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

Powering the Future with Data and BIM - Digital Construction Week 2018

Digital Construction Week 2018 returned to Excel in October as an exhibition, with a main stage for paid conference sessions and several ‘theatres’ within the exhibition space. This article gives a taste of what was on offer over the two days. Real-time Asset Management The first day started with a 15-minute presentation from the Enable My team entitled ‘The Art of Raw Data’. This was all about using camera feeds from the front of trains to build up and maintain a real-time asset record. Apparently, cameras have been deployed for some time, but the data has not been used for... (read more)
2019-01-22 12:00:41

Home Renovation Made Easy with Handheld 3D Scanning

As residential real estate prices continue to climb in many parts of the United States, property owners are increasingly investing in renovations and additions to their existing homes. To meet the demand, architects seek digital as-built documentation of the structures, so they can design the new construction. Many are asking for mobile 3D scanning by name as the technology they prefer to quickly capture the accurate, comprehensive as-built detail needed to start the design work. Business is booming for Precision Property Measurements (PPM), a Long Beach, California, firm that has provided as-built documentation services to Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC)... (read more)
2019-09-10 09:59:42

The Expanding Use of UAVs in Construction

Flying to Build a Better Product
It is an exciting time for geospatial professionals. The data that can now be obtained using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) opens up previously impossible opportunities in many different industries. At the forefront of these is the construction industry. As a geospatial engineer working for a general contractor, Michael Schwind is always looking for new ways to utilize UAVs and the resulting data to improve efficiency and communication, and to detect and prevent costly – or even deadly – mistakes before they occur. In this article, he discusses some of the obvious and not-so-obvious ways that Fulton Construction, a... (read more)
2020-03-10 08:36:22

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

Digitizing Reality: Automated 3D Point Cloud Data Processing Using AI

Intelligent Point Clouds
How can today's advanced technology solve the challenges that many organizations face after obtaining vast 3D point cloud datasets, including the management, storage, registration, fusion and extraction of useful and actionable information? Instruments for digitizing the 3D real environment are becoming smaller, more lightweight, lower-cost and more robust. Accordingly, they are finding increasingly widespread usage, not only on surveying tripods for the highest accuracy, but also on mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles, drones, helicopters, aircraft, robotic vacuum cleaners, trains, mobile phones, satellites and Martian rovers. Lidar uses laser scanning, while photogrammetry records images from one or more cameras which may be... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

The Digitalization of Construction

Creating an Industry Fit for the Future
It is estimated that the global construction industry will grow to US$10.3 trillion by 2020. Arguably, the development and investment in ever-more innovative digital tools will be key in enabling that growth. More and more businesses across Europe are beginning to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and the opportunities digitalization presents. In this article, Leighton Davies, regional business manager for geopositioning at Topcon Europe Positioning, discusses how today’s technologies enable us to work more efficiently, safely and accurately than ever before, and what they could mean for the construction industry’s future. At the turn of the millennium, who would... (read more)
2019-12-11 02:53:03

A New Reality for Geospatial Professionals

Mixed-reality Tools Reveal Practical Advantages on the Worksite
For those who believe mixed-reality solutions are still pie-in-the-sky technology for gamers and super nerds, it may be time to reconsider. Analysts believe we have reached a tipping point in the evolution of virtual and mixed-reality solutions, with enterprise adoption now outpacing consumer markets like gaming and entertainment. According to a recent report by IDC, manufacturing and construction are the two biggest enterprise adopters. This article explores how mixed reality will help surveyors expand their services and gain the flexibility and agility needed to drive more efficient everyday operations. Mixed-reality solutions merge real and virtual worlds to create brand-new environments... (read more)
2018-07-13 03:35:29

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

Nearmap Unveils Streaming 3D Online Platform and AI Technology

Nearmap, an aerial imagery company, has launched a 3D product in a move that could potentially change the way industries such as urban planning, architecture, construction, government and councils view and shape cities across Australia and the USA. More than 400,000 km2 have already been covered. Nearmap 3D allows customers to stream and export 3D imagery on demand on a massive scale, through its proprietary MapBrowser web application. Additionally, because the imagery is updated frequently, businesses can work with the most current information to make better-informed decisions. Nearmap has developed AI technology that is turning millions of aerial images, captured over a... (read more)
2019-06-14 10:49:47
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