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Sitemaster 2013 & Sitemaster BIM 2013

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SiteMaster BIM 2013 makes the creation of 3D building models from surveys incredibly simple, even to the point of the Disto usurping the role of the mouse

As we draw near to the Government’s strategy to require BIM across all public sector construction projects by 2016, architects and surveyors might like to know that BIM implementation on a site development project can even start before the design stage, using an efficient and cost effective 3D surveying solution -i.e. BIM on existing buildings and not just new build. SiteMaster BIM 2013 from Graebert iSurvey & Mobile CAD Surveying provides users with the ability to create fully object orientated 3D models using only a handheld laser distance meter.

Furthermore, the 3D models and 2D representations can be exported either inIFC, .dwg and other formats to architectsand engineers who, in the course of developing the 3D models further, can add materials, objects and other component information. SiteMaster BIM 2013 is the latest version of the SiteMaster surveying product family that is developed from Graebert’s ARESCAD engine. The same engine utilised in the very popular CAD software, DraftSight from Dassault Systèmes, which has been downloaded over 4.2 million times so far.

SiteMaster 2013 is a 2D surveying tool with 3D viewing, and SiteMaster BIM 2013 has additional 3D capabilities and features with an IFC export. SiteMaster 2013 & SiteMaster BIM 2013 run on Windows 7 and 8 devices, which connect via Bluetooth with a laser distancemeter that can very accurately record all distances, angles, elevations within a building. The whole system is designed to be used by surveyors of varying capabilities, but who may lack architectural skills – i.e., not so much concerned about why a window is offset within a wall, and the direction in which it opens, but in recording the exact measurements of the object itself.

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Russian Government seeks to cut World Cup Stadia Costs

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The Russian government is seeking to slash up to US$389 million from the construction budget for 2018 FIFA World Cup stadia by dropping plans to develop commercial zones around the facilities, according to the R-Sport news agency.

A spending limit of $442 million had been set for each of the seven new stadia for the World Cup, but new plans from the Ministry of Economic Development outline a reduction to $386 million per venue. After announcing the plans, Audit Chamber official Vladimir Katrenko criticised them for being short-sighted, insisting trading zones for food outlets, parks and shopping centres play a crucial role in the long-term legacy of a stadium.

R-Sport said the initiative, which is not yet approved, looks set to apply to the 45,000-seat stadia to be built or redeveloped in Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Saransk, Samara and Rostov-on-Don. Katrenko said: “According to the logic of the Ministry of Economic Development, there will be just boxes in the open field where you can’t properly eat, go shopping or walk with children before or after the match. With an approach like this, we’ll never learn how to earn money on football.”

The Russian government is projected to spend $7.5 billion on the World Cup’s 12 venues and their surrounding infrastructure. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in June signed off on the Infrastructure Programme for the World Cup, with a budget of $20.75 billion set aside for preparations. The infrastructure programme consists of 292 facilities and events deemed essential for holding the World Cup. These include 12 stadia, 113 training sites, 62 hotels, 11 airports, communal and transport infrastructure necessary for the World Cup, and electricity, IT and communications infrastructure.

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