Surviving digital change – key messages from Shaping a Digital World Conference
COBie – the contractor’s requirements
The inefficiency traps that are derailing design success
Richard Branson invests in Hyperloop One
NewsFrom BIM clinics to robotic demos – DCW’s top attractions
This year’s Digital Construction Week takes place next week at London’s Excel on 18 and 19 October.
The event offers the chance to meet the government’s Digital Built Britain core team; join workshops and clinics covering everything from BIM to VR/AR; while checking out the latest launches set to disrupt the industry, with drone racing and live 3D printing and robotics demos taking place throughout the exhibition.
Here’s preview of what will be happening at the event:
PeopleInterview: CyArk’s Elizabeth Lee Digitally capturing the ancient world
California-based CyArk maintains a detailed 3D digital archive of the world’s most endangered buildings and heritage sites. Managing director, Elizabeth Lee, explains the sites facing the worst effects of human aggression and climate change and plans to expose the models to a wider audience using VR.
Why was CyArk set up?
It was created in response to the catastrophic loss of cultural heritage sites, most notably the destruction of the world’s two largest standing Buddhas in Afghanistan, which were blown up by the Taliban in 2001.
Our founder, Ben Kacyra, was deeply moved by the event when he saw it in the news, and realised the huge potential of scanning technologies to accurately and rapidly document the built ...READ MORE
ManagementThe common data environment – who should be the gatekeeper?
Whilst primarily arising from a dispute over contract terms and the value of the works, the decision in Trant Engineering Ltd V Mott MacDonald Ltd  is of particular interest as it is the first published case where BIM features substantively, writes Sarah Rock.
Trant was engaged by the MoD as contractor for a £55m project in respect of the construction of a power station in the Falkland Islands. Mott MacDonald was appointed to provide design services and was also the building information modelling (BIM) coordinator, controlling access to the common data environment (CDE).
When a fee dispute arose, Mott ...READ MORE
NewsRichard Branson invests in Hyperloop One
The race to commercialise Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop vacuum-tube transport system ramped up yesterday when it was announced that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group would invest
PeopleCOBie – the contractor’s requirements
In the third part of our interview with the inventor of COBie, Dr Bill East, he addresses obstacles for the delivery of COBie by contractors and how to overcome them. Why are some contractors h
ProjectsCase Study: Isaac Newton Building Building academic excellence
As part of its ongoing programme to provide excellent subject-specific facilities, the University of Lincoln invested £28m to create the Isaac Newton Building, to house the Schools of Comp
TechnologyFoster + Partners working on drone system to monitor big projects
UK architectural practice Foster + Partners is working with autonomous drone software developer Be Tomorrow UK to develop a way of detecting real-time errors on big construction projects. The i
ManagementSurviving digital change – key messages from Shaping a Digital World Conference
Engineers, digital specialists, contractors and consultants packed the Institution of Civil Engineers in London last Thursday to listen, learn, and debate what part they need to be playing in di
EducationCPD: Reality capture
As reality capture technology becomes more accessible, Lee Mullin explains how its use in an intelligent BIM environment can streamline building refurbishment. Reality capture is the process o