Rebuild Ready: 3D Mapping a Quake-damaged Cathedral

Surveying a damaged building can be dangerous. Mapping using drones reduces risk to staff and costs to the community. This case study on the iconic cathedral of Christchurch, New Zealand, severely hit by an earthquake, demonstrates how drones and advanced photogrammetry software delivered the orthomosaic map enabling the accurate spatial planning needed in order to rebuild the cathedral. In February 2011, New Zealand’s second-most populous city was rocked by an earthquake. The iconic Christchurch Cathedral was shattered in the shake, and the clean-up is still ongoing. Christchurch's central city and eastern suburbs were badly affected. Before the cathedral can be rebuilt and the... (read more)
2020-01-21 11:03:54

Nearmap Unveils Streaming 3D Online Platform and AI Technology

Nearmap, an aerial imagery company, has launched a 3D product in a move that could potentially change the way industries such as urban planning, architecture, construction, government and councils view and shape cities across Australia and the USA. More than 400,000 km2 have already been covered. Nearmap 3D allows customers to stream and export 3D imagery on demand on a massive scale, through its proprietary MapBrowser web application. Additionally, because the imagery is updated frequently, businesses can work with the most current information to make better-informed decisions. Nearmap has developed AI technology that is turning millions of aerial images, captured over a... (read more)
2019-06-14 10:49:47

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

5 Benefits of Digital Transformation in Construction

Matt Wheelis has spent his entire 20-plus year career in the construction industry – most of it related to bringing technology to architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals. In that time, he has seen many changes. From using a plumb bob and string line for construction surveys to clients now requesting point clouds for as-built comparisons, there have been lots of change over the years. Here, he examines five benefits resulting from today's digital transformation. Today, though, the construction industry is experiencing a rate of transformation as I’ve never witnessed before. Digital technologies have rapidly transformed construction sites. Construction professionals... (read more)
2020-03-16 10:27:46

Achieving Higher Accuracy in Construction Projects in a Shorter Time

Managing and planning living spaces is becoming more and more complex due to decreasing space for new buildings together with increasing customer demands on design and comfort. Across the residential building industry, including single- and multi-family housing construction, there is a growing need for construction companies to be ready to deal with multiple building regulations regarding environmental protection and living space optimization. Especially in the luxury single-housing construction industry, these regulations have to be combined with special designs and smart ways of construction to fulfill the requirements of demanding customers. To satisfy the needs of today’s residential building construction industry, a transition from... (read more)
2020-04-16 02:47:34

Bentley Systems Issues Call for Nominations for the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards

Bentley Systems, one of the leading global providers of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, has announced its call for nominations for the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards programme. The awards, which are judged by independent juries of industry experts, recognize infrastructure projects for digital innovations that improve project delivery and/or asset performance. The deadline for nominations is 1 May 2020. The Year in Infrastructure Awards are an integral part of Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure Conference. The conference, which will take place from 12-15 October at the Vancouver Convention Centre, brings together infrastructure... (read more)
2020-02-21 10:53:44

Apple Unveils New iPad Pro with Lidar Scanner

Apple has announced its most advanced iPad Pro ever, which even includes a Lidar scanner. Equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip, the new iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than many PC laptops. The breakthrough Lidar scanner delivers depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more specialized workflows and supporting professional photo and video apps in combination with the ultrawide camera and studio-quality microphones. The Lidar scanner – along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, a Liquid Retina display and powerful apps – lends weight to Apple's ambition to offer the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR). The... (read more)
2020-03-23 01:54:42

Making It Personal: 3 Ways to Customize Workflows for the Construction Industry

In an era of smartphones and other technology designed to meet the customer’s unique needs, workflows for construction professionals are no different – everyone wants to feel the product has been custom designed for their own use. Every project, while it may fit into a standard process, has different aspects. The winner today is the one who can provide flexibility to meet these distinctive requirements on each and every project. To customize workflows, though, many areas have to be taken into consideration. At GeoMax, part of Hexagon, we take a well-rounded approach to ensure we can provide the high-level service... (read more)
2020-03-10 08:52:00

Leica Geosystems Enhances Construction Collaboration with Launch of BLK3D Web

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has launched BLK3D Web, an online collaboration workflow that extends the Leica BLK3D imager by enabling users to share 3D measurable images with anyone, anywhere online. The BLK3D device allows users to take precise, 3D measurements directly in the images it creates. Now, with a BLK3D Publisher license, those 3D image files can be easily and securely uploaded to the cloud. Once published, the 3D image files can be viewed and measured with BLK3D Web via a shared link, a simple and powerful tool used across major collaboration platforms today. “BLK3D Web in-picture measurements make... (read more)
2019-11-22 09:09:01

3D Repo Wins Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge

3D Repo has come out on top as winner of the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge, winning a cash prize for their innovative 3D solution that aims to make the planning system more accessible. The awards ceremony took place at the London City Hall to mark the end of the challenge, which originally started with more than 125 entrants, there to take on the most pressing problems facing London. The Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge not only delivers benefits to Londoners, but also offers a fantastic opportunity for tech start-ups with a route to market. London’s Chief Digital... (read more)
2020-03-31 11:21:39
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