Trimble, Hilti and Boston Dynamics to Integrate Robots into Construction Site

Trimble, Hilti and Boston Dynamics have announced a collaboration to explore the integration of Trimble's and Hilti's construction management software solutions, GNSS technology and reality capture devices with Boston Dynamics' Spot Robot platform. The objective behind the partnership is to explore the use of autonomous robots, equipped with Trimble and Hilti survey instruments, in the construction industry. (This news article contains a video) Autonomous robots can play a significant role in construction, specifically in production and quality control workflows by enabling automation of routine and tedious tasks, reducing workload and improving safety. The companies will collaborate to develop a "proof-of-concept"... (read more)
2019-11-20 10:35:43

Trimble Announces New Platform as a Service for Construction Technology

Trimble has announced the Trimble Platform as a Service (TPaaS), an offering that gives contractors the ability to purchase select civil construction hardware and software solutions and continually upgrade those solutions with the latest innovations from Trimble. Bundled solutions include the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform, Trimble Siteworks Positioning Systems, Trimble Correction Services and select office software. The announcement was made at ConExpo 2020, North America's largest trade show for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment. "Contractors can now modernize large construction fleets and inventories without a significant initial investment and the assurance that their technology... (read more)
2020-03-11 09:42:53

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

Apple Unveils New iPad Pro with Lidar Scanner

Apple has announced its most advanced iPad Pro ever, which even includes a Lidar scanner. Equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip, the new iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than many PC laptops. The breakthrough Lidar scanner delivers depth-sensing capabilities, opening up more specialized workflows and supporting professional photo and video apps in combination with the ultrawide camera and studio-quality microphones. The Lidar scanner – along with pro cameras, motion sensors, pro performance, pro audio, a Liquid Retina display and powerful apps – lends weight to Apple's ambition to offer the world’s best device for augmented reality (AR). The... (read more)
2020-03-23 01:54:42

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

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

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
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