Accurate by Design: How Reality Capture Transforms Construction

The use of laser scanning in construction is soaring—and for good reason. On a typical construction project, rework accounts for 12 to 15 percent of the cost of construction. With laser scanning, the ability to catch conflicts before they happen can reduce rework to 1 to 3 percent or less. This reduction translates into hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings on change orders, not to mention the advantage of keeping the project on schedule. The new collaboration between Autodesk and Leica Geosystems is making the adoption of laser scanning even easier for construction teams. In a 60-minute webinar on September 1, Leica Geosystems’ Cathi Hayes and Autodesk’s Eric Richie went behind the scenes on the alliance between the two technology giants to share cutting-edge success strategies. You can now view the webinar on-demand.

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Video: Where BIM Is Taking Construction

Building information modeling (BIM) is having a substantial impact on the construction industry by improving accuracy and reducing risk. In this engaging panel discussion, we go behind the scenes with David Epps of Holder Construction, Russell Gibbs of Brasfield & Gorrie, and Chris Scanlon of DAVIS Construction to talk about some of the latest trends, including laser scanning, robotic total stations and multistations. Plus, Cathi Hayes of Leica Geosystems shares details about the latest innovation for data capture in building construction.

Leica Geosystems and Autodesk Collaborate to Transform Building Construction Industry

Leica Geosystems, Inc., the pioneer of measurement technologies, and Autodesk Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, have formed a collaboration to provide wider access to premier reality-capture and BIM-to-field layout solutions for professionals involved in laser scanning, building construction layout and related markets. The alliance creates new opportunities for professionals working with Autodesk software to leverage the high-accuracy data from Leica Geosystems’ sensors directly within popular Autodesk authoring tools. Multiple technology integrations are being explored as both companies look for ways to create synergies that will benefit their joint customers.

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17 Must-Attend BIM Sessions at HxGN LIVE

HxGN LIVE, Hexagon’s annual user’s conference, will be held in Las Vegas, June 1-4 at the MGM Grand Hotel. The Geosystems track will include more than 100 presentations on industry trends, user testimonials, new technology previews, interactive technical demos, hands on training and more. Registered attendees are free to attend any conference session. Check out these “must attend” sessions to learn how industry leaders are applying building information modeling (BIM) and other new software and technologies to grow their businesses. Continue reading…

How Sandra Wilkin Fosters BIM at Bradford Construction

Bradford Construction has been a forward-thinking business for over 25 years. In addition to maintaining a sharp focus on budget, safety and scheduling – and consulting with woman- and minority-owned businesses across the country – Bradford is also an early adopter of 3D laser scanning and building information modeling (BIM). “We wanted to integrate our systems so that we could improve the accuracy of our information,” said Sandra Wilkin, founder and president of the Bradford Companies. “That’s when we started looking at how we could leverage BIM processes.” Continue reading…

No More Waiting for Points: CECO Concrete Construction Saves Time and Money with Robotic Total Stations

CECO Concrete Construction has been in the concrete industry for over 100 years. Founded in 1912, the leading concrete subcontractor has 18 offices nationwide and has worked on all kinds of projects, from parking garages and high-rise hotels to hospitals and sports stadiums. Its most recent project is the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. With projects of this size and scope, time is money and the more control a subcontractor has over the total process and schedule, the better.  Continue reading…

How Will SLAM Technology Revolutionize Building Construction?

SLAM stands for simultaneous localization and mapping. It was developed in the 1980s for robotics and has been used to guide self-driving cars and common household robotics such as the popular iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner. Technically speaking, SLAM is a relative positioning concept based on sensor inputs such as photos or laser scans. It computationally creates a map of an unknown place while simultaneously tracking the location. The algorithms used depend on the sensor type, so different algorithms are used with photos than with laser scan data. So what does that have to do with building construction? Continue reading…