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Setting up an Environmental Management System: A Must Towards Sustainability!

We at Magnasoft recognize the importance of sustainable development as part of our commitment to climate change and achieving our targets towards Net Zero. We understand that maintaining a sound balance between the environment, society, and the economy is imperative in order to fulfill the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations. Hence, we’re delighted to announce that the Environment Management System of Magnasoft has been assessed and registered as conforming to the requirements of ISO 14001:2015.

ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). This certification provides Magnasoft with a framework and guidelines to protect the environment and respond to changing environmental conditions in a balanced manner with socio-economic needs.

Magnasoft is dedicated to protecting the environment by preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts. We are highly particular about the company’s environmental policies and regulations and follow them religiously. Our policies seek to reduce CO2 emissions through advances in the recycling of resources and energy conservation. We also concentrate on controlling how our services are designed, distributed, consumed, and disposed of through the life cycle perspective, which prevents environmental impacts from being unintentionally shifted elsewhere within the life cycle. Magnasoft follows an incremental and continuous approach where we aim to take small but consistent steps every day towards achieving the long-term objective of sustainable development.

This standard helps us achieve the intended outcomes of our environmental management system, providing value for the environment, our organization, and interested parties simultaneously. The environmental policy of our business is established with the following goals in mind:

• enhancement of environmental performance;
• fulfillment of compliance obligations;
• achievement of our objectives on climate change and Net Zero

Commenting on the new certification announcement, Suman Dasgupta – Vice President – Sales & Business Development, Europe said: “At Magnasoft, we are committed to achieving our objectives on sustainable development, climate change, and Net Zero targets by incremental and continuous improvement of our processes and empowering our employees and all stakeholders working together to achieve this. ISO 14001:2015 sets the direction and facilitates this. “

In essence, our ISO certifications show that we have solid, precisely laid-out procedures across all our business divisions.

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We’re Cyber Essentials-certified

At Magnasoft Europe Limited (MEL), we understand the significance of enhancing security. We consider this to be fundamental to all aspects of our business. We are therefore pleased to announce that we are now a Cyber Essentials-certified company. The accreditation, developed by the United Kingdom government’s National Cyber Security Centre, is awarded to enterprises that can demonstrate solid cyber-security principles and capabilities that ensure a high level of security, cyber resilience, and assurance of defense against online threats. It protects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data stored on internet-connected devices like PCs, tablets, smartphones, and server and networking equipment.

This accomplishment bolsters Magnasoft’s commitment to strong corporate governance principles and efficient IT security. It also shows that the company’s policies and procedures are strong enough to protect it from cyber threats. Our company is dedicated to adopting cutting-edge, mutually beneficial cyber security measures. The company would also have a precise and comprehensive image of its cyber security level for future reference. The certification demonstrates the implementation and efficacy of the security controls in place to secure Magnasoft customers’ data. The evaluation assessed:

  • Boundary firewalls

  • Secure asset configuration

  • Patch management

  • User access controls

  • Malware protection

  • Mobile assets

Commenting on the announcement, Tanzeem Yousuf Khan, DGM-IT, Magnasoft, said

Cyber Essentials helps to guard organizations against cyber-attack and ensure adherence to the UK statutory requirements. Magnasoft complies with security standards by adopting best practices like ISO 27001 and GDPR; with Cyber Essentials certification, we have a new addition to our Information Security Management System. This will reassure customers that we are working to secure our IT against cyber-attack, attract new business with the promise of having cyber security measures in place, have a clear picture of our organization’s cyber security level, and also enable us to expand business on government contracts requiring Cyber Essentials certification.

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BIM: A revolution in AEC Industry

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the fastest-growing concepts in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. It facilitates multidisciplinary information sharing between project parties, improves efficiency, and increases productivity. Pacing parallel to the infrastructure world and rooting itself in impactful technological innovations, Magnasoft brings two decades of expertise in the Geospatial industry and a growth mindset to provide the foundation for immersive experiences and operational excellence.

One advantage BIM offers is syncing the designer’s and user’s perceptions and understanding by overlapping the grids of imagination and reality. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a cutting-edge 3D rendering tool that is the foundation of the AEC industry’s digital transformation. It seamlessly weaves the multi-disciplinary digital representations created during design, construction, and operations, improving the industry’s real-time coordination and collaboration. BIM is implemented in four stages to simplify the complexities –

  1. Evaluation / assessment
  2. Preparation for the transition / project pre-planning
  3. Execution of plan / design & construction
  4. Operations & maintenance through experience & expertise

While traditional workflows are prone to errors and back-and-forth coordination causes delays, BIM has elevated monitoring solutions with sequential animation of construction layers, resulting in better planning and execution while optimising financial inputs and time. With 360-degree organised control over the project, the benefits come in a domino effect with BIM and 3D visualisation. Here are a few to begin with –

EFFORTLESS COMMUNICATION
With realistic 3D visualization and comprehensive recreation of the context, virtual tours and walk-throughs have aided dreams in getting built; they have given life to nothing less than spectacular results and experiences! Globally, project approval rates have increased as a result of this.

STREAMLINED COORDINATION

For the interlinked web of the co-dependent industry that exists as a system to execute a project, BIM steps in like a blessing! It smoothens the communication, design process, and execution for all the stakeholders aligning their responsibility and time for their contribution to the project.

OPTIMIZING RESOURCES
With integrated real-world building materials and detailed drawing representations in BIM, the schematic structure can be visualized, analyzed, and reviewed concerning the use of materials, resources, and energy effectively. This enables stakeholders to make more informed and timely decisions and avoid on-the-ground clashes and revisions.

CLASH DETECTION & RESOLUTION
BIM allows for the effective identification, inspection, and reporting of interference clashes at the 3D model stage, which aids in the reduction of design errors and inadequacies that may cause delays and budget issues during construction. In addition to enabling construction sequencing, material, and equipment lead times that comply with the original design intent, it also contains the components’ final estimated locations.

When combined with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), BIM has eliminated doubts and increased its viability and use in the AEC sector. With this ground-breaking adaption, the possibilities for incredible experiences and real-time projects are endless. Are you curious about the future of BIM? With even higher technology aligned with the current scenario, the big picture advances significantly and should attract extraordinary results in future construction projects.

The Role of 3D Mapping in Sustainable Urban Development and Renewable Energy

Around 70% of the world’s population will live in towns and cities by 2050. This would indeed place an increasing pressure on land to support development. Reports suggest that buildings consume one-third of the world’s total energy. It accounts for over 38% of all energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. Enhancing the energy efficiency of buildings, both new and existing, has become a global priority today to minimize environmental impact and provide long-term sustainability. But how does 3D mapping promote sustainable urban development and renewable energy? Let’s see.

The Potential Solution 

Geospatial technology and data have become ubiquitous in this digital era for project management. The solution is to leverage the benefits of geospatial technologies to promote sustainable urban development. The convergence of 3D BIM, geospatial, and energy modeling is enabling designers to reduce the carbon and energy footprints of existing and new structures. Our technology has evolved tremendously, and by using the right data we can build highly- energy-efficient structures.

A BIM (Building Information Modeling) approach to modeling could be a potential solution for the impending problems we face with buildings and energy efficiency. Environmental analysis and several other certification programs like BREEAM and LEED require natural lightning, solar radiation, wind, renewable energy, and noise analysis, all of which require the integration of geospatial information. This data, along with local climatic conditions with the building design information is gathered, stored, and used in BIM.

Moreover, by bringing unmatched detailings in instructions, 3D Modeling allows businesses to make collision-free plans of the infrastructure. For instance, in the case of solar panel installation, a 3D mapping not merely shows how it looks but also maps the movement of shadows over the site during a day. This offers designers an accurate perspective to create an optimal design, making the most efficient use of the space. The accurate prediction of the solar energy generated using the rooftops of buildings is a paramount tool for several researchers, decision-makers, and investors for creating sustainable cities and societies.

Mapping the Solar Potential of Rooftops, one rooftop at a time

The Significance Of 3D Mapping And Geospatial Data

Thanks to new and faster mapping techniques, sustainably addressing rapid urbanization has never been so seamless and accurate. With detailed 3D mapping, engineers and builders are completely aware of the environment they would be dealing with. With 3D terrain models, the depiction of terrains, elevation, and slopes become factual. 

Precisely, geospatial data is inevitable in implementing a sustainable infrastructure of roads, water, waste, and power. Offering a single source of accurate, environmental information fuels up the process of decision-making for governments, authorities, or policymakers. 

The significance of 3D geospatial data is not limited to a better understanding of the infrastructure models but is also used as an input by engineers in complex construction works. The maps are keenly based on accurate measurements and scaled as per project requirements. This offers industry professionals a realistic view of a site, to accurately manage a project’s feasibility, costs, and scheduling.


Smart city projects that are emerging worldwide are examples that we are going on the right path to sustainable urban development. The significance of 3D mapping and geospatial data for creating these smart cities is just paramount. Using real-world visualizations for conducting analysis and design improvements of infrastructure helps companies focus on excellent development and usage of land in sustainable ways.

3D GIS for Environmental Planning for Sustainable Urban Development

How Geospatial Data Supports Energy Management  

How to get a bigger picture of the performance of a building at its location in its expected climate? 

An analysis of the geographic location and orientation of the building, collected by 3D mapping along with the local historical insolation and weather information including temperature, moisture, wind, and psychrometric data would generate this information. This is crucial in creating a working hypothesis about a building’s energy behavior. It also helps in finding the right gaps opened with an opportunity for energy savings, including water infrastructure, daylighting and lighting efficiency, renewable energy generation, waste, and efficiency.

The energy analysis leverages the geographical location of the building with the local environmental conditions and performs thermal, lighting, and airflow simulations. This helps in estimating the amount of energy a building will consume in a year and further tests design options to identify the best possible solutions to conclude energy use, CO2 emissions, occupant comfort, light levels, airflow, and LEED certification level. 

Studies have proven that energy analyses and testing alternative options allow projects to reduce annual energy consumption and power bills by 40%, certainly a stepping stone for sustainable urban development.

The Role Of 3D Modeling In Promoting Sustainable Urban Development

A building is always integrated with other infrastructure such as the transport system, utilities, environment surrounding, etc. Curating data that integrates all this has become a necessity today. This is where 3D mapping comes into the picture, a machine vision technology that can profile objects in 3D to map them in real-world scenarios. The information contained within a detailed 3D model facilitates builders with the accurate data to coordinate utilities, grading, and system routing information accurately. 

The significance of urban planning in creating sustainable environmental practices is inevitable and geospatial technologies will have a huge impact on sustainable urban development. The data captured using industry-standard acquisition methods and techniques is processed into meaningful 3D models with details on attributes, measurements, and location using 3D city modeling software. In the backdrop of global warming, understanding the importance of optimizing energy efficiency is essential. 
Companies like Magnasoft have been offering high-dimensional 3D mapping services to help engineers in visualizing all the elements of a project, especially renewable energy sites. Our urban mapping solutions have helped government bodies to focus on development, especially in lands with limited spaces. We have delivered 3D modeling projects covering around 80% of cities globally, capturing data using 3D Mobile LiDAR & UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) or drone for creating base maps.

Urban Vegetation Mapping can be the basis of Green Infrastructure Planning

Changing The Energy Landscape Using 3D Mapping

With the renewed focus on climate change, renewable start-ups have expanded their focus beyond clean energy to energy independence. The ability to maximize the utilization of geospatial technologies is the fuel that powers this energy independence. It plays a key role in supporting the development and expansion of wind, solar, and hydro energy. 

By monitoring the process, ensuring that renewable energy generation sites are optimally sited, and affirming that the power generated is delivered efficiently, geospatial data offers a clear insight into the gaps where energy can be saved and sustained. 

For instance, wind turbines should be located in places with consistent wind resource availability and variability. This includes understanding the air volume, velocity, and density. Using the best topographic information and precision mapping, one can seamlessly locate wind turbines in highly desirable sites. 

Jason S. Rodriguez, CEO, and Director of Research of Zpryme, a research and consulting firm, quoted that, “the growth of the renewable energy space is going to open doors for Smart Grid vendors and manufacturers who can provide niche systems, software, and equipment that can integrate renewable energy sources in the Intelligent Utility ecosystem.”

Cities and industries across the globe are realizing the significance of geospatial insights and are working towards reducing carbon footprints by leveraging the best out of it. Masdar in the UAE is working on an ambitious plan to build a Masdar City, located 30 kilometers from Abu Dhabi city. Committed to meeting the goals of zero waste, sustainable living, and carbon neutrality, the company is extensively using the Geographic Information System (GIS) to design this future city.

A Final Word

Numerous renewable energy options are available today, but the performance of these various options depends on location-based variables, implying the necessity for geospatial analysis. Geospatial technology is proving to be an essential component of the decision-making process in every project. It enables designers to significantly reduce the energy footprint of existing structures, including historic buildings and new designs. 

It’s high time that we realize that the “Geospatial way” is certainly the future, and the most efficient way to collect, process, and utilize information to promote sustainable urban development on a global scale. Well, one cannot deny Jack Dangermond when he said, “GIS is waking up the world to the power of geography, this science of integration, and has the framework for creating a better future.”

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How to make automated driving safe?

The localization of HD maps for self-driving cars is another significant challenge that is restricting the industry to realize the AV dream.

Challenges in HD Mapping

Gartner forecasts that by 2023, over 740,000 autonomous vehicles will make a presence in the market. However, for the AVs to be quickly and effectively deployed on the roads, some challenges need to be conquered first.

Petabytes of Data

Autonomous vehicles collect data from a variety of sources such as cameras and sensors, including imagery, LiDAR, radar, GPS. This raw data must be annotated and labeled for making autonomous vehicles self-reliant. It is quite a challenging task to process the petabytes of data collected from such a wide variety of sources effectively. Traditional architectures of automotive frameworks are not found suitable for the large-scale data processing workloads required for testing the algorithms used in the testing of autonomous vehicles. This massive amount of data must be analyzed intelligently so as to enable autonomous vehicles to make decisions faster in diverse conditions. This is necessary for achieving efficient HD mapping solutions, which are necessary for making safe driving through AVs a reality.

Localization of Maps

Additionally, for safe navigation, it is necessary to associate the static map data with detected dynamic information. This is called localization of maps which is an essential component of autonomous driving.

Maps represent the static world, however, some parts of the world keep on changing frequently. HD maps need to be updated accordingly so that the automated vehicles are able to drive safely by relying only on correct information about the roads. Updated HD maps help the AVs to locate and identify lane markings, static and moving objects, pedestrians, traffic lights, signages, etc., thereby helping them to make sense of their surroundings and drive safely.

Scaling up with the Right Partner 

Autonomous vehicles are still working towards reaching the stage of full autonomy. There are a lot of issues to be ironed out; safety being the foremost. To be able to effectively detect, track and classify objects and make informed decisions for path planning and safe navigation, the autonomous industry needs to establish the right partnerships. 

The industry needs to work with experts in the field of HD Mapping Solutions, Data Annotation, 3D Modelling, 3D Image Capture, etc. with a strong portfolio of global projects to make the dream a reality. 

Extensive mapping and 3D modeling experience along with a solid leadership team make us qualified to be such an expert.  Our team possesses the experience and expertise to create market-leading HD maps for autonomous driving that can significantly enhance sensor perception, enable precise localization, and improve path planning for AVs. Our analysts specialize in analyzing the sensory data collected by autonomous vehicles from disparate sources. 

AI systems can aid in cleaning up the data collected by autonomous vehicles. But the precision level achieved by these systems is about 70%-80%. For achieving 100% precision in the data, human expertise is indispensable. This is where our strength lies. We are well-equipped to provide you with expert HD mapping services.

Along with expertise in mapping, our extensive experience in 3D modeling provides us an added advantage of understanding the driving environment intricately. Breaking the silos, we are also partnering with leading mapmakers and leaders in providing large-scale and systematic visualization of physical environments; all this to enable the autonomous vehicles industry to achieve its goals, most effectively and quickly.

Conclusion

To win the autonomous vehicles race, automakers have to move from developing autonomy to developing an intelligent autonomy. Automakers who will be able to accelerate this process will gain a winning edge. 

Be it enabling the AVs to locate objects and boundaries like people, cars, flowers, furniture, or human faces or to safely navigate using highly accurate HD maps for self-driving cars, our experts are ready to smoothen the journey for the industry. As we work towards creating unique ‘glocal’ maps for autonomous vehicles, we look forward to exploring the various opportunities in HD mapping and collaborating and evolving together.

Also Read: Spatial Intelligence is at the Centre Stage

BIM in Infrastructure Projects: For Unmatched Outcomes

BIM allows more intelligent use of resources, optimization of workflows and leads to higher productivity and profitability in infrastructure projects. It is an intelligent 3D model-based process that provides architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more effectively plan, design, construct, and manage infrastructure projects. Implementation of BIM leads to better outcomes in these projects since communication and collaboration becomes more effective.

Why Adopt BIM?

BIM makes available both the visual and the non-visual information related to every aspect of the infrastructure project to the designers, engineers, builders, manufacturers and owners involved in the project. This information, which is available in the form of highly precise 3D models, allows them to gain an in-depth understanding of the building much before it is actually constructed. Accordingly, the errors in design are quickly identified and corrected before any major investment is made in the construction work. 

Moreover, we are aware that in any infrastructure project, several teams work together. While one team looks after planning, another takes care of designing, yet another carries out the construction, and another one takes care of the maintenance activities. Timely and seamless communication among these teams is crucial to not only avoid losses and repetitive work, but also to achieve optimum efficiency in workflow management and resource utilization. BIM aids in achieving this communication magnificence in the projects.

What’s more? A building in a city is always integrated with other infrastructure such as the transport system, utilities, etc. The information contained within a 3D model enables builders to coordinate utilities, grading, and system routing information accurately. With BIM, designers are able to create more accurate designs which ensure the project functions properly and lasts for decades. 

Your Partner in Effective BIM Coordination 

For over two decades, Magnasoft has been helping residential, commercial and industrial infrastructure projects to build sound BIM coordination ecosystems based on parametric Revit families and Navisworks with material specifications. From healthcare facilities to airports to resorts, we have been helping diverse industries to have precise 3D coordination models that help them to identify design errors and come up with alternative design solutions in a timely manner. 

Efficiently combining Architectural, Structural, and MEPF models to finally deliver a highly accurate 3D model of the building along with the design codes and the building standards is what our expert BIM team specializes in. We can match the industry requirements with current trends to provide accurate deliverables that make us a leading BIM coordination services company at global level. Additionally, our Clash Detection Services enables the project stakeholders to detect any complicated, soft, or workflow clash early, thus bringing huge savings in terms of cost, time, and resources.

Scan to BIM

In case of infrastructure projects, the Scan-to-BIM method of design is a widely popular one since it helps professionals to capture detailed information right at the beginning of the project. Scanning can be done at various other points during the project lifecycle to better document milestones. It can also help in documenting errors and identifying solutions faster. The data captured through laser scanning helps in creating a permanent ‘as-built’ record of the project. This data significantly helps in managing the building operations and renovations in the future. 

Using our extensive knowledge in laser scanning and 3D BIM modeling, we have been aiding the AEC industry to achieve the highest level of accuracy and detail in their construction projects. Over the last 20 years, we have executed Point Cloud to BIM Modeling projects for various building types. Our expert team converts point cloud data into information-rich BIM models which enable the stakeholders to make informed decisions quickly. 

BIM and Large Infrastructure Projects

In case of large construction projects such as airports, transit systems, bridges, and tunnels, it becomes especially a huge challenge to track the progress of each activity. While traditional methods of tracking include generation of a wide range of reports, which are susceptible to errors. BIM can provide sequential animation of all activities. Needless to say, this method of presentation offers a better understanding of the progress. The visual comparison of what was planned against what is done on-site brings in more efficacies in the final outcomes.

Along with infusing more collaboration among team members, BIM with real-time AI plays an instrumental role in reducing on-site risks and injuries. Moreover, since all construction site activities are recorded digitally, the risk of a data breach or misplaced paperwork is removed.

The importance of BIM in large infrastructure projects can be better understood with the help of an example. For instance, using highly accurate 3D models, as provided by experts like Magnasoft, smart airports are able to achieve unmatched performance in airfield inspections, pavement management, terminal work orders, runway signage and more. Geospatial technologies help airports significantly in controlling costs and optimizing asset performance. This better management of assets eventually leads to better preservation and prolonged life cycle of the most valuable assets. For maximizing revenue generation, airports need to ensure that the space available is used optimally. They need to ensure optimum management of their terminal and landside real estate, while providing enhanced customer experience. GIS and allied technologies help the airports to get more from their infrastructure. 

Conclusion

BIM is metamorphosing the construction industry. Companies across the globe are using the technology to get optimum outcomes from their construction projects. With urbanization gaining new meaning every day and everywhere and smart cities gaining momentum, countries around the world are paying more attention to the adoption of BIM and 3D modeling in construction. After all, how long can they ignore the benefits. Adoption of BIM makes a country rich on the infrastructure side, making it become an example for others to follow.

Magnasoft’s in-depth understanding of BIM and 3D modeling techniques coupled with vast experience in the fields makes it a preferred partner for medium to large infrastructure projects across the globe. A cross-trained, flexible workforce and a dedicated QA & QC team ensure superior output quality at all times.

So, as you take the next step towards digital transformation, let us help you overcome the challenges and achieve exemplary results in the projects.

Bridge the Resource Gap for your Fiber Design & Permitting Projects

The global demand for high-speed, broadband internet is rising rapidly with enhanced use of data all over the world. In this scenario, as copper wires are no longer able to support the desired level of connectivity, the answer lies in fiber optic networks. 

Consequently, fiber optic networks are becoming an attractive domain for financial investment. 

To have high revenues from the venture, along with the cost of fiber, network operators need to evaluate potential opportunities with market-specific insights. Along with assessing how the network development efforts will get affected by environmental factors and competition, resource mapping remains a crucial focus area. 

Fiber Optic Network Design

The process of launching a new fiber network involves several phases and detailed attention must be given to each phase for a flawless design. In the design process, crucial decisions with respect to the network’s topology, communication system, equipment needs, and list of services need to be taken. The efficiency with which these decisions are taken eventually determines the success or failure of the network. Whether the network meets the needs of the end users depends on the efficacy of these network design decisions.  Needless to say, you cannot afford to make any compromises in the level of expertise used while making these decisions.

As a network operator, you must also be prepared for possible future issues, obtain the required permits, and document every important detail about network components and cable routes. To have the best results in fiber designing, you must deploy an expert team of designers, who possess in-depth knowledge of fiber optic technology, installation processes, and regulatory standards.

While the necessity to have an expert team to carry out the entire network design process efficiently cannot be denied, the availability of such experts in this growing market remains an area of concern for the industry.

Mitigating Resource Gaps

Fiber optic designing is a highly technical process and any snag anywhere can lead to fiber optic malfunctions such as broken fibers due to physical stress or excessive bending, inadequate transmitting power, excessive signal loss due to an exceptionally long cable, faulty splices or connectors, etc.

The installation as well as the troubleshooting process for fiber is very different from that of copper wires. What’s more? There are more potential causes of trouble as the fiber optic cable is far more fragile than copper cable. Thus, the need for skilled workforce to carry out the fiber optic design process cannot be stressed enough.

This is where Magnasoft can empower you to meet the deadlines, beat margin targets and deliver uncompromised quality. We achieve this by bringing highly qualified teams with extensive experience to your underground and aerial fiber design projects. For underground projects, we leverage our expertise in spatial data processing, GIS and CAD to help you develop land base maps, draft fiber networks, create construction notes and much more. For aerial projects, we’ve partnered with companies like Katapult, SPIDA Software and Osmose to provide a complete back-office solution that enables engineering companies to upload their field data to the cloud where we perform QA/QC, produce accurate pole annotations, pole load analysis, make-ready recommendations and permit applications. We can deliver 80% of the information that your engineers need to complete their projects on time and within budget.

Rights of Way

No discussion on fiber optics network can be complete without paying attention to Rights of Way (RoW). For laying fiber-optic cables over privately owned property or through parks, waterways, and other public spaces, parties need Rights-of-Way permits. The RoW is a critical element in the telecom space because it gives the telecom companies guidelines on how to lay the infrastructure elements (towers, optical fiber cables, etc.) on a specific route. 

The process of getting a permit involves filling out an application form along with the details of the fiber-network route. The permit request is accompanied by aerial imagery and CAD drawings of the proposed network design. We can help you create detailed site drawings, permit detail drawings, and presentation quality overview maps. We are committed to make the permit application process simpler and successful for you. 

Magnasoft Communications Solutions for You

Magnasoft has been serving the telecommunications industry for the last 20+ years. Accordingly, it has been able to build a repository of industry specialists and focused resources, which can provide you unmatched support in your fiber optic network project. Having handled many large-scale projects, we have been able to develop a network of resources in all engineering areas from which we can call upon as per your needs. Our teams are capable of handling the most advanced technology solutions such as AutoCAD, Micro Station, SPIDAcalc, O-Calc Pro, PoleForeman and PLS.

Whether you are looking at engineering needs for a new plant or plant extensions or upgrade of existing networks, our Communications solutions can help you achieve excellence in the project. Our expert team can assist you in developing long-range OSP plans, including dispersion of fiber pairs and technologies along the route, fiber facilities management, fiber optic network planning, etc. 

We can also help you in RoW acquisition, make-ready recommendations and pole attachment applications. For underground facilities, you can rely on our experts for preparing conduit design, conduit detailing, manhole detailing, preparing all forms and documentation for approval and verify as-built. 

Quality is of utmost importance to us. To ensure the highest standards in our deliverables, we continuously review our processes during a project’s lifecycle. This constant monitoring and implementation of feedback and suggestions from clients also leads to quicker and excellent outcomes. 

Conclusion

According to the Fiber Broadband Association, implementation of 5G in the top 25 urban areas of US will involve deployment of about 1.4 million miles of fiber. As you get ready to play a critical role in this growth story, let us be your preferred partner in overcoming the challenges related to availability of the right resources to meet your deadlines, beat margin targets and deliver uncompromised quality.

Is high-fidelity spatial data the answer to FTTx challenges?

The demand for bandwidth is on a constant rise and communication service providers (CSPs) are working incessantly to meet the rising demands. With the growing importance of digital services, CSPs are continuously innovating to create a balance between quality and expenditures. Accordingly, network infrastructure is undergoing rapid development as well. In a scenario where last-mile connectivity is becoming a necessity, network designs need to be honed. 

Enters FTTx

FTTx or fiber to the “x”, a collective term used to describe a diverse range of broadband network architecture options is the talk of the town today. FTTx architectures use optical fiber for some or all of their last mile connectivity accomplishments. The promise of the dual advantage of higher transmission rates and lower energy consumption makes FTTx a highly desirable choice for the industry. The “x” in FTTx, which stands for the fiber termination point, such as home, antenna, building, etc. makes the network move closer to the user, promising better user experience. 

Data is crucial

Data lies at the heart of all the developments. The CSPs can deliver the expected outcomes only when the project begins with the right data.  The task of building a new fiber network is an incredibly complex task and if the process begins with out of date or inaccurate data, not only will the challenges increase manifold but the final deliveries will also be of no use. As geospatial experts say, “Garbage in, Garbage out.” High-fidelity spatial data is an important component of the entire scaling-up process.

Thus, before planning a rollout, it is mandatory for CSPs to gather and analyze a broad base of project relevant geospatial data. They must have adequate knowledge of their current asset inventory i.e., the type, location, and condition of their current network assets. This data can aid the CSP to not only come up with a true inventory of the organization’s assets but also identify the potential obstacles to the project’s success. Accurate spatial data can also help the CSPs to have a clear knowledge of the features/parameters that they can leverage to their advantage. 

NextGen Network Management with Geospatial

It is estimated by the Fiber Broadband Association that just in the top 25 urban areas of US, 5G will involve deployment of about 1.4 million miles of fiber. Needless to say, CSPs can effectively capitalize on this demand, only if they are able to deploy or expand their networks quickly and efficiently. Asset documentation and management is a major challenge.

A robust ‘geospatially’ powered solution can help the players overcome the bottlenecks. Such a solution can help them in going to market faster by accurately outlining the current connections, mapping the existing infrastructure, and providing a clear view of the available network capacity, thereby helping in identifying the best routes for expansion. 

Additionally, the remote visibility will bring in efficiency in operations and costs by reducing the need for expensive field maintenance tasks. Dynamic reports, based on crucial spatial insights will enable CSPs to accurately evaluate the network and take informed decisions related to acquisitions and sale. 

Conclusion

Since long, GIS is being used by the telecom leaders to achieve efficiency in network design and planning; to prioritize the areas that need maximum improvements, conceptualize a network layout plan, and develop strategies on meeting the capacity requirements optimally.

Using cloud GIS, companies have been storing all planning, engineering, and management data at one place. By combining aerial and underground imagery and adding geo-located asset data, telecom companies have been quickly creating layered, data-rich maps. This type of clear documentation have reduced possibilities of errors and also streamlined communication among the teams.

It is now time to take the capabilities of geospatial to new levels and help the telecom industry achieve new milestones as the world gets ready to embrace advanced technologies like 5G. 

To meet the growing need of better last-mile connectivity, it is vital for the telecom giants to ensure that high-performance networks are built right from the design phase itself. A robust network is fundamental to providing all the promised services. The answer lies in a geospatial-based inventory

Spatial insights can help the stakeholders to have the most effective outcomes in designing, building and operating the network. The role of an experienced ‘design, build, operate and maintain’ partner is crucial in the entire lifecycle; right from network deployment to maintenance. Magnasoft is highly experienced to function as such a partner. 

With numerous successful projects in our repertoire, our expert tem is skilled to effectively address the needs of the communications industry. The Communication Network Services suite offered by us focuses on enabling digital transformation of CSPs and industry leaders. Using our fully integrated and interoperable solution, you can achieve excellence in FTTx network activation, service installation, performance optimization and much more. We understand how crucial geospatial is for a successful 5G rollout and strive to provide robust solutions that make this possibility a reality.

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Digital maps have revolutionized the way we navigate. Today, maps have become much more than wayfinding solutions; they include anything from immersive virtual reality experiences to real-time data integrations. According to Allied Market Research, the global digital map market is expected to reach $3.67 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of 12.6% from 2017 to 2023.  

While use of maps for outdoor navigation has become a norm, the trend of using digital maps for more effective indoor navigation is picking up. Large shopping complexes are largely inclining towards adoption of indoor mapping solutions since these maps not only provide enhanced user experience but also ensure more safety. 

Just like large shopping areas, university and college campuses are often large and confusing, and have both indoor and outdoor components. Digital interactive maps of such campuses can largely help students, faculty members, and visitors while moving around in the campus. With the ‘power of where’ (provided by campus maps) in their hands, students can enjoy a stress-free experience at the campus when it comes to locating an upcoming class or a nearby food vendor.

Why Campus Maps?

Campus maps provide an interactive display of the grounds of schools, universities, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, apartment complexes, parks, and more. They become an easy tool for students, visitors, employees, or residents to easily navigate the area. For these maps to be actually effective, high level of precision is a given requirement. 

At Magnasoft, we have successfully designed highly accurate campus maps for a large variety of campuses from universities to hospitals. Our expert team works closely with the stakeholders to ensure that the map is accurately customized as per the requirements. Our work doesn’t stop at just creating the maps; the team works with you to ensure that the maps stay updated with the latest information at all times. 

Vital Factors to Consider

For a campus map to evolve as an efficient visitor management tool, the map design process must keep in view the following factors:

Clarity and accessibility of information 

Not only do the maps need to be accurate but they must also consider the requirements of people with special needs such as the visually impaired or people who need a wheelchair to move around. The campus map must clearly detail where steps or wheelchair access are located, along with the accessible entrances.

3D buildings have the potential to take orientation and wayfinding to new levels. Specific illustrated buildings and Points of Interest can make the mundane campus maps interesting, enabling the visitors to engage with the maps as well.

It is also a good cartographic practice to use different colors to differentiate between different campuses or facilities within a single site, for example clearly marking Residential Halls from Class buildings. 

Importance of size and scale

The map content should be legible in all sizes. It should allow flexibility in displaying and hiding information. For instance, the information the map holds for pedestrians may not be of much use to drivers, so they should be able to hide that information. The mapmaker should strive for creating a single map which can be repurposed for varied groups.

Stakeholder involvement 

A campus map is a very personalized product. Thus, it is necessary to involve the stakeholders from the very beginning of the process. The suggestions and feedbacks must be implemented to reestablish the fact that a campus map is a way to reinforce the identity of the campus.

Consider adding value 

A robust map should not only carve out the routes within the campus with precision but also consider making additions that will make the life of the users easier. For instance, it is a good idea to include details about local transport facilities, local town centres, rail stations and supermarkets to make things easier for people visiting the campus. Making the map AR/VR ready is also a great way of enhancing the user experience.

Conclusion

Magnasoft’s interactive campus maps allow students, faculty members and visitors to easily locate buildings and the rooms and services within them. Our mapping capabilities are not limited to universities and schools but have stretched over to large complexes like hospitals, shopping malls etc.

All large campuses and multi-building facilities must consider strategically placing signs and creating accessible precise digital maps of their campuses. A well created campus map serves as a visitor management tool, helping visitors to reach their destination effortlessly. An indoor campus map can provide the visitors, staff, students, and anyone else an enhanced campus experience. Along providing useful information, it can allow the users to engage with Points of Interest. Campus maps can also significantly aid in public safety and emergency management. They can help the staff in training and incident planning. 

The benefits of having detailed digital campus maps are many, however, for effective outcomes, it is necessary to choose the right partner for the purpose of creation and updation of these maps.

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Why Constructioneering?

What is Constructioneering?

Constructioneering allows engineers to work with an accurate 3D model of existing construction site conditions. These models are thereby processed into engineering-ready 3D reality meshes. With the help of latest technologies such as cloud computing, the engineers’ work is directly conveyed to the construction processes in the field. This leads to better coordination between the teams and consequently better outcomes.

In traditional workflows, data in the digital engineering models is often not only lost but also inefficiently recreated between design and construction. Constructioneering enables the stakeholders to overcome these inefficiencies by providing seamless integration for constructible models. These models provide real-time updates and offer data exchange, leading to enhanced efficiency and reduction in cost.

Constructioneering Benefits

In construction projects, when a design is handed over to the next stage, such as from designer to builder or builder to asset manager or owner, a large amount of data is passed on. To ensure that the information and design is accurate and up-to-date, often a lot of rework is required. This mainly happens because the projects are delivered in 2D construct and design PDF and then the design model for construction are created and put it into another format for the asset managers. This process involves a lot of data remediation and rework.

Constructioneering is a path towards working more efficiently, towards automating workflows. In view of the growing demand for infrastructure project delivery globally against finite resources including an aging construction workforce, ‘going digital’ becomes necessary. In these times, adoption of constructioneering can significantly make the work of surveyors, engineers, and constructors automated and more valuable throughout the project lifecycle.

Constructioneering has the capacity to make infrastructure projects more lucrative. However, it remains a challenge to motivate and empower the historically conservative engineering and contracting firms to adopt the going digital approach including constructioneering. 

Hybrid Workflows

Constructioneering allows combining different methods of surveying as the data collected using different means can be clubbed into one model. For instance, for a big road construction project, the data capture can happen through traditional surveying tools as well as drones. Putting constructioneering in place, all the data collected through different methods of surveying can be combined into one model.

Enhanced Connectivity

Constructioneering, which is a sub-activity in BIM strategies, helps the industry overcome the difficulties in sharing information between different phases of a project. It allows sharing of project information through a connected data environment (CDE). CDE allows handing over of information from the designer to constructor to asset managers as one complete package. 

Constructioneering is all about breaking down the inefficiencies of transferring information between engineers and construction contractors. It helps in filling the gaps. 

With constructioneering, it is possible to send the 3D constructible model to an active project site. This enhanced connectivity between the model and the assets on site enables the project designers and constructors to have a clear and accurate design of the project in real-time. This also helps in regular quality checking during the project lifecycle.

More Transparency

By providing seamless connection between data and workflows, constructioneering enables all stakeholders to have more transparency during the construction process. Constructioneering allows every stakeholder to give input and understand what’s going on. A connected environment allows stakeholders to easily point out why something in the design may have changed. As the change is captured over time, it becomes easier to understand why and how the deviations occurred between the design and the final project. This information can help the contractors to improve their delivery in the future.

Conclusion

The construction industry is one of the least automated industries in the world. It is extremely segmented as the stakeholders often work in their individual silos. In contrast to this individualistic approach, Constructioneering provides a holistic alternative; an overarching approach to automating the entire workflow, including all the silos, instead of just focusing on one particular area (usually the one that customers are involved with).

As new infrastructure demands increase and new challenges arise, it becomes necessary to have effective conversations between designers, engineers, and asset managers. The construction industry needs to largely diversify the way it delivers projects and constructioneering is an excellent way of pushing the industry forward. It is the right step to take if going digital has to become a widespread reality in construction. 

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