Coronavirus Outbreak Shocks Canadian Construction Industry

Respondents to the Q1 2020 RICS/CIQS Canada Construction and Infrastructure Survey are reflecting the impact of the spread of the pandemic, as fears about implications for economic activity have deepened. Despite a huge array of government fiscal interventions (worth in the region of 14% of GDP), the recovery process is likely to prove quite protracted. “It is clear that professionals expect governments to boost infrastructure spending on the road to economic recovery,” said Sean Ellison, Senior Economist at RICS. “This will provide a ray of light amid the gloomier outlook for the sector, perhaps pointing to a way out of... (read more)
2020-05-26 09:39:26

U.S. Construction Workloads Fall during COVID-19 Pandemic

As the economic fallout from the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak takes hold, Q1 2020 RICS/AACE US Construction and Infrastructure Survey results show a significant deterioration in market sentiment. Having increased firmly during the final quarter of 2019, total workloads fell in Q1, with the net balance deteriorating from +45% to -12%. Looking into the breakdown by sector, private industrial and commercial workloads suffered the most noticeable quarterly declines (posting net balances of -17% and -16% respectively). At the other end of the scale, the feedback received points to a more resilient trend in the public residential sector, as workloads reportedly edged... (read more)
2020-05-26 09:29:37

Bentley Systems Adds Infrastructure Industry Experience to Digital Twin Consortium

Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, has joined Digital Twin Consortium at the “Groundbreaker” level. The consortium was formed by non-profit trade association Object Management Group with Ansys, Dell, Lendlease, and Microsoft, creating a global ecosystem of users who are accelerating the digital twin market and demonstrating the value of digital twin technology.  As the authority in digital twins, the Digital Twin Consortium brings together industry, government, and academia to drive consistency in the vocabulary, architecture, security, and interoperability of digital twin technology. Digital... (read more)
2020-05-25 10:40:33

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

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. Even this article is an adjustment. Originally planned as a presentation, Sensor Fusion for the Smart Surveyor,  for 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 sensors to help... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:17:02

Coronavirus Outbreak: European Construction Sector Calls for Urgent Action

The European construction industry calls for urgent measures to protect workers’ health, support economic activity and accelerate the recovery in the context of the current coronavirus crisis. In a common declaration, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and other leading European organizations representing the construction sector, an industry worth 9% of the EU's GDP and employing more than 16 million Europeans, urge the European institutions and the European Member States to act in full coordination. The following steps are required, according to the European construction sector: Put in place required and tailor-made health and safety measures, protocols and guidelines... (read more)
2020-04-28 09:07:13

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

What is 4D Construction?

As 3D building information modelling (BIM) continues to be the technology-enabled process for design delivery, construction firms have looked for ways to leverage these 3D BIM models for downstream construction workflows. Now, engineers are incorporating 4D modelling to their workflows. The concept adds a time dimension to the 3D CAD model that enables teams to analyse the sequence of events on a timeline and visualize the completion of construction tasks. This concept can be extended to 'nD', where additional dimensions represent other types of information added to the 3D model context. Engineers, construction managers, and contractors are leveraging 4D construction... (read more)
2020-04-23 03:00:17

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

Digital Terrain Model of the Netherlands’ Busiest Bridge

The Van Brienenoordbrug bridge is the busiest in the whole of the Netherlands, with an average of 235,000 vehicles driving over it every day. Approximately 150,000 ships and boats pass under it annually, and it is raised around 150 times a year to allow them through. To keep this bridge safe – now and in the future – it was necessary to gain a complete picture of its current state of repair, so Geomaat designed a digital terrain model (DTM). The Van Brienenoordbrug is a large twin tied-arch bridge on the eastern side of Rotterdam. It carries the 12-lane A16... (read more)
2020-04-14 08:18:45
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