Design & Build Review Issue 4

In times of economic uncertainty, the design-build industry relies on advanced technologies to deliver projects on time and on budget. In this issue we explore the latest in construction management software and 4D building information modelling, as well as other essential tools engineers rely on today.

We also investigate the boom in Brazil’s construction industry in the run-up to two major sporting events in the country. In the rest of the magazine we look at the world’s largest surge barriers under construction in New Orleans, explore the building processes used to optimise the production and reception of music in concert halls and find out how a mini spider crane helped to build London’s new Shard tower from the top.

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In this issue

Design Economics
In times of economic uncertainty, construction management software can be vital for the success of a project. Elisabeth Fischer discovers how the latest technology, including workflow and mobile software, and the concept of connected data can deliver design jobs on time and under budget.

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Another Dimension
4D BIM tools incorporate time and scheduling into intelligent 3D models, bringing advantages to design and construction. Chris Lo looks into some of the most advanced BMI software on offer and asks if the benefits justify the higher costs.
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Shaping the Shard
London’s newest landmark, the Shard, has risen from the ground with the help of a comparatively tiny crane. Liam Stoker looks at the incredible work accomplished by GGR’s Unic spider crane during the construction of Europe’s tallest building.
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Brazil: Boom or Bust?
In preparation for two major sporting events, Brazil is seeing a construction boom – but not without dangers. Elisabeth Fischer investigates how government housing, infrastructure programmes and a lack of skilled workers could threaten the completion of the country’s ambitious projects.
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Safeguarding the South
Since Hurricane Katrina, the US has been working overtime to rebuild New Orleans’ damaged flood protection systems. Chris Lo talks to the US Army Corps of Engineers and its industry partners about their efforts to ensure that the worst natural disaster in the country’s memory is never repeated.
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In-Key Construction
Concert halls in Iceland’s capital and elsewhere are leading a wave of advanced design and construction. Bill Millard explores the building processes guided by sophisticated quantitative analyses and close collaborations between architects and acousticians to optimise the production and reception of music.
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Next issue preview

Stylish interiors are no longer exclusive to hotel rooms as modern designers are keen to put their mark on everything from rail stations to malls. In the next issue we explore the design world’s most impressive interiors as well as new concepts to make the soulless buildings we visit everyday beautiful. We find out if green design is always good design, and we also discover how the designers of the world’s largest Titanic exhibition recreated the interiors of the original grand liner.

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