Increase precast construction productivity

Increase precast construction productivity with PhoenixEOS

Increase precast construction productivity with PhoenixEOS

Increase precast construction productivity

PhoenixEOS for Precast Fabrication

The wealth of information in a highly detailed, constructable PhoenixEOS model boosts the precast construction process. With the model information, you can increase productivity, minimize errors and waste and improve planning, collaboration and communication between the project parties.

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  • Add value to sales and tendering phase
  • Utilize model information in production planning
  • Apply model information to production automation
  • Produce cast-unit drawings efficiently from the model
  • Manage statuses and coordinate with the model

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PhoenixEOS is the combined solutions provider working on parallel lines of engineering and architecture. Based in India, PhoenixEOS majorly works with offshore clients due to the benefits of their mandatory needs in building and architecture solutions. Phoenix is a one stop solution for CADD Services with specialized services involving all kinds of BIM (Building Information Modeling) services in 2D, 3D and 4D formats. BIM is mandatory in most of the countries of the world like the U.S, Europe, Australia, among others. In India, it is in nascent stage. This means we are a pioneering company working as a bridge between your project blueprints to actual building. Phoenix team has worked internationally with big projects and is bringing this niche concept to India. We provide different types of services that involve both digital and print output for your ease. We have the cutting edge technology required for modern day needs with all required infrastructure in a spacious place. Our highly compatible and experienced team can handle all the amalgamated design and details solutions processes extremely well. With every project done successfully, we have built an enormous trust in our clients. Our work culture is a perfect fusion of experience, expertise and capabilities.

Autodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document Management

Autodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document Management

Autodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document ManagementAutodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document Management

Hot off the presses! Today at Autodesk University, Autodesk, announced a “new world order in construction document management” with the release of BIM 360 Docs.

This comprehensive, cloud-based service for the construction industry provides a virtual workspace to create, access, maintain, markup and share 2D and 3D project documents, plans and models.

Formerly known as Project Alexandria, BIM 360 Docs takes a lot of the pain out of rework (a task that takes up to 25% of any construction project) and reduces materials that are wasted during the process.

In its press release, Autodesk says that “Much of this waste can be attributed to the error-prone process of managing hundreds to thousands of project documents. Today, the construction industry must contend with a tangled web of multiple document management solution providers, contributing to significant inefficiencies and risks on construction project sites.”

BIM 360 Docs solves this problem head-on by ensuring that the entire project team is building from the correct version of documents and plans – saving time, and reducing risk and errors in construction projects.

Autodesk BIM 360 Docs works by connecting construction project team members through collaborative, real-time access to construction documents throughout the project lifecycle. Planned capabilities include:

• Linked 3D and 2D experience, allowing users to interact with models in 2D views and visualize them in 3D on the same page, and vice-versa.

• Permission-based access control and approval processes to manage the updating and release of documents, preventing project teams from working from out-of-date information.

• Blazing-fast viewing experience for large-format PDF design documents, optimized for Apple iOS devices.

• Automated organization of original and updated construction docs into sets, including highly accurate and customized optical character recognition (OCR) of title blocks.

Below are a selection of screenshots and information about availability of the solution:

Autodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document Management

Publish and manage all project document file types in a single system with support for unlimited users and unlimited storage.

Autodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document Management

Easily extract and organize individual project documents from multi-sheet files & 3D models, featuring title block.

Autodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document Management

Ensure that the entire project team is working with the correct documents with version control and online/offline access on mobile devices.

Autodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document Management

Create and share markups for collaborative design reviews with the team.

Autodesk Launches a “New World Order” in Construction Document Management

View and navigate 3D models, access object properties, use sectioning tools and explore models with gravity-based walk-throughs.

Availability

Autodesk is now accepting reservations for a limited release and free preview version of Autodesk BIM360 Docs at www.bim360.com/docs. The product is expected to come to market in early 2016. In addition to the free, limited version of BIM 360 Docs, Autodesk will offer the option to subscribe to additional capabilities that scale to meet more advanced needs of construction firms. The product will initially be available in English only. Copied from Technically speaking.

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Plans to build 1,300 homes on vacant Dublin sites

Plans to build 1,300 homes on vacant Dublin sites

Plans to build 1,300 homes on vacant Dublin sites

Plans to build 1,300 homes on vacant Dublin sites

Dublin City Council will be presenting politicians with plans for the immediate development of housing in three locations.

The plans cover 30 hectares of vacant Dublin City Council land to meet the high demand for housing in Dublin.

The council proposes to recoup an initial capital investment of €8M, through the sale of private housing and commercial development.

The plan includes the building of 1,300 homes as part of the new model of “affordable rental” as outlined in Budget 2016, at sites the council owns at Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock, O’Devaney Gardens in Dublin 7 and St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore.

The largest of the three sites, Coolock Lane, at the Santry end of Oscar Traynor Road, covers 17 hectares which the council has designated for 655 homes which will be split into six lots. The procurement process for the first lot of 76 homes is to begin in the new year and will consist of 44 houses and 32 duplex units. A total of 16 homes will be reserved for social housing, with 60 being marketed as started homes, costing in the region of €300,000.

The next phase will consist of a mix of 122 starter and market-value houses, duplexes and apartments, and 30 social homes.

The third lot will be part of council plans to use the new affordable rental model to provide 79 new homes.

A total of €10M was set aside as part of Budget 2016, from the proceeds of the same of Bord Gáis Éireann, for an affordable rental pilot scheme. The scheme will be tested by the council, who propose to set the rent this housing at 30% of the net income of the tenants or 20% of local market rent.

The council have said that this model has the potential to “guarantee a home for life”.

Over a quarter of the new housing at the O’Devaney Gardens site could be given over to the scheme. The council plans 398 homes, starting with 110, which the council have said should be considered for the affordable rental scheme.

The final site, St Michael’s Estate, has 75 houses and apartments on the site, but a substantial amount of land still remains. The council proposes 300 duplexes and apartments, with 234 being private.

This will be the largest building programme undertaken by a local authority since the property crash. Copied from UK construction online.

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BIM is not AN EXCUSE FOR SOCIAL ENGINEERING

BIM is not AN EXCUSE FOR SOCIAL ENGINEERING

BIM is not  AN EXCUSE FOR SOCIAL ENGINEERING

BIM is not  AN EXCUSE FOR SOCIAL ENGINEERING

There is a myth a particular type of contractual arrangement is required for BIM to work, so called Integrated Project Delivery. This is allied with a work arrangement being called “Project Team Integration”.

There is nothing wrong with Integrated Project Delivery, its aims of shared responsibility, risk and decision making is laudable. But just as you don’t need to use BIM to achieve these aims (e.g. The National Museum of Australia used CAD), using BIM doesn’t require IPD.

The insistence that the construction industry must move to IPD type contracts and work arrangements for BIM is a naked attempt to use BIM as a driver to improve the way the way the industry works. This is great for bettering the AECO industry but detrimental to BIM adoption. BIM is not the only, and certainly not the most critical, driver in the selection of contractual arrangements. Making the assumption IPD is necessary for BIM leads to BIM not being considered for projects that require other contractual arrangements for reasons other than BIM. Copied from blogger.com

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Switch Join Order

Switch Join Order

Switch Join Order

Switch Join Order

This one passed me by in Revit 2014, but may have been picked up by others; you can now switch the join order of elements. This is probably best demonstrated when needing to join like minded materials together, such as concrete beams & slabs

Here we have 3 pre-cast concrete beams & a slab. We obviously want to join the elements together to create nice clean joins.

Switch Join Order

If we choose Join Geometry from the modify tab, we can select the slab & join it to the beams.

Switch Join Order

Now if we don’t want to show the beams projected into the slab as indicated in the image above, select the Switch Join Order tool, & the select the slab & then each individual beam to switch the way the concrete cleans up.

Switch Join Order

The cutting rules are recognised when you create a section box through the model as well. Here I have joined one beam so it projects into the slab, the other 2 remain flush to the underside of the slab.

Switch Join Order

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THIS COMPANY DITCHED 90 PRIVATE OFFICES AND LOVES IT

THIS COMPANY DITCHED 90 PRIVATE OFFICES AND LOVES IT

THIS COMPANY DITCHED 90 PRIVATE OFFICES AND LOVES IT

THIS COMPANY DITCHED 90 PRIVATE OFFICES AND LOVES IT

Like so many other companies seeking to modernize, ad agency FCB decided to ditch the 90 private spaces at their Toronto office in favor of a mostly open plan space that would encourage collaboration and creativity. The resulting office design, courtesy of Bartlett & Associates Ltd., is nothing short of inspirational.

FCB’s new home is located in a space that has a former life as a turn-of-the-century light bulb factory. As both a nod to the building’s history and a reminder of FCB’s mission of creativity and innovation, an enormous light bulb with the agency’s name as the filament greets both employees and customers alike as the walk in the entryway.

The building itself offers a variety of spaces for employees and customers to meet and work, from grabbing an informal cup of joe at the Market Square Coffee Bar to meeting formally in the Boardroom. FCB has been thrilled with the redesign; the company’s creative director raved that “the increase in energy was literally overnight”.

Please talk about any other notable aspects of the project that make it unique.

The FCB space is located in an historic building known as the Lightbulb Factory, which was built in 1908 for the Sunbeam Incandescent Lamp Company of Canada. Later, as the Canadian head office for the General Electric Company, they produced electric clocks, fuses and light bulbs. The tie-in of the light bulb factory with ad agency inspiration was perfect

The design features a large, open space with high ceilings, wide corridors and strong perspectives that establish a sense of scale within the space. Three dominant principal axes anchor the design solution and provide a dimensional energy:

  1. Reception to Market Square,
  2. Market Square to Creative Department, and
  3. Mezzanine/staircase complex that transitions two and one-half floors.

As requested by the client, the space is multi-functional: Reception, Market Square, the Boardroom, Creative Department lounge, and Mezzanine breakouts are all suitable for informal staff gatherings and town halls, which drives a sense of corporate community. In addition, the layout provides multiple ways to engage clients (informally at the Market Square Coffee Bar, in the more formal Boardroom and in Creative breakouts). Copied from work design magazine.

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THE STORY POD: COMMUNITY LIBRARY IN TORONTO

THE STORY POD: COMMUNITY LIBRARY IN TORONTO

THE STORY POD: COMMUNITY LIBRARY IN TORONTO

THE STORY POD: COMMUNITY LIBRARY IN TORONTO

The Story Pod, a community-supported lending library designed by Atelier Kastelic Buffey (AKB), is helping to invigorate the Town of Newmarket. The intensifying suburb, due north of Toronto, has a Victorian-era core surrounded by ever-growing tracks of modern housing. The pod, placed on the edge of a prominent, recently completed civic square, in the heart of the town’s historic district, continues the municipality’s plan to use contemporary design as a means of creating a lively, current-day hub for gathering within the leafy, quaint setting.

The Story Pod echoes AKB’s renowned residential projects with a pure, simple form that belies a deeply thoughtful approach to architecture. The abstract, compact black volume, acts as an urban marker, drawing curious residents from nearby Main Street and an adjacent riverside walking trail. As users move around the box, the rhythm of its vertical slats changes. The tightest spacing articulates opaque walls; the larger gaps, backed by transparent Lexan, allow light and views to filter through; and the widest openings display the book stacks, showcasing the spines and encouraging eager readers to come in.

During the day, the invitation becomes more pronounced when two of the walls pivot open like the covers of a book, welcoming people inside or to gather around the front. Visitors can take or leave something to read, or lounge quietly on the built-in seating and read. Groups of students can collect around outside for story time with their teacher. At night, when the doors are locked, recessed, energy efficienct LED lights, powered by concealed, self-sustaining solar panels on the roof, glow through the lattice work like a lantern, providing ambience for night markets or community events. (During the winter months, the pod will be stored off-site; specially designed channels at the base accommodate a standard forklift for easy, efficient transportation.)

The Story Pod’s ethos of community comes from the roots of the design process. The concept was initiated by HollisWealth, who donated funds for the purchase of materials. The studio carefully considered how to make the design aesthetically pleasing and functional, as well as ecological, economical and easy to build so that a volunteer construction crew could assemble it. Copied from yellowtrace.

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Energy Companies and BIM: Battery is included

Energy Companies and BIM: Battery is included

Energy Companies and BIM: Battery is included

Energy Companies and BIM: Battery is included

Whilst details still remain undisclosed, the potential for disruption to the energy industry is huge.

Solar and wind power offer a renewable alternative to our dependence upon oil and gas but alone are not a source of fuel 24/7. However, add in a battery large enough to store energy for a number of days and suddenly they may become a viable option.

The future role of utility companies

When people can generate and store their own electricity, what will be the role of a utility company? When energy can be ‘harvested’ and stored locally, what will be the role of large power plants with extensive distribution networks?

Understanding their assets

When faced with these challenges, Energy companies will to need to understand precisely what assets they have across their entire portfolio. They’re going to need to be able to combine this data with external sources of information such as historical weather data (hours of sunshine, strength of wind, etc.). Copied from Paul Baguley Blog.

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Forth Road Bridge to reopen ahead of schedule

Forth Road Bridge to reopen ahead of schedule

Forth Road Bridge to reopen ahead of schedule

Forth Road Bridge to reopen ahead of schedule

The Forth Road Bridge is to reopen on Wednesday, after repairs were completed ahead of schedule.

The bridge was closed on the 4th December after a crack was discovered in the truss under the carriageway.

The reopening of the bridge will come two weeks earlier than officials promised, after engineers installed a steel splint to repair the cracked truss.

On Saturday, a number of lorries were sent over the bridge in different patterns over five hours as part of load testing, which showed that the movement in the pin located at the lower section of the truss end link was not sufficient to support HGV vehicles.

Splits will continue to be installed at the other seven truss links as a precautionary measure but officials say this can be completed safely with the bridge open.

According to officials, a full inspection of the bridge was 90% complete with no defects detected.

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said: “With the temporary solution now in place, the remaining work to install the long-term repair can safely proceed without the need for a full closure.

“For the complex and detailed interim repair to have been completed in this timeframe is a tribute to the highly skilled and dedicated staff who have worked 24/7”.

Chartered Engineer Mark Arndt, Amey’s account director responsible for the bridge, said: “While we are pleased to have finished ahead of schedule for non-HGV traffic to use the bridge, we are very aware of the on-going inconvenience for HGVs not having access.”

“Public safety has been at the heart of everything we’ve been doing and work will be progressing over the coming weeks on the additional strengthening works required to enable HGVs to start safely using the bridge.”

The repairs will be carried out overnight with lane restrictions on the bridge. Officers will be on patrol on both sides of the Forth, maintaining visable presence and ensure that HGV’s are stopped on approach to the bridge until the work is completed. Copied from UK construction online.

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