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Leveraging Technology to Kick-Start the Construction Industry’s Productivity Slump

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The construction industry is suffering from stagnant productivity. While the global construction forecast is predicted to increase from $7.2 trillion to $12 trillion USD in the next five years the industry has not seen any significant improvements in productivity in the last two decades.

Where construction is booming, resources are scarce. Where construction is lagging, there is a mandate to do more with less. To remain competitive, construction companies must increase productivity in order to meet market demands.

Leveraging technology innovations is an important step in solving the productivity problem. However, the construction industry has been slow to adopt new technologies. Until now, the tools at its disposable have often proven to be inadequate and complex for pre-construction and construction phase workflow.  The default solution for managing construction project data is Excel, the leading tools for 2D document collaboration are glorified viewers, 3D construction models are built in tools made for design & engineering.

Project managers, BIM/VDC teams and construction executives are seeking a solution that can handle the enormous amount of information generated during the life of a project. They need a tool that facilitates communication between all participants in order to gain project insight and receive timely feedback. They want software that supports their existing workflows while eliminating costly errors and delays. And the application must be able to manage the entire project, not just the design and engineering phase, but construction execution and handoff as well.

Hexagon’s new solution, HxGN SMART Build, is a powerful, yet simple to use, cloud-based platform that connects relevant, role-based information to project participants at every level. SMART Build is meeting the demands of the construction industry by enabling end-to-end management of all phases of the construction project through an engaging visual user experience.

Visit HxGN SMART Build at Conexpo 2017 in Las Vegas for a hands-on experience with the solution. Hexagon will be in booth 12867 in the North Hall. Learn more about Conexpo here.

SMART Build supports critical decision making during the pre-construction phase by synchronizing large volumes of project information such as Office files, PDF, 2D CAD, 3D BIM, project plans and schedules.  By providing the ability to import and integrate various models and documents, SMART Build ensures that project plans and detailed work instructions are accurate and complete. Then SMART Build provides enterprise-scale estimating, budgeting and reporting by integrating with the industry’s leading project control software, EcoSys providing Earned Value Management – a critical method to ensuring project cost visibility.

SMART Build’s project management capabilities allows the manager to easily create work packages that are linked to the project schedule and visualized in the 3D model. During the construction phase, SMART Build provides managers real-time project status updates through intuitive dashboards.

Easy-to-use Digital Layout integrates construction layout and model information between SMART Build and field layout solutions.  Digital Layout allows quick and accurate location of building elements and feedback once construction occurs. With the ability to easily communicate plans and instructions, capture and report progress and deviations, and analyze earned value, SMART Build establishes accountability and reduces errors that result in costly rework.

SMART Build enables the successful project conclusion by capturing and providing a complete digital record of the entire project as it was actually built. The digital asset includes model, plan, spec, scan and management information that is critical to reducing the time and cost of future renovations and retrofitting.

Improving productivity, thereby delivering projects on time and on budget – now that’s shaping smart change.

Want to learn more? Visit SMART Build’s “Features” webpage to discover how our solution can help you manage every aspect and phase of your construction project.

Regards,

Marc Goldman
VP Industry Solutions
Intergraph

 

Vice President of Industry Solutions, Marc Goldman drives product strategy and development for HxGN SMART Build. Marc is one of the leading experts in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its impact on the processes and business of the building design and construction industry. Prior to joining Hexagon, Marc spent twenty years delivering services and technologies for design, engineering, manufacturing, and construction. Marc studied Architecture and Civil Engineering at Tulane University.

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A Look at HxGN SMART Build, Hexagon’s Construction Management Software

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In every construction project, there are a myriad of challenges to overcome. At each phase, you are confronted with issues that can potentially put your project at risk of going over time and over budget. Unfortunately, many tools that are available have proven to be inadequate in managing the complex group of tasks you face every day – that is why Hexagon created SMART Build.

HxGN SMART Build is a simple, yet powerful, platform that helps construction companies tackle some of the biggest problems in the construction industry including diminished productivity, breakdown of office-to-field communications and lack of project transparency. Any of these issues have the potential to derail your project. SMART Build was designed to resolve those problems and help deliver your project on-time and on budget by clarifying, connecting and simplifying the construction management process.

So what makes SMART Build different from other software solutions on the market? Let’s pull back the curtain and see what makes SMART Build unique:

Leveraging SMART

Hexagon has decades of experience in executing some of the most complex industrial projects in the world. By combining our knowledge of how these industries work with our leading-edge information management technologies, we designed SMART Build to address key challenges the construction industry is facing.

Designing SMART

SMART Build was designed to assist every person on your project. From the general contractor to the plumber, everyone has access to the information that is relevant to their role. No longer are people working in insolation; instead everybody is working with the same integrated, high-quality and consistent set of information.

Delivering SMART

SMART Build is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service solution. Therefore, everyone on your project has access to the information they need when they need it. Our powerful browser-based interface connects all relevant project information – including CAD drawings, 3D models, specifications, schedules, materials, workflows and instructions – to the thousands of people your project employs and the millions of tasks you manage.

Operating SMART

Because we built SMART Build for everyone involved in the project, we had to create a simple, intuitive solution that requires minimal training. Hexagon put enormous effort and focus on designing the user interface and experience, so instead of disrupting, SMART Build simplifies work. Our goal is to provide a solution that benefits everyone on your team and people actually enjoy using.

Pioneering a platform that will improve your profit margins and drive completion of projects safely, on time and on budget – now that’s shaping smart change.

Want to learn more?  Listen to Mirko Stock, chief operation officer for Hexagon Ventures, discuss the benefits of SMART Build in this HxGN Radio podcast. 

Regards,

Mirko Stock
COO, Hexagon Ventures
@MirkoStock

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Striving For Real-Time Information to Feed the World

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Hexagon Agriculture recently traveled to Hanover, Germany, to showcase its industry-leading solutions at AGRITECHNICA, the world’s major exhibition for innovations in agricultural technology and the latest concepts for the future of plant production.  While at the show, I sat down with Hexagon Agriculture President Bernardo de Castro and Vice President of global business development Doug Schmuland. We discussed how the company has set out to be a leading information technology player in the agroindustry with the vision to shape farming into a sustainable and intelligent ecosystem based on processes and actionable intelligence.

New concepts are needed. By the time you read this blog post, the world population will have grown by 217 people, getting closer to the 9 billion by 2040 estimation. This growth combined with increasing prosperity around the world requires doubling the world’s food production by 2050. Meeting such a huge challenge requires a several measures. Farmers strive for more with less on existing farm land, so it is important to know all attributes of the field – soil, water, nutrients and its overall potential. Based on positioning, sensors and software, decisions made by farmers will need support provided by the innovative use of actionable data. This is where Hexagon Agriculture enters the game as a major player.

The agroindustry is witnessing the trend of embedding sensors and hardware into agricultural machinery at the factory. The precision agriculture area of the market is becoming mature. As a result, Hexagon Agriculture is moving its hardware portfolio towards an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) product mix with the goal of becoming the OEM supplier. While Hexagon Agriculture products can stand alone, they are particularly well suited for the OEM space. At AGRITECHNICA, Hexagon Agriculture presented its uniquely designed and functional screens and launched a new auto-steering system. It provides a compact and robust solution for automatic-electric steering, ensuring greater accuracy for trajectories. The system’s excellent performance and small size are examples of delivering what customers in the OEM space are seeking.

Once the market reaches the stage where all manufacturers equip farming machinery with sensors and automation devices in the factories, the next big step is data – extracting, analysing and extrapolating. Farmers will need tools to extract value from the data gathered to help them make the best decisions for the most efficient production. As a consequence, the market will tend more and more to data processing and software. It will be very important to ensure that information from systems in all areas of agriculture is combined, breaking down silos of information. Hexagon Agriculture is uniquely positioned to address this challenge.

On one hand, its own portfolio supports planning, optimisation and geo-referenced data management workflows for precision agriculture, fleet management and crop-specific life cycle solutions. On the other hand, Hexagon Agriculture is backed by the strength of Hexagon’s global presence and complementary technologies from other Hexagon businesses such as Hexagon Geospatial, Leica Geosystems and NovAtel. Hexagon has a leading competency in the area of information technologies. This expertise will be ported into the agriculture space to enable change supported by data, connectivity and relevance. Technology information expertise will allow Hexagon Agriculture to approach the ultimate goal of real-time decision making needed to support significantly enhanced agricultural production.

Narrowing the gap to real time information in agricultural processes to help feed the world – that is shaping smart change.

Regards,

Isabel Figge
Marketing Manager, Hexagon
@IsabelFigge

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Isabel Figge is Marketing Manager at Hexagon, responsible for driving marketing initiatives for the Ventures and Agriculture businesses. Isabel has gained extensive marketing experience in various B2B technology companies. Prior to joining Hexagon she was global marketing program manager at Intergraph PP&M, also one of Hexagon’s businesses.

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The Most Disruptive Innovation Ever

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Philosophers Jean Baudrillard and Zygmunt Bauman believed that the contemporary revolution is the uncertainty revolution in a “liquid society” where everything overflows. Every day more facts arise proving the truth of this notion.

Compare current innovations to the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, for example. Today we are experiencing multiple technological revolutions within a single generation, and they are happening faster than ever before. The continuous breakdown of paradigms is causing dramatic alterations in our society.

What is most astonishing is the interconnectivity of each disruption. The cycles we experience are more linked – from technologies to business models to social movements, making it very difficult to predict what will come next and what will prevail. This is an overflow of influences without limitations on what can impact lives in a civilization where connectivity is both ubiquitous and invasive.

One of the most promising opportunities we are seeing is improved productivity across nearly every industry. These productivity improvements continue to come from new, end-to-end autonomous processes. They involve embedded intelligence, leveraged predictive and contextual analytics, real-time optimisation tools and artificial intelligence techniques.

So what is the next innovation to change the world forever, perhaps the most disruptive innovation ever?

Imagine an innovation that can:

  • Dismantle an entire global industry that directly generates more than $3 trillion USD in revenues and generates another $1 trillion USD in related sectors.
  • Completely shift the business models and value chains of dozens of segments and revenue streams including the financial services, insurance, infrastructure, public safety and transportation, oil and gas, mining, agriculture and automotive industries.
  • Directly affect government operations with significant changes to the circular flow of income, tax revenues, political policies, economic cartels, etc.
  • Drive eight million workers into unemployment while also creating an abundance of new jobs never before conceptualised.
  • Unsettle the daily routines of city life, transforming the majority of the world’s population.

Imagine an innovation that can do these things while also:

  • Saving hundreds of thousands of lives each year
  • Positively impacting the environment on a major scale and greatly improving the quality of life in cities across the world.
  • Redirecting billions of U.S. dollars invested in inefficient and unproductive assets to more effective investments.
  • Creating completely new industries and value chains never before imagined.

If you guessed this is a description of the autonomous car, you are right. The autonomous car is an innovation that will profoundly change the world.

How? The reasoning is simple: car utilisation is unbelievably inefficient. Our utilisation of cars is starkly different from the car manufacturing process, which represents one of the most efficient industries today. According to a study by Morgan Stanley, cars are driven only 4% of the time. That’s 8.4 trillion hours of idle time per year. If you consider the global vehicle fleet with a collective ownership value of $20 trillion USD, the amount of money wasted is staggering!

PricewaterhouseCoopers indicates that the benefits of autonomous car introduction could impact as much as 90% of the global car fleet, reducing:

  • 250 million cars to only 2.5 million in the U.S. alone through a transportation sharing model
  • 8 million traffic accidents to 1.1 million
  • 9 billion gallons of gas to 190 million gallons – road congestion leads to wasted-fuel; eliminating this would lead to a savings of $158 billion USD

If you consider the potential impact, there is a $1.3 trillion USD benefit for the U.S. economy from the introduction and implementation of autonomous vehicles (including the expansion of electrical cars).

So let’s imagine. You contact an autonomous driving car service using a mobile app. Almost immediately the car arrives at your destination. This is an effective service at an overall reduced cost.

Let’s also consider:

  • Ninety per cent of automobile accidents are caused by human error and the leading cause of death for 4-to-34-year-olds in the United States. This could mean saving millions of lives and injuries per year.
  • Average annual car ownership cost is $9,000 USD, the second most expensive asset after a house.
  • Parking comprises more than 30% of city traffic. Its elimination could add two more lanes to streets, saving time and fuel and reducing pollution. In addition, without parking lots and garages, more space would be available for city development, improving quality of life.
  • According to researchers, the impact on traffic reduction would equate to a full week of time saved per driver each year.
  • The same study has shown that 75 billion hours are spent commuting in cars, thus optimisation would create savings of around $422 billion USD per year in U.S. alone.
  • It is estimated that pollution may be reduced 15% directly and another 5% due to process optimisation and utilisation of electric cars.

Will the implementation of autonomous cars really happen? And if so, when?

Car manufacturers and consulting firms are calling for a completely autonomous car by 2030, but the driverless revolution has already started. The technological building blocks are available in the form of GPS, radar/lidar, infrared and ultrasonic sensors, cameras, inertial systems and more.

Automation software has been developed for autonomous vehicle process flows. These solutions include parking assist, intelligent cruise control, lane guidance, blind-spot sensors, emergency breaking, collision avoidance and traffic jam assist.

More self-driving features are coming soon, with General Motors, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Nissan and Tesla saying 2017 models will have self-driving capabilities up to 90 per cent. These features, however, are mostly related to Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) versus full autonomous driving. Hands-free driving on test courses and free roads isn’t quite the same as maneuvering through the traffic- and obstacle-filled streets typical of an urban setting.

Nonetheless, we will likely see this transition accelerated. Groupings of sensors and connectivity will enable more sets of ADAS features, providing progress in the development of a complete “all-road autonomous operation.”

So what will happen to the existing car industry and related services as a result of these non-linear changes?

Let’s briefly examine the music, movie and photography industries, how transformative these businesses are. From vinyl records to cassette tapes, from VHS to DVDs—their evolution has been constant and these are nuances of the past – digital is now our way of life. We have learned that traditional, heuristic management approaches aren’t always sufficient when approaching change that scales exponentially and non-linearly.

And where does Hexagon fit into the big picture? Like many forward thinkers, we are looking closely at the early adopters of this technology and preparing ourselves for a society in which we will see more and more automation. We are becoming part of discussions taking place about technologies such as robotics and automation and how key industries are incorporating them into their operations.

One thing we can guarantee, Hexagon will serve an important role in this disruptive change.

Let’s follow closely!

Claudio Simão

Chief Innovation Officer, Hexagon

President, Hexagon Ventures

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Claudio Simão joined Hexagon in 2002 with the acquisition of his company, Quality Technologies Ltd., and has led Hexagon South America’s aggressive growth strategy. Simão also has served as president of Hexagon Metrology Asia-Pacific. As Chief Innovation Officer and President of Hexagon Ventures, Simão leads the organisation in its mission of leveraging Hexagon’s cross-divisional technologies and its solution-centric strategy. Prior to joining Hexagon, Simão held the position of CEO in different companies. Simão holds degrees in engineering and physics, has written several books on physics and technology, and holds various patents in sensors technology.

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Brazilian Shipyard Increases Productivity and Reduces Cost by Using Smart Modular Assembly

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The southern region of Brazil is in the spotlight for the marine industry, as many key shipyard companies are located in the region including Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda. (EBR).

EBR is assisting energy giant Petrobras in the engineering, procurement and construction of the P-74 floating production storage and offload vessel (FPSO), which can  process 150,000 oil barrels per day and 7 million Nm³ of gas.

The P-74 FPSO adopts the modular construction model and EBR is responsible for the construction of the topside modules and integration to the hull.

EBR selected ST Topografia, a Brazil-based customer of Leica Geosystems with expertise in infrastructure projects, to manage its assembly process and in doing so, sought a reliable solution to improve and control the quality of the modular dimensions.

ST Topografia chose Hexagon SolutionsSmart Modular Assembly, a unique solution with the capability of consolidating design, metrology, dimensional analysis and virtual assembly, providing quality information to construction projects quickly and accurately.

For ST Topografia, the Inspection Module of Smart Modular Assembly provided the integration of Leica Geosystems and Hexagon Metrology technologies in an industrial survey concept.

The Leica Nova MultiStation MS50 offered reliable and accurate measurements with prism, non-prism and scanning methods, coupled with the high performance of data analysis in Hexagon Metrology’s Spatial Analyzer (SA) software, which allows users to detect minor variations and report it in different ways such as graphical and numerical proposals.

Smart Modular Assembly is built on the strength of the Hexagon global family of brands. A collaborative solution from Hexagon Solutions using standard Intergraph, Hexagon Metrology and Leica Geosystems products and Sisgraph software development.

Smart Modular Assembly is an innovative way to link design information to the build workflow for large-scale construction projects. ST Topografia reports that using Smart Modular Assembly has produced amazing results.

“The Smart Modular Assembly solution brought a reliable and fast operation that we needed,” said Marcos Strelow, ST Topografia technical manager. “Now, there’s an automated method to guarantee the best solution in dimensional inspection and assembly process to my customer. The accurate data from the MS50 and SA software enables us run multiples simulations to the assembly process and validate the dimension of the marine modules.

“Finally, we can offer precise information for decision making before the problems occur, reducing costs of rework and avoiding future misalignments during integration of structures.”

Reliability that improves process and presents accuracy—that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Eduardo Steinberg
President
Hexagon Solutions South America

Guest Blogger Profile:

eduardoEduardo Steinberg is an executive with more than 15 years experience in the technology market and now serves as the President of Hexagon Solutions South America. Eduardo was formerly Vice President and COO of Sisgraph, a technology company that was acquired by Hexagon AB in 2011. Prior to that Eduardo was co-founder  and CEO of XPLAN Business Solutions. XPLAN’s focus is to develop and implement world-class software solutions for Demand and Distribution Planning. The company was acquired by NEOGRID S.A in 2006.

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A New Office for a New Era

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After more than 30 years of operation at the same address in São Paulo, Brazil, Hexagon brand SISGRAPH has moved to a new location on Brigadeiro Faria Lima Avenue, one of the most important business and financial corridors in São Paulo.

The new office reflects SISGRAPH’s image as a global high-tech company and follows the architectural trend of an open work environment, promoting collaboration and total interaction between teams. In addition, the new building is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

SISGRAPH will continue to provide Intergraph’s high-end solutions to meet demand in Brazil and other South American countries for onshore and offshore projects, GIS, outage and distribution and incident management.HXN_SP-23

The new office also will serve as the main business hub for Hexagon Solutions, developer of smart solutions that integrate technologies from various Hexagon brands. These smart solutions, which help manage design, planning and operations in a wide range of industries including agriculture, shipbuilding, construction and water systems and infrastructure, add value for Hexagon customers that goes beyond what each product delivers individually, providing integrated, high-performance enterprise solutions.HXN_SP-21

We are looking forward to receiving customers and other visitors at our new innovative and dynamic office!

Enabling further growth and supporting the needs of our rapidly growing customer base throughout South America – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Claudio Simão
President
Hexagon Solutions

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The Smart H2O Solution at ANCOLD

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After 150 years of dam building, Australians are wondering if dams cause more problems than they solve. Hexagon cannot, nor do we want to, influence the decision to build dams. We’re not here to debate the associated pros and cons. What we do want to do, however, is ensure that if and when a new dam is built, the engineering/construction firms can build it with the highest safety standards and integrity while saving major costs through improved design processes, real-time construction visualisation and monitoring, and effective provision of accurate, as-built operations and maintenance manuals to the future owners/operators. We also want to help ensure that the owners/operators of the many older dams can yield the highest output capacity of the dam while ensuring the safety of downstream communities through the use of fault early warning systems and effective emergency planning and response procedures.

The Smart H2O solution will make a third appearance at the ANCOLD Conference, held this year in Canberra, Australia. Hexagon Solutions will exhibit at the event and provide attendees a tangible and comprehensive view of the solution in a dynamic and powerful way. It’s something you do not want to miss!

The Smart H2O solution is a comprehensive, integrated water infrastructure management system that helps solve a potential deadly problem before it actually becomes one. Smart H2O combines Leica Geosystems’ total station and sensors and Intergraph’s monitoring, geospatial and dispatch solutions to provide a complete picture of critical water infrastructure. Together, they reduce the risk of infrastructure failure by keeping it protected and healthy and safeguarding it against disaster through the use of real-time monitoring, early warning systems and emergency operations plans. Technologies exhibited at the show include the Smart H2O Dashboard and Smart H2O Mobile. Smart H2O Dashboard gives customers fully integrated monitoring and operations functional­ity. Smart H2O Mobile is ideal for dam inspectors, assisting the execu­tion of planned and emergency maintenance needed for all assets and equipment at dam sites. If you are a dam owner or operator involved in construction or rehabilitation of dams or providing complimentary technology solutions to dams, I encourage you to test drive the Smart H2O solution or talk to us to learn more. This decision will help you secure your critical infrastructure and enhance performance with the goal of protecting the environment and ultimately saving lives.

Working to streamline design, construction, operations and maintenance of dams while ensuring safety of workers and downstream communities – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Justin Schmidt
Executive Manager
Hexagon Solutions

Guest Blogger Profile:

Justin SchmidtJustin Schmidt has more than 15 years of experience in IT solutions across several industries.  Based in California, USA, Schmidt is an Executive Manager for Hexagon Solutions, heading innovation and development of new technology solutions for strategic industries and global sales and marketing for these new solutions.  Prior to his present role, Schmidt was General Manager of Intergraph Greater China. During his 12-year tenure at Intergraph, Schmidt held several positions including Senior Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific, as well as Global Business Development Manager and Sales Manager.  Schmidt brings vast technical knowhow, innovative thinking and creative partnering strategies to his current role and is excited to be shaping the future of the world through the power of Hexagon.

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The Smart H2O Solution at ASDSO

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has several projects under review regarding long-term risk reduction plans for various dams that consist of constructing a concrete cut-off wall within the existing embankment and foundation. There are many strict data management and dam safety protocols required by USACE that will ensure design integrity, construction visibility and absolute public safety during and post-construction. These requirements are a major challenge for USACE and may seem almost impossible to comply with by contractors who would like to bid on the work.

Enter Hexagon Solutions and Smart H2O, the perfect solution for USACE projects. Hexagon Solutions will exhibit at this year’s ASDSO Conference held in San Diego, CA, USA, where we will provide attendees a tangible and comprehensive view of the solution in a dynamic and powerful way. It’s something you do not want to miss!

The Smart H2O solution is a comprehensive, integrated water infrastructure management system that helps solve a potential deadly problem before it actually becomes one. Smart H2O combines Leica Geosystems’ total station and sensors and Intergraph’s monitoring, geospatial and dispatch solutions to provide a complete picture of critical water infrastructure. Together, they reduce the risk of infrastructure failure by keeping it protected and healthy and safeguarding it against disaster through the use of real-time monitoring, early warning systems and emergency operations plans.

Technologies exhibited at the show include the Smart H2O Dashboard and Smart H2O Mobile. Smart H2O Dashboard gives customers fully integrated monitoring and operations functional­ity. Smart H2O Mobile is ideal for dam inspectors, assisting the execu­tion of planned and emergency maintenance needed for all assets and equipment at dam sites.

If you are a dam owner or operator involved in construction or rehabilitation of dams or providing complimentary technology solutions to dams, I encourage you to test drive the Smart H2O solution or talk to us to learn more. This decision will help you secure your critical infrastructure and enhance performance with the goal of protecting the environment and ultimately saving lives.

Working to solve major challenges of the dam industry by providing innovative, effective and proven technology solutions – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,

Justin Schmidt
Executive Manager
Hexagon Solutions

Guest Blogger Profile:

Justin Schmidt has more than15 years of experience in IT solutions across several industries.  Based in California, USA, Schmidt is an Executive Manager for Hexagon Solutions, heading innovation and development of new technology solutions for strategic industries and global sales and marketing for these new solutions.  Prior to his present role, Schmidt was General Manager of Intergraph Greater China. During his 12-year tenure at Intergraph, Schmidt held several positions including Senior Engineer and Regional Business Development Manager for Asia Pacific, as well as Global Business Development Manager and Sales Manager.  Schmidt brings vast technical knowhow, innovative thinking and creative partnering strategies to his current role and is excited to be shaping the future of the world through the power of Hexagon.

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Real-Time Monitoring and Visualisation of Water Infrastructure Using Hexagon Technologies

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Building and maintaining adequate infrastructure are two of our world’s most pressing challenges. Communications, energy, transportation and water management systems are crucial to maintaining our way of life, and they all heavily depend upon reliable and safe infrastructure.

As with any infrastructure, water systems present huge risks. Regardless of cause – natural or man-made – a single threat can result in significant destruction.  When a dam crumbles, a reservoir floods or a levee is breached, the results can be devastating, including loss of life, massive property damage or long-term environmental consequences.

With engineering and geospatial technologies from Hexagon’s global brand network, Hexagon Solutions is helping discover better ways to monitor, maintain and secure our water resources to improve the safety and reliability of the infrastructure and systems that manage our world’s water supply. By leveraging the power of Hexagon’s design, measurement and visualisation technologies, it is possible to detect changes in infrastructure and communicate that information quickly to engineers, allowing them to rectify problems before they lead to catastrophic disaster and the loss of life and property.

Technologies including high-definition laser scanners and lightweight programmable UAVs carrying specialised cameras capture billions of millimetre-accuracy point clouds, aerial imagery and video and convert these to very detailed 3D models of the infrastructure and the surrounding geography. This allows visualising the infrastructure and associated equipment such as pumps, valves, turbines, electrical cabling and instrumentation and their related documentation from any desktop or mobile device by simply clicking on the equipment within the easy-navigation software. We ensure that the most accurate digital information about the assist gets to the right people at the right time, which is important for day-to-day operations, but critical during emergency situations.

The International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) is a non-governmental international organisation that  provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in dam engineering to help discover better ways to control and secure our water resources. ICOLD will hold its annual meeting 1-6 June in Bali, Indonesia, where Hexagon Solutions will demonstrate how we bring together various technologies in standard operating environments, allowing engineers and managers to monitor and assess dam infrastructure in near real time using 3D models, GIS models and statistical charting all from within the Smart H2O solution.

Addressing large challenges for large dams – that’s shaping smart change.  

Regards,

Rodney Gill
Projects Director
Hexagon Solutions

Guest Blogger Profile:

Rodney GillRodney has 23 years of IT experience, and has worked within the Hexagon brand network for nearly 10 years. He is responsible for the project management of Hexagon H2O project implementations globally, utilising the PRINCE2 Project Management Methodology.

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Smart H2O Solution at ANCOLD/NZSOLD

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The Smart H2O Solution recently made an appearance at the 2013 NZSOLD/ANCOLD Conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. Hexagon exhibited at the event and provided attendees a tangible and comprehensive view of the solution in a dynamic and powerful way, being represented by Intergraph and Global Survey (Leica Geosystems’ distributor for New Zealand).

The Smart H2O Solution is a comprehensive, integrated water infrastructure management system that helps solve a potential deadly problem before it actually becomes one. The Smart H2O Solution combines Leica Geosystems’ total station and sensors and Intergraph’s monitoring, geospatial and dispatch solutions to provide a complete picture of critical water infrastructure. Together, they reduce the risk of infrastructure failure by keeping it protected and healthy and safeguarding it against disaster through the use of real-time monitoring, early warning systems and emergency operations plans.

Technologies exhibited at the show included the Smart H2O Dashboard and Smart H2O Mobile. The Smart H2O Dashboard gives customers fully integrated monitoring and operations functional­ity. The Smart H2O Mobile product is ideal for dam inspectors, assisting the execu­tion of planned and emergency maintenance needed for all assets and equipment at dam sites.

If you are a dam owner or operator involved in construction or rehabilitation of dams or providing complimentary technology solutions to dams, I encourage you to test drive the Smart H2O Solution or talk to us to learn more. This decision will help you secure your critical infrastructure and enhance performance with the goal of protecting the environment and ultimately saving lives.

Working to save lives with a comprehensive water infrastructure management solution – that’s shaping smart change.

Regards,
Justin Schmidt
Executive Manager, Synergy Solutions
Hexagon
@HexagonAB

Guest Blogger Profile:

Justin Schmidt
Executive Manager, Synergy Solutions at Hexagon AB

Justin Schmidt has served as Hexagon’s Executive Manager, Synergy Solutions, for the past two years. Schmidt has worked across several IT industries with multiple IT solutions for 15 years, and has worked at Intergraph for 13 years in various business development roles around the world.

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