How to Easily Model Precast Girder Bridges

This article describes the recent updates to Allplan Bridge that enable it to easily model precast girder bridges, a special type of bridge whose geometry is only indirectly governed by the axis. With just one bridge model, an entire BIM-supported bridge design process can be carried out with this solution.

Limitless Lessons from DESA: A Story of Collaboration

This article describes how the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DESA) renovation project used OpenBIM for detailed coordination across project teams, making an extremely complex adaptive reuse project possible.

Customizing Design Workflows

AEC projects are continuing to grow in complexity, requiring more time and resources. At the same time, firms are being constantly told that there is a need to do more with less. Frank Holz of ALLPLAN Inc, looks at how this can be accomplished.

Enhance Design Freedom and Bring Innovation to the Forefront with BIM

This article describes how OpenBuildings Designer has the potential to become a major contributor to the BIM revolution with feature-rich drawing, parametric modelling, and object-based modelling capabilities.

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Thornton Tomasetti

CORE Studio: AEC Technology Development at Thornton Tomasetti

This article explores the cutting-edge AEC technology applications developed by CORE Studio, a dedicated software development group at Thornton Tomasetti. The applications including Konstru, Swarm, Asterisk, Trace, and many more for design, analysis, collaboration and visualization.

Layer software

Layer: Capturing and Organizing Building Data

Layer is a new AEC application that was launched close to six months ago to address what seems to be an obvious need in the industry—organizing and integrating the vast amount of disparate data that is typically collected on site during the retrofit or construction of a building project.

Merdeka 118

Merdeka 118: Project Profile

Fender Katsalidis describes the implementation of AEC technology on the “Merdeka 118” project, a 118-storey, mega-tall skyscraper under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon completion, it will become the tallest building in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and the second-tallest building in the world.

Social Distance Modelling

Social Distance Modelling for COVID

This article questions why we still don’t have a smart building design tool which does not require us to painstakingly model every detail in our buildings, but can automatically create much of it from a conceptual sketch using a rule-based expert system.