Technological changes stir digital construction

Autodesk hosted its Futures’ Forum in Johannesburg on 22 May 2018 to showcase its disruptive technologies for manufacturing and for the future of architecture and BIM. The company’s Neil Brooker said to Autodesk clients in attendance that the construction sector is taking after manufacturing, with the construction process becoming a production line. He went on […]

Software for real estate portfolio management

Trimble has launched version 35 of its Manhattan Integrated Workplace Management System (IWMS). The new version includes a restyled user interface which places greater emphasis on efficiency, ease-of-use and user productivity. The modular enterprise software solution for planning, managing and optimising an organisation’s real estate portfolio is designed for the entire facility lifecycle. It streamlines […]

UAV service centre expands services

As an authorised distributor of SenseFly products in Southern Africa, Optron recently announced that they have successfully introduced a SenseFly Authorised Service Facility at their head office in Centurion, South Africa. The company’s in-house technicians have been professionally trained to service, repair and perform general maintenance on the complete range of SenseFly (eBee) fixed-wing unmanned […]

New underground laser scanner

Maptek’s new I-Site SR3 600 m range laser scanner is 30% smaller and 25% lighter, with 2,5 times faster data acquisition than the earlier I-Site 8000 scanners. The laser scanner weighs 9,6 kg and is accurate to 4 mm. Surveyors will be able to measure stopes, drives and tunnels. High resolution laser scans collect detailed data […]

Intelligent approach for optimised scheduling

Maptek’s Evolution 5 delivers an updated interface for optimised mine scheduling with attributed solids. This upgrade enables short or medium-term scheduling with block models or solids, and seamless handling of stratigraphic reserves. It represents a more intuitive way to see the source information for scheduling. Enhanced road network tools save time setting up schedules, leaving […]

Home renovations and maintenance app launched

Recently launched, HomeFixer is a free mobile app that puts users in touch with tradesmen, service providers and companies involved in the home improvement industry. With an aim to take the pain out of household renovations and maintenance, the app is simple to use and assists users in finding rated service providers using its location […]

Scanner protects overhead line of railway tunnel

After 17 years of construction, the Gotthard Base Tunnel opened to passenger and cargo traffic on 11 December 2016. Deployed as a sensor solution for protection of the overhead line, LMS511PRO laser scanners from SICK help ensure that the trains operate on schedule through the 57 km railway tunnel. The scanners are incorporated into technical […]

Lidar-based security solutions

Quanergy Systems, a provider of 3D lidar sensors and perception software, will be distributing its Q-Guard smart security solutions in South Africa through Duxbury Networking. The complete lidar-based security system for perimeter fence monitoring and intrusion detection enables real-time 3D mapping, object detection, tracking and classification. Simulating a virtual fence, it reinforces perimeter security for […]

Modular 3D machine control excavation system

Topcon Positioning Group’s new 3D machine control system, the X-53x, is designed to offer a faster, modular and upgradeable aftermarket solution for excavation. The system features fully-integrated GR-i3 receivers for precise positioning of the boom, stick and bucket at all times, as well as the MC-X1 controller, which offers compatibility with all brands and models […]

Integration advances document management

Topcon Positioning Group announced that the Magnet Enterprise software system has been updated to expand integration with Autodesk solutions through a new Autodesk BIM 360 cloud connection. The integration with BIM 360 is designed to allow Magnet Enterprise operators to manage 2D plans, 3D models, and any other project documents in the BIM 360 or […]