How can design and construction firms survive the massive changes taking place in the industry?

Disruption is a word that is overused in Silicon Valley, and elsewhere in the tech world. The idea is that sometimes a new player comes along with an approach to doing things in such a radically different way that it disrupts the entire industry. With advancements such as building information modeling (BIM), virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR), … Continue reading How can design and construction firms survive the massive changes taking place in the industry?

Video: Architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha views his buildings in “mixed reality” for first time

Microsoft's HoloLens is yet another entrant in the race for virtual/mixed/augmented reality domination. Via the Microsoft website: World-famous architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha has expressed his delight after Microsoft and Trimble helped to recreate some of his most well-known buildings using HoloLens. The 88-year-old Brazilian said it was “fantastic” that he could see his creations using … Continue reading Video: Architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha views his buildings in “mixed reality” for first time

Wearables for the built environment: Smart Hard Hats and Smart Glasses

Back in June of 2015, a relatively unknown company by the name of Daqri introduced an augmented reality-enabled hard hat that they dubbed the Smart Helmet. While there clearly is not yet massive adoption among the trades for a more than $1,000 hard hat, that doesn't mean Daqri has ceased innovation. In fact, as Construction … Continue reading Wearables for the built environment: Smart Hard Hats and Smart Glasses