(Nearly) Symbiotic, xyHT Magazine - Apr 2016
AS LONG AS HUMANS HAVE BUILT ENVIRONMENTS, they have been surveying. And as the human imagination has spurred increasingly complex constructions, land survey tools and techniques have evolved to perform more precise and complex measurements.
Today, the design, construction, and real estate industries are adopting building information modeling (BIM) as a digital representation of the building process that includes 3D geometric representation tied to costs and schedule and enabled by human collaboration. The past few years suggest that BIM is fast becoming mainstream (although it was introduced in the 1970s).
Now underway is rapid information exchange fueled by desktop PCs and fast internet, which is accelerating BIM adoption, as well as a second acceleration based on mobile computing. Naturally, land surveying is evolving to accommodate the BIM environment.