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

Using Drones in Construction for Aerial Inspection, Photogrammetry or Lidar

Drones are creating new workflows, processes and applications in construction design, surveying and mapping, and many see them as the future of the construction industry. Rick Rayhel, Microdrones' sales manager for United States' Western Region, is one of those people; he's seen first hand how drones can enhance the construction business. In the U.S., drones have only been used to aid construction in the last couple of years. On the precipice of drone potential, Rayhel said, “There’s never a lack of ideas or interest on what can be done with drones.” Perhaps the biggest advantage of drones in construction, though,... (read more)
2019-10-22 08:49:04

Enhancing Virtual Singapore with BIM Data

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 surfaces, showcase a real ‘smart city’ in motion. It is clear to see that Singapore’s status, as an often-cited global exemplar ‘garden city’,... (read more)
2018-07-10 10:23:55

Rebuild Ready: 3D Mapping a Quake-damaged Cathedral

Surveying a damaged building can be dangerous. Mapping using drones reduces risk to staff and costs to the community. This case study on the iconic cathedral of Christchurch, New Zealand, severely hit by an earthquake, demonstrates how drones and advanced photogrammetry software delivered the orthomosaic map enabling the accurate spatial planning needed in order to rebuild the cathedral. In February 2011, New Zealand’s second-most populous city was rocked by an earthquake. The iconic Christchurch Cathedral was shattered in the shake, and the clean-up is still ongoing. Christchurch's central city and eastern suburbs were badly affected. Before the cathedral can be rebuilt and the... (read more)
2020-01-21 11:03:54

Help from Above: Drone Support on Construction Sites

FairFleet offers a one-stop shop for drone services and the online platform has been optimized for customer simplicity. Drones can provide high-precision data from all angles, covering high-rise assets as well as large areas in completely digital workflows. Autonomous flying, combined with AI-driven analysis and a deep information integration, is about to define the future of construction. Maps for machines may be generated by drones and used by construction robots to move objects and execute tasks like drilling holes and precision mounting. Florian Waubke, CEO at FairFleet, shares his vision on the digitalization of the construction sector. Regarding the near... (read more)
2019-10-14 11:01:12

6 Ways Data Analytics is Transforming BIM

The use of building information modelling (BIM) is rapidly increasing in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of building and infrastructure assets. The reason is simple, according to AECOM’s James Rosenwax and Ben May: digital technology is making it easier, cheaper and more efficient to manage buildings and infrastructure projects through digital models. Using BIM, we can make digital replicas of physical assets, processes and systems; the so-called ‘digital twins’ of buildings. These models show three-dimensional details of construction drawings including structural, electrical, and mechanical elements, and fire safety systems. In addition to these key design elements, there are a... (read more)
2020-01-13 11:17:45

Bridging the Gap between Aerial Imaging and Terrestrial Data Capture

The Challenges of Drone Use in Facade Mapping
There have been rapid advancements in unmanned aerial systems over recent years, yet there is widespread consensus that we have still only seen a fraction of how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) could ultimately improve efficiency for geospatial professionals and their customers. To get a glimpse of the future, 'GIM International' spoke to Mark Nicolai, co-founder of industry start-up Aeroscan. Here, he shares his vision of how drones could form the missing link between aerial imaging and terrestrial data capture. According to independent research by the likes of PwC and Goldman Sachs, the construction industry tops the list in... (read more)
2019-03-20 10:24:53

New Age of Vertical Construction Verification for Balfour Beatty

It often takes several stakeholders to bring a construction project to life, and for vertical construction developments, there are added complexities with space restrictions and intricate designs to support the upward structure. It’s no surprise then that mistakes happen, but mistakes can quickly drain budgets and take years to rectify. Technology now exists that can spot mistakes before they’re even constructed, create intricate as-built models for verification against design, and do it all in almost real-time. Avoiding mistakes is crucial in delivering a successful project, and efficiency and productivity are key elements for any contractor. With this in mind, Topcon... (read more)
2019-06-05 12:58:33

Ordnance Survey Demonstrates BIM Potential with Pioneering Project in Singapore

By combining building information modelling (BIM) with geospatial technologies, Ordnance Survey (OS) is breaking down barriers in Singapore. OS has spent two years in the Southeast-Asian nation championing the use of BIM data and its potential to transform urban planning. Britain’s mapping agency lent its expertise to a project with the University of Singapore and the Singaporean government that aims to make Singapore a world leader in smart technology. OS’s role was to develop data processing and 3D data modelling to help Singapore plan its future city more effectively. It contributed knowledge about the CityGML data model, an exchange compatible with... (read more)
2019-11-06 10:46:45

Six Facts You Need to Know about 3D Reality Capture

Rapid changes in technology and computing power are affecting almost every aspect of our lives – from democratization and information access to communication and how we visualize the world around us. As technology becomes smaller, more affordable and more automated, 3D reality capture is becoming more accessible to a wide range of applications and everyday users, not just specialists. Whether you are a savvy user or new to 3D reality capture, Jürgen Mayer, president of Hexagon Geosystems’ Reality Capture Division, explores six facts in this interview. 3D reality capture solutions form the bridge to transform the real world into mirrored... (read more)
2019-10-07 08:52:33
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