Virtual Construction: advancing the industry through technology, tools and color

Posted on Oct 19, 2010 by Dan Bayer

Being in the construction industry, it is part of our job to bring awareness to customers and partners about how the industry is evolving. At Miron, we have placed a focus on virtual construction as one area of development because of the many advantages we see in utilizing this type of technology. What an exciting time to experience the changes that have occurred over the past few years. In general I’ve seen technology turn over about every eight-to-twelve months, rendering new tools, techniques and general software improvements.

There are many resources you can follow that share specific information on the changes taking place in the world of virtual construction. Since the beginning of the Changing the Color Paradigm blog, I’ve been impressed with the quality of information Peter Lawrence has continually delivered to the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry – for FREE!!  I make a point to regularly check in on his blog, along with Scott Sheppard’s, It’s Alive in the Lab. These two industry professionals do a great job at moderating and sharing relevant industry information.

Photo from Changing the Color Paradigm Blog

Not only are we seeing technology and tools making an impact on the industry, but we are seeing that adding color can make a big difference as well. Lyra Research, an independent researcher, studied the effects of introducing color into construction documents and found the results are “black and white” or should I say “in color” and prove ROI.

With every advancement, there are multiple stakeholders within the workflow, from design concept through construction, who are benefiting from the advantages of virtual construction. Care to share any of your own resources or ideas? Please feel free to leave a comment below.


About Dan Bayer

Dan Bayer has more than 13 years of experience in Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies implementation and education in organizations nationally. He focuses on the communication and collaboration aspects of BIM with design partners, building owners, and subcontractors through the construction process, as well as the research/development of BIM technologies to optimize Miron’s internal BIM processes.

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