BIM is not a new concept any regards, I am currently reading BIM and construction management by Brad Hardin, and he quotes Mr. Charles Eastman (CRC Press, 1999) in his book “BIM is a digital representation of the building process to facilitate exchange and interoperability of information in digital format.” which I completely agree with it not about the 3D modelling and the design stages, it is about the whole process of exchanging and collaborating information.. Well if you get a chance to pick up a copy of this book so far so good… more information on the book can be found here..
Towers are the height of fashion in London
If it were possible to zoom 15 years into the future and take a tour of London, you might find your sense of geography getting a bit confused. Around Vauxhall you’d find a cluster 20 towers, forming a new high-rise suburb. In Stratford there’s a canyon banked by 100m cliff faces. Canary Wharf has spawned a new office quarter and residential towers, looking down on a cluster of seven high rises across the river at the Greenwich Peninsula. And London’s South Bank, from Blackfriars to Waterloo, has been punctuated with new towers that will forever change our views of central London.
This emerging skyline is starting to take shape today: developers are maximising the value of London’s scarce land by building tall, stacking new apartments for a buoyant housing market fuelled by the capital’s steady population growth.
The trend is explored at the “London’s Growing… Up!” exhibition at the Building Centre curated by New London Architecture, which also commissioned research by property company GL Hearn into just how many high-rises are proposed. The results were startling : no fewer than 236 towers above 20 storeys are in the planning process at the moment. Of these, 80% have a primarily residential use.
via Construction Manager – Agenda.
Chinese Company Assembles 10 3D-Printed Concrete Houses in a Day for Less Than $5,000 Each WinSun 3D printed houses – Gallery Page 2 – Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.
Chinese engineers appear to have stolen a march in the race to build the world’s first 3D printed house.
The Shanghai WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co has released images of a its new type of printed house, of which it made 10 in a day.
Unlike the 3D printed house taking shape in the north of Amsterdam by Dutch architect DUS, which is being built over the next three years from a printed set of rooms, the Chinese homes are assembled from a series of printed components. Each house will cost just $4800 (£2,800). An enormous 3D printer, 32 metres long, 10 metres wide and 6.6 metres high is used to make the components, website 3ders reported.
The “ink” used for the Shanghai 3D printed houses is based on high-grade cement and glass fibre. Like traditional 3D printers, the system deposits the material layer by layer, consistently building upward. 3ders says the houses are 200 sq m in size and are being built in Shanghai’s Qingpu district.
Technology keeps on pulling new advances out of the hat. Here are our five to watch this year
It is traditional to start a new year with a look ahead and we’re sticking with tradition to bring you our list of what’s hot for 2014. Let us know what you think of our suggestions, or add one of your own by leaving a comment.
via Building4Change : What’s hot for 2014.
This is great news according the CIOB construction manager and now even the Metro London news reports there is a lot of activity in the recruitment sector. It is about time as we have been a limited amount of constructions projects coming online in the last couple of years…