Benjamin Pinguet

Benjamin Pinguet is product and solution manager at senseFly. (read more)
2020-07-28 10:57:10

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

Enhancing Virtual Singapore with BIM Data

The 'Virtual Singapore' platform will include a software and data standards component to automate the enhancement of information from source BIM data models. 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... (read more)
2018-07-10 10:23:55

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

5 Benefits of Digital Transformation in Construction

Matt Wheelis has spent his entire 20-plus year career in the construction industry – most of it related to bringing technology to architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals. In that time, he has seen many changes. From using a plumb bob and string line for construction surveys to clients now requesting point clouds for as-built comparisons, there have been lots of change over the years. Here, he examines five benefits resulting from today's digital transformation. Today, though, the construction industry is experiencing a rate of transformation as I’ve never witnessed before. Digital technologies have rapidly transformed construction sites. Construction professionals... (read more)
2020-03-16 10:27:46

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

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

Hexagon Presents Intelligent Construction Technology at Bauma 2019

Hexagon’s geosystems and mining divisions will be presenting an extensive portfolio of construction and site management technology at Bauma, the world's largest trade fair in the construction industry, taking place at Messe München in Munich, Germany, from 8-14 April 2019. Hexagon will soon be announcing several products and solutions that can be seen at its booth in Hall A2, Stand 137. “This year at Bauma, we are proud to present solutions that provide easier access to data that improves workflow and safety around machines while moving toward autonomous operation,” said Johan Arnberg, heavy construction portfolio president for Hexagon’s geosystems division.... (read more)
2019-03-18 03:09:23

Converting Static Scans into Immersive 360-degree Imagery

NavVis, a leading provider of indoor spatial intelligence technology, can now automatically convert E57 point cloud files into interactive, realistic 360-degree walkthroughs, following the latest software upgrade to IndoorViewer. NavVis IndoorViewer is a web-based application that displays realistic digital twins using 360-degree panoramic images, point clouds and maps generated by 3D scanning devices. Users can move around digital twins of scanned spaces as if they are on site and use the interactive functionality to add, search for and route to geotagged information and take accurate measurements. The intuitive user interface and functionality has made NavVis IndoorViewer a valuable deliverable for... (read more)
2018-10-10 02:56:53

Hilti Reports Growth Amid a More Demanding Environment

The Hilti Group, a global leader in providing technology-leading products, systems and services to the worldwide construction industry, has increased sales over the first eight months of the year by 4.2 percent, to CHF 3908 million. The construction technology group posted significant growth in terms of both operating result (11.1%) and net income (+11.2%). “Due to political tensions at both the international and local levels the economic climate has not grown any easier. Overall, the market dynamics have eased somewhat, which can be seen in the slight reduction of our growth rates,” commented Hilti CEO Christoph Loos on the intermediate... (read more)
2019-10-01 01:09:15
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