ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

The Empathy Effect: A Virtual Reality Study

07.17.17
HGA News

HGA Virtual Reality study recognized among the 2017 R+D Awards by Architect Magazine, the Journal of The American Institute of Architects.When architects design, they give a lot of thought to how people will use a space, but usually much less thought to the types of people who will use it. It’s a tough problem to solve: What are the unique ways in which an elderly person, a blind person, or a child experiences space—and how should architects and other design professionals respond?

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Topics: Healthcare, Technology, Research

Enhancing the Healthcare Planning Process through Virtual Reality

04.18.17
HGA News

By Michael Hess and Ryan Spiering

Healthcare facility planning is changing as Virtual Reality enables clients/users/owners to step into the planning process as never before. High-tech buzzwords – Revit, Cloud, Mobile Apps, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality – are becoming the transformative tools of the trade. Virtual mock-ups viewed through headsets/glasses have enhanced the planning and design process, leading to better collaboration with user teams and improving project delivery.

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Topics: Healthcare, Technology

Make a Steel Building Sail: BIM and VDC Bring Church of the Resurrection to Life

03.28.17
HGA News

When people think of churches, what often comes to mind is a square white building with a triangular roof and a steeple on top. When the congregation of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection envisioned its new place of worship, they imagined something much different.

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Topics: Arts & Culture, Technology, Community, Engineering

The Social Transformative Power of Technology

HGA takes an optimistic but measured approach toward the Internet of Things. Internet of Things adoption has been slower than expected*, and it's most often used to solve superficial problems, generally centered around convenience or marketing. Sometimes IoT is a solution in search of a problem. My hope for technology is that it will evolve to help create a positive social impact with benefits that are accessible to everyone. This is possible through improved access to meaningful data and data analysis, which can enrich not only the lives of individuals but the fabric of society as a whole.

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Topics: Technology

Designer Spotlight: Jonathan Bartling, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Jonathan Bartling recently won the 2016 AIA Minnesota Young Architects Award for his leadership in digital design technology. As Director of the Digital Practice Group at HGA, he specializes in leading BIM, Computation, Visualization and Fabrication across the firm's eight design offices.

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Topics: Technology

Buzzworthy Technologies

We're on the cusp of a technology renaissance to rival the early days of the personal computing revolution, with new concepts and tools emerging daily, if not hourly. The following buzzworthy technologies – such as the Internet of Things, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence – show a great deal of promise. Click the guided tour below to get our take on how each of these concepts impacts our digital and physical environments.

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Topics: Technology

Using the Internet of Things to Manage Efficient Buildings, Part III

In order for Internet of Things (IoT) projects to be successfully deployed for a commercial building, there must be a business case that needs to be solved. The ROI may be a financial payback or improved customer satisfaction, but without a clear understanding of the problems to be solved it is difficult to select the right IoT strategy. Customers may want to improve energy or operational efficiency. Energy codes, such as ASHRE Title 24, may mandate reductions in energy usage that will necessitate more intelligent building systems. Retailers, advertisers and many others have an interest in using new IoT data channels for optimizing planning and strategy.

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Topics: Technology

Using the Internet of Things to Manage Efficient Buildings, Part II


In my previous post, we learned that Internet of Things (IoT) devices are intelligent sensors and actuators that can connect to the Internet and interact with other intelligent, connected devices. All of these devices will generate a large amount of raw data that must be processed in order to be turned into actionable insight. That means there must be software behind the connected devices in order to make them useful.

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Topics: Technology

Using the Internet of Things to Manage Efficient Buildings, Part I


We live in a hyper-connected world in which evolving smart technology linked across the Internet can manage our daily actively remotely. Where once you actually had to be home to adjust the lighting, you can now turn lights on and off remotely from a mobile device.

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Topics: Technology

Health Matters: Designing with Virtual Reality

11.03.15
Ryan Spiering

INTRODUCTION

Virtual reality (VR) design tools have been growing in importance by bringing new levels of reality to the design process. For designers and healthcare facility owners, VR offers an immersive spatial experience of work-in-progress. Facility owners, especially, can experience space planning in ways not possible with 2D drawings, giving them more information in decision-making.

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Topics: Technology

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