3D is the New Normal in Switzerland

Mapless Topographic Products Are the Future
Switzerland is unique in that it is still the only country to have switched entirely to 3D for its national object-oriented topographic database. As users increasingly discover the advantages in terms of new workflows and services, nobody regrets leaving the 2D era behind. According to Swisstopo, the extra dimension creates no extra costs – only extra benefits. It took the Swiss Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo) ten years to build an object-oriented topographic database in 3D, with the last objects having been completed in 2019. “Nothing is excluded now; everything you can think of is available in 3D. Even the... (read more)
2019-08-29 09:42:38

Mohsen Kalantari

Dr Mohsen Kalantari is a senior lecturer in geomatics and associate director at the Centre for SDI and Land Administration in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He teaches BIM, land administration systems and spatial analysis. He is also co-founder of Faramoon, a start-up focusing on the automatic generation of building models from point clouds. (read more)
2019-08-22 10:51:59

Tell the World: We Are More than Scan-to-BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) will be a growing opportunity for the surveying and spatial industry, providing we focus more on adding value to BIM and concentrate on what we can offer to other industries thanks to BIM rather than merely preparing it. Opportunities in digital twins, smart buildings, smart infrastructures and smart cities require more than just BIM as data. The surveying and spatial industry will not benefit from this growing market without fully realizing the BIM market opportunity and providing advocacy, leadership and education in BIM. Scan-to-BIM is promising but even more lies beyond With the increasing availability of... (read more)
2019-08-22 10:03:30

Mark Bew

Dr Mark Bew MBE, chairman of PCSG Ltd., was a key contributor to the UK government’s Construction 2025 strategy. Prior to this he chaired the UK BIM Task Group, which delivered the world-leading BIM Level 2 programme. Mark also led the development of the government’s Digital Built Britain Strategy (BIM Level 3). (read more)
2019-08-22 09:59:54

Ilka May

Dr Ilka May is CEO of LocLab Consulting, a company specializing in digital twins and virtual reality in the field of the built environment. In 2015 Ilka led the authoring of the strategic BIM roadmap for Germany. For mostly public-sector clients, owners and operators, she develops digitalization strategies and delivers BIM implementation programmes.      (read more)
2019-08-22 09:50:49

What Do BIM, GIS, IoT, BMS, Telemetry and CAD All Have in Common?

Over the last three years, building information modelling (BIM) has undergone rapid development around the world. The value chain of design, construction and operation of built assets faces various challenges of change, some of which are of a technological nature. These include the transition from drawing in 2D to modelling in 3D with object reference and linked information. There is also an explosive increase in the volume of data on projects, including from new recording methods such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’), lasers, geo-radars, and the increased use of sensors and data transfer devices on the Internet of... (read more)
2019-08-22 09:40:52
2019-08-01 02:35:24

Velodyne Lidar Sensors Power Kaarta Mobile Mapping Solutions

Velodyne Lidar recently announced that Kaarta has included Velodyne’s smart, powerful Lidar technology in Kaarta’s new Stencil 2-32 ground surface mapping solution. Equipped with Velodyne Lidar, Stencil 2-32 accurately scans ground-level surfaces, mapping items such as kerbs, manholes, signs, poles and other features at a fraction of the cost of traditional mobile mapping systems. The Stencil platform helps enable city planning for infrastructure improvements as well as parking and traffic management. The 3D data generated by Stencil 2-32 can be utilized for a range of applications including BIM modelling, geospatial data analytics, and cataloging tools. For example, Allvision uses Stencil... (read more)
2019-07-29 11:37:27

The Rail BIM 2030 Roadmap Project

The Rail BIM 2030 Roadmap has been developed collaboratively by the Korea Railroad Research Institute, Yonsei University and the Korea Rail Network Authority. It explains the five phases of building information modelling (BIM) adoption and diffusion strategies from 2018 to 2030 for the advancement of the South Korean railway industry in the 4th Industrial Age (‘Industry 4.0’). We asked Professor Ghang Lee, director of the Building Informatics Group (BIG) at the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, five questions in order to find out more about this project. Can you please briefly explain... (read more)
2019-07-25 10:25:37

Leica Geosystems Introduces New Generation of Manual Construction Total Stations

The next generation of Leica iCON manual total stations further propels the industry to move from traditional analogue layout methods to digitalized construction layout techniques. Now integrated with the well-established and construction-tailored field software Leica iCON build, the iCON iCB50 and iCB70 allow users to easily digitalize and embed BIM workflows in their construction processes. The iCB50 and iCB70 enable construction professionals to layout complex structures, increase accuracy and minimize delays. Featuring a new integrated 4G modem, the iCB70 enables the operator to transfer construction data between the office and the instrument on site. “With the new generation of iCON... (read more)
2019-07-19 11:02:24
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