New technology set to produce flat-packed modular homes
It’s time to get on board with data
How 3D mobile mapping technology is revolutionising construction
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NewsAI-based software detects potholes in roads
Governments may soon be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to easily and cheaply detect problems with roads, bridges and buildings.
A new AI software system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada automatically analyses photographs taken by vehicle-mounted cameras to flag potholes, cracks and other defects.
“If governments have that information, they can better plan when to repair a particular road and do it at a lower cost,” said John Zelek, an engineering professor at Waterloo. “Essentially, it could mean lower taxes for residents.”
Governments around the world currently take two basic approaches to monitoring the condition of roads, the initial focus of the research.
In many small jurisdictions, workers simply drive around, visually inspect roads and take notes. Others use trucks fitted with cameras to record images of pavement for manual assessment by teams of analysts.
According to Zelek, the automated AI system now being refined at Waterloo would cut assessment costs, achieve at least comparable accuracy, lead to more timely repairs because of more ...READ MORE
PeopleInterview: Louise Dawes, Kier Embedding BIM throughout the business
Kier Group’s BIM integration manager discusses her varied 13-year career, which included a spell as an assistant site manager, the challenges of embedding BIM across the business, and the creation of a new digital construction apprenticeship.
You have had a very varied career path and held various positions in coordination, project management, commercial and planning roles, even a spell on site as an assistant site manager in 2009 – does that experience help you in your current role?
Yes, it has given me a rounded knowledge of the various disciplines, roles and people within the business as well as the built environment, including individuals on site, in HR, internal IT, innovation and marketing and information security, which gives me a ...READ MORE
ManagementFive tips for manufacturers engaging with BIM
Gavin Summerson, senior certification manager at BSI, uses his experience of assessing organisations to explore some of the common questions manufacturers ask when engaging with BIM.
Manufacturers face a significant challenge in this new era of construction, specifically around the digitisation of their products and understanding what information should be provided about their products.
However, taking the first step toward modelling products for BIM can be daunting. Here are a few tips to help manufacturers through that process.
If design teams understand the data associated with a manufacturer’s products, they ...READ MORE
NewsNew technology set to produce flat-packed modular homes
The first prototype homes manufactured using an innovative 3D injection printing process, and incorporating technologies inspired by the automotive and aerospace industries, are due to begin pro
PeopleIt’s time to get on board with data
The property industry is known for lagging behind other industries when it comes to implementing new technology and new ideas. But has the time now come for construction professionals to take ad
ProjectsCase study: Mason Bros Building, NZ BIM proves a game changer for asset management
Precinct Properties has transformed the Mason Bros Building – a character warehouse in Wynyard Quarter on Auckland’s waterfront in New Zealand – into a highly efficient, innova
TechnologyHow 3D mobile mapping technology is revolutionising construction
Scanning hard-to-reach, overhead or “limited access” spaces has historically posed many challenges for those working in the construction sector. Stuart Cadge, from leading indoo
ManagementWhy operational responsibilities need to be ironed out early
Simon Lewis and Vicky McCombe from law firm Womble Bond Dickinson look at what the second edition of the CIC BIM Protocol means for facilities management. In our recent review of the second ed
EducationCPD: Aerial data capture
With the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles in construction, managers can get the most from the technology by keeping up to date with the regulations that govern their use, says Roy Amos.