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In today’s post, I wanted to share an interesting updated from Plex.Earth that I think could be a huge advancement for the future of Civil Design projects in CAD with you all.
Before I get to the info, one of my new-year goals (resolution.. whatever you wanted to call it) for the blog was to up the frequency of my posts as well as to include more posts covering advances and news in our industry. I’ve found over the years that it was easy to accidentally miss out on cool and interesting new features, software and tech in the design and engineering industry since there is soo much happening every day and in part because a lot of it doesn’t necessarily relate to what we do, making it tough to sort through and filter.
Because of that, I want to start featuring and highlighting some of it on the blog that I think would be of interest to you, the awesome readers of CAD Intentions!
So, today I wanted to highlight a recent announcement from our friends at Plex.Earth (See the Last article where we used Plex.Earth to import google imagery into Autocad)
Here is an excerpt from the Press Release:
Plexscape partners with Bird.i to offer up-to-date satellite imagery integration within CAD platforms
Plexscape, developers of Plex.Earth®, one of the most popular tools for AutoCAD for the acceleration of architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) projects, and Bird.i, a start-up that combines the latest satellite imagery and artificial intelligence technology to provide valuable business insights, are on a mission to change the way engineering projects are being designed by opening up access to high-quality geospatial data to the global AEC market.
Conventionally, the use of commercial satellite imagery is only possible through costly, time-consuming and inefficient processes, alongside the requirement for a certain level of expertise for processing and analysing the data. Especially for engineering small and midsize businesses, its acquisition and usability are a significant challenge, and a competitive disadvantage, often leading to design errors, additional revisions, delays and ultimately, significant unexpected costs. In addition, free imagery sources are often not precise enough, usually have outdated content and do not always provide sufficient permissions for commercial use or the creation of derivative work.
Through their strategic partnership, Plex.Earth and Bird.i, will enable businesses of any size, in various sectors like construction, oil & gas, renewables, mining, asset intelligence, environmental monitoring, to bring satellite images, on-demand, right into AutoCAD and other CAD platforms. This way they will be able to make more timely, better-informed design decisions and gain a competitive advantage by obtaining the most up-to-date and high-quality satellite imagery, quickly and easily.
Personally, I am really interested in this partnership, I have often had projects where I wished there was more recent imagery available and being able to (hopefully) seamlessly import and utilize up to date images would be a huge advancement in the potential quality of our drawings and designs.
I can see it being especially attractive for environmental projects, having the ability to pull current images as well as tracking the effects of a project on the surrounding areas. I can also imagine it being invaluable for stream, flooding and water management designs where you have the ability to see the extents and areas affected in/after storms and events.
An example below of tracking a marina project through imagery:
As I mentioned, I am really intrigued by this Partnership and what it might offer us as Designers, I will certainly be following along and look forward to hopefully trying it out in the near future.
I’d love to hear what you think, so let me know in the comments, what do you think about the possibility of more affordable and on-demand up-to-date imagery? Do you see yourself using it, how much would it need to cost?
That’s all for today’s post, I hope you all enjoyed it and will check in again soon for more interesting news and posts in the future.
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