Institution supports free-to-use digital BIM tool

Project is a key enabler of the move to deliver Level 2 BIM on central Government procurement from April 2016.
The Institution of Structural Engineers and six other professional bodies covering design, construction, operation and management in the built environment are supporting NBS, part of RIBA Enterprises, in its development of a free-to-use digital BIM tool for the BIM Task Group. BIFM, CIBSE, CIOB, ICE, RIBA, RICS and the Institution are all providing cross-industry support and technical advice to the project, which is a key enabler of the move to deliver Level 2 BIM on central government procurement from April 2016… read full article


Phil Holden is chair of the RIBA’s Construction Leadership Group

What are the aims of the RIBA’s construction liason group?
It is going to require a real collaborative effort from both design and construction to achieve the government’s Construction 2025 Strategy targets to improve delivery speed of projects by 50%, cut built environment greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and cut overall project costs by a third…
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Smart cities market forecasted to reach over $ 1 trillion by 2019

Urbanization is a worldwide phenomenon. Smart city technology is becoming an essential element in the development of the world’s megacities. For example, the new Indian government’s just released budget includes an allocation for initiating the development of 100 smart cities. Songdo IDB in Korea and Fujisawa in Japan are two smart cities already under development. China has 36 smart cities in development and a low carbon model city in Tianjin. Singapore plans to become a smart nation by 2015. Iskandar is Malaysia’s first smart city. The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) incorporates smart city concepts… read full article


The year ahead for £325m turnover contractor Osborne will see a “step change” in the volume of public sector projects using BIM, according to Dr Rennie Chadwick, the company’s director of design and IT and a member of the CIOB Innovation and Research panel.
Chadwick predicted that projects delivering Level 2 BIM would make up 10% of its turnover at the start of 2015, rising sharply to 50% by the end of the year… read full article

Vertical and Indoor 9-1-1 Location Mapping

In June 2011, NENA approved an end-state architectural vision for NG9-1-1 in the United States that includes indoor 9-1-1 caller location sub-address elements such as building name, floor, suite, room, and seat.
In February 2014, the FCC proposed rules to improve indoor and mobile phone 9-1-1 call location accuracy, including for the first time requiring wireless carriers to provide vertical information (z axis) within three meters… read full article