construction

DijiFyo – Alconsoft Partnership Announcement

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Alconsoft! This partnership will continue our mission to help the engineering and construction industry advance their digital transformation without barriers. DijiFyo, an enterprise and engineering software provider and strategic technology partner for many organizations in the Middle East has partnered up with Alconsoft to advance the quantity takeoff and cost estimation processes delivering excellence to the construction industry. “We are pleased to partner up with Alconsoft. This partnership allows us to complete our mission providing the best and latest technology to our customers in the engineering and construction industry. ExtrAXION, Alconsoft’s flagship software provides fast and accurate quantity takeoff and estimation information from design to construction. ExtrAXION is applicable to all types of construction projects using inputs from all drawing formats. It empowers engineers with better workflows, tools, and simplified methods of quantity …

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What Is Digitalization? Here Comes the Fourth Transformation in Building Design

Source:Redshift by Autodesk – BY NICOLAS MANGON, AUTODESK VP How does a building take its place in a city’s skyline? In the Hollywood version of the story, owners commission a building, define basic requirements, and stand aside as architects work their magic with pencils and drafting tools. Picture the 1949 movie The Fountainhead, about an innovative yet self-absorbed architect named Howard Roark (allegedly modeled after Frank Lloyd Wright) who refuses to compromise his ideals. Controversial though it is, the film (and the novel before it) has inspired generations of people to become architects. A lot has changed in the 70-plus years since then. About 40 years ago, the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry began an accelerating digital transformation. It started with digitization—the transition from paper drawing and analog processes to digital tools and computer-assisted design. In parallel to digitization, architects …

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10 Positive Construction Trends to Come Out of COVID-19

Source: Trimble Constructible by David Burczyk No one can argue that the global COVID-19 pandemic has been a tragedy on many levels. From loss of life to long-term economic impact, this health crisis will be the source of bitter memories for years to come. However, it’s encouraging to recognize that some positive things have come out of our collective response to this difficult situation. Within the construction industry — historically notorious for being slow to change — COVID-19 has actually revealed an impressive level of resilience and adaptability under very challenging circumstances. Following are 10 positive trends we’re seeing in today’s construction industry that accelerated in response to the pandemic: 10 Positive Construction Trends to Come Out of COVID-19 1. Increased use of offsite prefabrication 2. Using AI-based video analysis to keep jobsites safe 3. Using extended reality to help teams …

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How will BIM evolve in 2021?

Source: BIM Today – BIM News Building information modelling (BIM) is one area where 2020 promised a lot that didn’t materialise as expected, Frank Weiss, senior director of new products at Oracle Construction and Engineering explores how BIM will shift in 2021 The disruption experienced last year by many industries has been unprecedented. In construction, the impact has ranged from ongoing projects being paused, to project starts being delayed, to stalled progress around the evolution of some construction practices. I’ve teamed up with two peers at buildingSMART International – Leon van Berlo, technical director, and Aidan Mercer, marketing director – to explore how BIM will shift in 2021 and how this will help the industry to move forward. By bringing the industry together, buildingSMART plays a critical role in making the challenges, opportunities, and considerations around BIM more visible by facilitating discussion to help drive …

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Foth delivered an innovative, multimodal roadway design configuration projected to realize $32 million ROI over the next 25 years.

Bentley Applications Facilitated an Innovative Design Solution Estimated to Save USD 32 Million over 25 Years A Massive Modernization Initiative  Located in the busy community of Cedar Falls, Iowa, University Avenue is a critical two-mile, six-lane divided highway that supports more than 20,000 vehicles per day. The corridor is more than 60 years old with deteriorated pavement and experiences a crash rate 20% higher than the state average. The thoroughfare lacks pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and has exceeded its expected lifespan. With increasing public pressure to improve roadway conditions, as well as to provide nonvehicular access and spur economic growth, the city of Cedar Falls initiated a USD 38.9 million modernization initiative to transform and revitalize the corridor. The project criteria included improving traffic flow and safety, ensuring bicycle and pedestrian access and mobility, providing a “living street” compatible with …

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BIM Methodology Helps Design the World’s Longest Double-Decker Bridge, Saving Time and Costs

Connecting a Patchwork of Highways When PT. Wijaya Karya (WIKA), an Indonesia-based company that provides construction, mechanical and electrical services to the civil construction industry, was contracted to design the Design and Build Harbour Road 2 Project in North Jakarta, Indonesia, budgeted at USD $530 million, the project team quickly realized that traditional 2D design methods would not deliver the large and complex 8.95-kilometer toll road development on time and within budget. “The total volume of the concrete used in this project is a quarter of that of the Giza pyramid,” said Fery Safaria, engineering manager at WIKA. “The total scale of the project is about four times that of Vatican City.” The project was sorely needed as residents of Ancol and Pluit needed a more efficient way to travel between the cities, with the existing path a frequently congested …

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Going Digital Is No Longer Optional

Cadalyst.com | By: Mark Coates It has now been seven decades since Alan Turing, the pioneer of modern computing and artificial intelligence, wrote, “I propose to consider the question, ‘Can machines think?’” Turing’s question has now been proven beyond doubt in many fields: In chess, the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue beat former chess grand master Garry Kasparov in 1997. In science, the HiSeq X genome-sequencing system can map tens of thousands of human genomes in a year — a task that initially took an army of scientists from 20 universities across the world more than 13 years to complete. In the construction and infrastructure realm, professionals now need to ask these questions: “Do you believe that machines can help you to think better? Do you believe that information and data can help you to work smarter?” What’s the Payoff? As …

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7 Amazing Examples of Digital Twin Technology In Practice

Forbes.com | By: Bernard Marr Wouldn’t it be extraordinary to simulate plans or build what-if scenarios for the products, facilities, and processes you wished to change before you actually put real-world resources behind real-world implementation? That’s the promise of digital twins. And, many businesses and industries are taking advantage of this promise as these 7 amazing examples of digital twin technology illustrate. What is a digital twin?  As an exact digital replica of something in the physical world, digital twins are made possible thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) sensors that gather data from the physical world and send it to machines to reconstruct. While the concept of a digital twin has been around since 2002 when Michael Grieves at the University of Michigan first used the terminology, it was IoT technology that made it affordable and accessible to many more …

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Going Digital in Construction

CONSTRUCTECH.com | By Peggy Smedley Can machines help construction professionals think better? A recently released study by Bentley Systems implies many in the industry do not believe so—or, at the very least, their actions suggest they don’t. Of the 720 construction business professionals surveyed, just shy of half (44.3%) of the respondents in Bentley’s survey say they have limited or no insight into company or project performance. However, 45.2% say they do recognize the importance of collecting project data, they’re just not doing it or making the most of it. It’s a digital age, and data is a new type of currency. Businesses that aren’t capitalizing on digital processes and data-driven insights are missing out, and chances are their competition won’t make the same mistake for long. In construction, Bentley’s data reflects too many firms aren’t taking advantage of digital construction and the benefits …

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