Technology in Architectural Practice

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  • All, The Corps of Engineers developed its own facility condition assessment (FCA) software several years ago called BUILDER, which is being used by most federal agencies and by other entities as well. In 2014, the Department of Defense mandated the use ...

  • When I was managing the buildings for the City of Evanston Illinois we used a product called Builder and Roofer. This was 7 years ago. They worked well especially Roofer. You had to train staff to work the inputs, but then you could see across your entire ...

  • Michelle, About 13 years ago, I managed a challenging project to inspect and report on 60+ public housing projects for the purpose of determining recommended repairs, and estimating the cost for funding. We had been asked by our Client to use Microsoft ...

  • Years ago I managed the condition assessment process and system for a number of facilities, at that time using an application called ReCAPP.  That company was then sold to VFA (who had their own product) which I believe was then bought by Accruent.  I ...

  • Check out Quire at www.openquire.com I am their Technical Director, after spending 20+ years as an architect in the due diligence and Capital Needs Assessment industries. So I AM biased, but I also know a great tool when I see one. The costs ...

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  • The following is an excerpt from my blog at deathofdrawing.com related to my new book The Death of Drawing: Architecture in the Age of Simulation published by Routledge. Among the professionals involved in the building industry, architects ...

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  • Last year on the TAP, several members identified challenges in technical environments accessing and gathering information in concealed spaces, particularly above ceilings. The workflow we developed with the TAP members' input is highly relevant to BIM ...

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  • QUALITY CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS & SPECIFICATIONS Do you know how to put together a good set of construction documents? As a new practitioner, an emerging architect, intern architect, or recent graduate, you may have felt that someone was withholding ...

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  • Is BIM the tool and the method building designers have long avoided? The AIA TAP FASTER FORWARD conference 2011 presented the idea of BIM, the process, the intelligence, and the potential. In addition, I attended the Autodesk University last week ...

  • Take a look at this article generated by LMN Architects, detailing their process for designing, fabricating, and simplifying a complicated panelized facade. http://lmnts.lmnarchitects.com/featured/mm-intro/