EXTON, PA. — Bentley Systems Inc. inaugurated a strategic relationship with The Engineering Essentials Company (TEEC) by investing in a minority equity position and by placing a Bentley representative on its board. Based in Philadelphia, Pa., TEEC is developing software to help AEC (architectural, engineering, and construction) organizations intelligently manage their engineering specifications and related codes and standards.
Everywhere we turn, mobile applications are allowing users to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. A recent article in Business News Daily described just how essential mobile applications are to the current and future workforce. Research by New York-based AMI-Partners found that the use of smartphones and tablets by U.S. small and medium businesses is skyrocketing. AMI estimates that in the next 12 months, the number of small businesses owning smartphones will increase 40 percent from 3.5 million and those owning tablets will increase 85 percent from 700,000.
HERNDON, VA. — Deltek Inc. announced the availability of its new Federal Intelligence Solutions that delivers detailed information on billions of dollars worth of planned architecture, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) related contract projects. According to Deltek, with this information on planned government projects, A/E/C firms can build federal sales strategies, develop an opportunity pipeline, and win more federal business to drive revenue for their organizations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Transportation Research Board is holding a free, online-only, day-long workshop to educate the transportation community on the uses of social media on Wednesday, Sept. 21. "Keeping up with Communication Technology: An Online Workshop on the Practical Use of Social Media" will include two plenary sessions and eight breakout sessions. Each session will feature a speaker or host from the transportation industry. Those registered may participate in as many or as few sessions as desired.
RESTON, VA. — You can receive a text or email from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) when waters are rising in rivers and streams near you. The service, called WaterAlert, allows users to receive notifications about water levels at any of more than 7,000 USGS real-time streamgages around the country. There is no cost to users for this notification service.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Hurricane Irene barreled up the Eastern seaboard, two important social media tools came in handy as state departments of transportation (DOTs) tried to spread the word — Facebook and Twitter. Many of the affected DOTs in Irene's path posted important messages about power outages, tree debris, safety, and dark traffic signals via these media. And in the aftermath, many are now asking their Facebook friends and Twitter followers to post photos of the damage to assist in their clean-up efforts.
LOS ANGELES — In an effort to enhance collaboration by technical staff across geographies and business lines, AECOM has launched new Global Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Standards. Effective immediately, the standards should be leveraged as the basis for new CAD documentation, unless previously approved client standards are in place.
FORT STEWART, GA. — STV and Mortenson Construction recently completed work on a design-build project for the new Fort Stewart Brigade and Battalion Headquarters at Fort Stewart, Ga., to support the 4th Infantry Combat Brigade Team. This marks the first time that a single facility was designed and constructed to house a brigade command structure and six battalion commands. The design-build team used Bentley building information modeling (BIM) software to create a 3D graphic model. This approach offered numerous advantages in cost savings and scheduling. BIM allowed contractors and designers to compile information quickly and share it easily among all parties.
LOS ANGELES — AECOM Technology Corporation announced that its project, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Sustainability Base (Building N232) in Moffett Field, Calif., won two awards for sustainability and innovation. The project won the 2010 U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Award for Green Innovation and the 2010 San Jose Silicon Valley Award for Best Green Public Structure. The project has also been submitted for the 2011 U.S. Presidential GreenGov Award and was featured in the White House press release “GreenGov Success Stories.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, released the 2011 edition of the National Transportation Atlas Databases (NTAD). The 2011 edition features updated datasets from last year’s NTAD and premieres the Customs and Border Protection's Border Crossing Database with data spatially enhanced by BTS.
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.