The 123 of AEC: Renewing the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry with Satellite Imagery

A reoccurring sustainable issue faced by the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is that of green buildings. The global market for green construction is projected to reach $364.6 billion USD by 2022. The demand for this kind of minimally invasive construction design will not only increase over the next 25 years, but is also set to significantly alter the industry. Combined with population growth, a challenge now exists for AEC professionals to creative innovative designs that are both economical and sustainable long term. Incorporating Very High Resolution (VHR) optical satellite imagery into the planning and development stages of any... (read more)
2020-09-08 02:45:45

Greg Demchak

Greg Demchak has been designing and driving the development of immersive digital simulation for the architecture, engineering and construction market for the last 20 years. Educated as an architect, he transitioned to software design after completing a degree in design computation at MIT. He went on to become a senior user experience designer for Autodesk Revit and product manager of the SYNCHRO 4D software platform, now owned by Bentley Systems, and currently leads the mixed reality team for Bentley Systems. He has been pushing the envelope with the development of software for the Microsoft HoloLens, a mixed reality head-mounted holographic... (read more)
2020-01-27 11:36:37

Richard Humphrey

Richard Humphrey is the vice president of construction product management at Bentley, focused on delivering construction solutions. He has more than 20 years of high-tech marketing and product management experience, most recently as the vice president of marketing at B2W Software, where he drove marketing strategy for heavy civil construction products. Humphrey spent 10 years as a senior director at Autodesk, where he led the civil design and construction software business. He started his career in the engineering, architecture, and construction industry as a project manager for the Army Corps of Engineers and Clark Construction, with a M.S. in civil... (read more)
2020-04-23 03:01:41

Arvizio Integrates Mixted Reality Platform with Autodesk BIM 360

Arvizio recently has announced the integration of their MR Studio enterprise mixed reality platform with the Autodesk BIM 360 and A360 applications. The inclusion leverages the Forge API to seamlessly convert and import models created with design tools such as AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, Navisworks and others, into MR Studio for optimization and visualization on Magic Leap, Microsoft HoloLens, mobile AR devices and virtual reality headsets. BIM 360 and A360 are cloud-based solutions geared to Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and Product Design and Manufacturing design teams respectively. Both provide project collaboration and sharing tools and support more than 50+ 3D... (read more)
2019-11-26 10:37:34

GeoSLAM Enters Partnership with Drone Specialists Heliguy

GeoSLAM has partnered with UK-based drone specialist Heliguy to provide professionals with sophisticated aerial mapping solutions. Drones have become a crucial tool for collecting accurate survey data quickly and safely, also in the construction industry. The partnership between GeoSLAM’s UAV ready ZEB Horizon and Heliguy’s industry-leading hardware supply and support will empower drone mapping missions, benefiting industries such as surveying, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), facilities management, mining, real estate, and security and defence. Mike Workman, GeoSLAM’s UK and Ireland channel manager, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for both GeoSLAM and Heliguy. The combined expertise from this partnership will be extremely beneficial... (read more)
2020-09-08 09:18:02

Geospatial Tools that Help Serve the AEC Industry

Read about three geospatial tools that are particularly relevant for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry: BIM, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, and project collaboration software. Of the dozens of geospatial hardware and software tools currently in use, only a few – such as bathymetric Lidar, GNSS-based vehicle tracking devices and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) – are not directly relevant to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The rest of the tools are. A GIS interprets the geographic context of a project, while the survey-grade GNSS technology builds it; aerial photogrammetry maps the project’s site, as UAVs monitor exterior progress; and mobile... (read more)
2019-11-27 08:48:24

Blockchain – An Emerging Opportunity for Surveyors?

Every so often, a revolutionary digital breakthrough emerges. The most recent is a technology allowing a decentralized, reliable and verifiable record of transactions, which is maintained across multiple computers using peer-to-peer networking and cryptography: blockchain. Blockchain technology can be used to store information about construction project management, building management, property management, utilities management and even data drawn from the ever-growing network of sensors that are part of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) recently issued a relevant insight paper on this topic. Blockchain came to public prominence as the digital architecture underpinning Bitcoin and other... (read more)
2020-02-17 08:33:29

The Rail BIM 2030 Roadmap Project

The Rail BIM 2030 Roadmap has been developed collaboratively by the Korea Railroad Research Institute, Yonsei University and the Korea Rail Network Authority. It explains the five phases of building information modelling (BIM) adoption and diffusion strategies from 2018 to 2030 for the advancement of the South Korean railway industry in the 4th Industrial Age (‘Industry 4.0’). We asked Professor Ghang Lee, director of the Building Informatics Group (BIG) at the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, five questions in order to find out more about this project. Can you please briefly explain... (read more)
2019-07-25 10:25:37

5 Questions on the Synergy of BIM and GIS

Chris Andrews, senior product manager 3D at Esri, answers five questions about the optimal integration of building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information systems (GIS). There has been much debate on the synergy of building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information systems (GIS). They could be a potentially powerful combination, but what is the best way to maximize the advantages of the two? Not surprisingly, data plays a crucial role in delivering on the promise of transforming infrastructure design and construction. We asked a renowned expert from the field to share his views with our readers. Chris Andrews, senior product... (read more)
2019-12-03 02:09:00

Australia Develops Principles for Spatially Enabled Digital Twins

Foundation spatial (or location) data is essential for effective decision-making across the built and natural environment. Increasingly there is a need to integrate this data with other information such as digital engineering models, Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data and environmental data to provide more holistic insights. In Australia, a nationally consistent approach to spatially enabled digital twins has been developed. In recent years, digital twins – being highly advanced digital representations of the real world – have emerged as a powerful tool to better harness and integrate data to understand our physical environment. The value of digital twins increases... (read more)
2019-12-16 10:50:19
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