June, 2017

ShapeDo: change management in the cloud

Extranet Evolution

Israeli startup ShapeDo has a powerful 2D drawing change identification capability to which it has added strong workflow management, making it an attractive contract change application.

New Ideas for Old Shopping Malls: 3 Ways Retail Developers are Remixing the Shopping Center Experience

Commercial Construction

Brewery-based restaurant concepts, such as this BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Englewood Construction recently completed in Fort Wayne, Ind., are popular additions to existing malls.

PACE in Maryland is Not Keeping Pace

Green Building Law Update

In 2008 I said Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans “ could be bigger than anything in U.S. real estate since the invention of the glass window.”. But today, despite Maryland having enacted a PACE enabling law in 2014, only one PACE loan has closed in the State.

Fire and Safety Features of High-Rise Buildings and Structures

The Constructor

Fire and other safety features of high rise buildings and structures is essential. Types and concerns related to these features is discussed. Construction Engineering & Management Construction safety

2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

More Trending

NBS launches BIM viewer

Extranet Evolution

At this week’s Autodesk University in London, NBS – Newcastle, UK-based developer of the free BIM digital Toolkit ( post ) – has launched the public Beta version of the NBS Online Viewer (powered by Autodesk Forge , a WebGL-based viewer).

BIM 91

Contractors’ favorite apps for efficiency, productivity

Constructor Magazine

There are the apps that mechanical contractors use, such as HVAC design software, thermostats monitoring and/or changing settings, and many manufacturers’ apps, just to name a few. read more. Technology Silver

Retailers Pay Millions for Hazardous Waste Violations

Green Building Law Update

Retailers across the nation are buttressing their trash disposal practices after Dollar General Stores and Big Lots Stores paid Millions of dollars to settle civil suits for environmental violations for the unlawful disposal of hazardous waste, including customer returned merchandise and batteries.

Understanding the lines Used in Architectural Drawings

The Constructor

The structure that is planned to be built is described by using lines, symbols and notes in architectural drawings. Read More at Understanding the. How To Guide

You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate Rising

Business Facilities Blog

China was the top country of origin in both buying and selling commercial real estate in 2016, and Florida was the top destination of choice for international clients. Read: Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate Rising.

US 40

Getting Better and Faster at Revit – Part 2 – Project Browser

What Revit Wants

The second post in this series is focused on the Project Browser. The first post in the series described how to get your user interface and lab environment ready… Note: Please open Revit, and open the rac_advanced_sample_project.rvt.

June 2017 collaboration news

Extranet Evolution

International developments in mobile and web collaboration technologies for the architecture, engineering and construction sector… from PetroBIM, BIMSync, BaseStone and Bridgit… PetroBIM helps on heritage.

News 81

Sustainable Co-working Space in the Himalayas

Jetson Green

Who says co-working spaces are only for big cities? There will soon be a place where you can go work in deep, untouched wilderness. The firm Carlo Ratti Associati is planning to build Pankhasari Retreat, which will be located in the Himalaya Mountains.

Construction Health Indicator (We're keeping score.)

The Construction Health Indicator is a daily pulse of the construction industry.

Why A/E Marketing Is A Career To Pursue

Help Everybody Everyday

Yes, working in A/E marketing can be a challenging career. So, why do I recommend that recent graduates with marketing, public relations, or journalism degrees pursue this line of work? Well, the more I think about it the more thankful I am that I landed in this industry.

Types of Excavation Supports or Earth Retaining Structures and their Applications

The Constructor

Excavation support or earth retaining structures are required for deep excavations to provide stability. Types of excavation supports are. Building Materials in Construction Building Technology and Construction Guide Building Materials Buildings

How Plantworx went down: exhibitors and visitors respond

Digger Blog

An interestingly diverse array of opinions about the organisation of Plantworx 2017 can be found online. An interestingly diverse array of opinions about the organisation of Plantworx 2017 can be found online. Read Full Article: The Construction Index

Solutions for in the home and on the road

Constructor Magazine

Smart maintenance technology is on the rise, an emerging innovative option for residential HVAC systems. read more. Feldmans Technology Silver

CIAT backs DesigningBuildings wiki

Extranet Evolution

As a long-time Wikipedian, I have contributed often to the English Wikipedia’s coverage of architecture, engineering and construction subjects, and have also taken an active interest in the UK-based Designing Buildings Wiki (launched in late 2012; read my post ). Since then, it has grown, and now hosts over 5,000 articles (including a guide to BIM – post ), attracting some three million users a year.

This must be the most brutally honest, yet logical BIM strategy you’d have the chance ever to read!


At least, I hope so.

Can New Construction Keep Up With Industrial Real Estate Demand?

Business Facilities Blog

Industrial real estate is facing a squeeze with record-high rents and historic vacancy lows, according to new research from JL. Read: Can New Construction Keep Up With Industrial Real Estate Demand? Corporate Real Estate Featured Logistics & Distribution Surveys & Research Corporate Real Estate (CRE) Distribution Expansion industrial construction industrial market Industrial Outlook 2017 industrial space JLL Real Estate Site Selection Warehouse

Health Issues with Building Materials During and After Construction

The Constructor

Building materials used in construction of building structures can welcome health issues subsequently for occupants or to workmen involved in. Building Materials in Construction Building Technology and Construction Guide Building Materials Buildings

You Need a Green Building Consultant (Who Speaks for the Trees)

Green Building Law Update

We are often asked “what is the best way to assure success in a green building project?”. Whether that query is from a Fortune 1000 businesses or an architect, the answer is the same, have the owner engage an experienced green building consultant as early as possible in the project.

American Standard wins Money Savings award for NextGen Selectronic faucets

Constructor Magazine

The awards were created to recognize commercial products that enhance building management in areas such as energy efficiency, water conservation, space optimization, labor costs, occupant health, liability or durability

Construct.pm pushing compliance and reporting

Extranet Evolution

Construct.pm is finding customers valuing it for compliance management and for accelerating project management reporting processes.

Plan to Accelerate Georgia Nuclear Power Project Failed Badly

ENR Construction

According to recent testimony, contractors on the Plant Vogtle nuclear project saw their plan to accelerate construction fall far short of its intended effect

Luxury Prefab Off-The-Grid Cabin

Jetson Green

The recently unveiled Gapahuk cabin was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and the leisure home builder Rindalshytter. It can be equipped to operate completely independently of the grid, and comes in a prefabricated package, meaning it can be built virtually anywhere.

Different Types of Buttress Dams -Their Functions and Applications

The Constructor

A buttress dam is a modification of gravity dam by constructing solid walls parallel to the water flow. Types, functions and applications of buttress. Dams Water Resources Dam

As-Built Structure Scanning and Modeling Techniques, Tips and Hacks: Case Studies Managing Difficult Structural Projects

What Revit Wants

Revit 31

DeWalt dives into jobsite Wi-Fi, CIoT

Constructor Magazine

Toolmaker DeWalt has announced a new, Wi-Fi-based jobsite connectivity solution as part of its dive into digital solutions


A mobile Site Diary – at a price!

Extranet Evolution

Script and Go’s Site Diary complements a mobile-first construction project management application but the suite is not competitively priced compared to others. Since the 2007 advent of smartphones and the later launch of tablet products, the number of mobile applications designed for construction has grown and grown.

How to Add 39 Tons of Steel to the Top of the Empire State Building

ENR Construction

When engineers made plans to reinforce and upgrade the carrying capacity of the Empire State Building’s mast and tower, they had to protect pedestrians below

Plans 32