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

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

Datumate Strengthens Presence in UK with Strategic Partnership

Datumate and Pell Frischmann have announced that they have formed a strategic partnership to serve UK infrastructure construction companies. By bringing together Datumate’s innovative construction data analytics platform DatuBIM with Pell Frischmann’s industry leading engineering consultancy services, both companies aim to answer the growing demand for continuous project digitization and data-driven project management. DatuBIM brings the benefits of multidimensional BIM planning to the project execution phase by delivering continuous digital-twin as-built comparison to previous as-built or to design during the life cycle of the project.  “The collaboration with Pell Frischmann aligns with our strategy and experience in providing a solution... (read more)
2019-11-11 09:41:39

Bentley Systems Joins buildingSMART

buildingSMART International has welcomed Bentley Systems to the community. Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley Systems joins as a multinational member bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the standards and solutions program. At the same time, Bentley announced the availability of iModel Bridge for IFC, a generic IFC bridge that enables Bentley’s iModels to consume IFC geometry and business data. iModels are specialized containers for infrastructure information that are at the heart of Bentley’s digital twins strategy for infrastructure... (read more)
2019-11-01 10:20:53

Tell the World: We Are More than Scan-to-BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) will be a growing opportunity for the surveying and spatial industry, providing we focus more on adding value to BIM and concentrate on what we can offer to other industries thanks to BIM rather than merely preparing it. Opportunities in digital twins, smart buildings, smart infrastructures and smart cities require more than just BIM as data. The surveying and spatial industry will not benefit from this growing market without fully realizing the BIM market opportunity and providing advocacy, leadership and education in BIM. Scan-to-BIM is promising but even more lies beyond With the increasing availability of... (read more)
2019-08-22 10:03:30

Mohsen Kalantari

Dr Mohsen Kalantari is a senior lecturer in geomatics and associate director at the Centre for SDI and Land Administration in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He teaches BIM, land administration systems and spatial analysis. He is also co-founder of Faramoon, a start-up focusing on the automatic generation of building models from point clouds. (read more)
2019-08-22 10:51:59

Topcon Unveils New Technology Advancements in Inspection and Monitoring

Topcon Positioning Group has announced advancements in its inspection and monitoring portfolio designed to ensure longer term health of buildings and infrastructure assets. Among the improvements announced at Intergeo 2019 include new flight planning software for the Topcon rotary-wing UAV; mass data photogrammetry processing integration capabilities, as well as the release of Delta Link version two, the new command console for the Topcon construction and structural health monitoring system. “Inspection, assessment and monitoring (IAM) is a crucial cycle to ensure the integrity of building assets. Topcon IAM solutions help to keep assets in operation, providing intuitive tools for site engineers... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:06:59

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

Topcon Announces New Technology for BIM, Construction Management and Structural Health

 Topcon Positioning Group will be demonstrating its advanced technology offerings across vertical construction, construction management and structural health and inspection at Intergeo 2019. The company will showcase its new technology offerings for BIM at the event. The new Topcon vertical construction workflow, introduced earlier this year, includes the highly acclaimed laser scanning robotic total station GTL-1000 alongside MAGNET Collage and ClearEdge3D Verity software. The GTL-1000 will be released for general sale at the event. The full workflow is designed to offer a powerful instrument for single-operator layout and scan on a single set up and, combined with Topcon software solutions,... (read more)
2019-08-19 10:47:22
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