3D Aerial Laser Maps Add Value to BIM Projects

3D models produced from aerial laser scanners are being used by survey company Greenhatch Group to help inform a range of building information modelling (BIM) projects. Downloaded from aerial mapping company Bluesky’s online Mapshop, the highly accurate and detailed models are utilised within the group’s BIM software from Autodesk, providing real-world context to measured survey and laser scanned data. The Bluesky height (Lidar) data also gives Greenhatch up-to-date and accurate information for areas that may be inaccessible or otherwise out of bounds.  The Bluesky photogrammetric models are invaluable when integrated alongside models produced on the ground from either traditional survey... (read more)
2016-06-10 09:49:52

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

Bentley Expands BIM Modelling Possibilities for Major Projects

Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, has announced the availability of AECOsim Building Designer CONNECT Edition. This is Bentley’s new building information modelling (BIM) application designed for building projects of significant size and engineering complexity, and which are typically characterised by the challenges of combining vertical construction and horizontal infrastructure (like roads, railways, utilities, etc.). On such projects, design and project delivery firms often have broad responsibilities for multiple project delivery disciplines and across subcontractors and joint-venture organisations. Users of AECOsim Building Designer V8i have demonstrated its versatility in a wide range of... (read more)
2017-09-19 09:29:53

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

Scan-to-BIM in the Pre-design Phase

3D Laser Scanning and Modelling of Existing Conditions
Today's high demand for energy-efficient buildings has triggered the need for gathering documentation on existing construction conditions. This information is then used to design buildings with high consideration to the site conditions, or to allow the renovation of old buildings that can no longer meet the requirements for energy performance or comfortable living. The documentation required for this type of situation is often outdated or missing. To create an optimal design, the existing conditions need to be registered and analysed using advanced technological methods such as building information modelling (BIM) or 3D laser scanning. In a recent project in Copenhagen,... (read more)
2017-07-24 03:11:11

Chasing BIM: How Surveyors Can Shape the Future

Greater Utilisation of Technologies at Hand
While research shows that many organisations recognise the power of building information modelling (BIM) for streamlining construction and infrastructure projects in a seamless online environment, survey and geospatial professionals can do more to deliver value in the 3D environment. There have been countless presentations and papers on the definition of BIM. This article makes an attempt to provide some practical insights on how surveyors can leverage the BIM revolution to benefit their businesses. The good news: there is a general consensus among geospatial thought leaders that the design and construction industry has reached a tipping point. The more that surveyors... (read more)
2018-10-04 09:20:39

Autodesk and Esri Partner up to Bridge the BIM-GIS Gap

Autodesk and Esri have announced the start of a new relationship to bridge the gap between BIM and GIS mapping technologies. Together, Autodesk and Esri plan to enable a broad range of industries to gain better context by visualising data of the man-made world, the environment, citizens and the networks that weave it all together. It is important to consider the needs of future generations during the design and building of projects today, said Jack Dangermond, president of Esri. The benefits of partnering with Autodesk will include securing sustainable resources for the growing population, a responsible human footprint on our... (read more)
2017-11-16 10:16:17

How Industry 4.0 and BIM are Shaping the Future of the Construction Environment

The construction industry is on the cusp of a new industrial age. The fourth industrial revolution, or ‘Industry 4.0’, will see construction coming in line with more digitally developed industries. This will revolutionise not only how physical structures are designed, built and maintained, but also how they are subsequently used, believes Mark King from Leica Geosystems. (By Mark King, EMEA BIM Solutions Manager, Leica Geosystems) What it means in reality is open to interpretation and the ability to future-gaze. Some anticipate it will mean the use of smart materials and technologies to make our buildings intelligent. Others envisage that it... (read more)
2017-02-28 04:05:32

Datumate Launches Field Data Analytics Cloud Platform

Datumate has announced the introduction of DatuBIM, a field data analytics and BIM cloud services platform that transforms the labour-intensive and slow field-data delivery in traditional construction processes into an end-to-end, unified solution. DatuBIM platform includes BIM planning and as-built monitoring and analytics that eliminate cost overruns and save months of delays in project execution. BIM solutions are being adopted globally to enable greater management and control of construction infrastructure projects. However, to effectively measure planned vs. actual progress, identify the cause of project delays, and pinpoint project deliverable risks, BIM solutions require continuous and accurate as-built field data and analytics.... (read more)
2017-10-03 11:03:46
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