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

Bentley Systems Joins buildingSMART

buildingSMART International has welcomed Bentley Systems to the community. Bentley Systems is the leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twin cloud services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley Systems joins as a multinational member bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the standards and solutions program. At the same time, Bentley announced the availability of iModel Bridge for IFC, a generic IFC bridge that enables Bentley’s iModels to consume IFC geometry and business data. iModels are specialized containers for infrastructure information that are at the heart of Bentley’s digital twins strategy for infrastructure... (read more)
2019-11-01 10:20:53

Bluesky 3D Model Supports Glasgow’s Plans for Regeneration and Data Integration

A detailed 3D model of Glasgow is helping shape the future of the city centre. Created by aerial mapping company Bluesky International, the expanded Glasgow Urban Model helps planners and developers enhance their understanding of the built environment, improve communication and consultation within the planning system, and promote and showcase the regeneration of Scotland’s biggest city. Derived from the latest aerial photography, the model aims to help stakeholders and members of the public become more involved in planning decisions and facilitate the ongoing promotion of Glasgow at a national and international level. Integration with BIM and Planning-related Information It is... (read more)
2020-03-16 11:41:40

Bridging the Gap between Aerial Imaging and Terrestrial Data Capture

The Challenges of Drone Use in Facade Mapping
There have been rapid advancements in unmanned aerial systems over recent years, yet there is widespread consensus that we have still only seen a fraction of how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) could ultimately improve efficiency for geospatial professionals and their customers. To get a glimpse of the future, 'GIM International' spoke to Mark Nicolai, co-founder of industry start-up Aeroscan. Here, he shares his vision of how drones could form the missing link between aerial imaging and terrestrial data capture. According to independent research by the likes of PwC and Goldman Sachs, the construction industry tops the list in... (read more)
2019-03-20 10:24:53

Christian Clemen

Christian Clemen teaches and researches at HTW Dresden, Germany, on BIM from the perspective of geospatial engineering. His research projects relate to 3D data acquisition and construction progress documentation with terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) as well as 3D city models (CityGML) and land management with BIM. He is a member of BIM standardization at DIN and ISO and is active in NGOs such as the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). (read more)
2020-02-14 10:02:57

digitalBAU 2020: Bringing Technology and Industry Together

From 11-13 February 2020, Messe Köln – Cologne, Germany – will become a popular meeting place for the construction software sector. In the years between BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for the sector, there will be an important dialog platform for planners, architects, engineers, tradesmen and the industry as a whole. With a three-day trade fair, digitalBAU aims to bridge the gap between technology and industry. Through the event, the organizers, Messe München and Bundesverband Bausoftware e.V. (BVBS) are responding to the great demand for a platform for digital products and solutions in the construction sector. In addition to... (read more)
2019-09-24 10:59:10

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

The Smartphone as a Professional Mapping Tool

To what extent will the smartphone become a professional mapping tool? Modern smartphones already contain many of the important functions to be used as mapping tools. However, whether they are suitable for use as such professionally depends not only on the built-in sensors, but also on the available computing power, RAM and data storage capacity. For data acquisition, a smartphone usually has two to three cameras, a GNSS sensor, an acceleration sensor and a gyroscope for positioning the system in 3D space. In addition, a smartphone has a magnetometer which displays the orientation or north direction by a compass, and... (read more)
2020-02-05 03:54:54

Rebuild Ready: 3D Mapping of a Quake-damaged Cathedral

After the cathedral of Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by an earthquake, drones and advanced photogrammetry software supported the rebuilding work. Surveying a damaged building can be dangerous. Mapping, using drones, reduces risk to staff and costs to the community. This case study of the iconic cathedral of Christchurch, severely hit by an earthquake, demonstrates how drones and advanced photogrammetry software delivered the orthomosaic map, enabling the accurate spatial planning needed  to rebuild the cathedral. In February 2011, New Zealand’s second most populous city was rocked by an earthquake. The iconic Christchurch Cathedral was shattered in the shake, and the clean-up is... (read more)
2020-01-21 11:03:54

Australia Develops Principles for Spatially Enabled Digital Twins

Foundation spatial (or location) data is essential for effective decision-making across the built and natural environment. Increasingly there is a need to integrate this data with other information such as digital engineering models, Internet of Things (IoT) sensor data and environmental data to provide more holistic insights. In Australia, a nationally consistent approach to spatially enabled digital twins has been developed. In recent years, digital twins – being highly advanced digital representations of the real world – have emerged as a powerful tool to better harness and integrate data to understand our physical environment. The value of digital twins increases... (read more)
2019-12-16 10:50:19
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