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

Unlocking Infrastructure Spending during COVID-19 Recovery

Despite a maturing infrastructure investment market, private capital sufficient to support US$1trn of infrastructure development is currently going unspent, according to a report commissioned by RICS’ World Built Environment Forum: Bridging the gap: Private investment in future infrastructure provision. Funding the delivery of infrastructure has been high on the global political agenda. It will be even more so when governments take action to bolster economic recovery from COVID-19 or improve social infrastructure. However, a lack of investible projects has already meant that hundreds of billions of dollars of potential funding has been sitting idle. Analysis of Preqin data shows there... (read more)
2020-05-19 01:12:32

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

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

User-friendly Remote Sensing Data Infrastructure in France

New Services Will Stimulate Market Growth
Over the past decade, Geosud has contributed to successfully mitigating the various obstacles to the operational use of satellite imagery for environmental management and territorial development. Geosud’s role in the project will soon come to an end but the services will continue, embedded in an even better infrastructure: Dinamis. As of next year, Dinamis will provide satellite images of land, sea, air or underground, and even online image processing, for organizations related to the public sector in France. As you approach the Maison de la Télédétection in Montpellier, France, the first sight that greets you is a 5.5m-tall receiving station... (read more)
2019-07-11 10:41:00

Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure 2020 Conference is Going Digital

Bentley Systems' annual Year in Infrastructure 2020 Conference is 'going digital' for a broader global community. Bentley Systems, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction and operations of infrastructure has announced that its annual infrastructure event, the Year in Infrastructure 2020 Conference, is “going digital.” This new digital format will bring together, now for a broader global community, the thought leadership, networking and learning content that Bentley conference attendees have come to expect. The virtual Year in Infrastructure 2020 Conference provides complimentary access to a wide range of content relevant to... (read more)
2020-06-10 10:07:10

Trimble to Acquire Cityworks to Expand Digital Asset and Infrastructure Management Solutions

Trimble has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Azteca Systems LLC (dba 'Cityworks'), a leading provider of enterprise asset management (EAM) software for utilities and local government. Cityworks' solutions address the global challenges associated with maintaining and replacing aging utility, transportation and public assets and infrastructure. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. Financial terms were not disclosed. Cityworks, based in Sandy, Utah, was launched in 1996 and provides a powerful and flexible office, cloud and mobile EAM software... (read more)
2019-10-09 08:58:20

4D Construction Planning Saves GBP 1 Million on UK’s Largest-ever Water Infrastructure Project

The Thames Tideway Tunnel will capture and store raw sewage and rainwater from London’s 150-year-old sewer network, preventing overflow into the River Thames. It is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK’s water industry. Bentley's SYNCHRO 4D workflow was used to streamline construction planning activities and to improve progress tracking and management. This has reduced the overall construction programme by 30 days, achieving GBP 1million in direct and indirect cost savings. The 25-kilometre-long tunnel is split into 24 construction sites, 11 of which are located along the river’s banks. The project involves 12 design disciplines and numerous supply-chain companies,... (read more)
2020-03-23 02:33:11
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