Trimble and Boston Dynamics Partnership to Extend Use of Autonomous Robots in Construction

Trimble and Boston Dynamics are entering a strategic alliance to integrate a variety of construction data collection technologies with Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot platform. The jointly-developed solution will combine the Spot robot’s autonomous mobility with Trimble’s data collection sensors and field control software to enable automation of repetitive tasks such as site scans, surveying and progress monitoring, while taking advantage of the robot’s unique capabilities to navigate dynamic and potentially unsafe environments. The relationship gives Trimble exclusivity to sell and support the Spot robot with integrated scanning, total station and GNSS technologies for the construction market.This turnkey solution will streamline... (read more)
2020-10-21 09:02:34

The 123 of AEC: Renewing the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry with Satellite Imagery

A reoccurring sustainable issue faced by the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is that of green buildings. The global market for green construction is projected to reach $364.6 billion USD by 2022. The demand for this kind of minimally invasive construction design will not only increase over the next 25 years, but is also set to significantly alter the industry. Combined with population growth, a challenge now exists for AEC professionals to creative innovative designs that are both economical and sustainable long term. Incorporating Very High Resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery into the planning and development stages of any... (read more)
2020-09-08 02:45:45

Understanding Laser Scanners

When complex or large environments need to be documented, laser scanners are a practical and economical solution. Laser scanning – also known as Lidar technology – can provide continuous in-field verification at every stage of a construction project lifecycle, helping predict and prevent errors and enabling significant cost, scrap and time savings. Traditionally, capturing large environments relied on tools that produced single point measurements, such as tape measures, piano wire, plumb bobs, laser range finders and total stations. While they are familiar tools, they are often time-consuming, often taking days, weeks or months depending on the space. Additionally, traditional tools... (read more)
2020-09-08 08:39:04

Construction Technology: Building the Future in a Mirror World

In 1992, American computer scientist, artist and writer David Gelernter, released a book titled Mirror Worlds. In the prologue, Gelernter explains: “This book describes an event that will happen someday soon: you will look into your computer screen and see reality. Some part of your world – the town you live in, the company you work for, your school system, the city hospital – will hang there in a sharp colour image, abstract but recognizable, moving subtly in a thousand places. The Mirror World you are looking at is fed by a steady rush of new data pouring in through cables.... (read more)
2020-09-08 08:57:14

The Source of Power: How Satellite Imagery Propels the Energy Sector into the Future

No statistics could possibly convey the importance of energy to our economies and everyday lives. Nearly everything people interact with on a daily basis has a source of power. Growth in any nation is impossible without massive amounts of energy for development, transportation and agriculture. (This story is brought to you by European Space Imaging) We currently sit at the crossroads between fossil fuels, renewables, rapid development and increasing safety and environmental concerns. New tools and techniques are being developed daily to better produce energy as well as efficiently monitor and protect current sources. Analysing tremendous amounts of new and... (read more)
2020-09-01 02:21:27

How the Construction Industry Can Optimize Its Approach to Digital Engineering

Asite has launched a new research report examining how the construction industry can optimize its approach to digital engineering. The report entitled ‘Digital Engineering: Optimizing Construction’s Digital Future,’ provides recommendations for how the industry can overcome its fragmentation to ensure future prosperity. The report also recommends the steps the industry needs to take to set the foundations for the global advancement of digital engineering. “For years, Asite has been at the forefront of digital integration across the AEC industry; we recognize the importance of digital adoption and believe the future of our industry lies in digital engineering”, Nathan Doughty, Asite... (read more)
2020-08-25 09:10:49

How Drones are Future-proofing the Construction Industry

Flying High for More Data and Detailed Insights
Drones are enabling construction professionals to access more data and detailed insights to create the reliable, sophisticated design models that are needed to stay ahead of the competition. It’s no secret that ensuring construction projects remain on time and in budget is crucially important for all stakeholders and demand continues to grow for faster, more readily available and up-to-date information. The goal? To optimise operational productivity and efficiency during projects and help the industry evolve and grow. Indeed, reports claim that if construction productivity were to catch up with the global economy, the sector’s value would increase by an estimated... (read more)
2020-07-28 10:55:40

How Rapid Scanning Provides Support During a Global Health Crisis

Geospatial technology can play an important role in the expansion of hospital capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In this feature, David Fowkes, sales director at 3D mapping and monitoring specialist GeoSLAM, explains how the rapid surveying capabilities of SLAM technology can enable health officials across the globe to quickly and safely assess potential hospital buildings. Around the world we have seen unprecedented efforts to increase capacity in stretched health systems as a result of the spread of coronavirus. In Wuhan, China, the epicentre for the virus, the 269,000 sq ft, thousand-bed Huoshenshan Hospital, was built from scratch in... (read more)
2020-07-28 10:34:01

European Investment Bank Provides EUR20 Million Funding to NavVis

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and NavVis have signed a contract which provides financing of €20 million to NavVis, a global market leader in digital twin technology. NavVis has experienced unprecedented growth in demand for its indoor spatial intelligence solutions, and will further invest in expanding operations to meet the need for technological innovation in the enterprise manufacturing industry. The EU bank’s loan is backed by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe under which the EIB and the European Commission are working together as strategic partners and the... (read more)
2020-07-09 08:28:32

Kaarta Announces Stencil Pro Mobile Mapping System

Kaarta, a specialist in real-time mobile 3D reality capture, is introducing Stencil Pro, a professional-grade mobile mapping platform with high-quality dimensional and visual fidelity. The multipurpose Stencil Pro mobile mapping system provides accurate results with impressive speed, even in challenging environments such as in underground mines or along utility corridors. An all-in-one system to scan, process and view captured data in real time, Stencil Pro offers panoramic high-definition 4K imagery and colourized point clouds. With robust surround-view perception in a wide range of light conditions, Stencil Pro is optimized for both indoor and outdoor performance. Featuring a 32-line high-density, low-noise Lidar with... (read more)
2020-06-04 10:12:32
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