Green BIM: Successful Sustainable Design with Building Information Modeling; and Building Information Modeling: Planning and Managing Construction Projects with 4D CAD and Simulations.
This review explores the capabilities of Bentley’s new integrated multi-disciplinary BIM application, AECOsim Building Designer, which combines all of Bentley’s diverse BIM applications for different disciplines in one single product. It looks at the additional improvements made to its BIM capabilities including consistent tool dialogs, a new utility for clash detection, and hypermodeling which links all the drawings created from a model and the sheets on which they are placed. It also looks at how a new project is set up in the application, given its preferred distributed file approach.