The Role of Surveyors in the Evolution of BIM

Building information modelling (BIM) is becoming more commonplace within construction sectors globally, combining technology with improved collaboration to better manage projects and give them the best chance of complying with time and budget constraints. However, the BIM life cycle and efforts to espouse it are almost futile if surveying is taken out of the equation or, more realistically, brought in too late. It can be good to have a structure that is successfully using BIM to be delivered on time and within budget, but if it or any of its components are in the wrong position, the consequences can be... (read more)
2019-10-02 10:25:44

3D BIM Models for Heritage Asset Management

Moving beyond the Field of Data Capture for Digital Preservation
Research undertaken under a collaborative doctoral partnership between Historic England and the University of Reading, UK, is moving beyond the field of 3D data capture for digital preservation. It considers how critical information for the conservation, repair and maintenance of historic buildings can be visualized in 3D BIM models and how BIM processes can be used for the management of structured datasets that inform conservation and repair programmes. A pilot study has been conducted using the work of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and historic British research base ‘E’ on Stonington Island, Antarctica, to consider this potential. Building information modelling... (read more)
2020-01-16 09:49:50

Interoperable Data Exchange – A Key Factor for BIM

Interoperability is key in the building information modelling (BIM) context. Data diversity and interfaces, as well as possibilities for combining different data in BIM projects, are outlined in this article. Hardly any other topic dominates the digitalization of the construction industry with such intensity as building information modelling (BIM). The pressure to reduce costs and to plan and build more complex buildings faster and more safely is increasing due to international competition. Interoperable data exchange between systems and players is a key factor for BIM. Previously used data formats have to be brought together with newer formats that are constantly... (read more)
2020-04-23 01:45:16

Building Information Models (BIM) Demonstrated in OGC Testbed

On March 13, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Facility Information Council has released the first version (see link) of the National Building Information Modeling Standard (NBIMS) for a two month industry review period. The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) has been helping to promote this standard through interoperable web services using NBIMS and helping to ensure compatibility with the geospatial industry's consensus based open standards for urban mondeling.   The OGC Web Services test bed (OWS-4) demonstration, held December 7-8, 2006 at an emergency response center in the New York metropolitan area, showed how interoperability is possible among... (read more)
2007-07-02 12:00:00

How Matterport Helps to Optimise BIM Modelling in Revit

Optimise BIM Modelling in Revit for Complex Construction Projects, Reduce Time Spent on Measurements and As-Builts
Aryn Bergman, lead engineer and founder of TL Circle, is frequently confronted with complex engineering projects requiring days of laborious, time-consuming BIM modelling in Revit, usually from hand-drawn measurements, notes and photographs. One project he recently completed involved a complicated MEP room of a high-rise apartment building in which the domestic water heater needed to be retrofit. (This story is brought to you by Matterport) Hand measuring the boiler room - from wall to pipe, from pipe to pipe, floor to ceiling, floor to pipe, etc. - would take 4-5 hours for a contractor to accomplish, and 4-5 days for... (read more)
2018-05-16 10:24:15

BIM: The Leading Role of the Geomatics Sector

Building information modelling (BIM) is a hot topic in architecture, engineering and construction. BIM supports a more intelligent approach to planning, construction and the use of buildings. The geomatics industry is well positioned to take the lead in the management of the geospatial data that plays a crucial role in BIM. To give a good impression of the various aspects of BIM, its integration with geospatial technology and the challenges connected with BIM when surveying, ‘GIM International’ has prepared a special webpage dedicated to building information modelling. With articles ranging from ‘BIM: the New GIS for the Industry’ to ‘The... (read more)
2018-03-08 08:34:13

Combining BIM and GIS for a Sustainable Society

Community-scale Assessment of Energy Performance
Nikken Sekkei Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan, has developed a vision for cities to help them choose an energy optimisation strategy for neighbourhoods comprising a variety of building types. The optimisation of energy consumption is approached from an area-wide standpoint. The added value of the method for city renewal programmes has been demonstrated based on a central district in the Japanese capital. Japan has low energy resources and a high population density. That provides extra stimulation to develop ecofriendly urban planning. City and environmental designs use low carbon footprint solutions as their starting point, and planners, urban designers, architects, engineers... (read more)
2018-01-10 09:50:02

BIM Market to Reach US$18.8bn by 2024

The value of the global building information modelling (BIM) market has been projected to reach US$18.8 billion by 2024, up from a valuation of US$3.6 billion in 2016. The 'Global Building Information Modelling Market' report, published by Esticast research and consulting, found that emerging countries in Southeast Asia and Europe will be major drivers of this projected expansion, with rapid growth propelled by infrastructure development to support rapidly growing populations in nations such as India and China. The report divides the BIM market into application areas, defining commercial, residential, institutional, infrastructure and industrial segments. Geographically, the market is segmented into North America, Europe,... (read more)
2018-01-16 12:14:09

China’s BIM Advancements and Industrialisation of its Building Industry

Bentley Systems today reported respects in which China sets the pace globally for building information modelling (BIM) advancements. This year, the independent juries of the Be Inspired Awards selected nine Chinese projects among 54 finalists, an unprecedented performance. In particular, the Chinese building industry is rapidly applying BIM advancements to achieve the benefits of ‘industrialised’ processes. Mr. Jiefeng Xu, CEO of CABRTech, the software unit of the China Academy of Building Research, addressed the Conference’s Building Forum about the industrialisation of the building industry and CABRTech’s adoption of Bentley’s BIM platform for its new PKPM-BIM software product. CABRTech, the leader... (read more)
2016-11-01 02:56:43

New BIM 3D Layout Solution for Construction

Topcon Positioning Group has announced a new BIM solution: the LN-100, the world’s first 3D positioning system designed specifically for construction layout. Topcon’s LN-100 introduces seamless integration and flow of project data from the design to the field. The unit provides straightforward operation, removing the intimidation factor and reducing the learning curve in performing construction layout tasks. The simple design and ease of operation for the LN-100 trips away the complexity associated with advanced surveying instruments, said Eduardo Falcon, Topcon Positioning Group executive vice president and general manager for the GeoPositioning Solutions Group. The workflow is simplified with the seamless... (read more)
2013-12-09 09:30:23
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