Construction Category

BIMx Viewer for Building Professionals

Technology today is rapidly developing. Within the architectural world, we have what we call BIM. The BIMx Viewer allows builders, clients, consultants, engineers, and even tradesmen to take a step into the building that is being designed. 

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iPad Pro For Construction Pros

Many years ago, iPhone changed my professional world. Now iPad’s Pro version (and corresponding fine-tip pressure sensitive stylus a.k.a. Pencil) plus apps like BIM Viewer and Adobe Sketch (shown in this video) are absolutely taking it to the next level. Additional add ons available these days (such as the Canvas App) are literally unbelievable. Enjoy! Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance […]

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Framed Square Foot vs. Conditioned Square Foot

In both real-estate and construction, using square footage as a cost-based metric is common practice. Here is the dilemma: Real-estate goes by “conditioned” square footage Builders go by “framed” square footage

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Balloon Framing & LSL Lumber

Balloon Framing is a 200+ year old technique we employ on this custom home in Austin, TX. LSL (laminated strand lumber) helps make this possible, while also allowing for perfectly straight walls. Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance Builder & Remodeler with EcoSafe Spaces Design+Build in Austin, TX.

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Combining Structural Steel and Wood

Structural steel can span significantly greater distances than wood. Watch the video below to see how the two materials are used in conjunction with another, to achieve a dramatic cantilever effect. Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance Builder & Remodeler with EcoSafe Spaces Design+Build in Austin, TX.

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Rebar Spacing Made Easy

Doug Cameron is a Healthy, High-Performance Builder & Remodeler with EcoSafe Spaces Design+Build in Austin, TX.

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Good, Fast, Cheap: Pick Two

Fast and cheap doesn’t always equal bad, just most of the time… What do you see wrong with the pictures below? I see potential building failure…

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Flood Resistant, Fire Resistant Homes that are Healthy

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to flood resistant, fire resistant houses. My neighborhood in Austin, TX experienced a 100 year flood, last year. Though my house was spared, over 100 other homes in my neighborhood were not so lucky. Surrounding areas experienced significantly more flooded homes. So watching the costly and inconvenient […]

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Lending a Hand with Engineered Beams

When this historic church was originally restored after a fire in the 1930’s, engineered beams didn’t exist. You had to use really long pieces of wood /stone or sophisticated and time consuming jointing methods. Times have changed. Today we are able to use much smaller trees for much larger beams.  Would-be wood scraps/waste are used […]

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Supporting a Pillar of the Community

The Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church has been a pillar to the community of Clarksville in Austin, TX for over 140 years. Now its time Sweet Home gets some new support in the form of a 14′ tall structural footing that will double as a baptismal. The baptismal portion will be accessible from  the second […]

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