U.S. office gets technical

Mathew Street looks at the latest software developments at the U.S. 2014 AHR EXPO

The end of January saw the huge AHR (Air Conditioning & Refrigeration) Expo land in the New York Javits Center for a weeklong event show casing the latest building services technology, ranging from state of the art chillers to fabric ductwork.

The world-class convention brought together over 38,000 attendees with 1,900 HVACR vendors over an 840,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, making it the world’s largest event of its kind - a marketplace for everything HVACR and hot pot for new technology.

One of the most interesting pieces of tech we saw was the BAS (Building Automation System) integration with web services such as Microsoft Outlook, Twitter and RSS Feeds which allow users to monitor and control the system from their smartphone or tablet. It’s like being in the future!

The expo also contained a sizeable area for software and information technology dedicated solely to construction, highlighting the growing importance of a high tech, computerized approach within the industry.

We foresee rapid growth within the software and computer technology side of construction which Ibsecad is already at the forefront of, in terms of the breakdown of BIM technologies – BIM Management, authoring, planning, schedules and lifecycle. To stay ahead we know we must continue to keep up with the latest software developments.