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  • 3D Laser Scanning Can Preserve Your Old Building

    3D Laser Scanning Can Preserve Your Old Building

    Understanding building science is more important than ever when working with an old building, and when it comes to renovations, there is no better technology to get the job done than 3D laser scanning

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  • 2D to 3D Models: Entering the Third Dimension

    2D to 3D Models: Entering the Third Dimension

    As you’ve likely heard or read, the construction industry is in a state of transformation: from flat to fat; from two to three dimensions. Because of the benefits a third dimension brings,...

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  • The Quest for Speed in Revit

    The Quest for Speed in Revit

    As contractors rush headlong into the Revit world to work alongside their architectural and engineering counterparts, one of the biggest hurdles to overcome is the speed of processing.   One...

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  • No Detailer Is Detailing This Much Conduit

    No Detailer Is Detailing This Much Conduit

    Adam Jeninga is a Detailer at Interstates, an electrical construction and automation company with locations throughout the Midwest. Adam was awarded Staff Pick for a BIM project he submitted at...

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  • How to Challenge the Challengers In Your CAD Department

    How to Challenge the Challengers In Your CAD Department

    You want to improve, but that stubborn detailer says “No.” Find a champion, use them to prove that change is good, then give your resistant resource an ultimatum. Don’t let your company suffer...

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  • The basics of MEP 3D Scanning: Point clouds and BIM models

    The basics of MEP 3D Scanning: Point clouds and BIM models

    Beneficial to MEP Contractors involved in renovation and/or refit projects, 3D scanning enables them to quickly and effectively digitally represent the as-built environment.

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  • Field to BIM MEP: What and why?

    Field to BIM MEP: What and why?

    Field to BIM is the transfer of as-built building information from point of source in the field directly into a Building Information Model (BIM). We look at the What and Why of Field to BIM.

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  • VDC and its Applications in BIM: A Quick Look at Fundamentals

    VDC and its Applications in BIM: A Quick Look at Fundamentals

    The increasing sophistication of digital systems has revolutionized the way that professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) are able to plan, deliver and...

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  • How digital technology is revolutionising our industry

    How digital technology is revolutionising our industry

    Russell Stilwell, Founder & MD at RSE Technologies, is an advocate for emerging construction technology. Here, he shares his thoughts on what this means for the MEP sector and those working within it.

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  • What's the Difference Between 3D CAD, BIM and VDC?

    What's the Difference Between 3D CAD, BIM and VDC?

    The changing pace of design and technology within the construction industry has inevitably led to a certain amount of confusion along the way. As new methods, processes and software arrive, some...

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  • The LOD on the LOD

    The LOD on the LOD

    What is the LOD? In the world of Building Information Modeling (BIM), LOD stands for Level of Detail or Level of Development. It is a term used to describe the precision of a model.   LOD vs...

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  • Creating a 3D CAD Model from a Laser Scanned Point Cloud

    Creating a 3D CAD Model from a Laser Scanned Point Cloud

    Aric Stott, Instructor of CAD & Field Solutions for Trimble MEP, give us a high level overview of how to create a 3D Model using a point cloud from a 3D Laser Scanner.

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  • 3D BIM Modelling - Level of Detail and Model Progression Specification

    3D BIM Modelling - Level of Detail and Model Progression Specification

    Three-dimensional modelling (aka 3D modelling services) is becoming more common in today’s construction processes, with 3D BIM modelling services seeing especially fast adoption. While models are...

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  • How To Get Out Of The Red After Implementing BIM

    How To Get Out Of The Red After Implementing BIM

    The bottom line with BIM is you have to speculate to accumulate. However, it’s not immediately obvious how to make the steps towards achieving ROI and maximizing the benefits of BIM.

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  • Teaming up with tech

    Teaming up with tech

    The time has come for electrical contractors to gear up for BIM. We look at how BIM can be combined with scanning and field positioning technologies in refurbishment and new build projects.

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  • The Different Levels of BIM

    The Different Levels of BIM

    BIM Level 0, Level 1, Level 2? It's not always immediately clear what each level involves. Here's a brief guide to the first three levels of BIM and an explanation of what is involved at each stage.

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  • 3D Scanning at a Glance

    3D Scanning at a Glance

    3D scanners directly offer MEP professionals help for their business to stay at the forefront of innovation and ride the next wave of technology. See how they can help you and your business.

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  • Unique challenges facing the MEP sector over BIM implementation

    Unique challenges facing the MEP sector over BIM implementation

    Georg Hewelt explains how working in close consultation with clients influenced the development of Plancal nova to provide a targeted solution to the issues they face when adopting BIM.

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  • Sweden gains global acclaim for its adoption of BIM

    Sweden gains global acclaim for its adoption of BIM

    Sweden remains unashamedly progressive. Achieving global acclaim for its adoption of BIM it already boasts a mandatory requirement for BIM on all publically-funded projects.

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  • Mixed-reality has industry in a spin!

    Mixed-reality has industry in a spin!

    Thanks to a collaboration between Trimble and Microsoft, users, courtesy of a mixed-reality headset and state-of-the-art-software, can be transported into the heart of a 3D building model.

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