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October 10, 2013

» Rand Secure Archive releases North American survey results on data governance   Rand Worldwide

FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — Rand Worldwide announced the results from its Rand Secure Archive (RandSA) division’s 2013 Rand Secure Archive Data Governance Survey. With average volumes for electronically stored data expected to increase in the next year between 26 and 50 percent, respondents from a wide range of industries across the United States and Canada clearly articulated the need for a formal approach to data governance within their organizations. In fact, 82 percent of respondents know they face external regulatory requirements, but 44 percent of respondents still don’t have a defined data governance policy. 

» Spicer Group expands service capabilities with the Leica Pegasus:One mobile mapping solution   Leica Geosystems

NORCROSS, GA. — Spicer Group Inc., based in Saginaw, Mich., is the first professional engineering, land surveying and planning services firm in North America to purchase the Pegasus:One mobile mapping solution. One of the largest surveying firms in Michigan, Spicer Group handles contracts for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) as well as numerous municipalities in Michigan. With the acquisition of the Pegasus:One mobile mapping solution, the firm will expand to serve a national client base, with a focus on both engineering-grade surveys and municipal asset inventory and management. 

» Hexagon acquires Airborne Hydrography AB   Hexagon AB

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — Hexagon AB entered into an agreement to acquire Airborne Hydrography AB (AHAB), a provider of airborne laser survey systems for hydrographic and topographic surveys. Founded in 2002 and based in Jönköping, Sweden, AHAB serves international survey companies and governmental organizations around the world, with hydrographic and topographic software and systems to map land, coastal zones and seafloors. 

» Tuck Mapping integrates Leica RCD30 camera with Applanix POSTrack   Leica Geosystems

NORCROSS, GA. — Tuck Mapping Solutions Inc. completed the first integration of a Leica RCD30 airborne camera with the Applanix POSTrack system. With technical support from Leica Geosystems and Applanix, Tuck Mapping contracted Lead’Air Inc. of Kissimmee, Fla., to perform most of the software upgrades and new cabling required to integrate the Leica digital camera with the POSTrack all-in-one GNSS-aided inertial direct georeferencing and flight management system. 

October 7, 2013

» Autodesk to acquire structural fabrication and detailing technology from Graitec   Autodesk Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk, Inc. signed a definitive agreement with the shareholders of Graitec to acquire certain technology assets, including Graitec’s Advance Steel and Advance Concrete product lines, and associated employees. The acquisition will enhance Autodesk’s current offerings for structural engineering and expand its portfolio of technology for Building Information Modeling (BIM) for structural fabrication and detailing. 

October 4, 2013

» FHWA Releases 2013 Version of Interactive Highway Safety Design Model   FHWA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Sept. 30, 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released version 9.0.0 of the Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM), a suite of software analysis tools for evaluating safety and operational effects of geometric design decisions. 

» Autodesk announces Excellence in Infrastructure 2013 award winners   Autodesk Inc.

SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. — Autodesk, Inc. and CGarchitect presented this year’s awards in the Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Competition. The annual competition, now in its second year, presents awards to projects that demonstrate an exemplary use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for civil infrastructure. 

» Bentley adds analysis and simulation software for floating platforms to portfolio   Bentley Systems Inc.

EXTON, PA. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated acquired the MOSES software business from Ultramarine, Inc. Used around the world, MOSES provides analysis and simulation software for complex projects involving the transportation and installation of offshore structures, including the launch of jackets and floatover of topsides. 

October 3, 2013

» Q&A: Year in Infrastructure 2013   Bentley Systems Inc.

The following interview with Ed Mueller, chief marketing officer, Bentley Systems, Incorporated, provides an overview of “The Year in Infrastructure 2013 Conference,” Oct. 29-31, in London. 

October 2, 2013

» Sefaira raises $9.2 million to accelerate growth   Sefaira

LONDON and NEW YORK — Sefaira, a provider of cloud-based energy efficiency software to help architects design high-performing buildings, announced that the company added more than 50 new architectural firms as customers in the third quarter, taking the total number of customers to more than 200. Using Sefaira, architects and other building designers can analyze and compare multiple building strategies, including defining, quantifying, and optimizing the energy, water, carbon and financial benefits of relevant design strategies. 

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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?

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Thursday, August 8th, 2013


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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.

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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:

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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.