Geospatial Tools that Help Serve the AEC Industry

Of the dozens of geospatial hardware and software tools currently in use, only a few – such as bathymetric Lidar, GNSS-based vehicle tracking devices and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) – are not directly relevant to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The rest of the tools are. A GIS interprets the geographic context of a project, while the survey-grade GNSS technology builds it; aerial photogrammetry maps the project’s site, as UAVs monitor exterior progress; and mobile indoor scanners such as the Trimble Indoor Mobile Mapping Solution (TIMMS) produce as-built point clouds of the interiors, while building information modelling (BIM) manages the project’s... (read more)
2019-11-27 08:48:24

How Can Surveyors Optimally Profit from the Digitalization in the Construction Industry?

How can surveyors optimally profit from the digitalization in the construction industry and the trend towards building information modelling (BIM)? Topcon, a global positioning partner for construction and geospatial businesses, sees BIM as not just a benefit, but a requirement. Here, Cesar Mendoza, the company's product manager for vertical construction, attempts to answer this question. He believes the UK government’s Construction Strategy, published in 2011, serves as a good example and has had a major impact on the uptake of BIM in the UK. The European construction industry is expanding at a rapid rate and is expected to grow at a... (read more)
2020-02-05 11:53:44

3D Scan Data Pioneer Scaled Robotics Secures €2m Seed Investment

Norwegian Construct Venture and German PropTech Fund Surplus Invest have jointly invested in the promising deep-tech company Scaled Robotics. The start-up has developed a robot that builds detailed 3D maps of construction sites using its multimodal sensors suite, and software that can accurately compare this data to the digital plans defined in the building information modelling (BIM) models.  Scaled Robotics’ solution allows detection of errors and deviations, which enables construction companies to identify potential sources of construction delays early in the process and put countermeasures in place. This results in massively reduced construction times and significant cost savings. Scaled Robotics has developed a product that can help significantly increase the quality and efficiency of construction projects.  The advanced technology, the positive customer feedback and highly competent founders in Stuart Maggs and... (read more)
2020-02-07 10:36:02

Topcon Supports Improvement Works in Large UK Shopping Park

Situated on the southern edge of Leicester, Fosse Shopping Park is one of Britain’s biggest out-of-town shopping parks, attracting thousands of visitors each year. As part of a £155 million extension to the Fosse Shopping Park, McDermotts Building & Civil Engineering – a Chartered Institute of Building accredited construction firm – was appointed to complete the groundworks for the car park at the site, in preparation for a new surface to be laid. To prepare the land for the multi-million-pound works, McDermotts turned to Topcon Positioning to provide a solution with significant time-saving benefits. “We have an ongoing partnership with... (read more)
2020-02-04 01:27:35

Bentley Systems Issues Call for Nominations for the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards

Bentley Systems, one of the leading global providers of comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure, has announced its call for nominations for the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Awards programme. The awards, which are judged by independent juries of industry experts, recognize infrastructure projects for digital innovations that improve project delivery and/or asset performance. The deadline for nominations is 1 May 2020. The Year in Infrastructure Awards are an integral part of Bentley’s annual Year in Infrastructure Conference. The conference, which will take place from 12-15 October at the Vancouver Convention Centre, brings together infrastructure... (read more)
2020-02-21 10:53:44

The Need for BIM Standards in Digital Construction

The implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in construction projects involves the digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of the components that constitute a construction project. The produced BIM digital model constitutes a reliable basis for decision-making throughout the life of the project and features not only great benefits associated with reduced delivery time, but also improved co-operation between sectors and lower construction cost of projects. The use of BIM is in rapid growth in the largest construction markets and many countries worldwide have already institutionalized trough mandatory implementation in all public works. Although the USA was the... (read more)
2020-02-25 02:09:14

Enhancing Virtual Singapore with BIM Data

Drawing on leading science and design principles, Singapore combines characteristics from both the natural and man-made environments in a way that creates a sense of harmony and balance, also giving the city its unique feel and identity. This is best observed from any number of skyline terrace bars in downtown Singapore, but especially during the sunset hours – the transition between day and night as light reflects across the Marina Bay, and all the shiny edges and surfaces, showcase a real ‘smart city’ in motion. It is clear to see that Singapore’s status, as an often-cited global exemplar ‘garden city’,... (read more)
2018-07-10 10:23:55

Six Facts You Need to Know about 3D Reality Capture

Rapid changes in technology and computing power are affecting almost every aspect of our lives – from democratization and information access to communication and how we visualize the world around us. As technology becomes smaller, more affordable and more automated, 3D reality capture is becoming more accessible to a wide range of applications and everyday users, not just specialists. Whether you are a savvy user or new to 3D reality capture, Jürgen Mayer, president of Hexagon Geosystems’ Reality Capture Division, explores six facts in this interview. 3D reality capture solutions form the bridge to transform the real world into mirrored... (read more)
2019-10-07 08:52:33

"The Benefits of BIM Are Now Proven"

Interview with Kevin Lea, senior vice president product management at ALLPLAN
The construction industry seems to be rapidly gaining ground in the race to digitalization. There is wide adoption of building information modelling (BIM) and digital twins, making architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) an important field for providers of 3D reality capture solutions. In this interview Kevin Lea, senior vice president product management at ALLPLAN, a leading European vendor of open BIM solutions, shares his vision on the challenges and trends in the AEC sector and his company’s ambitions for the years ahead. With what challenges does the construction industry see itself faced today? Around the world we see pressures for new... (read more)
2019-11-01 09:48:22

5 Questions on the Synergy of BIM and 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 manager 3D at Esri, answers five key questions about the journey towards optimal integration. BIM and GIS integration is often presented as the optimal solution... (read more)
2019-12-03 02:09:00
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