Japan turns to construction robots as workforce dwindles
App provides digital management of asbestos
Smartphones are an asset, not a liability
Round table asks: what happened to the BIM bang?
News‘Grand Designs’ prefab house launched
Architectural practice Richard Hywel Evans (RHE) has launched a modular home concept that aims to offer Grand Designs styling at an affordable price.
The design responds to preconceptions that prefabricated homes are often not the most aesthetically appealing.
Named nHouse, the three-bedroom home can be built either as a standalone property, in a pair as a semi-detached house, or in a terrace. The home is quoted as costing at £190,000 for the delivery and set-up.
It will be constructed from cross-laminated timber and is designed to be assembled in three days. Kitchens, bathrooms and all plasterwork are completed offsite.
Richard Hywel Evans, director at RHE, was quoted in Building Design saying: “Often I see these standard houses being produced which are mostly built on a budget with an eye on the bottom line, rather than focusing on the happiness of the end occupier.
“I designed the nHouse as I wanted to put design first and see if we can build a home that makes people happy and yet still ...READ MORE
PeopleQ&A: Autodesk’s Chris Bradshaw Revit Live and game engines
Last year, Autodesk launched an online service that allows users to create an immersive, interactive 3D visualisation, direct from a Revit model, at the click of a button. BIM+ talks to Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president of Autodesk Media & Entertainment, about its potential to change how architects see and use game engines.
How do you anticipate game engines and Revit Live will be used?
People have been trying to intersect game engines with architectural models for a long time. This hasn’t been easy, as game engines have traditionally been quite complex for architects to use, and are not particularly well equipped for the type of experience that they’re trying to create.
To combat this, we must firstly be ...READ MORE
ManagementDrones: when does monitoring become spying?
The use of drones is increasing, but contractors should be careful when deploying them, particularly when using them to monitor progress on sites, warns David Savage.
Increasingly, construction companies are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones as they are more commonly known, for a variety of purposes including aerial surveys and monitoring the activities of staff and subcontractors on the worksite, in particular their compliance with health and safety policies.
The commercial benefits of using drones on the construction site are not in dispute, but the problem is, their use has a high potential for infringing the privacy rights ...READ MORE
NewsJapan turns to construction robots as workforce dwindles
A robotic lifting arm and remote-controlled bulldozers are some of ...
PeopleSmartphones are an asset, not a liability
On the construction site smart phones need to be seen ...
ProjectsCase study: Slussen lock, Stockholm BIM unlocks Swedish reconstruction
Slussen lock, located between the islands of Södermalm and Gamla ...
TechnologyApp provides digital management of asbestos
A North East-based construction safety and risk management company is ...
ManagementWhat Spock taught us about BIM
Spock was the BIM manager of the Starship Enterprise, says ...