Indoor Mobile Mapping Goes Mainstream

In his previous column about the future of indoor mobile mapping, Felix Reinshagen made the case for why this technology was on the brink of widespread adoption. That was just over a year ago, and a lot has changed since then: brisk expansion of the products and services on offer, together with a widening field of applications. So after another incredible year, Reinshagen has written a new column outlining why he believes that mobile mapping is well past the tipping point and is about to go mainstream. The emphasis now is on assessing data quality and establishing universal standards in... (read more)
2020-01-16 09:27:27

6 Ways Data Analytics is Transforming BIM

The use of building information modelling (BIM) is rapidly increasing in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of building and infrastructure assets. The reason is simple, according to AECOM’s James Rosenwax and Ben May: digital technology is making it easier, cheaper and more efficient to manage buildings and infrastructure projects through digital models. Using BIM, we can make digital replicas of physical assets, processes and systems; the so-called ‘digital twins’ of buildings. These models show three-dimensional details of construction drawings including structural, electrical, and mechanical elements, and fire safety systems. In addition to these key design elements, there are a... (read more)
2020-01-13 11:17:45

Combining BIM and GIS in Building Operation and Information Management

The combination of BIM and GIS technology (BIM+GIS) can provide complete and real-time data about facilities and equipment as the basis for more effective monitoring and management of information about a building. GIS technology is already widely used in building information modelling (BIM) and urban information management such as grid systems, public information systems, etc. GIS technology can be used to visualize public information and management information, and when the GIS technology is combined with business data such as process and real-time monitoring information, the information can be managed efficiently. The advantage of the use of GIS in building management... (read more)
2020-01-13 08:28:08

How Geospatial Data Supports a Digital Railway Project

Linking Nations, People and Places
The scope of the Rail Baltica Global Project comprises 870km of tracks, 25km of major structures and more than 400 bridge structures (bridge, overpasses, viaducts, pedestrian crossings and animal crossings), as well as three freight terminals and seven international passenger stations. Besides that, there are rolling stock maintenance facilities, an energy subsystem and signalling. This article zooms in on the pivotal role geospatial technology plays in the BIM strategy that underpins the digital version of Rail Baltica. When it comes to modelling this highly ambitious project in a digital environment, in order to manage Rail Baltica as a single asset,... (read more)
2020-01-07 01:40:22

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? Here, Bhupinder Singh discusses the need for an open framework for infrastructure digital twins. 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... (read more)
2019-12-19 12:20:58

Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University to Establish Trimble Technology Lab for AEC

Scotland’s Edinburgh Napier University has received a gift from Trimble to establish a state-of-the-art Technology Lab for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC). The lab will expand the university’s leadership in training and research in 3D building design, digital fabrication and the sustainable built environment. Trimble’s broad portfolio of building construction solutions supports the Constructible Process, Trimble’s innovative approach for enabling digital transformation of AEC workflows. This process aims to empower disparate teams across the construction lifecycle with actionable data to improve productivity and reduce waste. The Trimble Technology Lab will provide students enrolled in Edinburgh Napier’s School of Engineering &... (read more)
2019-12-11 09:09:24

Increasing Adoption: AI in Construction Market to Reach US$2.1 Billion by 2023

The rising need for safety and security in the construction sector, coupled with an increasing demand for reducing the overall cost, is expected to drive the market for AI. However, the complexity of the algorithms, which has led to slower adoption of AI in the construction sector, is expected to hinder market growth. The global AI in construction market was valued at US$450 million in 2018 and is expected to reach over US$2.1 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 36.2%. Artificial intelligence (AI) is the technology which allows machines to make intelligent decisions while applying the required skills. AI is... (read more)
2019-12-05 11:35:04

Ordnance Survey Demonstrates BIM Potential with Pioneering Project in Singapore

By combining building information modelling (BIM) with geospatial technologies, Ordnance Survey (OS) is breaking down barriers in Singapore. OS has spent two years in the Southeast-Asian nation championing the use of BIM data and its potential to transform urban planning. Britain’s mapping agency lent its expertise to a project with the University of Singapore and the Singaporean government that aims to make Singapore a world leader in smart technology. OS’s role was to develop data processing and 3D data modelling to help Singapore plan its future city more effectively. It contributed knowledge about the CityGML data model, an exchange compatible with... (read more)
2019-11-06 10:46:45

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

Pointfuse and U.S. CAD Announce Partnership

Pointfuse has signed a reseller agreement with one of the largest Autodesk and Leica Geosystems distributors in the USA. California-based U.S. CAD is an AEC technology consultant with 20 years’ experience in combining BIM content creation and 3D modelling with application development and configuration services. The addition of Pointfuse advanced point cloud processing software to U.S. CAD’s product portfolio will release the power of laser scanning and photogrammetry for a range of digital construction, facilities management and virtual design workflows.     Pointfuse software converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry into useable 3D mesh models. The... (read more)
2019-12-03 09:04:31
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