Technology leaders such as Trimble and Autodesk are deploying building information modeling with different applications and tools. Advancements are enabling more modeling use on site and firms are only beginning to embrace the technology, according to this article.
The advancement of 3D PDFs brings building information modeling and project collaboration outside of software and for use via e-mail or paper. "It gives the downstream project team members a bridge to cross to gain a tangible benefit from BIM. Not in the future but today," Sasha Reed writes.
RIB Software has announced Houston-based Vaughn Construction will deploy its iTWO 5-D BIM application on new-client construction projects. Willbros, also in Houston, will use the technology for oil, gas and power projects.
ASTM International and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have proposed midrange 3D laser scanner standards that would apply to "range and volumetric performance of laser-based, scanning, time-of-flight, 3D imaging systems in the medium range -- capable of operating within at least a portion of the range from 2 meters to 150 meters," Dan McGovern writes. Separately, federal building projects are being required to use a laser-based building information model standard.