Bringing BIM Down to Earth

‘BIM’ is a hot topic in the industry, receiving regular coverage at many conferences, seminars and webinars. A lot of companies predict that it is one of the ‘next big things’ for the future, and a not inconsiderable number of companies are already working with BIM today. And that’s a good thing! But it is perhaps wise to look past the hype and keep our feet firmly on the ground. Tomas Sandström from Adtollo brings some nuance into the BIM discussion in this column. BIM stands for ‘building information modelling’, or perhaps ‘building information management’. The best thing about BIM... (read more)
2019-01-24 02:20:34

5 Ways a Drone Can Benefit Your Construction Company

The presence of drones for aerial mapping on construction sites is steadily growing. This is mostly due to the benefits of drones and how they help ensure construction projects go according to plan. Traditional construction site mapping methods are steeped in guess work and uncertainty. Making the right decisions during a construction project is vital to its success – aerial mapping can help you make the best decision based on up to date and accurate data. Here are the five ways your construction company can use drone mapping to optimize construction projects and make the right decisions. Up-to-date aerial data... (read more)
2019-12-17 08:59:45

Casablanca’s Medina Buildings Monitored during Tunnel Construction

Vibrations during the construction of a new 1,890m tunnel adjacent to Casablanca’s Old Medina, the 250-year-old section of the famed Moroccan city, challenged the stability of its historically important buildings. It was essential to monitor in real time the effects on the Medina’s aging buildings and to confirm that the construction work meets all engineering standards and guidelines. Therefore ETAFAT, a geospatial information acquisition and processing company, used the Nikon XF total station to perform more than 100 daily inspections. The ETAFAT team relied on optical targets placed on building facades whose coordinates were determined by forced centering to complete... (read more)
2020-02-27 09:33:10

NavVis Uses SLAM to Automatically Remove Point Cloud Artifacts

NavVis, a leading global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions for enterprises, announces a new software release for the NavVis M6 Indoor Mobile Mapping System (IMMS) that automatically detects and removes dynamic objects and object fringe points from point clouds during the post-processing of scan data. Fringe points and dynamic objects are two common types of point cloud artifacts that affect all 3D laser scanning devices. Fringe points arise when a laser beam hits the edge of an object as well as its background. This scattered beam ultimately appears as a so-called fringe around the edge of the object in the... (read more)
2020-04-16 01:52:44

Drone Surveying Software Simplifies Workflow for Earthworks Monitoring at Construction Sites

Version 7.3 of Virtual Surveyor's drone surveying software makes it even easier to monitor earthworks progress at construction sites. Virtual Surveyor has introduced new functionality in Version 7.3 of its popular drone surveying software to create a simplified workflow for monitoring earthworks progress at construction sites. The productive workflow enables construction managers to quickly calculate cut-and-fill changes over time for comparison with the earthworks design plan. “Drones are an inexpensive and accurate way to monitor the movement of dirt at construction projects, but surveying software has lacked the tools for quick earthworks analysis with drone imagery – until now,” said... (read more)
2020-06-17 09:48:13

BIM - Opportunities for Surveyors

After attending the BIM seminar at GEO Business 2018, Richard Groom takes a personal look at the current state of BIM and how it has progressed. It is ten years or more since we were introduced to BIM. We were wooed by the slick, confident and vibrant presentations and saw a future of collaboration, digital twins and whole life costing. Then there was the mandate for all government construction projects with a value of over £50m to be undertaken using BIM Level 2 from April 2016. But if BIM was going to solve all our problems and cut costs by... (read more)
2018-07-04 12:52:29

5 Questions on the Synergy of BIM and GIS

Chris Andrews, senior product manager 3D at Esri, answers five questions about the optimal integration of building information modelling (BIM) and geographic information systems (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... (read more)
2019-12-03 02:09:00

Help from Above: Drone Support on Construction Sites

FairFleet offers a one-stop shop for drone services and the online platform has been optimized for customer simplicity. Drones can provide high-precision data from all angles, covering high-rise assets as well as large areas in completely digital workflows. Autonomous flying, combined with AI-driven analysis and a deep information integration, is about to define the future of construction. Maps for machines may be generated by drones and used by construction robots to move objects and execute tasks like drilling holes and precision mounting. Florian Waubke, CEO at FairFleet, shares his vision on the digitalization of the construction sector. Regarding the near... (read more)
2019-10-14 11:01:12

Using Drones in Construction for Aerial Inspection, Photogrammetry or Lidar

Drones are creating new workflows, processes and applications in construction design, surveying and mapping, and many see them as the future of the construction industry. Rick Rayhel, Microdrones' sales manager for United States' Western Region, is one of those people; he's seen first hand how drones can enhance the construction business. In the U.S., drones have only been used to aid construction in the last couple of years. On the precipice of drone potential, Rayhel said, “There’s never a lack of ideas or interest on what can be done with drones.” Perhaps the biggest advantage of drones in construction, though,... (read more)
2019-10-22 08:49:04

Infrastructure Group Benefits from Drone Technology in Smart Motorways Project

The international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is reaping the rewards of using drones on major construction projects, including work on a multi-million-pound 'Smart Motorway' upgrade in the Midlands region of the UK with support from UAV specialist Heliguy. The group is utilizing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones'), including the recently released DJI Phantom 4 RTK, to enhance safety, increase efficiency, gather data faster, improve asset productivity and gain high-accuracy results. The UAVs are being used for quicker stockpile measurements, informative aerial progress reports and accessing hard-to-reach areas. Balfour Beatty has turned to drone expert Heliguy as its preferred supplier,... (read more)
2019-04-09 10:39:43
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