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BIM and Parametric Modeling

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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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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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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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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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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