Best paper award at #ISARC2018

Our latest work on HBIM, presented by my colleague Fred Bosché at the 35th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC 2018), have received the best paper award.

The paper, titled “High Level-of-Detail BIM and Machine Learning for Automated Masonry Wall Defect Surveying”, was developed by our research team at Heriot-Watt University in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland and can be found at the following link.


I hope you find it interesting!


Playing with distances between features

As usual in ArcGIS, different tools can deliver similar results. In this post, a map has been generated to show how to [quickly] filter features according to their position with respect to other elements.

There are several proximity tools that can be used to calculate distances between features. Some examples are: Near, Generate Near Table, Buffer or Multiple Ring Buffer.

In the following map, the distances from the attractions managed by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to the John Muir Way have been calculated by means of Near. After that, the buildings have been filtered by attribute (distance), showing those in a range of [at most] 5 kms along this route.


Personalising symbols for point features in ArcGIS

This is a quick trick to personalise the symbols used to indicate the position of features in our maps in ArcGIS. Even if this is a simple operation, a nice visual effect can be obtained.

You just need to open the Symbol Selector > Edit Symbol.


In the menu Type, choose Picture Marker Symbol. Browse in your folders and choose the image you want to use as icon. Then, select the size and angle and click OK.

In the following map, I have applied this feature to display the properties managed by Historic Environment Scotland in Edinburgh and surronding area.