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How BIM has changed Façade Design

Posted by Geoff Haines on 07-Nov-2016 17:00:00

“Change or die” is the shorted version of Charles Darwin’s famous quote.

A little while ago I was in a meeting with a director of a major developer in London, trying to convince him of using 3D CAD (or BIM) models to help in construction projects and one comment put forcefully to me was “I’ve built many a building with a pencil, paper and a fax machine so why should I spend money on 3D CAD information? “  I think we have all met these dinosaurs and we know what their future beholds!

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Topics: AEC, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, BIM

Intelligent 3D Curtain Wall Design

Posted by Geoff Haines on 14-Oct-2016 17:00:00

Goethe said that “By seeking and blundering we learn “.

Well I am not so sure that I would like to start a career in engineering knowing I was blundering in order to learn. But his point is bluntly put - that what we call knowledge is gained through making mistakes. In other words, engineers push the envelope in design, making things bigger or lighter until they fail and then seeking out what went wrong. In some cases, this leads to fundamental research to capture the laws of nature in formulae. In other cases, it leads to best practice or rules. This is how the aerospace industry has made flying one of the safest modes of transport.

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Topics: AEC, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Facade, BIM

Intelligent 3D Façade Templated Design

Posted by Geoff Haines on 29-Sep-2016 17:00:00

If you think back to your first days in a design office, in a new industry fresh from college, you’ll remember that there was always a designer who’d been there many years. That was the person you sought for help, as they had all the experience of what works and what doesn’t.

It was Oscar Wilde who said “Experience is simply the name we give to our mistakes”, and so why shouldn’t you capture that experience to then avoid making the same mistakes.

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Topics: AEC, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Facade, BIM

To BIM or not to BIM

Posted by Geoff Haines on 09-Jun-2016 14:00:00

I can’t claim originality to this Shakespearean title which has suitable gravity for many companies in the construction industry. It was thought up by Dr Steve Lo of Bath University for a one-day conference I attended organised by the “Future Envelope” community of façade designers and manufacturers.

Drawing from members of the European Façade Networks, the Society of Façade Engineers and Centre for Window Cladding technology, the aim of the conference was to discuss how BIM can help or even hinder the design and construction process of building facades.

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Topics: AEC, Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Facade, AEC - CATIA, BIM