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Helsinki is Building a Digital Twin of the City

April 15, 2019

The capital of Finland first tested city modeling as long back as 1987. But the most recent model of the Kalasatama district demonstrates the new state-of-the-art possibilities of this technology: creation of a highly accurate digital twin of the city.

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Skender’s Modular Revolution: An Interview with Angela Spadoni

April 11, 2019

I had the pleasure of interviewing architect Angela Spadoni, the director of residential architecture at Skender. On this podcast episode, we discuss how the company is taking the industry forward with modular construction.

Will Superusers Future-Proof the AEC Industry?

April 4, 2019

Design professionals who leverage tools and technology and, at the same time, have people skills, are essential to the future of the industry. They are Superusers, the protagonists of the latest book by Randy Deutsch.

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Locating Construction Equipment with IoT and Mobile Technology

March 25, 2019

It can take hours, or even days, to find a specific scissor lift on a large construction site – multiply that with hundreds of machines on the site and, then, you grasp the scale of the dilemma. Three companies joined forces to test an IoT solution that could fix the problem, cost-efficiently.

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Plehat Brings Natural Environments into Design Tools

March 13, 2019

Natural elements are an essential part of the built environment. However, BIM tools offer almost no support to landscape architecture. Plehat is introducing a new solution that helps architects and decision-makers to understand the dynamics of nature and make smart design choices.

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Make Construction Contracts as Snappy Videos

March 11, 2019

Construction is a series of big and small contracts. A startup has developed a tool that allows you to make proposals and contracts in one minute with a smartphone.

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Testing Robotic Cleanup on a Construction Site

March 6, 2019

A group of people had gathered at a construction site in Vantaa, Finland, on February 25, 2019. On the floor of a large room, a robot was blinking lights, apparently waiting for instructions on what to do next. This was the first test of an industry-grade cleaning robot for construction sites.


Will International Standardization Make Data Flow in the Built Environment?

March 1, 2019

Some see standards as hindrances to development; others think the opposite is true. A Finnish strategy project argues that complying with international digital standards would both improve productivity and open up new business opportunities for built environment stakeholders.

Citizen-Centric Development: An Interview with Ken Dooley

February 26, 2019

In this interview with Ken Dooley of Granlund, we discuss sustainability from a user’s point of view and how technology will help cities become more citizen-centric.

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Skender named one of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies”

February 21, 2019

Skender, a vertically integrated design, construction, and manufacturing firm based in Chicago, has been named to Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2019”.

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Smarter Planning Decisions with Geospatial Data

February 20, 2019

As more data on our environment becomes openly available, new ways to use it in design and decision-making emerge. A-Konsultit, a Finnish architectural design firm, and Sipoo, a municipality, set out to use geospatial data in a novel way.


Mapple: Better Design and Business Decisions with Location Data

February 19, 2019

I had the pleasure of interviewing Karolina Mosiadz, COO of Mapple, an urban intelligence startup.

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