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Going Big with Tekla

Appointed by Blackpool Pleasure Beach to help renovate and refurbish its infamous The Big One rollercoaster, Taziker Industrial knew that digital technology would have a significant part to play in the delivery of the project...

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Vectorworks and the Landscape Institute

Vectorworks has sponsored the launch of LI Campus, a digital learning platform for landscape professionals, and a focus for Landscape Institute events and CPD days

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New project Uses AI to classify buildings

Bluesky International is partnering with the University of Leicester to develop a new portfolio of geospatial data products for the UK insurance sector

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Asite to supply CDE for Sheffield Hallam

Asite has been chosen as the common Data Environment (CDE) solution for Sheffield Hallam University's development project to improve its estate

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Maintaining mission-critical assets

Geomaps' IWMS platform integrated with Leica Geosystems' reality capture solutions provide customers with the ability to extend the life of mission-critical assets, assess maintenance remotely, provide managers with accurate...

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Trimble announces Quadri BIM server

Trimble has introduced an all-new version of its Quadri cloud-based BIM server and collaboration platform

Tekla and Farrat's new plug-in tool

In partnership with Farrat, Trimble Solutions UK has launched a new Tekla plug-in tool, to facilitate the efficient design and detailing of Thermal Break Plates in structural steel framed buildings

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Case Study

Parc Life

John Sisk & Sons deploys Site Progress Mobile to deliver woodland cabins for Center Parcs

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Technology Focus

Wearable Tech

NavVis launches two innovative solutions to enhance the creation of immersive environments and to facilitate highly accurate measurement capabilities in indoor environments - including a wearable 3D laser scanner

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Live data streaming

Innovate UK funded AEC Delta Mobility nears completion of new industry standard for data sharing

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Getting back to Normal - but what's the New Normal?

One of the best things about the easing of lockdown is being free to talk about things other than Coronavirus issues, and how we are going to modify our working habits to prevent the second phase descending on us this autumn. The industry hasn’t stood still, and besides learning how to work from home more efficiently and maintain proper social distancing while we work, there have been some interesting technical innovations - demonstrated by articles in this newsletter - of 3D laser scanning of structures for construction management or improved accuracy in surveying for rectifying structural wear and tear.

The first example is from NavViz which has introduced a wearable 3D scanner which vastly speeds up the acquisition of 3D point clouds within complex environments, and the second is a case study from Tekla whose client has used standard 3D laser scanners to produce a highly accurate 3D modelof sections of a roller coaster track at Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach which had been worn down by many years of use. Creating the new sections and fitting them, with millimetre accuracy, resulted in a better and smoother ride than they had when it was launched.

But even here there are caveats! It’s not just the working practices that will change. The fear of transmission has been released and any event that appears to heighten the spread of the coronavirus will be affected – and that includes the aerosol effect of a roller coaster carload of screaming holidaymakers! Having upgraded the ride, will it now be mothballed for a couple of years till we learn to live with the virus?

That probably goes for many public events where emotion overcomes prudence – football matches, concerts, gigs, and so on – and whilst many people will ignore the issue, there will still be a large part of the population who will remain cautious – and construction projects for such venues will have to take steps to accommodate attendee segregation if, in future, that is required.

David Chadwick

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