Remeasuring Reality – Public Hospital Case Study


Via Sourceable : The advent of 5D revisioning with 3D models is an irreversible industry shift for the quantity surveying profession worldwide. The ability now exists for the 5DQS to reproduce quantities in a trusted environment, and quickly in comparison to traditional 2D measuring. The technologies and BIM process open up a range of opportunities for the 5DQS to achieve much more for the project team and purposefully contribute to early stages of design. The 5DQS can also provide far greater accuracy of costs and analysis throughout the developed design and construction phases as well as into post construction and facilities management. The Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) is the first major new, not replacement, public hospital built in Australia in more than 20 years. It is being delivered as Queensland’s first public hospital Public Private Partnership (PPP), and is due to open in April 2017. The $1.8 billion public tertiary teaching hospital has been built to a 4 star green star rating. Construction is nearing technical completion and will provide a 450-bed facility over more than 160,000 square metres of hospital space, two multilevel car parks and a range of at-grade spaces providing 3,500 bays across the site. The hospital is expected to grow to its built capacity of 738 beds by 2021. The Exemplar Health consortium will design, build and partially finance the public hospital as well as maintain it for 25 years. 5DQS model measurement In early 2013, a team from 5D Quantity Surveyors was engaged to collaborate… Read more

Meet Architect Bjarke Ingels, the Man Building the Future


Via Rolling Stone : Inside the futuristic projects, hyperactive life and controversial success of the world’s hottest architect The convoy of buses departed from the Palazzo on a cloudless spring morning, rolling onto a muted Las Vegas Strip and toward the Nevada desert. The buses carried a group of tech journalists, venture capitalists, curious engineers and startup-culture hype merchants – along with, not incidentally, one of the world’s most celebrated architects, Bjarke Ingels – passing sere mountain ranges and spiky yucca trees and a shimmering field of solar panels before finally arriving, after nearly an hour, at their destination: a compound of trailers and shipping containers surrounded by a barbed-wire fence. Someone made a nuclear-test-site joke. We’d come to witness the first-ever public demonstration of a new super-sonic transportation venture called Hyperloop One. Tech billionaire Elon Musk had roughed out the concept in 2013 and given his blessing to the founders, though he wasn’t directly involved himself. Essentially, the plan was for Hyperloop to revolutionize freight and passenger travel by shooting pods through pressurized tubes at speeds of more than 700 mph – faster than a commercial airplane! – using a zero-emission electric-propulsion system. This could mean half-hour trips from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. The test run, an early trial of the propulsion system, occurred without a hitch. After a Cape Canaveral-style countdown, a railed sled blasted off from a resting state to 116 mph in just over one second, sending up a roostertail of sand on the back… Read more

British doctors successfully completed the world’s first robotic surgery on a human eye


Via Digital Trends : Steady hands are a necessity for all surgeons, but what happens when that necessity exceeds that of a human doctor’s abilities? The answer appears to lie within robotics, as British surgeons this week “successfully performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye, potentially revolutionizing the way such conditions are treated,” the Guardian reported. The surgery, which took place in Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital by Professor Robert MacLaren, was performed on a patient who had a membrane growing on the surface of his retina, “which had contracted and pulled it into an uneven shape. The membrane is about a 100th of a millimeter thick and needed to be dissected off the retina without damaging it.” While MacLaren told the Guardian that current laser scanner and microscope technology allows doctors to monitor retinal diseases, “the things we see are beyond the physiological limit of what the human hand can operate on.” On the surgery’s success, MacLaren said “there is no doubt in my mind that we have just witnessed a vision of eye surgery in the future.” With robotics, according to MacLaren, there’s a whole new chapter of eye operations that previous technology could not perform. If not for the new procedure, the Guardian said the surgery would have been accomplished by slowing the patient’s pulse and timing movements between heart beats, but the robotics enables “new, high-precision procedures beyond the abilities of the human hand.” But using a joystick and touchscreen to control the robot gave the doctors… Read more

What do EEE grads really do?


Via The Daily Star : Most electrical engineers are confused with electricians. Contrary to popular belief, they do not fix light bulbs. Neither do they fix the roadside wires when your power goes off. But you did get one thing right. They do in fact make the big bucks. Yes, the traditional fascination with engineers in our society still remains for a good reason. See, what EEE students get after they graduate is a huge field with a variety of possibilities. From the typical electrical engineer or electronic engineer to less common research fields, the options available are endless. And if you have a passion for learning the nitty-gritty details regarding electricity, electromagnetism and electronics, you will quite easily be able to have a good career in this sector. What you need to be good at Like every other field, the most important thing is to have a solid foundation in courses related to engineering and a basic knowledge regarding other aspects of engineering such programming and material engineering. This is because as an EEE graduate, you will often have to work with engineers from other fields as well. Thus, while at university, make sure you know how to present your ideas clearly to others who may not be as technically adept as you are. Managers, directors, clients—you’ll have a lot of explaining to do throughout your career! Finally, learn the practical implications of your coursework to have a head-start in your career. Electrical engineer So your typical electrical engineer will… Read more

Quantity surveying is a young industry on the rise in Cambodia


Via The Phnom Penh Post : Singapore-based boutique agency Oliver Ho & Associates is an independent practice that has made it its mission to provide consultation expertise and management services across all aspects of construction and construction-related products. Founded in 1995, the boutique quantity surveyor company focuses on quantity surveying – a best practice that allows property developers to gain full control and overview not only over construction contracts, but more importantly, costs. Marketing director of Oliver Ho & Associates, Darius Ho, spoke to Post Property on what construction quantity surveying entails and what the firm has accomplished in the Kingdom since entering the market in 2014. What exactly is quantity survey/surveying (QS)? The role of a quantity survey is described in three stages. Stage I – Investigation, preliminary design and estimates: This stage provides cost information or data, conducts feasibility and cost studies, and cost estimates, sets cost limits and prepares cost plans in respect of the architectural, civil, structural, electrical and other works undertaken by the other consultants appointed by the client. In addition, it entails revising such studies, and estimates and plans whenever necessary in the course of the changes or modification of the preliminary design as may be necessary. Stage II – Detailed design: This involves preparing pre-tender estimates; co-ordinating with the client to arrange for the invitation of tenders and receipt of tenders. Prepare bills of quantities and specifications complete with schedules of internal and external finishes, doors and iron-mongery, fitments, sanitary fittings and other schedules… Read more

Vietnamese architect builds a name for himself


Via VN Express : Eco-friendly architectural solutions have won international recognition. Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia has been named 2016 Prince Claus Laureate together with four other artists. The highest title of Principal Claus Laureate was awarded to Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The Prince Claus Awards Ceremony will be held at the Royal Palace Amsterdam on December 15, 2016. The judges described Nghia as an architect who is putting sustainable architecture on the map by combining local materials and traditional skills with 21st century designs. “With a focus on green spaces, his designs range from major urban structures to durable but inexpensive housing for remote communities,” the press release said. “His approach to urban design is shaping the future of architecture and transforming Vietnam’s urban landscape. However, at the core of his practice, he uses the physical environment to reconnect humans back to Mother Nature.” The four artists who shared the title with Nghia include chef and food activist Kamal Mouzawak, Pakistan non-profit organization PeaceNiche, Egyptian/Lebanese historian and artist Bahia Shehab and Columbian online news portal “La Silla Vacía”. The Prince Claus Awards honor achievements in the field of culture and development by awarding individuals, groups and organizations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. To mark its 20th anniversary, the event created the opportunity for each of the five Laureates to support a project that they feel expands and enhances creativity in their own environment. This year, Vietnamese visual artist Dinh Q… Read more

Benefiting human health through engineering


Via MIT News : PhD student Anasuya Mandal’s microneedle device could painlessly monitor the immune system. When Anasuya Mandal started her PhD in chemical engineering at MIT, she wanted to have a big impact and leave things better than she found them, a sentiment encapsulated by a Hindi phrase she often heard growing up, “janhit mein jaari,” which loosely translates into “continued in public interest.” Whether developing microneedle technology to improve vaccine design and disease management, or joining student organizations to enhance student life, that is exactly what Mandal has done. A journey to MIT Mandal, who grew up in India, initially heard about MIT through the news articles she read when she was 8 or 9 years old and becoming interested in science. “I thought, OK, there’s this really great school in the world,” she recalls. “But I never thought that down the line I’d be here.” Mandal’s interest in science and her high score on the national exam she took at the end of high school gained her admission to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, an exclusive engineering university. There, Mandal found herself drawn to research. For her, graduate school was a logical next step. Mandal was attracted to the applied, interdisciplinary nature of the chemical engineering program at MIT, and she arrived on campus with a clear goal for her research. “I wanted to do something that would impact human health at the end of the day, and to make a product that somebody would have in… Read more

Costa Rica’s electricity produced entirely by renewable energy for 150 days this year


Via ABC : Costa Rica has achieved 150 days of electricity production entirely through renewable energy sources this year. The Central American country was powered on carbon-free electricity for 76 days straight from June 17, according to the Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE). In August, just over 80 per cent of their electricity came from hydro sources, while geothermal power contributed nearly 13 per cent of electrical power. “According to our projections, we will close 2016 with only 2 per cent of thermal production, which will give us a key to fulfill the commitment rate stability support,” ICE chief executive Carlos Manuel Obregon said. The tropical nation is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2021 and its size, available natural resources and electricity consumption all help achieve this goal. Costa Rica’s heavy tropical rainfalls and volcanoes provide a big source of energy, helping power the country’s four hydroelectric plants as well as their geothermic energy production. The country is also only 51,100 square kilometres in size — smaller than Tasmania, which is 68,401 square kilometres. And its lack of major energy-intensive industry and relatively small population of 4.9 million people means the country consumes less energy overall than bigger countries. Could a bigger country also have carbon-free success? Possibly, but it would require reliable renewable resources, better energy storage and tailored electricity needs, Hanley Sustainability Institute research director Robert Brecha told Mic. In Australia last year, 14.6 per cent of electricity was renewable — up from 13.5 per cent the year before,… Read more

Boom time for ag robotics


Via NZ Herald : Robots and drones have already started to quietly transform many aspects of agriculture. And now a new report is predicting the agricultural robotics industry, now serving a $3 billion market, will grow to $10 billion by 2022. The report, by IDTechEx Research in Britain, is called Agricultural Robots and Drones 2016-2026: Technologies, Markets, and Players. It analyses how robotic market and technology developments will change agriculture, enabling ultra-precision farming and helping address key global challenges. It describes how robotic technology will enter into different aspects of agriculture, how it will change the way farming is done and transform its value chain, how it becomes the future of agrochemicals business and modifies the way we design agricultural machinery. The report provides 10-year market forecasts for at least 14 categories of agricultural robots and drones and forecasts how they will evolve. Dairy farms: Thousands of robotic milking parlours have been installed worldwide, creating a $1.9 billion industry that is projected to grow to $8.5 billion by 2026. Mobile robots are also already penetrating dairy farms, helping automate tasks such as feed pushing or manure cleaning. Autonomous tractors: Tractor guidance and autosteer technologies are also going mainstream thanks to improvements and cost reductions in GPS technology. More than 300,000 tractors equipped with autosteer or tractor guidance will be sold in 2016, rising to more than 660,000 units per year by 2026. Unmanned autonomous tractors have also been technologically demonstrated with large-scale market introduction largely delayed not by technical issues but… Read more

Using architecture as medication


Via Phys Org : “If someone had obtained the same results with a new medicine, it would have been a worldwide sensation,” says Stefan Lundin as he explains how the use of forced medication and mechanical restraints decreased in the new building that he helped to design for psychiatry at the Östra Sjukhuset hospital in Gothenburg. He is now trying to understand, at a deeper level, why it worked. To most people it is obvious that we are affected by our surroundings. But how does that happen? This is one of the questions that Stefan Lundin has been reflecting on extensively over the past few years. Following a long, successful career as an architect at White in Gothenburg, he is now in the process of writing a doctoral thesis that investigates whether there is something that could be called “healing architecture”. In practice this question has already been answered; there are several examples of how healthcare buildings affect the results of treatment. One of these is the new building for psychiatry at the Östra Sjukhuset hospital in Gothenburg, which replaced the old hospital, Lillhagens Sjukhus in 2006. Stefan Lundin was one of the architects responsible for that construction, which received an award for best healthcare building, Vårdbyggnadspriset, in 2007. “We were subsequently able to see clear differences between the old hospital, Lillhagens Skujhus, and the new building, for example regarding forced medication and mechanical restraints. The changes were fantastic. Staff spent less time on sick leave, and threats and violence decreased,”… Read more