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

UAS Platforms the Future of Successful Aerial Image Capture & Modelling

UAS (Unmanned Airborne Systems) are rapidly becoming a valuable source of data for inspection, surveillance, mapping and 3D modelling projects. Investment in the commercial UAS industry - estimated to increase by US$3.5 billion by 2024 – reveals the potential for UAS to aid or replace traditional methods of data collection. The catalyst for the high rate of UAS adoption is primarily the technological developments in microprocessor architecture and the falling costs of the manufacturing process. Even consumer-grade UAS - available for less than £1,000 – now feature sophisticated Internal Measurement Units (IMUs), GPS- and GLONASS-capable GNSS receivers, stabilised gimbals, and... (read more)
2018-11-21 12:05:17

DigitalGlobe Completes Mapping Mission for PSMA Australia

DigitalGlobe has announced it has mapped the entire continent of Australia at an unprecedented level of detail using the cutting-edge techniques of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and crowdsourcing. DigitalGlobe produced data layers for PSMA Australia to create Geoscape, a commercial location intelligence dataset about the Australian built environment that will enable end users to make business decisions with confidence. PSMA Australia is an organisation that offers authoritative geospatial data sources to public and private institutions across Australia. Geoscape describes the physical attributes of every building across all 7.6 million sq km of Australia, transforming workflows for monitoring, growth and optimisation across a broad spectrum of industries,... (read more)
2018-11-19 10:38:34

Maptek Launches Spatial Data Application PointStudio

Maptek has launched a new point cloud processing and modelling software called PointStudio 8 – a new name, platform and ribbon interface evolving from I-Site Studio. The next generation 3D platform for modelling, analysis and reporting is delivered on the Maptek Workbench, which unlocks data sharing with other Maptek applications. One of the benefits of moving to the Workbench is access to the Workflow Editor for building interactive command sequences. PointStudio users can link workflow components to data and easily run automations in context. “A good example is site-configured registration workflows. This incorporates data import and filtering, as well as... (read more)
2018-11-14 10:33:08

Chintana Herrin

Chintana Herrin is a reality modelling product marketing manager with Bentley Systems primarily focused on applications pertaining to 3D photogrammetry and point clouds. She is responsible for Bentley’s ContextCapture, Descartes, and Pointools applications. Herrin has nearly 20 years’ experience marketing engineering software. She provides current and prospective Bentley users valuable insights into the advantages the company’s technologies provide to their organizations. (read more)
2018-11-09 12:12:12

WorldDEM Now Entirely Edited and Available via Streaming

Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the entire edited WorldDEM database, together with the already available WorldDEM4Ortho dataset, is now available via streaming.This online access to the WorldDEM and WorldDEM4Ortho of the entire Earth’s landmass facilitates a wide range of applications such as line-of-sight analysis, hydrological modelling, satellite imagery orthorectification and much more. Following the comprehensive global acquisition campaign and subsequent processing effort, WorldDEM data is now available for the entire world in an edited version. This dataset corresponds to a hydro-enforced Digital Surface Model with water surfaces of lakes and reservoirs set to a single elevation, rivers and... (read more)
2018-10-31 02:00:17

Urban Energy Modelling - Semantic 3D City Data as Virtual and Augmented Reality

The visualisation of results from urban energy modelling and simulation is a crucial part of energy research as it is the main communication tool among scientists, engineers and decision-makers. Energy modelling and simulation results are directly linked to spatial objects, and 3D therefore becomes a necessity. The multiple interactive 3D visualisation environments that exist are mainly targeted as 3D viewers for use on desktop machines and lack immersive components that enable users to truly immerse themselves, explore and interact with the real environment onsite. In this study, the team focused on a holistic approach that implements a seamless transition from... (read more)
2018-10-08 03:17:35

Bentley Acquires Web-based 3D Urban Planning Pioneer Agency9

Bentley Systems has announced the acquisition of Agency9, based in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Agency9 has already provided nearly half of Sweden’s larger municipalities with city-scale 'digital twin' cloud services for city planning and related web-based 3D visualisation. Since 2012, Agency9 has taken advantage of reality meshes created by Bentley’s ContextCapture reality modelling software as the digital context for visualising urban infrastructure assets represented in GIS data, terrain surveys and BIM models. Bentley’s new iTwin cloud services, which similarly to the Agency 9 acquisition were also introduced at this week's Year in Infrastructure conference, add digital alignment and change synchronisation for... (read more)
2018-10-15 09:25:28

University Uses Advanced Modelling to Predict Landslides

The University of Melbourne has developed an advanced modelling tool that can predict boundaries of landslides up to a fortnight before they occur. Researchers at the School of Mathematics and Statistics built a model that can analyse surface movement at the microstructure level, able to detect the patterns that are the telltale signs of a developing collapse. One such pattern is infinitesimal motions that change over time, becoming synchronised as the risk of ‘failure’ increases. Professor Antoinette Tordesillas said “These warnings can be subtle. Identifying them requires fundamental knowledge of failure at the microstructure level – the movement of individual grains of earth.... (read more)
2018-08-24 10:19:32

Fire and Rescue Service Selects Cadcorp SIS Desktop

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue (LFR) has selected Cadcorp to provide GIS data to help with decision-making at all levels concerning risk. This is pertinent to their Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) where the geographic targeting of resources, the impact of cover, and the level of risk are all being assessed. Cadcorp SIS Desktop will meet this requirement because of its dynamic analysis and associated fire service specific modelling applications. Cadcorp Workload Modeller provides detailed resource and demand analysis and allows LFR to run a range of “What if” scenarios. Cadcorp Risk Modeller is used for creating multiple risk maps that... (read more)
2018-08-20 02:37:12
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