BIM in brief: 11.1.22

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A round-up of BIM and digital construction stories that you might have missed in the past seven days.

BIM was worth $6.9bn worldwide last year, according to a report from Brand Essence Research. Furthermore, the sector is forecast to grow by 15.3% a year until 2028, raising the sector’s value to $18.7bn. Growing digitisation in construction, increase in IT investments, and growing government acceptance of BIM will all contribute to “a huge need for BIM”.

The tunnelling and underground construction start-up has appointed Richard Matthews as its chief executive. HyperTunnel is developing new methods of tunnelling that enable tunnels to be built faster, with less risk, and in a more economical and environmentally friendly way through the application of digital twins, robotics, 3D printing and digital underground surveying, supported by AI and VR.

“For almost seven days, my family and I were forced to live on our roof as floodwaters destroyed our community,” Ahmad Wani, CEO of One Concern, told Verdict of his return to Kashmir in 2014. This inspired him to build a digital twin of the Earth “to understand how the initial impacts from a disaster might ripple out to cause a cascade of the subsequent effects that will exacerbate and prolong recovery”.

Free-to-use online safe digging resource LSBUD was used for 3.4 million searches for underground pipes and cables in 2021, an increase of 13% on 2020. LSBUD now has more than 100 members, including two out of three of the UK’s utility operators, 90% of gas distribution networks, 92% of electricity distribution networks and 99% of fuel/oil pipeline operators. has unveiled its list of the best drones for surveying. The WingtraOne GEN II, the DJI Phantom 4 RTK and Matrice 300 RTK, the PhaseOne iXM and the Hovermap by Emesent all make the cut.

16 January is the deadline for response to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ consultation on updates to its Whole Life Carbon Assessment for the Built Environment Professional Statement.

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