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Aarni Heiskanen, the author and host of AEC Business, is a consultant, architect and educator with over 25 years of experience.

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digital twin interface BIM
September 14, 2017

User Interface With a Building – Interview with Esa Halmetoja of Senate Properties

Architect Mies van der Rohe once said that, “An office is a machine for working in.” From a maintenance person’s point of view that might be true. For a user, an office should offer a productive working environment. A pilot project, led by Esa Halmetoja of Senate Properties, is trying to find out how a digital twin of a building would serve both the needs of the maintenance worker and the office worker. / continue reading

September 8, 2017

Developing New BIM Norms for Building Construction – Videos

BuildingSMART Finland has supplemented open building information modeling (BIM) guidelines in a project that is a part of the national KIRA-digi program. The project has published its first version of the new norms.

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BIM at Helsinki Airport
September 1, 2017

How Helsinki Airport Uses BIM to Create the Best Customer Experience

Helsinki Airport is arguably one of the best in the world. Thanks to its perfect location between Asia and Europe, it’s becoming an ever-more-popular hub. I interviewed Finavia’s Design Manager, Kari Ristolainen, about the airport’s development program and how building information modeling (BIM) is essential to its success. / continue reading

workers pad construction site
August 26, 2017

Digitalizing the Construction Site – Interview with Tenderfield’s Jason Kamha

Here’s my interview with Jason Kamha, Director at Tenderfield, an Australian construction software company. / continue reading

Grib Design Tool
August 18, 2017

A New Way to Design in 3D – Interview with Pouria Kay of Grib

In this podcast interview with Pouria Kay, CEO and Co-founder at Grib, we talk about the startup’s new, intuitive 3D design tool. / continue reading

construction robotics
August 11, 2017

Construction Robotics – Videos

The market for construction robotics is still in its infancy. That’s mainly because a large portion of the work takes place on-site, not in controlled industrial environments. The following videos demonstrate the possibilities of today’s construction robotics and offer a glimpse into tomorrow.

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August 3, 2017

More Business Value from Drones with Propeller and Trimble – Interview with Rory San Miguel

Here’s my interview with Rory San Miguel, CEO of Propeller Aerobotics, a UAV tech company. We’re discussing the use of drones in construction and the company’s recently announced collaboration with Trimble to deliver efficient UAV workflows. / continue reading

VR and AR in Construction
July 27, 2017

The Future of VR and AR in AEC – Danielle Dy Buncio of VIATechnik

In this presentation, Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder and CEO of VIATechnik, talks about the future of VR and AR in AEC. The recording  is from our webinar, How Virtual and Augmented Reality Can Change Your AEC Business.

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July 20, 2017

How Drones are Speeding Up Construction

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are being used in many industries, e.g. agriculture, construction, mining, oil & gas, mapping, and surveying. In construction, drones have proven to be quite disruptive, offering huge productivity increases. / continue reading

Evaliina Vesalainen
July 8, 2017

Augmenting BIM Classifications – Interview with Eveliina Vesalainen of Granlund

BuildingSMART Finland is supplementing building information modeling (BIM) guidelines in a national standardization project, as a part of the KIRA-digi program. In her Master’s thesis, Eveliina Vesalainen, of Granlund, has compared European BIM classifications for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) design. Her study is the groundwork for the upcoming Finnish norms. / continue reading

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