Reviews

FINE MEP: BIM for MEP Engineering

This review explores FINE MEP, a complete set of BIM applications for MEP design that are cost-effective, have a familiar AutoCAD-like interface, support multiple MEP norms and standards, automate calculations, produce the required drawings and reports, and allow BIM models to be imported in IFC format.

IES Intelligent Communities Lifecycle (ICL)

This review explores ICL, a new technology platform for developing sustainable communities that includes tools for modeling, monitoring, and analysis. They can be used independently or integrated into a digital twin for sustainable design.

Infurnia: Cloud-based Architecture and Interior Design

This review explores Infurnia, a new application for residential architecture and interior design that developed from the ground up as a cloud-based application, with no desktop version or anything that needs to be installed for it to work.

Layer: Capturing and Organizing Building Data

This article explores the new Rhino.Inside Revit add-in, which allows Rhino and Grasshopper to be used for design scripting in Revit as an alternative to Dynamo. It also takes a broader look at the area of design scripting in AEC, particularly in other BIM applications.

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Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley: Case Study of an IPD Project

While IPD is still more of a goal than a reality for most of the AEC industry, there are a few ground-breaking projects that are already using this new collaboration and delivery method. This case study explores one such project.

CORENET e-PlanCheck: Singapore's Automated Code Checking System

This article provides an overview of the CORENET project—an initiative that was launched in 1995 in Singapore to "propel the construction and real estate sector into the new millennium"—and takes an in-depth look at its automated code checking module, e-PlanCheck.

Labor-Productivity Declines in the Construction Industry: Causes and Remedies (Another Look)

In this article, Dr. Paul Teicholz takes another look to see what, if any, changes in labor productivity can be detected from the national statistics about the industry.

The IFC Building Model: A Look Under the Hood

A broad overview of the IFC model without delving too deeply into its technicalities, intended to provide a better understanding of it to the AEC practitioner interested in interoperability.