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MEP industry blogs and best practices by thought leaders, experts, and professionals to help in both office and field roles

  • How to Manage Your Construction Operations With Telematics

    How to Manage Your Construction Operations With Telematics

    What is Telematics? Telematics refers to the long-distance transmission of computer-based information. It has long been regarded as being the basis for tracking the GPS location of vehicles....

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  • Blockchain and BIM: Does Construction Really Need This Right Now? (Revisited)

    Blockchain and BIM: Does Construction Really Need This Right Now? (Revisited)

    Following the success of my first BIM and Blockchain article, I received a lot of comments and responses from people both inside and outside of the construction industry on why this pursuit for...

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  • 4 Problems With Underbidding

    4 Problems With Underbidding

    Sometimes you need a project. Whether your shop needs a quick bit of cash to make it through the month or you have some downtime and feel like you could fit in another job, getting that extra...

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  • Next in BIM: City Information Modelling (CIM)

    Next in BIM: City Information Modelling (CIM)

    Technology is leading building design in all sorts of areas, from consumer products to smart homes. However, city planning is one area that has not moved substantially forward. The way we think...

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  • Flexible Solar Cells Could Let Buildings Generate Their Own Power

    Flexible Solar Cells Could Let Buildings Generate Their Own Power

    Imagine a high-rise, downtown office building doubling as a power plant. The image isn’t so farfetched and will probably be realized in the not-so-distant future, says Hannah Bürckstümmer,...

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  • HVAC LOD Levels - How They Impact Your 3D Model

    HVAC LOD Levels - How They Impact Your 3D Model

    It’s a term commonly used in BIM projects: LOD. The required LOD may seem like a simple number, but its interpretation can have a major impact on the size of your model, as well as the amount of...

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  • Did Labourers Fear the Wheel? Why New Tech Means New Skills

    Did Labourers Fear the Wheel? Why New Tech Means New Skills

    Throughout human history, advances in technology have often had a faceted impact: for every positive improvement it brings, someone, somewhere is (or feels) negatively affected.

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  • These Manufacturers Use BIM to Their Advantage

    These Manufacturers Use BIM to Their Advantage

    In each part of the construction industry, both small and large firms are finding ways to implement BIM to enhance their success. The building product manufacturing industry is no different....

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  • What You Need to Know About Revit

    What You Need to Know About Revit

    With BIM on the rise, MEP engineers around the world are taking the step from AutoCAD to Revit to work alongside their construction partners. We talked with Revit specialist and product manager...

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  • The Denver Airport is Expanding. Here’s the Price Tag.

    The Denver Airport is Expanding. Here’s the Price Tag.

    If you’ve ever had the… er, pleasure… to make your way through Denver International Airport (DEN) during one of its busier periods, you’re probably not surprised to learn that expansion of the...

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  • What is BIM?

    What is BIM?

    In the UK BIM is a requirement for firms working on building and infrastructure projects in the public sector, but what exactly is BIM and what are the benefits?

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  • Construction Layout: Then and Now

    Construction Layout: Then and Now

    If you’ve worked in construction layout — especially in the MEP disciplines — for more than a decade or so, you’ve seen some incredible changes in the standard operating procedure. Some of the...

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  • Winning With BIM: Lessons From This Year's World Cup

    Winning With BIM: Lessons From This Year's World Cup

    Europe is leaving the rest of the world behind this year when it comes to soccer and when it comes to BIM. However, there are a few things every BIM modeller from around the world can learn from...

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  • BIM Pioneers – What We Can Learn From the Dutch [Interview]

    BIM Pioneers – What We Can Learn From the Dutch [Interview]

    The Netherlands are amongst the leading countries when it comes to BIM: nearly 60% of construction projects are carried out using a digital model.

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  • 5 Things to Remember When Writing a Competitive Bid

    5 Things to Remember When Writing a Competitive Bid

    On average, companies normally close on a mere 10 - 20% of bids! So staying competitive as a construction estimator is an important but ongoing challenge. You need to be affordable — yet realistic.

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  • This Concrete Saves Lives

    This Concrete Saves Lives

    Earthquakes are, unfortunately, a constant threat for some. All engineering and architectural planning has to consider the possible effects of earthquakes and how to diminish the blow.

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  • What IS CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)?

    What IS CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)?

    Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) is an important part of the Third Industrial Revolution — but what IS CAM and why is it having such a big impact on manufacturing, construction and other sectors?

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  • 3 Ways to Take BIM to the Building Site

    3 Ways to Take BIM to the Building Site

    New technological developments offer unprecedented possibilities to innovate the construction workflow - especially when combined with BIM. But how can you connect BIM to the building site?

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  • How Should Manufacturers Work with BIM Content

    How Should Manufacturers Work with BIM Content

    In decades past, the MEP construction manufacturing and supply industry ran dramatically different than it does today. The change in the manufacturer’s role was explained by Erwin van Schooten.

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  • Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse: The Deadly Consequences of Design Negligence [Video]

    Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse: The Deadly Consequences of Design Negligence [Video]

    When people enter a building, an unwritten agreement is made: the structure they’re entering is stable, secure, and safe. While this implicit agreement is almost always honored, rare tragedies...

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