Looking at pollution in a whole new way…

Getting hyper-local: Mapping street-level air quality across California

Most air pollution is measured at a city level, but air quality can change block by block, hour by hour and day to day. To better understand air quality on a more local level, we began working with our partner Aclima — to map air pollution across California using Google Street View cars—equipped with air quality sensors.  Earlier this year, we shared the the first results of this effort with pollution levels throughout the city of Oakland.

We’re just beginning to understand what’s possible with this hyper-local information and today, we’re starting to share some of our findings for the three California regions we’ve mapped: the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and California’s Central Valley (the Street View cars drove 100,000 miles, over the course of 4,000 hours to collect this data!) Scientists and air quality specialists can use this information to assist local organizations, governments, and regulators in identifying opportunities to achieve greater air quality improvements and solutions.


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The Lagging Construction Industry

Some good reads on how the future will be in the AEC industry, the future can’t come quick enough…

Bringing manufacturing principles to the construction of high-rise buildings

The engineering and construction sector is glaringly lagging behind other industries in process optimization, knowledge transfer, and lean principles.

Construction projects today are conducted in a very similar way to those of several decades ago: the bulk of work is still done on-site, with little automation and process optimization. The sector has not fully entered the third industrial revolution, let alone the fourth.

One of the problems is inherent: the construction site. Although it does allow lean principles to be applied to some degree, it is not really conducive to them. The full potential of lean principles in the construction process, transport and logistics is difficult to realize outside a factory setting. Read More: LINK

Reinventing Construction through a Productivity Revolution

To transform the sector, action is needed in seven areas or through broader adoption of mass-production approaches.

The construction industry employs about 7 percent of the world’s working-age population and is one of the world economy’s largest sectors, with $10 trillion spent on construction-related goods and services every year. But the industry has an intractable productivity problem and, according to Reinventing construction: A route to higher productivity, a new McKinsey Global Institute report, an opportunity to boost value added by $1.6 trillion.

Download the PDF: LINK


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Go Away Missing Elements! “Collaboration for Revit”

The Collaboration for Revit cloud service connects Revit project teams so that they can work better together on shared models. Multiple users can co-author Revit models working together on a model stored within a project in the cloud.

Communicator chat tool helps with project team members communicate while working within Revit project models in real-time. Sharing screenshots to add more clarity to the discussion.

BIM 360 Team integration provides centralized access to Revit models and project data to all team members via a cloud-based platform. You can add markups in BIM 360 Team to communicate design changes that should be made to the Revit model. From here you can manage models and users in a BIM 360 Team project from within Revit.

But what happens when things go haywire? Ever seen the dreaded “missing elements” error?

Here is a article on Autodesk’s knowledge library to help fix it after the fact. LINK

But how about just avoiding it in the first place? One suggestion from Autodesk is to “always” use the “audit” check box when opening C4R models. I know, I know, this will slow down the process but I would rather do this then play with journals files, wouldn’t you?

Recently Autodesk released 2017.2.2 and 2018.1.1 for Revit. Now supposedly this is going to fix these issues going forward. I think I might still use the “audit” until I hear otherwise…

Remember, your entire team needs to be on the same patch for this to work correctly…

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