Thursday, September 1, 2011

BIM for Resource Extraction - An Information Modeling Approach to Shale Oil and Gas

The economic climate and global political landscape have created a demand to identify and extract viable gas and domestic energy sources as well as mineral deposits in the U.S. One such phenomenon is shale gas like the Marcellus Shale reserve in the northeast, the second largest gas field like it in the world. For companies and firms engaged in identification, design, construction and maintenance of extraction processes the race is on. What is needed is a streamlined process of design and data management that reduces errors, is model based, supports 3D visualization and simulation, and capable of sustainable workflows. BIM (Building Information Models) is that process that engineers, designers, geotechnical scientists, and operators are using to gain the most efficient process for resource extraction. BIM for Resource Extraction is comprised of various workflows focused at site identification, design (piping, plant, transportation), asset tracking, hydrological analysis and asset management.

Key Benefits:

• Integrate different data to identify optimal site locations for gas, oil pads?
• Putting your design information into real world context by creating 3D representations to share with stakeholders, review boards and public hearings.
• Perform hydrologic analysis capable of mitigating environmental impact and reducing permitting time
• Reduce design errors and the impact of change requests
• Manage operational assets and facility information

This is a finished wellpad in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler that shows various BIM models and integration of GIS information, a true CAD and GIS integration story.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Project Galileo - Digital Cities for Planning and Infrastructure Modeling

This blog is dedicated to the topic of integrating CAD and GIS and the issues of being able to combine these two types of technologies. But rather than look at CAD and GIS as technologies consider the data that they represent. CAD information typically represents small scale precise engineering projects describing 'a conceptual design', or 'what is built or in operation' and GIS information typically represents larger scale representations of phenomenon including the natural environment. Perhaps the perfect union of these two types of information can best be seen in the context of a city, where ideally the balance of the human built environment and our necessary infrastructure meets the esthetics and preservation of 'green space'.

Recently, Autodesk has released a technology preview called Galileo which aims at being an easy-to-use planning tool for creating 3D city models from civil, geospatial and building data, and 3D models. In addition, recent developments in the geospatial community have started to look at the need for geodesign. This is simply CAD and GIS integration that allows for iterative design sketches to be vetted out based on geospatial information. Project Galileo can act as a hub for design and geospatial information to be integrated, as well as allowing for some light weight urban design sketches (roads, water, buildings) allowing for geodesign to occur. To see how the project is being developed you can view a recent presentation given at the geodesign summit by Chris Andrews (Project Manager - Autodesk).

Saturday, November 13, 2010

GIS Day - November 17th

“Building Information Modeling (BIM) is creating a cultural shift in the GIS industry. Check-out this on-demand webcast and learn how BIM is impacting the geospatial community.”

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is creating a cultural shift in the GIS industry. Geospatial professionals know the power of GIS but many have little knowledge or experience with BIM. Increasingly, geospatial professionals are being asked to integrate BIM models with their GIS data. The task is often a struggle as they attempt to combine the data without losing valuable information. As a result, workflow suffers which compromises efficiency, affects decision making, and impacts data accuracy and currency.

An improved understanding of BIM can help overcome these challenges and ensure that BIM models and geospatial data are integrated in a manner that respects both design and GIS requirements.

If CAD and GIS are the tools, BIM is the toolbox.

BIM is an integrated process that lets you explore a project’s physical and functional characteristics digitally, before it’s built. BIM is not just about buildings; it’s information modeling for the built environment. As such, BIM encompasses CAD and GIS disciplines by combining model-based design with information and analysis.
BIM is multidisciplinary. It combines the complexity of both built and natural environments. It applies to municipal, transportation, utilities, as well as, campus style environments such as education, health care and airport facilities.

Access this free on-demand webcast NOW!

• Learn what BIM is and why it’s of importance to the geospatial professional.

• Discover how BIM helps improve CAD/GIS data integration workflows.

• See how intelligent model-based design helps promote “GIS Ready” data

• Learn how BIM streamlines analysis, visualization and the ability to accurately predict performance, appearance and cost.

• Discover how BIM improves sharing of digital design information, geospatial data, infrastructure models and other documentation among staff and project stakeholders

• Learn how BIM helps extend your GIS asset information into the design/build process to better coordinate with architects, engineers, contractors and others.

• Learn how to leverage BIM throughout construction, operation and maintenance.

• Discover how BIM helps you deliver projects faster, more economically and with reduced environmental impact.

• Learn how BIM reduces risk through a better understanding of a project’s physical, social and economic impact before breaking ground.

Follow this link to access the on-demand webcast and learn more about BIM for the geospatial professional:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Geofest Minnesota 2010

Saturday Oct 15, I will be attending Geofest. This is an event sponsored by The Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) which is guided by a Steering Committee comprised of teachers, college professors, and administrators dedicated to being the best geography educators possible.

MAGE believes that the study of geography is an important part of the intellectual maturation of students and that the materials available to all students must be of the highest possible quality. So Geofest is an event where all members come together to share, learn, and promote geographical education.

My envolvement will be to educate attendees on the feature functionality and value of Mapguide Open Source as a GIS tool for the classroom. Students and teachers will find its ease of use valuable, and because its open source, no restrictions on how it is implemented and distributed to students and faculty alike. To download Mapguide Open Source 2.0, Mapguide Maestro and a 'quick start' guide use the link below.

Good Mapping!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Geodatabases and AutoCAD Map 3D

In the continued search for integration an exciting anouncement from Autodesk was just released. Imagine using the power of AutoCAD for your engineering and project designs coupled with the information stored in an ESRI geodatabase. I know, your thinking when is the alarm going to go off and wake you up ... right. Well recently Autodesk has released FDO providers that support the read and write capabilities for personal, folder and Enterprise/ArcSDE server-based geodatabases.

The FDO Providers are built on AutoCAD Map 3D, a product from Autodesk built on AutoCAD with additional capabilities to manage, perform spatial analysis and put engineering designs into geospatial context as well as increase the accuracy of your designs. If you're currently using AutoCAD Map 3D these are available to you through the Autodesk Subscription Center, check it out. Check out my colleague - Lynda Sharkey with this quick preview.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Getting Started with Mapguide Open Source v2.2

Recently, Mapguide Open Source ver 2.2 beta was released. This is yet another version of the Open Source Web-Mapping software orignially from Autodesk. One of the key features of this software is its use of FDO technology that allows you to integrate both CAD and GIS data ... and as it is open source technology is FREE to use and distribute. Some of the major updates in this version of Mapguide include: support for 64 bit, improved color palette, API improvements, added FDO installs for (PostGIS, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Microsoft SQL server 2008). The following is a diagram of the architecture for Mapguide, while this might seem a bit daunting at first, the installers will take of most of this making it a simple task to install and implement.

So how does one get started if they are new to the Mapguide platform, or new to web-based mapping? I have created a quick start guide for this version of Mapguide, that will include the installation software and step-by-step instructions on using the technology. Below you will find a link that contains everything you will need to get started and start publishing your CAD and GIS data to the web.


Good Mapping, Neal

Friday, July 23, 2010

Making 3D Models from 2D Photos

Being a geospatial professional I am more than comfortable looking at 2D maps, 2D images and 2D designs. But we live in a 3D world and modeling the built environment is becoming more readily available and also expected by organizations today. 3D models have many benefits over traditional 2D models, such as: the flexibility that is offered with the use 3D models allowing angles to be changed and creating animated images quicker. 3D models enable us to make instant calculations when used in software like Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit and Autodesk LandXplorer. This is one reason why 3D models are increasing in popularity with earth scientists and engineers.

Typically to create 3D models today the use of laser scanning is done. Capturing points and creating surfaces then rendering a 3D model that can be used in various softwares. But what if there was an alternative, a less expensive and complex way to capture and create these models using technology we all have and using a FREE application from Autodesk. Introducing Project Photo Fly from Autodesk Labs.

Project Photofly is a technology preview to automatically convert photographs shot around an object or a scene into "Photo Scenes" using the power of cloud computing making the creation of 3D models quick and cost effective.