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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.

To view the document click here.

How can BIM benefits be attained retrospectively for existing asset data?

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With the Level 2 BIM mandate imminent we’ve never been more focused as an industry on capturing and managing structured data throughout the lifecycle of our built assets. But what about the information we already have?

Is this investment doomed to be written off or could it be, with the right help and maybe a little technology, a rich source of asset information? Is it possible to breathe new life into existing information and bridge the gap between drawings and information-rich models? We think it is.

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2nd HyDrone sold at the show

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At the 36th Oceanology International held in the London Excel venue, Ohmex presented the new HyDrone ASV with its integrated mission control box. The same ASV (Autonomous Surface Vessel) control box was demonstrated live at the show with the larger Echoboat designed for oceanographic applications.

The demonstration held in the adjacent London Docklands showed the complete sequence of mission planning software, vessel launch/deployment, hydrographic data acquisition, live tracking and finally vessel recovery with data retrieval.

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Paula Scher’s insanely detailed US maps elevate data viz to fine art

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If you were to ask Paula Scher, the famed graphic designer, if there’s something she’s trying to say with the maps she’s spent the last couple of decades painting, she wouldn’t have much of an answer for you. Design might be about answers, but art is about questions. And right now, Scher, despite her better-known work as a partner at Pentagram, is fully embracing her role as an artist. In a recently opened exhibition titled U.S.Aat Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York City, Scher is showing a new set of her large-scale painted maps. Each of the paintings depicts a map of the United States overlaid with layers of information. Names of states and cities are painted amongst bright swirls of data: median house prices, flight paths, temperatures, zip codes, demographics, and populations.

The maps aren’t infographics, per se, though they are filled with information. They read like pages out of a schizophrenic atlas. “They’re not paintings of information, they’re sensibilities,” Scher says. “Do you get what I’m saying?” Sort of, I tell her. “They’re abstract expressionist information,” she clarifies. “It’s really more a spirit of the information.”

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Open BIM v Closed BIM

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The construction design industry is in the midst of a transition, moving from traditional 2D design methods to a more virtual 3D design solution which as we all know by now is known as BIM (building information modelling). Due to pressure from customers, from the public, and increasingly, private sector BIM is gaining traction in the AEC industry as the preferred pre-construction planning, construction management and post-construction facilities management tool.

Whilst many firms have already started the transition to this ‘intelligent’ model-based process, the ‘real’ potential of BIM can only be achieved by open exchange of design and non-design project information amongst the key project stakeholders: architects, structural engineers, MEP design consultants, MEP engineers, and other trade subcontractors. Without a shared or collaborative approach, the continuation of design silo’s with 3D tools will only exacerbate the design problem of timescale and costs.

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Open Data reveals Roman Roads

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David Rateledge, former head of Lancashire County Council’s GIS unit, has been spending his retirement looking for evidence of roman roads in the county and has recently discovered the road which connected Ribchester and Catterall.

He started his investigations several years ago, using Environment Agency LiDAR in the form of JPG picture files, but then progressed to using grid data. He imports the bare earth and surface LiDAR data into Open GIS software package QGIS and experiments to find the best hill-shading angle. An illumination angle perpendicular to the road alignment casts visible shadows from the road embankment (known as the agger) rendering it visible in the image as it passes in a straight line across several fields.

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