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.
REDLANDS, CALIF. — Two new technical certification examinations are now available from Esri. ArcGIS Desktop Developer Associate and Enterprise System Design Associate join the growing list of certifications that validate technical expertise in Esri's desktop, developer, and enterprise software.
The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) seeks public comment on Version 1.1 of the OGC City Geography Markup Language (CityGML) Encoding Standard (www.opengeospatial.org/standards/citygml). CityGML is an open information model and XML-based encoding for the representation, storage, and exchange of virtual 3D city models.
SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk Inc. released Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler 2012 software for conceptual design and AutoCAD Utility Design 2012 software for electric utility design, two new additions to the Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure portfolio for planning, designing, building, and managing more sustainable infrastructure. These new products complement the Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2012, to help industry professionals increase efficiency and remove waste from their processes.
QUAKERTOWN, PA. — Synergis Software released the latest version of its Adept product family. Adept 2011 delivers advanced vault replication, two classes of web clients, and integration with Microsoft SharePoint. According to the company, it improves global enterprise collaboration on critical engineering projects while providing a unified view of data and documents to all stakeholders.
EXTON, PA. — Bentley is partnering with CMC Steel Products for a series of seminars, including a presentation by the American Institute of Steel Construction. According to the company, these complimentary, four-hour events are fast paced and full of useful industry updates. By attending one of the free seminars, attendees will earn 4.0 PDH credits. In addition, each attendee will receive complimentary CMC SMARTBEAM design software.
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.