iPads Supplanting Construction Blueprints Boosts Productivity

IPads Supplanting Blueprints Boosts Builder Productivity

Armed with iPads linked to the newest plans, work orders and information requests, specialists are leading a shift to building information modeling, or BIM. New types of jobs are being created, such as modelers, and updated skills are becoming mandatory for designers and contractors. As builders recover from the worst downturn since World War II, such tools are changing processes used in design and construction.

“The goal is to eliminate problems before they happen,”

via IPads Supplanting Blueprints Boosts Builder Productivity – Businessweek.

Bluebeam® Revu® for iPad lets you work without limits. Watch this video (displaying Revu iPad 1.0) to learn how to access and navigate your PDF files on the go, from anywhere, and redline PDFs with industry standard symbols. Save custom markups for reuse across sessions, and collaborate with colleagues across the globe in real time using Revu’s cloud based solution, Bluebeam Studio™. All it takes is a tap and swipe to experience the difference.

A few taps is all it takes. Use Revu’s list of markup tools, including text, notes, highlighter, lines, clouds, callouts and more to redline your PDFs. Customize your markups by easily changing the color, fill, opacity, line type or font. Want to cut, copy or delete a markup? Just tap and hold down on the markup in question to bring up its context menu.

AutoDesk BIM 360 Field: iPad Basics




3D print structures on the moon

moon base

Foster + Partners works with European Space Agency to 3D print structures on the moon | News | Foster + Partners.

Foster + Partners is part of a consortium set up by the ESA to explore the possibilities of 3D printing to construct lunar habitations. Addressing the challenges of transporting materials to the moon, the study is investigating the use of lunar soil,known as regolith, as building matter.The practice has designed a lunar base to house four people, which can offer protection from meteorites, gamma radiation and high temperature fluctuations. The base is first unfolded from a tubular module that can be transported by space rocket.

An inflatable dome then extends from one end of this cylinder to provide a support structure for construction. Layers of regolith are then built up over the dome by a robot-operated 3D printer to create a protective shell. To ensure strength while keeping the amount of binding “ink” to a minimum, the shell is made up of a hollow closed cellular structure similar to foam. The geometry of the structure was designed by Foster + Partners in collaboration with consortium partners – it is groundbreaking in demonstrating the potential of 3D printing to create structures that are close to natural biological systems.

3D printing techniques will be used to construct buildings, here and in outer space.

The objective of NASA is to build settlements, outposts, it could be much cheaper than prefab structures and much, much cheaper than conventional construction.


Construction Contractors: What is UETA and Why Should You Care?


Given the increase of today’s mobile technologies available on the construction site … from smart phones, to iPads and tablets, to electronic drawings and specifications … there are going to be new disputes involving those technologies

In particular, I think we are going to find an increase in disputes when it comes to the use of emails as a means of communication among project members.  First, email communications tend to be sent “off the cuff” without creating a draft of the communication that can be reviewed by team members.  In addition, you may not have the accurate contract provisions in front of you when you are sending an email from the project site, so your communication may not include the appropriate contract references that you need to support your position or claim.  Finally, email communications simply tend to be more informal and can lead to “miscommunications” among the project team members.

via Blog Posts From Around the Web | Southeast Construction | McGraw-Hill Construction.

@Related_Group : 6 Condo Projects Underway, 10 More Planned For South Florida

2013-03-20 13.16.16 2013-03-06 13.05.41 2013-03-13 11.32.02 With six new condo projects already at various stages of development from Greater Downtown Miami to Hollywood Beach, the Related Group – Florida’s most prolific vertical condo developer – is planning to build an additional 10 projects in the South Florida region, according to a new report from CondoVultures.com. “I have already bought the elevators for 10 jobs,” Carlos Rosso, the president of new condo development division of the Related Group, told a sold out crowd of 200 people at the CondoVultures.com 5th Annual State Of The South Florida Condo Market Seminar on Feb. 27, 2013 at the Met 1 condominium in Greater Downtown Miami. “I have already bought the tonnage of steel in futures for those 10 projects. We have done that. Why? Because we are Related. We can buy in bulk” to achieve attractive discounts on construction materials in a highly competitive industry. Rosso added: “If there is one developer that comes to try to compete in any [South Florida] submarket with Related, he is going to have a hard time to match the prices that Related will be able to offer. That gives us a tremendous advantage.”

via Related Exec: 6 Condo Projects Underway, 10 More Planned For South Florida.

Drilling caisson shaft at Jade Signature

Drilling caisson shaft at Jade Signature

The Basics of Hybrid Designs in Construction Equipment

Komatsu Hybrid Excavator1

Hybrid is a slippery word. By one definition, anything of mixed origin or composition is a hybrid: thus, we have hybrid roses and hybrid languages. A more narrow definition has hybrids as single functioning units that juxtapose different technologies. That definition makes hybrids of decades-old hydrostatic and diesel/electric drive systems—since they juxtapose mechanical with hydraulic or electric technology—but these systems seldom are so classified. When considering the innovative energy-use systems being applied today in heavy equipment and trucks, then, perhaps “hybrid” definitions need a second look.

The most precise definition we encountered is that from Caterpillar: A hybrid is “a machine equipped with a device to collect, store and release energy during operation.”

By that definition, a number of machines and trucks with innovative energy-use technology would qualify as hybrids. A few machines, however, with technology just as innovative, would be ruled out on technicalities—the Cat D7E crawler dozer, for instance, because its distinctive electrical/mechanical power train neither collects, stores nor releases stored energy, and several wheel loaders—the Cat 966K XEDeere 644K Hybrid, and Deere 944K—which collect and use energy that otherwise would be wasted, but do not store it.

via The Basics of Hybrid Designs in Construction Equipment | Construction Equipment.

SITEOPS is conceptual land development software for architects, civil engineers, landscape architects and land developers


SITEOPS is conceptual land development software for folks like architects, civil engineers, landscape architects and land developers. After you’ve brought in a site, you can combine building footprints with critical elements like parking, islands and driveways. These elements are parametric, meaning that they re-draw themselves on the fly as you change aspects of your conceptual design. SITEOPS even provides budget tools for estimating the cost of a project.

Want to see what a parking layout might look like if your building were on the other side of the site? As you slide it over, the parking lot automatically reconfigures to maintain the proper number of spaces. Too cool. This short video shows SITEOPS it in action:

via Official SketchUp Blog: SITEOPS: Conceptual design for land development.

Retailers, and other industries, can use location allocation analysis to help find a new store location. ArcGIS

Smart Market Planning… for organizations this means making intelligent and informed decisions about where the next store location should be.  There are many factors affecting that decision but location is often considered the most important: location of a proposed store, location of potential and existing customers and location of competitors.

Retailers, among other industries, can use location-allocation analysis in Business Analyst to help find a new store location. As the name suggests, location-allocation is a twofold solution that simultaneously locates facilities (stores) and allocates demand (customers) to the facilities (stores).

In Business Analyst, you can solve three different problem types with location-allocation:

1) Maximize Attendance – Good for specialty stores such as coffee shops, medical offices, or electronic stores… assumes that the farther people have to travel to reach your location, the less likely they are to use it.

2) Maximize Market Share – Large discount stores benefit… given the presence of competitors, captures as much market share as possible with a given number of locations.

3) Target Market Share – For a given target market share, tries to solve using the fewest potential locations necessary. Large discount stores also benefit by determining the expansion required to reach a certain level of the market share or see what strategy is needed to maintain the current market share given the introduction of new competitors.

via What’s New in 10.1 – Smart Market Planning | ArcGIS Resources.

New app coming soon construction equipment rental from your mobile phone startup investors include @a16z @sacca


With $1.8M From Andreessen, Chris Sacca & More, Rental Marketplace Getable Digs Into The $32B Construction Market

Getable has identified a more appealing opportunity. Today, the startup is unveiling a new product (and another new direction) aimed at the largest segment of the rental industry: Tools and equipment. As part of this transition, Getable is becoming a mobile-first business and has created a product that is geared exclusively to general contractors and those to whom they rent their construction equipment.

Considering there are over 10M general contractors in the U.S., the tool and equipment category represents a $32 billion market and one that’s projected to reach $46 billion by 2016. While that’s still a sizable market, it’s a fraction of the $85 billion rental industry, which includes tools, party supplies, sports equipment and more — the one Getable was initially targeting when it launched as Rentcycle back in 2009.

“It’s funny, because construction truly represents the original mobile workforce, so it’s hard to believe that contractors and construction workers lack access to great mobile products that help them manage such key components of their jobs,” Rogers says of Getable’s new direction

via With $1.8M From Andreessen, Chris Sacca & More, Rental Marketplace Getable Digs Into The $32B Construction Market | TechCrunch.

Large Commercial Buildings in Minneapolis to Report Energy and Water Use: from @ecmweb #sustainable


Beginning in 2014, large commercial buildings in Minneapolis must report energy and water use annually  to comply with a new ordinance city leaders approved recently intended to increase energy awareness. The ordinance is a tool that uses market forces, rather than performance or design mandates, to motivate owners and tenants to invest in efficiency improvements, ultimately saving energy, lowering energy costs, reducing pollution and spurring local green jobs.

via Large Commercial Buildings in Minneapolis to Report Energy and Water Use | Ops & Maintenance content from Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine.