2017 has finally arrived and, as is the case for many this time of year, we felt the need to take a momentary pause to reflect on the year that has just passed. It was a big year for Building SP, with the release of GenMEP and ClashMEP. We've been inspired by the many advancements in automation, virtual reality technology and other tech that we feel will reshape the way we work in the architecture, engineering and construction space. Here's a quick look back at our top 5 posts from 2016.
#5: Why Dynamo by Autodesk is Important for AEC
Although automation is changing our work process in AEC, our business is still fundamentally centered around people. Disruption will come, but we think it will come from within. The people who make the designs, models and documents necessary for successful projects will find the tools for automation that make their process easier and more efficient. We discussed Why Dynamo by Autodesk is Important for AEC, and one of our most important conclusions is that it provides value to the people who are at the core of the design process, which translates to increased value to the client.
#4: The Perceived Flexibility of Electrical Systems in BIM
The BIM process can be costly to implement, and it's an unfortunate misconception that electrical systems are the most flexible to be modeled on a project, often leading design teams to ignore them until subcontractors are brought in. The Perceived Flexibility of Electrical Systems in BIM, examines why this misconception is problematic, including the inflexibility of components such as cable trays, electrical panels, and "exotic" conduit systems such as fiber optics. Add to that the fact that several conduit systems are often grouped together, and what was thought to be an easy system to model becomes costly and time consuming. Our development of algorithms for clash-free autorouting can overhaul that expensive and inefficient process by letting automation do the work for us.
#3: The BIM Unicorn: Rare Traits of High Performing 3D Modelers
Just because automation is changing the way we work doesn't mean that the machines are "taking over." People are still the key to bringing the process together, and finding people skilled in all aspects of the design and construction process is often difficult - and expensive. We examined the mix of important traits that make up the "BIM Unicorn," noting that such professionals are rare and therefore difficult to find. A well hired BIM team, however, can bring these traits together through different individuals, positioning them to give one another valuable insight and training by working with one another. In the end, a firm can create their very own unicorns.
#2: Why Software Will Eat Construction
It is because of the emergence of advanced tools to aid the design and construction process that we think Software Will "Eat" Construction. Software is rapidly changing the world as we know it, disrupting everything from how we order food to how we find entertainment. As the platforms that support these services are now reaching maturity, we think construction is poised to face a massive disruption where AEC firms will, one day soon, become software companies. As more and more of the construction site becomes automated, it will be the firms that supply the software powering this automation that provide a timely and cost-efficient construction process.
#1: The Beginning of the End of Clash Detection
Clash detection has long been a necessary evil in design and construction. Even with the advent of software programs to aid the process, it was still tedious, time consuming and expensive. At BuildingSP, we have ushered in The Beginning of the End of Clash Detection. We are busy developing tools that allow mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) professionals to map these systems automatically within a 3D model. Just give GenMEP your digital model and a set of parameters, and the program will automatically generate multiple iterations to give you the best route with no clashes. That's time and money saved that means added value to your clients. To see how it works, be sure to check out our demo page.
We think that this is an incredibly exciting time to be in design, engineering and construction. The advancements in construction technology are making our design process smoother, collaboration more efficient and job sites safer. We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for the AEC world. Happy New Year everyone!