Increasing Information in Building Models

New Technology Can Significantly Improve BIM
Since the advent of building information modelling (BIM) software in the early 2000s, 3D modelling has significantly improved building design. With regular updates, BIM can also ensure that, during construction, the work progresses according to the design. In practice, however, BIM usually stops once construction starts. This can mostly be attributed to the complexity and cost of gathering accurate and current data needed to update the digital models. The German firm NavVis GmbH is a Munich-based start-up that has developed technology which overcomes these barriers by reducing the cost and increasing the efficiency of capturing and comparing data of physical... (read more)
2017-04-25 03:45:12

AGI 2007: Building a GeoCommunity

The organisers of AGI 2007: Building a GeoCommunity have announced a comprehensive range of hands on workshops as part of this years conference programme. AGI 2007 has already attracted contributions from representatives of Google, Navteq, Oracle, Atkins, The Environment Agency, Metropolitan Police and Zurich together with record ‘early bird' delegate registrations. The Workshop programme will be co-ordinated and managed by Training 4 GIS and will include contributions from Ordnance Survey, Pitney Bowes MapInfo, ESRI (UK) and The GeoInformation Group.   Delegates at AGI 2007: Building a GeoCommunity will be able to reserve places in advance at the hands on training... (read more)
2007-08-03 02:25:00

Map Application Building Software Released

map.apps, the solution from con terra, Germany, for building innovative apps for web and mobile, is now available for software developers via the free Developer Edition. With map.apps, con terra offers the chance to create map applications based on the Esri JavaScript API. To allow customers, integrators and software developers to simplify creating their own map.apps-based applications, solutions or products, con terra has created a new Developer Edition licensing specifically for the purpose of software development. The Developer Edition is intended only for development of applications based on map.apps. Operational sites then require a standard license by the respective site... (read more)
2013-02-11 11:15:54

Post-conflict Land Administration: Facilitating State-building

Facilitating State-building
The most serious concerns in armed conflicts are human casualties, destroyed infrastructure and houses, and displacement of populations. Destruction and displacement have a big influence on land and property-related issues during, and specifically in the aftermath of, a conflict (Unruh & Williams, 2013). Land issues grow in complexity immediately after the conflict as many displaced people return to their places of origin to find their houses and properties destroyed, damaged or illegally occupied by secondary occupants. Land and its administration are always negatively affected during conflicts and in post-conflict situations. In this article, the author argues that, if land and... (read more)
2017-04-12 09:34:37

New UK Building-height Data Released

Customers of OS MasterMap Topography Layer can now access information on the heights of almost 20 million buildings across Great Britain with the alpha release of Ordnance Survey's building height attributes. Released on 17 March, OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attributes is a product enhancement to OS MasterMap Topography Layer, and available to licence-holders at no additional cost. The alpha release covers some 8,000km2 of the major towns and cities across Great Britain, providing customers with additional generalised attributes on building heights. From aiding with planning for ‘right to light’ policies in local government to enabling the utilities... (read more)
2014-03-18 11:21:00

Crowdsourcing Contest for Digitally Capturing 'Building Footprints'

New Zealand's LINZ is giving Canterbury high-school students the chance to become even more actively and personally involved in the rebuild of their region – and to win prizes in the process. Run by LINZ – with Canterbury University and Environment Canterbury – 'Building Our Footprints' is a crowdsourcing contest aimed at digitally capturing 'building footprints' in Selwyn, Waimakariri and Christchurch. Building footprints are 2D shapes of where buildings touch the ground.  Accurate footprints are used by councils in managing property information, and by emergency services, said LINZ Canterbury SDI programme manager Julian Carver. Selwyn and Waimakariri currently have few... (read more)
2014-07-28 09:32:51

South Located in Newly Named Surveying Building

South Surveying recently completed its new headquarters in Guangzhou, China, where more than 1,000 of its employees are now working in national and global sales, research & development, quality assurance, marketing and manufacturing of total stations, GIS software and GNSS receivers. To express the importance it places on the field of geomatics in general and surveying in particular, South has proudly renamed its new premises 'the Surveying Building'. The building is situated adjacent to the downtown boulevard in this busy metropolis in the southern region of China, a country that is working on its infrastructure and construction at a previously... (read more)
2012-04-18 11:40:18

Building a Global 3D Routing Map

Using Mobile Mapping to Collect Trillions of Points around the World
Mapping company HERE, co-owned by German automotive companies Audi, BMW, and Daimler, uses a fleet of more than 200 cars to collect dense point cloud data about roads around the world. The data from these mobile mapping vehicles is processed to secure privacy and produce detailed routing maps. This data is the input for various applications, ranging from traditional car navigation to analysis of the steepness of ramps. The most compelling application, however, is the application of this data to enable self-driving cars. Digital street maps are essential to car navigation and visualisation of online mapping products. Traditionally, such maps... (read more)
2016-01-19 01:29:22

Solution for Highly Accurate Building Floor Plans

3D Laser Mapping has launched a solution developed to change the production of highly accurate building floor plans. Combining the ZEB1 handheld laser mapping system with point cloud processing software, the end-to-end solution will allow users to scan and produce detailed floor plans in a matter of minutes. The announcement follows an agreement between UK-based 3D Laser Mapping, worldwide distributors of the ZEB1 handheld mapper, and PointCab, a German software company specialising in the processing of laser-scanned data. The combination of ZEB1 and PointCab creates a powerful solution for building surveyors, said Charlie Whyman, global sales and marketing manager, 3D... (read more)
2014-12-12 09:17:48
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