Bentley Systems Adds Infrastructure Industry Experience to Digital Twin Consortium

Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, has joined Digital Twin Consortium at the “Groundbreaker” level. The consortium was formed by non-profit trade association Object Management Group with Ansys, Dell, Lendlease, and Microsoft, creating a global ecosystem of users who are accelerating the digital twin market and demonstrating the value of digital twin technology.  As the authority in digital twins, the Digital Twin Consortium brings together industry, government, and academia to drive consistency in the vocabulary, architecture, security, and interoperability of digital twin technology. Digital... (read more)
2020-05-25 10:40:33

Construction Economics is Fundamental in Responding to Coronavirus

How Improved Project and Cost Management of Construction is Critical to Recovering Economies
Global construction will be critical in countering the economic effects of coronavirus. Whilst most construction has been adversely affected in the short and medium term by closing sites, social distancing, material shortages and investment uncertainty, it will provide an important stimulus to the world economy if governments enable projects to proceed after the virus abates. Coupled with this, the crisis is providing a catalyst for change in the industry in terms of the greater adoption of technology, consideration of sustainability and social value impacts, and greater collaboration. Construction allows value creation – and the world will need this more than... (read more)
2020-05-12 10:48:29

Accuracy Near, Far, Above or Under – How is FIG Working Week 2020 Contributing

The skills that engineering surveyors had to acquire in order to respond to the challenges of the construction world have made them capable, also, of fulfilling other challenges, several of which motivated by an awareness of the limitations of our planet. Engineering surveyors have learned that they need to push the equipment and techniques to its limits, while having recognized the necessity to integrate new techniques which can present more complete answers, without forgetting an important qualifier: accuracy. The instruments and methodologies have allowed for the surveying engineers to start working either very closely to the studied object, or, otherwise,... (read more)
2020-05-11 11:12:24

Digitizing Reality: Automated 3D Point Cloud Data Processing Using AI

Intelligent Point Clouds
Instruments for digitizing the 3D real environment are becoming smaller, more lightweight, lower-cost and more robust. Accordingly, they are finding increasingly widespread usage, not only on surveying tripods for the highest accuracy, but also on mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles, drones, helicopters, aircraft, robotic vacuum cleaners, trains, mobile phones, satellites and Martian rovers. Lidar uses laser scanning, while photogrammetry records images from one or more cameras which may be moving. Each laser scan records tens of millions of data point positions and colours in a point cloud, and hundreds of such point clouds may be combined. This article discusses... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

Bentley Systems Issues Call for Nominations for the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards

Bentley Systems, one of the leading global providers of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, has announced its call for nominations for the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards programme. The awards, which are judged by independent juries of industry experts, recognize infrastructure projects for digital innovations that improve project delivery and/or asset performance. The deadline for nominations is 1 May 2020. The Year in Infrastructure Awards are an integral part of Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure Conference. The conference, which will take place from 12-15 October at the Vancouver Convention Centre, brings together infrastructure... (read more)
2020-02-21 10:53:44

Hilti Introduces Smart Fasteners

Hilti, a global leader providing innovative tools, technology, software and services to the commercial construction industry, has launched connected (i.e. ‘smart’) fasteners, enabling unique identification and digital documentation on the jobsite. The announcement, made during a press conference in Las Vegas at the World of Concrete trade show, affirms the brand’s leadership position and investment in the digital change journey, including the Internet of Things (IoT). Documenting every anchor, screw and bolt installed by hand can be time consuming and inefficient. Hilti’s exclusive Tracefast technology provides specifiers and contractors with an easy-to-use, more productive solution. A data matrix code (DMC)... (read more)
2020-02-14 10:23:27

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

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39

Penn State-led Team to Study Digital Modelling on Capital Projects

It takes a lot of data to move a large-scale, costly building project from design to reality. Digital modelling, otherwise known as building information modelling, or BIM, increases construction efficiency and saves time and resources on building projects by compiling large amounts of project data into a well-organized central repository.   John Messner, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), is leading a US$240,000 Construction Industry Institute (CII)-funded project to study building projects that have utilized digital modelling and to compile recommended best practices for organizing, retrieving and analyzing project data, which often includes... (read more)
2020-01-24 12:22:12

Carlson Unveils Scan2K Terrestrial Scanner

Carlson Software has released its Scan2K laser scanner, a versatile and user-friendly solution for the creation of accurate 3D survey data up to a range of 2,000 ('2k') metres. The announcement was made at the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors’ 2020 Conference. “The Scan2K addresses the diverse range of applications for a laser scanner in the surveying and mining industries,” says Bradley Husack, a special projects engineer at Carlson. Built with surveyors in mind, the Scan2K is at home in the field with its weather-proof housing, user-friendly sunlight-visible touch screen interface with simple, menu-driven operations for quickly collecting and georeferencing... (read more)
2020-01-16 09:07:47
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