Topcon Supports Improvement Works in Large UK Shopping Park

Situated on the southern edge of Leicester, Fosse Shopping Park is one of Britain’s biggest out-of-town shopping parks, attracting thousands of visitors each year. As part of a £155 million extension to the Fosse Shopping Park, McDermotts Building & Civil Engineering – a Chartered Institute of Building accredited construction firm – was appointed to complete the groundworks for the car park at the site, in preparation for a new surface to be laid. To prepare the land for the multi-million-pound works, McDermotts turned to Topcon Positioning to provide a solution with significant time-saving benefits. “We have an ongoing partnership with... (read more)
2020-02-04 01:27:35

Esri Joins Forces with 3DR to Launch ArcGIS Drone Collection

Esri has announced a partnership with 3DR, a leading US drone data company, to expand Esri's current drone imagery offering, Drone2Map for ArcGIS, with an end-to-end enterprise drone data and analytics solution for the ArcGIS platform. The ArcGIS Drone Collection offers scalable solutions for users ranging from small operators to enterprise-wide drone programmes. Esri customers can now achieve operational efficiency by leveraging the elastic processing capabilities of the cloud. By adding 3DR's powerful Site Scan unmanned aerial systems flight planning and processing software to ArcGIS, users benefit by having extensive and powerful drone flight planning and image processing, management, and... (read more)
2019-11-13 11:35:59

The Smartphone as a Professional Mapping Tool

To what extent will the smartphone become a professional mapping tool? Modern smartphones already contain many of the important functions to be used as mapping tools. However, whether they are suitable for use as such professionally depends not only on the built-in sensors, but also on the available computing power, RAM and data storage capacity. For data acquisition, a smartphone usually has two to three cameras, a GNSS sensor, an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope for positioning the system in 3D space. In addition, a smartphone has a magnetometer which displays the orientation or north direction by a compass, and... (read more)
2020-02-05 03:54:54

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

BIM - Opportunities for Surveyors

After attending the BIM seminar at GEO Business 2018, Richard Groom takes a personal look at the current state of BIM and how it has progressed. It is ten years or more since we were introduced to BIM. We were wooed by the slick, confident and vibrant presentations and saw a future of collaboration, digital twins and whole life costing. Then there was the mandate for all government construction projects with a value of over £50m to be undertaken using BIM Level 2 from April 2016. But if BIM was going to solve all our problems and cut costs by... (read more)
2018-07-04 12:52:29

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

Digitizing Reality: Automated 3D Point Cloud Data Processing Using AI

Intelligent Point Clouds
Instruments for digitizing the 3D real environment are becoming smaller, more lightweight, lower-cost and more robust. Accordingly, they are finding increasingly widespread usage, not only on surveying tripods for the highest accuracy, but also on mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles, drones, helicopters, aircraft, robotic vacuum cleaners, trains, mobile phones, satellites and Martian rovers. Lidar uses laser scanning, while photogrammetry records images from one or more cameras which may be moving. Each laser scan records tens of millions of data point positions and colours in a point cloud, and hundreds of such point clouds may be combined. This article discusses... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

Programme Announced for the Digital Construction Week Thought Leadership Conference 2019

Sam Stacey (UKR&I), Mark Farmer (Cast), Anne Kemp OBE (UK BIM Alliance & Atkins), Aurélie Clearaux (Bouygues Bâtiment International), Keith Waller (Construction Innovation Hub), and Geetha Ramakrishnan (TopHat & MG) are just some of the big industry names set to deliver sessions at an exclusive conference at next month’s Digital Construction Week.  The two-day thought leadership conference will be held on 16-17 October at ExCeL London as part of the UK’s leading exhibition for innovation and technology in the built environment.  The full programme was announced today and features more than 20 sessions delivered by expert speakers representing some of the... (read more)
2019-09-26 02:16:05

The BIM Skills Shortage in the Middle East

If BIM is applied to the industry effectively, it could allow the built environment sector to accomplish the same productivity gains as the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries. According to the Middle East Construction and Infrastructure Survey conducted earlier this year, however, there is currently a shortage of BIM managers in the region, as cited by 40% of built environment professionals. As digitization continues to grow in the built environment, surveying professionals need to keep up with the technological advancements to achieve maximum output for the project. There are many reasons BIM is growing in popularity for construction projects. It is... (read more)
2019-12-06 02:57:10
Search Filter