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

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

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).  Blockchain came to public prominence as the digital architecture underpinning Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies that blossomed following the financial crash of 2008. It soon found potential applications in other... (read more)
2020-02-17 08:33:29

5 Questions on the Synergy of BIM and 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 manager 3D at Esri, answers five key questions about the journey towards optimal integration. BIM and GIS integration is often presented as the optimal solution... (read more)
2019-12-03 02:09:00

Terra Drone India Signs Partnership with Geo-Plus

Industrial drone solutions provider Terra Drone India has announced that it is joining forces with Canada-based geomatics pioneer Geo-Plus. This partnership makes Terra Drone India an official reseller of Geo-Plus’ innovative land surveying and civil engineering software and mapping solutions in the India market. Geo-Plus is widely known in the AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) industry for its innovative products. Since the foundation of the company in 1987, Geo-Plus has been offering CAD/GIS solutions for 3D measurement, 3D structure, geometry, cadaster, and document management for territories. Creator of the popular Vision Suite, the software family tailored to land and infrastructure works,... (read more)
2019-12-04 10:59:26

Latest News and New Features for the AutoCAD Map 3D Toolset

With the release of AutoCAD 2019, Autodesk brought together industry-specific features and capabilities for architecture, mechanical engineering, electrical design and more into the AutoCAD platform, the industry-leading computer-aided design (CAD) software that architects, engineers and construction professionals rely on to create precise 2D and 3D drawings. Today, when you subscribe to AutoCAD, you get access to industry-specific toolsets, including the AutoCAD Map 3D toolset. Because the industry-specific toolsets are developed on the AutoCAD platform, any enhancements to AutoCAD are inherited by all the toolsets, Map 3D included Communicating Mapping and GIS Information Map 3D continues to be the Autodesk solution for... (read more)
2020-01-15 12:43:03

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

Further Cooperation Between Leica and Autodesk in Building Construction

Leica Geosystems has announced further cooperation with Autodesk to connect the latest robotic total stations for construction, the Leica iCON iCR70 and iCR80, with the Autodesk BIM 360 layout mobile app, an industry construction management platform. The continued collaboration between the two organisations centres around the expanding role of building information modelling (BIM) in construction. This latest effort creates a seamless workflow, sending positions from the robotic total stations to the mobile app to compare design data, increasing efficiency and productivity from field to office. With the integration to the iCR70 and iCR80 robotic total stations, BIM 360 Layout for... (read more)
2018-11-21 11:27:27

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

Introducing an Automatic Vertical Scanning Tool

Earlier this year, SPH Engineering, the company behind the UgCS mission planner for UAV platforms, launched the new automatic Facade Scan tool of UgCS. The solution, especially developed for drone inspection mission planning, is a time and cost saver for the construction, engineering and mining industries. Various tools for surveying horizontal surfaces, even the uneven ones, have been developed to a high standard and are widely available on the market. Inspecting vertical surfaces is a completely different story — previously it required a lot of manual work and so was a burden for professional drone users. But now, with the... (read more)
2019-10-07 10:13:26
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