5 North American Road and Infrastructure Megaprojects That Promise a Better Future

1. Calgary Line LRT

Calgary Line LRT

Location – Alberta, Canada 

Budget – $4,500,000,000+ 

Completion Date – 2026 

The Green Line is a proposed light rail transit (LRT) line in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, that will connect north-central and south-eastern Calgary. When finished this would be known as Route 203 and would become the third line in the CTrain system, connecting with the existing Red Line and Blue Line in Downtown Calgary. The Green Line is Calgary’s largest public infrastructure project. It will be Calgary’s first rail line to employ low-floor trains. 

The Green Line will be an urban and suburban light-rail line that will be linked to Calgary’s CTrain system. The Green Line, like the rest of Calgary’s rail transportation network, will be powered by wind energy. The railway line’s operation will be publicly funded by municipal taxation and user charges and will be managed by Calgary Transit. Because of the usage of low-floor trains, stations will be smaller and less elaborate than present CTrain stations. The southeast section of the line will be built in the same manner as the existing Red Line and Blue Line, with dedicated tracks, bells, and gates at at-grade crossings, and free-standing stations. 

The megaproject is likely to have far-reaching consequences for hundreds of thousands of Calgary residents’ mobility, economics, and quality of life. The Green Line will be powered entirely by wind energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions by 67,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, the equivalent of 14,200 fewer vehicles on Calgary’s roads. This saves 22 million liters of gasoline and diesel fuel every year and reduces smog by 2% in the city. 

The railway network will help Calgary’s economic recovery in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic by creating 20,000 employments during construction and linking 200,000 employers within walking distance of the route. When completed, the Green Line is planned to carry 140,000 passengers each day. The first stage of development will have a daily ridership of 65,000 passengers. 

2. Line 5 Eglinton (Eglinton Crosstown) 

Line 5 Eglinton (Eglinton Crosstown)

Location – Toronto, Canada  

Budget – $9,100,000,000 

Completion Date – 2023 

Line 5 Eglinton often known as the Eglinton Crosstown or the Crosstown, is a light rail line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada that is currently under development. The line, which is owned by Metrolinx and operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), will be the fifth route of the Toronto subway system. 

Line 5 Eglinton will run underground about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Mount Dennis to just east of Brentcliffe Road before rising to the surface and continuing for another 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) to Kennedy station. [105] Between Mount Dennis and Keelesdale stations, a brief section of the line across the Black Creek valley will be lifted. The track will be 46.6 kilometers (29.0 miles) long, including six double crossovers, five mono-directional crossovers, and three pocket tracks. 

As part of the Crosstown project, eight artworks will be displayed at six stations along Line 5 Eglinton – Mount Dennis, Caledonia, Cedarvale (Eglinton West), Eglinton, Science Centre, and Kennedy. These stations were chosen because they are all interchange stations that are likely to see increased passenger traffic. 

3. Line 5 Eglinton (Eglinton Crosstown) 

Felipe Ángeles International Airport

Location – Zumpango, Mexico 

Budget – $13,300,000,000 

Completion Date – 2024 

Felipe Ángeles International Airport ( Aeropuerto Internacional Felipe Ángeles, AIFA) is the second airport serving the Mexico City metropolitan region and was opened on March 21, 2022. It is located near Zumpango, State of Mexico, 48.8 kilometers (30 miles) by automobile north-northeast of Mexico City’s historic core. In early 2021, the airport was renamed Felipe Ángeles Airport after a general in the Mexican Revolution. 

To reduce congestion at Mexico City International Airport, the airport will focus on low-cost & cargo carriers. The airport is designed by Mexican architect Francisco González Pulido and military officer Gustavo Vallejo. Groupe ADP is in charge of the master plan, and Airbus subsidiary NAVBLUE conducted the airspace navigability studies. The Valley of Mexico will be the first in the country to use a performance-based navigation system (PBN), allowing the Felipe Ángeles International Airport, Mexico City International Airport, and Toluca International Airport to operate concurrently without interfering with the operations of the others. 

The airport is operated by the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), which also receives all airport revenues. 

On March 21, 2022, the airport’s first terminal and two runways were formally inaugurated. On March 21, the maiden commercial passenger aircraft, VivaAerob flight 3280, took off from Guadalajara and landed at AIFA. The Megaproject is expected to be completed by 2024 

4. California High-Speed Rail (Central Valley Phase) 

California High-Speed Rail (Central Valley Phase)

Location – California, USA 

Budget – $13,100,000,000 

Completion Date – 2033 

The California high-speed rail project, which, once completed, will be the country’s first long-distance high-speed rail line, currently has 35 active construction sites spread across a 119-mile stretch of the Central Valley. The system is expected to run from San Francisco to Los Angeles in under three hours, according to the State of California’s High-Speed Rail Authority, using bullet trains that can travel up to 200 miles per hour. The system’s reach would be extended over 800 miles with up to 24 stations if extensions to Sacramento and San Diego are built. The cost of the Central Valley section is currently estimated to be $13.1 billion. According to the rail authority’s 2020 business plan, the first section will run between Merced, California, and Bakersfield, California, with service expected to begin in December 2028. 

Three design-build contracts are distributed to different companies for different phases and sites. 

  • Construction Package 1 is led by Tutor-Perini/Zachry/Parsons and covers 32 miles of construction. 
  • Dragados/Flatiron is leading Construction Package 2-3, which covers 65 miles of construction. 
  • Construction Package 4 which covers 22 miles of construction, spearheaded by California Rail Builders, a joint venture of Ferrovial-Agroman West, LLC and Griffith Company 

The rail services are expected to be operational between San Francisco and Los Angeles by December 2033. 

5. Gordie Howe International Bridge 

Gordie Howe International Bridge

Location – Detroit, Michigan-Windsor, Ontario 

Budget – $5,700,000,000 

Completion Date – 2024 

The Gordie Howe International Bridge concept was suggested for the first time in 2004. Construction began in 2018 and is projected to be finished in 2024. The Ambassador Bridge, the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel, and the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel currently handle the busiest crossing between the United States and Canada. These crossings will benefit from the addition of capacity provided by the Gordie Howe Bridge. 

Erik Behrens, AECOM’s chief bridge architect, designed the bridge. It will have two “A”-shaped skyscrapers built on the Detroit River’s banks, six lanes of automotive traffic, and a bicycle and walking route. It will be 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles) long. At 853 meters, it will feature the longest main span of any cable-stayed bridge in North America (2,799 ft). 

With border traffic estimated to increase from 18,500 cars per day in 2016 to 26,500 by 2025, the Gordie Howe International Bridge will ensure a smooth movement of people and products between the two countries. 

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Is The Future of Sustainable Urban Living Linear? – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Presents THE LINE

“I present to you THE LINE, a city of a million residents with a length of 170 km (106 mi) that preserves 95% of nature within NEOM, with zero cars, zero streets and zero carbon emissions.”

A bold & beautiful statement made by Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince, and Chairman of the NEOM Company Board of Directors.

THE LINE at NEOM is a revolution in urban living and a blueprint for how people and the planet can coexist in harmony. THE LINE, a 170km belt of hyper-connected future communities built around nature and without cars and roads, is a direct response to some of humanity’s most pressing challenges today, such as legacy infrastructure, pollution, traffic, and human congestion.

It is a cornerstone of Saudi Vision 2030 and an economic engine for the Kingdom, aiming to contribute 380,000 future jobs and SAR180 billion (USD48 billion) to domestic GDP by 2030.

Let’s take a look at this Revolution in Urban Living called THE LINE.

Why was THE LINE Drawn?

Cities have been built throughout history to protect their citizens. Cities prioritized machines, cars, and factories over people after the Industrial Revolution. People spend years of their lives commuting in cities considered to be the most advanced in the world and Commute times will double by 2050. Due to rising CO2 emissions and sea levels, one billion people will be forced to relocate by 2050, and 90% of people breathe polluted air.

  • Should we sacrifice ecology in the name of progress and innovation?
  • Should pollution kill seven million people every year?
  • Why should we lose one million people to traffic accidents every year?
  • Why should we accept wasting years of our lives in traffic?

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman literally drew THE LINE at conventional city concepts and chose a Futuristic approach towards urban sustainable living.

What is THE LINE?

THE LINE is a revolutionary urbanization approach with a 170km long linear urban development of multiple, hyper-connected communities, with walkable neighborhoods integrated with public parks and the natural landscape. It is a 21st-century and beyond the model of urban design and livability in harmony with nature.

THE LINE will transform urban life as we know it, allowing NEOM to become an economic engine for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the region, and the rest of the world.

Watch the Official Release Video Here – https://youtu.be/TtSMz-_h_cw

Key Highlights of THE LINE

  • By 2030, THE LINE will have created 380,000 new jobs, boosted economic diversification, and contributed SAR 180 billion to the Saudi economy.
  • The principles of environmental responsibility will be enshrined in business regulations to promote sustainable and regenerative development practices, and it will be powered entirely by renewable energy.
  • The infrastructure spine will provide communities along THE LINE with ultra-high-speed mass transit access.
  • Open space, parks, gardens, the natural environment, and sustainable food production will all be seamlessly mixed in communities that live in harmony with nature.
  • Within a five-minute walk, you’ll find all of your daily necessities.
  • People, not cars, will be at the center of communities, which will be easily accessible and designed for convenience and walkability, resulting in vistas of beauty and tranquility.
  • THE LINE is supported by a physical and digital infrastructure layer that runs beneath the surface and houses essential utilities and transportation services.
  • Over 90% of the data in NEOM will be analyzed to provide a predictive system with ever-improving services to residents and businesses through a digital framework incorporating Artificial Intelligence and robotics that continuously learn and grow.
  • The communities will be self-sufficient and reflect the personalities of the people who live there, as well as the region and the industries that exist there.

Where is THE LINE located?

THE LINE runs through NEOM, connecting the Red Sea coast to the mountains and upper valleys of Saudi Arabia’s northwestern region. Because of its geographical location, it is an obvious choice for a global innovation hub. More than 40% of the world’s population will be able to travel to NEOM’s breathtaking terrain in less than four hours, and the Red Sea already handles 13% of the world’s trade.

How will THE LINE Revolutionize Urban Living?

THE LINE’s future communities will be home to more than 1 million people from around the world, providing a platform for innovation and prosperous businesses while addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues.

THE LINE reintroduces walkability as a cornerstone of urban design, revitalizing urban life. Putting nature, commerce, business, and innovation at the center, will foster a sense of community. Everything is built to serve human needs, with 100% renewable energy and a digital framework incorporating AI and robotics.

THE LINE was built with walkability and livability in mind. THE LINE is defined by its ubiquitous relationship with nature, its comfort and flexibility, and the fact that everything you need is never more than a short walk away within each community. The NEOM livability model is built on the idea of living, working, and enjoying life without having to commute.

Is The Future of Sustainable Urban Living Linear?

Although Saudi Arabia’s vision for its unique city is ambitious, some urban design engineers remain skeptical.

 “It’s quite clear that NEOM is more of a vanity project aimed at the domestic elite and an international audience in terms of a new Saudi, one that’s open and economically or socially liberal,” says Al Qst’s Josh Cooper. “At the same time, not allowing local performers or interests to participate in these decision-making processes.”

Stephen Wheeler, a landscape architect, and environmental design professor at the University of California, said, “The history of so-called megaprojects is not pretty.” “They usually don’t turn out the way the visionaries intended; they frequently succumb to economic conditions or other people’s ideas of what should happen, or they end up costing far more than anticipated.”

According to the Guardian, ‘The Line currently only exists as a website and a press release issued by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on January 10. The proposal calls for the development of the 106-mile strip in Neom, a planned city in northwest Saudi Arabia. The Saudi government promotes the area as undeveloped, but it is home to 20,000 Huwaitat (also spelled Howeitat) tribe members who have protested being evicted from the megacity project.’

Furthermore, many made-from-scratch cities cater to tourists or second-home owners rather than locals. For example, Dubai’s Sustainable City is billed as the world’s first net-zero-energy city, but it primarily caters to foreigners looking to buy second homes.

Despite doubts about NEOM’s ability to deliver on its promises, there would still be a race to reserve a condo on The LINE before anyone else does.

Time will till how long THE LINE goes.

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5 5G Trends for 2022 and Beyond

5G is laying the groundwork for a completely digitalized and linked future. We have witnessed several new field experiments and an increasing number of commercial rollouts over the last two years. Furthermore, we are seeing 5G being implemented in a variety of areas, ranging from manufacturing to healthcare. With its high throughput and ultralow latency, 5G can access various high-value domains such as 3D robotic control, virtual reality monitoring, and remote medical control that earlier technologies could not. 5G is reinventing and accelerating industries including automotive, entertainment, computing, and manufacturing, and it will eventually revolutionise the way we work and live.

Sub-6 GHz (3.5-7 GHz) and millimetre Wave (mmWave, >24 GHz) bands are the two new ones among the spectrums featured in 5G. The sub-6 GHz band is frequently the telecom operator’s first choice during the initial phase of 5G commercial rollouts. This is because the sub-6 GHz band has higher data throughput than the lower band while signal attenuation is less severe than in the mmWave band. According to IDTechEx’s research, 56 percent of 5G commercial services in the world operate in the sub-6 GHz range. Almost all of the base stations in the sub-6 GHz range are located in cities. Telecom companies have planned to introduce higher frequency bands, mainly in densely populated areas.

Each country/region has its specific release schedule for spectrum. Despite the fact that the majority of countries issued the sub-6 GHz spectrum initially, there are rare exceptions. The US regulatory agency, for example, released the mmWave spectrum first and only released its sub-6 GHz band in early 2021. As a result, each country’s 5G rollout prognosis and deployment strategy will differ. We have provided a detailed regional analysis of 5G status and future roadmap in five key regions: the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and Europe, including governmental strategy, funding, and key national telecom operators’ 5G rollout schedule and roadmap, as well as revenue analysis, in this report, 5G Technology, Market and Forecasts 2022-2032.Many of the attributes promised by 5G, such as 1 ms latency, will necessitate operating at mmWave. Such high frequency necessitates the development of new materials as well as new gadget architectures. Low-loss materials with low dielectric constant and tan loss, for example, as well as sophisticated packaging designs, are required for mmWave devices to avoid substantial transmission loss. Because of the low wavelength of mmWave transmissions, equipment is becoming increasingly compact and integrated, making power and thermal control even more crucial.

Let’s take a look at the 5 trends for technological advances in the 5G spectrum

5 5G Trends

  • mmWave – Millimeter waves, often known as mmWaves or high-band 5G, are frequencies that range from 24 GHz to beyond. As the frequency of radio waves increases, the length of each wave decreases. mmWave has a limited range of only 300 to 500 feet due to its high frequencies and struggles to penetrate buildings. 3G and 4G networks, on the other hand, can travel further and penetrate building materials better.

Until recently, millimeter waves were only employed by military and aerospace sector satellite and radar systems. However, as data consumption has increased, the industry recognized the need and opportunity for millimeter waves to be used in next-generation mobile networks.

Telcos are focusing on getting as much mid-band spectrum as possible for mobile use. Some argue that mmWave deployment for mobile use will be prohibitively expensive due to the short-range.

  • Single Wholesale Network (SWN) – Beginning with the Single Wholesale Network in 2022, the effectiveness of new models of the 5G spectrum and network ownership will be evaluated (SWN). Governments and authorities throughout the world see 5G as a way to expedite the digital transformation of their businesses while also promoting economic growth. As a result, we expect them to play a considerably more visible role in the 5G era, providing incentives, reducing regulatory and planning bottlenecks, and ensuring timely access to important spectrum bands. We’re also seeing new, and in some cases recycled, spectrum and network ownership models emerge, with creative methods of spectrum assignment such as the CBRS band in the United States and spectrum distribution to verticals (e.g., manufacturing in Germany). 

Many mobile private networks have already been launched in 2021, and this trend is expected to continue in 2022. The Malaysian government is reviewing its strategy for 5G deployment after allocating spectrum to a special purpose vehicle (the Digital Nasional Berhad) to develop a single wholesale 5G network. A decision is expected by the end of January. Given the rocky history of SWNs to date, all eyes will be on the outcome of this decision, but if successful, it could provide an intriguing case study for other areas to consider when deploying 5G.

  • Open RAN – The most over-hyped component of 5G that consumers know very less about is open radio access networks (Open RAN). (Open RAN refers to the separation of the RAN into software-based components.) According to industry discussion at conferences, Open RAN will take off in earnest towards the second half of this decade. Open RAN opens up new opportunities for RAN customization and flexibility that are consistent with the diversity of 5G use cases and needs.

The Radio Access Network (RAN) is important technology that connects users, such as mobile phones or businesses, to the mobile network via radio waves. It also serves as a gateway to all of the major web apps.

The O-RAN Alliance (O-RAN) is a group that develops radio access network specifications. It is a worldwide alliance that was created in 2018 and presently includes close to 30 operators and over 200 vendor businesses. The O-RAN Alliance is a new group that started with the 3GPP standards effort and set out to build extensions expressly for the RAN. The objectives are to give explicit blueprints for how to design the RAN solution enabling pieces from various vendors, as well as techniques for enabling artificial intelligence and machine learning for more efficient network management and orchestration.

  • Edge Computing – Edge computing is a distributed computing framework that brings enterprise applications closer to data sources such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices or local edge servers. This proximity to data at its source can result in significant business benefits such as faster insights, faster response times, and increased bandwidth availability.

5G speeds can be up to 10 times faster than 4G, while mobile edge computing minimizes latency by bringing compute capabilities closer to the end-user.

Gartner estimates that by 2025, 75% of data will be processed outside the traditional data center or cloud. 

ABI Research says “Edge computing, both Mobile-Access Edge Computing (MEC), and general edge computing, will continue to increase in deployment numbers, but the deployments in 2022 will be mostly critical ones made by early adopters and not the start of the boom that is eagerly forecast. Edge computing use cases and financial viability is tightly coupled to 5G cellular networks, both public and private. The availability of affordable 5G services on which edge computing will thrive is not yet a global reality. As a result, edge computing adoption will be slower than anticipated.”

  • AI/ML (artificial intelligence/machine learning) – AI/ML, which stands for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), is a significant advancement in computer science and data processing that is rapidly revolutionizing a wide range of businesses.

As businesses and other organizations undertake digital transformation, they are confronted with an expanding flood of data that is both extremely valuable and increasingly difficult to acquire, handle, and analyze. New tools and procedures are required to manage the massive amounts of data being collected, mine it for insights, and act on those insights once discovered.

5G will improve the speed and integration of other technologies, while AI will enable robots and systems to work at human intelligence levels. In a nutshell, 5G accelerates cloud services while AI analyses and learns from the same data faster.

The 5G market is only getting started. According to IDTechEx, consumer mobile services will earn approximately $800 billion in revenue by the end of 2032. Their prediction is based on a thorough examination of primary and secondary data, as well as a careful evaluation of market drivers, constraints, and key player activity. They also provide a ten-year forecast (2022-2032) for various segments such as 5G mobile revenue, subscriptions, and infrastructure based on five global regions (US, China, Korea & Japan, Europe, and others), 5G global mobile shipment, 5G global fixed wireless access revenue & customer promised equipment (CPE) shipment, and 5G critical components such as power amplifiers in this report.   

            

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Why Are Landscape Architecture Firms Getting Rid of 2D CAD?

Technological advancements and competitive pressures have contributed to the noticeable shift away from 2D CAD in landscape architecture. The most notable is the United Kingdom’s requirement for a BIM level 2 framework on all government-funded projects. When working with consultants who have matured their workflows with BIM, even if there is no BIM mandate, there is some inherent pressure to deliver BIM files.

Landscape architecture firms are in a pickle if they cling to 2D tools like AutoCAD for information modeling.

2D-focused companies must use separate software programs to properly incorporate 3D modeling with embedded data. It’s not uncommon for these companies to put together a concept using three or four different applications, which inevitably leads to multiple payments that add up over time. That’s not even taking into account the cost of staffing when you consider how much time is spent working on multiple applications.

BIM and Landscape architecture

Landscape architecture is a broad field that encompasses not only the architectural but also the scientific, artistic, and environmental aspects of creating, constructing, and studying various environments. Furthermore, landscape architecture is not solely about aesthetics; improving QoL (Quality of Life) and providing comfort are also among a landscape architect’s objectives.

Many landscape architects are put off by the term BIM (Building Information Modeling) because it includes the word “building.” However, BIM is merely the next step in the AEC industry’s technological evolution. It’s a shift from creating printed landscape drawings to creating and coordinating data within a digital landscape model. In some ways, the transition to BIM is more difficult than the transition to CAD because it necessitates a significant change in the processes in place since hand drafting.

There is an in-between phase of more basic 3D modeling, where you can find computer programs like SketchUp, Rhino, and 3DS Max, somewhere along with the progression from CAD to BIM. These programs allow you to create digital 3D models, but these models contain almost no information and are thus limited in their application. These models are great for visualizing designs, but they don’t allow for quantity or material scheduling. Furthermore, these programs do not allow for the creation of construction documents from the model, nor do they allow for model coordination.

The information (or data) within the model is the critical difference between basic 3D modeling and BIM. The concept is that each object in the model has data that is relevant to it. A tree in a BIM landscape, for example, would have all of the parameters needed to install it, including its scientific name, root size, condition, and install height. It might also include design details like mature height, spread, water and sun requirements, and bloom time.

In the field of landscape architecture, the use of BIM allows architects to create detailed digital models of the landscape in question, complete with coordinated data. This combination is transforming BIM landscape architecture as a whole, providing aesthetically pleasing structures while reducing the number of reworks, saving both money and time.

Revit Modeling Services is a popular example of software that can be used to meet the needs of a landscape architect. It can do terrain analysis, cost calculations, shading analysis (from a sun simulation), and other things. Rhino, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks Landmark, SketchUp, and other BIM landscape architecture software include, but are not limited to, Rhino, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, Vectorworks Landmark, SketchUp, and others.

As a result, the advantages of the BIM process can be boiled down to a single concept: it is more efficient and saves money. Because money is such a powerful motivator, it’s no surprise that architects, contractors, and even clients are all moving to adopt, if not require, BIM on their projects.

 

BIM Benefits for Landscape Architecture

Landscape architects can choose from a number of different software vendors to find the one that best fits the scope, size, and details of their current project. Now we’ll go over some of the most significant benefits that can be realized by incorporating BIM into landscape architecture as a whole:

  • Enhanced Collaboration – BIM as a whole allows for better collaboration between departments, allowing landscape architects to collaborate with civil engineers, architects, designers, and others. This allows for a transparent workflow, with each participant being able to contribute without affecting the other participants.

Simultaneously, 3D models can be easily exported as accurate 2D drawings for onsite workers, ensuring that the project’s final design is implemented exactly as intended using BIM landscape architecture.

  • Revit’s Parametric Capabilities – Revit families are graphical representations of specific elements with a common set of parameters that can be placed in a 3D model. Landscape architects can create their models from scratch or use existing Revit families from Revit libraries.

Overall, Revit families can significantly reduce the number of reworks and enforce some uniformity, significantly shortening the project’s completion time. Additionally, if models and families were created for a specific project and saved in a library beforehand, they could be reused in future projects.

  • 3D Renderings for Visualization – 3D rendering, which includes landscape renders, is extremely important from an aesthetic standpoint. Rendering aids in determining whether the project will work in the current environment. It’s also possible to enhance the realism of the renders by adding lighting sources, colors, and other details – and to use 3D models for marketing, financial approvals, and a variety of other purposes, including BIM landscape architecture.
  • Adaptable and Sustainable – The use of landscape architecture rendering techniques to remove toxins from the environment is a long-term and cost-effective solution. Green plants in and around your home help to keep carbon dioxide levels in check. Plants also absorb toxins, which helps to keep your home healthy. Many landscape architects use phytoremediation methods to remove toxins from the soil and groundwater and revitalize them.
  • Time & Cost Benefits – Landscape architectural renderings assist the client in visualizing the entire design and allowing him to make any design adjustments early on in the process so that no changes are required once construction begins. Landscape architects can also spot early design defects and fix them when the project is still in the planning stages. This saves businesses money on expensive repairs once construction starts, as well as a lot of time on rework.
  • Competitive Edge – It’s usually more effective and profitable to present your ideas with as few images as possible. Photo-realistic landscape architecture renderings are the simplest way to share ideas, and they almost always result in a positive outcome or direct feedback and input from your target audience. Client approval for 3D renders is more likely than ever before. Branding and marketing plans will be more reliable with 3D architecture visualization, and faster approvals and accurate bids will keep you one step ahead of the competition.
  • Boost Productivity – The on-site landscaping process is accelerated with landscape rendering techniques and the need for rework or design improvements are minimized when the bulk of the changes are completed at the conceptual stage. Potential design defects may be validated and corrected before implementation.

Quantity scheduling, material takeoffs, model coordination, and the documentation process are all made easier with this information in the model. As a designer, you can use the model’s information to help you make important design decisions, such as how to best capture and store rainwater. The BIM process allows for more accurate cost estimates and scheduling once the project enters bidding and construction, as well as fewer design errors and changes on-site, and a more coordinated construction and delivery process.

What are your options as a landscape architect if you want to switch from CAD to BIM? Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a magic bullet or a perfect program, and the answer will differ depending on the project and team. This wide range of responses is due to a number of factors: First and foremost, landscape architecture is a broad field with projects ranging in size, scope, and detail. Furthermore, when compared to architecture or even civil engineering, landscape architecture is a relatively small discipline. As a result, there are far fewer programs that are tailored to our specific requirements.

This shift to BIM can be unsettling for landscape architects. It is quickly becoming the industry standard, and all public sector projects in the UK are now required to use BIM. While the transition from CAD to BIM is relatively simple for architects and building engineers, there is a software gap once you get out into the landscape.

The significance & Scope of BIM in the 21st century is a hot topic nowadays. Implementing BIM in Landscape architecture is a technology that is designed to make the job even easier. It accomplishes the same task as you would otherwise, so it saves both your and your client’s time. It makes the workplace more efficient and helps you to complete tasks faster.

BIM technology would go on to become a critical part of the industry. Time would push you to use this incredible technique in just a few years. So, the question lies, To BIM or Not to BIM.

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How can Metaverse Change the Construction Industry? The new reality for AEC businesses.

It’s impossible to avoid seeing stories, conversations, and heated debates about the future of the Internet and a bold new world known simply as the “Metaverse“. 

Consider having a meeting with project stakeholders from all over the world to discuss the status of a new building that is about to be constructed, resolve any issues, and plan the next steps. When the meeting begins, everyone dons a virtual reality headset and is transported to a virtual conference table where digital clones of themselves are viewing a Building Information Modeling (BIM) virtual rendering of the completed project.

Virtual attendees can take a walk-through site visit of the actual project thanks to a set of 360-degree cameras.

Does this take you to a possibility in the coming future?

Metaverse has just laid the foundation for this extended reality.

What is Metaverse?

The term “metaverse” was recently coined by Meta (the new corporate brand that includes Facebook, Messenger, Oculus, Instagram, and WhatsApp). The Metaverse is a 3D version of the internet that represents a virtual universe that can be experienced in the same way as the real world.

The metaverse, according to the loudest voices in the room, will redefine virtually every activity that humans currently engage in. The CEO of Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Mark Zuckerberg, has staked his company’s entire future in this new world. Millions of dollars are changing hands daily as the latest cryptocurrency projects boom and bust, as Silicon Valley investors pour money into what they’re calling Web 3.0—a decentralized, user-driven version of the Internet.

When asked is there a difference between “the internet” and “the metaverse”? Mark Zuckerberg counter questioned ““It’s the difference between peering through a window and actually being there right in the moment together?”

The recent generation of “connected devices” is evolving into more multi-sensory forms like augmented reality glasses, virtual reality headsets, and more, with a focus on 3D immersion, a sense of physical presence, and interactivity with our real world.

The metaverse transforms content from the internet into 3D immersive environments that can be shared and interacted with by multiple users using the latest “connected devices” (often taking physical form as avatars.) Here’s where you can learn more about Extended Reality (XR).

Why Metaverse should be taken seriously by the AEC Industry?

In general, the A/E/C industry has a much lower profit margin in the global economy than other industrial sectors, so it must take advantage of every technological innovation available to boost productivity. Artificial intelligence, smart automation, and robotics are commonly used in other industries, resulting in higher productivity rates. The metaverse, in my opinion, will provide a more productive environment for project collaboration.

The metaverse will be most useful to engineers, designers, and architects to enhance collaboration. Transitioning from the traditional office-based setup, as we’ve had over the last two years of the pandemic, augmented and virtual reality can be extremely useful. Engineers can use VR and AR to communicate with clients, display models remotely, and reduce travel time. Virtual reality collaboration is far more powerful and valuable than a Zoom call.

Past technological advancements have proved that the Construction industry is among the slow adapters and still catching up while other industries are already milking the technology.

Its high time AEC leaders should put their best foot forward and be the early movers.

The trick is AEC industry should rather focus on virtual & augmented reality (VR/AR) than the more ambiguous “metaverse” which has unlimited possibilities.

Game Changing Possibilities for the AEC industry in Metaverse

Every important asset in the AEC industry’s daily work, 3D models, collaboration, data visualization, project management, and web apps are brought into a shared physical space where we can interact in the metaverse. Instant 3D massing, asset manipulation, interacting with building layers, and BIM data on a virtual clipboard are some examples.

The metaverse is only a few clicks away from all of your standard work tools. Direct integrations with collaboration platforms like The Wild and IrisVR allow you to bring your work from Navisworks into shared spaces that can be accessed from anywhere.

Furthermore, these platforms’ integrations, such as Autodesk Construction Cloud, ensure that your work is always up to date, whether you’re working on a desktop or in virtual reality. With the latest Autodesk updates, changes will always synchronize to immersive experiences.

Top 5 Benefits of Metaverse for the AEC Industry

Here are a few examples of how VR and AR in the metaverse have completely changed our industry’s workflows:

  • Unmatched Collaboration – Virtual reality allows AEC teams and clients to collaborate from any time or location in the world, resulting in fewer meetings, less business travel, and faster approvals.
  • Design Development & Prototyping – Working through the design process of a new product, building or bridge becomes a lot easier when you can hold it in your hands without having to spend the time, money, or materials to build a physical mockup. Volkswagen created the Nivus, a subcompact SUV for the Latin American market, entirely with virtual prototypes. During the pandemic, the company’s designers were able to work safely, prototype faster, complete the design in under a year, and drastically cut costs without sacrificing quality.
  • Better Visualization for All – With Metaverse you can test every option in a lifelike context to ensure you’ll land on the right version together, allowing for co-creation and shorter design cycles, whether you’re reviewing site facades with AR or tweaking materials for clients.

All the stakeholders can view and agree on how the project would eventually look like and to ensure that the finished product matches their vision without the need for costly rework, delays, or change orders.

  • Bigger Better BIM – Building information modeling (BIM) is a modernization of traditional CAD methods. With robust digital twins that replicate a physical asset and can add an incredible level of detail, VR takes it a step further.

This is possibly the area of the VR world with the most activity for the engineering and construction industries. Digital twins are the logical next step in the CAD/plan evolution, allowing for a more complete picture of existing bridges, buildings, and even cityscapes to be created. Leaders in the development of digital twin applications include Unity Software, Bentley Systems, and Cupix. Unity and Hyundai collaborated to create a digital twin of a major auto plant.

VR offers full life-cycle coordination, from immersive issue tracking to BIM/VDC inspection and layer visibility settings.

  • Marketing – A virtual reality presentation is far superior to a PowerPoint presentation. A fully immersive virtual presentation enthralls viewers in the project from start to finish. Virtual reality is a surefire way to capture an audience’s attention in a presentation.

VR/AR enables you to create full-sensory presentations that appeal to all learning styles, attracting new clients, and speeding projects through the approval process.

Metaverse Challenge for the AEC industry

As mentioned earlier, new technologies are slow to be embraced by the industry. The A/E/C industry has traditionally been a follower, adopting technologies that have already proven their worth in other settings. Even though modern drone technology and equipment have been in development and use since the 1980s, the use of drones for the data collection on construction sites is a relatively new trend in recent years. Another example is the digital transformation which the AEC industry in still chasing.

Although there are several reasons for the slowdown, one of the most significant is that adopting and implementing new technologies is typically costly and risky. Because construction companies have a low-profit margin, a poorly implemented or inappropriate new technology could cause a major financial setback, if not outright bankruptcy. This is especially true in the A/E/C industry, where many small businesses lack the financial resources to invest in new technology.

However, to keep up with changing client expectations, and evolving talent pool, AEC and VDC teams will need to embrace work in the metaverse to beat the fierce competition that is already leveraging the metaverse’s ability to multiply their productivity in sharing ideas.

Once you get past the exaggeration about the metaverse used by the tech and crypto crowd, it’s clear that engineers and designers can use virtual and augmented reality to improve their workflows and teamwork, serve clients more effectively, and design better-finished products. Engineers who commit to learning the ins and outs of virtual reality, a still-developing technology, will position themselves as leaders in their fields and companies.

There are still advancements to be made before the metaverse is something that engineers can use daily, but engineers should be aware of its potential and begin taking baby steps to understand it and gradually introduce it into their work environments.

Benefits of 3D Scanning for As Built Documentation

Benefits of 3D Scanning for As-Built Documentation

3D scanning services for As-Built Documentation have been instrumental in improving the construction process, allowing for more accurate site measurements and lower project expenses. 3D scanning method gathers building information with greater accuracy, lowering modification orders and errors in the field. Stakeholders can reduce costs and achieve project deadlines by employing 3D scanning to update as-built documentation.

As-Built Records are produced from the information submitted by numerous contractors involved in a project. Anyone familiar with as-built records understands that, while they can provide a valuable and necessary point of reference, it is rare that they accurately represent the entire environment or reflect the changes inherent in the normal operation of any industrial or commercial facility.

Supplementing traditional & typical as-built records (produced through survey data-gathering methods) with 3D scanning used to be a special consideration reserved for huge projects costing more than a million dollars. Using 3D scanning is typically regarded as smart since, unlike as-built records, 3D scanning generates a complete digital twin via the process of millimeter accurate laser-scanned reality capture.

As Built Documentation

As built documentation’s purpose is to provide an accurate depiction of actual field conditions. There is frequently a mismatch between the formal set of construction drawings and the actual design that is developed, and as-built documentation assists in tracking these changes.

As-built documentation is useful throughout the design and construction phase, but it is especially helpful when rebuilding public spaces in buildings or modernizing manufacturing plants and mechanical spaces. Before you can design and execute a renovation or upgrade with confidence, you must first understand what is already in place. Stakeholders can see any changes made to the intended design as construction advances by viewing as-built drawings. Stakeholders can then use these drawings as a guide while renovating or maintaining their facilities.

As-built papers must adequately portray the actual project site for stakeholders to make informed decisions before making any changes to the building. To properly renovate a building, stakeholders must first consult a complete blueprint of the existing structure. Contractors who provide inaccurate or out-of-date as-built documents risk causing future planning errors or inefficiencies for the owner.

As-built documentation provides a precise record of everything from office spaces to mechanical rooms, allowing you to proceed with confidence with the design process without worry of costly building errors later on. Comprehensive and accurate as-built documentation can help to speed commercial building design and construction projects, as well as the 3D scanning technology that makes it possible.

3D Scanning

3D terrestrial scanning is a technique for efficiently and precisely gathering high-density spatial images with millions of coordinates. You can examine as-built documentation of any location, such as the inside of a manufacturing factory, in a virtual world using 3D scan data created by scanning technologies.

However, the benefits don’t stop there: the point cloud data (those millions of coordinates) may also be utilized to create a CAD model, which can then be compared or rebuilt. This can be extremely useful for both pre-project construction planning and post-project quality assurance.

3D terrestrial scanning for as-built documentation can enhance accuracy, efficiency, and downstream productivity while also lowering costs for your business.

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Benefits of 3D Scanning for As-Built Documentation

Companies that use 3D scanning to create as-built documentation can reap the following benefits:

1. Enhance Accuracy & Efficiency

3D terrestrial scanning generates highly accurate and comprehensive measurement data. The as-built documentation created from this data outperforms traditional measurement methods in terms of quality and accuracy, lowering the number of errors and the requirement for your measurement team to return to a site.

In addition to reducing the number of site visits, 3D terrestrial scanning can lower the overall labor necessary for providing as-built documentation. Large areas may now be measured fast, precisely, and thoroughly.

2. Enhanced Productivity

Accurate as-built documentation can save your firm hundreds of hours in wasted planning and labor. Furthermore, by identifying interference potentials, 3D terrestrial scanning can minimize field modification of new equipment being placed, allowing you to fix designs before they become an expensive onsite issue. This results in a shorter project completion time and lowers costs, allowing you to stay on budget and on schedule.

3. Cost Benefits

When compared to traditional manual surveying, the added efficiency, accuracy, and measurement coverage is given by 3D scanning for as-built documentation saves money. If you want to save even more money, you should consider the level of accuracy and detail required for your job. Less thorough documentation necessitates fewer data points, resulting in a reduced cost and faster response. Consider the distinction between capturing the minute details of a building or room and the broad plan and physical structures. A 3D building scan can handle both (and everything in between), but you may discover that one method suits your demands and budget better.

4. Visualization

Perhaps you simply want to know if the design drawings for your facility match the structure itself. Perhaps you’re looking for signs of interaction between structural characteristics and newly built mechanical features. The good news is that 3D terrestrial scanning simplifies the evaluation and execution of your concept. One popular application for 3D building scan data is to generate a highly accurate CAD model for documentation and future design efforts. Beyond that, consider everything from point clouds to BIM models to fly-through videos—we can meet your data visualization and documentation demands.

5. Compliances

Manufacturing plants, in particular, are subject to a slew of environmental, health, and safety standards, with the goal of both protecting personnel and minimizing environmental effects. As-built documentation is crucial in assisting manufacturers in avoiding fines and safety violations. Data recorded by a 3D building scanner can be used to demonstrate that plants and other mechanical areas are in accordance with the norms and standards in place.

One of the primary benefits of adopting 3D scanning for developing as-built documentation is its cheaper cost and improved accuracy. Creating as-built documentation is an expensive and time-consuming procedure. When 3D scanning is used, less time is spent developing as-built documentation, which results in lower costs for stakeholders.

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Having 18+ of experience in the AEC industry has made us realize that providing Outsourcing services is more than quality and cost. It is an overall experience that we want our clients to relish. INDOVANCE works as your extended virtual arm, aligning with your culture & processes, and firmly believes in the concept of ONENESS for mutual Growth.

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What is an ALTA Survey

What is an ALTA Survey? – All You Need to Know

Due diligence is a word often used in the real estate sector to describe the process of gathering data, discoveries, and disclosing it in connection with the purchase or investment of a property. ALTA Land Title Surveys are essential for various parties in commercial real estate transactions. The comprehensive requirements for doing an ALTA land survey distinguish it from a standard boundary, border, or simple location study.

ALTA surveys are the gold standard in the field of land surveying. ALTA Land Title Surveys are used by legal, title, development, finance, and design professionals. Many lenders are mandating ALTA land surveys before providing funding for commercial property acquisitions and new development.

What is an ALTA Survey?

ALTA survey is a very common term used in Civil Engineering & Real Estate domain which stands for “American Land Title Association”. It’s a set of principles that has classified and standardized the survey methods, processes, and actions of surveys, helping property surveyors meet the standard requirements of recognized Government and Private entities. The basic objective of the ALTA survey is to establish common and acceptable principles and expectations in the U.S. It provides a common standard for all the parties in the transaction to follow – specially the professional land surveyors.

The ALTA survey typically provides detailed information about:

  • Property boundaries
  • Easement and encumbrances
  • Encroachments
  • Evidence of use by other parties
  • Names of neighboring property owners
  • Land improvements
  • Roads and property features
  • Access and legal routes to the property
  • Zoning classification
  • Flood zone classification
  • Water boundaries
  • Existence of cemeteries
  • Legal property description

Why ALTA Survey is required?

Mostly the Lending institutes, Banks, Title companies, Insurance companies orders the ALTA surveys to be performed to make sure the property in question is free and clear of all the survey matters except those already disclosed. Basis these clearances, the property title and mortgage insurance are issued. ALTA surveys determine exact property lines, water boundaries, improvements, existing easements, encroachments and other land-ownership elements, providing not just probable title conflicts but also the property elements.

Since these surveys, performed mostly for commercial properties, are costly and complicated, a title commitment is required before ordering an ALTA survey. Land surveyors work closely with title companies to ensure that all information is accurate and provides the most-comprehensive view of the property in question.

Steps in ALTA Survey

An ALTA land survey aims to collect and record data from property records as well as physical surveying, to fulfill the needs of title companies during insurance dealings. Following are the steps and processes required to perform during ALTA survey:

  • The property is researched for both public and private land records
  • A physical analysis of the property and boundary lines is conducted by the surveyors’ field crew
  • Both the physical analysis and the research are used to conduct a property analysis
  • With his or her analysis, the surveyor prepares a map of the survey
  • Once the map is finished, it is reviewed by the title company and other parties
  • The surveyor signs and seals the map once the client accepts it

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When Do You Need an ALTA Survey?

An ALTA Survey entails a complete examination prepared by a registered licensed surveyor as per the standards established by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping (ACSM). An ALTA Survey depicts the property’s borders, as well as the position of any improvements, such as structures, fences, utility lines, roads, and easements, on the subject property.

While an ALTA survey isn’t required for every property acquisition, it is one of the most complete surveys available at a higher cost than other survey types. While it isn’t required for every land purchase, there are situations when you should consider spending the extra money for an ALTA survey. This type of survey is either needed or suggested in the situations listed below. 

1. Buying Or Selling Commercial Real Estate

When a piece of commercial property is mortgaged or transferred, title insurance companies and/or lenders often demand an ALTA survey to be completed. This is because commercial purchases frequently come with “survey risks,” such as boundary line disputes, encroachments, or other conditions and/or circumstances, such as easements or easement claims not found in public records.

This information may often make or break a deal, or at the very least make things a lot more complicated. An ALTA survey reveals any issues that need to be addressed and assists in ensuring that the property is risk-free before purchase. Similarly, if you’re selling a commercial property, it’s a good idea to have an ALTA survey done just to have a record to compare to the buyer’s survey.

2. Buying a piece of Vacant Land

If you’re purchasing vacant land, an ALTA survey may be advisable even if it’s not needed. While a simple border survey may be the bare minimum in this situation, vacant land is not frequently surveyed or was surveyed in the past when technology was significantly less accurate. This means there may be boundary, ownership, or encroachment concerns that aren’t apparent at the time of purchase but could come back to bite you later. Before making a purchase, an ALTA survey gives the additional research needed to find and fix these difficulties.

3. Resolving Property Disputes

When buying or selling a piece of land, many circumstances come into play. If you’re in a rare or unusual circumstance, a more in-depth ALTA survey may be the best option. Simply said, the more complete a survey is, the greater the level of protection it offers.

Typically, ALTA/NSPS land title surveys are employed for commercial properties because they might take weeks to complete and cost thousands of dollars. ALTA/NSPS land title surveys are extremely detailed, encompassing property lines, boundaries, real property, easements, encroachments, liens, and land ownership information. The ALTA/NSPS land title surveys are designed to give the title industry stability and standardization.

Outsourcing Land Survey Drafting Services can prove to be extremely beneficial with significant reduction in cost, access to skilled and experienced resources equipped with latest tools and competitive with quick TAT (Turnaround time).

Lately several Land Surveying Firms are exploring new ways to maximize profit by reducing their CAD overheads by Outsourcing their survey drafting needs to a specialized CAD partner. As Land Survey is mostly seasonal, companies are looking to make more ROI by outsourcing the services which are mostly repetitive and needs to be done quickly. This also gives them ample time to focus on their core business activities.

INDOVANCE Inc delivers hassle free Outsourcing Survey drafting services and aims at sincerely understanding how each and all survey drafts are a critical part of a client’s civil project development, and do it with precision and skill. We work on all sorts of surveys, be it boundary survey, topographic survey, ALTA survey, route survey, telecom survey, control survey or permit survey. If you are looking for point cloud modeling (LiDAR) for mapping/modeling of terrestrial areas and corridors, we can definitely support you. A trusted, experienced and specialized CAD partner who has been catering to the needs of the AEC industry since 2003 and delivering excellent service and value to its partners.

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Benefits of Outsourcing Survey Drafting Services

Benefits of Outsourcing Survey Drafting Services

Surveying is the initial action that businesses involved in the AEC industry must complete before moving to the construction phase. Surveying is a method of determining ownership rights, the size and location of a property, and its qualities in relation to the earth’s contours.

It is essential for commercial and residential developments, buildings, highways, bridges, utilities, rivers, and property purchases, ranging from construction plan of high-rise steel structures to 3-D laser scanning. Experienced land surveyors use cutting-edge technology and practical creativity to save survey costs and speed up project completion while keeping a high-quality result for the clients.

Land surveying entails determining and measuring property lines. All property transactions, including buying, selling, mortgaging, and leasing, are based on property borders. The location of property boundaries must be known for a stable and strong property market to exist. Specialized expertise is required to locate property boundaries and understand issues that may influence land ownership.

Land surveyors use CAD drafting to create and update maps that illustrate varied terrains. Land survey CAD drawing is an integral element of any project’s first phase. With surveying being such a crucial task, the key is to make it as swift, efficient, and cost-effective as possible. Surveyors can benefit from back-end support services such as drafting and modelling. These services are ideal for outsourcing drafting and 3D modelling, among other things, because work can be easily standardized.

Benefits of Outsourcing Survey Drafting Services?

Outsourcing Land Survey Drafting Services can prove to be extremely beneficial with significant reduction in cost, access to skilled and experienced resources equipped with latest tools and competitive with quick TAT (Turnaround time).

Outsourcing Survey drafting services to a specialized CAD partner allows you to employ skilled and experienced engineering resources on diverse projects and get quality survey CAD drawings that adhere to your standards and styles. This strategic CAD partnership will boost your production while also saving you time. You can also finish your jobs in less time and work on many projects at once. You’ll have more time to focus on your company’s core beliefs while saving a lot of money.

Lately several Land Surveying Firms are exploring new ways to maximize profit by reducing their CAD overheads by Outsourcing their survey drafting needs to a specialized CAD partner. As Land Survey is mostly seasonal, companies are looking to make more ROI by outsourcing the services which are mostly repetitive and needs to be done quickly. This also gives them ample time to focus on their main business activities.

Advantages associated with Outsourcing Survey Drafting Services:

  • Cost-Efficient, helps you save a big chunk on your CAD overheads
  • Access to skilled and experienced resources
  • Access to software expertise at Zero Setup Cost
  • Flexible, Scalable, and Hassle Free with no hiring and training of resources required
  • Competitive Advantage with Overnight TAT (Turnaround time). Taking advantage of the geographical time difference for a 24-hr work cycle
  • Focus on your Core Competency rather than the repetitive work

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Small firms are always advised to choose Outsourcing for cost saving and better resource management, hire a full-time dedicated CAD drafter and focus on your core activity of surveying.

For Mid-Size can firms Scalability can be a boon of Outsourcing. Scale up or down in a jiffy as per your project requirements with no hassle of recruitment and training.

For a Large firm outsourcing is more of a strategic alliance with a CAD partner to cut on cost and stay one step ahead in this competitive market.

INDOVANCE Inc delivers hassle-free Outsourcing Survey drafting services and aims at sincerely understanding how each and all survey drafts are a critical part of a client’s civil project development, and doing it with precision and skill. We work on all sorts of surveys, be it boundary survey, topographic survey, ALTA survey, route survey, telecom survey, control survey, or permit survey.

If you are looking for point cloud modeling (LiDAR) for mapping/modeling of terrestrial areas and corridors, we can definitely support you. A trusted, experienced, and specialized CAD partner who has been catering to the needs of the AEC industry since 2003 and delivering excellent service and value to its partners.

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Importance of Land Surveying

Importance of Land Surveying and GIS Services

Land surveying is the first phase in the construction and renovation process. A land survey and GIS services gives crucial information about a plot to homeowners and property buyers. It aids in the proper acquisition of land and the development of structures and assists you in determining if the land you have purchased is excellent or not and whether it is flood-prone or faces some other challenges. It will also assist you in determining whether the seller’s deed shows the correct property size.

Therefore, right from the planning and design of land subdivisions to the final construction and landscaping, land surveyors play a critical role in land development. Land surveys can assist with a variety of activities, including determining plot sizes and preventing encroachment by adjacent properties.

What is Land Surveying & GIS?

The mapping and marking of land using mathematical skills, technology, and equipment are known as land surveying. Surveying data is used in the planning and design of all Civil Engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, tunnels, dams, and building construction.

Land surveyors work on a wide range of projects, including infrastructure planning and design, land development, and construction. They’re skilled in calculating plot size and topographic heights. Engineers, architects, town planners, geologists, and developers use the surveyor’s opinions and information to direct their work.

GIS is the framework for capturing, storing, managing, and analyzing spatial and geographical data. GIS can take any source of relevant data and turn it into an interactive map, from spreadsheets to satellites, IoT to information databases. Remote sensing data is one of the most distant sources of data for GIS.

Data collection from a distance is what remote sensing is all about. Sensors that can produce maps utilizing multiple sectors of the electromagnetic spectrum can be carried by drones, planes, and satellites. One such example is LiDAR. GIS proves to be an essential tool in surveying because precise measurements are needed to create accurate mapping systems.

Importance of Land Surveying and GIS Services

Here’s why Land Surveying & GIS Services are important for your project:

1. Understanding Topography

Before purchasing a property, it is vital to have a comprehensive understanding of the topographical features. Engineers must conduct land surveys to detect soil and structural issues, determine flood-prone areas, and obtain accurate representations of plots. A detailed land survey will help you avoid disaster and delay or halt building.

2. Determining Plot Size

Landowners can get accurate acreage and dimension information via a survey. The most frequent type of survey, a boundary survey, also specifies lot boundaries and property corners. It defines where your estate ends and the next one begins when creating permanent property features. Fences, rooflines, and other permanent constructions are not permitted to encroach on an adjacent parcel of land.

3. Dividing a Plot of Land

If you want to divide a parcel of land into distinct lots, you’ll also require a land survey. Land surveying leads the subdivision process in the same way that it directs home improvements. A survey lays out the requirements for a property subdivision, shows how the land will be divided, and assigns identifiers to the new lots and blocks.

4. Property Upgrades

When installing permanent improvements on a plot of land, homeowners may require land surveying. This includes Pools, Fences, Driveways, Sheds and pool houses, Retaining walls, and Utilities (like water or sewage tanks) etc.

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5. Compliance with City Codes and Planning Standards

Understanding the precise dimensions and topography of any site is essential for guaranteeing that your plans will adhere to building codes and town plans. If your development plan calls for adding more rooms or homes after subdividing a block, you’ll need to determine if everything will fit on the property. You must also guarantee that the project follows all city planning regulations.

In addition, if you plan to develop, subdivide, or change the land use, you may need a planning permit. On the land, there may also be overlays such as wildfire, heritage, or vegetation protection. Land zoning approved land uses, and other planning documents are used to evaluate these applications. A professional land survey must be submitted in order for the proposal to be approved. All of these concerns can be addressed if your boundary lines and topographic heights are precisely measured. 

6. Better Communication before Construction

A land surveyor can take precise measurements over a wide region of land. This technology easement gives information that is utilized to plan how to develop or build on the site, as well as to keep track of local ordinances and regulations. Architects and engineers use the information gathered to precisely and safely plan the landscaping, design, and structures.

7. Encroachments

As a property owner, you must be aware of any encroachments on your land. A land survey locates the property boundaries and corners, allowing you to determine the exact measurements of your property. This information may be useful in the future if there is a disagreement.

8. Renovation & Demolition

An expert land survey gives you a comprehensive picture of the property’s attributes. It pinpoints existing structures so that developers and engineers may assess whether the renovations and demolition are feasible. The survey also permits county officials to guarantee that the property is developed in accordance with local construction and building codes. While all construction projects should begin with a survey, the sort of land survey required is determined by the design plans. Site plans, for example, serve as designs for new outside constructions, while topographic surveys help with drainage and new building development.

INDOVANCE Inc is a trusted and specialized CAD outsourcing partner catering to the survey drafting needs of the construction industry since 2003. At INDOVANCE Inc, we focus on the client’s requirements and a keen attention to detail to provide precise and high-quality CAD survey drafting services to our global client.

Our focused and passionate team of 150+ engineers are highly skilled, experienced and well versed with the CAD tools and expert in preparing accurate CAD survey drawings that are customized to the project’s location and comply with the local standards and regulations. INDOVANCE Inc has almost two decades of professional experience in successfully delivering survey CAD drawings and civil site engineering drawings for Subdivisions, Residential and Commercial projects across the globe.

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BIM benefits in project lifecycle

The Impact of BIM on Civil and Structural Engineering

Civil and structural engineers play an important part in infrastructure life cycles, from project conception to delivery, operations, and eventual decommissioning. Engineers rely on accurate data to support multidisciplinary decision-making and inform operations at every stage. BIM has revolutionized the civil/structural environment, assisting engineers with turnkey project planning, design, construction, ownership, and maintenance.

BIM (Building Information Modeling) has been high on the priority list of all organizations involved in the planning, design, and construction of buildings. BIM is quickly evolving from a niche technology-based paradigm to the foundation for addressing many of the industry’s weaknesses, including quality, collaboration, communication, and productivity.

The core principle of BIM complements civil and structural engineers’ life cycle role by ensuring that information is created and structured in such a way that it can be reused by others, whether through collaboration with other disciplines to complete a task or through supporting activities that make it available for reuse by others in subsequent phases of the asset’s lifecycle.

Integrating BIM into Civil and Structural Engineering

Civil and structural engineering, unlike many other disciplines in the built environment, encompasses a set of skills and competencies that can be applied to a wide range of projects, from minor slope strengthening and flood mitigation schemes to superstructures like tall buildings and multi-span bridges.

Since engineers play a variety of roles on different projects, BIM for infrastructure owners has evolved into ‘Better Information Management’ across the asset lifecycle, with a strong emphasis on project orientation to give information to support asset management and being smarter about information extraction through operations and maintenance.

Following are some of the technologies and procedures associated with BIM and how adopting BIM might improve your role and the types of tools that support the project lifecycle.

BIM benefits in project lifecycle

1. 3D Design

A geometric representation and schedule of material properties make up an engineering design. Analytical models are used to determine and validate these.

Modeling in 3D (rather than two-dimensional drafting) with scheduling information incorporated against objects in the model and linked to the analytical model closes a loop to keep the design consistent and accurate.

2. Automated Drawing Production

BIM technologies help speed up the drawing production process if the design is already in a 3D model. Taking photos from the 3D model automatically updates plans, elevations, and sections. Any modifications to the BIM model are automatically reflected in drawings and schedules when using this method. 

3. Visualization

Having a photorealistic model of the real landscape to present an interactive 3D model gives a far more interesting way of consulting with customers and the general public than using engineering drawings.

4. LIDAR

LIDAR combines laser scanning with precise photography to create a 3D point cloud, delivers a considerably richer depiction of the real environment than a standard topographic survey, minimizing the need for exploratory site visits. Although the Scan-to-BIM procedure produces realistic 3D BIM models from the point cloud, the point cloud is often sufficient as a contextual tool without human conversion.

5. Clash Detection

In BIM Level 2 each discipline creates and manages its own 3D model. The conflict detection procedure guarantees that the various models are synchronized in order to eliminate any issues during development. It’s also possible to detect ‘soft collisions,’ which are instances where there isn’t a physical clash but where the proximity of interface components could cause an issue during maintenance.

The FUTURE is BIM Shaped

6. Common Database

A common data ecosystem that provides a single source of project information is a useful tool for effective collaboration and communication. Workflows for document approvals and audit trails for when and by whom decisions were made provide substantial value to the system.

7. 4D BIM Modeling

The planner can validate the schedule by merging the 3D model with a building program to avoid schedule clashes and resourcing problems. Several 4D BIM tools allow the planner to create a construction schedule based on the 3D model, guaranteeing that nothing is overlooked.

8. 5D BIM Modeling

The 3D model is combined with the cost schedule in a 5D model. The computer can determine volumes and dimensions for computations using three-dimensional objects in the model. The estimator can depict a project’s expense profile by combining the 4D and 5D models.

9. Simulation

The 4D model can be modified to recreate the construction sequence at a greater level of sophistication, making the model a digital dress rehearsal of the construction activity. Plant and supplies can be modelled and animated to help with logistics and as the basis for a creative staff briefing.

10. Accessibility

Tablets and smart phones eliminate the need to lug bulky paper drawings around and fill out quality forms on the job. A device connected to the Common Data Framework can immediately read and save data in the central database. Quality assurance, risk assessments, and material records can all be sent promptly, and managers can monitor the processes in real time to ensure they are being followed appropriately.

11. Information Exchange

Nobody wants to sit around at the end of a project, filling in all the paperwork, shipping it to a customer, and manually updating asset management systems. The handover process for the health and safety file is much smoother through a digital information exchange when using a BIM technique, which involves adding to a basic design model during detailed design and construction with inbuilt quality checks.

Why BIM?

As per the UN, the world’s population will be around 9.7 billion by 2050. The global AEC industry must look for intelligent, productive and progressive ways to design and build not just as a means to keep up with global demand but to help create spaces that are smarter and more flexible. BIM represents a new paradigm within AEC, one that encourages integration of the roles of all stakeholders. This is why BIM mandates are increasing across the globe.

Stanford University Center for Integrated Facilities Engineering (CIFE) study based on 32 major projects using BIM indicates benefits such as:

  • Up to 40% elimination of unbudgeted change
  • cost estimation accuracy within 3%
  • Up to 80% reduction in time taken to generate a cost estimate
  • Saves up to 10% of the contract value through clash detections
  • Up to 7% reduction in project time

There are Game-Changing Benefits of BIM in the AEC industry. BIM is an intellectual model-based process to plan building model data that is typically coordinated and measurable and thus AEC professionals can more efficiently design, build and operate buildings and infrastructures.

A true BIM model consists of the virtual equivalents of the actual building parts and pieces used to build a building which means a building can be “built” even before its physical realization through a virtual model.

INDOVANCE Inc delivers a full range of BIM modeling projects. We work on parametric family creation, model creation for all LOD (Level of Detail), 4D, 5D and 6D support and model phasing, as well. We also provide complete support for CAD to BIM, point cloud to BIM conversions, and PDF to BIM conversions.

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