- 3D models – This includes models from all sub-contractors to determine clash detection: electrical, mechanical, plumbers, civil engineers, etc.
- Contents and Finishes Library
- Specs Library
- 4D – which means your model can connect to schedules. Then you can run simulations in Revit and actually see the project being built.
- Procurement System
- Contract Management
- Capital Outlay
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Need help with BIM integration?HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer. HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. [post_title] => What is BIM? 'BIM is a Data-Centric Strategy, Not a Thing' [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => bim-is-a-data-centric-strategy [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:22:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:22:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12786 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12096 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-04-10 15:00:27 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-10 20:00:27 [post_content] => An economist recently said that America has not had a technological revolution since the computer. We at HingePoint were floored! Working as a BIM consultant in architecture, engineering, and construction, we know this is inaccurate. Not to call him out (you can see what I am referring to here), but he is flat out wrong. Everything we have been seeing suggests we are in the middle of one of the biggest technological revolutions of our time and it is transforming how all of us do our work, especially in the AEC industry Just listen to Autodesk’s Senior Vice President Amar Hanspal who recently spoke at the Forge Devcon 2016 conference. “The future is here. We are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution!” Wow! But he’s not the only one saying this. So what the heck is the fourth? Well… it’s not just one new technology. It’s a bunch of technology converging that will transform government, business and life as we know it. From Forbes:
“In this fourth revolution, we are facing a range of new technologies that combine the physical, digital and biological worlds. These new technologies will impact all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenge our ideas about what it means to be human.”Professor Klaus Schwab is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He published a book The Fourth Industrial Revolution. He wrote on the World Economic Forum’s blog:
“The possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge, are unlimited. And these possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing.”
So what will this revolution bring the AEC Industry? Schwab from the World Economic Forum says that this will dramatically affect the AEC Industry.
“Engineers, designers, and architects are combining computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering, and synthetic biology to pioneer a symbiosis between microorganisms, our bodies, the products we consume, and even the buildings we inhabit.”Let’s give you a practical example of what Schwab is saying.
Right now we are able to make 3D designs of our buildings. We can look at these designs on our smartphones. It reduces mistakes because construction crews can see how the building should be built instead of guessing based on 2D-paper drawings. What’s already happening is construction crews and architects are using augmented reality, virtual reality and computer-aided manufacturing. Augmented Reality [caption id="attachment_12100" align="alignright" width="300"] Augmented Reality is helping construction crews and architects make less mistakes and get work done more quickly.[/caption] Think about the Pokémon GO app. If you ever used it… you know that the app uses your camera and then puts a Pokémon GO on your screen. This is exactly what can be done for the construction industry. But instead of seeing a Pokémon GO you can see your 3D model on a plot of land. Or—as the picture above shows—it can show you how specific parts of the building should look. In the picture, the construction worker is looking at where a light should go on the ceiling. With augmented reality he can see it clearly. Virtual Reality Big firms are starting to use virtual reality to show off designs of their buildings. Customers can actually walk through their building and see it in true 3D before ever building it. This lets them know what it will look like and if they approve. Computer Aided Manufacturing and the Internet of Things This is the biggest transformation of this revolution. We are connecting machines to “talk” to one another. What this means is that my 3D BIM model can “talk” to a manufacturer’s machines. In theory, once information about the project is shared, the manufacture’s machine can automatically start cutting or creating whatever is needed without human interaction. So a saw can be connected to the Internet and get instruction on what and how to cut based on your model. The following functions can be used in computer-aided manufacturing: sawing, laser cutting, flame and plasma cutting, bending, gluing and routing and milling. Here’s a good article on CAM. ---------------------------- Now maybe that economist that spoke to NPR didn’t think we were here yet. Okay… we will let it slide, buddy. But you cannot miss this next revolution that is starting… now. Why? Let’s close with a rhetorical question. Do you remember those companies that said no to the computer, no to email, no to the Internet? Neither do we. They were left behind. If you want to take some simple steps to prepare so you are not left behind…. you can download our simple roadmap by signing up to our email list. It will teach you very simple steps to take to go from paper to a full BIM model.
Download the Roadmap to BIMWhether you're working with paper or already using digital files, you can learn necessary steps to launch your company's processes with new technological capabilities. This road map gives you the fundamental steps you need to take to transform your business. Here’s an impressive video about Industry 4.0: [post_title] => Industry 4.0 will revolutionize BIM and AEC [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => industry-4-0-and-bim [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-05-30 10:53:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-05-30 15:53:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12096 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12657 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-03-28 11:28:49 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-28 16:28:49 [post_content] => Drones are booming. Amazon wants to start using drones to deliver same-day packages. The United Nations is considering delivering medical supplies to countries in need and some are even hoping to help dog owners pick up after their dog’s number two. All of it with drones. Some estimates have the drone market worth $127 billion by 2020. This includes everything from building and selling the drone itself to drone pilots offering services. However, drones are not just used to conduct specific tasks. They are also used to gather information. For example, construction companies are using drones to survey their job sites. The drones take video and pictures to show general contractors the state of a project or structure. These digital assets—the photographs and videos—save a lot of hours of work. High-quality marketing videos like Ms. Renfros salsa, is not only becoming a new way to show off your business, it's becoming a new way to market real estate companies. 3 things Drones are Used for in Construction & Real Estate
- Construction crews are using drones to verify if projects have been finished or if they were finished correctly. Think things like parking lots and roofs.
- Speaking of roofs, surveyors are starting to use drones to look at structures instead of dangerously scaling these high places with people. Not only does it save time, but it is also safer.
- Real estate developers and landlords are starting to use drone videos to market their properties. Drone videos can be breathtaking, especially if you have a drone pilot with an eye for marketing.
About HingePointHingePoint offers cloud and mobile applications for construction and real estate that are easy to adopt and employees love. Specializing in the systems that run the construction and real estate business including SharePoint, Salesforce, Procore, MS Dynamics, and Autodesk. Scale and grow profitably with Financial and Project Management Dashboards, document management, and workflow automation for field to office collaboration. HingePoint 8105 Rasor Blvd. Suite 241 Plano, TX 75024 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com [post_title] => Real Estate Drone Photography Boon for Industry [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => real-estate-drone-photography-boon-for-industry [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-10-22 01:08:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-10-22 06:08:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12657 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12470 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2017-02-07 15:38:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-07 21:38:44 [post_content] =>
CAD & BIM Integration to SharePoint, Salesforce, Autodesk, and beyondWhether you're working with SharePoint, Salesforce or Autodesk, integration is more critical than ever. As companies start using new collaborative tools and going into the cloud, integration is still a struggle. CIO wrote that about 90 percent of businesses are using the cloud. But initial integration is creating challenges. “Integration challenges remain long after organizations first make the jump to the cloud, it’s clear that the technology is here to stay. Businesses who ride out the current storm and find the right balance of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions will gain a unique advantage over the competitors,” according to CIO. Making your software and solutions talk to one another is critical. “When applications don’t ‘speak’ to one another or share information, companies are forced to continuously update different systems of record,” HingePoint CEO and Founder Bryce Finnerty said. “They are prisoners to the technology they use.” Here are three quick HingePoint examples of companies that needed an integration solution. CAD to BIM: A client used CAD files to build rental storage units across Texas. Everything was done with paper: the planning, the design, determining the rentable space in the building, and submitting construction documents. For each building this developer built, new CAD files were created. HingePoint took all the developer’s CAD drawings, put them in Revit and made a full 3D model the developer can view on their smartphone. Hotel franchise: A large hotel franchise had 12 old software platforms powering the en- tire company. The hotel franchise envisioned automating the design and construction process that operated perhaps the largest system of hotel rooms on the planet. The goal was to move everything to the cloud... and access all the information on a mobile screen. You can learn more from our Integrated Solutions eBook. Commercial Real Estate Developer: A real estate firm tracked the finances for more than 50 projects manually. All 50 project managers would collect key financial data from each project. They would put it into a PDF and send it to the CFO. The CFO team would then print the PDFs and put all the data into an Excel spreadsheet. Then they would make graphs and tables to see how the projects were doing. They would do this once a month. To solve this problem, HingePoint made one simple interface where the CFO can get the data instantly. Project managers just upload information to the digital financial dashboard now and the information is found immediately. A Simple 5 Step Systems Integration Process
A system of record is the first step, here’s how: 1 - Document the steps in your business process. Create a spreadsheet to capture the tasks performed and tools & systems used by each user/role active in the process. 2 - Research the data used in each step. Include the information found in each report, screen, or document used in the process. Create a data dictionary of all data fields and the system they come from (and who “owns” that data). 3 - Agree on the company “system of record” for each data point within each step in the process. 4 - Locate the duplicate data – Check the steps recorded and the systems involved. This step is key. The goal is to standardize the data formats and establish a comprehensive “data definition” that supports the business. 5 - Migrate all data directly into the “System of Record” and then integrate the down- stream systems into it. Make the system “share data” across the enterprise, not duplicate it.Note: This article first appeared in our The AEC Industry 4.0 Report.
Your design will begin “talking” to machines. Imagine everything is connected by the Internet and cloud. What this means is that a 3D BIM model can “talk” to a manufacturer’s machines. Design Building Wikis states, “Computers can produce files that translate design information into commands to operate machines, singularly or collectively, to perform preset sequences of tasks in the production of building components.” In theory, once information about the project is shared, the manufacturer’s machine can automatically start cutting or creating whatever is needed without human interaction. So a saw can be connected to the Internet and get instruction on what and how to cut materials based on your model.
- laser cutting
- flame and plasma cutting
“You’ll be able to have a factory in the cloud,” CEO and Founder of HingePoint Bryce Finnerty said. “That means your model will automatically talk to computers that are connected to machines and start making materials for your projects automatically.” Note: This article first appeared in our The AEC Industry 4.0 Report.
1HSBCAD shows off software for Microsoft's HaloLens virtual reality headset just for the heck of it at Autodesk University. These are guys are growing across the world. The HoloLens has only been available to developers for a few months, but already HSBCAD has working software for the newest trend in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. As the AEC industry gradually marches towards augmented and virtual reality, the software demo shows the robust capability of HSBCAD, said Bryce Finnerty, CEO and Founder of HingePoint.
At the Autodesk University exhibit, intern Andy Baldwin explains the future of 3D printing and how it is going to revolutionize the world.
6Revit models more easily. To do so, UL recently launched a web-based product, sustainability-information tool that will help users select credible green products and place that information into their Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. https://www.hingepoint.com/blog/revit-model/ul-introduces-online-database-to-easily-add-sustainability-data-into-revit-models/
CollaboreaAt Autodesk University 2016, Collaborea showed off their supermodel software. "Collaborea is the smart logbook during all phases of your project. In one workflow you inspect the job, communicate with all stakeholders and create tasks and assignments to process alterations. You can find all the information in one place for all involved parties, without them needing any additional software. Collaborea is the missing link for Autodesk Navisworks in issue management."
[post_title] => The Best 7 Things at Autodesk University 2016 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => the-best-7-things-at-autodesk-university-2016 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2018-02-21 00:39:38 [post_modified_gmt] => 2018-02-21 06:39:38 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.hingepoint.com/?p=12282 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14545 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2018-10-22 01:11:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-10-22 06:11:52 [post_content] => HSBCAD showcased augmented reality software for the HoloLens—Microsoft’s VR headset—at Autodesk University this year, which lets architects expand and walk through actual 3D models. Although the software is not for sale, HSBCAD is hoping to eventually find value and sell it in the market, HSBCAD Owner Karel Vinckier said. “Every chance that we have to try out new technologies we grab it with both hands,” he said. The HoloLens has only been available to developers for a few months, but already HSBCAD has working software for the newest trend in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. As the AEC industry gradually marches towards augmented and virtual reality, the software demo shows the robust capability of HSBCAD, said Bryce Finnerty, CEO and Founder of HingePoint. “I personally think HSBCAD is one of the greatest innovators in the CAD to CAM space and defiantly the leader in wood timber for CAD to CAM,” Finnerty said. “They are so advanced technologically, they just tinker with the augmented reality and HoloLens and they just do it for fun.” HSBCAD is a leader in migrating companies from Computer Aided Design to Computer aided Manufacturing. They are an AutoCAD and Revit provider of applications for the offsite construction industry. They translate architectural drawings to files that machines can read to cut and drill beams, cut sheeting, and then assemble all the elements automatically. The Belgium based company just released a cloud application called hsbShare. “hsbShare allows collaboration by focusing on all the metadata that is not in the drawing,” said Kris Riemslagh, Co Founder and Software Architect HSBCAD. This includes information like schedules, delivery dates, and tracking issues. This is information that is created during the building process, and hsbShare manages that information and makes it available to all stakeholders. “You can upload your model to the cloud and you can enhance it with all sorts of metadata and make the link between the metadata and the 3D object,” Vinckier said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJ_HFG-2BU&list=PLJOB2Ahoqzp8aERA29rro_jSkBmawKKA_ HingePoint Byline: HingePoint 2300 McDermott Road STE 200-235, Plano, TX 75025 (214) 301-0000 www.hingepoint.com HingePoint provides AutoDesk, BIM and Revit consulting & services for the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk products with enterprise systems. As members of the AutoDesk Development Network, we are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. We support development of Autodesk products including AutoCAD, Revit, BIM360 and are experts in integrating with enterprise systems including Salesforce, SharePoint & Office365. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed. 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