As an end-to-end process, BIM delivers much more functionality to users over the life of a project than stand-alone software. However, CAD will continue to play a role in architecture, engineering, construction and operation.
Building information modeling (BIM) seems to be on a constant upward trend in the architecture, construction and facility maintenance spaces. For geospatial professionals, it is a promising young area for software, hardware and service solutions.
“Originally LiDAR was seen as a means of obtaining elevation data, but there is a growing interest among researchers in accurately mapping water/land interfaces and identifying species by spectral characteristics, which requires multiple laser wavelengths,” says Juan Carlos Fernandez Diaz, senior researcher at The National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM).
From a cost and labor standpoint, the beauty of BIM has always been its noninvasiveness. Architects and builders can see the electrical, plumbing, heating and cabling “bones” of structures in virtual renderings, and they can determine how to build around them with minimal disruption. Because BIM can plug into an assortment of other digital technologies, it also seems natural that to extend it to work with geospatial imagery and GIS in general.
Welcome to GeoDataPoint’s new Geo Positions segment, shining a spotlight on geospatial professionals of all specialties. The recurring Q&A aims to help readers learn from how others in the field do their jobs. This installment — the first ever — features Bryan Merritt, PSM, LS, corporate manager of geospatial services with Erdman Anthony.
In the April 2017 issue of POB, find out how 3D tools played a role in the renovation of the Institute of Civil Engineers headquarters in London. Also, POB releases the results of its 2017 3D Surveying Trends Study.