Lifecycle Infrastructure: Coupling Artificial Intelligence Into Asset Management

nurnburg 275Artificial intelligence (AI) in the traditional sense conjurs up many ideas. And the construction industry should be well aware, especially as it lags behind in becoming digital to the rest of the world, that already other industries are speaking openly about AI within their realms in the not too distant future. Will 3D and visualization fit into AI in the construction sector? Will they have a role? 

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Balfour Beatty Joint Venture Progresses UK’s Largest Road Upgrade

balfour beat uk rd250New aerial photographs show the progress on the A14 project, the biggest road upgrade under construction in the UK. The A14 is being delivered by a four-way joint-venture comprised of Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Skanska and Costain. Work on building the £1.5bn upgrade to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon started in November last year. The project includes widening a total of seven miles of the A14 in each direction (across two sections), a major new bypass south of Huntingdon, widening a three-mile section of the A1 and demolition of a viaduct at Huntingdon, which will support improvements in the town. 

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The Rise Of The City Model: 3D Application, Concept and Technology

3dcitymodel225The 3D City Model has been a long time coming, It is not new, rather, it has evolved over time through a process of research and innovation that includes applications, concepts and technology. As these became more mature, they integrated more closely. Adding digital computation into the mix placed 3D into the mainstream of internet use and simply pushed 3D city models out into the great wide open of interested users. 

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Sydney Airport Optimizes Multi-discipline Collaboration with Infrastructure Facilities Management System

sydney airport 275Occupying 2,239 acres with more than 400 buildings, three terminals, three runways, and associated taxiways, Sydney Airport is one of Australia’s most important pieces of infrastructure, generating economic activity equivalent to 6.4 percent for New South Wales and providing 306,700 jobs. The airport’s design team is responsible for maintenance, documentation, and guardianship of civil, architectural, airfield design, and services databases, as well as leasing documents, airspace protection, and numerous presentation drawings.

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Reston Station OB1 Tops Out

tt reston275The trophy-class office building, Reston Station OB1, in Reston, Virginia, topped out last month. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for the 620,000-square-foot, 16-story project designed by JAHN architects. The project is part of the larger Reston Station mixed-use, transit-oriented development, which includes residential and retail buildings located at a metro stop on the Silver Line leading to Washington, D.C. In addition to offices, the tower will have a restaurant and eight levels of below-grade parking.

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Designing Spaces For Learning And Collaboration

grimshaw275Grimshaw has designed three buildings that reflect the needs of 21st century education, with technology, collaboration and wellbeing at the core of each scheme. Creating a sense of openness and transparency, the projects connect staff and students to the remainder of the campus or urban environment. Thoughtful material choices reflect the architectural context, and provide identity and character to important student hubs.

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The Northern Viking Graben 3D Survey - North Sea

cgg graben 250The Northern North Sea is host to many large discoveries, such as Troll, Statfjord and Brage, but recent finds such as Brasse imply that more potential fields are waiting to be discovered. The key to understanding these mature petroleum areas is to consider all the geoscience data available to reduce uncertainty and risk. This is why CGG offers integrated studies combining broadband seismic data with geology, well data and reservoir characterization to increase the understanding of petroleum plays and identify new prospects. The Northern Viking Graben study is the largest and most complete of these integrated studies that CGG has been developing in many areas of the world.

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University of Iowa’s New Hancher Auditorium Reveals 3D Design And Construction

tt building175The University of Iowa’s new Hancher Auditorium makes its debut on September 9. With a sculptural form composed of curving, cantilevered terraces clad in stainless steel and glass, the 1,800-seat performing arts facility is the result of intensive collaboration among design-team members from 17 organizations. Theater design is never simple, but a compressed schedule and atypical geometry added complexity to the design process. Thornton Tomasetti’s façade specialists, structural engineers and construction support professionals worked closely with one another and with all design and construction team members to develop sophisticated solutions to several significant engineering challenges.

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With BIM Collaboration, 3-D Visualization Becomes Tool for Efficiency, Accuracy in the Construction World

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york bim model thumbA renaissance in the 3D visualization world is drawing new investments and creating opportunity in nontraditional markets. The construction sector, which has long used visualization to envisage proposed designs, is beginning to see the benefits of 3D visualization to share those concepts with customers and design teams. The next-generation design tools used widely by architects and engineers, BIM programs are powerful and data-rich, and their 3-D models make designers fast and accurate. The potential is vast. To understand why, it helps to take a closer look at where we are now in terms of BIM.

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3D Visualization Software Driving the Latest Drive Simulators

image forum8 thumTransportation systems benefit greatly through the use and application of traffic simulations. While this technology has traditionally been used in human factors research, driver training and transport planning, due to the advances in software development it is also now becoming a significant element in the research into advanced vehicle safety and autonomous driving systems. These simulations also support interfaces that enable such items as eye tracking devices and head mounted displays in 3D. 

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Making Urban Planning Childs’ Play - Connecting 3D Models and GIS With Minecraft

thumb min225Since 3D city models became feasible as a tool for urban planning some 15 years ago there has been a push towards photo realism in visualizations. With BIM and more intelligent modelling specifications the 3D city model has established itself as much more than just a canvas for an architect’s vision.

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GIS For Understanding and Visualization of Urban Economics

image ayam225pxSpatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) have a unique and powerful role to play with respect to understanding urban areas through economics. This data aids planning decisions and these tools are helpful when processing large quantities of complex information. At the same times, GIS provide the opportunity to integrate cross-domain knowledge more effectively, an important capability due to the wide ranging number of different domains participating within urban environments. 

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