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BIM: We Practice How We Play

by Andy Brown Former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson once famously said, “We talkin’ ‘bout practice, man!” He was defending his right to skip practice as a legitimate superstar, which is the exact opposite of what I’m writing about, but man, do I love taking quotes out of context! I am, however, “talking ‘bout practice, man,” […]

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You Got Canned: An Experiment on my Coworkers

by Andy Brown Wood Harbinger held a staff chili competition. We had nine different chilies up for judgment, each with its own special recipe. Except for mine. I put canned chili in a crock pot and added some hot sauce to make it “special.” And I won.

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Sensory Buildings (Smarter than Your Honor Student)

By Tom Leonidas, P.E., and John Bartelink of Wood Harbinger This article adapted from a presentation given at the WSSHE’s Semiannual Symposium, April 2014, in Chelan, WA. Imagine that your building can tell you how it’s feeling. That it can automatically figure out how to decrease its energy use, based on the real-time use of […]

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BIM, Commissioning, and Sustainability, Oh My! Tools and Skills for Quality Client Outcomes

By Paul Greenwalt, EIT These days, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and environmental awareness are key drivers and concerns of many of our clients and building owners, conscious of their budgets and the impacts of the built environment. We recognize the need to be nimble and creative to achieve quality project results within these parameters, and I […]

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Virtual Reality in the AEC Industry: Bringing Design to Life

By Ben Prehoda Virtual reality, and the technology that creates it, has been all abuzz lately. Have you heard of Oculus Rift and Google Glass? Oculus VR bills the Oculus Rift device as a “virtual reality headset for 3D gaming.” But there are more uses for it than meets the eye (Ha! See what I […]

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The Shift to BIM: the Evolving Tools of the Trade from a Designer’s Perspective

By David Drewes-Moore When I entered the mechanical engineering world as a drafter in 1988, project workflows and tools were a bit different than what today’s entry level drafters and designers face. Creating design documents on a drafting table utilizing paper and graphite as a medium took time and talent. Before you placed a pencil […]

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The Shift to BIM: New Ways of Thinking for the Future of Design

By Mohammed Haq, P.E. Building information modeling (BIM) adds a new dimension to the building design process. Literally. While traditional design utilizes two-dimensional drawings to show the plan for individual disciplines, BIM generates an interactive, three dimensional layout that can contain details and data not possible in a static 2D drawing. It spans the life […]

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How a Design Drafter = Star Quarterback

By Andrew Brown While I have been compared to a grizzly bear more than once – something to do with my oft-fuzzy face, fondness for picnic baskets, and the style of my hugs – there is one key difference between me and this majestic creature. No, it’s not our diet (we’re both paleo)…Unlike the great […]

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BIM as a Single Coordination Tool? A Revelation!

By David Drewes-Moore When I started my first BIM project five years ago I was drawn in by both the hype and the possibilities of a workflow process that would eliminate conflicts and coordination issues. It became very apparent that a BIM program (like Revit) does not come close to replacing proper coordination with other […]

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