Hexagon Introduces Visualization Platform for Accurate Digital Representation of Real World

Hexagon has announced the introduction of HxDR, a new cloud-based, digital-reality visualization platform. HxDR creates accurate digital representations of the real world through the seamless combination of reality capture data from airborne, ground and mobile sensors. Users can then leverage the complete, accurate and precise replicas to visualize and share their 3D design projects and models within a real-world context. For the first time, airborne imagery and laser scans, indoor and outdoor terrestrial scan data and mobile mapping data can be seamlessly combined using HxDR. Users simply drag and drop their reality capture files into HxDR and the automated meshing... (read more)
2020-01-08 08:20:53

A Closer Look at FARO's As-Built Modeler Software for AEC Professionals

FARO recently launched its new As-Built Modeler software, a solution that aims to deliver a substantial leap forward in the conversion of as-built reality data into meaningful CAD (Scan-to-CAD) and BIM (Scan-to-BIM) models. It provides a suite of powerful evaluation tools. This next-generation software tool enables scanning service providers, craftsmen and other AEC professionals to extract building information such as CAD and BIM geometry from 3D reality data for use in any CAD system available on the market, even if it does not support point clouds. Highly Accurate CAD Models With FARO's new software solution, users have at their hands a fast... (read more)
2019-11-20 09:34:08

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

5 Questions to... HÃ¥kan Engman, Bentley Systems

What makes the digital city so relevant for geospatial surveyors, and what lies ahead for 3D city modelling? We asked these and a couple of other questions to Håkan Engman, the director of business development in the digital cities business unit at Bentley Systems. In that role, he is leading business management activities for OpenCities products. He is also responsible for the integration of the Swedish company Agency9 following Bentley’s acquisition of it in September 2018.  The ‘digital city’ or ‘smart city’ is a hot topic. What makes it so relevant for geospatial surveying professionals? In most cases, smart initiatives... (read more)
2020-04-16 03:29:19

Trimble, Hilti and Boston Dynamics to Integrate Robots into Construction Site

Trimble, Hilti and Boston Dynamics have announced a collaboration to explore the integration of Trimble's and Hilti's construction management software solutions, GNSS technology and reality capture devices with Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot platform. The objective behind the partnership is to explore the use of autonomous robots, equipped with Trimble and Hilti survey instruments, in the construction industry. (This news article contains a video) Autonomous robots can play a significant role in construction, specifically in production and quality control workflows by enabling automation of routine and tedious tasks, reducing workload and improving safety. The companies will collaborate to develop a "proof-of-concept"... (read more)
2019-11-20 10:35:43

Chasing BIM: How Surveyors Can Shape the Future

Greater Utilisation of Technologies at Hand
Survey and geospatial professionals can still do more to deliver value in the 3D environment. Learn how to leverage the BIM revolution for business benefits with these practical insights. While research shows that many organizations recognize the power of building information modelling (BIM) for streamlining construction and infrastructure projects in a seamless online environment, survey and geospatial professionals can do more to deliver value in the 3D environment. There have been countless presentations and papers on the definition of BIM. This article makes an attempt to provide some practical insights on how surveyors can leverage the BIM revolution to benefit... (read more)
2018-10-04 09:20:39

Leica Geosystems and Geomap Support Digitizing Facility Management

Leica Geosystems and Geomap, a cloud and GIS-based integrated workplace management system (IWMS), have announced global cooperation to support customers in the digitalization of their facilities and asset support services. The integration of Geomap's IWMS platform with Leica Geosystems’ reality capture solutions provides customers with the ability to extend the life of mission-critical assets, assess maintenance remotely, provide managers with accurate and reliable information and use geospatial information for indoor navigation and location-based services. Digitizing building portfolios in the Geomap IWMS software solution has significant benefits in terms of asset and maintenance tracking and cost savings. Managing buildings and maintenance... (read more)
2020-04-24 01:38:57

Bentley Acquires UK Leader in Cloud Services for Construction Information Management

Bentley Systems has announced the acquisition of GroupBC, a leading UK software as a service (SaaS) innovator. For over 20 years, GroupBC’s and Bentley’s software solutions have been deployed for complementary purposes to improve project and asset information management. The transaction results from GroupBC’s expansion agenda – and Bentley’s investment appetite – for international growth opportunities stemming from the UK’s national initiatives for major infrastructure investment and towards infrastructure digital twins.  GroupBC’s Common Data Environments (CDE) solutions, BC Projects and BC Enterprise+, have been widely applied in the UK for information management respectively across construction and asset estates. Largely due to... (read more)
2020-03-12 02:28:27

Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems Announce New Software and Global Cooperation

Pointfuse Limited and Leica Geosystems, a Hexagon company, have entered into a global cooperation and development agreement that streamlines the use of reality capture in established digital construction, space management and visualization workflows. This strategic cooperation demonstrates the shared focus of Pointfuse and Leica Geosystems to democratize technology and create intuitive and accessible reality capture tools that bring advanced project efficiencies to their users. This streamlined workflow provides the fast, simple solution to capture and convert point clouds into deliverables that drive every stage of building construction, operations, maintenance and lifecycle management. Scan-2-BIM workflow To launch this new cooperation, Pointfuse... (read more)
2020-05-18 11:32:26

Remodelling King's Cross Station

London’s King’s Cross railway station is one of the busiest stations in the United Kingdom, serving close to 40 million passengers each year. But it has been 25 years since any major intervention has taken place on the railway, and it's now in need of some major renewal and remodelling work. The remodelling will allow for an increase in the length and number of long-distance trains and facilitate future improvements to journey times. Specialist Project Integration (SPI) are undertaking this massive £250 million project which includes extending passenger platforms, recommissioning an unused tunnel, optimising the track layout and modernising the... (read more)
2019-11-13 11:04:02
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