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

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

While laser scanning, augmented reality and BIM are often associated with design, they can also be powerful tools in managing existing buildings where complex systems are constantly interacting. 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... (read more)
2019-11-11 09:08:12

Adding a New Level of Reality Capture to 3D Point Clouds

Global technology company Emesent has announced the release of the colourization functionality for its Hovermap Lidar scanner. The 3D point clouds from Hovermap can now be augmented with true colour, providing additional context for visualization and analysis. "We’re excited to announce this significant new feature for Emesent," said Emesent's CEO and co-founder Stefan Hrabar. "Colourization provides greater insights for our customers across many industries. This builds on the incredible 3D data that Hovermap produces to create rich, accurate digital twins and surveys.” The new colourization feature for Hovermap utilizes the latest rugged action camera – the GoPro Hero8. This modular approach... (read more)
2020-06-03 11:11:57

Digitizing Reality: Automated 3D Point Cloud Data Processing Using AI

Intelligent Point Clouds
How can today's advanced technology solve the challenges that many organizations face after obtaining vast 3D point cloud datasets, including the management, storage, registration, fusion and extraction of useful and actionable information? Instruments for digitizing the 3D real environment are becoming smaller, more lightweight, lower-cost and more robust. Accordingly, they are finding increasingly widespread usage, not only on surveying tripods for the highest accuracy, but also on mobile platforms such as autonomous vehicles, drones, helicopters, aircraft, robotic vacuum cleaners, trains, mobile phones, satellites and Martian rovers. Lidar uses laser scanning, while photogrammetry records images from one or more cameras which may be... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:56:50

Geospatial Tools that Help Serve the AEC Industry

Read about three geospatial tools that are particularly relevant for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry: BIM, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, and project collaboration software. Of the dozens of geospatial hardware and software tools currently in use, only a few – such as bathymetric Lidar, GNSS-based vehicle tracking devices and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) – are not directly relevant to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. The rest of the tools are. A GIS interprets the geographic context of a project, while the survey-grade GNSS technology builds it; aerial photogrammetry maps the project’s site, as UAVs monitor exterior progress; and mobile... (read more)
2019-11-27 08:48:24

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

A Closer Look at FARO's As-Built Modeler Software for AEC Professionals

FARO recently launched its new As-Built Modeler software, a solution that aims to deliver a substantial leap forward in the conversion of as-built reality data into meaningful CAD (Scan-to-CAD) and BIM (Scan-to-BIM) models. It provides a suite of powerful evaluation tools. This next-generation software tool enables scanning service providers, craftsmen and other AEC professionals to extract building information such as CAD and BIM geometry from 3D reality data for use in any CAD system available on the market, even if it does not support point clouds. Highly Accurate CAD Models With FARO's new software solution, users have at their hands a fast... (read more)
2019-11-20 09:34:08

FARO Introduces New Scene Webshare Cloud Update

FARO recently announced a new update of SCENE WebShare Cloud, representing a substantial leap forward in worldwide secure 3D reality data exchange, collaborative project management and high-efficiency scan-to-BIM operations among project partners. This next-generation cloud-based platform, with its new Point Cloud Download and AEC Management Platform Integration functionalities, contributes to further driving the digital transformation and global cooperation within the AEC industry. SCENE WebShare Cloud allows high-precision 3D reality data to be stored, viewed, evaluated and shared with authorized persons anywhere and anytime using a web browser. This service delivers powerful functionalities, accelerating the overall productivity by guaranteeing fast reality data... (read more)
2020-03-02 11:24:58

Pointfuse Showcases New Scan-to-BIM Workflow at Digital Construction Week

At this year's Digital Construction Week, Pointfuse demonstrated a new scan-to-BIM workflow, aimed at bringing reality capture to building information modelling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) practitioners. Pointfuse software converts the millions of individual measurements captured by laser scanning and photogrammetry into usable 3D mesh models. The ability to classify objects within Pointfuse, both automatically and manually, has had a huge impact on how as-built data is used within the construction workflow.   New features also on show at Digital Construction Week, which took place from 16-17 October at Excel, London, included streamlined classification to ensure maximum efficiency and... (read more)
2019-10-22 01:03:28

Drone Surveying Software Simplifies Workflow for Earthworks Monitoring at Construction Sites

Version 7.3 of Virtual Surveyor's drone surveying software makes it even easier to monitor earthworks progress at construction sites. Virtual Surveyor has introduced new functionality in Version 7.3 of its popular drone surveying software to create a simplified workflow for monitoring earthworks progress at construction sites. The productive workflow enables construction managers to quickly calculate cut-and-fill changes over time for comparison with the earthworks design plan. “Drones are an inexpensive and accurate way to monitor the movement of dirt at construction projects, but surveying software has lacked the tools for quick earthworks analysis with drone imagery – until now,” said... (read more)
2020-06-17 09:48:13
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