LPI, a division of the NSW Department of Finance & Services, is the trusted source of truth for authoritative foundation land and property information in NSW. They are proud to be a world leader in geospatial information and technologies, which assist in the delivery of NSW Government service delivery programs. Land & Property Information geospatial products and services are utilised by Government, Business and the Community.
In collaboration with all major infrastructure agencies operating in the Sydney CBD, the project has mapped and created a 3D data model for all underground infrastructure for the CBD, including buildings (both above and below ground), utilities and tunnels.
Unlike the common fly through 3D models used to represent the built environment, the Sydney CBD 3D Model is intelligent and facilitates full attribute and 3-D spatial queries on all features. The 3-D buildings include contact details for owners and occupiers and the type of industries located within the building.
Buildings are captured in architectural models and translated into virtual environments for exercise scenarios and then imported into the GIS data model in real world coordinate systems. A video about this project is available for viewing (MP4 video file link).
The Sydney CBD 3D Model will benefit:
new infrastructure planning
emergency response and recovery
critical infrastructure protection
safety of public and responders
agency communication and access to information
utility outages by reducing likelihood of excavation errors.
For more details contact: John Moore, Manager GIS and Operations at Land and Property Information Authority at the LPI by email or phone: 02 8236 7160.
CeBIT exhibitor 3D Printing Systems launched the new UP! Mini 3D Printer as a world first at CeBIT Australia 2012. With it’s full metal, temperature stabilising enclosure and groundbreaking pricing it’s no wonder their Stand I15 attracted large crowds of visitors throughout the day.
The UP! Mini is based on the simplicity of a traditional inkjet printer, with a snap in printer head, slip in build table and clip in consumable roll.
3D Printing also known as additive manufacturing, has seen huge growth in the last two years.
3D Printing Systems have sold their desktop 3D Printers to Primary schools, where students are creating 3D printed projects out of plastic instead of the traditional paddle pop stick projects.
This is the manufacturing of the future and Australian students could learn a lot if given the opportunity to be able to use this type of cutting edge technology to create and innovate.
Universities around Australia use the UP Plus 3D Printers, as they are a fantastic educational tool to demonstrate additive manufacturing process and to be able to rapid prototype their own designs. Thinking and creating outside of the box has never been so easy.
Electrolux have been using the UP Plus 3D Printer for two years as well as many other leading businesses for prototyping and testing product design. The savings are huge (+/- 80%) for prototyping in house as opposed to sending parts to be printed at a bureau. Additive manufacturing methods are also faster than and cheaper than one off moulds or getting a part CNC machined.
The other advantage of printing parts in ABS plastic, the same plastic that is used in most consumer parts today, is if you wanted to fix a broken plastic part on your dishwasher or stove, you can do that easily. If you wanted to make a custom mount for your phone in your car or bicycle you can do that too.
With the introduction of the UP Mini 3D Printer, launched first at CeBIT 2012 in Australia, it has been designed for the consumer in mind, bringing manufacturing to the home or hobbyist at a price that has to be seen to be believed.
3D printing / additive manufacturing is a way to create a physical object layer by layer using raw materials like ABS plastic and a digital CAD file that has specifications of what the object’s characteristics are.
This kind of technology has been used for some time to create rapid prototypes but the 3D printers were very expensive, costing tens of thousands of dollars.