The Paperless Construction Site

Digitalization is changing the construction industry faster than expected. Automation, additional sensors and the networking of machines make it possible to exploit optimization potential and noticeably increase productivity. However, despite innovative working methods and digitization, the road construction process is still mainly based on one medium: paper. Paper can be used for a wide variety of purposes and offers unlimited flexibility. Construction schedules, work schedules, work sheets, mix orders and requirement slips are still created manually and then printed more often than ever before. Although there are software systems such as BPO for digitizing all processes in civil engineering companies,... (read more)
2019-07-26 08:42:12

Seeing the Future: AI, BIM and Digital Twins

Digital Construction Week 2019
During Digital Construction Week (DCW), which was held at the Excel in London from 16-17 October 2019, there was one seminar stream on geospatial surveying and two specifically on building information modelling (BIM). But relevant topics such as artificial intelligence (AI) and visualization, as well as BIM, cropped up in many of the other sessions. The most used buzzword was 'digital twin', which was heard in many talks and in the exhibition booths. The term digital twin is used quite flexibly, but essentially it implies that an object must have a digital representation which can be presented visually, i.e. a virtual... (read more)
2020-02-11 08:57:24

Skycatch and DPR Agreement Sees UAVs Deployed on Construction Sites

DPR Construction has signed an enterprise-wide agreement with Skycatch creating a new model of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) standardization and productivity available for all of their project sites. In construction, the products and applications for using UAVs have come a long way – from experimenting with fragmented consumer solutions to now depending on this data from a single commercial-grade kit. This enables customers to manage day to day operations, auditing and measuring performance - down to the centimetre level. Providing this visibility and transparency into a project has been a game changer for the industry. A frequent early adopter of... (read more)
2019-04-09 10:02:25

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

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

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

Combining BIM and GIS in Building Operation and Information Management

GIS technology is already widely used in building information management (BIM) and urban information management such as grid systems, public information systems, etc. GIS technology can be used to visualize public information and management information, and when the GIS technology is combined with business data such as process and real-time monitoring information, the information can be managed efficiently. The advantage of the use of GIS in building management is that it can directly reflect the geographical distribution of the building. It also reflects the various management elements of the building through vector information, and facilitates information management relating to the... (read more)
2020-01-13 08:28:08

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

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
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