The Evolution of the Smart Surveyor

5 Trends Affecting Surveying, Bringing about the Next-generation Surveyor
Surveyors are a versatile and flexible bunch. As the current COVID-19 situation has proven, this group, like others, has had to find new ways of operating. As illustrated by this article itself, which was originally planned as a presentation called 'Sensor Fusion for the Smart Surveyor' at the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) Working Week 2020, adapting to a new platform for information sharing is becoming the new normal. In FIG Commission 5 – Positioning and Measurement and FIG Commission 6 – Engineering Surveys, the focus is an ever-evolving adoption of new technologies and integrating methods with various instruments and... (read more)
2020-05-08 02:17:02

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

5 Benefits of Digital Transformation in Construction

Matt Wheelis has spent his entire 20-plus year career in the construction industry – most of it related to bringing technology to architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals. In that time, he has seen many changes. From using a plumb bob and string line for construction surveys to clients now requesting point clouds for as-built comparisons, there have been lots of change over the years. Here, he examines five benefits resulting from today's digital transformation. Today, though, the construction industry is experiencing a rate of transformation as I’ve never witnessed before. Digital technologies have rapidly transformed construction sites. Construction professionals... (read more)
2020-03-16 10:27:46

Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins is working as a content marketer at Paracosm, a division of Occipital. Paracosm is the company behind the PX-80 handheld 3D scanner, a 3D mapping solution for documenting indoor and outdoor spaces. (read more)
2019-12-24 09:44:20

FARO and Stormbee Announce Airborne 3D Scanning Solution

FARO, a provider of 3D measurement and imaging solutions for construction BIM, and Stormbee, a pioneer in mobile UAV technology, have partnered up to offer an integrated, cost-effective airborne 3D scanning solution specifically designed to optimise on-site capturing workflows as part of FARO’s Traceable Construction. This integrated solution includes the FARO Focus laser scanner and the Stormbee S series UAV and Beeflex software suite. The airborne solution enables wide-area scanning missions, such as highway or train infrastructure, large construction sites and buildings, as well as open-pit mines. While these would take days when scanned from the ground, they can now be... (read more)
2018-10-15 11:54:04

Leica Geosystems Introduces New Generation of Manual Construction Total Stations

The next generation of Leica iCON manual total stations further propels the industry to move from traditional analogue layout methods to digitalized construction layout techniques. Now integrated with the well-established and construction-tailored field software Leica iCON build, the iCON iCB50 and iCB70 allow users to easily digitalize and embed BIM workflows in their construction processes. The iCB50 and iCB70 enable construction professionals to layout complex structures, increase accuracy and minimize delays. Featuring a new integrated 4G modem, the iCB70 enables the operator to transfer construction data between the office and the instrument on site. “With the new generation of iCON... (read more)
2019-07-19 11:02:24

Procore Puts 3D Models into Builders’ Hands with Procore BIM

Procore Technologies, a leading provider of construction management software, has announced Procore BIM, the newest product on its platform which unlocks the potential of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by providing field teams with performant access to 3D models on their iOS devices. Virtual design and construction (VDC) teams spend hours working with their design, operations, and trade partners to coordinate system installation information (3D models) during design in an effort to improve project predictability in the field. This process can cost millions of dollars, but unfortunately today, 3D models are rarely used on mobile devices in the field due to... (read more)
2019-09-11 08:47:46

Oracle Expands Innovation Lab to Advance Construction Industry

Oracle recently announced it is expanding its Chicago Innovation Lab, empowering more organizations to explore new technologies and strategies to bolster their digital transformation efforts. Since its successful launch last year, the lab has helped construction organizations explore and test solutions from Oracle and the larger construction ecosystem in a simulated worksite environment. Today, Oracle is planning for an extended facility and broadening the scope of the newly named Oracle Industries Innovation Lab to feature additional partners and technologies to solve complex business issues and accelerate customer success across more verticals. Realistic worksite environment “We are at an inflection point... (read more)
2020-01-21 09:39:36

Drone Roof Surveys and Aerial Inspections

Roof surveys and building inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or 'drones') have become a more efficient data collection process for many building and construction projects, compared to traditional ground-based methods. Major cost savings and speed of collection are the main reasons why an increasing number of companies are using drone mapping software. Drone Photography Services, based in Cornwall, UK, uses various DJI drones with zoom cameras and the latest software to deliver efficient, high-quality surveying and mapping data. Drones are not practical in all surveying applications, but the company has recently done surveys of a church roof and structure... (read more)
2019-11-19 10:23:13

Taking Full Advantage of the Benefits of UAS Technology

Leveraging UAS technology across surveying and engineering sectors is demanding. Meeting the expectations of accuracy and accountability requires the best in expertise, methodology and equipment. The latest unmanned aerial system (UAS) photogrammetric hardware and software now enables surveyors to capture millions of survey measurements on the ground, where they would previously have measured only hundreds. It is essential to have the best-quality equipment, software and workflows to ensure this data is accurate, robust and defensible for professional use. Geosyntec is a leading consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex... (read more)
2019-06-25 10:58:53
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