The Synergy of BIM and GIS in 5 Questions

There has been much debate on the synergy of building information modelling (BIM) and GIS (geographic information systems). This makes for a potentially powerful combination, but what is the best way to maximise 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

Tell the World: We Are More than Scan-to-BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) will be a growing opportunity for the surveying and spatial industry, providing we focus more on adding value to BIM and concentrate on what we can offer to other industries thanks to BIM rather than merely preparing it. Opportunities in digital twins, smart buildings, smart infrastructures and smart cities require more than just BIM as data. The surveying and spatial industry will not benefit from this growing market without fully realizing the BIM market opportunity and providing advocacy, leadership and education in BIM. Scan-to-BIM is promising but even more lies beyond With the increasing availability of... (read more)
2019-08-22 10:03:30

Powering the Future with Data and BIM - Digital Construction Week 2018

Digital Construction Week 2018 returned to Excel in October as an exhibition, with a main stage for paid conference sessions and several ‘theatres’ within the exhibition space. This article gives a taste of what was on offer over the two days. Real-time Asset Management The first day started with a 15-minute presentation from the Enable My team entitled ‘The Art of Raw Data’. This was all about using camera feeds from the front of trains to build up and maintain a real-time asset record. Apparently, cameras have been deployed for some time, but the data has not been used for... (read more)
2019-01-22 12:00:41

Terra Drone India Signs Partnership with Geo-Plus

Industrial drone solutions provider Terra Drone India has announced that it is joining forces with Canada-based geomatics pioneer Geo-Plus. This partnership makes Terra Drone India an official reseller of Geo-Plus’ innovative land surveying and civil engineering software and mapping solutions in the India market. Geo-Plus is widely known in the AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) industry for its innovative products. Since the foundation of the company in 1987, Geo-Plus has been offering CAD/GIS solutions for 3D measurement, 3D structure, geometry, cadaster, and document management for territories. Creator of the popular Vision Suite, the software family tailored to land and infrastructure works,... (read more)
2019-12-04 10:59:26

New Speakers Announced for Construction Innovation Hub at DCW2019

Digital Construction Week returns for its fifth year at London ExCeL on 16-17 October, with a host of new exhibitors and speakers.  The event is known for its impressive lineup with 10 free-to-attend theatres covering everything from BIM to GIS, skills and training to business transformation, connected cities to DfMA, and much more besides.  New for 2019 is the Construction Innovation Hub theatre, which will feature sessions focused on transforming construction through manufacturing technologies and digital ways of working.  Construction Innovation Hub The theatre is the result of DCW’s partnership with the Construction Innovation Hub, an organization that launched 12... (read more)
2019-10-07 09:16:54

Geospatial Tools that Help Serve the AEC Industry

Of the dozens of geospatial hardware and software tools currently in use, only a few – such as bathymetric Lidar, GNSS-based vehicle tracking devices, and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) – are not directly relevant to the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. The rest of the tools are. GIS interpret the geographic context of a project, while the survey-grade GNSS technology builds it; aerial photogrammetry maps the project’s site, as UAVs monitor exterior progress; and mobile indoor scanners such as the Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) produce as-built point clouds of the interiors, while building information modeling (BIM) manages the project’s full... (read more)
2019-11-27 08:48:24

3D Modelling for Construction

This article introduces topics on the state of the art comparing photogrammetry and Lidar for 3D modelling for construction. The advantages and disadvantages of both will be highlighted in terms of accuracy, complexity and cost. Breaking away from laser measurement in construction is a taboo subject perhaps hampering the use of photogrammetry. In construction aerial survey has enormous time saving benefits for measuring groundwork areas. Data can be used for asset classification, construction validation as well as health and safety. In particular regular scans provide a time series of work in progress to detect new issues, managing risk rather than... (read more)
2019-10-15 03:28:52

Technical Advances Bring Digital Twin of Underground Infrastructure Closer

Mapping the underground is one of the major challenges in creating an infrastructure map at the municipal, regional, and national level, which is a key foundation for a national digital twin. Recent technical developments include: the ability to collect data at highway speeds that can be used to create a 3D model of underground infrastructure, software that can extract relevant 3D underground information from consumer digital photography, and video capture. Meanwhile, novel ways to share information about underground infrastructure, and progress on standards for sharing information about the subsurface are making mapping the underground increasingly feasible. The uncertainty in the... (read more)
2018-10-08 04:46:21

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 recognised, writes Jantien Stoter. 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 as whether it is below the maximum building height, the level of noise exposure for residents, and how much solar irradiation the building will receive. Building permission procedures will thus become both faster and more reliable. Furthermore, 3D city models will be more... (read more)
2018-07-04 04:04:35

Bringing BIM Down to Earth

‘BIM’ is a hot topic in the industry, receiving regular coverage at many conferences, seminars and webinars. A lot of companies predict that it is one of the ‘next big things’ for the future, and a not inconsiderable number of companies are already working with BIM today. And that’s a good thing! But it is perhaps wise to look past the hype and keep our feet firmly on the ground. Tomas Sandström from Adtollo brings some nuance into the BIM discussion in this column. BIM stands for ‘building information modelling’, or perhaps ‘building information management’. The best thing about BIM... (read more)
2019-01-24 02:20:34
Search Filter