My boss, and CEO of Spacegroup, Rob Charlton has shared some fantastic and thought provoking articles within the team, which I thought I’d share on here with my readers.
The first is a report produced by Government setting out the future trends of the sector. This is certainly relevant to all of us, using digital technologies and processes to try and transform the construction sector to be a truly collaborative, sustainable and cost efficient market.
Construction has a £90 billion market in the UK and covers around 10% of all UK employment. Yet still, is one of the least efficient sectors in the UK and worldwide, with huge amounts of material waste and fundamental issues. This report discusses the current state of the sector, supported by statistics, as well as discussing future strategies and opportunities for growth in the UK construction market.
In September 2012, BIS Secretary of State Vince Cable announced a review of key strategic sectors to the UK’s growth and competitiveness. Construction is one of them. Historically, the UK construction sector has been a vital sector for the UK economy and a key driver of growth. In spite of the challenges the sector has recently faced, construction continues to be one of the largest UK sectors and a key source of the UK’s value added and employment.
The global construction market is, however, facing major transformation as businesses continue to respond to the challenges of the economic crisis since 2008, begin to shift to green and sustainable construction, and seek to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the digital economy. The competitiveness and readiness of the UK construction sector will be crucial if the UK is to take advantage of these opportunities.
View the BIS, UK Construction: An economic analysis of the sector report here.
The second is a RIBA published article which reflects on the annual Collander survey. Discussing, more specifically the role of the Architect in construction, and how companies are recovering from the recession. It includes some interesting and in some cases, slightly worrying statistics. Read the “Success begins at home” article here.
If you are in the mood to read reports, Construction 2025 is also an excellent document which is a joint industry and government publication and sets out a number of targets to be achieved in the next 10 or so years.
Finally Rob shared one of his favourite talks, Steve Jobs shares 3 personal stories to commencement graduates from Stamford University in 2005 – In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985 and life & death. Each story is one of mistakes, decisions, growth and success. The moral of the stories is, to do what you love, work hard and make a difference
Can the construction sector learn from its mistakes of the past and turn this into positive growth?
You can read more of Rob’s thoughts and find out what he’s sharing on his _space blog.
You can download the back catalogue of Revit tips and tricks from both the Manchester and Midlands Revit user groups as a single download up to meeting No. 8. After meeting 8, tips and tricks are uploaded on an individual meeting basis. Videos are not narrated.
— Rob Clark (@clarkrob) July 21, 2014
A taster of some of the presentations from the latest meeting on July 17th include:
Autodesk Revit Adaptive Components, by Jon Frost of Cadassist
The COBieNATOR: The MRUG Cut, by Rob Jackson of Bond Byran Architects
Taking Revit to the construction site and back, by Paul Walker, Autodesk 360 Product Manager
Visit the Manchester Revit User Group website here to view and download presentations and tutorials. Thanks to Rob Clark, the organisers and sponsors for sharing the content.
Project Skyscraper to bring Revit Collaboration to the CloudProject Skyscraper is a technology preview for Revit that will allow architects, engineers and contractors to collaborate on the Autodesk 360 cloud platform, eliminating the need for firms to invest in costly IT set-ups.Basically it’s Revit Server on the Cloud! YES! No more trying to share models with our consultants, trying to break through firewalls, being restricted with bandwidth restrictions, frustration of sync issues…. Revit Server on the Cloud! About time! It’s the one piece in the collaboration puzzle that’s been missing.With collaborative workflows across teams spanning different firms and locations becoming more and more common, architecture, engineering and construction firms are looking for ways to simultaneously co-author models across firewalls. Project Skyscraper allows project stakeholders from multiple companies or locations to concurrently author a model using the BIM process.
Wrapping this up within the Autodesk 360 platform make sense, in my opinion 360 was more for contractors and designers didn’t really reap the benefits until after design. Skyscraper will complete that circle so we can now all collaborate real time…which does bring up other issues….Do we really want to share our models real time? I think in the early stages of design we’ll have to work out some sort of protocols and restrict sharing to bi-weekly or weekly. Nothing worse than working on a design only to find that it’s all been changed 10 minutes latter.Cant wait to try it out…
Bill East, who you may know from his various work with COBie in the USA has created a new series of videos; COBie for Designers, COBie for Contractors and COBie for Owners. You may have seen his previous YouTube videos titled ‘COBie College‘ which were a great introduction to understanding COBie. Thanks to @BondBryanBIM on Twitter for the heads up to the following videos:
COBie for Designers
COBie for Contractors
COBie for Owners
Thought provoking article from John Eynon @56JONTS regarding the recent news that the UK BIM Task Group will be disbanding – Will the growth of BIM in the UK continue, or will the lack of government support / push cause the slow down of adoption for many who haven’t started their journey?
Originally posted on Zen and the Art of Design Management:
.……little bit longer!”……
There’s a lot of talk about legacy.
Margaret Thatcher transformed politics in the 80’s, some would say not for the better, and some people cheered at the news of her death.
Blair lead the dream of New Labour but it will always be tarnished by the wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and non-existent weapons of mass destruction. You can make your own mind up. I don’t intend to get into politics here, but we often think of what we’re leaving for the next generation.
I can’t remember whether I heard it or read it, but I’m thinking it’s something about starting and finishing. Starting and finishing anything properly takes real skill and a lot of effort. Keeping things going can be a little more economical on effort. You have momentum, you just need to maintain it.
Which brings us neatly to the UK BIM…
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Note: Revit 2015 software will be available soon. But you can try Revit 2014 now.
Revit 2014 is now available online and can be accessed directly in your browser as a 30 day free trial. This is a real game changer for software use in the cloud. This will enable users of older and low end machines to get the same quality and speed out of Revit as those with a high spec machine. More importantly this will eventually open up a whole new level of live collaboration on projects. Watch this space!
This online trial for Autodesk® Revit® 2014 and Autodesk® Revit LT™ 2014 software is an instance of Revit and Revit LT hosted in the Autodesk cloud. The online trial, in combination with Autodesk 360, enables you to experience and evaluate Revit and Revit LT without large downloads or sophisticated computer hardware. Note that the online trial is running on a remote server. Keyboard and mouse input are streamed to the remote server and graphics are streamed back to your machine. The online trials are compatible with Windows® XP SP3, Vista, 7, and 8 on both 32- and 64-bit.
Revit trial only: Worksharing is currently not supported in the online trial for Revit 2014. Attempting to use worksharing or opening projects where worksharing has been enabled in this environment could result in file corruption.
There is also a 30 day desktop trial available on the Autodesk website so you will now have a chance to test out some of the new features I posted last week in the “Videos: What’s New in Revit 2015” post.* Edit – The online trial is Revit 2014 only – This will be updated shortly.
For more information, view the official Autodesk release regarding the online trial here
“Is laser scanning about to die?” Interesting opinions from Matt Mccarter regarding the technology behind laser scanning on Casey Rutlands ‘The Case for BIM’ blog.
Originally posted on The CASE for BIM:
…. In the short term, certainly not. However, beyond the short term, without revolutionary hardware innovation the decline of laser scanning is inevitable.
I know each manufacturer has some very good features that work for it’s current customers. But where is the true innovation in hardware? The last time I experienced a true wow factor from a laser scanner was 10 whole years ago. The first time I saw a full 360 dome scan done with a phase based scanner in around 5 minutes my mind was blown at how much data we could collect in a single shift. Prior to this a full dome scan took so long that an essential piece of site equipment was a laptop and a healthy pile of DVD’s to watch whilst scans were in progress!
Every two years or so, each laser scanning manufacturer releases a new product. The survey industry gets excited…
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Guest post by Antonietta D’Urzo – ACCA Software
ACCA software’s new and innovative “Free UPP” software distribution system (Free Use Pay Print), allows you to download, use, learn, update and get technical support all for free.
This is the exact opposite to what is currently available in the professional software industry where licensing costs, maintenance subscription fees and training costs are extremely expensive and the software very complex and difficult to use.
Free UPP chances all of this not only by meaning convenient software but also meaning highly professional and easy to use software!
The Free UPP philosophy truly revolutionizes the architectural, engineering and building industry software solutions sector bringing you professional software in a more convenient and easier manner. You can download the full version completely FREE and without having to go through any account registration procedures allowing you to install the solutions on as many computers as you like. So you can use the software, get regular updates and technical support all for FREE and also take advantage of an extensive on-line Video Tutorial service to quickly learn all the tricks and go through hundreds of practical cases.
Furthermore each software has a dedicated forum and an e-mail technical support address where you can interact directly with technicians that will solve all of your issues by means of video explanations specifically created for your needs.
Another important advantage of Free UPP is the possibility to collaborate with anyone using the same software for FREE. The sharing of projects and professional collaborations are possible with everyone: all data is saved in a single file that anyone can open and work with for FREE thanks to Free UPP.
You pay only if you print or export your documents and working drawings spending just 10 Euro cents for each page in the A4 format. You are free to duplicate purchased prints as many times as you want and the first 500 A4 page prints are completely FREE.
The cost for printing an Architectural project or a Bill of Quantities is very cost convenient. For example, to print a bill of Quantities document composed of 20 A4 standard pages only costs € 2. The cost of each print is calculated in relation to the A4 sheet format. Unit price = 10 cents. Other print format costs, such as A1, A0, A3, etc., are based on the A4 format equivalent and formats that are not perfect multiples of the A4 format will be approximated.
The Free UPP solutions that ACCA currently has available for free download are: PriMus for bill of quantities and estimates, PriMus for Ipad for mobile BoQ’s and estimates, Edificius for architecture BIM design and 3D object CAD and very soon PriMus-TO for quantity Take off.