Category Archives: Construction

As-Damaged BIMs

A group of Israeli researchers are working on developing algorithms to predict the damage states of concrete buildings with masonry infills. After an earthquake, Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) can capture point clouds of the damaged state of building facades rapidly, … Continue reading

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Augmented Reality for QC

Pericept is a start-up that has a unique, “crowd sourcing” approach to quality control on a construction site. The idea is to take advantage of the construction workers who are building the project by collecting data from their mobile devices … Continue reading

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The Integrated 3D Site

Thanks to Terry Bennett at Autodesk for this impressive video of what appears to be a very powerful, yet easy to use UAS that has been tightly integrated with Civil 3D and more. The UAS is the 3DR Solo with … Continue reading

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Utility As-Builts – Mandate Needed

I am writing a paper for an upcoming conference being sponsored by a new ASCE institute – Utility Engineering and Survey Institute, or UESI. The topic I am pursuing is the use of mobile lidar to collect as-built utility locations. … Continue reading

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3D Going Mainstream in Construction

Despite the fact that the title of this article in Construction Dive alludes to the idea of 3D laser scanning being like “x-ray vision”, it does report on a positive development that is taking place in this important industry. Slowly, … Continue reading

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Autodesk Invests in Skycatch

Autodesk has made a series b round investment in Skycatch, a startup UAV company that is focusing on the AEC market. On paper there is great synergy, and if the collaboration results in tighter integration than it is going to … Continue reading

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Constructability

One of the more important issues to be discussed at the recent TRB AFB80 Committee meeting this week was the issue of 3D highway design models not being suitable for construction, particularly when automated machine guidance is being used to … Continue reading

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Monitoring Construction Settlement

They are using 3D laser scanning in Seattle to monitor settlement in an area above a major tunneling operation where crews were pumping out groundwater to construct the access pit to repair the tunnel machine Bertha, which broke down in … Continue reading

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Reality Computing for Infrastructure

The concept of “reality computing” is an important one, but it’s not easily defined. Continue reading

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Built Environment 2050

The days of building your business model on proprietary data are numbered. Continue reading

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