Indoor Mobile Mapping Goes Mainstream

In his previous column about the future of indoor mobile mapping, Felix Reinshagen made the case for why this technology was on the brink of widespread adoption. That was just over a year ago, and a lot has changed since then: brisk expansion of the products and services on offer, together with a widening field of applications. So, after another incredible year, Reinshagen has written a new column outlining why he believes that mobile mapping is well past the tipping point and is about to go mainstream. The emphasis now is on assessing data quality and establishing universal standards in... (read more)
2020-01-16 09:27:27

Crane Camera: Maximizing Space in a Constricted Area

Planning and monitoring construction projects in tight urban areas is a challenge. That’s why The Beck Group relies on the Crane Camera. When a new dual-branded Hilton hotel was planned in Denver, USA, The Beck Group was commissioned to complete the architecture and the construction. Located downtown in a congested urban area, the 22-storey hotel posed significant construction challenges. The limited space and the central location required extensive planning and reporting. For this, the team from The Beck Group decided to rely on aerial imagery to monitor the project and verify its progress. But instead of drones, which are typically... (read more)
2019-09-30 09:25:17

What Do BIM, GIS, IoT, BMS, Telemetry and CAD All Have in Common?

Over the last three years, building information modelling (BIM) has undergone rapid development around the world. The value chain of design, construction and operation of built assets faces various challenges of change, some of which are of a technological nature. These include the transition from drawing in 2D to modelling in 3D with object reference and linked information. There is also an explosive increase in the volume of data on projects, including from new recording methods such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’), lasers, geo-radars, and the increased use of sensors and data transfer devices on the Internet of... (read more)
2019-08-22 09:40:52

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

Tackling Problems in Construction with Geospatial Analytics

The construction industry has always lagged behind in innovation compared to other industries, but geospatial data analytics is now set to transform construction, architectural design and civil engineering. Geospatial data analytics is location-based information generated by billions of devices around the world. The additional insights provided to engineers and architects can help the construction industry to cut costs and improve efficiency. Core problems with the construction industry To understand the gains made from data analytics, it’s important to explain the problems the construction industry faces. According to a report, construction projects take 20% longer to complete and go over budget by... (read more)
2019-11-04 11:49:21

The Geomatics Profession: Looking Forward to the Next Decade

As the years progress towards 2030, many challenges and opportunities may emerge for the profession across a wide spectrum of activities. The democratization of geospatial data and the rapid advancement of technologies to capture this data require a skilled labour force. Where will the surveyors, geospatial scientists and spatial data specialists come from?  The UN’s growing awareness of the importance of our oceans and seas will hopefully develop further into real sustainable actions and outcomes which should require further reliable and cost-effective data acquisition and data management solutions. I believe the general levels of underinvestment in the offshore and hydrographic... (read more)
2020-03-03 10:01:28

How to Speed up Stockpile Measurement with Drones

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') are a powerful tool for stockpile measurement in industries such as mining, forestry and construction. They allow the same region to be flown regularly and progression of the work to be monitored over time. Imagery is collected over the region of interest at high resolution, often at the sub-centimetre level. Workflow advancements are now speeding up this process. SimActive has recently released an enhanced workflow in its Correlator3D to accelerate stockpile measurement. The overlapping images are processed by the software to create a digital surface model (DSM), which accurately describes the topology of the... (read more)
2020-04-07 10:09:24

BIM in Germany: “We Have No Long-term Plan”

“In Germany, we have no strategic plan for digitalization in building,” believes BIM expert Ilka May. She goes on to say that such a plan is required as a matter of urgency, as building information management (BIM) will otherwise generate only costs rather than value. It is time for politicians to act, she insists. BIM is in chaos. Does anyone really know what people mean when they talk about building information modelling? Developers and planners alike are often heard asking: “How much more will it cost with BIM?” That’s making a mockery of digitalization. Instead of targeted benefits – such... (read more)
2020-03-23 11:07:11

Coronavirus to Weigh on Q1 Construction Activity

International construction activity picked up in the last quarter of 2019, according to the latest findings of RICS’ series of international infrastructure and construction surveys. However, rising costs remain a drag on the sector, and the impact of coronavirus could hamper short-term output. Across all regions surveyed by RICS, infrastructure and construction professionals reported a trend of increased workloads in Q4 2019, but the overall picture varies considerably within these global regions. Despite a solid end to the year from the construction and infrastructure sector globally, coronavirus is likely to weigh on activity. Given the lockdown on the mainland, it... (read more)
2020-03-02 02:15:12

Digital Construction Leaders to Gather in Berlin

On 27 and 28 February, the annual Digital Construction Summit will take place in Berlin, returning to the German capital for its third edition. This time, the focus will be on modern technologies in digital construction, the application of AR and VR, BIM/VDC technology, digital twin and simulation technology, big data in construction and design & information management. The summit will bring together experts in the field of virtual design and construction, construction management, construction IoT, virtual project delivery, and simulation technology. Attendants will gain relevant knowledge from industry leading experts on recent technology advances and challenges faced in complex... (read more)
2020-01-30 10:36:20
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