#AU2013 Watch this session live-streaming on AU Online LIVE. Technology is transforming the way we design and construct everything, from buildings to cities and the infrastructure that connects them together.
Digital Fabrication and the Gamification of architecture, engineering and construction at Autodesk University. Digital Fabrication + Sim City + Gaming + VIrtual San Francisco. The convergence of the 3D web and digital fabrication is accelerating.
The local epicenter of the Seattle and Puget Sound Maker community. Ellie is doing a great job of growing the local maker community and embracing digital fabrication. Now to get that community to collaborate with the local hacker community.
Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered a material which combines graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides.
Something straight out of a science fiction film is fastly becoming an exciting reality as scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered a material which combines graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides. The material is thin and flexible, and it can absorb sunlight to produce electricity at the same rates of existing solar panels. This could be potentially used to coat the outside of buildings to generate power required to run appliances inside.
The material is composed of transition metal dichalcogenides layers sandwiched between the two outer layers of graphene. The graphene acts as an extremely efficient conductive layer, and the TMDC acts as a very sensitive light absorber.
Researchers have found that the 'light absorption characteristic' of the material can be increased when the graphene layer is sprinkled with gold particles. The material has a quantum efficiency of 30%.
Researchers believe that entire buildings could be powered by coating their exposed surfaces with the panels. Further, the energy produced by the panels could be used to alter the transparency and reflectivity of windows and fixtures.
This type of graphene material could be used to form on the outside of the buildings to generate power required to run the appliances inside. It is flexible and easy to use.
Not only can graphene paint be used to power objects, the material will also be able to chaneg color.
Researchers also believe that the graphene base substance has the ability to create a new generation of hand-held devices such as smartphones that can be powered using sunlight. These devices can be made ultra-thin, transparent and flexible.
Research suggests that there can be a high level of optimism regarding the development of graphene in the near future.
They hope that the material can be used for a wide range of industrial and day-to-day applications, providing potential technological breakthroughs in the areas, right from electronics to telecommunications and energy generation.
A visionary idea called STRAWSCRAPER, the first project to come out of the business called Belatchew Labs. STRAWSCRAPER is an extension of the south tower on Södermalm in Stockholm with a new energy-producing shell covered with hairs that can extract wind energy.
Belatchew Architects want to give South tower its original proportions and at the same time explore new technologies to create the future of urban wind farming.
By using piezoelectric technology a large number of thin ribs produce electricity only through the small movements generated by the wind. The result opens up possibilities for how buildings can produce energy in the future. Surfaces on both existing and new buildings can suddenly be converted into energy producing units.
The big four BIM players include Autodesk Revit, Bentley Microstation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD and Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect.
For CAD formats Autodesk DWG is an industry de facto standard. The less proprietary format DXF is also a universal standard for information exchange. Autodesk’s less popular DWF format also has iOS support among apps. Bentley’s approach to iOS apps is its i-model format. One needs the Bentley desktop applications to create i-models.
We have included some open-standard 3D CAD formats with robust market use and acceptance. These are quite common on the MCAD side but also have use in AEC in limited form. Within this group is listed the IFC 2×3 file format for BIM.
We are going to start with propriatary formats first and then review the most popular open formats below.
Autodesk University week (10000 people converging in Las Vegas), so lots of AEC/BIM/CAD/DCC news coming out.
BIM and Facility Management is a topic that I'm very interested in and think can be done significantly better than it's being done today. Archibus seems to be on the right track and this is worth checking out. I would just love to see a similar FM BIM integrated product that is built on an open platform and not just Revit...
Integrate facilities and infrastructure data with BIM models over the Web for comprehensive building lifecycle management and reporting...
I created this group to help accelerate the gamification of the $12 trillion architecture, engineering and construction industries and build a community of like-minded gamers,...
I started this group earlier this week to create a public forum where gamers could meet with the building industry. Ideally business relationships will develop out of this group and accelerate innovation in multiple industries.
The Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical integration. The Germans are pushing ahead agressively in this massive convergence - leveraging their already very strong lead in advanced manufacturing.
The U.S. software industry will inevitably play a key role. The interesting question is if it will be primarily through IoT leadership or using related technologies to better connect consumers and the market with manufacturing, or can advanced manufacturing itself be integrated in numerous industries.
Morphosis Architects incorporates an innovative stainless steel facade screen to mitigate heat gain for new academic building.
Los Angeles–based Morphosis delivered a 100,000-square-foot, five-story building that is currently completing construction on Cornell University's Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) program structure.
While in essence a simple, efficient, rectangular plan and elevation, the design features several elements—including a twisting stainless steel sun screen and a protruding arm of the upper floors hovering above the main entrance—that make it an unmistakable product of Morphosis as well as a suitable looking enclosure for a discipline forged by the realities of the digital age.
Executives at Robert Bosch and McKinsey experts discuss the technology-driven changes that promise to trigger a new industrial revolution. A McKinsey & Company article.
How far it can, and inevitably, will go. The ideas, technologies, and efficiences are evolving at an accelerating rate. The primary constraint against faster implementation is human - especially in highly-fragmented and change resistant industries like building. The good news? One doesn't have to look far for ideas and proven systems and processes that could change the industry.
Sky City in Changsha, China, will be 2750 feet tall, 220 stories, housing 30,000 people in 4450 apartments, with excavation and construction slated to begin in June, 2013.
Aiming to accommodate a growing population, the skyscraper is considered a "pragmatic" building, designed for efficiency, affordability, replicability.
The Sky City concept significantly reduces the per capita use of land, and the associated CO2 emissions generated, thus providing a means of large-scale development with a significantly lower impact on the environment.
As a result, a resident of Sky City will be using 1/100th the average land per person- learn more about this innovative building concept and its sustainable features at Treehugger.
As if planning to build a moon base weren't enough, the European Space Agency may try to do it with 3D printing. "Printing" a building out of layers of lunar soil could be much easier and cheaper than bringing the whole structure from earth.