The Power of Visual Documentation in Construction

A Law Change Means Visual Documentation is Even More Important
The Netherlands’ new Quality Assurance Act means that crews may be called on to prove they are building to plan at any point. For this, teams need to have a day-by-day overview of the project situation: a big job in the best circumstances, but made harder by tight local drone regulations. VolkerWessels chose the Pix4D Crane Camera solution for end-to-end, automatic site documentation. VolkerWessels’ construction site capturing initiative aims to find new tools for increasing construction projects’ efficiency, while of course complying with the law. The Crane Camera solution fits the bill. How does the Pix4D Crane Camera solution work?... (read more)
2020-04-14 08:52:56

Casablanca’s Medina Buildings Monitored during Tunnel Construction

Vibrations during the construction of a new 1,890m tunnel adjacent to Casablanca’s Old Medina, the 250-year-old section of the famed Moroccan city, challenged the stability of its historically important buildings. It was essential to monitor in real time the effects on the Medina’s aging buildings and to confirm that the construction work meets all engineering standards and guidelines. Therefore ETAFAT, a geospatial information acquisition and processing company, used the Nikon XF total station to perform more than 100 daily inspections. The ETAFAT team relied on optical targets placed on building facades whose coordinates were determined by forced centering to complete... (read more)
2020-02-27 09:33:10

3D Repo Wins Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge

3D Repo has come out on top as winner of the Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge, winning a cash prize for their innovative 3D solution that aims to make the planning system more accessible. The awards ceremony took place at the London City Hall to mark the end of the challenge, which originally started with more than 125 entrants, there to take on the most pressing problems facing London. The Mayor of London’s Civic Innovation Challenge not only delivers benefits to Londoners, but also offers a fantastic opportunity for tech start-ups with a route to market. London’s Chief Digital... (read more)
2020-03-31 11:21:39

3D Models Bring Virtual Reality to the Property Sector

Cityscape Digital is using Bluesky's photorealistic 3D mesh models to create live, interactive 3D environments to illustrate proposed city developments. A specialist in computer-generated imagery (CGI) solutions for the property sector, Cityscape has already created a number of virtual reality (VR) experiences using aerial mapping company Bluesky MetroVista models, for clients including Canary Wharf Group and Greycoat Real Estate. “Using the Bluesky MetroVista data, we can model proposed developments in their true context and produce a range of solutions from live, editable on-screen models to roamable walk-throughs and interactive fly-throughs. We can even create full VR experiences,” commented Damian Fennell,... (read more)
2020-06-17 09:31:31

Topcon Announces New Technology for BIM, Construction Management and Structural Health

 Topcon Positioning Group will be demonstrating its advanced technology offerings across vertical construction, construction management and structural health and inspection at Intergeo 2019. The company will showcase its new technology offerings for BIM at the event. The new Topcon vertical construction workflow, introduced earlier this year, includes the highly acclaimed laser scanning robotic total station GTL-1000 alongside MAGNET Collage and ClearEdge3D Verity software. The GTL-1000 will be released for general sale at the event. The full workflow is designed to offer a powerful instrument for single-operator layout and scan on a single set up and, combined with Topcon software solutions,... (read more)
2019-08-19 10:47:22

Connected Construction: Shaping a Digital Future

Despite forecasts revealing that growth in the construction sector will rise by a staggering 70% across the world by 2025, it’s fair to say that compared to other industry sectors, the construction and engineering industry has been slower to embrace digital technology. With only a few AEC companies using digital as a tool to create new business opportunities and improve margins, many are missing out on innovative approaches to driving down costs and improving project execution. But this is about to change. The significant benefits that digital technologies bring to the way we design, construct and maintain our infrastructure can... (read more)
2020-02-18 04:27:42

Tackling Instrument Theft in the Construction Industry

Instrument theft is a growing concern for the construction industry, with many businesses vulnerable to opportunistic criminals. Yet in 2019, only 61 incidents were reported to the authorities in the United Kingdom. This low reporting rate is having a detrimental impact on the industry, as it means that the scale of the issue may not even be fully understood and as a result finding a solution to the problem is difficult. What Makes the Construction Industry Vulnerable to Instrument Theft? The construction industry is a prime target for thieves, thanks to the use of expensive equipment and the low rate... (read more)
2020-03-31 01:04:19

Applications of Laser Scanning, Augmented Reality and BIM in Existing Facilities

The benefits of BIM in facility management are well known, but many buildings don’t even have a basic set of 2D drawings available. This is especially common in facilities that were built long ago, when computer-aided design was emerging or non-existent. Creating a smart 3D model of an existing facility from zero is possible, but the number of man-hours required and their cost can be considerable. While BIM is often associated with design, it can also be a powerful tool in facility management. This is especially true in large commercial or industrial facilities, where complex building systems are constantly interacting.... (read more)
2019-11-11 09:08:12

The Rising Demand for Total Stations and Terrestrial Laser Scanners

How the Booming Construction Business Boosts the Geospatial Industry
Increasing investments in large infrastructure and construction projects, and the rising role of building information modelling (BIM), are expected to drive the market for geospatial equipment. BIM’s close connection with spatial information makes it a familiar landscape and offers rich possibilities for surveyors and other geospatial professionals. Geomares – publisher of 'GIM International' and 'Geo-matching' – has analysed the user data and behaviour of thousands of members of the global geospatial community. It is interesting to see how the market of ‘traditional survey equipment’ such as total stations and terrestrial laser scanners is responding to the growing construction market and... (read more)
2019-02-05 02:33:23

Topcon Unveils New Technology Advancements in Inspection and Monitoring

Topcon Positioning Group has announced advancements in its inspection and monitoring portfolio designed to ensure longer term health of buildings and infrastructure assets. Among the improvements announced at Intergeo 2019 include new flight planning software for the Topcon rotary-wing UAV; mass data photogrammetry processing integration capabilities, as well as the release of Delta Link version two, the new command console for the Topcon construction and structural health monitoring system. “Inspection, assessment and monitoring (IAM) is a crucial cycle to ensure the integrity of building assets. Topcon IAM solutions help to keep assets in operation, providing intuitive tools for site engineers... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:06:59
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