Viewpoints

Contractors: A Practical Approach to BIM

John Hallgarth, Founder and CTO of 3D Constructor, explores some practical ways for general contractors to approach BIM, some outside-the-box ideas, and some key opportunities not to be overlooked by commercial builders.

Perspectives on Historic BIM Developments in Italy

Stefano Della Torre, a specialist in the field of restoration from Italty, shares his insights on the application of traditional BIM tools, which are primarily geared for new construction, to the historic preservation of our built cultural heritage.

IPD and the Cloud

Chris France, whose previous articles in AECbytes were all about high performance workstations in the cloud being adopted by firms so they could collaborate between all their offices effortlessly, now highlights what has changed with BIM cloud technologies and how they are being used for IPD.

Three Tech Trends Shifting the BIM Industry in 2016

Dennis Williams, an innovation enthusiast who writes and consults on how technology impacts B2B industries, looks at how emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, data management, and augmented reality are shaping the future of BIM.

More Viewpoints

In Defense of Traditional 3D Laser Scanning

Tucker Cedarleaf, Managing Partner, Cedar+Mac June 16, 2016

How Mead & Hunt Marshals Resources to Improve Project Delivery

Andy Knauf, Vice President of IT, Mead & Hunt May 23, 2016

3D Scanning for Better BIM

William Speakman, BIM Analyst, Caveo Consulting Engineers February 11, 2016

Delivering on the Promise of BIM

Allen Preger, VP of Global Accounts, Newforma July 15, 2015

10 Years of RTC Australasia

James Vandezande, Director of Design Technology, HOK June 4, 2015

Why Isn't There a Smarter BIM Tool for Building Design, Yet?

Lachmi Khemlani, Founder and Editor, AECbytes April 16, 2015

Integration of BIM with Facility Systems to Support HVAC Troubleshooting

Semiha Ergan, Assistant Professor, New York University, Polytechnic School of Engineering March 12, 2015



Viewpoints from the AECbytes Archives

  • Got Macros? Scripting and Coding for BIM
  • In this article, Karen Kensek, Assistant Professor in USC's School of Architecture, advocates the writing and use of macros in AEC firms to improve the efficiency of BIM, which "out of the box" is not synchronized with the way firms work.
  • Notes on the Synthesis of BIM
  • In this article, architect and educator Randy Deutsch assesses the design and construction industry's current efforts to produce and analyze vast amounts of information and proposes a call for a synthesis of its technology and collaborative work processes.
  • The Ins and Outs of Digital Signing in AEC
  • This article by Julie Olenski of GlobalSign summarizes the many benefits of going paperless, explains the technology behind digital signatures that makes them so secure, clarifies the difference between certifying and approval digital signatures as used in AEC, and presents two case studies of organizations that have switched to digital signatures.