Staying On Track: Using the Rail Industry’s Funding Model

bal bea railBalfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has today published its ‘Staying on Track’ paper. This lays out the Group’s view that new funding models are essential to provide the UK’s rail industry with continuity of project flow, in order to support growth in innovation and skills. The upgrade of our national rail network has the potential both to enable and drive economic expansion. However, delivering this is inextricable from ending the current stop-go pattern of funding. The investments required in capability, R&D and critical strategic equipment, cannot be justified by the industry without greater certainty.

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Next-generation 3D Graphics on the Web

webkit 3dApple’s WebKit team today proposed a new Community Group at the W3C to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the Web, and to develop a standard API that exposes modern GPU features including low-level graphics and general purpose computation. W3C Community Groups allow all to freely participate, and we invite browser engineers, GPU hardware vendors, software developers and the Web community to join us. To kick off the discussion, we’re sharing an API proposal, and a prototype of that API for the WebKit Open Source project. We hope this is a useful starting point, and look forward to seeing the API evolve as discussions proceed in the Community Group. Let’s cover the details of how we got to this point, and how this new group relates to existing Web graphics APIs such as WebGL. Read More

Mark Bew - On The Future of BIM and Digital Construction

mark bew nbsMark Bew MBE, chairman at PCSG and the UK BIM Task Group, shared his thoughts on the UK's Level 2 BIM programme and revealed that a BIM Level 3 mandate will form part of Digital Built Britain plans. With additional BIM Level 2 guidance about to be published it was an ideal opportunity to catch up with Mark on the journey so far and to find out more about the road to Level 3 (including a BIM Level 3 mandate) as part of Digital Built Britain. Read More

Mark Bew - On The Future of BIM and Digital Construction

mark bew nbsMark Bew MBE, chairman at PCSG and the UK BIM Task Group, shared his thoughts on the UK's Level 2 BIM programme and revealed that a BIM Level 3 mandate will form part of Digital Built Britain plans. With additional BIM Level 2 guidance about to be published it was an ideal opportunity to catch up with Mark on the journey so far and to find out more about the road to Level 3 (including a BIM Level 3 mandate) as part of Digital Built Britain. Read More

Road Mapping Through LiDAR Technology

adcc lidarThe National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and other implementing agencies are responsible for development and maintenance of transport infrastructure like highways, roads, buildings, etc. Due to immense amount of infrastructure development these agencies have to rely on new and advance technologies. Understanding these challenges, ADCC took the initiative to introduce the technology LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and conduct a small pilot study to showcase its benefits for road development and management. The pilot study was successfully completed and in result the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has made it compulsory for the DPR preparation of roads & highways. Read More

Fast Weather Simulation for Inverse Procedural Design of 3DUrban Models

urban weather 3dWe present the first realistic, physically-based, fully coupled, real-time weather design tool for use in urban procedural modeling. We merge designing of a 3D urban model with a controlled long-lasting spatiotemporal interactive simulation of weather. Starting from the fundamental dynamical equations similar to those used in state-of-the-art weather models, we present a novel simplified urban weather model for interactive graphics. Control of physically-based weather phenomena is accomplished via an inverse modeling methodology. In our results, we present several scenarios of forward design, inverse design with high-level and detailed-level weather control and optimization, as well as comparisons of our method against well-known weather simulation results and systems.Read more

2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report

3dcityThe Black & Veatch 2017 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility Report investigates the progress made by communities and utilities as they continue their evolution toward smarter infrastructure. Around the globe, cities and utilities are beginning to see tangible results from preliminary efforts and are gaining confidence in what a smart city can be. Municipalities are starting to understand the power of data and how it can foster and support master planning, and how a roadmap can define, drive and ultimately enable smart city initiatives. Utilities are working to integrate advanced technologies — such as evolving to accommodate distributed energy resources (DERs) and improving network connectivity — to determine a successful path forward in a changing landscape. Read More

How To Carry Out Efficient And Detailed Harbour Inspections – From Shore

eiva navisuite harborThe NaviSuite Kuda software allows for time-efficient harbour inspections, allowing you to combine several different high-quality data types during both acquisition and post-processing. Recently, EIVA participated at a demo where NaviSuite Kuda proved its worth.  The software was paired up with a remote survey vehicle (RSV) from MarineTech and a NORBIT iWBMS integrated turnkey bathymetry system with a LiDAR module (the NORBIT integration contains OEM versions of the Applanix Wavemaster II and a Velodyne LiDAR). During the demo, which took only four hours to mobilise, the operator of the RSV remained on shore where he was able to control the RSV, follow the inspection progress and carry out quality control via real-time data visualisation. Also, had the situation required it, he would have been able to process the data right away. All of which is made possible by the NaviSuite Kuda software. Read More

CSIRO 3D Flood Modelling And Visualisation - Disaster Planning

csiro.3d.floodA clear understanding of flood behaviour gives emergency managers and planners the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about risks and infrastructure requirements. Using computational fluid dynamics, we’ve developed a high resolution 3D flood modelling technique that delivers realistic water simulations including difficult-to-model behaviours such as wave motion, flow of solids, wave fragmentation and splashing. Read More

Forensis - Imaging Processes, Satellite Images, 3D Visualizations, Models And Videos

HKW ForensisFrom tracing fingerprints to tracking Internet activities, forensics is central to the ways by which states police and govern their subjects. Through its media representations it has also become a defining feature of contemporary culture. Forensis seeks to invert the direction of the forensic gaze and designate the emergence of new aesthetic-political practices by which individuals and independent organisations use new technologies aesthetic practices, and architectural methodologies to bear upon a range of issues from political struggle to violent conflict and climate change. The exhibition presents the work of the Forensic Architecture project at Goldsmiths, University of London. It includes the presentation of of forensic investigations — involving imaging processes, satellite images, 3D visualizations, models and videos — were mobilised as evidence on behalf of prosecution teams, civil society organizations, activists, human rights groups, and the United Nations.  Read More

U.S. DOT Pipeline Mapping System

npmsThe National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) is a dataset containing locations of and information about gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants which are under the jurisdiction of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The NPMS also contain voluntarily submitted breakout tank data. The data is used by PHMSA for emergency response, pipeline inspections, regulatory management and compliance, and analysis purposes. It is used by government officials, pipeline operators, and the general public for a variety of tasks including emergency response, smart growth planning, critical infrastructure protection, and environmental protection. Read More

Creating Elevation Contours Within a House Footprint From Paper Notes

golden.3d.siteFrom a piece of paper and one digital file, can Surfer generate a beautiful and informative contour map of elevation values? You bet it can! There are a few steps to this process. You need to convert your paper data into digital x,y,z data, grid that x,y,z data, create a BLN file of the outline of the house, and blank the grid file with that outline. Then you can create a contour map of the blanked grid, and display the DXF of the floorplan overlaid on the contours if desired. The steps for each of these processes are detailed below, and sample files are attached so you can step through this process yourself. Read More

NIBS National BIM Guide for Owners

nibs bim guideA building information modeling (BIM) guide for building owners has been developed under the auspices of the National Institute of Building Sciences. The National BIM Guide for Owners is a new guide that building owners can adopt to provide a documented process and procedure for their design team to follow in order to produce a standard set of BIM documents during the design and construction of the facility, and for maintenance and operations of the facility upon handoff. The National BIM Guide for Owners is based on the foreign, federal, state and local BIM guides that currently exist, but geared to a generic facility with uniform requirements for use by a variety of government, institutional and commercial building owners. Read More

A Route Planner for Every Eventuality - Report about GIScience & HeiGIT

uni heridelberg transitWhen a devastating earthquake struck Nepal in the spring of 2015, the geoinformatics scientists at Heidelberg University leapt into action: The researchers and students set up an emergency route planner on the Internet, just as they had five years before after the earthquake in Haiti. Disaster workers were able to use the planner to identify roads that were still passable and determine the fastest route to the affected areas. They also obtained data on key points of contact such as hospitals, rescue centres and emergency camps. This humanitarian support through the development of disaster mapping technologies is just one example of the hands-on projects of the geoinformatics scientists at the Institute of Geography at Heidelberg University. Their work is based on geographical data from a variety of sources that the scientists analyse from a variety of aspects. Read More

Geospatial Analysis of the Building Heat Demand and Distribution Losses in a District Heating Network

building 3d heatThe district heating (DH) demand of various systems has been simulated in several studies. Most studies focus on the temporal aspects rather than the spatial component. In this study, the DH demand for a medium-sized DH network in a city in southern Germany is simulated and analyzed in a spatially explicit approach. Initially, buildings are geo-located and attributes obtained from various sources including building type, ground area, and number of stories are merged.

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