How Digitalization in the Construction Industry Drives the Geospatial Business Forward

In a recent survey among geospatial surveyors, the growth in construction, infrastructure and urban planning is revealed as an important role of the optimistic outlook for the geospatial industry. Increasing investments in large infrastructure and construction projects, and the rise of building information modelling (BIM), are expected to bring bright prospects both for geospatial equipment manufacturers as geospatial service providers. The survey was conducted by 'GIM International', the leading publication for mapping and surveying professionals worldwide. In the GIM International study, a relatively high number of surveying companies mentioned the AEC and infrastructure markets as areas where they foresee the biggest possibilities... (read more)
2020-02-26 01:18:08

GNSS Receivers – Evolution or Revolution?

Past, Present and Future of Positioning
Satellite surveying… are there any industry professionals out there not using it on (almost) a daily basis? Over the last 30 years, GNSS has become the main positioning instrument for most applications, writes Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk. Of course, there are still some exceptions where correct (relative) positioning is needed and dedicated optical systems such as a total station or level instrument are used, but even these are often set up over control points determined using GNSS techniques. This article investigates the developments in GNSS over the last decade and attempts to predict the future. Around a decade ago, a review of... (read more)
2019-01-30 08:43:20

Powering the Future with Data and BIM - Digital Construction Week 2018

Digital Construction Week 2018 returned to Excel in October as an exhibition, with a main stage for paid conference sessions and several ‘theatres’ within the exhibition space. This article gives a taste of what was on offer over the two days. Real-time Asset Management The first day started with a 15-minute presentation from the Enable My team entitled ‘The Art of Raw Data’. This was all about using camera feeds from the front of trains to build up and maintain a real-time asset record. Apparently, cameras have been deployed for some time, but the data has not been used for... (read more)
2019-01-22 12:00:41

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 created with 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

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

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

Interoperable Data Exchange – A Key Factor for BIM

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 undergoing a standardization process. This also poses an enormous challenge for the software systems used as well. This article contains a discussion of data diversity and interfaces in the BIM... (read more)
2020-04-23 01:45:16

What Do BIM, GIS, IoT, BMS, Telemetry and CAD All Have in Common?

Over the last three years, building information modelling (BIM) has undergone rapid development around the world. The value chain of design, construction and operation of built assets faces various challenges of change, some of which are of a technological nature. These include the transition from drawing in 2D to modelling in 3D with object reference and linked information. There is also an explosive increase in the volume of data on projects, including from new recording methods such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’), lasers, geo-radars, and the increased use of sensors and data transfer devices on the Internet of... (read more)
2019-08-22 09:40:52

Tell the World: We Are More than Scan-to-BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) will be a growing opportunity for the surveying and spatial industry, providing we focus more on adding value to BIM and concentrate on what we can offer to other industries thanks to BIM rather than merely preparing it. Opportunities in digital twins, smart buildings, smart infrastructures and smart cities require more than just BIM as data. The surveying and spatial industry will not benefit from this growing market without fully realizing the BIM market opportunity and providing advocacy, leadership and education in BIM. Scan-to-BIM is promising but even more lies beyond With the increasing availability of... (read more)
2019-08-22 10:03:30

Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction

There is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems and engineering surveys are not yet aligned and integrated with building information modelling (BIM). The BIM method is expected to move construction activities from plan-based individual work to model-based collaboration. Such a paradigm shift will bring huge opportunities regarding planning, building and management of the built environment in a more productive, open and sustainable way. Although it is still difficult to entirely close the gap between these two fields, this article shows how that gap can at... (read more)
2020-02-14 09:44:12
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