Category Archives: Construction/BIM

Mark Contino, vice president of North American retail distribution at Topcon Positioning Systems (left) and Ken Shersty, director of hardware sales for TSS, in a small museum of survey gear in The Solutions Store Kent, Washington, location.

Topcon Solutions Store Leads the Way in Gearing Up

Moves to modernize surveying, engineering, and construction were already well under way—recent events have simply accelerated the process. Many, such as Topcon’s Solutions Store, have used the recent slowdown to adopt new models for workflows, collaboration, distributorships, training, and support to be ready to meet future demand. As the pause button is being released, and...

The Early Days of 3D Scanning, Part 2: Cyra Technologies

In the 1990s I was very fortunate to get in on the ground floor of 3D laser scanning technology with a startup often credited with pioneering the technology: Cyra Technologies. Featured image: Prior to co-founding Cyra Technologies to develop 3D laser scanning, Ben Kacyra’s AEC company, Cygna, provided seismic retrofit engineering services for California’s nuclear...

Online Events: YII 2020 is Going Digital

Bentley’s Annual Year in Infrastructure Exhibition and Awards Event is Going Digital in 2020 The international exhibition and awards event YII 2020 was originally planned as a face-to-face gathering in Vancouver BC. It has been re-imagined, and set for re-launched as a series of online events throughout October 2020, and beyond.  From Bentley’s June 9th...

The schooner Ceiba is being built in the Costa Rican jungle

Scans, Soundings, Surve and Sailcargo: Building Ceiba with Surveying

Timeless maritime arts and craftwork mixed with modern technologies—including high-precision surveying—are helping reintroduce wind power to seaborne trade in Ceiba. It was a chance meeting that changed two lives. It may also change the way the world thinks about maritime shipping. It’s Ceiba! An accomplished sailor, Danielle Doggett loves tall ships—the large wind-powered sailing vessels...

BIM It Up and Fly Them In, Mactan-Cebu Airport!

Designed using building information modeling, Mactan-Cebu International Airport is a tribute not only to technology but also team collaboration and creativity. Featured image: Photomontage (by Marcel Lam) shows the BIM model combined with an actual photo of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s roof.  Everything about the design of the newly built Terminal 2 at the Mactan-Cebu...

The Digital Twin Imperative for Design and Construction

The pause button may have been pressed on substantial segments of infrastructure development, repair, and replacement—but not on all. No matter how long it takes to fully resume, the sheer scale of design and construction necessary to meet future global infrastructure needs is staggering. It’s projected that by the year 2035 the global middle class...