Hilti Introduces Smart Fasteners

Hilti, a global leader providing innovative tools, technology, software and services to the commercial construction industry, has launched connected (i.e. ‘smart’) fasteners, enabling unique identification and digital documentation on the jobsite. The announcement, made during a press conference in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete trade show, affirms the brand’s leadership position and investment in the digital change journey, including the Internet of Things (IoT). Documenting every anchor, screw and bolt installed by hand can be time consuming and inefficient. Hilti’s exclusive Tracefast technology provides specifiers and contractors with an easy-to-use, more productive solution. A data matrix code (DMC)... (read more)
2020-02-14 10:23:27

Collaborating to Create Healthier and Safer Cities

Winston Churchill once said: "We shape our buildings; thereafter, they shape us." Given that high level of impact, buildings and cities need to be planned and developed in ways that contribute not just physical value, but social value too. Inclusion, safety and health all can be advanced through the built environment, work that has become all the more urgent given the rapid growth of many cities. “Incorporating social goals into city building goes back decades in cities around the world,” says Lena Hök, senior vice president of sustainability at Skanska Group. “In recent years, such efforts have become more structured... (read more)
2019-09-24 09:37:09

Doka Launches Formwork Planning Software for Revit

Digitalization promises significant productivity gains for the construction industry and its complex planning processes and procedures. The use of building information modelling (BIM) in construction design is a key factor in these gains. BIM models are increasingly used as the basis for formwork planning. Doka is launching DokaCAD for Revit, its powerful software for automated formwork planning. Efficient formwork systems have a significant influence on the success of a shell construction project, which requires correct and reliable formwork planning and optimal cycle planning. BIM software can be used to simulate situations and determine the optimal construction sequence before the project... (read more)
2020-03-10 09:44:44

6 Facts You Need to Know About 3D Reality Capture

Whether you are a savvy user or new to 3D reality capture, these six facts from Jürgen Mayer, president of Hexagon Geosystems’ Reality Capture Division, are sure to set you thinking about new applications. 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... (read more)
2019-10-07 08:52:33

Tackling Instrument Theft in the Construction Industry

Instrument theft is a growing concern for the construction industry, with many businesses vulnerable to opportunistic criminals. Yet in 2019, only 61 incidents were reported to the authorities in the United Kingdom. This low reporting rate is having a detrimental impact on the industry, as it means that the scale of the issue may not even be fully understood and as a result finding a solution to the problem is difficult. What Makes the Construction Industry Vulnerable to Instrument Theft? The construction industry is a prime target for thieves, thanks to the use of expensive equipment and the low rate... (read more)
2020-03-31 01:04:19

Bringing BIM Down to Earth

‘BIM’ is a hot topic in the industry, receiving regular coverage at many conferences, seminars and webinars. A lot of companies predict that it is one of the ‘next big things’ for the future, and a not inconsiderable number of companies are already working with BIM today. And that’s a good thing! But it is perhaps wise to look past the hype and keep our feet firmly on the ground. Tomas Sandström from Adtollo brings some nuance into the BIM discussion in this column. BIM stands for ‘building information modelling’, or perhaps ‘building information management’. The best thing about BIM... (read more)
2019-01-24 02:20:34

Bentley Systems Adds Infrastructure Industry Experience to Digital Twin Consortium

Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, has joined the Digital Twin Consortium at the 'Groundbreaker' level. The consortium was formed by non-profit trade association Object Management Group with Ansys, Dell, Lendlease and Microsoft, creating a global ecosystem of users who are accelerating the digital twin market and demonstrating the value of digital twin technology. As the authority in digital twins, the Digital Twin Consortium brings together industry, government and academia to drive consistency in the vocabulary, architecture, security and interoperability of digital twin technology.... (read more)
2020-05-25 10:40:33

Bigger, Faster, Automated: Geospatial Technology Trends in 2020 and Beyond

Today's three main trends in geospatial technology are bigger datasets, faster digital adoption and autonomous connected ecosystems, according to Josh Weiss, Chief Digital Officer at Hexagon’s Geosystems division. If there is one thing I’ve learned during my last year and a half as Chief Digital Officer at Hexagon’s Geosystems division, technology is in constant evolution. From cutting my teeth in the steel industry to leading Hexagon’s Mining division, I’ve had a front-row seat to the continuous advancements in geospatial technology and its use in various industrial applications, such as vehicle safety systems and 3D laser scanning visualization. While there is... (read more)
2020-07-29 09:59:59

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

Increasing Adoption: AI in Construction Market to Reach US$2.1 Billion by 2023

The rising need for safety and security in the construction sector, coupled with an increasing demand for reducing the overall cost, is expected to drive the market for AI. However, the complexity of the algorithms, which has led to slower adoption of AI in the construction sector, is expected to hinder market growth. The global AI in construction market was valued at US$450 million in 2018 and is expected to reach over US$2.1 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 36.2%. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology which allows machines to make intelligent decisions while applying the required skills. AI is... (read more)
2019-12-05 11:35:04
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