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  • North Mechanical Quote

    There is a real need for more intelligent, fabrication ready models that have the actual system components included. - Dustin Allen -Project/BIM Manager- North Mechanical

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  • Estimators and Winning

    Of 101+ estimates personally created every year, most estimators win less than 25%. - State of Construction Report - Get the free guide from - Trimble MEP

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  • Automation is Driving the CAD Market

    Automation is Driving the CAD Market

    Automation is impacting every phase of design and construction, and it’s advancing at a breakneck speed. Here are some of the most recent impacts, and what you can expect in the near future.

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    Of 101+ estimates created every year, most estimators win less than 25%. -State of Construction Survey 2018 - Operations/Dispatch Manager - SomeCompany

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  • State of Construction 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    State of Construction 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The results are in! We surveyed over 1,000 construction professionals in the MEP and field professions to determine the state of construction in North America. Read on to learn more.

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  • How to Manage Your Construction Operations With Telematics

    How to Manage Your Construction Operations With Telematics

    Telematics refers to the long-distance transmission of data. It has been regarded as the basis for tracking the GPS location of vehicles. However, this technology is advancing quickly in construction.

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  • Blockchain and BIM: Does Construction Really Need This Right Now? (Revisited)

    Blockchain and BIM: Does Construction Really Need This Right Now? (Revisited)

    Following the success of my first BIM and Blockchain article, I received many comments and responses from people both inside and outside of the construction industry. Here are my thoughts, revisited.

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  • 4 Problems With Underbidding

    4 Problems With Underbidding

    Whether your shop needs cash to make it through the month or you could fit in another job, getting that extra gig can make all the difference to your business. But underbidding is a problem.

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  • The U.S. States with the Highest Paying Construction Jobs

    The U.S. States with the Highest Paying Construction Jobs

    The construction industry is booming across the United States, in line with the state of the economy. But, there’s a big difference in pay for construction pros depending on which state they’re in.

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  • Next in BIM: City Information Modeling (CIM)

    Next in BIM: City Information Modeling (CIM)

    The way we think about buildings has radically transformed with the advent of Building Information Modeling (BIM), but a holistic, data-driven approach to wider city planning still lags behind.

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  • Flexible Solar Cells Could Let Buildings Generate Their Own Power

    Flexible Solar Cells Could Let Buildings Generate Their Own Power

    Imagine a high-rise, downtown office building doubling as a power plant. The image isn’t so farfetched and will probably be realized in the not-so-distant future.

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  • How HVAC LOD Levels Impact Your 3D BIM Model

    How HVAC LOD Levels Impact Your 3D BIM Model

    LOD, or Level of Development, can have a major impact on the size of your HVAC model, as well as the amount of hours and effort needed. Here's how you deal with LOD in a LEAN way.

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  • Did Laborers Fear the Wheel? Why New Tech Means New Skills

    Did Laborers Fear the Wheel? Why New Tech Means New Skills

    As technology continues to expand into every workplace, the idea of “work” is changing. While this process may push us outside our comfort zones, it also opens up opportunity for construction workers.

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  • These Manufacturers Use BIM to Their Advantage

    These Manufacturers Use BIM to Their Advantage

    Manufacturers like Caleffi, ABB and Mitsubishi are finding their place in the BIM workflow. Here's what they have to say about it.

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  • Is Your Jobsite Compliant? [QUIZ]

    Is Your Jobsite Compliant? [QUIZ]

    Jobsite compliance isn’t just a buzzword –– it could be the difference between life and death. Take our quiz to find out how compliant your construction jobsite really is.

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  • What You Need to Know About Revit

    What You Need to Know About Revit

    With BIM on the rise, MEP engineers around the world are taking the step from AutoCAD to Revit to work alongside their construction partners. We talked with Revit specialist and product manager...

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  • The Denver Airport is Expanding. Here’s the Price Tag.

    The Denver Airport is Expanding. Here’s the Price Tag.

    The planned expansion project at the Denver Airport is huge for the local construction market, but some eyebrows are being raised at the price tag.

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  • What is BIM (Building Information Modeling)

    What is BIM (Building Information Modeling)

    BIM (Building Information Modeling) is becoming a crucial process to make the planning, design, and construction of buildings highly efficient and collaborative. Read on to discover what BIM is.

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  • Construction Layout: Then and Now

    Construction Layout: Then and Now

    Construction layout procedures for MEP projects have dramatically evolved in recent years. The real question facing all layout and field workers: have you evolved with them?

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  • Winning With BIM: Lessons From This Year's World Cup

    Winning With BIM: Lessons From This Year's World Cup

    Europe is leaving the rest of the world behind this year when it comes to soccer - and BIM. However, there are a few things every BIM modeler from around the world can learn from this year’s World Cup

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