How Can Establishing a UAV Fleet Help Your Business Take off?

Best Practices in Drone Mapping
Read this interview with five pioneers in the field for insights into the best ways to introduce drones into your business model. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') are increasingly becoming the solution of choice and have indeed proven to be a disruptive force across a multitude of industries in the past decade, including for the geospatial surveying profession. But will drones really provide all the answers to your mapping challenges? We interviewed five pioneers in the field to take us beyond the hype, explaining the lessons they have learned from the frontline and sharing their insights on the best... (read more)
2019-09-05 09:59:05

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

Intelligent Point Clouds
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 moving. Each laser scan records tens of millions of data point positions and colours in a point cloud, and hundreds of such point clouds may be combined. This article discusses... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

Trimble Announces New Platform as a Service for Construction Technology

Trimble has announced the Trimble Platform as a Service (TPaaS), an offering that gives contractors the ability to purchase select civil construction hardware and software solutions and continually upgrade those solutions with the latest innovations from Trimble. Bundled solutions include the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform, Trimble Siteworks Positioning Systems, Trimble Correction Services and select office software. The announcement was made at ConExpo 2020, North America's largest trade show for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment. "Contractors can now modernize large construction fleets and inventories without a significant initial investment and the assurance that their technology... (read more)
2020-03-11 09:42:53

The BIM Skills Shortage in the Middle East

If BIM is applied to the industry effectively, it could allow the built environment sector to accomplish the same productivity gains as the aerospace, automotive and manufacturing industries. According to the Middle East Construction and Infrastructure Survey conducted earlier this year, however, there is currently a shortage of BIM managers in the region, as cited by 40% of built environment professionals. As digitization continues to grow in the built environment, surveying professionals need to keep up with the technological advancements to achieve maximum output for the project. There are many reasons BIM is growing in popularity for construction projects. It is... (read more)
2019-12-06 02:57:10

Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University to Establish Trimble Technology Lab for AEC

Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University has received a gift from Trimble to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The lab will expand the university’s leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment. Trimble’s broad portfolio of building construction solutions supports the Constructible Process, Trimble’s innovative approach for enabling digital transformation of AEC workflows. This process aims to empower disparate teams across the construction lifecycle with actionable data to improve productivity and reduce waste. The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students enrolled in Edinburgh Napier’s School of Engineering &... (read more)
2019-12-11 09:09:24

New Partnership to Accelerate Growth of Indoor 3D Modelling

Flyability and Pix4D recently announced a partnership agreement to offer bundled Flyability and Pix4D products. The bundle will be sold in the form of a photogrammetry add-on that can be purchased on top of Elios 2 drone packages. This offer is meant to facilitate access to a coherent and complete product offering for those who want to tackle indoor 3D modelling using photogrammetry. Flyability is a Swiss company building solutions for the inspection and exploration of indoor, inaccessible and confined spaces. By allowing drones to be used safely inside buildings, it enables industrial companies and inspection professionals to reduce downtime,... (read more)
2020-02-07 03:33:25

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

Cesium Adds Global Layer of 3D Buildings

Cesium has announced that its users now have access to Cesium OSM Buildings, a global base layer of more than 350 million 3D buildings. Cesium OSM Buildings expands the suite of Cesium Global Base Layers that includes the worldwide terrain, aerial imagery and street maps already available on Cesium ion. "As digital twins and urban mapping gain momentum in 3D geospatial, we are excited to offer a global layer of 3D buildings that can be easily visualized, styled and analysed in an efficient and interoperable manner using 3D Tiles," said Cesium CEO Patrick Cozzi. “Cesium OSM Buildings will help geospatial... (read more)
2020-06-03 11:26:10

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

Achieving Higher Accuracy in Construction Projects in a Shorter Time

Managing and planning living spaces is becoming more and more complex due to decreasing space for new buildings together with increasing customer demands on design and comfort. Across the residential building industry, including single- and multi-family housing construction, there is a growing need for construction companies to be ready to deal with multiple building regulations regarding environmental protection and living space optimization. Especially in the luxury single-housing construction industry, these regulations have to be combined with special designs and smart ways of construction to fulfill the requirements of demanding customers. To satisfy the needs of today’s residential building construction industry, a transition from... (read more)
2020-04-16 02:47:34
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