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Inspectors Out Looking at Napa Quake Damage

August 28, 2014 - in Buildings, Maintenance

A small platoon of building inspectors scoured Napa’s central core Monday, visiting commercial and residential properties door to door in what is likely to become an arduous task of assessing the full extent of Sunday’s earthquake. About 30 inspection…

Arup Lends Engineering Experience to Opus Hong Kong

August 27, 2014 - in Buildings, Corporate, Design/Engineering

Opus Hong Kong is a twelve-storey residential building overlooking Victoria Harbour, conceived by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry. High on…

Architects Pledge to Phase Out Carbon by 2050

August 27, 2014 - in Buildings, Environment, Projects

Urban areas are responsible for more than 70 percent of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions, mostly from buildings, and over the next two decades…

Researchers Create an Inflatable Concrete Dome

August 25, 2014 - in Buildings, Design/Engineering, Projects

Large shell structures made of concrete or stone are hardly ever built any more. The reason is that their construction requires large, expensive supporting structures. At the Vienna University of Technology, a completely new construction method has been developed,…

PCI Announces 2014 Big Beam Contest Winners

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) announced the winners of the 2014 Big Beam Contest. The Student Education Judging Committee recently selected the winners of the Engineering Student Design Award, also known as the Big Beam Contest. First-place…

HOK to Acquire 360 Architecture

August 19, 2014 - in Buildings, Corporate, Design/Engineering

HOK announced it has agreed to acquire the award-winning design firm 360 Architecture, re-establishing HOK as a global leader in sports and entertainment facility design and giving the firm a significant new presence in Kansas City. 360 Architecture is one…

Thermal Imaging Technology Pioneer Essess Taps Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR Sensor to Map – and Curb — Energy Loss

In yet another innovative application of LiDAR technology, Boston-based Essess (www.essess.com) has deployed Velodyne HDL-32 LiDAR sensors to help public utilities meet energy efficiency goals via advanced 3D thermal imaging. A hardware and software technology…

SPAR Point Group Announces Free Webinar Series on Building Documentation

August 11, 2014 - in Announcement, Buildings, Corporate, Modeling

SPAR Point Group today announced their partnership with the U.S. Institute of Building Documentation (USIBD) and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) to present the three-part webinar series “Existing Building Documentation for Owners.”…

Modeling and a Component Library Approach Help Prescient Automate Multi-Family Residential Manufacture

Prescient, a Denver-based startup by a group of property developers, is taking a modeling and manufacturing approach to decrease the mistakes they've witnessed in developing multi-family residential housing. The developers have applied their experience of…

Trimble’s New Vico Office R5 Offers Integrated BIM Workflow for Construction Management

Today, Trimble released the latest version of Vico Office, a purpose-built integrated BIM workflow solution that extends basic 3D models to 4D, 5D and beyond. BIM-based estimating and quantity takeoff drives certainty in cost, design and constructability to…