Topcon Introduces Infrastructure and Technology Documentary Series

Topcon Positioning Group has announced a new series of documentary videos designed to bring greater awareness to automation and technology in the construction and agriculture industries. Along with thought leadership from Topcon, the documentaries feature interviews with various tangential industry experts and business representatives offering their perspectives on how technological advancements have changed infrastructure and what to expect going forward. Jackie Ferreira, Topcon Positioning Group director of corporate communications, said, “We wanted to take a partnership approach to the video series to feature industry experts along with our thoughts at Topcon. The infrastructure industry is changing quickly, and this video series highlights... (read more)
2018-12-10 04:39:30

Reality Capture at its Finest - Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2018

Richard Groom travelled to the West End for Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure event. This annual event attracts Bentley users from all over the globe for conference sessions, networking and an awards ceremony. I attended a two-hour session during which the contenders for the reality capture category presented their projects and were then questioned by the judges. Smart Hong Kong First up was “Smart Campus of Hong Kong Science Park”, presented by Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation & Chain Technology Development Co. Limited. The project is seen as a pilot for development of Smart Hong Kong. The presenters showed... (read more)
2019-01-22 12:43:49

Murphy Surveys Partners with PelicanCorp for Underground Infrastructure Safety

Murphy Surveys has signed a partnership agreement with PelicanCorp, a world leading provider of utilities solutions, to offer a new and improved ‘beforeUdig’ service that will help protect buried infrastructure through radically streamlining the process of requesting and receiving location plans from asset owners in Ireland. The partnership, announced at the Utility Week Ireland Power Conference in Dublin, aims to expand the coverage of the existing service making it easier for asset owners to be aware of digging activity near their assets, and for contractors to locate and identify buried utilities prior to digging. With the information provided through beforeUdig,... (read more)
2018-04-25 12:59:34

Elections over, but will it be Time for Infrastructure?

Infrastructure and particularly transportation are issues that should concern us all, says Chris Preston, chair of RICS Geomatics Professional Group. By the time you read this those of us in the UK will have returned to our post-election stupor and wondering what effect the new government will have on the matters that have impact on our lives. It always surprises me that the issues that are in the politicians’ minds at polling time are rarely one of the matters that concern us all, namely transportation. Apart from different political parties having a policy of pro or anti HS2 (High-speed railway... (read more)
2017-10-11 03:39:59

Technical Advances Bring Digital Twin of Underground Infrastructure Closer

Mapping the underground is one of the major challenges in creating an infrastructure map at the municipal, regional, and national level, which is a key foundation for a national digital twin. Recent technical developments include: the ability to collect data at highway speeds that can be used to create a 3D model of underground infrastructure, software that can extract relevant 3D underground information from consumer digital photography, and video capture. Meanwhile, novel ways to share information about underground infrastructure, and progress on standards for sharing information about the subsurface are making mapping the underground increasingly feasible. The uncertainty in the... (read more)
2018-10-08 04:46:21

Bavarian Surveyors use a Multi-pronged Approach to Support Critical Infrastructure

The Alzkanal is a key component of Germany’s industrial and clean power infrastructure that was due for maintenance and repairs. Detailed inspection and planning is normally needed prior to the work. But in this case, the worksite was a canal filled with fast-flowing water – and it needed to stay that way as much as possible. The canal operators faced a paradox: How do you develop a strategy to repair and maintain something that you can’t see or access? The answer would come from a small group of surveyors and engineers using an array of geospatial technologies. Planning for the... (read more)
2018-09-17 03:32:29

Geospatial Corporation Completes First of Several Projects Mapping Pipelines

Geospatial Corporation has announced that they have completed its first underground pipeline mapping project for one of North America's largest energy pipeline companies. The client owns over 70,000 miles of energy pipeline in the US and Canada. Having been qualified as an approved service provider and with the successful completion of this initial project, Geospatial has been asked to complete five additional projects for the client and anticipates substantial additional opportunities across North America. Mark Smith, Geospatial's CEO stated, "As we work through the rigorous qualification process for each energy company and they are introduced to our mapping technologies and GeoUnderground, we anticipate a substantial... (read more)
2017-05-02 12:01:59

Bentley and Topcon Announce Academy for the Construction Industry

Bentley and Topcon have announced a “constructioneering academy.” This learning initiative will help bring construction professionals up to speed on the workflows developed by the companies. Bentley describes these workflows, which connects both companies cloud services, as a “process of managing and integrating survey, engineering, and construction data to streamline work and improve project delivery”, hence the name constructioneering. Greg Bentley explains that he sees the academy as similar to its other Bentley education initiatives, which are dedicated to teaching users how to use digital workflows in BIM, reality modelling, and construction. The difference, he points out, is that the new... (read more)
2017-10-24 11:50:45

BIM Market to Reach US$18.8bn by 2024

The value of the global building information modelling (BIM) market has been projected to reach US$18.8 billion by 2024, up from a valuation of US$3.6 billion in 2016. The 'Global Building Information Modelling Market' report, published by Esticast research and consulting, found that emerging countries in Southeast Asia and Europe will be major drivers of this projected expansion, with rapid growth propelled by infrastructure development to support rapidly growing populations in nations such as India and China. The report divides the BIM market into application areas, defining commercial, residential, institutional, infrastructure and industrial segments. Geographically, the market is segmented into North America, Europe,... (read more)
2018-01-16 12:14:09

New Event REAL-ly Hits the Spot!

This issue is all about 3D Documentation but we’re not forgetting the infrastructure, mapping small islands and trying to get our fellow professionals to understand what we mean by scale. When you boil surveying down to the essentials it’s mostly about capturing a scene in sufficient detail so that others can design, plan or take action. Today we have some fantastic technology to enable us to do that and we increasingly describe what we do as 3D Documentation, which is very much the theme for this issue. You will find different aspects of it across at least four articles including,... (read more)
2017-10-10 03:54:33
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