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Structural tube fabrication: Getting a solid connection for HSS

The Fabricator Magazine writes about VectorBloc

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Modular construction aims higher

Article about VectorBloc, published in the Journal of Commerce

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VectorBloc aims to revolutionize modular construction

Daily Commercial News article about VectorBloc

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TEST STACK ERECTION COMPLETED IN 4 HOURS

TEST STACK ERECTION COMPLETED IN 4 HOURS

The first full-scale VectorBloc building was completed on November 27, 2015. Following completion of the foundation and installation of floor board in the modules, the "test stack" consisting of 8 modules was assembled in just 4 hours.

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VectorBloc fabricating facility in Harrow Ontario now operational

On November 2, 2015 production of the first VectorBloc precision modular building chassis began in the plant operated by VectorBloc Fabricating (VBF) in Harrow, Ontario.

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JMC Steel Group Announces Investment in VectorBloc

JMC Steel Group and Vector Praxis announced today that JMC Steel Group is making a significant investment in VectorBloc.

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Stainless Steel Deficiencies and Fixes

Stainless Steel Deficiencies and Fixes

Following is a list of common deficiencies found in stainless steel work, likely causes and suggested fixes.

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Comparing Glass and Resin: Discussion of Glass

Comparing Glass and Resin: Discussion of Glass

You can’t cut tempered glass This statement is true and it has a big impact on work sequence, cost and quality. Glass is produced continuously in a ribbon up to 12’ wide and arrives from the glass plants in astonishingly large annealed sheets, often 20’ long or more.

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Stainless Steel Finishes and Fabrication

Stainless Steel Finishes and Fabrication

Two years ago I attended the opening of a 50-story “LEED Gold” office tower. After the mayor and officials left, a group of us walked the ground floor of the brand new building. Because we were all in the fabrication business, we couldn’t stop looking at the details.

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Real BIM: Can Architects be Master Builders Again?

Real BIM: Can Architects be Master Builders Again?

Some history: The good ol’ days, the bad ol’ now

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Cost of Curvaceous Work

Cost of Curvaceous Work

The popularity of “blobitechture” as practised by Hadid, Gehry etc. has led to a rash of offshore façade and interior finish subcontracting, some successes and some very disappointing results.

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5-Point Real BIM Manifesto

5-Point Real BIM Manifesto

5-Point Real BIM Manifesto The introduction of AutoCAD was a simply a change in reprographic process. As mostly practised BIM is not fundamentally different than drawing with a pencil.

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Comparing Glass and Resin: Curves, Texture, Colour

Comparing Glass and Resin: Curves, Texture, Colour

Comparing the coefficients of thermal expansion of glass and plastic In 1983 I made my first floating-letter sign. (Up to that point I was a martyr to the cause of fine woodworking and all my signage projects were hand carved from solid wood panels).

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A 2012 Taxonomy of Drawings: Paper to Vector

A Taxonomy of drawings and why I hate paper, whether I’m looking at it on a table or on a screen Despite all the hype about BIM, I seldom see a contractors’ trailer with computer screens instead of paper drawings. In fact, despite working on recent projects by architects such as Foster + Partners, KPF, Gensler etc.

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Drawings & Presentations

Drawings & Presentations

From the moment I opened my first commercial workshop in 1984, one of the most enjoyable and important parts of my job has been delivering sales presentations and conducting shop drawing reviews with architects and interior designers.

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Digital Fabrication: Buzz and Buzzkill

Digital Fabrication: Buzz and Buzzkill

Loosely defined, Digital Fabrication (DF) is the production of a physical object by a machine directed by a computer program. What is DF really and was is the impact on the construction world? DF is closely related to “Computer Numerically Controlled” (CNC) machining.

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Comparing Glass and Resin: Material and Application

Comparing Glass and Resin: Material and Application

The following list summarizes the information provided above for the major categories of glass and plastics used in ICI construction and provides suggested applications for each.

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The Information Content of Drawings

The Information Content of Drawings

In this series of articles I hope to shed some light on the relationship between the information content of a drawing, its cost of production, its usefulness as a contract document and its usefulness in practical construction.

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Annotated AESS Spec

Annotated AESS Spec

In September of 2011, Anton Nelson of the New York-based engineering firm Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners PC wrote the attached specification for AESS (Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel). The purpose of creating this new spec was to close some of the loopholes in the AISC-based spec that had been exploited by unscrupulous subcontractors.

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Comparing Glass, Plastic and Resin: Introduction

Comparing Glass, Plastic and Resin: Introduction

The properties and constraints of glass, plastic and resin are frequently misunderstood and as a result, these materials are frequently misapplied. In this series of articles I try to clear up the confusion.

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