CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — Computer scientists at MIT and the National University of Ireland (NUI) at Maynooth have developed a mapping algorithm that creates dense, highly detailed 3D maps of indoor and outdoor environments in real time. The researchers tested their algorithm on videos taken with a low-cost Kinect camera, including one that explores the serpentine halls and stairways of MIT’s Stata Center. Applying their mapping technique to these videos, the researchers created rich, 3D maps as the camera explored its surroundings.
ATLANTA — Tekla announced Tekla BIMsight 1.8, the latest version of its free, easy-to-use software tool for building information modeling (BIM) project coordination. This new release augments Tekla’s existing BIM communication features for construction and design professionals.
XPSTORM (with XP2D) performed strongly in the latest round of 2D benchmarking tests conducted on behalf the UK Environment Agency. This TUFLOW powered, integrated 1D and 2D hydraulic/hydrology software is used extensively throughout the world. The Environment Agency’s latest tests have confirmed that it is a strong newcomer to hydraulic modelling in the UK.
SANDY, UTAH — Azteca Systems Inc. introduced Cityworks Analytics, a tool to quickly realize the value in work and asset management data accumulated over time. With multiple levels of functionality and an in-memory, real-time reporting engine, Cityworks Analytics provides users with the ability to set and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), view results in map or tabular format, and share summarized information throughout their organization.
SAN FRANCISCO — Following its acquisition of technology assets from Colorado-based Get The Point, LLC, Autodesk, Inc. introduced Autodesk Point Layout, new software for layout at construction sites. Autodesk Point Layout automatically creates points from BIM and CAD models within Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD and Autodesk Navisworks software. The point data drives robotic total station hardware, such as Topcon’s line of positioning systems and related hand-held devices or tablets, to give contractors and sub-contractors laser-guided pinpoint accuracy for the placement and verification of building elements.
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS — Red Seat Software, a Structural Engineering Software Solutions Provider for S-FRAME Software, Inc. and Tilt-Up Design Systems, LLC, announced the availability of an online video that illustrates the bi-directional link capability found between S-FRAME Structural Office R11.00.15 and Tekla Structures. The video, created by S-FRAME Software, shows the capabilities, along with utilizing how S-FRAME Structural Office interoperates with design definition existing in Tekla.
A nationwide group of Building Information Modeling users, known as the BIMForum, released the first-of-its kind standard establishing definitions for how complete Building Information Models (BIMs) need to be for different stages of the design and construction process. The new standard, known as the Level of Development Specifications (LOD), was developed under an agreement with the American Institute of Architects. The standard allows everyone involved with construction projects to clearly articulate how detailed model elements for the different building systems are or need to be throughout the design and construction process.
TAMPA, FLA. — Atkins first-ever app for evaluating flood risk, FloodMap Mobile, is now available free via the Apple App Store, the Android app store, and the Windows Phone Store. To help communicate flood risk and help citizens take mitigation action, Atkins said its FloodMap Mobile smart phone app is the most comprehensive in its class for users to understand their personal risk exposure and how to get help. The app provides flood risk information on demand based on the user’s location or entered address. It also offers an individual risk report customized for that address, which can be emailed and shared.
SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk, Inc. is expanding its portfolio of technology for Building Information Modeling (BIM) for infrastructure following the completion of the acquisition of certain technology assets from two UK-based software companies. From Bestech Systems Limited, Autodesk has acquired technology including Sam, a suite of software modules for loading, analysis, and design of small- and medium-span bridges. From Savoy Computing Services Ltd, Autodesk has acquired technology including AutoTrack, a suite of software for vehicle swept path analysis and the design of parking areas and roundabouts. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed.
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.
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.