Each month RTM explores the top news and headlines affecting the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) communities.
This May, AEC news took a look at what’s been happening in the various industries as well as new technologies that can be used throughout the construction cycle and sustainability.
According to the first quarter 2015 ACEC Engineering Business Index, the U.S. engineering firm leaders are bullish about the industry and overall economy’s direction. The composite EBI score, which is a diffusion index that charts the health of the engineering industry by consolidating responses on market and firm performance, was 65.3 and positive. Any number over 50 is considered a positive and optimistic outlook. More than 325 firms responded to this quarterly survey, which was last conducted from March 30 through April 15, 2015.
The goal of a new web service and mobile app, Autodesk BIM 360 Plan, is to help get rid of scheduling bottlenecks and productivity pitfalls by offering production planning software incorporating a user-friendly, visual interface with lean construction practices. The web and mobile access of building information modeling allows work to get done anywhere, whether it’s in an office or in the field, providing real-time visibility to timelines, hand offs and production planning.
Green building, energy efficiency and sustainability are popular buzzwords in the architectural design industry, and for good reason. Architects are helping lead the way to introduce sustainable innovations such as well-designed ventilation for effective heating and cooling, using energy efficient plumbing fixtures, carbon neutral and zero-energy building designs that maximize the use of renewable energy sources and efficient use of space.