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 illustrates the bi-directional link capability found between S-FRAME Structural Office R11.00.15 and Tekla Structures. The video, created by S-FRAME Software, shows the capabilities, along with utilizing how S-FRAME Structural Office interoperates with design definition existing in Tekla.
A nationwide group of Building Information Modeling users, known as the BIMForum, released the first-of-its kind standard establishing definitions for how complete Building Information Models (BIMs) need to be for different stages of the design and construction process. The new standard, known as the Level of Development Specifications (LOD), was developed under an agreement with the American Institute of Architects. The standard allows everyone involved with construction projects to clearly articulate how detailed model elements for the different building systems are or need to be throughout the design and construction process.
TAMPA, FLA. — Atkins first-ever app for evaluating flood risk, FloodMap Mobile, is now available free via the Apple App Store, the Android app store, and the Windows Phone Store. To help communicate flood risk and help citizens take mitigation action, Atkins said its FloodMap Mobile smart phone app is the most comprehensive in its class for users to understand their personal risk exposure and how to get help. The app provides flood risk information on demand based on the user’s location or entered address. It also offers an individual risk report customized for that address, which can be emailed and shared.
SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk, Inc. is expanding its portfolio of technology for Building Information Modeling (BIM) for infrastructure following the completion of the acquisition of certain technology assets from two UK-based software companies. From Bestech Systems Limited, Autodesk has acquired technology including Sam, a suite of software modules for loading, analysis, and design of small- and medium-span bridges. From Savoy Computing Services Ltd, Autodesk has acquired technology including AutoTrack, a suite of software for vehicle swept path analysis and the design of parking areas and roundabouts. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
PLEASANTON, CALIF. — Cogent3D, Inc. has completed internal trials of a Pavement Assessment forms template for the iGeoTrak iPad and iPhone (iOS) software. iGeoTrak, available in the App Store, allows users to deploy a tablet device in the field and interact with the geographic distributed assets they are responsible for by using an intuitive map and forms interface. Each pole, street segment, culvert, or parcel can be selected by touching the screen, a form selector then allows instant documentation to be associated with the selected item. Geographic data and forms data entry is completely accessible even when internet connectivity is not available.
ANAHEIM, CALIF. — HP announced the first professional monitors of the new Z Display family as well as new entry-level Z Workstations that offer reliable and flexible workstation performance at PC-like prices. HP introduced the HP Z22i, Z23i and Z24i IPS Displays. The HP Z Displays, optimized for use with HP Z Workstations, are ideal for engineers, architects, designers and photographers who require image accuracy at an affordable price, the company said. The new HP Z230 Workstation is available in a tower or small form factor (SFF).
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. — Merrick & Company, with HDR, were provided notice to proceed on the second phase of a multi-year contract to provide additional transmission line LiDAR surveying services and modeling for up to 3,500 miles of 100kV and above circuits, spanning four states including Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nebraska. To perform the aerial survey, Merrick utilizes helicopter-mounted multi-sensor systems (LiDAR sensor, nadir RGB camera, forward and aft oblique digital cameras, full motion video and meteorological sensor) that provide greater accuracy in capturing the details of such issues in transmission corridors as power line sag, encroachment of vegetation, and structure information — some of the many components of in-field condition and clearance assessments.
RESTON, VA. — The mapping crowd-sourcing program, known as The National Map Corps (TNMCorps), encourages citizens to collect structures data by adding new features, removing obsolete points, and correcting existing data for The National Map database. Structures being mapped in the project include schools, hospitals, post offices, police stations and other important public buildings.
SAN FRANCISCO — As part of an ongoing effort to drive the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) within the infrastructure industry, Autodesk, Inc. announced Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro. Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro offers the latest 3D modeling, visualization and cloud-based collaboration technologies. To expand access to the critical BIM solutions that design professionals need to address this challenge, the new solution is available via a quarterly plan, making it ideal for firms to test-drive Autodesk 360 Pro, or use it for short-term project needs.
BETHESDA, MD. — Thanks to a recent initiative of the ASPRS Lidar Division, different segments of the lidar mapping community now have the ability to customize the LAS file format to meet their application-specific needs. The new mechanism that makes this possible is the LAS Domain Profile, which is a derivative of the base LAS v1.4 specification that adds (but does not remove or alter existing) point classes and attributes.
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.