NEW YORK — In recent years, designers in the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) community have embraced a new methodology using building information models (BIM) as the basis for a collaborative design process to meet the challenges of today’s increasingly complex and demanding project requirements. BIM Perspectives, May 30, 2013, in New York City, is tailored to look into the multi-disciplinary project team and their best practices for using BIM as a basis for a collaborative design and construction process. Attendees will hear from leading practitioners from architectural, engineering, and construction perspectives.
REDLANDS, CALIF. — Esri's ArcGIS GeoEvent Processor for Server brings live data into a geographic information system (GIS) and issues alerts when specified conditions occur — all in real time. To learn how to use this new ArcGIS for Server extension, attend a free, live training seminar, "Real-Time GIS with ArcGIS GeoEvent Processor for Server," on May 23, 2013.
EXTON, PA. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated, announced the immediate availability of its new WaterCAD and WaterGEMS V8i (SELECTseries 4) information modeling software releases for the analysis and design of water distribution systems. New operations-related capabilities help utilities optimize the efficiency of water distribution systems, minimizing operational costs. For example, utilities can now aggregate energy costs across pumping stations and factor in complex tariffs as well as non-model-related energy costs, such as energy used for HVAC and SCADA systems, to perform net present value analyses of their operating scenarios. This enables modelers to determine the most cost-efficient strategy.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — BLUERIDGE Analytics, provider of SITEOPS, optimization software for land development, announced the release of the Residential Parceling module. According to the company, the new Residential Parceling tool will empower engineers, architects, and land planners to optimize lot layouts in residential subdivisions in a fraction of the time it takes with CAD systems.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Images from Landsat satellites provided free to the public by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey were the starting points for "a new breakthrough" reported by Time and announced on the Official Google Blog (http://googleblog.blogspot.com). Using its Earth Engine technology, Google has compiled decades of Landsat images into a new, interactive time-lapse experience.
SAN FRANCISCO — Autodesk, Inc. is launching a new version of Autodesk BIM 360 Glue, a cloud-based Building Information Modeling (BIM) solution. Autodesk BIM 360 Glue extends the BIM process from design to construction by providing all stakeholders access to project information for model coordination and clash detection via desktop, mobile, and web.
AUSTIN, TEXAS — The International Code Council (ICC) and Fiatech have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports a shared vision to advance the effectiveness and efficiency of building design, construction and code compliance through the use of advanced technologies and practices represented by the Fiatech AutoCodes Project. AutoCodes — automatic code checking — is a significant development that moves regulatory compliance into the digital age on par with modern commercial design and construction industry practices.
A nationwide group of Building Information Modeling users, known as the BIMForum, is seeking industry input on a proposed set of standards establishing how complete Building Information Models (BIMs) need to be for different stages of the design and construction process. Once finalized, the new standards, known as Level of Development Specifications, will allow everyone to clearly articulate how complete model elements for the different building systems are or need to be throughout the design and construction process.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Whitewater Technologies (WWT), a global technology provider of water network management software solutions to utilities and industrials, signed a cooperation agreement with Brown and Caldwell (BC). The cooperation will leverage BC’s unique management consulting and IT integration experience with the WaterWall and BlueBox systems to deliver turnkey solutions to align utilities IT and OT environments to drive network efficiencies. Currently, teams from both WWT and BC are working together on opportunities, team development, training and certification.
GHENT, BELGIUM AND MERRIMACK, N.H. — Bricsys, a global provider of dwg engineering design software brought to market under the BricsCAD brand, announced the immediate availability of the BricsCAD V13.2 update for the Windows operating system. This release further extends the BricsCAD software with a native 64-bit version and with support for the 2013 .dwg format. It also improves project collaboration through a built-in connection with the cloud-based Chapoo services.
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.