Applications of Laser Scanning, Augmented Reality and BIM in Existing Facilities

The benefits of BIM in facility management are well known, but many buildings don’t even have a basic set of 2D drawings available. This is especially common in facilities that were built long ago, when computer-aided design was emerging or non-existent. Creating a smart 3D model of an existing facility from zero is possible, but the number of man-hours required and their cost can be considerable. While BIM is often associated with design, it can also be a powerful tool in facility management. This is especially true in large commercial or industrial facilities, where complex building systems are constantly interacting.... (read more)
2019-11-11 09:08:12

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

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

Changing the Game with Mixed Reality for Construction Planning and Operations

Construction teams are constantly looking for ways to improve safety and productivity on-site. The immersive visualization of Bentley’s SYNCHRO XR application with HoloLens 2 provides a quick and easy way to evaluate the project plan against the actual constraints of a job site. Bentley Systems recently showcased the new capabilities of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 with a preview application built into the SYNCHRO digital construction environment. Using head-mounted devices, HoloLens 2 allows you to see your surroundings while the holograms also appear to be part of your physical job site. More intuitive and user-friendly The interaction patterns for HoloLens 2 have... (read more)
2020-01-27 11:35:41

Six Facts You Need to Know about 3D Reality Capture

Rapid changes in technology and computing power are affecting almost every aspect of our lives – from democratization and information access to communication and how we visualize the world around us. As technology becomes smaller, more affordable and more automated, 3D reality capture is becoming more accessible to a wide range of applications and everyday users, not just specialists. Whether you are a savvy user or new to 3D reality capture, Jürgen Mayer, president of Hexagon Geosystems’ Reality Capture Division, explores six facts in this interview. 3D reality capture solutions form the bridge to transform the real world into mirrored... (read more)
2019-10-07 08:52:33

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

Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans is a specialist in application engineering and high-precision positioning who has been with Topcon for over ten years, supporting projects to adopt technology to facilitate collaborative working and automate workflows. His technical specialisms include all elements of mass data capture and analysis, including augmented reality and BIM processes relating to survey. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors. (read more)
2019-09-09 10:25:51

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

UK-Canadian Partnership for GIS, BIM and CAD Data Visualization

MGISS, a UK-based consultancy company on the smarter use of data, technology and digital transformation, has partnered up with Canada-based vGIS to transform traditional GIS, BIM and CAD data into stunning augmented reality (AR) visualizations for utility and infrastructure applications. AR provides an interactive experience of an environment where objects that reside in the real world, such as underground services, are displayed and enhanced with additional intelligence such as condition information and maintenance history. MGISS has developed TopoGrafi, a platform that allows data capture applications and AR visualizations to use a common 3D co-ordinate system which aligns with high-accuracy Ordnance... (read more)
2020-02-11 10:50:29

Racelogic Announces New Development in Indoor Positioning

Racelogic is launching a brand-new indoor positioning system, called VIPS, which is an advanced system for measuring real-time 3D position to an accuracy of ±2cm in areas where GPS is not available, making it an ideal tool for construction applications both indoors and in urban areas. The system has been designed for any application that requires accurate measurement and recording of 3D positioning and enables GPS based technologies to operate in GPS denied environments. The British developer of accurate GPS data-loggers, testing equipment and positioning systems will be presenting this cutting-edge technology at the upcoming London Build Show in Olympia... (read more)
2019-11-19 09:13:32
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