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

How Will the Surveyor’s Role Look in 10 Years’ Time?

Over the next ten years, the surveyor’s workflow will become quicker, safer and easier because of new technologies like scanning, mobile mapping and UAS photogrammetry. Virtual layout, aided by the increasing use of augmented reality technologies, will require fewer physical stakes in the ground. Due to the transformation of the physical world into a digital one, digital twins will take centre stage, with surveyors called upon to convey meaningful information from the model back to the physical world. Demand will increase for surveyors’ expertise in time-based analysis of changing site conditions, such as monitoring installations for volume-changing and deformation analysis.... (read more)
2020-02-18 02:00:59

Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction

There is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems and engineering surveys are not yet aligned and integrated with building information modelling (BIM). The BIM method is expected to move construction activities from plan-based individual work to model-based collaboration. Such a paradigm shift will bring huge opportunities regarding planning, building and management of the built environment in a more productive, open and sustainable way. Although it is still difficult to entirely close the gap between these two fields, this article shows how that gap can at... (read more)
2020-02-14 09:44:12

UK-Canadian Partnership for GIS, BIM and CAD Data Visualization

MGISS, a UK-based consultancy company on the smarter use of data, technology and digital transformation, has partnered up with Canada-based vGIS to transform traditional GIS, BIM and CAD data into stunning augmented reality (AR) visualizations for utility and infrastructure applications. AR provides an interactive experience of an environment where objects that reside in the real world, such as underground services, are displayed and enhanced with additional intelligence such as condition information and maintenance history. MGISS has developed TopoGrafi, a platform that allows data capture applications and AR visualizations to use a common 3D co-ordinate system which aligns with high-accuracy Ordnance... (read more)
2020-02-11 10:50:29

Seeing the Future: AI, BIM and Digital Twins

Digital Construction Week 2019
During Digital Construction Week (DCW), which was held at the Excel in London from 16-17 October 2019, there was one seminar stream on geospatial surveying and two specifically on building information modelling (BIM). But relevant topics such as artificial intelligence (AI) and visualization, as well as BIM, cropped up in many of the other sessions. The most used buzzword was 'digital twin', which was heard in many talks and in the exhibition booths. The term digital twin is used quite flexibly, but essentially it implies that an object must have a digital representation which can be presented visually, i.e. a virtual... (read more)
2020-02-11 08:57:24

UAVs: Where to Focus on Next?

New Technologies Require New Knowledge and Regulations
In June 2018, RSPSoc's 'Photogrammetric Record' publication devoted 11 pages to determining which term they would use for drones. They ultimately decided on ‘unmanned aircraft system’ or ‘UAS’. However, the mere fact that this required 11 pages goes some way towards highlighting the complexity and cross-discipline potential that drones bring, not only to the remote sensing industry but also for multiple other uses, writes Peter Kinghan. Over the past decade we have seen a number of drone uses come through the tried-and-tested period, resulting in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) becoming a proven technology for a range of industries and professions,... (read more)
2020-02-10 08:38:39

Digital Construction Leaders to Gather in Berlin

On 27 and 28 February, the annual Digital Construction Summit will take place in Berlin, returning to the German capital for its third edition. This time, the focus will be on modern technologies in digital construction, the application of AR and VR, BIM/VDC technology, digital twin and simulation technology, big data in construction and design & information management. The summit will bring together experts in the field of virtual design and construction, construction management, construction IoT, virtual project delivery, and simulation technology. Attendants will gain relevant knowledge from industry leading experts on recent technology advances and challenges faced in complex... (read more)
2020-01-30 10:36:20

Greg Demchak

Greg Demchak has been designing and driving the development of immersive digital simulation for the architecture, engineering and construction market for the last 20 years. Educated as an architect, he transitioned to software design after completing a degree in design computation at MIT. He went on to become a senior user experience designer for Autodesk Revit and product manager of the SYNCHRO 4D software platform, now owned by Bentley Systems, and currently leads the mixed reality team for Bentley Systems. He has been pushing the envelope with the development of software for the Microsoft HoloLens, a mixed reality head-mounted holographic... (read more)
2020-01-27 11:36:37

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

Penn State-led Team to Study Digital Modelling on Capital Projects

It takes a lot of data to move a large-scale, costly building project from design to reality. Digital modelling, otherwise known as building information modelling, or BIM, increases construction efficiency and saves time and resources on building projects by compiling large amounts of project data into a well-organized central repository.   John Messner, Charles and Elinor Matts Professor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), is leading a US$240,000 Construction Industry Institute (CII)-funded project to study building projects that have utilized digital modelling and to compile recommended best practices for organizing, retrieving and analyzing project data, which often includes... (read more)
2020-01-24 12:22:12
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