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While attending the recent Bentley Systems Be Inspired Awards and Year in Infrastructure Conference, Chief Operating Officer Malcolm Walter noted that London was becoming the center of the Built Environment universe. With more than 400 sky cranes working in London it would be hard to dispute this, but of greater importance is the sophistication the Brits are bringing to the use of BIM (see the video below) and 3D lifecycle asset management.
The government is making this happen by mandating the use of BIM and requiring that lessons learned on mega-projects be documented and transferred to projects getting started. On the London Crossrail project all constructed facilities must be documented in 3D and submitted to the operations units. If you want to see the future of lifecycle asset management, it's being created in the UK.
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A new algorithm for automated landslide inventorying, named the Contour Connection Method (CCM), has been developed that relies on simplified morphological features for analysis. Previous landslide mapping techniques have included field inventorying, photogrammetry, and use of bare- earth (BE) lidar Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) to highlight regions of instability. However, many of these techniques do not have...

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