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

Rapid Site Surveys Using SLAM Technology

Access All Areas: Geomatics Systems for the Future
The difficulties of undertaking geospatial surveys, particularly in unstable buildings or underground environments, are well documented. However, the pressure to collect accurate, real-time data within strict timelines has certainly intensified in recent years. With increasingly tight deadlines coupled with strict budgets, conducting surveys of hard-to-access sites can be a real challenge for engineering and construction firms. This article explains how new innovations in building information modelling (BIM) are providing an answer with the aid of simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) technology. As engineering and construction firms grapple with issues such as skills shortages, robust safety regulations and fierce competition for contracts,... (read more)
2018-10-24 04:26:50

Bridging the Gap between Geospatial and Construction

There is certainly a gap in information exchange between the geospatial and construction domains. This is a serious issue, mainly because geospatial systems and engineering surveys are not yet aligned and integrated with building information modelling (BIM). The BIM method is expected to move construction activities from plan-based individual work to model-based collaboration. Such a paradigm shift will bring huge opportunities regarding planning, building and management of the built environment in a more productive, open and sustainable way. Although it is still difficult to entirely close the gap between these two fields, this article shows how that gap can at... (read more)
2020-02-14 09:44:12

The Rising Demand for Total Stations and Terrestrial Laser Scanners

How the Booming Construction Business Boosts the Geospatial Industry
Increasing investments in large infrastructure and construction projects, and the rising role of building information modelling (BIM), are expected to drive the market for geospatial equipment. BIM’s close connection with spatial information makes it a familiar landscape and offers rich possibilities for surveyors and other geospatial professionals. Geomares – publisher of 'GIM International' and 'Geo-matching' – has analysed the user data and behaviour of thousands of members of the global geospatial community. It is interesting to see how the market of ‘traditional survey equipment’ such as total stations and terrestrial laser scanners is responding to the growing construction market and... (read more)
2019-02-05 02:33:23

From Laser Scans to 3D Models with New FARO Software

The newly designed PointSense for Revit software from FARO introduces new functionalities for significantly improving evaluation and conversion of point cloud data to Building Information Models (BIMs). Laser scanning is the most efficient method for capturing existing field conditions for buildings. PointSense for Revit aims to accelerate and simplify the analysis and design of this data directly in Autodesk Revit. BIM has become a standard in the planning and management of new facilities. In an increasing number of countries BIM is now mandatory by law for new construction. Autodesk Revitis an established and important BIM programme for architects, engineers and... (read more)
2015-04-01 10:08:56

A partir de escáneres láser a modelos 3D con el Nuevo Software FARO

El recientemente diseñado PointSense para el software Revit de FARO introduce nuevas funcionalidades para mejorar significativamente la evaluación y la conversión de los datos de nubes de puntos para la construcción de modelos de información (BIMs). El escaneo láser es el método más eficiente para la captura de las condiciones de campo existentes para edificios. PointSense para Revit tiene por objeto acelerar y simplificar el análisis y diseño de estos datos directamente en Autodesk Revit. BIM se ha convertido en un estándar en la planificación y gestión de las nuevas instalaciones. En un número creciente de países, BIM no es... (read more)
2015-04-23 11:57:41

GEO Business 2014 Launches Inaugural Conference Programme

Diversified Communications UK, the organiser of GEO Business, has recently announced that the final, vital component for its inaugural event is now in place following the launch of a wide-ranging conference programme. The conference committee has compiled a pioneering programme which covers the breadth of the geospatial industry. The event is scheduled to be held in London, UK, at the Business Design Centre from 28-29 May 2014. The exhibition is combined with an extensive commercial workshop programme. Already supported by a host of industry leaders, the latest names to lend their expertise to the event are Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB,... (read more)
2014-03-05 09:41:03

Pointfuse Launches Laser Scanning Software Suite

Pointfuse is releasing Pointfuse 2018, a suite of laser scanning software which includes a cloud-based data processing service called Pointfuse Bolt. Designed to promote and support the capture of digitised ‘as-built’ data, Pointfuse 2018 will help BIM practitioners create intelligent data that is easy to consume and easy to share. Pointfuse Bolt is powered by unlimited parallelised computing on an industry-standard secure platform to process point clouds captured during the design, build and delivery of complex construction projects. Offering a scalable yet affordable solution, the Bolt service reduces processing times and minimises the IT requirement for expensive hardware whilst maximising... (read more)
2018-10-19 10:23:57

‘One to Watch’ Award for 3D Repo

BIM technology innovator 3D Repo has scooped the ‘One to Watch Company of 2017’ award at the Construction Computing Awards. Master of Ceremonies Chris Cowdrey, former England cricket captain, presented the award at a black tie ceremony held on 16 November 2017 at the Radisson Blu Edwardian on Bloomsbury Street, London. The award was collected by Rob Jackson of Bond Bryan on behalf of 3D Repo. Bond Bryan Digital is famous for its LEGO Architecture meets BIM series featured in 3D Repo. Judged by a panel of peers and industry experts the award recognises the role of the tech disruptor... (read more)
2017-11-21 08:55:53

GEO Business 2017: Day Two

The last session of the conference Day One included a presentation on cyber security. Like health and safety, much of this topic is obvious - when you think about it. Many readers will remember the British government’s flagship BIM project at HM Prison Cookham Wood, but was it wise to display the 3D model so proudly on the internet? (By Richard Groom, contributing editor) The second day of GEO Business was only fractionally less busy than the first. I decided to start with a few workshop sessions. The workshops included one which presented GPR (ground penetrating radar) applications for investigating... (read more)
2017-05-25 09:34:07
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