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

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

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

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

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

Help from Above: Drone Support on Construction Sites

Florian Waubke, CEO at FairFleet – which offers a one-stop shop for drone services – shares his vision on the digitalization of the construction sector. Drones can provide high-precision data from all angles, covering high-rise assets as well as large areas in completely digital workflows. Autonomous flying, combined with AI-driven analysis and a deep information integration, is about to define the future of construction. Maps for machines may be generated by drones and used by construction robots to move objects and execute tasks like drilling holes and precision mounting. FairFleet offers a one-stop shop for drone services and the online... (read more)
2019-10-14 11:01:12

New Age of Vertical Construction Verification for Balfour Beatty

It often takes several stakeholders to bring a construction project to life, and for vertical construction developments, there are added complexities with space restrictions and intricate designs to support the upward structure. It’s no surprise then that mistakes happen, but mistakes can quickly drain budgets and take years to rectify. Technology now exists that can spot mistakes before they’re even constructed, create intricate as-built models for verification against design, and do it all in almost real-time. Avoiding mistakes is crucial in delivering a successful project, and efficiency and productivity are key elements for any contractor. With this in mind, Topcon... (read more)
2019-06-05 12:58:33

COVID-19 and UK Construction Contracts: Force Majeure or Not?

The construction industry is coming to terms with the way that COVID-19 is dictating new ways of working, delaying many projects. Many surveyors, though, are having to deal with the contractual implications – the RICS reports. Some contracts can excuse failures and potential breaches of contract that arise as a result of force majeure. Surveyors therefore need to know how and when force majeure may apply, and may be asked to make decisions about whether, for example, a contractor is entitled to extend the date for completion. Significantly, force majeure only applies if there is a force majeure clause in the... (read more)
2020-06-17 10:57:56
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