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October 1, 2013

» Bentley announces Be Inspired project finalists   Bentley Systems Inc.

EXTON, PA. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the project finalists in the 2013 Be Inspired Awards competition. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. Six independent panels of jurors, comprising accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the 65 finalists from nominations submitted by organizations in 43 countries. 

» New IBM Smarter Cities software on the cloud helps cities transform   IBM

ARMONK, N.Y. — IBM unveiled new capabilities in its Smarter Cities software, delivering cloud-based analytics to help cities gain powerful insights into how to better serve their citizens. Cities around the globe are confronted with growing populations, aging infrastructure, reduced budgets, and the challenge of doing more with less. The newest IBM Intelligent Operations software portfolio, based on open cloud computing standards, helps transform city operations to become more efficient. Designed in collaboration with city leaders, the software also applies predictive analytics to help cities budget for capital improvements and improve the efficiency of water utilities. 

» Code Council to offer cloud-based electronic plan submittal technology   International Code Council

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The International Code Council (ICC) and Avolve Software Corporation have entered into an agreement that gives the ICC a “Powered by Avolve” cloud-based technology platform for its digital plan review services. The agreement marks a major step in the Code Council’s efforts to leverage technology for greater efficiency and improved services for its Members and customers. The ICC’s online electronic plan review service (ePlan) is scheduled to begin in early 2014. 

» Oracle expands Oracle Cloud    Oracle

SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle powers the top 10 Software as a Service (SaaS) providers, thousands of SaaS applications, and many of the world’s private clouds. All of these rely on a robust cloud platform that provides applications with rich functionality with high performance, elasticity, availability, and security. To support a wider variety of workloads, Oracle introduced new Oracle Cloud services: Oracle Database as a Service, Oracle Java as a Service, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service. 

» Central Arkansas Water uses GIS-centric management solution organization-wide   Azteca Systems Inc.

SANDY, UTAH — Central Arkansas Water (CAW) has more than 60 users operating Cityworks software on laptops in the field, keeping critical asset management data up to date in real time. Currently using Cityworks in its Distribution, Customer Service, Administration, and Engineering departments with a combination of Cityworks Server AMS and Desktop technology by Azteca Systems Inc., CAW has leveraged one centralized database configuration with Cityworks. 

September 26, 2013

» Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference keynotes announced   Bentley Systems Inc.

EXTON, PA. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the lineup of guest speakers keynoting at its Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference, being held Oct. 29-31 at the Hilton London Metropole in London. These prominent thought leaders in the community of infrastructure professionals will be part of an agenda featuring presentations and interactive sessions exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure delivery and investment returns. They will present before a global gathering of executives from infrastructure organizations and more than 100 journalists from industry and business publications around the world. 

September 19, 2013

» CSIRO develops handheld 3D mapping system   CSIRO

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. 

» New BIM classification system on the way   cuneco

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. 

September 17, 2013

» Tekla announces winners of the 2013 Tekla North America BIM Awards   Tekla

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. 

» Newforma Project Cloud integrates hosted, enterprise, and mobile project data   Newforma

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. 

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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?

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013


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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:

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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.