Chasing BIM: How Surveyors Can Shape the Future

Greater Utilisation of Technologies at Hand
While research shows that many organizations recognise the power of building information modelling (BIM) for streamlining construction and infrastructure projects in a seamless online environment, survey and geospatial professionals can do more to deliver value in the 3D environment. There have been countless presentations and papers on the definition of BIM. This article makes an attempt to provide some practical insights on how surveyors can leverage the BIM revolution to benefit their businesses. The good news: there is a general consensus among geospatial thought leaders that the design and construction industry has reached a tipping point. The more that surveyors... (read more)
2018-10-04 09:20:39

Digitizing Reality: Automated 3D Point Cloud Data Processing Using AI

Intelligent Point Clouds
Instruments for digitizing the 3D real environment are becoming smaller, more lightweight, lower-cost and more robust. Accordingly, they are finding increasingly widespread usage, not only on surveying tripods for the highest accuracy, but also on mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles, drones, helicopters, aircraft, robotic vacuum cleaners, trains, mobile phones, satellites and Martian rovers. Lidar uses laser scanning, while photogrammetry records images from one or more cameras which may be moving. Each laser scan records tens of millions of data point positions and colours in a point cloud, and hundreds of such point clouds may be combined. This article discusses... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39

Enhancing Virtual Singapore with BIM Data

Drawing on leading science and design principles, Singapore combines characteristics from both the natural and man-made environments in a way that creates a sense of harmony and balance, also giving the city its unique feel and identity. This is best observed from any number of skyline terrace bars in downtown Singapore, but especially during the sunset hours – the transition between day and night as light reflects across the Marina Bay, and all the shiny edges and surfaces, showcase a real ‘smart city’ in motion. It is clear to see that Singapore’s status, as an often-cited global exemplar ‘garden city’,... (read more)
2018-07-10 10:23:55

Seeing the Future: AI, BIM and Digital Twins

Digital Construction Week 2019
During Digital Construction Week (DCW), which was held at the Excel in London from 16-17 October 2019, there was one seminar stream on geospatial surveying and two specifically on building information modelling (BIM). But relevant topics such as artificial intelligence (AI) and visualization, as well as BIM, cropped up in many of the other sessions. The most used buzzword was 'digital twin', which was heard in many talks and in the exhibition booths. The term digital twin is used quite flexibly, but essentially it implies that an object must have a digital representation which can be presented visually, i.e. a virtual... (read more)
2020-02-11 08:57:24

The Digitalization of Construction

Creating an Industry Fit for the Future
It is estimated that the global construction industry will grow to US$10.3 trillion by 2020. Arguably, the development and investment in ever-more innovative digital tools will be key in enabling that growth. More and more businesses across Europe are beginning to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and the opportunities digitalization presents. In this article, Leighton Davies, regional business manager for geopositioning at Topcon Europe Positioning, discusses how today’s technologies enable us to work more efficiently, safely and accurately than ever before, and what they could mean for the construction industry’s future. At the turn of the millennium, who would... (read more)
2019-12-11 02:53:03

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

The BIM Skills Shortage in the Middle East

If BIM is applied to the industry effectively, it could allow the built environment sector to accomplish the same productivity gains as the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries. According to the Middle East Construction and Infrastructure Survey conducted earlier this year, however, there is currently a shortage of BIM managers in the region, as cited by 40% of built environment professionals. As digitization continues to grow in the built environment, surveying professionals need to keep up with the technological advancements to achieve maximum output for the project. There are many reasons BIM is growing in popularity for construction projects. It is... (read more)
2019-12-06 02:57:10

New Age of Vertical Construction Verification for Balfour Beatty

It often takes several stakeholders to bring a construction project to life, and for vertical construction developments, there are added complexities with space restrictions and intricate designs to support the upward structure. It’s no surprise then that mistakes happen, but mistakes can quickly drain budgets and take years to rectify. Technology now exists that can spot mistakes before they’re even constructed, create intricate as-built models for verification against design, and do it all in almost real-time. Avoiding mistakes is crucial in delivering a successful project, and efficiency and productivity are key elements for any contractor. With this in mind, Topcon... (read more)
2019-06-05 12:58:33
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