What makes Drew C. Bjorklund tick is “knowing the building.” He defines that as pulling all of the pieces of a building together — the site, enclosure, spaces, finishes, furnishings, systems and equipment — and making them work together.
Advances in architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) technologies typically come from technology providers instead of from practitioners, but regardless of where and when technological innovation occurs, it indelibly influences how AEC work is and will be done.
One platform in particular that developers are packaging their sensors into for better indoor data acquisition mobility is the backpack. Other moveable options like rolling carts or trolleys exist, but they tend to have difficulty with stairs and sloped surfaces.
As an end-to-end process, BIM delivers much more functionality to users over the life of a project than stand-alone software. However, CAD will continue to play a role in architecture, engineering, construction and operation.
Building information modeling (BIM) seems to be on a constant upward trend in the architecture, construction and facility maintenance spaces. For geospatial professionals, it is a promising young area for software, hardware and service solutions.
From a cost and labor standpoint, the beauty of BIM has always been its noninvasiveness. Architects and builders can see the electrical, plumbing, heating and cabling “bones” of structures in virtual renderings, and they can determine how to build around them with minimal disruption. Because BIM can plug into an assortment of other digital technologies, it also seems natural that to extend it to work with geospatial imagery and GIS in general.