Episode Seventeen – Open Source Part 1

On Thursday, November 25th, 2021 Episode seventeen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live. Our seventeenth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent David. This month’s podcast is a BIM Technology podcast, and in it, David interviews industry expert Mark Wieringa

A teaser for episode seventeen. Tune in to the podcast to find out David’s great piece of wisdom.

David has been reading a lot lately about data exchange and the limitations we experience in the building industry when using specific or multiple technologies that don’t correspond directly which leads to data exchange that is inaccurate. Learning more and more about IFC and BCF, I wanted to learn what is open source exactly and who is driving this? For that very reason, I invited Mark Wieringa of Bimforce in the Netherlands a fierce advocate of the open-source use in the AEC industry, for a chat.

Here is more information about this month’s interviewee: 

  1. Mark Wieringa, Co-Founder and Information Specialist at BIMforce

Mark Wieringa is a trained building engineer & architect who worked at one of the leading architectural firms in the Netherlands as their BIM manager. Where he worked on very large projects managing data, developing the company and a national BIM standard, the Dutch Revit Standards. 
In 2015 he started Bimforce with Martijn de Riet out of the belief that BIM could be smarter and the AEC industry could use better solutions. Bimforce uses Open Source technology such as IFC at the core of all their software. They’ve developed a data driven parametric IFC content library called VerteX, a digital twin system called GRiDS and a residential building generator using their own IfcGraph model. 

Mark Wieringa

Some resources from this month’s episode:

Blender – Blender’s mission is to bring the best 3D technology as tools in the hands of artists, for all platforms, everywhere in the world, free and open source forever.

BlenderBIM – An add-on for beautiful, detailed, and data-rich OpenBIM with Blender.

FreeCAD – Your own 3D parametric modeler

GitHub – Where open source communities live

OSArch – Creating a built environment with free software, increased transparency, and a more ethical approach 

buildingSMART: Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) – IFC is a standardized, digital description of the built asset industry.

buildingSMART: BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) – The BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) allows different BIM applications to communicate model-based issues with each other by leveraging IFC data that have been previously shared among project collaborators.

Episode Eighteen – Coming December 17th, 2021

We return on December 17th when we continue our deep dive into the topic of open source.

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Episode Sixteen – Robotics Part 3

On Thursday, November 4th, 2021 Episode sixteen of the BILT Academy Podcast went live. Yes, we did return a tad delayed from our summer break but for a good reason, we wanted to accommodate the busy schedule of our interviewee! 

For episode sixteen we invited Anthony Meijer,  a student taking Built Environment at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Netherlands to hop on board as guest narrator to this month’s topic. 

In this month’s episode, we once again dive into the world of robotics. This time it was Anthony and his research that’s based on how the AEC industry can utilize robotics in construction that lead out show. To get his urgent questions on the topic answered he reached out to Brian Ringley of Boston Dynamics. 

Here is more information about this month’s interviewee: 

  1. Brian Ringley, Construction Technology Manager at Boston Dynamics.

Brian Ringley is a construction technologist at Boston Dynamics where he manages Spot autonomy product development for dynamic sensing in changing environments like construction sites. Before coming to Boston Dynamics, he was a construction automation researcher in commercial real estate where he piloted emerging construction robotics products and stood up a factory for the industrialized construction of office space 

Brian Ringley

Some resources from this month’s episode:

Brian Ringley’s publications, blogs and other media: 

Brian Ringley | Linktree 

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/bringley/ 

Boston Dynamics: 

Home | Boston Dynamics 

Spot Arm – Mobile Manipulation | Boston Dynamics 

Break Through Supply Chain Blocks with Automated Container Unloading (bostondynamics.com) 

What is Dynamic Sensing? (bostondynamics.com) 

Warehouse Automation | Boston Dynamics 

Collaborations: 

Trimble Field Technology 

Trimble Releases Turnkey Autonomous Robotic Scanning Solution | Trimble, Inc. 

Urban Housing Reimagined – Home Page – Intelligent City (intelligent-city.com) 

Also mentioned in the podcast: 

Rocos | Robot Operations Platform 

Dusty Robotics | Construction robots  

Construction simulation and optimization software – powered by AI | ALICE Technologies 

INDUS.AI – CONSTRUCTION INTELLIGENCE 

TestFit | Solve site plans instantly with the Ultimate Building Configurator 

Avvir | AI powered precision for the built world 

Reduce jobsite risk with the power of AI (newmetrix.com) 

Construction Photo Documentation – OpenSpace 

StructionSite – Intelligent Project Tracking | Site Documentation | Production Tracking 

HoloBuilder – Construction Progress Management 

Hypar | The next-generation platform for designing, generating, and sharing building systems. 

Versatile | CraneView 

Episode Seventeen – Coming November 26th, 2021

Don’t miss out on our next Podcast airing on November 26th where we kick-off the topic open source.

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