Research Reports

Designing for People

The mantra in any field of human endeavor is “faster, cheaper, and better,” and this is true of our physical infrastructure as well. The AEC industry is constantly striving to design, build, and operate buildings more efficiently and cost-effectively, thereby heeding the “faster and cheaper” call. But how about “better?” In fact, it can be argued that “better” trumps “faster” as well as “cheaper.” After all, what is the point of creating a cheaper building faster if it does not work well for its occupants? And that being the case, what is it that makes for a “better” building?

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Interoperability-based Collaboration Paves Way to AEC’s Digital Future

Interoperability is critical for collaboration in the building industry, allowing diverse professionals to use the “best of breed” software applications for their tasks while still being able to exchange project data, stay informed of the work of all the members of the project team, and make faster progress on their individual tasks. With BIM, there is the opportunity for more meaningful collaboration based on actual building entities instead of the geometric-only entities that were the basis of CAD.

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Digital Twins in AEC

For those of us in the AEC technology industry, the concept of a digital representation of a building that can be analyzed prior to actually building it, as embodied by BIM , is hardly new. But technology is always being improved upon, and this is true for BIM as well. Taking its cue from the technology world at large, digital models can now be dynamic rather than static, thereby staying in sync with the physical objects they are representing. This technology is called “digital twins,” the name coming from the “twinning” of the physical model with the digital. This paper explores the technology of digital twins and its potential in the AEC industry to go much further than BIM in terms of impact and benefits.

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Comparison of Bentley ProjectWise and Autodesk Vault for AEC

The objective of this research was to compare the applications, Bentley's ProjectWise and Autodesk's Vault, for data management and collaboration in AEC. The impetus was to respond to a number of readers who have written in over the years to find out if such a comparison exists. Rather than a detailed analysis of the individual features of ProjectWise and Vault, the report provides a brief overview of each in several key categories, enabling a high-level, at-a-glance comparison of the two applications.

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BIM Evaluation Study Report

This research report captures the results of the BIM evaluation study that was conducted by Lachmi Khemlani, Ph.D., founder and editor of AECbytes. It was commissioned by the AIA Large Firm Round Table (LFRT) CEO Committee to provide the LFRT firms with an in-depth comparative evaluation of the main architectural BIM applications that are available. The study was conducted over a one-year period starting from June 2009 and ending in June 2010. The results are captured in a 163 page report.

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