Using OpenBIM to manage InfraBIM with City Models – InfraBIM Open Tampere | Feb 6-7

Join the upcoming InfraBIM conference and come to hear our keynote speech by Jarkko Sireeni, product manager at Viasys VDC & Jarmo Suomisto, manager of Helsinki 3D+ at City of Helsinki.

Lean and BIM – Two principles aiming at increased customer value

Last autumn, I had the opportunity to hold a workshop around BIM and Lean as part of the LCI-UK Lean Construction Training Day.  Since low productivity and difficulties in the development of BIM and Lean-based processes continue to be a major issue in infrastructure construction, I thought it makes sense to share some of the key topics that emerged in our discussions during the workshop.

Design for Excellence (DfX) – How to eliminate waste in construction

Efficient planning in construction projects is a key factor in reducing waste. Learn how the concept of Design for Excellence (DfX) can lower the most severe waste in construction projects through early involvement and integration.

How to produce a 3D BIM model using UAV and 2D source data

UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) are used more and more for inspection and survey of construction sites and infrastructure assets. I have put together these brief instructions to help you include your UAV data in the 3D BIM model of your infrastructure site.

Product installation and licensing instructions

Read these instructions before installing VDC Explorer or VDC Modeler software products. Don’t hesitate to contact our product support team, if you have any questions.

New 1.8 VDC product versions available for download

We have released new 1.8 versions of both VDC Explorer and Modeler software products. Check out the new features and download your new product version.

Viasys VDC & DynaRoad User Day 2017 – A Wrap-up

We were delighted to get together with our customers at the end of November during a comprehensive seminar day offering both industry sneak peeks as well as news from ongoing infrastructure projects. Find below the presentations given during the day and feel free to download your copy.

How do you decide to spend your day? – Reflections on digitalization and process change

Digitalization is rapidly changing the way we do things. Many traditional ways of doing business just disappear, because the new digital way can provide a better customer experience saving both time and money – and both from the customer and business perspectives. Yet, for many businesses, the digitalization is not happening or is very slow.

Come and meet us at BIM World Munich (Nov 28-29, 2017)

Viasys VDC & Topcon teams will be present at BIM World Munich on November 28th and 29th. You’ll find us at Booth 84. Come and discover how our technology solutions can help you streamline your project workflow by connecting the office and the field.

Digital Construction Week (Oct 18-19, London)

Viasys VDC and Topcon teams are again looking forward to meeting you at Digital Construction Week in London. We’ll help you discover best-of-breed BIM software tools for infrastructure construction and get our experts’ advice for digital management of construction data both during construction and later on in maintenance. You’ll find us at Stand B39.

In pursuit of a perfect process with BIM and Lean – LCI-UK Training Day Workshop (Oct 25, 2017)

Typical construction processes create material waste but especially process-related waste. The challenges for a project delivery, with multiple stakeholders involved, normally include fragmented communication and conflicts of interest. BIM can serve as an information centre connecting the project members and key stakeholders helping to improve both communication and documentation within a project. In this workshop, we will look at the construction process, and how we can make it leaner by applying BIM and create collaboration models that increase the quality of design.

Discover collaborative BIM for infrastructure – INTERGEO Berlin (Sep 26-28)

Come and meet our team at the upcoming INTERGEO (Berlin, Sep 26-28), the world’s leading conference trade fair for geodesy, geo information and land management. You’ll find us in Hall 2.1 at Booth A2.008.

BOOK YOUR SEAT: A Joint Viasys VDC & DynaRoad User Day – On Thu Nov 30, 2017

Viasys VDC and Topcon are happy to invite the users of their software products to join an afternoon seminar on November 30th in Helsinki. You’ll learn about the new product releases and hear tips and tricks that help you get the best out of your software tools! Check out the seminar details and join us!

Highlights of the Prague Digital Construction Summit (June 2017)

During two days in the beginning of June, the most prominent innovators of the European construction industry gathered together in the Czech capital, Prague, to share ideas and experiences around digital construction. I joined the conference with mixed expectations, not sure whether I was about to see traditional ways of thinking prevail despite the declining productivity or to see indeed clear initiatives and latest innovations presented by forerunners of modern infrastructure construction.

What prevents us from achieving the benefits of BIM?

The benefits of BIM are well known in construction industry. Yet, the use of BIM is not as widely spread as the benefits could entail. Finland has been active in the deployment of BIM during the past few years and recognized in many studies as one of the leading countries. Hence, I feel that it is necessary to take a closer look at the levels of BIM implementation and to identify, study and understand the possible barriers that prevent us from reaching the known benefits. In addition to a thorough review of the literature available, I wanted to approach the topic in the field. With the help of focus group sessions, it was possible to first, observe each benefit of BIM and then identify the real-life barriers preventing a successful BIM implementation. The focus groups were formed with around 80 Finnish BIM specialists coming from design, construction, maintenance, research and public organizations.

Improved collaboration with BIM/CIM models – Wisconsin DOT

The construction of the busiest interchange in the state of Wisconsin is on its way.  The work involves an active use of  digital BIM / CIM models which replace inefficient paper-based communication and enable combination of final construction geometry with key information such as dimensions, volumes, coordinates, construction materials and quality requirements. The engineered 3D model  allows the entire project team to see roadway design updates, and smart functionality such as automated clash detection helps both designers and engineers to spot potential clashes.

A model-based workflow in construction – Dronning Eufemia’s street

About 0.5 miles long new street was built in the heart of the city of Oslo with estimated construction costs of $ 100 million. The key to success was a model-based project workflow and a combined BIM model that was actively used by the project owner, designers and contractors.

Viasys VDC Explorer 1.7 now released and available for install

Feel free to download the latest 1.7 releases of both Viasys VDC Explorer and the Viasys VDC Design package (incl. both our VDC Explorer & VDC Modeler software products). Download VDC Explorer: Download VDC Design (containing both Explorer & Modeler software products):   What’s new – the major updates: VDC Explorer 1.7 Improved … Continued

Viasys VDC Virtual Map 7.2.1 Standalone now released and available for install

Feel free to download the latest release 7.2.1 of Viasys VDC Virtual Map Standalone: What’s new – the major updates: This release contains the following improvements: Viewpoint predefined attribute valuesViewpoint attributes can have predefined values (configurable in Configure markers –dialog) that can be chosen from a drop down menu in an edit viewpoint dialog. … Continued

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