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

Changing the Game with Mixed Reality for Construction Planning and Operations

Construction teams are constantly looking for ways to improve safety and productivity on-site. The immersive visualization of Bentley’s SYNCHRO XR application with HoloLens 2 provides a quick and easy way to evaluate the project plan against the actual constraints of a job site. Bentley Systems recently showcased the new capabilities of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 with a preview application built into the SYNCHRO digital construction environment. Using head-mounted devices, HoloLens 2 allows you to see your surroundings while the holograms also appear to be part of your physical job site. More intuitive and user-friendly The interaction patterns for HoloLens 2 have... (read more)
2020-01-27 11:35:41

How SLAM Technology Can Support New-build Projects

Keeping up with Demand in a Rapid, Cost-Effective and Transparent Way
When it comes to new-build projects, there are numerous significant pressures on delivery, whether it’s keeping to a strict budget, completing on time or even keeping all stakeholders in the loop throughout the build itself. Here, David Fowkes, sales director from 3D mobile mapping specialists GeoSLAM, explores how simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology can contribute to streamlining the entire new-build process. As populations across the world continue to grow, demand for new-build housing is consequently on the rise. Our communities require affordable, fit-for-purpose and considerately designed homes that will stand the test of time, whether that’s for an ageing... (read more)
2020-04-30 10:41:49

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 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

Accurate Point Cloud-based Measurements for Every Stakeholder

NavVis, a leading provider of indoor spatial intelligence technology and enterprise solutions, has released NavVis IndoorViewer 2.6. This major software release includes a new measurement tool that lets users take highly accurate measurements based on point clouds in realistic browser-based digital buildings. This release also makes additional features available to structured e57 point cloud files, including automatically generating highly detailed floorplans and routing. NavVis IndoorViewer is a popular deliverable among building stakeholders without the technical expertise to work with point clouds and modeling software, thanks to the realistic digital buildings and intuitive interface. One of the features that has proven... (read more)
2020-04-08 10:09:26

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

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

Indoor Mapping: We Have Only Seen the Beginning

Indoor mapping is often associated with the rise in location-based services, but over the past few years there has been a growing demand for indoor mapping for a much wider range of use cases. In fact, it is fair to say that the evolution of indoor mapping has only just got started. Read on to find out why. The biggest trend is that mobile indoor mapping is taking on more of the work traditionally performed by static laser scanners. Some of the earliest adopters of simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) technology were surveyors and engineers. Faced with growing demand for... (read more)
2018-09-20 08:48:58

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
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