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Forty percent of surveyors affected by lost or stolen equipment

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Two out of five surveyors have been affected by lost or stolen equipment, with the average cost of replacing the equipment on a job affected totalling over £10,000, according to a poll of 100 land surveyors.

Commissioned by Topcon GB & Ireland, the positioning partner for construction and geo-businesses, the research revealed that the biggest impact of lost or stolen equipment was loss of working time and additional cost of replacing equipment. Damage to equipment (56 per cent) and lost or stolen equipment (39 per cent) were also listed as common causes of delays on site.

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Public participation makes the digital city truly smart

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Involving the public is transforming the digital city into the smart city of the future. With the EU “smarticipate” project, the Fraunhofer Institute for Visual Computing IGD is centring its presentations at INTERGEO 2016 on getting city dwellers involved in planning and political decision-making processes. The specialist exhibition, three presentation slots at the INTERGEO conference, the INTERGEO report and the INTERGEO TV “Opinion Leader Talk” video format with Dr. Joachim Rix all focus on public participation through visualisation and interaction based on geographical data.

What transforms the digital city into the smart city? According to Dr. Joachim Rix from the Fraunhofer Institute for Visual Computing IGD, transparency and involving the general public in political decision-making and planning processes are key. “Current planning processes are linear, with administrative bodies planning, conducting discussions and making decisions.

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BIM + Linked Data = True Location Intelligence

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Connecting additional data sources to building information models provides project teams and clients with a richer basis for accurate decision-making.

Since man first started to build assets, it can be surmised that, we have considered their location in the surrounding environment – whether positioning buildings or seeking the best alignment for a linear asset such as a road, railway line or pipeline. For many years, our planning has been supported by physical measurement and paper depiction of natural features and man-made buildings by agencies such as the Ordnance Survey (OS): now we are digitising what was once a paper-based process using technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM).

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Is Revit LT suitable for my organisation?

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This has got to be one of the most commonly asked questions when organisations are looking to move to the Revit platform.

Before Autodesk introduced the ability to subscribe to Revit with a term plan, many customers felt the cost of the full Revit software was a difficult outlay. Many requests came for a cheaper, lighter version allowing users to enter into the platform at a more accessible price point. In 2013, Autodesk answered these requests with the release of Revit LT (RLT).

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John Manthorpe response to BIS Consultation on the Land Registry

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John Manthorpe, former Chief Land Registrar, has responded to the Consultation by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on moving Land Registry operations to the private sector.

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