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[BEIT NEWS] 21 Nov 2018 – Autodesk acquires PlanGrid; The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and Future Cities Catapult (FCC) to embrace digital technologies

Autodesk just announced its big acquisition of PlanGrid for $875 million. PlanGrid, with around 400 staff members, produces Construction Productivity Software that allows contractors and owners in commercial, heavy civil, and other industries to work together throughout the project lifecycle.

The move would enable Autodesk to become a major construction technology giant in design and conceptualisation.

Meanwhile the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the digital planning pioneers Future Cities Catapult (FCC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the use of digital technologies for town / urban planning or PlanTech, by, among others, exchange of ideas across the industries. Both parties not only admitted that digital technologies had huge potential and opportunities for the profession, but also would change the ways the planners were working fundamentally.

 


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Autodesk to Buy Construction Startup PlanGrid for $875 Million (Keywords: Autodesk; PlanGrid)

Planning profession urged to embrace digital technology (Keywords: Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI); Future Cities Catapult (FCC); PlanTech)

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[BEIT NEWS] 18 Oct 2018 – Digital design, smart cities and smart transportation

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British Land names R/GA London as digital innovation and design partner

 

Julian Barker, head of smart places at British Land, added: “We see a great opportunity to use technology to unlock more value for our customers, and are pleased to be working with R/GA in delivering a new level of service across our London campuses.”

Keywords: British Land; R/GA London

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Picture: Broadgate, one of the developments by British Land, a leading UK commercial property company.


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City of Sydney funds Smart Cities Week

 

The conference will explore how technology and data can help solve the social, environmental, planning, transport and economic challenges facing global communities.

Event speakers include the City’s Sustainability Director, Chris Derksema, and Kate Deacon, the City’s Executive Manager of Strategy and Urban Analytics. In partnership with Austrade, the City will take a visiting international delegation on a tour of the new Green Square town centre and library.

Keywords: cyber security; digital infrastructure; resilient cities; innovation districts; public spaces; social equity; tech and data; smart and green buildings; digital transformation

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Picture: Smart Cities Week in Australia to be held on 29-31 Oct 2018.


 

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The country now applies radio frequency identification (RFID) in electronic toll collection (ETC) along several expressways.

At the moment, local companies are able to manufacture and assemble monitoring devices for cars, trains, and water vessels. They are also designing intelligent transport systems (ITS) for new expressways. FDI has been essential to bringing about this change in Vietnam and is vital to its continued momentum – both as a source of capital and as a source of critical knowledge.

Keywords: Smart transportation; radio frequency identification (RFID); electronic toll collection; seaport management; infrastructure management; maritime electronic map; automatic identification systems (AIS); Civil aviation safety oversight reporting and tracking database (CASORT); air traffic flow management (ATM); air traffic service message handling system (AMHS); computerised reservation systems; Galileo; Amadeus; SabreSonic

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Picture: Vietnam is working on several fronts to modernise its transport systems.

[BEIT NEWS] 12 Oct 2018 – eNightLog for elderly, digital construction and cyber security at healthcare

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PolyU develops eNightLog System for caring Elderly with Dementia

The non-contact and non-invasive eNightLog system is embedded with event sequence tracking and different kinds of remote sensing and imaging technologies, based on innovative algorithm developed by the BME team of PolyU. This innovative technique has already been patented.

Seventeen systems have been installed and tested in a nursing home for 2 months this year for nighttime monitoring. During this period, 380 incidences of elderly leaving bed alone were recorded, with all them being successfully detected (100%), and only 2 times of false alarm occurred (0.5%). In addition, the system recorded 525 events of caregivers visiting elderly and accompanying the elderly leaving, and accuracy rate is 100%. 

Keywords: eNightLogProf. ZHENG Yongping; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; dementia; Alzheimer’s disease

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Picture: eNightLog – the research team led by Ir Prof. ZHENG Yongping in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


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Imerso offers intelligent technology through 3D capture and BIM

 

Working on Imerso is simple as Users start by loading the software with all the data from the planning stage, which includes BIM, geometry, schedules as well as tolerance parameters and then these data are used as monitoring targets. When, site works continues, users upload 3D data on field. The next step perform by Imerso is to register that 3D data directly to the 3D building information model and displays the result, through this it is easy for the users to compare the current on-site conditions against the original design intent.

Keywords: Imerso; 3D; Building Information Modelling (BIM); digital construction; Frederico VALENTE

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Picture: Imerso’s digital platform for construction.


 

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… by leveraging machine learning, organizations can largely diminish the security concerns that come with Internet of Things (IoT). Machine learning enables data exchanges to be monitored within the organization, and with external parties to detect anomalies that are not considered the norm. Machine learning can also aid in predicting threats, in its ability to analyze historical data from specific trends, which can be evaluated from the big data produced by the algorithms.

Keywords: Healthcare; Internet of Things (IoT); cyber security; machine learning; behavior analytics 

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Source: https://www.sensorsmag.com/iot-wireless/how-to-combat-security-risks-healthcare-iot-security

[BEIT NEWS] 08 Oct 2018 – Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction and digital technologies in architecture

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Immersive pod offers unique aerial views of Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction

 

Seven people at a time can sit in the purpose-built “igloo” at the Aberdeen station concourse, where 360-degree drone footage will be projected onto the walls.

With total immersion in the room, viewers can feel like they are floating high above the tracks as they look on at scenes of the extensive construction work.

The scheme ties into the concept of “digital construction” where projects are mapped out in excruciating detail on computers to test every possibility before shovels hit the ground.

Keywords: Aberdeen to Dyce rail construction; drone; digital construction

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Using Architecture to Create a New Civic Movement: SHoP’s Chris Sharples Speaks

 

From digital models to next-generation fabrication and delivery techniques, technology is at the center of the firm’s movement toward an iterative approach that, as Chris Sharples says, “is beginning to blur the line between architecture and manufacturing.”

… the firm’s 180-person staff uses digital models to conceptualize urban architecture projects that engage the public realm and, ultimately, transform cities—New York being high on the list. “Among architects, there’s a lot of focus on form and expression, and not so much on experience,” continues Sharples. “We think it’s really important to think of how architecture can create a new civic moment.”

Keywords: SHoP Architects; Botswana Innovation Hub; digital technologies; architecture and manufacturing

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Picture: Botswana Innovation Hub which SHoP’s used a variety of sustainable techniques, including the “Energy Blanket” roofscape

[BEIT NEWS] 27 Sept 2018 – Purdue University’s Ideal Festival

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An online tool to save your life? Purdue develops platform to help survive hurricanes, natural disasters

 

As Hurricane Florence continues a fierce push to the East Coast, Purdue University researchers are testing technology to help find victims of natural and man-made disasters.

A new Purdue-created online platform called the Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit could help first responders better monitor areas where hurricanes make landfall, thus help people caught in weather-related disasters. The platform, known as SMART, allows first responders to monitor social media posts to find people in need of help.

Keywords: Purdue University; natural disaster;  Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit (SMART)David EBERT

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Picture: Purdue University researchers are testing technology that tracks social media to help first responders better monitor areas where hurricanes make landfall.


 

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Robotics at work sites? Emerging technology revolutionizing traditional construction industry

 

Through the use of the algorithms he works to develop, computers can examine the design model of a building and compare it to the building codes of a certain city or state. Violations are then filtered out to be corrected.

“The system can perform the reasoning thousands of times faster than a human, even if I was using an average laptop rather than a supercomputer,” he said.

Keywords: Purdue University; robotics; Jiansong ZHANG; artificial intelligence

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Picture: Purdue University’s Ideal Festival – Giant Leaps In Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms & Automation: Balancing Humanity And Technology.

 

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