Christmas wish list part 1: Stefan Mordue and Mike Turpin
Bryden Wood and 3D Repo launch 4D sequence visualisation tool
Komatsu takes first step to the autonomous construction site
The best construction video games to play this christmas
NewsDigital transformation at the heart of £600bn infrastructure plan
The government’s Infrastructure and Projects Authority has set out more plans to increase efficiency of the industry in a 43-page document entitled Transforming Infrastructure Performance published today.
The document sets out plans to change the way infrastructure is planned, procured and delivered. It follows a commitment in last month’s Budget and Sector Deal agreement to favour offsite construction on major public projects from 2019.
At the heart of the plan is to use “digital technology and innovation to improve the way we deliver and extract maximum whole-life value from infrastructure, including through supporting effective delivery of the Digital Built Britain programme and building on examples of good practice such as smart motorways”.
The document also sets out how the IPA will join the Infrastructure Industry Innovation Platform (i3P), and continue to engage with other innovation initiatives, to strengthen its role in identifying and championing good practice.
Alongside these papers, the government confirmed a new £600bn pipeline of UK infrastructure projects covering the next 10 years.
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PeopleQ&A: Foster + Partners’ Martha Tsigkari Developing tomorrow’s technology
Foster + Partners’ Applied Research + Development group has been pushing the boundaries of computational design for more than a decade. Martha Tsigkari, a partner working in the group, explains the latest innovations and their implications for how projects are developed, visualised and communicated.
How does the Applied Research + Development group operate?
As a key support team within the company, we contribute in a variety of ways. Although we are all architects, engineers, artists or mathematicians, we are all trained computer scientists and have a deep understanding of programming.
We continually explore innovative technologies, looking at how they can be implemented throughout the design process. This includes parametric and generative design, optimisation using genetic algorithms, cognitive computing, simulation and performance driven design ...READ MORE
ManagementDoes NEC4 have the X Factor to propel BIM use?
David McNeice from Quigg Golden looks at the brave new world of the NEC4 and its X10 option – the information modelling clause.
In October this year I had the privilege of chairing the Digital Procurement Workshop for the Institution of Civil Engineers at One Great George Street. It was a fantastic event, and provided a great insight into how digital technology and procurement should be utilised.
One of the main criticisms raised at the workshop was the lack of a strong industry or public-sector voice championing the use of digital technology on a wholesale basis.
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NewsBryden Wood and 3D Repo launch 4D sequence visualisation tool
Integrated design and operations consultancy Bryden Wood and BIM technology innovator 3D Repo have launched a new platform for visualising how construction projects change over time. Using virt
PeopleChristmas wish list part 1: Stefan Mordue and Mike Turpin
In the first part of our end of year series we find out what our built environment techies want from Santa… what they made of 2017 and what they are hoping for next year. Stefan Mordue,
ProjectsUrban Sciences Building, Newcastle Delivering an accurate record of assets
A detailed BIM asset model for the £60m Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University is expected to underpin the development of a “digital twin”, a 3D model displaying live
TechnologyEye-tracking pinpoints human errors on site
Researchers in the US have used eye-tracking technology to measure the situational awareness of construction workers to understand the causes of human error on the job. The University of Nebras
ManagementThe leadership challenge in a digital age
In an ever-changing climate driven by technological innovation, George Dobbins from executive search firm Berwick Partners, examines the leadership challenges facing the built env
EducationDownload your free copy of the popular BIM guide
Our popular Little Book of BIM is a quick reference guide to the standards and some of the key definitions that are commonly used in describing BIM and its related processes. Use it to improve y