BIM, other tech aid health care construction 
Emergency room sign
(Eric Thayer / Reuters)
Construction in the health care industry is changing rapidly, but the use of building information modeling is helping increase communications and collaboration among designers, contractors and engineers. In addition, drones, virtual reality and 3D printing are contributing to the design and construction process. Healthcare Design online (4/7)
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BIM in the News
BIM takes building design to the next, sustainable level 
Building information modeling has been compared to the advance from designing buildings on paper to designing with software, but it goes beyond that with real benefits for the environment and sustainability, according to Ian Sutton, associate director at CBRE Building Consultancy. "In essence, these new technologies are helping us understand how to put a building together better, provide a better grasp of how that building should perform when built and, later, how it might be taken apart," Sutton said. The Guardian (London) (4/13)
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BIM saves $1.2B for U.K. projects 
Crossrail project
The U.K. has just implemented Level 3 BIM, a single, shared building information model for a project; the government estimates its Level 2 BIM has saved $1.2 billion. BIM helped deliver projects for the 2012 Summer Olympics within budget and is being used in theCrossrail and HS2 rail projects. BIM has been implemented in the U.K. through a national strategy, and the author of this article suggests that Australia might want to follow the U.K.'s lead. Sourceable (4/9)
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Advanced Construction Methods
Rapid growth seen in smart building technology 
More than 20% yearly compound annual growth is likely for spending on smart building technology over the next four years, according to IDC Energy Insights. IDC projects that more than 90% of companies plan to raise their investment in smart building technologies when the "methodology for valuing those investments" becomes more standardized. (4/10)
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Lean construction is a proactive strategy to cut costs 
Scissors to cut costs
(Sabrina Vaden / EyeEm)
Going lean is often touted but not always understood. In this article, Brad Humphrey, founder of Pinnacle Development Group, poses 10 questions to help you "lean" your process and outlines eight wastes to avoid, including underutilization of people. Humphrey contends that eliminating waste can "improve quality and lower costs." (4/6)
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Tekla software explores designs of multimaterial buildings 
New software from Tekla automates analysis of designs incorporating multiple materials. The modeling software allows for close collaboration and facilitates quick comparisons of alternative design plans, according to this article. Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (4/9)
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Construction Technology in Focus
BIM, collaboration key to speedy hospital design, construction 
Collaboration among project partners throughout the phases of construction as well as innovative methods of design and construction helped bring the Denver Saint Joseph Hospital from design to a finished state in just 30 months. A building information modeling execution plan was key to speeding the process early, with all partners agreeing on a common BIM process to avoid the document-management confusion that normally would be expected in a project encompassing 831,000 square feet. (4/7)
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3D printer reproduces Norwegian capital in miniature 
Oslo, Norway
A 3D printer has allowed a team in Oslo to update a 10-year-old 3D map of the capital city. The 1:1,000 scale model covers the city center's 13.4 square miles in a 25-foot-by-15-foot layout and even includes accurate colors. (4/13)
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CarbonCure traps carbon dioxide, puts it into concrete 
Carbon dioxide is released into the environment when the limestone and clay needed to produce cement are heated. Canada-based CarbonCure Technologies has developed a way to mitigate the emissions by using a machine to trap the gas and put it into concrete. Six pilot projects are underway. "The idea began by looking at natural carbonation reactions like coral formation, plant photosynthesis and even concrete atmospheric carbonation," says engineer and CEO Robert Niven. "By mimicking these systems ... we discovered that we could harness these processes to rapidly and beneficially reuse waste carbon dioxide to make better concrete with a lower carbon footprint." The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (4/2)
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Working Together
Report: Google may expand enterprise collaboration suite with GMeet 
Google is reportedly working on a new online meeting tool that will support real-time voice and video communication and the sharing of files. The WebRTC-based platform, known as Google Meeting, runs separately from the popular Google Hangouts application and is currently available only to company employees. eWeek (4/9)