Technical Advances Bring Digital Twin of Underground Infrastructure Closer

Mapping the underground is one of the major challenges in creating an infrastructure map at the municipal, regional, and national level, which is a key foundation for a national digital twin. Recent technical developments include: the ability to collect data at highway speeds that can be used to create a 3D model of underground infrastructure, software that can extract relevant 3D underground information from consumer digital photography, and video capture. Meanwhile, novel ways to share information about underground infrastructure, and progress on standards for sharing information about the subsurface are making mapping the underground increasingly feasible. The uncertainty in the... (read more)
2018-10-08 04:46:21

For Digital Twins, Openness Wins

What would you say if you could wave a magic wand and eliminate all the time and effort that you and your organization spend on transforming data, integrating data and aggregating data? What if you could spend your time generating insights and helping your teams make decisions that can save you money and reduce your risk instead? When I began my career, our industry was going through the digital transformation of CAD, which was taking what we were doing on paper and moving that to the computer. The next disruption was when the industry moved from CAD to BIM –... (read more)
2019-12-19 12:20:58

Digital Construction Leaders to Gather in Berlin

On 27 and 28 February, the annual Digital Construction Summit will take place in Berlin, returning to the German capital for its third edition. This time, the focus will be on modern technologies in digital construction, the application of AR and VR, BIM/VDC technology, digital twin and simulation technology, big data in construction and design & information management. The summit will bring together experts in the field of virtual design and construction, construction management, construction IoT, virtual project delivery, and simulation technology. Attendants will gain relevant knowledge from industry leading experts on recent technology advances and challenges faced in complex... (read more)
2020-01-30 10:36:20

Connected Construction: Shaping a Digital Future

Despite forecasts revealing that growth in the construction sector will rise by a staggering 70% across the world by 2025, it’s fair to say that compared to other industry sectors, the construction and engineering industry has been slower to embrace digital technology. With only a few AEC companies using digital as a tool to create new business opportunities and improve margins, many are missing out on innovative approaches to driving down costs and improving project execution. But this is about to change. The significant benefits that digital technologies bring to the way we design, construct and maintain our infrastructure can... (read more)
2020-02-18 04:27:42

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

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

Bentley and Topcon Launch Joint Venture Called Digital Construction Works

Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Systems have announced that their new, jointly owned company – Digital Construction Works – is open for business. The company has a full global staff of digital construction experts who have been contributed by Bentley Systems and Topcon respectively. Digital Construction Works provides digital automation, integration and 'twinning' services around a portfolio of fit-for-purpose software and cloud services, from Topcon, Bentley and other software vendors, to realize the breakthrough potential of constructioneering for industrializing construction.   Bentley Systems, one of the leading global providers of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the... (read more)
2019-10-29 10:41:18
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