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AR for Construction – How it will save you up to 10% of your costs

AR for Construction – How it will save you up to 10% of your costs

How you lose money today in your construction projects

Using paper is obsolete

If you are still using paper plans and forms in your construction projects, then this is for you. The way today’s construction industry is losing money is mostly due to misinformation that leads to costly errors and rework. In 2021, paper plans and forms are the least effective ways to build and what cause misinformation and loss of money. To better understand why, here are few numbers about the cost of paper from Construction Business Owner:

– Per employee, the average cost is about 80$,
– It takes an average of 18 minutes to find a paper document,
– 70% of businesses would fail in 3 weeks if they, unfortunately, experienced a loss of paper due to fire or flood.

Construction budget spent for errors

Up to 10% of each construction budget is spent on errors. This follows our statement above about how paper plans can lead to errors, as they can be misread or lost, for example. Errors mean rework, and thus, ask for an extra budget to fix the issue.

Weak project data and communication

A construction project requires multiple teams and organizations that need to collaborate. Which means lots of data. Quickly, it can become a challenge with traditional ways of building. Indeed, 52% of actual rework is due to weak project data and communication, report Autodesk and FMI.

Time lost on non-optimal tasks

In the same report by Autodesk and FMI, more than 14h per week are lost on average on non-optimal tasks, divided as follows:

– 3.9 h dealing with rework
– 5.5h searching required information
– 4.7h solving problems

All we have previously seen is the results of the use of traditional way of building.

AR for Construction will improve your construction projects

AR for Construction is a powerful technology that helps improving and optimizing construction projects. With BIM technology only, you cannot exchange with virtual and reality. Now with the possibility to overlay your 3D BIM models thanks to Augmented Reality, AR for Construction is the future and the solution to construction projects.

AR for Construction brings BIM models to the construction site and give a real view of the planning of the construction projects

AR technology overlays all the data from a BIM model on the jobsite. It creates a better understanding of the planning and comparison of virtual and reality to see the differences between the design and the construction.

AR for Construction improves the communication between you and all the stakeholders of the construction projects

Using Augmented Reality technology improves the interaction between the many stakeholders of a construction project. For example, with the Enchanted Storybook Castle project that has counted in total 142 architects, engineers, and sub-contractors working on the project. Having this number of stakeholders on a project requires a better tool to communicate than paper and forms.

AR for Construction brings all the project data easily to the construction site

3D tracking and positioning, real-time interaction, integration of the planning on the real field… AR technology, combined with BIM has many features. It provides real-time data easily to the jobsite, and thus, a better understanding of what should be build, and where. Working on the jobsite with AR and BIM offers an easiest and more efficient way of building.

About GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a Construction Technology that brings BIM models intuitively to the construction site using Augmented Reality. It helps BIM Managers, Construction Site Managers, and other stakeholders to prevent errors and facilitate communication between the field and the office.

Check out the features of the software and start your 30-day free trial now.

If you have any questions or need support, send us an email at info@gamma-ar.com

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The 5 steps to start easily with GAMMA AR

The 5 steps to start easily with GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a construction technology that overlays 3D BIM models to the construction site using Augmented Reality. To make it easy to everyone to start with, follow these 5 steps. You will be ready to manage perfectly your construction projects with GAMMA AR.

1. Register to GAMMA AR

You can register on the portal or directly by downloading the app. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android. All you need to do is to fill in the information and create an account. Once done, your 30-day free trial starts. We recommend you first take a look at GAMMA AR and GAMMA BIM PORTAL tutorials.

2. Upload your BIM model

Upload your BIM models to the GAMMA BIM PORTAL and invite your co-workers to be project members.

3. Create issues

Once you have seen issues on the construction site, it is pretty easy to create them in GAMMA AR. Create issue reports in form of texts, photos, and audio recordings.

issues on tablet and phone on GAMMA AR

4. Manage issues

Manage your issues by assigning tasks to the registered project members.

5. Choose your License Package

After your free trial, choose between a User, Enterprise, and Project license to continue managing your construction projects effectively.

About GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a Construction Technology that brings BIM models intuitively to the construction site using Augmented Reality. It helps BIM Managers, Construction Site Managers, and other stakeholders to prevent errors and facilitate communication between the field and the office.

Check out the features of the software and start your 30-day free trial now.

If you have any questions or need support, send us an email at info@gamma-ar.com

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How to export IFC files from Revit

How to export IFC files from Revit

Learn how to export IFC files from Revit for GAMMA AR

We hope this tutorial has been useful for you. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information!

About GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a Construction Technology that brings BIM models intuitively to the construction site using Augmented Reality. It helps BIM Managers, Construction Site Managers, and other stakeholders to prevent errors and facilitate communication between the field and the office.

Check out the features of the software and start your 30-day free trial now.

If you have any questions or need support, send us an email at info@gamma-ar.com

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How to choose the best BIM software for your construction projects

How to choose the best BIM software for your construction projects

We have seen the importance of working with Building Information Modeling. Now the question that remains is: which software? We prepared for you a complete list of the most important software to use in your projects, reported in four different categories.

Common Data Environment

Oracle defines CDE as a cloud-based space where information from construction projects is stored and accessible to project participants. It is a system that collects, stocks, and organizes data and information in a BIM process.

It represents a minimum requirement to achieve Level 3 of BIM on all national public projects. Let’s remind the different levels of BIM with an image of Tekla:

Now that we defined CDE, let’s have a look at the software we suggest to you:

BIM 360

Autodesk BIM 360 logo

BIM 360 is a part of the Autodesk® Construction Cloud (see below) and is a cloud-based construction management platform that enables to connect your data, workflows, and teams in real-time to optimize your construction projects.

With BIM 360, access of project data is really easy from anywhere throughout the whole building construction lifecycle.

Autodesk Build

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Autodesk® Build is a construction management software for managing, sharing, and accessing projects documents that results in streamlined workflows between the office, trailer, and jobsite.

BIM Collaborate

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BIM Collaborate is cloud-based design collaboration and coordination software. It connects AEC teams and helps them execute on design intent and delivers high-quality constructible models on a single platform.

Autodesk® Construction Cloud

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Autodesk® Construction Cloud is a platform that connects workflows, teams, and data at every stage of a construction project to reduce risk, maximize efficiency, and increase profits.

Aconex

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Aconex is a Construction Project Control Software for efficiency in design and construction coordination, project controls and cost management, document management, and field management.

Aconex services include construction project information and process management, construction field management, O&M manuals, BIM data and process management, and interface management.

Trimble Connect

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Trimble Connect is an information sharing and collaboration service for construction projects. Origanize, view and store your projects deliverables on the cloud. This can include drawings documents, photos, and 3D models this gives you instant access to your project information anywhere, anytime.

YouTube Channel of Trimble Connect

Bimplus

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Bimplus is an openBIM-based project collaboration platform, by Allplan (see below) for the construction industry.

BIM Modeling Software

Autodesk defines Building Information Modeling (BIM) as the foundation of digital transformation in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. Used in the process of creating and managing information for a built asset.

Revit

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Revit is a BIM software that allows to integrate all the disciplines (architecture, engineering, and construction) in a unified modeling environment, for more efficient and cost-effective projects.

Revit allows to create 3D models of buildings and various documents necessary for its construction (plan, perspective, …). It is a CAD and BIM software for architects, designers, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) specialists, contractors, and more stakeholders of the construction industry.

Tekla Structures

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Tekla Structures is a realistic design, modeling, and information management software, mostly used for building structures.

The software offers a unique and open modeling architecture. Specializing in the field of structures, Tekla Structures enables the creation of all types of projects in one model regardless of the material, steel, concrete or wood. It is an integrated solution from design through fabrication and project management. Tekla Structures offers a multi-user mode that allows multiple users to work simultaneously on the same model.

Vectorworks

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Vectorworks is a CAD/BIM system from the company Vectorworks, Inc. It offers a set of 2D, 3D, presentation and construction tools for all stages of the design process.

Users can work as they would traditionally on a drawing board with straight lines, arcs, circles, rectangles, etc. sketch ideas, but also use elements such as walls, windows, cabinets, plants, roads and spotlights. These objects can be displayed in 2D and 3D views using multi-window techniques. 2D objects can also be drawn as “planar objects” in 3D views. 3D models can be created from 2D drawings and vice versa, e.g. by laying sections.

Allplan

Allplan is a software dedicated to support architects, civil engineers, building contractors, and facility managers in the planning. It inspires to be the central platform for the global AEC industry and enables to realize sustainable, functional, and outstanding structures for a better built environment.

ArchiCAD

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ArchiCAD is an intuitive architecture BIM CAD software that helps with design, visualization, documentation, and delivery projects of all size. ArchiCAD offers computer-aided solutions for handling all common aspects of aesthetics and engineering during the whole design process of the built environment (buildings, interiors, urban areas, etc…)

The software is a complete design suite with 2D and 3D drafting, visualization, and other BIM functions for architects, designers, and planners.

BlenderBIM

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BlenderBIM is an add-on to Blender for detailed, and data-rich OpenBIM. BlenderBIM is a free software.

The software allows you to create data-rich IFC4 data to future-proof your BIM data and integrate with the rest of the OpenBIM ecosystem.

Tools for BIM Managers

Here are different tools made for BIM Managers that we recommend.

BIMcollab / BIMcollab Zoom

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BIMcollab is a BCF-based issue management system in the cloud.

BIM Collab offers clash detection, issue management and model validation software to help the international building industry optimize BIM workflows.

Navisworks

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Navisworks is a 3D design review package. The software allows users to open and combine 3D models, navigate around them in real-time, and review the model using a set of tools including comments, redlining, viewpoint, and measurements.

It has several built-in functionalities such as roamer, publisher, clash detective, renderer, quantification, timeliner, animator and scripter.

dRofus

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dRofus is a planning, data management and BIM collaboration software that provides extensive workflow support and access to building information throughout the building lifecycle.  The software has ArchiCAD, Revit, and IFC integration with bi-directional datasync capabilities.

Solibri

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Solibri is a BIM software leader in BIM Quality Assurance and Quality Control. Solibri is providing out-of-the-box tools for BIM validation, compliance control, design process coordination, design review, analysis, and code checking. It allows clash detection and checking of construction rule sets. 

The mission is to develop and market quality assurance solutions that improve the quality of BIM-based design and make the entire design and construction process more productive and cost effective.

Simplebim

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Simplebim is an Open BIM IFC application for standardizing and enriching IFC models.

It is the only software that allows to edit IFC Files natively. Simplebim is a unique BIM tool for transforming IFC models you get from the other parties to fit for your purpose.

Dynamo BIM

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Dynamo is an open source visual programming language for computational design and for building information modeling (BIM). It can be used for Autodesk products, and it is used a lot for information manipulation in BIM.

For GAMMA AR users: the software has a Dynamo Node to import information from GAMMA AR.

BIMvision

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BIMvision is a freeware IFC model viewer. It allows to view the virtual models coming from CAD systems (Revit, Archicad, BricsCAD BIM, Advance, DDS-CAD, Tekla, Nemetschek VectorWorks, Bentley, Allplan and others) without necessity of having commercial licenses of these systems or having each of particular vendor’s viewer.

It visualizes the BIM models created in IFC format 2×3 and 4.0.

Construction Site Managers Software

Construction Site Managers work on the jobsite. Their work is to make sure that everything is completely safe, and every project are delivered in time and within budget. To ensure this, Construction Site Managers Software are very helpful.

BIM 360 / BIM Collaborate

Check above

Autodesk Build

Check above

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Check above

GAMMA AR

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GAMMA AR is a Construction App that aims to eliminate the use of pen and paper on construction sites through a Augmented Reality Solution. By overlaying 3D Building Information Models (BIM) on the jobsite, it prevents errors, reduces rework, and shortens the time spent on documentation and follow up resulting in savings of up to 10% of total construction costs.

About GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a Construction Technology that brings BIM models intuitively to the construction site using Augmented Reality. It helps BIM Managers, Construction Site Managers, and other stakeholders to prevent errors and facilitate communication between the field and the office.

Check out the features of the software and start your 30-day free trial now.

If you have any questions or need support, send us an email at info@gamma-ar.com

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Top 4 Common Problems encountered in construction projects solved with BIM and AR

Top 4 Common Problems encountered in construction projects solved with BIM and AR

There are multiple problems encountered in construction projects. These problems can be simply solved thanks to BIM  and digital Construction Technology. A technology that is necessary for the construction industry today. Get a view of these problems and how to solve them with BIM and AR technology for the construction industry.

Bad communication between the field and the office

A construction project includes multiple stakeholders, operating from different locations. Therefore, communication is the key to an efficient construction project. thanks to a construction management app, the project risks less lack of communication and thus, fewer risks of delays and errors. The construction industry encounter problems of getting updated information of the buildings back into the plans. This leads to mistakes and bad coordination between the stakeholders like we are going to see below:

Poor Planning Coordination

Bad communication leads to poor planning coordination. Indeed, communicating using multiple 2D plans can be very risky. We can encounter changes during the construction that can have huge consequences. For example, a plumbing contractor arrives on the jobsite and installs water pipes. The plan shows a water pipe in a specific direction, but since he cannot see clearly why, he will build it straight. Which forces the other person that comes after, to change all his plans. Waste of time.

In 2D one cannot represent everything as with 3D. 3D plans are easier to understand, and 2D plans are not intuitive, which leads to misreading the plans or overseeing what to do first. Therefore, BIM is the right solution for modeling plans that you can then overlay on the construction site with an AR Construction App.

Try out the AR Construction App GAMMA AR

Building Handover

The building handover is now done on paper and is not brought back to the model, breaking the information flow from digital to non-digital/non-computer interpretable information. We already discussed in detail this matter in a special article about Easy and Fast Building Handover with GAMMA AR.

The best example is the door schedule. The information about doors is delivered to the construction site with plans but also with door schedules with many different parameters. The person in charge not only has to check the plans but also the spreadsheets, which may be complicated and misread. Here is an example of what a spreadsheet looks like.

By using a BIM + AR Construction app, you minimize the risks of misreading or forgetting elements. Using Augmented Reality on the construction site helps the different stakeholders to compare the 3D BIM planning to the actual jobsite.

Document and Issue Management

A construction project includes lots of documents. The handling of all this documentation can be laborious to take care of. With construction technology and construction management software in place, monitoring your jobsite and any issue on the field directly from your smartphone is easier.

The GAMMA AR Construction App is a great tool for Issue Management, by collecting and attaching any issue information to BIM building components inside the BIM models.

About GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a Construction Technology that brings BIM models intuitively to the construction site using Augmented Reality. It helps BIM Managers, Construction Site Managers, and other stakeholders to prevent errors and facilitate communication between the field and the office.

Check out the features of the software and start your 30-day free trial now.

If you have any questions or need support, send us an email at info@gamma-ar.com

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Why construction technology is a necessity for your projects in 2022

Why construction technology is a necessity for your projects in 2022

Construction technology is no more an option for the construction industry. In this infographic, you will learn more about the importance and need to get a construction technology to monitor and manage your projects. Do not wait anymore and start now with an efficient Construction Technology.

About GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a Construction Technology that brings BIM models intuitively to the construction site using Augmented Reality. It helps BIM Managers, Construction Site Managers, and other stakeholders to prevent errors and facilitate communication between the field and the office.

Check out the features of the software and start your 30-day free trial now.

If you have any questions or need support, send us an email at info@gamma-ar.com

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Why Contractor App Save You Money

Why Contractor App Save You Money

The future of construction is in your hands, with Construction Technology, especially Contractor App. More and more contractors are attracted to it to get construction projects delivered in time and in the budget. In this article, we highlight the most important point of why you should go with a Contractor App.

Contractor App prevent rework

The multiple and unlimited drawings of architects and engineers to build big structures all around the world is no longer efficient. To handle the large amount of information that a construction involves, drawings are no longer enough. Using paper plans on the field equals to much more errors, and therefore, rework.

Construction technology is the future, and construction apps especially, are not anymore, an option but a necessity for your projects. Take the example of our Contractor App, GAMMA AR that overlays 3D BIM Models to the construction site using Augmented Reality.

Contractor App facilitate the communication between the site and the office

Communication is the most important part of a well bein construction project. The massive information collected and shared must be handled in an automated way and instantly. Paper plans do not have the option to send the information to the office in real time. Email, PDFs, etc. are not efficient anymore when we can use Smartphones to receive and share all the practical and important information.

Important fact: in 2020, JBKNOWLEDGE encountered 92% of the construction industry that uses a smartphone for work. There is no reason today to not go for a contractor app.

Contractor App integrate into your BIM workflows

Contractor App integrate well into your BIM workflows. Working with BIM models has facilitated the construction work. A big advantage of BIM technology is the information handling. Contractor App allow to integrate those as you can see on this photo below:

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Know the real state of your project with Contractor App

With modern Construction Technology, you can be sure to get the progress of your project in real time. As we were talking about the communication earlier, Contractor App help you to get the information in real time and thus, facilitates the communication between the field and the office.

No longer hesitate when it comes to get your construction projects done efficiently and get your Contractor App!

Try out GAMMA AR for free and tell us how it improves your way to build.

About GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a Construction App that brings BIM models to the construction site using Augmented Reality. It helps BIM Managers, Construction Site Managers, and other stakeholders to prevent errors and facilitate communication between the field and the office.

Check out the features of the software and start your 30-day free trial now.

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Press Release: GAMMA Technologies raises €1 Million in Seed Round from Husqvarna Group

Press Release: GAMMA Technologies raises €1 Million in Seed Round from Husqvarna Group

Caner Dolas, CEO and Co-founder and Jayan Jevanesan, CTO and Co-founder of GAMMA Technologies

[Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, 6 September 2021] GAMMA Technologies today announced a new round of Seed funding of €1 Million. This round of funding was led by the internationally successful company, Husqvarna Group.

The investment from Husqvarna Group will accelerate the revolution of the construction industry and spread awareness about the benefits of using AR technologies on the jobsite. Husqvarna Group, with our current shareholders Formitas, are strategic investors and partners which will help us define the future of construction. We are excited to start working with Husqvarna Group on the implementation of innovative technology in the construction industry.”, says Caner Dolas, CEO & Co-founder, GAMMA Technologies.

GAMMA is innovating in an area of high interest to us as we believe Augmented Reality is an important technology when delivering new technology-based services to our customers going forward. We look forward to a close collaboration with the GAMMA team and to capture learnings to accelerate the evolvement of our (construction) business”, says Mark Johnson, Vice President Corporate Venture Capital, Husqvarna Group.

The funding follows additional support already received from various other organizations. Husqvarna Group follows current shareholders Formitas, a leading professional services company for the digitalization of the construction industry.

Innovative construction app: GAMMA AR 
GAMMA AR was founded in 2019 by Architect, Caner Dolas and Computer Scientist, Jayan Jevanesan after winning the prestigious start-up competition Fit4Start. The founders are integrated in the Luxembourg City Incubator at the House of Startups and subsequently joined the EYnnovation Program. Since 2020, GAMMA AR is also a member of the Autodesk Construction Cloud, which is the connecting platform for workflows and teams from BIM Software leader Autodesk. With these partners and their support, GAMMA AR has established itself as a viable product in the market. GAMMA AR has over 2,400 construction projects and the BIM-AR solution has been tested and adopted in more than 150 countries. More information is available at the GAMMA AR website.

About GAMMA Technologies
GAMMA Technologies is a Luxembourg-based start-up with a multinational team seeking to promote paperless construction sites with an agile Augmented Reality solution. The product GAMMA AR overlays 3D Building Information Models (BIM) on the jobsite to prevent errors, increase efficiency and reduce time spent on documentation and follow up – adding up to potential savings of up to 10% of total construction costs.

About Husqvarna Group
Husqvarna Group is a global leading producer of outdoor power products and innovative solutions for forest, park and garden care. Products include chainsaws, trimmers, robotic lawn mowers and ride-on lawn mowers. The Group is also the European leader in garden watering products and a global leader in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The Group’s products and solutions are sold under brands including Husqvarna, Gardena, McCulloch, Poulan Pro, Weed Eater, Flymo, Zenoah and Diamant Boart via dealers and retailers to consumers and professionals in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2020 amounted to SEK 42bn and the Group has around 12,400 employees in 40 countries

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BIM edition | These buildings you may not know were built with BIM

These buildings you may not know were built with BIM

Special edition for this Most Extraordinary Buildings series. Not 4 but 5 buildings you may not know were built with BIM. BIM technology has revolutionized the way we built. To take the definition of Autodesk, it is the foundation of digital transformation in the AEC industry. Let’s take a look at these incredible constructions.

1. Statoil Regional and International Offices by a-lab

statoil regional & international office realised with bim
Source photo: Luis Foneca

The Statoil Regional and International Offices is an institutional building located in Fornebu, Norway. Statoil is a Norwegian energy producer, the 57th largest company in the world by revenue. 2500 of the 30 000 employees now work in this unique office building.

The building is the result of a design competition, won by A-lab in February 2009. It underwent a detailed project phase and a construction period of 20 months before the completion in October 2012.

The design & construction

The structure of the building aims to reflect Statoil’s role. It is inspired by the classic and famous game Mikado. It is not only an innovative and internationally pioneering petroleum company but also gives a new identity and pulse to the local environment.

The building, which stands on the site of the old airport’s multi-storey car park, offers a spectacular view over the fjord of Olso, which makes it iconic.

To be able to build and complete the design, they used one solution: Building Information Modeling (BIM). Since the structure takes the form of 5 oblong buildings elements, stacked side by side and on top of each other; it is thorough planning, advanced BIM modeling, and fruitful solution-oriented dialogue that the team of architects, client and owner, construction companies, and all subcontractors were able to complete the Statoil building.

The recognition & awards

Since the completion of the building, the project has received a lot of recognition. Indeed, the project has received the WAN Awards 2012 for Best Office Building, been nominated for the National CITY Award and the International MIPIM Awards 2013 for its innovative architecture, flexibility, user-friendliness, and site adaptability, as reported by the Architects firm itself.

Information source:

ArchDaily Project Page: https://www.archdaily.com/359599/statoil-regional-and-international-offices-a-lab

A-lab Project Page: https://a-lab.no/project/statoil-regional-and-international-offices/#1

Archello Article: https://archello.com/project/statoil-regional-and-international-offices

2. Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower realized BIM
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The Shanghai Tower is a megatall skyscraper in Luijazui, Pudong, Shanghai. The building has many records, we will see that part in The recognition & awards. The construction work started in November 2008 and topped out in August 2013. The building was considered complete in September 2014 with an opening to the public in February 2015.

The project’s actors

The Shanghai Tower was designed by the American architectural firm Gensler, with Shanghainese Architect Jun Xia leading the design team. The Engineers on the project are Thornton TomasettiConsentini Associates, and I.DEA Ecological Solutions.

The design & construction

The tower incorporates numerous green architectural elements. Owners even received certifications from the China Green Building Committee and the U.S. Green Building Council for the building’s sustainable design. The design team also had to take something important into account: Shanghai commonly witnesses typhoon-force winds. To provide a strong building that can withstand, 3 key strategies were considered:

  • The tower’s asymmetrical form (completes a 120° twist as it rises)
  • Its tapering profile
  • Its rounded corners

These 3 elements offer a robust building that can withstand typhoon-force winds. The design of the tower’s glass façade helps to reduce wind loads on the building by 24%.

The Shanghai Tower has presented a complex design and many constructions management challenges. To meet these goals, one solution was evident: the implementation of the BIM process. The owner required it, thus Autodesk BIM solutions were used for the design and construction of the tower. The project team relied on a combination of Autodesk® Revit® ArchitectureAutodesk® Revit® Structure, and Autodesk® Revit® MEP software for the tower’s design and documentation.

The team also used Autodesk® Navisworks® Manage software for coordination and collaboration, Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis software for sustainable design analysis, and traditional AutoCAD® software for drawing production.

Autodesk Consulting in the Work Process

In the early days of the project, the project’s owner engaged Autodesk Consulting to help to create a BIM strategy and the deployment of a plan for the project, including, the implementation of consulting services and application training.

They also helped the owner implement an on-site BIM application environment for a local project team of over 50 members.

Implementing BIM in the project helped in many ways: integrating the design, improving the communication, enhancing collaboration, saving building materials, and more than anything: improving the construction efficiency. Considering the complexity of the building, we can even say that without BIM, this project couldn’t have been possible. 

The recognition & awards

It is the world’s second-tallest building by height to architectural top, and it shares the record of having the highest observation check along with the Ping An Finance Center.

Shanghai Tower is the winner of the Tien-yow Jeme Civil Engineering Prize of 2018.

Information source:

Gensler Project Page: https://www.gensler.com/projects/shanghai-tower

ArchDaily project page: https://www.archdaily.com/783216/shanghai-tower-gensler?ad_source=search&ad_medium=search_result_all

Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Tower

Autodesk Case Study: https://damassets.autodesk.net/content/dam/autodesk/www/case-studies/shanghai-tower/shanghai-tower-customer-story.pdf

3. Whizdom 101 

whizdom 101 realized with bim
Source photo: MQDC

Whizdom 101 is a smart city launched by Magnolia Quality Development Corportation (MQDC), a Thailand-based real-estate developer. The smart city is located in Bangkok, Thailand and as we are going to see, a really interesting project. Whizdom 101 did not start from scratch. The project’s mission was to transform an urban, 17-acre plot into a smart city model with a fully integrated, digital, mixed-use development with both commercial space and residential towers.

The project does not only turn the space into a smart city, but it also features forward-thinking applications for sustainability. Since its very beginning, the project was designed with sustainability goals, which were: reduce energy consumption by 30%, water usage by 40%, and CO2 emissions by 15,000 tons per year.

To make this happen, MQDC relied on the use of BIM software developed by Autodesk. The team has been gradually introduced to BIM Technology. First, starting with architects and structural engineers using Revit to develop and coordinate the designs. With the success of this phase, it extended to working with the contractor and supplier during the preconstruction, which helped reduce change orders and material costs. Even though the different stakeholders were concerned that adopting this BIM process would add more time and costs to the project, we can say that it is a big victory!

Each step of the construction process after that has been photographed and implemented into a BIM 360 model which conducts at the end, to have a 3D model to maintain the construction site instead of a 2D drawing.

The recognition & awards

Whizdom 101 has won international recognition for using high-tech design tools (BIM) to cut energy use. Winner for the Sustainability design of the 2017 Autodesk AEC Excellence Award. It is the first Southeast Asian project to win one of these prizes.

Information source:

Autodesk Customer Stories: https://www.autodesk.com/customer-stories/mqdc

Architect Magazine Article: https://www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/whizdom-101

4. The Enchanted Storybook Castle of Shanghai Disneyland

Enchanted storybook castle realized with bim
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The Enchanted Storybook Castle is a castle located in the Fantasyland area of Shanghai Disneyland. This castle is unique compared to the other ones since it represents all the Disney Princesses and not only one. The castle holds its uniqueness also because it has been constructed thanks to BIM. The Enchanted Storybook Castle is also the tallest castle in all the related Disney theme parks. The opening date of the castle was June 16, 2016, built by Walt Disney Imagineering.

The complexity of the project required the implementation of BIM throughout the entire process of construction, which is divided into a total of three phases. Therefore, Shanghai Disney required that all areas adopt BIM technology and create a BIM model for every single building. In total, 142 architects, engineers, and sub-contractors worked on this project, which was designed completely using Revit. Although the architectural team worked with Revit, the Structural and MEP disciplines within the Walt Disney Imagineering used AutoCAD.

BIM was used for 3D modeling and the coordination of each of the design aspects used within the project.

David Abair, Senior Concept Architect at WDI said that this was, by far, the most complex castle we’ve ever done. And though, one of the most impressive and extraordinary buildings, thanks to BIM.

The recognition & awards

  The project was honored with the 2014 AIA TAP (Technology in Architectural Practice) Award, thanks to its integration of workflows and its innovative use of BIM.

4. Baku National Stadium

baku national stadium realized with bim
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We already presented this stadium in our special edition about the stadiums that hosted the 2020 European Cup. You can read all about the history of the stadium HERE. Let’s focus on the benefits of the implementation of BIM on this project.

The BIM implementation on all the structures of the project helped to build the stadium in 18 months only like it was planned. Indeed, as we specified in our previous article, the stadium had to host the 2015 European Games, therefore the construction works had to end for these matters.

BIM is a perfect example for collaboration, especially on this project where all the stakeholders were dispatched all around the world, the architect in South Korea, the structural designer in New York, and the construction site in Azerbaijan. And last, the detailing 3D modeling and BIM coordination were done in Turkey and Greece. Communication was important and necessary, and BIM completed this task.

The structural engineer, Thornton Tomasetti, worked on Tekla Structures on which, with Tefken Engineering, they created the detailed information models. These models thus served as the information source for creating the fabrication drawings.

It is Tefken Engineering that trained the site team to use BIM technology and they worked with Tekla BIMsight.

Information source:

Tekla Article: https://www.tekla.com/resources/case-studies/global-bim-collaboration-creates-the-massive-baku-stadium-in-18-months

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US Infrastructure got US$100 million for digital construction technologies

US Infrastructure got US$100 million for digital construction technologies

The construction industry is the least digitalized. And yet, one which can benefit a lot from digitalization. This is about to change, especially in the USA, with this new bill, of estimatedUS$20 million and of US$100 million over five years to accelerate the implementation of construction technologies into AEC projects.
digital construction technologies for US infrastructure

After months of negotiations for the US$550 billion infrastructure bill, the legislative text of US President Joe Biden has been revealed. US$100 million are given for digital technologies (3D modeling software, project management platforms).

Great news for construction companies for which it will revolutionize the way they build. In our article on reasons why construction companies should go with a construction app for their projects, we remind the current traditional situation at construction sites with the paper plans. The results are a waste of time and money that solutions like Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Augmented Reality solve already.

The construction app GAMMA AR, for example, allows overlaying 3D BIM models to the construction site thanks to Augmented Reality.

This new legislation is the perfect occasion for construction companies to innovate and improve the way they build.

About GAMMA AR

GAMMA AR is a Construction App that brings BIM models intuitively to the construction site using Augmented Reality. It helps BIM Managers, Construction Site Managers, and other stakeholders to prevent errors and facilitate communication between the field and the office.

Check out the features of the software and start your 30-day free trial now.

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