Video: NXT BLD 2018 London conference – Marianna Kopsida, Trimble

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Beyond crypto: Digital transformation in construction through blockchain technologies – NXT BLD London, June 2018


Trimble researcher, Dr Marianna Kopsida, talked about Mixed Reality workflows in progress monitoring and inspection in construction. Building sites can be captured in 3D by laser scanner or drones. IoT provides material variables, GPS gives the position of machinery. These can be pulled together to enable AR or VR experience to help decision making. Dr Kopsida examined solutions to collaborate within Augmented Reality, as well as the benefits of merging BIM data live onto as built for quality checking and schedule planning.

Microsoft’s Hololens was not designed with construction in mind so Trimble has worked with Microsoft to produce a hardhat variant enabling it to be used on construction sites. However, the MR headset does not work well in bright sunlight so Trimble has devised a handheld AR solution, called SiteVision, which has super-accurate GPS and allows the site design model to be overlaid on

View the other NXT BLD 2018 presentations

Mike Leach, Lenovo
Enhancing performance.

Rebecca De Cicco, Digital Node
How Smart Cities, BIM and Digital Construction will alter future skill requirements.

Marc Petit, Unreal Enterprise
The journey to real time.


Hedwig Heinsman, DUS architects / Aectual
Aectual construction – sustainable, customizable, 3D printed.

Dr Abel Maciel, Bartlett School of Architecture
Design Thinking, Teams and Disruptive Technologies.

Dr Max Mallia Parfitt, Fulcro Group
VR and AR visualisation of BIM data: Changes in tech over the last 10 years.

Eleni Papadonikolaki, UCL Bartlett School & Construction Blockchain Consortium
Beyond crypto: Digital translformation in construction through blockchain technologies.

Dipa Joshi, Director of Assael Architecture
Smart cities & emerging technologies: Cutting through the noise.

Bruce Bell, Facit Homes
Pre-fabrication has had its day – Digital Construction is the future.

Andrew Watts, Newtecnic
Future Technologies for Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC).

Andrei Jipa, ETH Zurich
Smart Concrete.

Stefana Parascho, Gramazio Kohler Research
Cooperative robotics in architecture.

Daniel Schmitter, Mirrakoi SA
Xirus: 3D CAD – From Biomedicine to AEC.



NXT BLD is organised by AEC Magazine and brings next generation architecture, engineering and construction technologies to life in an exclusive conference and exhibition. These emerging technologies facilitate new ways of designing, enhancing the use of 3D models, applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) and offering new possibilities in digital fabrication and construction.

NXT BLD London took place on 13 June at Congress Centre, London in association with Lenovo. The conference covered innovations in digital fabrication, Virtual and Mixed Reality, design visualisation, AI, Blockchain and lots more.


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