5 Questions on the Synergy of BIM and GIS

Chris Andrews, senior product manager 3D at Esri, answers five questions about the optimal integration of building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information systems (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... (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

Trimble 4D Control Software Provides Greater Geotechnical Sensor Support

Trimble has updated its core real-time monitoring software – Trimble 4D Control. Building on the recently released version 5.0, this update delivers support for Senceive’s wireless monitoring systems, streamlining the configuration process for users and delivering real-time data from geotechnical sensors to one common platform. By receiving data through Senceive’s wireless gateways into Trimble 4D Control software, project stakeholders can quickly and easily monitor critical infrastructure such as buildings surrounding construction sites, rail and tunnel projects as well as mines, dams and bridges. The announcement was made at Intergeo 2019, the world’s largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:22:35

Pointfuse Laser Scanning Software Set to Transform Digital Construction Workflows

Pointfuse has released the latest version of its advanced point cloud processing software that converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry. Featuring new streamlined classification to ensure maximum efficiency and multicore processing for unlimited conversion power, the new version of Pointfuse is set to transform workflows within digital construction, facilities management and virtual design applications. “Pointfuse is designed to make the use of point cloud data more accessible by removing many of the traditional barriers to use,” commented Mark Senior, regional sales director at Pointfuse. “Obstacles such as processing time and computer power, incompatibility within... (read more)
2019-08-20 10:40:47

Geo Plus BIM Does Not Make GeoBIM

The added value of integrating geomatics (Geo) with building information modelling (BIM) to solve contemporary multidisciplinary challenges of our urban environment is widely recognized, writes Jantien Stoter. Much research and many projects have shown how geodata has been successfully used in design and construction activities, and how BIM data serves as a source for geodata. It seems straightforward, but there are various challenges still to be overcome, as outlined here. An architect (BIM) can take environmental information (Geo) into account while designing a building, and a municipality can then automatically check the design (BIM) against its environmental impact (Geo), such... (read more)
2018-07-04 04:04:35

Pointfuse Showcases New Scan-to-BIM Workflow at Digital Construction Week

At this year's Digital Construction Week, Pointfuse demonstrated a new scan-to-BIM workflow, aimed at bringing reality capture to building information modelling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) practitioners. Pointfuse software converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry into usable 3D mesh models. The ability to classify objects within Pointfuse, both automatically and manually, has had a huge impact on how as-built data is used within the construction workflow.   New features also on show at Digital Construction Week, which took place from 16-17 October at Excel, London, included streamlined classification to ensure maximum efficiency and... (read more)
2019-10-22 01:03:28

Latest News and New Features for the AutoCAD Map 3D Toolset

With the release of AutoCAD 2019, Autodesk brought together industry-specific features and capabilities for architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design and more into the AutoCAD platform, the industry-leading computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings. Today, when you subscribe to AutoCAD, you get access to industry-specific toolsets, including the AutoCAD Map 3D toolset. Because the industry-specific toolsets are developed on the AutoCAD platform, any enhancements to AutoCAD are inherited by all the toolsets, Map 3D included Communicating Mapping and GIS Information Map 3D continues to be the Autodesk solution for... (read more)
2020-01-15 12:43:03

Leica Geosystems Launches New MultiStation

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has unveiled the new Leica Nova MS60. According to the company, the MS60 MultiStation brings sensor fusion to the next level by combining upgraded faster 3D laser scanning capabilities, GNSS connectivity and digital imaging with a highest-end total station.  The MS60 features several laser scanning updates, including an incredibly fast scanning speed of up to 30,000 points per second, optimized scan area definitions, adapted scan managements, and an improved scanning path for zenith scans. The MS60 is also equipped with the unique AutoHeight feature, enabling users to save time by automatically measuring the instrument’s height... (read more)
2020-02-19 08:59:05

How Going Digital Can Reverse Your Engineering Challenges

Nearly all engineering, architecture and construction (AEC) professionals focus on finding new ways to increase margins and reduce liability in their businesses. As technology moves so quickly, it can be difficult because there are so many available sources of information. It becomes a case of making time to use it. But how does this relate to our day-to-day market? One of my colleagues received a very interesting email from an owner-operator client, stating: “The biggest challenge that we have is that contractors seem to talk the talk at contract award time, but their implementation then drops off, as it’s not... (read more)
2020-03-27 09:43:09

Spacewell and Partners Launch B2B Building Support Centre

Governments in all countries are taking strong measures to contain the spread of coronavirus and to protect the health of their citizens. Some maintenance companies and suppliers have therefore been forced to close their doors temporarily, which could jeopardize the operational continuity of buildings or organizations. Therefore, design & consultancy agency Arcadis, software supplier Spacewell, innovation partner Made and communication partner Social Seeder have together launched the online platform B2Building.help. The international platform is a digital reporting point for urgent interventions for companies with a critical mission, such as hospitals, rest homes, retail chains, distribution centres, inter-municipal companies, etc The... (read more)
2020-04-09 11:34:36
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