British Partnership to Deliver Detailed BIM-ready 3D models

Landmark Information has announced a partnership agreement with AccuCities, a 3D city models expert, to provide its 3D terrain and mapping models as part of a new subscription service. This will extend Landmark’s flagship mapping and location data service, Promap. The partnership enables architects, planners and developers to access highly detailed BIM-ready 3D models of UK-wide locations via a new 3D subscription service. The AccuCities 3D models are available in five layers – from a base model that offers an affordable option that is accurate to 200cm in all axes. This includes the main roof shapes of buildings in addition to... (read more)
2019-11-26 09:34:08

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

How to Deliver Indoor Routing with Every Building Scan Project

Delivering web-based routing applications based on point clouds adds value to every building scan project. In this blog, the author shows you what it looks like and how it’s possible. You'll be surprised at how easy it is. If you're a laser scanning professional who pitches 3D scanning services for buildings, you understand how important it is to demonstrate the value of as-built documentation. That includes helping prospective clients recognize an opportunity to improve building management and operations, with deliverables that are both innovative and up to date. Indoor routing is an excellent example of improved building management and operations. Anyone... (read more)
2019-09-09 11:41:34

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

Qinertia PPK Software Now Supports Third-party IMUs

SBG Systems’ popular INS/GNSS PPK software called Qinertia now covers all surveyors’ projects by offering a licence dedicated to GNSS post-processing, according to the France-based company. Open to the world, Qinertia supports all major GNSS receivers and is now open to third-party IMUs. Qinertia has been designed to offer a comprehensive suite of post-processing software to the geospatial world. It accepts all major GNSS manufacturers, and supports proprietary protocols from Novatel, Septentrio, Trimble and Ublox for a straightforward workflow. It is one of the first full-featured post-processing software to offer a native support for Ublox F9 RTK receivers, reducing the... (read more)
2020-05-06 09:40:54

Applications of Laser Scanning, Augmented Reality and BIM in Existing Facilities

The benefits of BIM in facility management are well known, but many buildings don’t even have a basic set of 2D drawings available. This is especially common in facilities that were built long ago, when computer-aided design was emerging or non-existent. Creating a smart 3D model of an existing facility from zero is possible, but the number of man-hours required and their cost can be considerable. While BIM is often associated with design, it can also be a powerful tool in facility management. This is especially true in large commercial or industrial facilities, where complex building systems are constantly interacting.... (read more)
2019-11-11 09:08:12

The Role of Surveyors in the Evolution of BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) is becoming more commonplace within construction sectors globally, combining technology with improved collaboration to better manage projects and give them the best chance of complying with time and budget constraints. However, the BIM life cycle and efforts to espouse it are almost futile if surveying is taken out of the equation or, more realistically, brought in too late. It can be good to have a structure that is successfully using BIM to be delivered on time and within budget, but if it or any of its components are in the wrong position the consequences can be... (read more)
2019-09-09 10:25:08

Crane Camera: Maximizing Space in a Constricted Area

Planning and monitoring construction projects in tight urban areas is a challenge. That’s why The Beck Group relies on the Crane Camera. When a new dual-branded Hilton hotel was planned in Denver, USA, The Beck Group was commissioned to complete the architecture and the construction. Located downtown in a congested urban area, the 22-storey hotel posed significant construction challenges. The limited space and the central location required extensive planning and reporting. For this, the team from The Beck Group decided to rely on aerial imagery to monitor the project and verify its progress. But instead of drones, which are typically... (read more)
2019-09-30 09:25:17

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

How Pointfuse Laser Scanning Software Helps to Transform Infrastructure CAD

Engineering consultancy Hatch has transformed its handling of laser-scanned data on major infrastructure projects by using Pointfuse software to classify and manipulate billions of individual measurements. Originally used on a project to produce as-built plans of an aluminium casting plant, the application of Pointfuse realized significant savings in data processing time, reduced the impact on Hatch’s IT infrastructure and delivered CAD-compatible floor plans for the first time since the facility was constructed in 1973. The Mississauga, Ontario, office of Hatch was originally commissioned to produce detailed floor plans and undertake flow studies of a multi-level, mixed use facility comprising both... (read more)
2020-03-05 10:43:20
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