BIM Construction: 4 Surveying Tools to Improve Your Building Models

BIM surveying

 

Since the term “BIM” first started appearing in the 1990s, new tools and technologies have brought Building Information Modeling to many disciplines of building work, including design, construction, utilities, transportation engineering, asset management, and civil and structural engineering––just to name a few.

 

And while you’ll likely get wildly different definitions of what BIM is depending on who you ask, no one disputes the importance of rich information in developing these advanced models.

 

BIM isn’t just for architects and it isn’t just a design tool. It’s a way to enhance collaboration among data-gathers, designers and builders––streamlining workflows, reducing rework and simplifying operations across projects.

 

 

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A Quick Guide to Survey Monument Center Marks & Symbols

Survey Marker Center Mark

 

Geodetic control points are stamped with a variety of different markings and symbols to help surveyors identify them in the field.

 

Center marks, the simple symbols in the middle of a monument cap, indicate whether a monument is a vertical control point marking a precise elevation (commonly referred to as a bench mark), a horizontal control point established at a known latitude and longitude (commonly referred to as a station or mark), a reference marker, or something else entirely.

 

We’ve highlighted the various types of control points along with their corresponding marks and symbols for handy reference below.

 

 

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9 Reasons So Many Surveyors Are Switching to Rothbucher Mini Prisms

Rothbucher Mini Prism

 

For years, L-Bar mini prisms have been an industry standard among surveyors. With most models offering a copper-coated prism made from high-quality optical glass, these products have been prized for generally long working ranges and accuracy.

 

But L-Bar prisms aren’t always ideal––especially when it comes to attachment, flexibility, and protection from the elements.

 

Temporary use on anything but a completely flat surface, for example, is virtually impossible to pull off with an L-Bar. While the prism is detachable, surveyors still need to drill and screw to mount the L-Bar itself.

 

As newer, more advanced surveying tools enable crews to be more efficient on-site, surveyors are increasingly switching out their L-Bar prisms for lighter, more portable alternatives. Chief among these are Rothbucher’s line of 180º tilting and 360º rotatable mini prisms, which offer a number of major advantages over traditional L-Bar prisms.

 

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Digital Interpretive Trails: How Trail Markers Were Used to Create a “Digital Forest” for Boy Scouts

Digital Forest

 

In an “always-on” world, outdoor recreation gives us a chance to disconnect from our gadgets and reconnect with our natural surroundings. But over the past few years, parks and other natural spaces have been experimenting with ways our devices can actually enhance our outdoor experiences.

 

Tech-enabled outdoor activities are nothing new. Geocaching, for example, has been around since handheld GPS devices were introduced in the early 2000s. Since then, it’s grown into a global phenomenon, encouraging people to engage with nature, technology, and each other in a new way.

 

A more recent example of technology finding its way in nature breathes new life into an old concept––the interpretive trail.

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Good, Better, Best: A Comparison of Survey Markers/Caps for Rebar & Pipe

Berntsen Survey Markers

 

When selecting the right survey markers for rebar and pipe, there are some important differences in quality and capability to be aware of.

 

Even between the two main types of survey marker––plastic and metal––it’s important to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each material.

 

To help you find the right products for the job, we’ve highlighted some of the key differences between the common types of markers available. Here’s the good, better and best guide to survey markers and caps.

 

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Festival of the Terminalia Honors Surveying’s Mythological Roots

Festival of the Terminalia

 

Surveying has a long and storied history stretching back to ancient Egypt where early boundary marking techniques were used for dividing land into plots for taxing landowners.

 

The ancient Greeks took these methods a step further, using geometry to calculate precise measurements and inventing the earliest known piece of surveying equipment––the Diopter.

 

A few centuries later, the ancient Romans integrated surveying into their mythology through the worship of Terminus, a god who protected boundary markers and property. Each year on February 23rd, Roman landowners celebrated “Terminalia,” a festival to honor Terminus while renewing their spirits for the coming year.

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FENO Survey Monuments: A Corrosive-Resistant, Easy-to-Install Marking Solution

FENO Survey Monument 

 

The FENO anchored survey monument system offers an innovative solution for surveyors in need of a small, easy-to-drive, hard-wearing galvanized steel marker. These markers use a unique flaring anchor system for extreme stability without the need for digging or concrete­­––overcoming a common shortcoming of other drive-in markers.

FENO survey monuments––available in 350mm, 600mm and 1000mm lengths––are comprised of a galvanized steel marker spike and bronze or aluminum monument cap, accompanied by a small installation toolkit.



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Berntsen Ranks Among Top B2B E-Commerce Companies in 2017

2017 IRCE B2B Award

 

For the second consecutive year, Berntsen is proud to rank among the top earners in the B2B e-Commerce market in Internet Retailer’s 2017 B2B E-Commerce 300 list.

 

In a follow-up to last year’s announcement of Berntsen’s inclusion on the 2016 B2B E-Commerce 300 list, new forecast data from Forrester Research confirms the U.S. B2B e-Commerce market is on track for significant growth over the next five years.

 

Already a much larger market than B2C e-Commerce, recent forecasts suggest growth will keep pace over the next few years as organizations continue to use new methods of channel distribution to reach businesses through both distributor and manufacturer-direct selling.

 

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Choosing the Right Type of Survey Monument for Your Project

Choosing the Right Survey Monument

 

 

Surveyors have been using metal monuments to mark land boundaries and establish control points for over a century. Today, their task remains largely the same, yet the quality and quantity of tools at their disposal has increased significantly.
 

Better materials, more functional design and stronger security features have all combined to make modern survey monuments leagues ahead of their earlier predecessors––presenting a variety of options to choose depending on the task at hand.

 

The following is a simple, straightforward guide summarizing the range of monument options available today along with helpful tips on which types of equipment will best serve you out in the field.


Surveyors have been using metal monuments to mark land boundaries and establish control points for over a century. Today, their task remains largely the same, yet the quality and quantity of tools at their disposal has increased significantly.
 

Better materials, more functional design and stronger security features have all combined to make modern survey monuments leagues ahead of their earlier predecessors––presenting a variety of options to choose depending on the task at hand.

 

The following is a simple, straightforward guide summarizing the range of monument options available today along with helpful tips on which types of equipment will best serve you out in the field.


Surveyors have been using metal monuments to mark land boundaries and establish control points for over a century. Today, their task remains largely the same, yet the quality and quantity of tools at their disposal has increased significantly.
 

Better materials, more functional design and stronger security features have all combined to make modern survey monuments leagues ahead of their earlier predecessors––presenting a variety of options to choose depending on the task at hand.

 

The following is a simple, straightforward guide summarizing the range of monument options available today along with helpful tips on which types of equipment will best serve you out in the field.


Surveyors have been using metal monuments to mark land boundaries and establish control points for over a century. Today, their task remains largely the same, yet the quality and quantity of tools at their disposal has increased significantly.
 

Better materials, more functional design and stronger security features have all combined to make modern survey monuments leagues ahead of their earlier predecessors––presenting a variety of options to choose depending on the task at hand.

 

The following is a simple, straightforward guide summarizing the range of monument options available today along with helpful tips on which types of equipment will best serve you out in the field.

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A Basic Guide to Carsonite Utility Posts & Pipeline Markers

Carsonite Utility Marker Posts

 

Utility posts are a common sight in practically any developed area, urban or rural. To the average passerby, these colorful posts blend into the background of everyday life, but to those who rely on them for what they show us, these posts are important warnings to the potentially hazardous pipelines and utilities that lie beneath our feet.

 

When it comes to marking buried assets, regulators don’t leave much up to choice. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA) has a rigorous set of rules governing exactly how companies and municipalities should approach marking. Chief among these is the use of permanent equipment ensuring “line-of-sight” visibility.

 

Carsonite posts are one of the most widely used markers used to mark a variety of buried assets. Their stark, recognizable colors and distinct flat shape have more or less become the standard across many industries, alerting us to potential hazards while providing technicians with a key reference point before breaking ground.


 

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