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August 19, 2013

» iGeoTrak pilots Pavement Assessment   Cogent3D, Inc.

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. 

August 15, 2013

» HP unveils new Z Workstations   HP

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). 

» Merrick and HDR provide transmission line LiDAR surveying by helicopter   Merrick & Company

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. 

» USGS continues to expand its crowd-sourcing of geographic data   U.S. Geological Survey

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. 

August 7, 2013

» Autodesk introduces Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro   Autodesk Inc.

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. 

» ASPRS Lidar Division releases first LAS domain profile   ASPRS

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. 

August 5, 2013

» XP Solutions version 2013 of XPSWMM and XPSTORM   XP Solutions

PORTLAND, ORE. — XP Solutions announced the next advancement of industry standard stormwater, wastewater and flood modeling software programs, XPSWMM and XPSTORM with XP2D. Driven by user requests as well as industry demands, this latest iteration of one of the longest standing modeling programs includes important features that address pressing issues in our developing world. 

August 1, 2013

» Free tool for intelligent compaction and surface pavement temperature data upgraded   The Transtec Group

AUSTIN, TEXAS — The data management tool highway officials and contractors use to optimize pavement construction has just been re-released as a faster tool with expanded capabilities. Veda 2.0 was developed by specialty pavement engineering firm The Transtec Group (Transtec), funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), and provides powerful data management and analysis for paving operations. 

» Bentley announces immediate availability of Bentley Map Mobile App   Bentley Systems Inc.

EXTON, PA. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the immediate availability of Bentley Map Mobile, empowering users to view and act upon Bentley Map geospatial information through mobile devices. With the new Bentley App, infrastructure professionals can readily share geospatial data with non-GIS specialists in the field, including installation and maintenance teams, construction and engineering technicians, and inspectors. This enhanced information mobility provides these specialists with continuous, real-time access to up-to-date geospatial information about the landbase; utility, telecommunications, and transportation networks; and other spatially managed infrastructure that they support in the field. The first release of Bentley Map Mobile runs on Android-based devices. 

» Corecon Technologies releases updates for Corecon V7 construction software   Corecon Technologies

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. — Corecon Technologies announced updates to Corecon V7, a web-based estimating and project management software suite for general contractors, builders, developers, engineering and professional service firms. The program provides modules for business development, estimating, bid management, contract administration, procurement, time tracking, document control, correspondence and scheduling. 

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