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June 25, 2013

» IBM launches ‘Digital Delta’ to improve Dutch flood control and water management systems   IBM

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS — IBM launched Digital Delta, an innovation program that will harness insights from Big Data to transform flood control and the management of the entire Dutch water system. The program is in collaboration with Rijkswaterstaat (the Dutch Ministry for Water), local Water Authority Delfland, Deltares Science Institute and the University of Delft. Digital Delta will investigate how to integrate and analyze water data from a wide range of existing data sources. These include precipitation measurements, water level and water quality monitors, levee sensors, radar data, model predictions as well current and historic maintenance data from sluices, pumping stations, locks and dams. 

» Maptek brings augmented reality to the mining industry   Maptek

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — Maptek PerfectDig software brings together 3D modelling, laser scanning and handheld communication devices, allowing operations to effectively monitor excavation progress by comparing actual surfaces against designs. PerfectDig automatically combines mine plans and design information from Maptek Vulcan with laser scans of working areas. Detailed 3D visual and spatial analysis information is provided in near real time, directly to production managers and mine crews. This streamlines communication between surveyors, mining engineers, supervisors and equipment operators. 

» Terracon appoints new chief information officer   Terracon Consultants Inc.

OLATHE, KAN. — Terracon Consultants, Inc. appointed Jason Kephart as the company’s new chief information officer (CIO). Kephart will begin his tenure in early July replacing current CIO, Frank Milano, who will retire after 14 years of service with the company. As the company's first CIO, Milano built the Terracon Information Technology (IT) Department from a few individuals to a team of more than 50. 

June 21, 2013

» Learn to work with Esri CityEngine to create smart 3D City Models    Esri

You can create 3D urban landscapes with Esri CityEngine using your organization's existing geographic information system (GIS) data. You also can use the software to do conceptual geodesign work.

June 19, 2013

» Bricsys releases beta version of BricsCAD BIM Module   Bricsys

GHENT, BELGIUM AND MERRIMACK, N.H. — Bricsys announced the immediate availability of the beta version of the BricsCAD BIM Module for the Windows operating system. This add-on module for Building Information Modeling (BIM) is available for free to users of the Pro and Platinum edition of BricsCAD V13.2 (32-bit). 

June 18, 2013

» EnviroSim releases BioWin 4.0 with enhanced greenhouse gas modeling features   EnviroSim

HAMILTON, ONTARIO — EnviroSim Associates released BioWin 4.0 with capabilities to model nitrous oxide, methane, and carbon dioxide emissions — key greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced in wastewater treatment plants. Building on the successful history of the BioWin line, BioWin 4.0 continues to provide rigorous mathematical models to simulate operations in wastewater treatment plants, now with increased computational speed and new elements such as trickling filters. 

» Psomas and TaKaDu announce partnership   Psomas

LOS ANGELES AND YEHUD, ISRAEL — Psomas announced that it has formed a partnership with TaKaDu, a global leader in water network monitoring. Both companies are partnering to serve the Unites States market by offering TaKaDu’s Software-as-a-Service solution to monitor water distribution networks. 

» VIZERRA introduces REVIZTO version 1.2   VIZZERA

SAN FRANCISCO — VIZERRA announced the release of REVIZTO 1.2, interactive 3-D visualization and collaboration software for the AEC industry. For owners, architects, engineers and contractors who are dissatisfied with complex tools for project visualization, Revizto is a simple visual collaboration platform for building projects. Revizto uses 3-D gaming technology to make visual building information models accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. 

June 14, 2013

» Transoft Solutions announces worldwide release of AutoTURN Rail 3D   Transoft Solutions

 Vancouver, B.C. — Transoft Solutions announced AutoTURN Rail 3D as its latest addition to the AutoTURN family. Incorporating the AutoTURN engine, the software functionality allows users to move from 2D to a 3D environment, providing a clearer picture of the clearance envelopes and how they might interact with obstructions along any rail alignment. 

» Gannett Fleming debuts TAROS software at APTA rail conference   Gannett Fleming

VALLEY FORGE, PA. — Gannett Fleming representatives introduced TAROS, a suite of traction power system simulator software tools designed to meet the design and engineering requirements of railroad and rail transit projects, during the 2013 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Rail Conference in Philadelphia, Pa. Through TAROS, users can model both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) traction power systems. The software provides users with the ability to create model databases, manage network configurations and train schedules, and generate analysis reports quickly. 

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Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Thursday, September 12th, 2013


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Thursday, October 24th, 2013


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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?

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