According to USGS, coral reefs serve as useful indicators of the health of marine environments, but they are declining in many parts of the world. Geospatial data acquisition methods are providing a basic data layer from which to better understand how coral reefs are structured and function.
What makes Drew C. Bjorklund tick is “knowing the building.” He defines that as pulling all of the pieces of a building together — the site, enclosure, spaces, finishes, furnishings, systems and equipment — and making them work together.
Advances in architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) technologies typically come from technology providers instead of from practitioners, but regardless of where and when technological innovation occurs, it indelibly influences how AEC work is and will be done.
The topic of what 3D imagery is admissible in court is especially relevant for law enforcement, insurers, large companies and others that have vested interests in finding out who was liable or responsible for a crime or tortious injury.
One platform in particular that developers are packaging their sensors into for better indoor data acquisition mobility is the backpack. Other moveable options like rolling carts or trolleys exist, but they tend to have difficulty with stairs and sloped surfaces.
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.