AI and robotics could revolutionise municipal waste sorting

Climate-KIC | March 08, 2019

Ferrovial, leading infrastructure operators, and municipal services company and EIT Climate-KIC partner is collaborating with start-up ZenRobotics to incorporate AI and robotics into the company’s municipal solid waste plants.
Europe will have to recycle 55 percent of all municipal waste by 2025, according to a ruling passed by the European Parliament last year. For context, less than 30 percent of all waste generated in Spain was recycled in 2016. It’s therefore increasingly necessary for all potentially recoverable waste to get recycled.
While waste sorting is a highly automated process in Europe, several tasks are still carried out manually in order to sort and recover valuable materials in the waste stream. Such tasks include the quality control of recovered materials and the separation of bulky waste.

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How we use OpenSpace to capture 3D site photos and compare them side by side to BIM models to validate designs.

"For people who have a lot on their plate like Directors or for Design Managers, it's quite straightforward to pull up a side-by-side view of the model and make sure what’s been installed is actually the approved design", Kevin Hogan, Senior Design Manager.

This ease of access to information is not only valuable for our Design teams, but also for our clients. With this technology, we're able to take them along the journey with us, and also give them access to this information afterwards so they can revisit any part of the build process and use it as a tool while they maintain their asset for decades to come.

Spotlight

How we use OpenSpace to capture 3D site photos and compare them side by side to BIM models to validate designs.

"For people who have a lot on their plate like Directors or for Design Managers, it's quite straightforward to pull up a side-by-side view of the model and make sure what’s been installed is actually the approved design", Kevin Hogan, Senior Design Manager.

This ease of access to information is not only valuable for our Design teams, but also for our clients. With this technology, we're able to take them along the journey with us, and also give them access to this information afterwards so they can revisit any part of the build process and use it as a tool while they maintain their asset for decades to come.

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Bentley Systems Enhances SYNCHRO Construction Management Solution with New Capabilities and Applications

Bentley Systems | November 14, 2022

Bentley Systems, Incorporated (Nasdaq: BSY), the infrastructure engineering software company, today announced advancements to its construction management solution with enhancements to SYNCHRO 4D and the addition of SYNCHRO Cost and SYNCHRO Perform applications. The new advancements and portfolio expansion enable construction firms to transform how they plan, manage, and execute their projects. “SYNCHRO helps The Lane Construction Corporation have access to all our project-level data. Our field and corporate managers, along with the executives who lead them, now have timely access to critical business information through SYNCHRO, It is access to this information that helps improve forward-looking decision-making. Our industry has been far too reliant on backward-looking reports and analysis. It is time to start looking ahead and planning for success. SYNCHRO helps us make a plan that we can rely on.” -Andy Kaiyala, former vice president of bid development, The Lane Construction Corporation. SYNCHRO 4D now offers advanced 4D/5D model authoring with leading-edge model-splitting tools to create constructible components, assignment of construction attributes to the model, mixed reality modeling, construction geometry placement, and web and mobile access to improve team collaboration, status updates, and progress reporting from the field. The addition of SYNCHRO Cost helps project teams control budgets and track financial progress throughout the contract with support for multicontract capture, payment application tracking, and change order management, minimizing financial risk and maximizing project profits. SYNCHRO Perform enables construction performance management including the ability to capture daily progress quantities, diaries, unplanned events, timesheets, tickets, and estimated field costs to provide the shortest cycle time for project feedback and productivity insights. Construction firms are striving to deliver more complex projects, address resource gaps and supply chain disruptions, and manage data transparency issues while trying to win more work, manage risk, and deliver profitability. SYNCHRO’s advancements in leveraging 4D/5D models with web access for team collaboration, performance management for progress tracking and reporting, and cost management to minimize risk and maximize profits will transform the way projects are planned and delivered – with digitized workflows to address these challenges. Leading-edge construction firms are using 4D models to build and optimize schedules and communicate sequencing and staging in a virtual environment. Digital rehearsals are a core part of their planning process to ensure resources are optimized, reducing rework and increasing safety. With the enhancements to SYNCHRO 4D, the accessibility and value of the 4D model is extended to more project stakeholders. The new capabilities improve communication and coordination of optimized plans, enabling real-time collaboration and model-based field-collected data to ensure projects stay on track. “Construction teams need to ensure that they are in control of both the schedule and costs of their projects, The addition of SYNCHRO Cost and SYNCHRO Perform extends SYNCHRO’s industry leading 4D scheduling and project management solutions to include more capabilities to help contractors manage their costs and effectively connect the planning and tracking of costs and schedule. Time is money and we want project teams to save more of both with SYNCHRO.” -Rich Humphrey, vice president of construction at Bentley Systems. SYNCHRO Cost works with SYNCHRO 4D’s model-based quantity take-off, which includes model splitting to generate constructible components complete with work breakdown structure and cost codes so that estimators can quickly and accurately generate estimates. Moreover, SYNCHRO Cost can control contract changes and simplify payment applications, tracking line items and percentage complete against a schedule of values. SYNCHRO Cost leverages the performance data in SYNCHRO Perform so project teams can manage and leverage field performance data to gain an accurate picture of actual costs from the field to compare to planned costs and schedule, delivering a complete view of the project’s performance. These digital workflows better connect the office and job site with real-time information. Supplementing contracts and change orders with evidentiary documents and images can prove invaluable in avoiding contract disputes. With daily, clear line-of-sight into the management of all site resources from staff, sub-contractors, and equipment, SYNCHRO Perform fills the gaps between end-of-month financial reporting cycles. And, with project leadership potentially at a disadvantage when it comes to decision-making due to delays in progress capture and errors in data entry, SYNCHRO Perform provides a timely source of truth for all performance management data and metrics, so that project leadership knows the health of every project. Construction-specific features capture daily progress quantities, diaries, unplanned events, timesheets, tickets, and estimated costs from field personnel, providing leadership with the timely data they need to make informed decisions. SYNCHRO supports the entire heavy civil construction project lifecycle, empowering firms going digital with real-time insight into the performance, productivity, and financial health of their projects to make more-informed, data-driven decisions. Project teams stay connected and become collaborative with simple mobile and web interfaces for office-to-field workflows. About Bentley Systems: Bentley Systems (Nasdaq: BSY) is the infrastructure engineering software company. We provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Our industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Our offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. 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FMG Engineering Selects Agile Frameworks for Field Data Reporting Efficiency and Increased Workflow Capabilities

Agile Frameworks | December 19, 2022

Agile Frameworks®, a leader in integrated field and lab management software for the engineering services industry, today announced FMG Engineering has improved field data report delivery and workflow capabilities since implementing Agile Frameworks’ MetaField® solution. Based out of South Dakota, FMG Engineering is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, surveying, environmental and construction materials testing services. The firm sought to implement a digital solution to improve report turnaround time, report accuracy, and efficiency in the field. “It was time to replace our outdated and cumbersome system of paper field reports, Transcribing spreadsheets and forms was time consuming and often late to be completed. In going through the evaluation process, we chose MetaField because of the depth of functionality. Other platforms were a bit basic and did not allow for customization. With MetaField, our organization’s capacity has increased, We can take on more projects now that our technicians or project managers are not spending 30-60 minutes each day of transcription time. Overall, the system will allow us to perform more work with less manpower.” -Alex Fisher, Senior Geotechnical Engineer and Vice President at FMG Engineering. Since implementing MetaField, FMG Engineering has seen their report turnaround time improve from 4-5 days to 24 hours. Historically, reporting was lagging the field work. MetaField has allowed them to immediately incorporate test results into reports, which are ready for review and distribution the same day. FMG Engineering has also increased their reporting efficiency by using the distribution email lists to optimize their workflow capabilities and processes. “At Agile Frameworks, our extensive forms library is built from years of experience with customer needs in mind, FMG Engineering has realized tremendous value by customizing report forms, particularly their daily reports, to fit their unique business needs. We are proud to partner with the highly knowledgeable and engaged team at FMG Engineering to raise the bar on delivery standards.” -Joel Smolarek, Senior Solutions Consultant at Agile Frameworks. About Agile Frameworks: Agile Frameworks® provides comprehensive software-as-a-service solutions that integrate corporate, field, and lab data for business process automation across architecture and engineering disciplines. We transform workflows, create high-value data, and deliver outputs you can trust, resulting in industry-leading productivity and profitability. MetaField® — our field and lab data collection and reporting platform — offers a cloud-based digital workflow to automate and connect the process from project set up and scheduling, to mobile data collection and report submission. Companies that use MetaField experience a dramatic cost benefit with a distinct competitive advantage.

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Norwegian Public Roads Administration Chooses Trimble to Manage Asset Lifecycle

Statens vegvesen - Norwegian Public Roads Administration | January 17, 2023

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) recently selected Trimble's AgileAssets, an infrastructure enterprise asset management software to maintain, manage, and operate the country's 10,600-kilometer road network and related transportation infrastructure. The software complements Trimble's Quadri®, a building information modeling (BIM) collaboration solution, which utilizes cloud technology that the NPRA already employs for construction projects. As Norway's road network becomes more complex, the combination of Trimble's Quadri and AgileAssets, will empower NPRA to meet the increasing demands by leveraging connected data to improve asset lifecycle performance, from conception and building to operations and maintenance. Bjørn Laksforsmo, division director at NPRA, states, "Trimble has been heavily involved in the road design and construction process in Norway for years and is a trusted partner in our digital transformation." He added, "Efficiently maintaining our road network and related assets is critical for keeping our citizens safe, maximizing the benefits from our infrastructure investments and meeting the country's evolving mobility needs. With a holistic, lifecycle view of assets and as-built data, we can more efficiently perform preventive maintenance and make better-informed decisions for all of our assets as we plan for the future." (Source – PR Newswire) NPRA’s asset lifecycle management requirement is based on the necessity that all new projects utilize constructible models and a shared data environment. To improve the flow of real-time data across project stakeholders, NPRA started using Trimble's Quadri, which offered constructible models as well as object-based common data environment. Using Trimble's AgileAssets to extend that data to the maintenance and operations phases will provide NPRA with a holistic view of assets, offering a better picture of road objects and conditions for more precise diagnosis and faster maintenance. Integrating Trimble's common data environment and asset management software will also increase the usefulness and accuracy of data throughout the asset's lifecycle, resulting in greater predictability, sustainability, and lower lifetime costs and informing future expansion and improvement decisions. About Statens vegvesen - Norwegian Public Roads Administration Founded in 1864, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration oversees the planning, construction, and operation of the county and national road networks, as well as vehicle inspection, driver training, and licensing. The Public Roads Administration is led by the Directorate of Public Roads, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Transport and Communication.

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