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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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