Introduction: UAV Photogrammetry - Lidar Mapping Basics

dronedeployUAV lidar and photogrammetry imaging applications are increasing rapidly. This is not surprising as using GPS enabled UAVs for aerial surveying is very cost effective in comparison to hiring an aircraft with photogrammetry equipment.  Because UAVs are relatively inexpensive, many organisations will have their own fleet, allowing for rapid surveys over large land areas where required.  With GPS-equipped drones, digital cameras and powerful computers, surveys with an accuracy down to 1 to 2 cm is very possible. Read More

Eyes On The Earth 3D

nasa 3d eyesMonitor our planet's vital signs, such as sea level height, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and Antarctic ozone. Trace the movement of water around the globe using the gravity map from NASA's GRACE satellites. Spot volcanic eruptions and forest fires using the carbon monoxide vital sign. Check out the hottest and coldest locations on Earth with the global surface temperature map. “Eyes on the Earth” displays the location of all of NASA's operating Earth-observing missions in real time and lets you compare them in size to a scientist or a school bus. Get a sneak peek at upcoming missions and learn how NASA is planning to study our Earth in the future. With the “Latest Events” feature, you can explore geo-located satellite images of recent Earth events, including algal blooms, super storms and wildfires. Read More

Hydrogeologist Maps Brine Plume in 3D with Voxler

goldensoft geomodOne of the most interesting Golden Software user stories that I have recently heard was from an independent Hydrogeologist with Anthropocene Solutions Inc. named Joseph ‘Joe’ Harrer. Joe Harrer uses a combination of vertical EC measurement and groundwater sampling tools with Voxler to perform 3D brine plume modeling. Joe is working on a project where he was hired to do a groundwater characterization of a brine storage facility where initial studies proved that leakage beneath a brine plume has caused an impact to the soil and groundwater and that the impact has been spreading with the groundwater as it migrates down gradient. Local regulations required a full assessment of the plume’s extent and a model of the potential migration of the plume.  In addition, a groundwater remediation system is presently being installed at the site. Joe used our Voxler app for the 3D modeling portion of this project. Read More

IaaC Spain Investigates Robotics In 3D Architectural Design

iaac roboticsThe Construction sector, which has traditionally been slow in integrating technology, is now opening up to digital manufacturing, 3D printing, and robotics. The possibility of printing anything that has been previously modeled in our computer, lays the groundwork for a true change in the conception architectural production, and in the possibilities of personalizing the final product. The possible futures that open up thanks to this technology are many; from the printing material and the design of its shapes, to the conception and production of the printing machine itself. CAD software used by architects and used for 3D printing allows the design of complex geometries, with the possibility of optimizing shapes, material distribution, and building behavior, as well as manufacturing them in a quick and accurate way. Read More

Germany - Digital Planning and Building - Step-by-Step Guide to Building Information Modeling ( BIM )

bmvi bim docsDigital technologies can make a decisive contribution to cost-effectiveness, cost transparency, efficiency and deadline. The improved availability of data for all involved in the construction project ensures transparency and networking. Time schedules, costs and risks can be determined more easily, earlier and more precisely, and controlled without any gaps. The continuous digitization of all building and construction information relevant to planning and realization as a virtual building model is described as Building Information Modeling ( BIM ). This method uses much more information compared to traditional IT models and creates a synchronized data base, accessible to all parties involved in the construction. In order to help BIM to make a breakthrough in Germany, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure presented a step-by-step plan for the introduction of BIM on 15.12.2015. It applies primarily to infrastructure construction and infrastructure-related building construction, but can also be used as a model in other areas. Read More

Siemens - BIM Is The Answer to the Structural Challenges of Today

seimens.bimConstruction projects are faced with numerous challenges: fluctuating schedules and costs, quality deficiencies, planning errors, incorrect or incomplete plans - and last but not least, lack of communication or cooperation.  The future of the construction industry is digital and BIM will significantly increase productivity and efficiency in all phases of a building's lifecycle, while simultaneously reducing costs, similar to the digitalization of the industry. BIM is a digitally supported process for the planning, construction and operation of buildings with which the construction sector receives a strong productivity boost. Read More

BuildingSMART: Better Planning, Building And Operating With BIM

buildingsmart 3vBuilding Information Modeling (BIM) is the modern working method for the planning, construction and operation of buildings. BIM is based on the active networking of all participants over the entire lifecycle of a building. Clearly defined conventions are required for the associated processes and interfaces. BuildingSMART eV has been committed to this as part of the international buildingSMART movement for many years. The independent association promotes open interfaces and thus "open BIM". It stands for high quality with BIM standards and solutions, with the focus on users and their work processes. Read More

A Web-Based Visual and Analytical Geographical Information System for Oil and Gas Data

mdpi oil visualWith the development of strategic oil and gas assets, massive spatiotemporal oil and gas data have been accumulated. Application systems that assist in the storage and management of the voluminous and complex oil and gas datasets are in high demand. The voluminous and various data should be leveraged and turned into information for business decision-making and operation assistance.

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The Analysis of Task and Data Characteristic and the Collaborative Processing Method in Real-Time Visualization Pipeline of Urban 3DGIS

3dgis mdpiParallel processing in the real-time visualization of three-dimensional Geographic Information Systems (3DGIS) has tended to concentrate on algorithm levels in recent years, and most of the existing methods employ multiple threads in a Central Processing Unit (CPU) or kernel in a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to improve efficiency in the computation of the Level of Details (LODs) for three-dimensional (3D) Models and in the display of Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and Digital Orthphoto Maps (DOMs). The systematic analysis of the task and data characteristics of parallelism in the real-time visualization of 3DGIS continues to fall behind the development of hardware.

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What is a BIM Manager And What Do They Do?

nbs bim mgrThe role of BIM Manager cannot be identified by a uniform set of tasks. This is a role that varies across sectors and from company to company. Moreover, the role of a BIM Manager is in constant flux as working practices change to meet the ever-evolving demands of the digital construction revolution. Thought it's nigh on impossible to find a one-size-fits-all BIM Manager job description there are some things that are common. Starting with a broad view, a BIM Manager can conceivably be thought of as someone with responsibilities in regard to the planning, design, delivery and operation of as-built assets. The BIM Manager's job is, as you would expect to 'manage', but this is not a management role in the traditional sense. Read More

Reimagining Property in a Digital World

Arup 3d digitalDigital technology continues to disrupt and remake our world, and the property sector is beginning to experience the transformation. In this report we look at how digital technology and big data is changing the way leading property managers are making key decisions and improving the value of their portfolios. Digital design tools save time and money and ensure consistency with critical design standards. Intelligent building management means owners can anticipate the needs of tenants or employees before they become apparent, and provide real time information to end users.

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DeepVGI - Detection of Buildings And Roads Based On Remote Sensing Images, OpenStreetMap and MapSwipe Data.

soil erosionExtract training marks (i.e. Supervision) from OSM and integrate VGI from the humanitarian application MapSwipe, as well as some manually labeled training data to cover the whole target domain with a higher predictive accuracy. To this end, a deep learning framework called AT-CNN is proposed in which the remote sensing features detected by Deep Convolutional Neural Networks are actively transferred from a source domain to a target domain. It can fuse the knowledge of the various data sources for a more general prediction model, and is thus able to easily detect different types of buildings in urban and rural areas. 

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The Digital Plan of Work And Successful BIM Implementation

nbs bim whatEmployers are responsible for defining the deliverables required at each stage of a construction project as a digital plan of work (DPoW). This plan will cover the entire project timeline - from developing a strategy to managing the built asset. Here we explore the digital plan of work stages and show how content develops over time. The lifecycle of a digital project is defined in PAS 1192-2 which acts as a framework for collaborative working and information management on a Level 2 BIM project.

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BIM Explained – From 3D Renderings to Construction and Marketing

BIMRenderingAt HingePoint, a Dallas BIM consulting firm, some of us have been working on BIM (Building Information Modeling) or 3D design and construction models even before desktop computers existed. Do you ever wonder if people even know what BIM is? When I try to explain what I do for a living to my kids, “we make 3D modeling systems for hotel and restaurant chains, so they can see their building designs like a video game before they are ever built,” they don’t understand. If you are like my kids and aren’t so sure exactly what BIM is either, you are not alone.  I’ve finally found an example from Legacy Towers building being built in 2014 at the Shops of Legacy in Plano Texas that explains it perfectly. In fact, it was as easy as a drive around Dallas when my kids finally understood what HingePoint does for our clients. Read More

How Images And BIM Data Modernize The Construction Industry

bim wrkflowThe construction industry saw a revolution when 2D CAD systems replaced the flat blue facts at hand. The computerization of the design process, mainly increased efficiency and allowed more complex projects were considered, eventually turned to 3D CAD. The BIM process was the next revolution: the BIM software or any system, not a process that defines how a project is better designed and built. The process is efficient provided that it is carefully monitored, with deviations under attack at the time. Here is where the latest methods of data capture become essential. Read More