Pointfuse and U.S. CAD Announce Partnership

Pointfuse has signed a reseller agreement with one of the largest Autodesk and Leica Geosystems distributors in the USA. California-based U.S. CAD is an AEC technology consultant with 20 years’ experience in combining BIM content creation and 3D modelling with application development and configuration services. The addition of Pointfuse advanced point cloud processing software to U.S. CAD’s product portfolio will release the power of laser scanning and photogrammetry for a range of digital construction, facilities management and virtual design workflows.     Pointfuse software converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry into useable 3D mesh models. The... (read more)
2019-12-03 09:04:31

The Art of BIM Implementation

The Past, the Present and the Future of the New International BIM Standard
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a means of creating a data-rich digital representation of an asset, be that buildings or infrastructure. The processes behind BIM form the foundations for smart information production (digitisation) and management through the lifecycle of the project. BIM encourages all project parties to work collaboratively, aiding project efficiency, de-risking project cost models and programmes, and enabling use of the model to inform operations and maintenance decision-making in the future. Standards exist to inform end clients and project teams about how to implement BIM in the delivery and management of projects and assets.  In the UK, the... (read more)
2020-03-03 03:07:56

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

Hyperspectral Imaging to Analyse Building Material Strengths

A recent study has shown that, with proper post-processing of the data, hyperspectral imaging can automatically and reliably detect weak from strong hardened concrete and normally fired bricks, all without any destructive testing or direct contact with the materials. This technology will help civil engineers and developers rapidly analyse the integrity of construction materials and assist with the documentation, preservation and restoration of historical structures, as well as the asset management of infrastructure. Professor Debra Laefer from NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), in collaboration with Professor Aoife Gowen and Zohreh Zahiri from the University College Dublin, recently demonstrated... (read more)
2018-09-05 11:15:38

Applications of Laser Scanning, Augmented Reality and BIM in Existing Facilities

The benefits of BIM in facility management are well known, but many buildings don’t even have a basic set of 2D drawings available. This is especially common in facilities that were built long ago, when computer-aided design was emerging or non-existent. Creating a smart 3D model of an existing facility from zero is possible, but the number of man-hours required and their cost can be considerable. While BIM is often associated with design, it can also be a powerful tool in facility management. This is especially true in large commercial or industrial facilities, where complex building systems are constantly interacting.... (read more)
2019-11-11 09:08:12

How Laser Scanning Software Innovates Construction Workflows

US construction company Howard Shockey & Sons has greatly improved construction sequencing and significantly reduced project schedules following the introduction of Pointfuse laser scanning software into its scanning and VDC workflows. Used to convert vast point clouds generated by laser scanners and photogrammetry, Pointfuse creates manageable, intelligent mesh models that automatically classify building features and aid in clash detection and other construction processes – all in small, portable files that can be up to 100 times smaller than the original point cloud. This level of product integration provides for a seamless union of technologies resulting in considerable project cost savings. ... (read more)
2020-04-01 04:32:48

Integrating the ‘Constructioneering’ Workflow Together

The How and Why of the Topcon and Bentley Partnership
Digitalisation and new technologies with the ability to revolutionise the geospatial industry are creating a new playing field for mapping and surveying professionals. This evolving landscape is also reshaping the industry, with new entrants gaining ground and established players seeking to collaborate and combine their specialist areas of expertise in order to offer a total solution. Wim van Wegen, content manager of ‘GIM International’, met with Ted Lamboo, senior vice president of strategic partners at Bentley Systems, and Ewout Korpershoek, executive vice president at Topcon Positioning Systems, at Bentley’s 2017 Year in Infrastructure Conference in Singapore. They discussed the partnership between... (read more)
2018-02-07 11:36:08

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

5 Questions on the Synergy of BIM and GIS

There has been much debate on the synergy of building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information systems (GIS). They could be a potentially powerful combination, but what is the best way to maximize the advantages of the two? Not surprisingly, data plays a crucial role in delivering on the promise of transforming infrastructure design and construction. We asked a renowned expert from the field to share his views with our readers. Chris Andrews, senior product manager 3D at Esri, answers five key questions about the journey towards optimal integration. BIM and GIS integration is often presented as the optimal solution... (read more)
2019-12-03 02:09:00

Automate Construction or Become Obsolete

Technological advancements have encompassed industries around the world. However, the land and infrastructure industry has been wary of treading digitally, due to a fear of high capital involvement. In this blog, Yogesh Khandelwal, CEO of geoAMPS, an India-based company specialized in software solutions serving the land rights and infrastructure management industries, shares his vision on the necessity to embrace digitalization as a key pillar of the construction industry in the next decade. Barriers to upgrading In the endeavor to cut capital costs, a lot of companies refrain from deploying available advanced technologies and are hence left behind the times. While... (read more)
2019-12-23 11:08:49
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