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  • Future Challenges in Urban Planning [video]

    Future Challenges in Urban Planning [video]

    Crowded sidewalks, car horns, briefcases, and venti coffees — all framed by the towering buildings of a skyline downtown. Like it or not, these are the sights and sounds of city living...

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  • These Two Technologies Shape the Future of MEP

    These Two Technologies Shape the Future of MEP

    Construction is evolving —pencil and paper processes are in the past. The future is here, and there are two driving forces propelling construction technology to a whole new level of efficiency.

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  • 5 Ways Companies Are Cutting Down on Construction Inefficiencies

    5 Ways Companies Are Cutting Down on Construction Inefficiencies

    Across all sectors of the construction industry, poor productivity can pose a substantial problem. Small and large companies alike have found themselves unable to meet their clients'...

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  • Preparing for Digital Transformation in the AEC Industry

    Preparing for Digital Transformation in the AEC Industry

    There are strong signals that the industry is undergoing an inevitable change that will increase business intelligence across processes, people and technology. In the past three years, the...

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  • 10 trends in the MEP industry until 2020 [infographic]

    10 trends in the MEP industry until 2020 [infographic]

    From blockchain to robotics: Discover 10 key trends that will transform the way MEP contractors work.

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  • Are your project savings actually harming your profit?

    Are your project savings actually harming your profit?

    It’s what every manager is striving for in construction: getting more done, while reducing the amount of time, work and failure costs. However, you may be cutting costs the wrong places - and...

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  • What is “Scan to BIM”?

    What is “Scan to BIM”?

    If you are working in the construction industry, you have probably come across the term ‘Scan to BIM’ or ‘Field to BIM’ at some point. Or, you may have noticed your construction partners using a...

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  • How the Constructible Process Will Transform 2020

    How the Constructible Process Will Transform 2020

    The construction industry is on the cusp of a massive transformation. BIM is no longer enough. This best practice approach to digital transformation is The Constructible Process...

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  • 2019 Construction Trends — 8 Topics to Watch in the Year Ahead

    2019 Construction Trends — 8 Topics to Watch in the Year Ahead

    The construction industry is in the thick of a thrilling transformation, contractors around the world are transitioning their operations to integrate new technologies, ideas, and opportunities....

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  • The BIM Phrasebook Volume 2

    The BIM Phrasebook Volume 2

    In the first volume of the BIM Phrasebook, we reviewed several key terms you need to know. Volume 2 builds on the first BIM Phrasebook, adding new terms and definitions that might be unfamiliar...

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  • The Truth About Setting Out

    The Truth About Setting Out

    Companies across the world have been using Robotic Total Stations (RTS) on construction sites for many years... but why haven't the UK adapted as well to this technology?

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  • 3D Scanning Myths, Debunked

    3D Scanning Myths, Debunked

    3D laser scanning is your most cost-effective and efficient solution to streamline the collection of accurate measurement data on complicated construction projects. But here are some myths debunked.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • IR35 and UK Tax Reform

    IR35 and UK Tax Reform

    IR35. If you’ve never seen this code, it probably looks as meaningless as it does harmless. But don’t be misled. If you’re an MEP professional and you’re used to subcontracting for a large company to

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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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  • What Is a Point Cloud?

    What Is a Point Cloud?

    If you're taking a 3D laser scan of your site’s as-is condition and turning that information into a 3D CAD model to estimate, detail, or make renovations to MEP projects, you might wonder what a...

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  • Large vs Small Asset Tracking In Construction Asset Management

    Large vs Small Asset Tracking In Construction Asset Management

    Construction asset management is crucial for almost every business, and keeping track of tools and equipment of all shapes and sizes on construction sites can be tricky. However, knowing the...

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  • 5 Key Benefits of Scanning Retrofits [INFOGRAPHIC]

    5 Key Benefits of Scanning Retrofits [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Sometimes you need to renovate an area, but you may not know exactly what you’re getting into until you arrive onsite. Someone needs to be there to verify existing conditions before the crew...

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