Category Archives: Construction/BIM

The signature wave-shaped curtain wall nears completion at Waiea Tower.

BIM: Scaling the Challenges of a Curtain Wall

Layout for a high-rise curtain wall in Hawaii is dramatically streamlined with a 3D scanner paired with BIM software. It’s difficult for a structure to stand out on the Honolulu waterfront—the area is one of the busiest, yet most beautiful, on the island of Oahu. Home to Waikiki Beach, exclusive marinas, a breathtaking view of Diamond...

An InfraWorks 360 model of downtown San Francisco. Image courtesy of Autodesk.

The Process of BIM

Above: An InfraWorks 360 model of downtown San Francisco.  Image courtesy of Autodesk. An analysis of Autodesk’s software suite, BIM 360, reveals how BIM< can give project stakeholders unique access and insight across all phases of the AEC design process.  Large modern buildings are permeated with sensors and systems—plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, ventilation, security, elevators,...

A 3D model combines building structure, systems, and site data.

BIM: Some Assembly Required (But not as Much as You Might Think)

Above: A 3D model combines building structure, systems, and site data.  Trimble’s Bryn Fosburgh Talks BIM Editor’s note: From a distance, BIM looks like it would present quite a challenge to implement: how to affect smooth and efficient workflows encompassing diverse and complex elements. As surveyors and other geospatial practitioners try to get their arms around...

Level Up Your BIM!

BIM is soon to be mandatory for certain public works contracts in the UK, driven by expected cost-benefits. We asked a UK geospatial design expert (and xyHt contributor) to give us a look at what a few years forward may hold for BIM on this side of the pond. If you didn’t know already, the...

Enmapp’s Customers Reap the Benefit of the Mobile Revolution

Above: Enmapp provides pipeline construction monitoring and quality assurance to some of the world’s largest energy companies. With the price of crude half what it was only a year ago, and the price of natural gas not faring that much better, a trip through the oil patch shows production only where it is deemed economically...

ARES Map is a hybrid solution bringing together the intelligence of Esri’s GIS contents and a full-featured dwg-based CAD system.

The Vanishing Divide

New solutions bridge the gap between CAD and GIS. Editor’s note: In our continuing examination of CAD-GIS integration we’ve presented several approaches and products. Internationally, a tremendous amount of work has been done towards integration, both in academia and in commercial software; here we introduce you to Graebert GmbH, German developer of popular CAD software...