Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems Announce New Software and Global Cooperation

Pointfuse Limited and Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, have entered into a global cooperation and development agreement that streamlines the use of reality capture in established digital construction, space management and visualization workflows. This strategic cooperation demonstrates the shared focus of Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems to democratize technology and create intuitive and accessible reality capture tools that bring advanced project efficiencies to their users. This streamlined workflow provides the fast, simple solution to capture and convert point clouds into deliverables that drive every stage of building construction, operations, maintenance and lifecycle management. Scan-2-BIM workflow To launch this new cooperation, Pointfuse... (read more)
2020-05-18 11:32:26

New Wearable System Paves Way for Mobile Mapping for Mainstream Use in Surveying

NavVis, a pioneer of indoor spatial intelligence technology and enterprise solutions, has announced the launch of NavVis VLX, a wearable mapping system that captures high-quality data in even the most complex built environments such as construction sites, stairwells and small technical rooms. The all-in-one reality-capture capabilities of NavVis VLX include both survey-grade point clouds and high-resolution panoramas. The combination of high-quality data capture and a compact, economical design will transform the way AEC projects are captured with fast, efficient scanning for BIM and CAD applications, while also extending the scope of projects to new deliverables such as web-based digital twins.... (read more)
2020-05-13 03:24:38

Atkins and Cardiff University Collaborate to Develop an Advanced Digital Twin Programme

Atkins – a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group – and Cardiff University are working in partnership to develop a digital twin programme that will help drive digital transformation across the built environment. The organizations will focus on leveraging Cardiff University’s Computational Urban Sustainability Platform (CUSP) which creates a digital twin of buildings, infrastructure and cities to optimize the design, build, operation and maintenance of assets. The state-of-the-art Internet of Things platform – underpinned by building information modelling (BIM), geographical information systems (GIS) and artificial intelligence (AI) – engages users in real time to allow a more informed, immersive decision-making process,... (read more)
2020-05-13 09:49:18

Construction Economics is Fundamental in Responding to Coronavirus

How Improved Project and Cost Management of Construction is Critical to Recovering Economies
Global construction will be critical in countering the economic effects of coronavirus. Whilst most construction has been adversely affected in the short and medium term by closing sites, social distancing, material shortages and investment uncertainty, it will provide an important stimulus to the world economy if governments enable projects to proceed after the virus abates. Coupled with this, the crisis is providing a catalyst for change in the industry in terms of the greater adoption of technology, consideration of sustainability and social value impacts, and greater collaboration. Construction allows value creation – and the world will need this more than... (read more)
2020-05-12 10:48:29

Everything You Need to Know about Scan-to-BIM

Scan-to-BIM brings the documentation of existing buildings into line with the modern digital planning methodology called building information modelling (BIM). This article describes how scan-to-BIM uses 3D laser scanning to digitally capture an existing building as a point cloud, for the creation and updating of a BIM model. The primary method of scan-to-BIM is to use 3D laser scanners to capture a high-density point cloud of a physical building, structure, or site, which leads to the creation and maintenance of a BIM model that reflects "as-is" conditions. Downstream applications for models made using scan-to-BIM can range from as-built documentation, project... (read more)
2020-05-12 09:15:55

WSP Finland Boosts Collaboration with Online BIMs

WSP Finland wanted to make building information modelling (BIM) collaboration easier for all stakeholders involved in construction projects, so looked for a solution to enable BIM models to be shared with wider audiences including non-technical people. Using a cloud-based service, it is now publishing BIMs online, allowing anyone to explore 3D BIMs with a browser, on any device. This move has improved collaboration both internally and with clients, and workflows have become more efficient. From project managers to building users, clients are more engaged as they now have easy access to the same 3D information as the designers and architects. As ​one of the world’s largest professional services firms with around... (read more)
2020-05-11 04:01:15

Accuracy Near, Far, Above or Under – How is FIG Working Week 2020 Contributing

The skills that engineering surveyors had to acquire in order to respond to the challenges of the construction world have made them capable, also, of fulfilling other challenges, several of which motivated by an awareness of the limitations of our planet. Engineering surveyors have learned that they need to push the equipment and techniques to its limits, while having recognized the necessity to integrate new techniques which can present more complete answers, without forgetting an important qualifier: accuracy. The instruments and methodologies have allowed for the surveying engineers to start working either very closely to the studied object, or, otherwise,... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:12:24

The Evolution of the Smart Surveyor

5 Trends Affecting Surveying, Bringing about the Next-generation Surveyor
Surveyors are a versatile and flexible bunch. As the current COVID-19 situation has proven, this group, like others, has had to find new ways of operating. As illustrated by this article itself, which was originally planned as a presentation called 'Sensor Fusion for the Smart Surveyor' at the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Working Week 2020, adapting to a new platform for information sharing is becoming the new normal. In FIG Commission 5 – Positioning and Measurement and FIG Commission 6 – Engineering Surveys, the focus is an ever-evolving adoption of new technologies and integrating methods with various instruments and... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:17:02

Trialling SLAM Technology from Home

Surveyors, architects and construction professionals can now trial SLAM technology from home, thanks to the launch of a new free remote demo service from the world’s leading expert in 3D mobile mapping solutions. GeoSLAM has launched ‘demo in a box’ as a way to experience the benefits of SLAM technology, while adhering to social distancing guidelines. GeoSLAM’s ‘demo in a box’ allows organizations to loan a ZEB REVO, ZEB REVO RT or ZEB Horizon free of charge. Once the product has been received, the recipient will have a virtual walkthrough of scanning for the first time, and then be able... (read more)
2020-05-08 09:15:35

Laser Scanner Comparisons: 7 Capabilities to Check Before You Buy

Surveying service providers are increasingly adding 3D laser scanning and other reality capture equipment to their technology toolbox, and for good reason. Laser scanners capture comprehensive data on buildings, infrastructure and environments through 360-degree images and millions of accurate measurement points collectively known as point clouds. This allows the captured data of various sites to be documented quickly and analysed directly in the field for QA/QC measures. But how can you determine which laser scanner is the best fit for your application? Here are seven capabilities to evaluate before you make your purchase. As the popularity of the technology has accelerated, so, too, has the proliferation of scanner types and brands. A quick search online or... (read more)
2020-04-30 11:13:56
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