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Construction Computing Awards 2016 Winners and Runners Up
The winners of the 2016 Construction Computing Awards were announced last night at a gala event at BMA House in London. Over 180 supporting guests gathered to see the outcome of the readers’ online voting and judging panel’s deliberations. ...


Trimble’s Tekla Campus wins RISE award for Education and Training
Trimble’s Tekla Campus structural modelling software has scooped an award for education at the RISE Awards 2016, with judges praising Trimble for addressing the skills shortage in the construction sector. The Awards showcase the most pioneering initiatives in construction and engineering across four key strands: research, innovation, sustainability and enterprise....

The BIM Object Cookbook
Graphisoft has launched a new tool for ARCHICAD that enables users to create BIM objects to NBS BIM Object Standard ...

New updates for SOFiCAD and SOFiPLUS
Construction software developer SOFiSTiK has released new versions of its products and BIM apps...

McLaughlin & Harvey become first construction company in Scotland to reach BRE BIM Level 2
Operating throughout the UK and Ireland, building, civil engineering and facilities management contractor McLaughlin & Harvey has joined the growing ranks of forward-looking companies with BIM credentials....

New ARCHICAD tool for BIM objects
Graphisoft UK Ltd has launched a new tool that allows designers and manufacturers to create their own BIM objects...

Brafer creates
Hosting the world's biggest sporting event, with ten thousand athletes from over 200 countries attending, Rio de Janeiro has had many sports facilities constructed, including two arenas which were built with great accuracy by Brafer, with the help of Trimble's Tekla solutions...

Bluesky laser maps inform BIM projects
3D models produced from aircraft mounted lasers are being used by survey company Greenhatch Group to help inform a range of BIM projects...

CADENAS 3D CAD BIM library for Schiedel
Schiedel, one of the leading manufacturers for exhaust gas systems in new buildings, has chosen CADENAS' Electronic Product Catalog to improve its BIM area for tendered architecture projects, plant engineering etc...

Crossrail’s Common Data Environment advances to cloud services
Bentley Systems has successfully upgraded Crossrail’s Common Data Environment (CDE) for asset information through Bentley’s AssetWise managed services to a hybrid cloud-computing platform powered by Microsoft Azure. This provides a single location for storing, sharing, and managing information for approximately 1 million assets. ...

Progman opens new UK office
3D modelling solutions provider, Progman is opening a new UK office in central Manchester to directly serve the UK and Irish markets. ...

Free online guide to BIM compliance
Anew guide to BIM, created by Designing Buildings Wiki and PCSG, takes users step-by-step through the Level 2 workflows, from the basics of storing project information to preparing employer's information requirements...

Online BIM library opens for business
Progman has launched a free browsing library available at www.magicloud.com...

Sheffield Uni Heartspace gets go-ahead
Bond Bryan's latest project for the University of Sheffield has just received planning permission, with work on site expected to start in 2017 for a 2018 completion...

Tekla delivers concrete results
Max Frank Ltd, part of a leading international group which designs, manufactures and supplies a diverse range of technical products and services to the concrete industry, has recently invested in Tekla software in order to transform its existing workflows...

Industry prepares for 2016 BIM mandate
A joint initiative between the Construction Products Association (CPA), BIM4M2, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and NBS has been formed to provide consistent product data parameters and templates to enable manufacturers to prepare their product information in readiness for the Government's April 2016 BIM mandate...

Getting innovative with Vectorworks
Edited by Jonathan Reeves, Innovative Vectorworks BIM provides llustrated case studies and an introduction to BIM with Vectorworks Architect...

Nemetschek Vectorworks and BIMobject sign cooperation agreement
BIMobject will now support Vectorworks native file formats...

English Version of Vectorworks 2016 Design Software Hits the AEC, Landscape and Entertainment Mar
More than 100 updates and new features support creative design processes, enabling professionals to seamlessly transform the world from concept to built reality ...

Excitech attains new Pinnacle
Excitech has launched the productivity platform 'Pinnacle Series' in the UK...

BIM to go
Surveying the structure of Chelsea Bridge became a 'as easy as ordering pizza on your phone' for Keir Group after they started using BIMXtra from Clearbox...


Smarter Building
Following on from Smarter Cities, Smarter Building shows how an integrated approach to construction, using Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform, optimises all processes throughout a building's complete lifecycle - especially post-production...

Olympic Legacies
The London 2012 Olympic stadium has been transformed for the future, earning Steel Fabricators William Hare the winning position in the Sports and Recreation Projects category at the UK Tekla Awards 2016...

BIM off the blocks
Tekla has managed to set records in designing and building a venue for setting records in Azerbaijan....

A signal improvement
Hatch Mott MacDonald enhances collaboration and reduces risk during rail signal design using Bentley Promis.e 3D modelling capabilities....

Along the right lines
A team was set up by Atkins and O'Rourke to explore the processes involved in the Government's 'Digitising the Railways' project to ascertain the benefits of working in a BIM environment...

LifeCycle Tower ONE
Dassault Systèmes is developing Smart Facility Solutions based on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, demonstrated by the LifeCycle Tower ONE (LCT ONE) building in Austria...

BIM Unbound
Build New York Live recognised BIM Unlimited for Best use of Sustainability or Constructionability...

Sheffield Uni Heartspace gets go-ahead
Bond Bryan's latest project for the University of Sheffield has just received planning permission, with work on site expected to start in 2017 for a 2018 completion...

The BIM factor
BIM was used extensively during the design of the new Waste Water Treatment Plant in Liverpool by Galliford Try Costain and Atkins...

Learning curves
Thrayle house and Thomas Gainsborough School, Suffolk, provided ideal projects for Revit and IESVE engineers at CBG Consultants to meet a number of challenges, following the use of an IES Revit plug-in to improve its BIM workflow...

Manchester Victoria Station
Here we showcase two BIM projects from Tekla. The first focuses on Severfield UK, who worked with Morgan Sindall and Network Rail to fabricate a complex roof structure and new mezzanine with access to the Arena at Manchester's oldest station, Victoria...

John Lewis New Home Hub Store
Tekla Structures and BIMsight were also utilised in a project to design a new style of store for retailer John Lewis in Horsham, West Sussex...

Danish Beacon
AG5 uses AECOsim Building Designer for comprehensive Building Information Modeling, resulting in optimised workflows and higher productivity ...

Manchester Victoria Station
Here we showcase two BIM projects from Tekla. The first focuses on Severfield UK, who worked with Morgan Sindall and Network Rail to fabricate a complex roof structure and new mezzanine with access to the Arena at Manchester's oldest station, Victoria...

John Lewis New Home Hub Store
Tekla Structures and BIMsight were also utilised in a recent project to design a new style of store for retailer John Lewis...

The BIM Classroom
Excitech provided more than an introduction to BIM for the River Ness Bridge project undertaken by Capita P&I...

A Northern Icon
Graphisoft's ARCHICAD was deemed the ideal application for turning the inspiration for Bradford College’s David Hockney Building into reality...

Early Detailing
Fitzpatrick Engineering Group uses BIM to shorten construction time for steel buildings by sharing model data with the Detailer, thereby helping to deliver steel faster and more efficiently, and saving Octapharma USD 2 Million in the process...

Much more than the project filing cabinet
CONJECT has been selected by HB Reavis for document control and mobile inspections on the £68m King William Street Project in London ...

Opting into Building Ops
With Building Ops, Autodesk leverages the widespread use of smartphones to provide a total facilities maintenance management experience for owners, engineers - and even building occupants...


Vectorworks 2017
Vectorwork 2017 comes with a number of important new features that cement its reputation as a cost-effective design tool for architects, landscape and stage designers, writes David Chadwick...

Algorithmic CAD
Adding formulae to architectural design simplifies the design process instead of adding unwarranted complexity - and it can inspire your creative side too....

Game on!
Autodesk has combined building design technology with their renowned game engine software - but it needed the services of the Cloud to do it...

A Legendary Release
Bluebeam Revu 2016 automates the update of legends for easier understanding of page annotations - amongst other great enhancements...

Tekla Structures 2016
Tekla Structures users were recently given a sneak preview of the features likely to be included in the upcoming release of Tekla Structures 2016...

Twinmotion 2016
Twinmotion provides ARCHICAD users with the ability to deliver high quality animation and visualisation in real time, says David Chadwick...

Bringing it all together
You can create a single federated model to handle design, construction and Facilities Management using Sitedesk, says David Chadwick...

CONNECTing with reality
One of the highlights of Bentley’s 2015 Year in Infrastructure Conference was its focus on Augmented Reality, courtesy of Bentley's comprehensive CONNECT Editions and the Augmented Reality Sandbox ...

Adoddle to work with
Asite's Adoddle justly earns recognition as a total 'back-office' or off-site information manager for the construction industry...

Concurrent collaboration
The latest version of Tekla Structures focuses on model sharing, allowing engineers to work on different parts of the model simultaneously ...

BIMx PRO
Graphisoft's BIMX, supplied with ARCHICAD, is a handy model viewing device. BIMx PRO, though, takes the app to new levels, giving all users much greater access to both the 3D model and associated 2D drawings and documents...

Vectorworks and BIMobject
Vectorworks' half a million users around the world will have direct access to manufacturers building components courtesy of the company's collaboration agreement with BIMObject...

BIM For Landscape
BIM is just as valid for landscaping projects as it is for construction, as demonstrated by Jonathan Pickup in his series of manuals and online videos...

Arcon Evo
Next-gen architectural visualisation software from Elecosoft...

Predicting the future of design
Due for release in June, ArchiCAD 19 is taking a giant leap forward in BIM performance through its use of Predictive Background Processing. ...

You’ve got mail managed
Mail Manager 6.1 from Oasys turns the traditional chore of email handling into a productive management tool....

The 5th dimension of 3D modelling
Asta Development brings Bidcon BIM to the UK, adding cost estimation to its popular Asta Powerproject project management application....

Asta Powerproject Version 13
Asta Powerproject hones its capabilities in Version 13, whilst providing access to the application's BIM version and 4D planning....

Shared Hypermodels
BIM project sharing becomes easier with a BIMx update that simplifies the licensing system...

Going 'off-piste' without COBie
Is COBie keeping up with software trends? Neil Marshall of BIM.Technologies looks at the benefits of keeping potential adventurers to the nursery slopes ...


Bringing BIM to life with IFC
Sanjeev Shah, CEO at GroupBC, looks at alternative delivery solutions for BIM - advocating the benefits of full IFC delivery against the limitations of COBie...

Revit in the Cloud
Autodesk has expanded the availability of its cloud-based collaboration service for Revit, following its launch in the US...

The force waiting to be unleashed
thinkBIM believes it’s high time to deal with the elephant in the room: the skills shortage ...

The Cube
Achieving BIM Level 2 using Vectorworks was recently demonstrated by taking architects through the creation of a hypothetical project - The Cube - and the BIM processes related to it...

Structurally Sound
Tekla is renamed as Trimble, as it transitions to the Trimble brand...

Ahead of the crowd
Oasys MassMotion 8.0 takes crowd simulation modelling and visualisation to new levels, writes David Chadwick...

Getting your Assets in gear
Managing major assets using Bentley's AssetWise provides rigorous total asset management for major infrastructure operators, supplemented by predictive performance analysis from Amulet...

Single source data management
CONJECT sets out to David Chadwick how customers can make cost and efficiency improvements to a built asset at any stage of its life...

Vectorworks 2016
The latest release of Vectorworks debuts some useful (and fun!) new features, writes David Chadwick....

Getting to grips with BIM
As BIM takes on greater significance within the civil engineering sector, Causeway Technologies explains how BIM functionality has developed within its infrastructure design suite...

Why you’ll learn to love COBie
Ben Wallbank (BIM Strategy Manager) and John Adams (BIM Product Manager) at Viewpoint Construction Software explain the merits of COBie and how BIM solution, 4Projects by Viewpoint can secure your route to Level 2 BIM compliance...

A Vectorworks Goody Bag!
All the best parties end with a goody bag, and the Vectorworks Design Summit was no different, sending attendees home with a packet of good things to look forward to....

A Vectorworks takeaway
All the best parties end with a goody bag and the 2015 Vectorworks Design Summit was no different, sending attendees home with a bundle of exciting developments to look forward to...

Daylighting
Altuity Solutions releases its new cloud-based SUE product AltoSUE, which provides lifecycle location information for underground assets....

BIM Toolkit
The NBS BIM Toolkit public beta provides a free Digital Plan of Work for BIM users....

Total Immersion
Digital creativity experts, Soluis, have extended their virtual and augmented reality capabilities with two new acquisitions. ...

Bridging the training gap
Does one size fit all when you need training? Who would tell you how to take Autodesk Inventor models into Revit? Graham Mansfield - Business Development Manager at Micro Concepts Ltd, believes their customer-oriented training courses provide optimum solutions for all...

NEC3 Contract Manager
With Compliance and Collaboration becoming increasingly important in the construction industry, David Chadwick spoke to 4Projects about the way their NEC3 Contract Manager assisted the process...

Enter the G-Cloud
The supply of IT services to public bodies has taken some knocks in recent years, but the recent G-Cloud Framework, which has just selected 4Projects as one of its suppliers, looks set to anchor future public procurement in a comprehensive and secure selection, purchasing and operating environment...

Staying ahead of the game
Paul Daynes, Regional Director, UK and Northern Europe, Newforma discusses the status of the UK construction industry with David Chadwick...


Smarter Cities
The Construction industry needs to catch up with the Smart City boom, says John Stokoe, Head of Strategic Business Transformation at Dassault Systèmes EuroNorth...

A Symbiotic Relationship
Darren Watkins, Managing Director at VIRTUS Data Centres, examines the relationship between Cloud and colocation....

Are free BIM viewers worth the price?
By Michael McCullen, Chairman, Sitedesk...

It's BIM up North
Liz Schofield outlines the agenda for the thinkBIM Spring conference, to be held on the 23rd of March at the Centre for Knowledge Exchange in Leeds...

Time for a reality check?
Len Padilla, VP of product strategy at NTT Communications in Europe, explains why businesses are struggling with cloud complexity...

Moving out of the shadow
William Rabie, Head of Cloud for iland, says that a new IT model is emerging, based on harnessing innovation through bimodal IT...

Cloud: reset, plan and manage
Len Padilla, VP of product strategy at NTT Communications in Europe, explains why businesses are struggling with cloud complexity...

Fail to plan, plan to fail
Ben Wallbank, BIM Strategy Manager at 4Projects by Viewpoint, highlights the importance of adequate planning for April 2016....

BIM Implementation
By Bob Garrett, Marketing Director, Excitech Ltd. ...

BIM for Handover
'Does BIM end at handover?' asks Bob Garrett, Marketing Director, Excitech Ltd. As construction projects reach their conclusion, what happens to the mass of information gathered in the process - and how best can we use it? ...

BIM for Construction
By Bob Garrett, Marketing Director, Excitech Ltd...