Australian researchers have created the first ever interior 3D map of Italy’s iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa by using a breakthrough mobile laser mapping system. Developed by the CSIRO, Australia's national science agency, the Zebedee technology is a handheld 3D mapping system incorporating a laser scanner that sways on a spring to capture millions of detailed measurements of a site as fast as an operator can walk through it. Specialized software then converts the system's laser data into a detailed 3D map.
In Europe, the testing of a new construction classification standard is on its way. The new BIM classification standard is being developed in Denmark by cuneco, a center for productivity in construction. The new BIM classification standard is important for the European Union and there has been general interest worldwide as well.
KENNESAW, GA. — Tekla a provider of building information modeling (BIM) software and online tools to the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) markets, announced the winners of the 2013 Tekla North America BIM Awards. The model competition is held annually and recognizes companies for exemplary use of BIM and Tekla Structures across four categories: best use of BIM overall, engineering, steel, and concrete.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Newforma, a project information management (PIM) software company integrating people, projects, and processes to transform building and infrastructure project delivery, announced that its collaboration platform, Newforma Project Cloud, now automatically shares data with Newforma Project Center enterprise software and selected Newforma Mobile Apps. This integration furthers Newforma’s practice of making project information available to team members in the office, from the cloud, and on the go.
VERNON, B.C. — CyberMatrix Corporation released version 1 of Project Clock App, a project time tracking and time billing program for iOS and Android mobile devices. Unlike previous mobile editions, Project Clock App combines a start/stop work clock module with an hour entry module. Project Clock can record accurate start and end times of work periods. It can also be used to enter estimated hours spent on projects or tasks. Previously, each function was contained in an entirely separate app.
Salt Lake City — Proponent of smarter permitting, licensing, and land management, the City of West Valley, Utah, recently organized and hosted Salt Lake City’s first PLL (Permitting, Licensing, and Land) Day. Practitioners and industry leaders from the greater Salt Lake City area gathered to discuss a range of topics related to GIS-centric permitting, licensing, and land management solution strategies. Azteca Systems, Inc. sponsored the event, applauding the city’s dedication to sharing information on best permitting management practices with their community.
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS — Red Seat Software, a Structural Engineering Software Solutions Provider for S-FRAME Software, Inc. and Tilt-Up Design Systems, LLC, announced the availability of an online video that overviews the entire structural engineering software portfolio from S-FRAME Structural Office R11.
LINCOLN, NEB. and HERK-DE-STAD, BELGIUM — Design Data, in cooperation with Nemetschek Scia, has developed a bi-directional link that allows Steel Fabricators to view in real-time the production status of parts and assemblies in an SDS/2 steel BIM model, as well as allow production to automatically view the status of any changes that occur in design.
HOLLYWOOD, MD. — NEANY completed a partnership agreement with Visual Intelligence to deploy Visual Intelligence’s iOne IMS infrastructure metric mapping system in NEANY’s flagship unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Arrow. NEANY will utilize the iOne IMS system for high-resolution geospatial imaging for both military and commercial applications.
PALO ALTO, CALIF. — HP announced the expansion of its Z portfolio of professional workstation and display products, including the world’s first workstation Ultrabook — the HP ZBook 14 — and the industry’s first line of workstations to offer Intel’s Thunderbolt technology for high-speed data transfer. The new portfolio includes three new HP ZBook Mobile Workstations, processor and graphics enhancements to the line of HP Z Desktop Workstations, and two new HP Z Displays.
Win More Work with Innovative Approaches to Project Proposals Thursday, June 27th, 2013
How can you make your project proposals stand out in order to win work without losing time and money?
In this presentation, you’ll learn about new ways to quickly create more realistic proposals of design alternatives that demonstrate a better understanding of project needs, more clearly explain project designs, and help you win work.
Get to 30% Design Faster Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Once you win an infrastructure project, how does your team provide owners, review agencies, clients and other stakeholders with a more solid understanding of your design intent?
This webcast presentation will present innovative approaches that show how you can easily combine 2D CAD, GIS, raster, and 3D models, enabling you to accelerate your infrastructure design process. It will also show how you can easily use rich visualizations to validate design decisions faster.
Get to “Yes” Faster with Agency and Community Stakeholders Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Review agencies need to understand and approve projects before they can be built, but the approval process is often slow and linear. Non-technical public stakeholders, such as surrounding residents and business owners, struggle understanding 2D plans and their confusion can lead to expensive roadblocks.
Learn how you can use compelling simulations and animated 3D visualizations to better communicate project alternatives and community impact in a format that is more interactive and easily understood by agencies and non-technical audiences alike.
The Autodesk BIM Specialist Certification for Roads and Highways: A Quick Spin Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Learn more about the Autodesk BIM Specialist Certification for Roads and Highways using the Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite 2014. We’ll give you information about:
• The authorized training guide
• The certification exam
• Learning objectives
• A BIM workflow for road and highway design
Using the training guide, you will learn how to employ a BIM process using the tools in the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite in order to more fully realize the benefits of this intelligent, model-based approach: better understanding of the project, improved accuracy and efficiency, and more agility to respond quickly to changes at anytime, anywhere.
Practical Workflows for the Civil Engineer Thursday, December 12th, 2013
You are already creating rich 3D models, but how can you more fully leverage this model to enhance every phase of infrastructure project workflow?
This webcast will show you how to use your rich, 3D models to gain greater visibility into projects, develop deeper insights into constructability, and identify and resolve issues virtually before breaking ground.