6 to 30 of every 100,000 customers who purchased the formaldehyde laden products from Lumber Liquidators are expected to develop cancer.
The stories that led my friend astray on state of construction technology came from similar grand statements.
Continuing our exploration of trending technologies in construction, Today I want to address Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technology.
BIM Technology has been around for quite some time. As early as 1985 Architects and Engineers have had access to digital tools that allow virtual modeling. The earliest software for this was a lesser known tool called Pro/ENEGINEER (now known as Creo).
Now let’s be clear, virtual modeling is not the same as renderings.
Architects have been producing renderings of buildings even before the prominence of computers. Back then, we relied on artistic skill and formal methods for developing perspective drawings.
As we continue our look at construction technology, I wanted to cover what is currently the most disruptive technology in construction.
Conventional methods of construction are extremely labor intensive. They require many skilled tradesmen working many hours.
As we saw in our look into robotics, there are several companies working to replace workers with machines.
3D Printing however, takes queues from existing technology and scales it up to completely change the way we build.
3D printing technology has come a long way since the concept was first patented in 1986 by Charles Hull. Today 3D printing is becoming more and more mainstream and more companies (and industries) are embracing this technology. From the early “on-demand” concepts of 2006 to recent large scale developments, this technology has captured our imagination.
There are several innovators at the forefront of this technology. Today I want to share who the key players are and where this technology is receiving the greatest attention.