Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »
GIS companies embrace integration with Building Information Modeling workflows and field layout
June 20th, 2014 by Susan Smith
Since last year, traditional GIS positioning companies such as TopCon, are getting into the act of providing integration of Building Information Modeling workflows and field layout with their recent collaboration with Autodesk. This collaboration involves an Autodesk BIM 360 app for iPad to make it easier to locate BIM coordinates precisely on a construction site. Designed for general contractors and MEP professionals, the app controls a robotic total station and the LN-100 3D positioning system from Topcon. As-built data can be fed back into the design model via BIM 360 for quality assurance. Topcon was traditionally considered a geospatial company but they have extended their reach into many other industry segments now, including the area of BIM.
Another company that has been extending its reach to various industries from a geospatial beginning is Leica Geosystems, whose parent company is Hexagon, who announced their BIM Field Trip solutions last summer to help contractors extend BIM into the field and bring that information back to the office model. The BIM Field Trip solutions take full advantage of Leica Geosystems’ established precision measurement technologies. BIM-based concrete construction for example, offers more accurate construction results using a highly coordinated data model that provides an accurate visualization of the building to be constructed. This can be projected to the construction site so that those onsite can have the accuracy from the desktop in the field. BIM Field Trip captures points in the field and compares them to models in the office, thereby validating that they have been installed correctly.