Accelerate Live! talk: How advanced digital fabrication techniques are driving design innovation


New fabrication techniques are driving design innovation. . SUMMARY. They have the potential to inspire new materials, means, and methods in conventional building construction.

Innovative Woven Shelter Made From Sun Absorbent Fabric

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Canadian/Jordanian designer Abeer Seikaly came up with an innovative design for disaster relief housing which was inspired by temporary huts of nomadic desert tribes. Innovative Solar Oven That Cooks Even at Night.

Cree Investing $1B In North Carolina

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will invest up to $1 billion in the expansion of its silicon carbide capacity with the development of a state-of-the-art, automated 200mm silicon carbide fabrication facility and a materials mega factory at its U.S. Cree, Inc.

'Fabrication Hall' introduces Wyoming high school students to career paths


the Pathways Innovation Center, a newly built high school, offers a 38-acre campus comprising four academies focused on multiple disciplines to help students explore possible career paths. The beating heart of the Pathways Innovation Center is Fabrication Hall, a 5,000-sf common space flanked on all sides by technology-focused labs. For juniors and seniors of the Natrona County School System in Casper, Wyo.,

Innovation studio sparks AEC startups


Outside of universities, few of the maker spaces or incubators that have sprung up across the country are equipped with the heavy-duty machines that budding entrepreneurs need to experiment with fabrication.

A house digitally fabricated from the ground up

Jetson Green

A team of professionals at ETH Zurich have started work on a house which will be digitally fabricated at nearly all stages of the construction process. Related Articles on Versatile Digitally Fabricated Material.

Innovative Sustainable Tree House Design

Jetson Green

The tree house will be covered by partially see-through fabric coverings, which are designed so as to allow the maximum possible amount of natural daylight to enter the house, and give the impression of tree-hung lanterns during the night.

Innovative Approaches and The Role of Reinforced Concrete

BIM & Beam

The Martin/Martin CES team has innovatively addressed the issue of fragmented fabrication drawing production that design and construction teams consistently encounter with today’s increasingly tight project delivery schedules. Recently the Martin/Martin, Inc.’s

NIBS – Building Innovation 2012 – January 7th-11th, 2012, Washington, D.C.

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14 Reasons to Register: Building Innovation 2013 . NIBS Building Innovation 2013 Visit Booth #5 – 4Clicks Introduces CEASAL. 4: Building Innovation 2013 is where the popular and informative buildingSMART alliance Conference is on the schedule.

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Building material innovation: Concrete cloth simplifies difficult pours


Milliken recently debuted a flexible fabric that allows for concrete installations on slopes, in water, and in other hard to reach places—without the need for molds or mixing. Concrete Cloth features a cement mix trapped in a layer of fabric, backed with a waterproof membrane. The fabric is simply laid on the ground, hung vertically, or cut and formed into shapes. Contractors wet the fabric to activate the cement; the product is cured to 80% strength within 24 hours.

Business Report: Chicago Will Host Digital Manufacturing And Design Innovation Institute

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President Obama has awarded Chicago a $70 million grant from the Department of Defense to build a $320-million Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. Three other innovation hubs are being built in Canton, MI near Detroit, Youngstown, OH and Raleigh, N.C. By Ed Feldman.

Victaulic Named TSI Innovator of the Year for Virtual Truck Loading Software

Contractor Magazine

First-of-its-Kind Software Extends BIM Coordination to Maximize Productivity and Efficiency in Fabrication Shops. Victaulic, the world's leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining systems, was named Innovator of the Year by Technical Sales International (TSI) for the Victaulic Virtual Truck Loading Software.

Building Trends: An Old Material Becomes New Again


Wood may not sound like an innovative building material, and wooden skyscrapers might sound like a strange idea. The actual construction of the building was fairly straightforward because a fabricator custom-cut the wood pieces, so no sawing had to take place on the jobsite. Featured Trends Construction Technology Green Construction Innovation

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain first fire-rated glass ceramic fabricator to assess products' environmental footprint


As a Saint-Gobain company, Vetrotech Saint–Gobain innovates when it comes to caring for the environment. Vetrotech is the first fire-rated glass company in the world to have made a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) of fire-rated glazing products. The life cycle assessment is the most rigorous and complete method for assessing the environmental footprint of a product or service, in a fully transparent way.

Tiny House Made of CNC-cut Panels

Jetson Green

The tiny house movement has come a long way these last couple of years, which has led to many innovative approaches to constructing these sustainable dwellings. Their latest offering, the so-called SaltBox was constructed with the help of digital fabrication.

Keeping Up With Advanced Manufacturing

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million manufacturing jobs, although 2 million of these positions may remain unfilled due to a skills gap,” declared Tom Kalil, deputy director for technology and innovation of the president’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, in his introduction to the report, which was forwarded to Congress.

ConXTech Update

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Regular readers may recall my obsession with the innovative structural steel solutions provided by ConxTech out of California. Below I link to a brilliant Youtube video produced by ConxTech in which the company's lead engineer describes, in DETAIL how the innovative ConxTech system works.

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AEC innovation conference, May 10, in Chicago. Topics included AI for construction scheduling, regenerative design, the micro-buildings movement, post-occupancy evaluation, predictive visual data analytics, and digital fabrication.

Striking Modscape Prefab Point Leo Australia

Jetson Green

Homes are fabricated to completion prior to leaving the company’s Melbourne. Design Prefab international Modern Prefab residential Sustainable Living InnovationsAustralian Modscape Prefab By The Sea at Point Leo.

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Time travel: Communication and marketing then, now, and in the future

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Fabrication shop drawings for steel projects in North America are now more commonly produced in India than the US and virtual assistants at hourly rates well below western minimum wages handle tasks formerly requiring support staff within the home country.

Bus Manufacturer Investing $25M In Alabama

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” This investment builds on New Flyer of America’s commitment to American infrastructure, manufacturing, innovation, and jobs. It consists of five buildings that manufacture transit buses from part fabrication, to high-strength frame welding, to final assembly.

Skanska Pre-Fabbing Hospital Rooms for $250M DE Project

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So, as you consider project that have a repetitive component, think about the possibility of pre-fabrication. Innovation in Construction Pre-Fab Hospital RoomsTake a few minutes to read the ENR article about Skanska pre-fabbing hospital rooms. It’s fascinating how repetitive projects (like hospital rooms or dorm rooms) can be done so efficiently off site.

New co-working space will focus on serving local, African-American youth in Miami


McKenzie, a boutique design, build, and custom fabrication firm recently completed the renovation of the two-story, 3,700-sf New Providence Lodge building in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami.

Maker space sparks AEC startups


Outside of universities, few of the maker spaces or incubators that have sprung up across the country are equipped with the heavy-duty machines that budding entrepreneurs need to experiment with fabrication. Autodesk is trying to fill that void with its BUILD Space, a two-story, 34,000-sf workshop and innovation studio, which celebrated its one-year anniversary on October 5

Form4 designs curved roofs for project at Stanford Research Park


Stanford University’s new Innovation Curve Technology Park will certainly embody its name. Designed by Form4 Architecture of San Francisco, the 13.5-acre Palo Alto campus will have four buildings that feature steep curved roofs that will be fabricated of painted recycled aluminum. The buildings, located on the edge of the Stanford Research Park, will accommodate programs for computer gaming, translation software, and digital inventions

Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture: HyperAdobe

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Sustainable architecture is an exciting and important field, with many people reviving traditional methods of building and others creating innovations to established practices. I have just become aware of an innovation in natural building that could become extremely popular in time.

8 Best Practices to Decrease Your Accident Rate and Increase Your Approval Rate

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Longer construction projects may even benefit from fabric structures to store equipment and cover incomplete sites. Innovation. Perhaps with enough innovation, all construction sites can be 100 percent accident-free.

Trending: The Rise of Prefab and Modular Commercial Construction Techniques

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Not all that long ago, when I was still a young laborer in the field, many items such as millwork, ductwork and mechanical components were still frequently fabricated on the job site.

Autodesk AEC Excellence 2016: Submissions Now Open!

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First introduced in 2012 to recognize BIM in Infrastructure projects, this year’s competition now includes Building and Construction categories and will showcase innovative and connected BIM technology use.

Greenbuild – The Target Rich Environment for Green People

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Greenbuild has become much more than only “green building” as sustainability has become woven into the fabric of business, the conference has evolved into the watering hole for leaders across the entire environmental industrial complex.

Several Viewpoint Clients among ENR’s Best Construction Projects of 2017


More than 700 projects were submitted from across the country and were judged on high standards of teamwork, safety, problem-solving, innovation and quality. DPR Construction, KT Fabrication and University Mechanical & Engineering.

Level 10 Construction Builds Out Silevo's New Solar Panel Manufacturing, R&D Facility

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Level 10 Construction recently announced it has completed a $65-million renovation of the Silevo California Technology Center in Fremont, California, a two-building solar fabrication and R&D facility. Silevo develops and manufactures innovative solar panels that use a proprietary thin-film cell technology to deliver a high amount of power per square foot.

How Will Prefabricated Construction & 3D Printing Build Construction's Future?


It involves fabricating the majority of a structure in an offsite factory, and then shipping those pieces to be easily assembled on site. The team used a process called selective binding to create the design, which would be impossible to fabricate otherwise.

Chobani Breaks Ground On Idaho Expansion

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Idaho Governor Butch Otter (center/beige jacket) joins Chobani Founder and CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya (right of Governor), and Chobani, City of Twin Falls and Idaho officials at the groundbreaking of the new Innovation and Community Center at Chobani’s yogurt plant in Twin Falls, ID. “I’m

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A Stackable Hotel Made of Recycled Shipping Containers

Jetson Green

The backbone of the hotel is formed by an innovative metal frame, which allows the shipping container units to be placed into it in a balanced way. A crane, positioned on top of the structure, would be able to lift the pre-fabricated containers and slot them into place.

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Smart Shelter is Smart Indeed

Jetson Green

Innovative Woven Shelter Made From Sun Absorbent Fabric. The sustainable homebuilder NOEM from Spain has just unveiled a prefabricated home named El Refugio Inteligente, which translates to The Smart Shelter.

DD# 85: Digital Technology Revolution in the Construction Industry

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When the Internet was introduced in the early 1990s, no one really knew that complete industries, cultures, governments and businesses would be transformed by this innovative platform for sharing information, learning and transacting. Nevertheless, what started out as a novelty of sorts has since grown into a 3 billion-strong Web that’s accessible via the desktop computer to the 5-ounce mobile phone — and everything in between.

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Centers of Technology: The Future Is Now

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Locations are bringing higher ed resources and high-tech businesses together to plant the seeds for market-ready advanced technology at incubators and innovation institutes, and to create the STEM-savvy workforce that will fill these new jobs. The Innovators Program Inc.

The Interconnected Construction Organization — Part 2: The Benefits of Integrated Construction Software in the Cloud


The fact that Viewpoint is construction-focused and aligned with our culture of innovation and improvement really set them apart,” said Darius Chingon, CFO of Westcon Inc. Viewpoint is a trusted member of the organization and part of the fabric of what we do every single day.”.

Call for Entries Now Open for 2013 AISC IDEAS2 Awards

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(Chicago, IL) - Architectural and engineering firms, general contractors, fabricators and owners are encouraged to enter steel-framed building projects for the 2013 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) Awards, sponsored annually by the American Institute of Steel Construction.