Opportunities and challenges for Surveyors

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the most intriguing opportunities for surveyors to come along in years. This model-based approach combines technologies and processes to support the efficient creation and use of information for building construction and operations. Because of its strong ties to spatial information, BIM offers a familiar landscape and rich possibilities for surveyors and other geospatial professionals, according to Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial.

Read more in this GIM news article.

If you would like to learn more about BIM, or how it could help grow your business get in touch.

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Where’s the money going to be?

Whether your business is booming, or if you are not experiencing growth, you need to know where your future growth is going to be. In 2016 Ron Bisio, Vice President, Surveying & Geospatial at Trimble, spoke to the Geospatial World Forum His talk covers two where the Geospatial professionals will need to move to stay profitable and successful.

Diversifying
Surveying and Mapping professionals are diversifying their offering to include scanning, mobile mapping and airborne data capture.

Domain-specific activities
Surveying and Mapping professionals are increasingly involved in domain-specific activities that require specific workflows and solutions.

Watch the 16 minute video below to find out more.

Geospatial technologies are changing the world

tandm5See how with some summer reading of Trimble T&M

Got a bit of time on your hands with the Christmas break? Sit back and relax with the latest version of Trimble T&M, the magazine for surveying and mapping professionals.

In the cover story, researchers travel to Pakistan to study the region’s enormous glaciers. The data collected will help protect nearby villages from sudden, potentially devastating flooding. Then, in Florida learn how environmental specialists use geospatial technologies to manage vulnerable wetlands and water supplies. Their skills support work to restore damaged areas and create a thriving ecosystem.

In Sweden, take a glimpse into the nation’s massive forestry industry, which relies on healthy, sustainable forests. Geospatial solutions enable foresters to develop efficient planning and management strategies. And in Italy, a small business uses a modern approach to support cost-effective inspection and maintenance of the nation’s railway system.

Got even more time? Scroll back through previous editions for even more interesting reads.

Trending towards the Internet of Things

iot-250x150According to the INTERGEO report for 2016 “Geospatial technologies are definitely trending towards the Internet of Things”.

The Internet of Things, or IoT describe how more and more things are connecting to the internet. Things like your fridge, your phone, washing machine and now even your watch. On an enterprise-level, examples include smart meters in the utilities market, and tilt sensors in rail monitoring. All of these devices are producing incredible geospatial data streams. And this data is invaluable because, when analysed, it can provide patterns that enable intelligent decision-making.

Positioning systems such as GNSS and internal measurement units will be part of a broader hierarchy network of sensors, control devices and user interaction. Positioning and visualising technologies, already are a critical component in autonomous vehicles. They rely on GNSS for real-time positioning and accurate, detailed maps to negotiate urban and rural areas.

Plus positioning and visualising technologies will expand into other applications in transport. Freight haulers, for example, can use Internet-connected sensors for position, temperature and other data to track the location and status of perishable cargo.

The applications go further than transport, too. Designers are starting to include smart features into their buildings, like blinds that automatically move to block the sun, and a building that conserves energy by finding a way to heat or cool naturally.

And even out onto the street, solving traffic and congestion issues, as well as parking in cities. Imagine a bridge that will provide you with up-to-date information on its congestion. The IoT is already being tested in the USA to synchronize traffic signals. They are also testing sensors in the roads to provide drivers with up-to-date parking information.

With the IoT growing and expanding into all areas and its solutions becoming expected conveniences, it becomes important for those in all areas to be aware of it and that it almost certainly will impact their work in the future.

Customising solutions in the geospatial area

juno_5-water-utilitiesFrom a distance the way many companies use geospatial information looks the same but when you take a close look that’s not the case. Take for example electric and water utilities. They both use GIS to locate and manage assets. They can combine GIS data and customer reports to pinpoint trouble in outages. However electric crews can use meter-level data to locate poles, while water technicians may need centimetre precision to find valves in flooded streets. These different needs require tailored tools.

Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial, discussed a family of new tools that helps solutions providers leverage positioning technologies to create customised solutions in this GISCafe article.