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

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

Arvizio Launches Augmented Reality Hybrid Rendering

Arvizio has introduced new capabilities to its enterprise XR platform with GPU-accelerated hybrid rendering to stream massive 3D models and Lidar scans to multiple participants on mobile AR devices. The latest Arvizio XR release includes fully automated 3D model optimization and hybrid rendering for large and complex BIM and CAD 3D models, Lidar scans and photogrammetry models with multi-model alignment to allow multiple objects to be placed in a scene. For example, buildings and machinery may be positioned within a point cloud and visualized as a combined experience. Customers using Arvizio’s XR platform can import more than 30 spatial data... (read more)
2020-08-25 08:37:24

Trimble Adds New Innovation to Flagship GNSS Solution

Trimble has introduced the Trimble R12i GNSS receiver, the latest addition to its Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) portfolio. The Trimble R12i incorporates Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)-based tilt compensation using Trimble TIP technology, which enables points to be measured or staked out while the survey rod is tilted. This empowers land surveyors to focus on the job at hand and complete work faster and more accurately.  The IMU-based tilt compensation capability of the Trimble R12i builds on Trimble’s highly regarded ProPoint GNSS positioning engine which, according to the company, delivers more than 30% better performance in challenging environments compared to... (read more)
2020-09-02 10:13:02

FARO Launches 3D Laser Scanning Integration with Boston Dynamics Mobile Robot

FARO Technologies has announced the release of FARO Trek. Trek is a fully autonomous 3D mobile scanning integration built in collaboration with the Massachusetts-based robotics firm Boston Dynamics. The innovative solution combines the cutting-edge scanning speed and accuracy of the FARO FocusS Laser Scanner with Spot, a quadruped robot capable of remote and autonomous data capture in challenging environments. Ideal for general contractors and construction managers to verify production and quality on job sites, Trek leverages Spot’s Autowalk feature to create a repeatable automated scanning workflow. This allows for streamlined data collection and improved efficiency. The information collected is the same each... (read more)
2020-08-25 09:00:32

Reality Capture Breakthroughs Unlock Productivity for BIM in Construction

After a slow start, the digital transformation is rapidly accelerating in the construction industry. These recent breakthroughs in reality capture are set to improve efficiency for the entire industry. According to McKinsey, the construction industry has seen only a 1% increase in productivity over the past 20 years. The industry may have been on a slower path to digital transformation than others, but adoption is speeding up. Here we look at the recent breakthroughs in reality capture – namely mobile devices and real-time solutions – that are delivering instant insights to BIM. We believe this has the potential to bring... (read more)
2020-08-25 09:34:23

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

Bigger, Faster, Automated: Geospatial Technology Trends in 2020 and Beyond

Today's three main trends in geospatial technology are bigger datasets, faster digital adoption and autonomous connected ecosystems, according to Josh Weiss, Chief Digital Officer at Hexagon’s Geosystems division. If there is one thing I’ve learned during my last year and a half as Chief Digital Officer at Hexagon’s Geosystems division, technology is in constant evolution. From cutting my teeth in the steel industry to leading Hexagon’s Mining division, I’ve had a front-row seat to the continuous advancements in geospatial technology and its use in various industrial applications, such as vehicle safety systems and 3D laser scanning visualization. While there is... (read more)
2020-07-29 09:59:59

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
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