The Geomatics Profession: Looking Forward to the Next Decade

As the years progress towards 2030, many challenges and opportunities may emerge for the profession across a wide spectrum of activities. The democratization of geospatial data and the rapid advancement of technologies to capture this data require a skilled labour force. Where will the surveyors, geospatial scientists and spatial data specialists come from?  The UN’s growing awareness of the importance of our oceans and seas will hopefully develop further into real sustainable actions and outcomes which should require further reliable and cost-effective data acquisition and data management solutions. I believe the general levels of underinvestment in the offshore and hydrographic... (read more)
2020-03-03 10:01:28

The Expanding Use of UAVs in Construction

Flying to Build a Better Product
It is an exciting time for geospatial professionals. The data that can now be obtained using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) opens up previously impossible opportunities in many different industries. At the forefront of these is the construction industry. As a geospatial engineer working for a general contractor, Michael Schwind is always looking for new ways to utilize UAVs and the resulting data to improve efficiency and communication, and to detect and prevent costly – or even deadly – mistakes before they occur. In this article, he discusses some of the obvious and not-so-obvious ways that Fulton Construction, a... (read more)
2020-03-10 08:36:22

Bentley Acquires UK Leader in Cloud Services for Construction Information Management

Bentley Systems has announced the acquisition of GroupBC, a leading UK software as a service (SaaS) innovator. For over 20 years, GroupBC’s and Bentley’s software solutions have been deployed for complementary purposes to improve project and asset information management. The transaction results from GroupBC’s expansion agenda – and Bentley’s investment appetite – for international growth opportunities stemming from the UK’s national initiatives for major infrastructure investment and towards infrastructure digital twins.  GroupBC’s Common Data Environments (CDE) solutions, BC Projects and BC Enterprise+, have been widely applied in the UK for information management respectively across construction and asset estates. Largely due to... (read more)
2020-03-12 02:28:27

KOREC and NCTech Launch KlearView360°

KOREC and NCTech have announced the launch of KlearView360°, a streamlined, hosted system designed for the identification of assets, defects or changes within images collected by vehicle or backpack. Developed as a cost-effective solution, KlearView360° makes vehicle-mounted asset inspection accessible to local authorities and many others. The system is a joint partnership between the two companies, combining NCTech’s iSTAR Pulsar+ high-resolution camera for capturing 360° imagery at carriageway speeds with KOREC’s K-Portal cloud-based hosting solution for live progress monitoring of a project and the assignment of work orders. KlearView360° also enables work management instructions to be communicated to mobile workers... (read more)
2020-03-17 09:16:27

OGC and buildingSMART International Publish Discussion Paper on the Integration of BIM and GIS

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and buildingSMART International (bSI) have released an industry-defining paper as part of their Integrated Digital Built Environment (IDBE) joint working group. This paper aims to coordinate the development of the relevant data standards that are produced in each organization. The discussion paper, entitled Built environment data standards and their integration: an analysis of IFC, CityGML and LandInfra, is free to download from OGC’s Discussion Papers webpage.  This report looks at a variety of challenges and addresses the need to develop better integration at a high level between BIM and GIS standards. The paper focuses on... (read more)
2020-04-16 01:22:42

5 Questions to... Håkan Engman, Bentley Systems

What makes the digital city so relevant for geospatial surveyors, and what lies ahead for 3D city modelling? We asked these and a couple of other questions to Håkan Engman, the director of business development in the digital cities business unit at Bentley Systems. In that role, he is leading business management activities for OpenCities products. He is also responsible for the integration of the Swedish company Agency9 following Bentley’s acquisition of it in September 2018.  The ‘digital city’ or ‘smart city’ is a hot topic. What makes it so relevant for geospatial surveying professionals? In most cases, smart initiatives... (read more)
2020-04-16 03:29:19

Interoperable Data Exchange – A Key Factor for BIM

Interoperability is key in the building information modelling (BIM) context. Data diversity and interfaces, as well as possibilities for combining different data in BIM projects, are outlined in this article. Hardly any other topic dominates the digitalization of the construction industry with such intensity as building information modelling (BIM). The pressure to reduce costs and to plan and build more complex buildings faster and more safely is increasing due to international competition. Interoperable data exchange between systems and players is a key factor for BIM. Previously used data formats have to be brought together with newer formats that are constantly... (read more)
2020-04-23 01:45:16

Leica Geosystems and Geomap Support Digitizing Facility Management

Leica Geosystems and Geomap, a cloud and GIS-based integrated workplace management system (IWMS), have announced global cooperation to support customers in the digitalization of their facilities and asset support services. The integration of Geomap's IWMS platform with Leica Geosystems’ reality capture solutions provides customers with the ability to extend the life of mission-critical assets, assess maintenance remotely, provide managers with accurate and reliable information and use geospatial information for indoor navigation and location-based services. Digitizing building portfolios in the Geomap IWMS software solution has significant benefits in terms of asset and maintenance tracking and cost savings. Managing buildings and maintenance... (read more)
2020-04-24 01:38:57

Qinertia PPK Software Now Supports Third-party IMUs

SBG Systems’ popular INS/GNSS PPK software called Qinertia now covers all surveyors’ projects by offering a licence dedicated to GNSS post-processing, according to the France-based company. Open to the world, Qinertia supports all major GNSS receivers and is now open to third-party IMUs. Qinertia has been designed to offer a comprehensive suite of post-processing software to the geospatial world. It accepts all major GNSS manufacturers, and supports proprietary protocols from Novatel, Septentrio, Trimble and Ublox for a straightforward workflow. It is one of the first full-featured post-processing software to offer a native support for Ublox F9 RTK receivers, reducing the... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:40:54

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
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