• Theme: Building - Construction

    This month’s Bentley Year in Infrastructure conference in Singapore saw the announcement of a new collaboration between Topcon Positioning Systems and Bentley Systems, a heavyweight in infrastructure software. The initiative is designed to teach construction professionals what they call constructioneering—”a process...

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    How will autonomous vehicles impact physical infrastructure and the way we build roads? During Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure in Singapore, DirectIndustry e-magazine met with Dustin Parkman, VP for modeling and visualization at Bentley Systems. He introduced the concept of digital infrastructure and explained how...

    Russian start-up Apis Cor used innovative technology to 3D print a concrete house in 24 hours. Its large-scale radial printer produced the 38 m2 structure directly on site, eliminating the need to transport prefab elements from a factory. The printer arm can cover a circular area of 132 meters across. Just two...

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    Dresden-based Heliatek used CES in Las Vegas and BAU in Munich to show off its latest innovation in flexible solar panels using organic materials to create lighter, more versatile photovoltaic modules for harnessing the sun’s power. The new technology runs at a lower temperature than products currently on the market,...

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    ARCHICAD’s newest building information modeling software, BIMx, has thrust architectural software into modern times, allowing for much smoother collaboration and a more interactive presentation to clients. The Pro version of the app (€49.99) enables colleagues to view, edit and discuss models on their Android or Apple...

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    The latest architectural advancements could make it much more aesthetically pleasing and substantially less expensive to go green when building a new structure or updating an existing edifice. The notion of eco-friendly building exteriors usually conjures images of unsightly, expensive solar panels or miniature wind...

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    News coverage of virtual reality (VR) has exploded since Facebook’s Oculus Rift was released this year. Now, the term augmented reality (AR) is becoming a household term thanks to Nintendo’s hit game, Pokémon Go. Beyond gaming, AR can help architects, engineers and other professionals. But such applications require a...

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    Scientific visualization, engineering design and medical imaging could soon benefit from 3D images that can be seen without headsets or special glasses.   There has been an explosion in the production of 3D data in recent years. Whether from product designs and layouts created using computer-aided design (CAD),...

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    Swiss company Ecocell AG won the Construction & Living category of the GreenTec Awards at IFAT for its sustainable Betonwabe material. Fredy Iseli, company founder, talked to DirectIndustry e-magazine about their “concrete honeycomb”.   DirectIndustry e-magazine: What is Ecocell’s Betonwabe concrete honeycomb made...

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    There are no limits for an engineer. This is what Kurt Köhler from IMKO thought when he started working on his latest invention. It led to the SONO-WZ, a handheld cement water analyzer for fresh concrete. SONO-WZ received the innovation award at Bauma 2016 in the Components category. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked...

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