WSP Finland Boosts Collaboration with Online BIMs

WSP Finland wanted to make building information modelling (BIM) collaboration easier for all stakeholders involved in construction projects, so looked for a solution to enable BIM models to be shared with wider audiences including non-technical people. Using a cloud-based service, it is now publishing BIMs online, allowing anyone to explore 3D BIMs with a browser, on any device. This move has improved collaboration both internally and with clients, and workflows have become more efficient. From project managers to building users, clients are more engaged as they now have easy access to the same 3D information as the designers and architects. As ​one of the world’s largest professional services firms with around... (read more)
2020-05-11 04:01:15

For Digital Twins, Openness Wins

What would you say if you could wave a magic wand and eliminate all the time and effort that you and your organization spend on transforming data, integrating data and aggregating data? What if you could spend your time generating insights and helping your teams make decisions that can save you money and reduce your risk instead? Here, Bhupinder Singh discusses the need for an open framework for infrastructure digital twins. When I began my career, our industry was going through the digital transformation of CAD, which was taking what we were doing on paper and moving that to the... (read more)
2019-12-19 12:20:58

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

COVID-19 and Construction Projects: What’s the Impact?

The global pandemic created by COVID-19 has impacted every industry, including construction and engineering. With the latest UK government guidelines for businesses and organizations, it’s proving difficult to carry on business as usual, especially on site. This article provides details of the latest impact of COVID-19 on construction projects in the UK. Why does COVID-19 affect construction projects? There are two key elements that play a major role in reducing the spread of the virus. One is social distancing and the other being adequate hygiene practices. Anybody who has worked on a construction site will know that these can be... (read more)
2020-05-19 10:52:08

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

Procore Puts 3D Models into Builders’ Hands with Procore BIM

Procore Technologies, a leading provider of construction management software, has announced Procore BIM, the newest product on its platform which unlocks the potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by providing field teams with performant access to 3D models on their iOS devices. Virtual design and construction (VDC) teams spend hours working with their design, operations, and trade partners to coordinate system installation information (3D models) during design in an effort to improve project predictability in the field. This process can cost millions of dollars, but unfortunately today, 3D models are rarely used on mobile devices in the field due to... (read more)
2019-09-11 08:47:46

ISG Transforms 3D Model Delivery to Boost BIM Capabilities

Global construction services company ISG is using the latest 3D modelling technology to stimulate its building information modelling (BIM) capabilities. By introducing Pointfuse laser scanning software, ISG has speeded up workflows with rapid scan-to-BIM modelling whilst maintaining high levels of accuracy. Traditionally this laser data processing could take up to three days to 3D model a single floor. However, using Pointfuse, ISG has reduced this to a matter of hours. The use of Pointfuse has also increased the range of the point cloud outputs with applications including clash detection and visualization. “Scan-to-BIM modelling was previously seen as undesirable by the... (read more)
2019-05-10 12:54:24

Integrating the ‘Constructioneering’ Workflow Together

The How and Why of the Topcon and Bentley Partnership
Digitalisation and new technologies with the ability to revolutionise the geospatial industry are creating a new playing field for mapping and surveying professionals. This evolving landscape is also reshaping the industry, with new entrants gaining ground and established players seeking to collaborate and combine their specialist areas of expertise in order to offer a total solution. Wim van Wegen, content manager of ‘GIM International’, met with Ted Lamboo, senior vice president of strategic partners at Bentley Systems, and Ewout Korpershoek, executive vice president at Topcon Positioning Systems, at Bentley’s 2017 Year in Infrastructure Conference in Singapore. They discussed the partnership between... (read more)
2018-02-07 11:36:08

3D Modelling for Property Valuation in China

A High-resolution Remote Sensing-based Approach
Rapid urban development in China has transformed the cityscapes, with a dramatic increase in high-rise buildings. However, the current 2D property valuation methods neglect the vertical dimension, even though that aspect contains significant indicators that impact property value – such as types of views, scope of vision and daylight. 3D modelling of geographical data can help to change this in high-rise and high-density areas, going beyond 2D to enable identification of complex property characteristics in the vertical dimension too. This article presents research to explore a 3D modelling approach using remote sensing data for more precise property valuation. The accelerating... (read more)
2019-09-26 10:00:54

How Geospatial Data Supports a Digital Railway Project

Linking Nations, People and Places
The scope of the Rail Baltica Global Project comprises 870km of tracks, 25km of major structures and more than 400 bridge structures (bridges, overpasses, viaducts, pedestrian crossings and animal crossings), as well as three freight terminals and seven international passenger stations. Besides that, there are rolling stock maintenance facilities, an energy subsystem and signalling. This article zooms in on the pivotal role geospatial technology plays in the BIM strategy that underpins the digital version of Rail Baltica. When it comes to modelling this highly ambitious project in a digital environment, in order to manage Rail Baltica as a single asset,... (read more)
2020-01-07 01:40:22
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