Geospatial Tools that Help Serve the AEC Industry

Read about three geospatial tools that are particularly relevant for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry: BIM, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, and project collaboration software. 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. A GIS interprets 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... (read more)
2019-11-27 08:48:24

Trimble, Hilti and Boston Dynamics to Integrate Robots into Construction Site

Trimble, Hilti and Boston Dynamics have announced a collaboration to explore the integration of Trimble's and Hilti's construction management software solutions, GNSS technology and reality capture devices with Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot platform. The objective behind the partnership is to explore the use of autonomous robots, equipped with Trimble and Hilti survey instruments, in the construction industry. (This news article contains a video) Autonomous robots can play a significant role in construction, specifically in production and quality control workflows by enabling automation of routine and tedious tasks, reducing workload and improving safety. The companies will collaborate to develop a "proof-of-concept"... (read more)
2019-11-20 10:35:43

Trimble Launches New R12 GNSS Receiver

Trimble has introduced the Trimble R12 GNSS receiver, a high-performance global navigation satellite system (GNSS) surveying solution. Powered by an all new real-time kinematic (RTK) and Trimble RTX positioning engine, it features innovative Trimble ProPoint GNSS technology that empowers land surveyors to quickly measure more points in more places than ever before. Surveyors who work in challenging GNSS environments can use the Trimble R12 receiver to help reduce both the time in the field and the need for conventional techniques such as using a total station. The new Trimble ProPoint GNSS technology allows for flexible signal management, which helps mitigate the effects of... (read more)
2019-11-06 09:50:53

GNSS Receivers – Evolution or Revolution?

Past, Present and Future of Positioning
Satellite surveying… are there any industry professionals out there not using it on (almost) a daily basis? Over the last 30 years, GNSS has become the main positioning instrument for most applications, writes Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk. Of course, there are still some exceptions where correct relative positioning is needed and dedicated optical systems such as a total station or level instrument are used, but even these are often set up over control points determined using GNSS techniques. This article investigates the developments in GNSS over the last decade and attempts to predict the future. Around a decade ago, a review of... (read more)
2019-01-30 08:43:20

New Topcon Technology Offerings for BIM Introduced at Intergeo

Topcon Positioning Group has presented a number of new solutions for vertical construction at Intergeo 2019. Additions to the portfolio include availability of the new scanning robotic total station with an innovative construction verification workflow; a new 3D construction digital layout instrument; heads-up display glasses for total stations; and software and field controller enhancements improving functionality for a range of BIM applications and integrations. “With our ever-expanding cities and increasing population, the need for vertical building construction continues to escalate,” said Ian Stilgoe, vice president GeoPositioning Europe, Topcon Positioning Group. “We must constantly pursue new technologies that accelerate the construction... (read more)
2019-09-24 10:01:03

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

Topcon Unveils New Technology Advancements in Inspection and Monitoring

Topcon Positioning Group has announced advancements in its inspection and monitoring portfolio designed to ensure longer term health of buildings and infrastructure assets. Among the improvements announced at Intergeo 2019 include new flight planning software for the Topcon rotary-wing UAV; mass data photogrammetry processing integration capabilities, as well as the release of Delta Link version two, the new command console for the Topcon construction and structural health monitoring system. “Inspection, assessment and monitoring (IAM) is a crucial cycle to ensure the integrity of building assets. Topcon IAM solutions help to keep assets in operation, providing intuitive tools for site engineers... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:06:59

Taking Full Advantage of the Benefits of UAS Technology

Leveraging UAS technology across surveying and engineering sectors is demanding. Meeting the expectations of accuracy and accountability requires the best in expertise, methodology and equipment. The latest unmanned aerial system (UAS) photogrammetric hardware and software now enables surveyors to capture millions of survey measurements on the ground, where they would previously have measured only hundreds. It is essential to have the best-quality equipment, software and workflows to ensure this data is accurate, robust and defensible for professional use. Geosyntec is a leading consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex... (read more)
2019-06-25 10:58:53

Trimble Siteworks Adds GNSS Tilt Compensation and Android Support

Trimble has introduced its Siteworks Software version 1.1, featuring full GNSS tilt compensation functionality in standing, walking and vehicle modes, and support for the Android operating system. Construction surveyors can now capture accurate points without levelling the pole, making surveying in areas such as building corners accurate, fast and easy. In addition, Siteworks version 1.1 now supports the Android operating system, giving contractors the flexibility to choose the field device that best fits their needs and budget. "GNSS tilt compensation makes site positioning more accessible and easier to learn for beginners, while experienced surveyors can see significant time savings," said Scott... (read more)
2019-04-12 10:17:22

Infrastructure Group Benefits from Drone Technology in Smart Motorways Project

The international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is reaping the rewards of using drones on major construction projects, including work on a multi-million-pound 'Smart Motorway' upgrade in the Midlands region of the UK with support from UAV specialist Heliguy. The group is utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones'), including the recently released DJI Phantom 4 RTK, to enhance safety, increase efficiency, gather data faster, improve asset productivity and gain high-accuracy results. The UAVs are being used for quicker stockpile measurements, informative aerial progress reports and accessing hard-to-reach areas. Balfour Beatty has turned to drone expert Heliguy as its preferred supplier,... (read more)
2019-04-09 10:39:43
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