Seeing the Future: AI, BIM and Digital Twins

Digital Construction Week 2019
During Digital Construction Week (DCW), which was held at the Excel in London from 16-17 October 2019, there was one seminar stream on geospatial surveying and two specifically on building information modelling (BIM). But relevant topics such as artificial intelligence (AI) and visualization, as well as BIM, cropped up in many of the other sessions. The most used buzzword was 'digital twin', which was heard in many talks and in the exhibition booths. The term digital twin is used quite flexibly, but essentially it implies that an object must have a digital representation which can be presented visually, i.e. a virtual... (read more)
2020-02-11 08:57:24

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

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

6 Ways Data Analytics is Transforming BIM

The use of building information modelling (BIM) is rapidly increasing in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of building and infrastructure assets. The reason is simple, according to AECOM’s James Rosenwax and Ben May: digital technology is making it easier, cheaper and more efficient to manage buildings and infrastructure projects through digital models. Using BIM, we can make digital replicas of physical assets, processes and systems; the so-called ‘digital twins’ of buildings. These models show three-dimensional details of construction drawings including structural, electrical, and mechanical elements, and fire safety systems. In addition to these key design elements, there are a... (read more)
2020-01-13 11:17:45

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

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

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

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

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

Geospatial Tools that Help Serve the AEC Industry

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 indoor scanners such as the Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) produce as-built point clouds of the interiors, while building information modelling (BIM) manages the project’s... (read more)
2019-11-27 08:48:24
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