Building Better with BIM

It’s been a long road for Building Information Modeling (BIM) to reach its current state. But, if supporters, surveys, and reports are accurate, BIM is now moving to widespread adoption, even as it continues to evolve. Interestingly, it turns out that contractors are adopting BIM faster than architects! On one project, the Collaborative Life Sciences Building in Portland, Oregon, a joint project of Oregon State University and Portland State University, BIM is credited with saving $10 million on a $295 million budget. The project had complex geometric designs and using 3D models helped to communicate the way things fit together for the subcontractors. But, it was the three-dimensional, all-digital documentation process used by the 28 different design teams that received […]

Building Information Modeling for the Win: Top 10 Benefits of BIM

  The move from 2D drawings to 3D models is well underway and gaining steam in the architectural, engineering, and construction industry, thanks to tangible bottom-line returns from streamlined workflows. The model-based approach increases efficiency within individual organizations and truly shines during coordinated project delivery. Building information modeling can drive time and budget savings for building and infrastructure projects. Here are the top 10 benefits of building information modeling (BIM) 1. Capture Reality. The wealth of information that’s easily accessible about project sites has expanded greatly with better mapping tools and images of Earth. Today, project starts include aerial imagery and digital elevation, along with laser scans of existing infrastructure, accurately capturing reality and greatly streamlining project preparations. With BIM, […]

4 OSHA Tips for a Successful Safety Stand-Down

    A construction worker is chipping a trash chute hole in the floor, and falls through to the level below. A painter-contractor working on a transmission tower unhooks his safety lanyard for just long enough to shift position and plummets 80 feet. Improperly secured safety scaffolding partially gives way and an unharnessed worker lands in the hospital. These scenarios are sadly not isolated events, or “once in a lifetime” accidents. “Falls from elevation” make up about a third of all construction worker fatalities. These deadly accidents are largely preventable. And OSHA is leading the way to ensuring we are not only aware, we are empowered to make a change; for the safety of everyone.   Read More

What’s New in Revu 2017 – Part 1

  2016 introduced many new features like Legends, Batch Markup Summary, Tags, improved text recognition with both AutoMark and OCR, and interface enhancements. Since then, we have been working hard to deliver even more innovative features to Revu 2017. Read on and follow the links below to learn more about all of the exciting new features now available in Revu. Dynamic Fill Polylength Quantity Link Segments Automatic Form Creation 360° Photos Batch Sign and Seal 3D PDF Enhancements Read more

CONTRACTOR magazine is conducting our annual “Power Tool” survey

  CONTRACTOR magazine is conducting our annual “Power Tool” survey, and we would very much appreciate your input! As a token of our appreciation, each participant may enter a drawing to win one of five $50 Visa gift cards! The survey is very brief, and should take just five minutes of your time to complete. Please be assured that all responses will be kept strictly confidential, and used only in combination with answers from other respondents. Please click here to take the survey! Thanks in advance for your participation in this study, and thank you especially for your interest in CONTRACTOR. Without your input and enthusiasm for our publication, we would not be able to provide the high level of […]

BIM, Data, and Cyber-Security

From BIM to BASM BIM (Building information modeling) is gradually becoming more and more common in several of the developed construction markets around the world. For many businesses, BIM use remains quite basic, expediting the production of design deliverables that are still shared as 2D deliverables: drawings, window or door schedules, for example. But as they begin to share and to combine or ‘federate’ data-rich 3D, 4D (time), and 5D (cost) models, project teams will need to heighten their cyber-security regimes. What security measures will we need in the future? We can guess. A shared 3D model may expose intellectual property to competitors. A fly-through visualization of a new building could share sensitive information about the building’s design–key structural components, […]

Construction Economics: Global Trends

Construction Industry Overall Dodge Data and Analytics reported total construction starts were down 3% in January 2017, when compared to January 2016. The company’s Momentum Index was up for five consecutive months as of February’s reading, but most of the gain was in the institutional sector. Commercial planning dropped, but by less than a percent. Most construction forecasts still call for industry growth in 2017, but forward momentum isn’t all clear sailing. Mortenson, a construction and development services company, reported that construction costs were trending upward in 2017. It predicted nonresidential construction costs across six markets would rise between 3% and 4.5%. And, the creditworthiness of firms has shown some erosion as the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association reported increased delinquencies […]

Bluebeam Revu Tips (What are Some Helpful Shortcuts in Revu?)

  Revu has a number of keyboard commands that let you work more efficiently. Some shortcuts are single letters, some are combinations of the Alt, Ctrl or Shift keys with a letter and others are mouse buttons in combination with the Alt, Ctrl and Shift keys. It can take a bit to memorize the shortcuts, but it will be worth the time. The keyboard shortcuts are displayed on the right side of the menus, next to each command, and on the tool tip – the small popup that displays when the cursor hovers over a button in the toolbar. A full list of the Keyboard shortcuts is available online or by clicking Help > Help > Keyboard Shortcuts in Revu. The shortcuts in these […]

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