The Digitalization of Construction

Creating an Industry Fit for the Future
It is estimated that the global construction industry will grow to US$10.3 trillion by 2020. Arguably, the development and investment in ever-more innovative digital tools will be key in enabling that growth. More and more businesses across Europe are beginning to embrace the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and the opportunities digitalization presents. In this article, Leighton Davies, regional business manager for geopositioning at Topcon Europe Positioning, discusses how today’s technologies enable us to work more efficiently, safely and accurately than ever before, and what they could mean for the construction industry’s future. At the turn of the millennium, who would... (read more)
2019-12-11 02:53:03

SBAS Construction Site Safety Trial Holds Promise

Safe Work Australia found that 31% of construction workers’ injuries on the job were from being hit by an object and have trialled the use of SBAS (satellite-based augmentation system) technology to help improve worker safety on construction sites. According to participants, it has noticeably improved both productivity and safety. The solution allows you to know the location of any machinery, vehicle or person with a 10cm accuracy and has the potential to transform the industry’s safety record. “Many construction contractors work in close proximity to heavy vehicles and other machinery, so knowing where people and machinery are is essential... (read more)
2018-12-18 10:11:49

New Platform Connects Construction and Surveying Professionals

Publishing company Geomares, the name behind the leading international magazines GIM International and Hydro International for geospatial and hydrographic surveying professionals, is now expanding its activities with the launch of Geo4Construction. This new online platform brings together construction engineers and geospatial professionals in order to disseminate surveying knowledge in the Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industry and pave the way for the digital future. The AEC industry cannot escape the digital transformation, which is creating a growing need for geospatial knowledge. Highly accurate measurements are crucial throughout the built-environment life cycle, and that is precisely where surveying skills come into play.... (read more)
2019-09-13 11:05:26

Central Alliance Launches Geo Construction Division

Central Alliance, the market leading pre-construction services company, has strengthened its geotechnical capabilities with the creation of a new Geo Construction division. Investment in the division includes the acquisition of specialist drilling contractor Electro Install Ltd, which bolsters Central Alliance’s geotechnical and slope climbing proficiencies. Electro Install Ltd’s specialist slope climbing rigs have full body and mast rotation, enabling Central Alliance to carry out ground investigation in the same orientation and location as proposed remedial works such as soil nailing or Electrokinetic slope stabilisation techniques. This will significantly minimise the risk of unforeseen ground conditions and provide valuable data to... (read more)
2017-06-09 12:30:18

Leica Reveal iCON Construction Total Stations

Leica Geosystems, an industry leader of measurement technology, has announced the Leica iCON construction total stations, Leica iCR70 and Leica iCR80, the most productive one-person layout solution for building construction. The total stations increase efficiency on any building construction site by automatically identifying the prism and automatically relocking to it, should the line of sight be lost, delivering the most reliable, simple and automated setup routine for construction layout. The iCON layout solution, consisting of the iCON construction total stations, the Leica iCON CC80 field tablet and an enhanced version of the iCON build field software, is aligned with modern... (read more)
2018-06-20 10:17:18

Further Cooperation Between Leica and Autodesk in Building Construction

Leica Geosystems has announced further cooperation with Autodesk to connect the latest robotic total stations for construction, the Leica iCON iCR70 and iCR80, with the Autodesk BIM 360 layout mobile app, an industry construction management platform. The continued collaboration between the two organisations centres around the expanding role of building information modelling (BIM) in construction. This latest effort creates a seamless workflow, sending positions from the robotic total stations to the mobile app to compare design data, increasing efficiency and productivity from field to office. With the integration to the iCR70 and iCR80 robotic total stations, BIM 360 Layout for... (read more)
2018-11-21 11:27:27

Trimble T7 Tablet Elevates Productivity on the Construction Site

Trimble has introduced the Trimble T7 Tablet, a rugged, lightweight and versatile device for construction surveying applications. Using Trimble Siteworks Software for construction surveying, the Trimble T7 provides real-time data to visualize cut/fill levels, calculate material volumes, check grade and communicate work orders to increase productivity and enable better decision making. "The Trimble T7 Tablet is the next step in the evolution of our data collection portfolio," said Scott Crozier, general manager for Trimble's Civil Engineering and Construction Division. "Surveyors, supervisors and inspectors can complete tasks with less downtime, combining Trimble reliability with the flexibility to adapt to a variety of configurations... (read more)
2019-02-28 10:57:45

Skycatch and DPR Agreement Sees UAVs Deployed on Construction Sites

DPR Construction has signed an enterprise-wide agreement with Skycatch creating a new model of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) standardization and productivity available for all of their project sites. In construction, the products and applications for using UAVs have come a long way – from experimenting with fragmented consumer solutions to now depending on this data from a single commercial-grade kit. This enables customers to manage day to day operations, auditing and measuring performance - down to the centimetre level. Providing this visibility and transparency into a project has been a game changer for the industry. A frequent early adopter of... (read more)
2019-04-09 10:02:25

Topcon Introduces GTL-1000 Total Station for Vertical Construction

Topcon Positioning Group has introduced a scanning robotic total station – the GTL-1000. A compact scanner integrated with a fully featured robotic total station, the system is designed to offer a powerful instrument for single-operator layout and scan on a single set up. Combined with ClearEdge3D Verity, it offers a new standard of construction verification workflows. The instrument includes a complete robotic total station that provides full-featured layout functionality with single operator control. The system is designed to build upon proven prism tracking and accuracy that allows operators to layout points in challenging construction environments. With the press of a... (read more)
2019-04-12 10:24:19
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