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December 15, 2017
Better Worksite apps? Lighter concrete?

For a couple of weeks a very interesting announcement in the Hardware front was made: Asus and HP presented laptops with qualcomm processors. The good point for us in the AEC industry is that we won't rely only on wifi anymore and could start thinking in workflows where we connect to powerful workstations through really slim and […]

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December 6, 2017
Really, as an Industry we have to provide better services

It's like this week there are a lot of examples that show the need for a change in the philosophy of doing things in the AEC industry. For example Los Angeles will notify owners of older concrete structures requiring them to retrofit their houses to more rigorous standards against earthquakes. This should be done in […]

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November 29, 2017
Changing our Mindset (Business Model)

As the year comes to an End many people in the AEC industry try to close some projects or secure projects for the next one. Starting new things right now is somehow uncommon. That's why finding some interesting articles to analyze is more difficult. Here my insights into some things that I came accross. If you read some of BIMlosophy's posts you may know what do we mean when we say, the AEC should change their business modell. That's why I'm thrilled when I read headlines like: Elon Musks asks for Permission to tunnel under LA That means that at least someone (eventhough not a Construction company) wants to change the way infrastructure works and is willing to  bet for something else. What and how exactly I don't know, but at least the will to do things differently is there. Standarisation, prefabrication and using a product approach should help our industry thrive. But sometimes, no matter how big the effort, there are boundaries to the benefits and ability to replicate. Like this bridge in Portsmouth, it used Precast pieces, which could have been very well standarised modules (but they were not, they were modular, but specifically designed for the project) and assembled them in place. The replicability here is very difficult to achieve because of the construction logistics. A very and decisive point when we are talking about upgrading infrastructure. This reminds us, that there will always be a market for custom-tailored specialty solutions. But beware, those markets may be very risky and competition may be fierce.

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November 19, 2017
Sustainability and Young Workforce

Well, let's get on topic directly. I've two articles not very related with each other but very important when it comes to thinking about the future of our beloved AEC industry. The first one is a post from construction dive, you can read the article here. The main point of the article is to discuss […]

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November 9, 2017
Safety is not about writing norms for everything

Eventhough the articles I'm refering are not fresh, they're still news. Which highlight some interesting facts about the AEC Industry.  The first article tells how a floor system failed in Holland: Unsafe Floor Technology? Even the floor was used in many other projects this one presented problems, nevertheless it's not clear if other buildings may […]

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November 5, 2017
Prefabrication, Robots and Failed Approaches

Today I bring you some insights on a few articles for our Microblogs: The first topic I want to discuss is pre-fabrication, here the two articles: Off-Site Construction or Prefabrication Rebar tying robot They don't say much about it right? Both articles are only about: "Pre-fabrication is going to be disruptive. It's going to revolutionize […]

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October 27, 2017
Better Materials but no better Ideas

I really like this MicroBlogs idea, they allow me to share quick ideas about intersting topics and developments. But I promise you, i won't forget to write more detailed content about the Philosphy of BIM. In the meantime I'll leave my comments of three interesting articles about concrete:  Fortifying Concrete with Plastics  Making stronger concrete […]

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October 25, 2017
Robots and Teams

Today I came accross two very interesting News: Autonomous Tractor Building a Team takes time and it's not just about people working together On the first article I just want to comment that people who are worried of robots taking their jobs is just non-sense. It may happen, but it shouldn't. Why? If you're willing […]

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October 23, 2017
MicroPosts

Besides our traditional Posts, that take a lot of time, thought and effort to produce, we're launching now MicroPosts. Small opinions and insights about articles I found on the web. For example today I came across the following: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20171022-obayashi-corporations-3d-printed-curved-bridge-first-of-its-kind-in-japan.html A very small and unimpressive concrete 3D Printed Bridge in Japan compared to a bicycle that bridge […]

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October 21, 2017
Testing Social Add-Ons

Hi all, We're connecting our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts with the blog.  The LinkedIn Page should be working now. We can't wait to start sharing more things with you. Give a Like and Start following us.

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