School Modernization: A Trend that is on the Rise

VIP’s engineering division, IPD Engineering, has teamed with several local architectural firms to renovate and modernize many elementary and secondary schools in and around the Upstate New York area as part of various school districts’ capital improvement plans. These projects have taken on different levels of modernization, but all have

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How to Implement BIM in an AEC Firm

Building information modeling (BIM) has transformed the design-build industry over the last decade. This 3D design tool helps architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms transform the way projects are designed and constructed by collaborating on decisions early in the planning phase. When used to its full potential, BIM can decrease

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BRANDING – IT’S IMPORTANT EVEN IN THE AEC WORLD

Every year, new trends emerge for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms. The market changes too quickly for any AEC firm to sit back, relax, and watch the world pass by. The latest AEC trends include integrated marketing and branding techniques, utilizing big data, and increasing recruiting efforts. Our marketing

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Technology in Construction – How Far We Have Come

At first, there was a rope and pulley system and then machinery. Now, there is drone technology. A recent study reported 26% of construction professionals are using drone technology or plan to use it by 2020. Of those who currently use drone technology, Georgia Tech indicates that job efficiency improves

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Fundamentals of Daylight Design

Designing Spaces with Light in Mind Daylight is dynamic. Daylight design plays a vital role in reducing glare, improving energy efficiency, and providing human-centric benefits. Lighting and light control impact almost every aspect of a building’s design. It can easily enhance and have a positive impact on a building’s environment

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(VIDEO) 4 Reasons an AEC Firm Uses Drones

Drones and the AEC Industry  The popularity of drones for architecture, engineering, and construction projects cannot be denied. Drones are invaluable for preventing mistakes, tracking data, and delivering cost-effective & flexible project management. In fact, drones can decrease the cost of construction by eliminating errors, reducing material waste, and decreasing

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A Look at 7 Incredible Feats in Modern Construction History

Throughout history, there have been many incredible feats of construction. From the building of the pyramids to the mysterious construction of Stonehenge, one-of-a-kind structures have come to life in different time periods that still impress us today. These marvels of the modern world deserve to be recognized for their size,

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Urban Planning – Creating a Culturally Diverse Experience

Urban planning trends are constantly changing. Cities and suburbs grow, adjust, and update based on the needs and wants of the population. Syracuse is no different; it continues to see a growing interest in living downtown with an occupancy rate hovering well over 95%. Our fully integrated design-build team is

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5 Game-Changing Materials to Create a Better Way to Build and Design

The design-build and construction industry is always evolving. Both processes and the materials that go into those processes are constantly being evaluated to create more effective and efficient outcomes. “Super materials” have multifunctional traits, meaning they can give a building the power to clean the environment, repair itself, and much

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3D Laser Scanning in Engineering

High-definition surveying (HDS), or “laser scanning,” is a new method used by integrated design-build firms to capture a highly detailed 3D image of a construction project. Instead of using cameras to capture this virtual image, lasers (which are much more accurate) are employed. Companies such as Faro and Leica Geosystems

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