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This week is a super quick dive into 5 data driven digital construction stories: BIM automation, the next Shape to Fabrication event, Technology terms you need to know, an AI library of software and combining software management with construction management.

BIM Automation

Video shows use of Automation and BIM Data Visualisation on a $1.1B hospital project

The video shows;

  • How to save 8 -10 hours per week by automating repetitive BIM tasks
  • Detailed examples of automation using Power Automate and Solibri Autorun
  • Why we can or should use BIM data for visualization purposes
  • How to manage and visualize BIM data in Power BI
  • How to use Power BI, Power Automate, and all your BIM data to work together.

Shape to Fabrication Conference

Shape to Fabrication is an Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Design focused conference, presenting innovative real world projects going beyond the theoretical. The focus is on proven application and evidence based project delivery. Presenters at the conference represent an international field of Architects, Engineers, Designers, Fabricators and Software Developers, all working at the cutting-edge of their industries within AEC and Design.

The 2-day conference takes place at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone Campus, London, on the 26th & 27th April 2023.

60 Technology Terms Architects Need to Know

Parametric Architecture has published 60 Technology Terms Architects Need to Know. My Top 5 takeaways terms:

API – Application Programming Interface

Is a set of rules and protocols that define how different software systems can communicate with each other.

DS – Data Science

Data science is a field that involves using scientific methods, processes, and systems to extract knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data.

SaaS – Software as a Service

Software as a Service (SaaS) refers to the delivery of software applications over the internet, on a subscription basis. SaaS providers host and maintain the software on their own servers, and users access the software through a web browser or other client.

MVP – Minimum Viable Product

MVP is a product with just enough features to allow users to experience its core functionality.

POC – Proof of Concept

POC is a prototype or a demonstration that is used to test the feasibility or potential value of an idea or concept.


After extensive AI research, Stjepan Mikulic has created an online library of tools with great potential to change the AEC industry. To help everyone sort through the noise, he has categorized the tools by their application, and whether or not they are AI-driven.


Agile is an iterative approach to project management and software development that helps teams deliver value to their customers faster and with fewer headaches.

An agile team delivers work in small, but consumable, increments.

It has been argued that since construction projects are sequential and adjustments are costly as projects advance, they are not a viable choice for an iterative method. However, buildings are becoming more complex than ever, and a framework that encourages more frequent feedback can reduce the risk immensely. Furthermore, adopting an iterative process on a traditional 2D workflow can be challenging, but Building Information Modelling (BIM) has provided opportunities to adopt a non-linear method.

BIM and agile management both share similar characteristics, and they make similar promises.  Building information modelling can therefore play a significant role in the adoption of agile management, not only by providing the technological infrastructure for the model(s) and information to be shared among team members but also because it is a methodology with similar objectives.

The construction industry has adapted tools and methods from other sectors, such as the lean manufacturing model. Although there aren’t many instances of Agile management being used in the construction sector, practices have started implementing some aspects of this method in their practice. Agile project management has been receiving some attention recently from both practitioners and researchers, and BIM can help the building industry to adopt this methodology.

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That’s it for this week! See you next time.

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