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March 20, 2014

» ISA unveils mobile app for automation professionals   International Society of Automation

 Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The International Society of Automation (ISA) launched InTech Plus, a mobile app for the Apple iPad that enables automation professionals to rapidly access, scan and digest a diverse range of technical and educational content — and utilize valuable tools and calculators — through a highly interactive and inviting format.


» Surveyors deliver first exact 3D scan of the Mont Blanc ice cap   Leica Geosystems Inc.

 Heerbrugg, Switzerland — Reaching the top of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak, is a formidable challenge even to the most experienced alpinists — not only because of its elevation, but also because of its weather conditions. Strong winds and snowfall at the summit constantly cause altitude changes to the summit’s ice and snow cap. Such changes motivate expert surveyors to try out the latest in measurement technology, like the Chartered Land Surveyors located in the Upper Savoy region in France as well as two surveyors from Leica Geosystems France. For their seventh expedition, they decided to make the first ever 3D laser scan of the shape and volume of this legendary glacier using the Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation.


» American Electric Power chooses Bentley Substation to increase design efficiencies, improve collaboration   Bentley Systems Inc.

Exton, Pa. — Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, chose to enhance its electric substation design practices with Bentley Substation. 


» Oldcastle Precast’s Storm Capture System now available for modeling with HydroCAD’s Chamber Wizard   Oldcastle Precast

 Littleton, Colo. — HydroCAD has incorporated Oldcastle Precast's concrete Storm Capture Module System into its software, which is a computer-aided design tool used by civil engineers, starting with version "HydroCAD 10.00 build 11". Storm Capture, a total stormwater management system, has many solutions for detention, retention, treatment and harvesting that involve a combination of many parts designed to solve for storm water management needs.


» MicroSurvey releases next-generation survey drafting software   MicroSurvey

 West Kelowna, BC, Canada — MicroSurvey, the maker of MicroSurvey CAD and the MapScenes System, released MicroSurvey inCAD 2014 and MicroSurvey embeddedCAD 2014. MicroSurvey inCAD 2014 is a plugin that adds the MicroSurvey feature set to the latest Autodesk software — including AutoCAD 2014, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014, and AutoCAD Map 3D 2014 — to offer a complete survey drafting toolkit, including COGO, DTM, traversing, adjustments, volumes, contouring and more.


» Autodesk names Microsol Resources 2014 Americas Partner of the Year    Microsol Resources

 Las Vegas — Microsol Resources, an Autodesk Platinum Partner, was named by Autodesk as its Partner of the Year for the Americas for fiscal year 2014. This is the top honor awarded annually to an Autodesk partner and recognizes Microsol Resources for its outstanding achievements in delivering world-class service and technical expertise to customers throughout fiscal year 2014, exceeding expectations in sales, growth and other key measures.


March 6, 2014

» National Map and National Atlas merge   U.S. Geological Survey

Reston, Va. — During this year, National Atlas of the United States and The National Map will transition into a combined single source for geospatial and cartographic information. This transformation is projected to streamline access to maps, data and information from the USGS National Geospatial Program (NGP). This action will prioritize our civilian mapping role and consolidate core investments while maintaining top-quality customer service. 


» ASCENT- Center for Technical Knowledge launches interactive eLearning Bundles   Rand Worldwide

Framingham, Mass. — Rand Worldwide’s courseware division, ASCENT – Center for Technical Knowledge, will now offer its latest Autodesk Official Training Guides (AOTG), Creo courseware, and CATIA courseware in an online, self-paced eLearning format in addition to traditional guides and eBooks. This new self-serve, online training platform includes learning elements such as step-by-step procedures, hands-on exercises, and review questions that reinforce understanding to appeal to multiple learning styles. 


» 3D Laser Mapping offers visualization software   3D Laser Mapping

Nottingham, U.K. — 3D Laser Mapping announced new software that it said makes it much easier to access and view laser scanned data. The Arena 4D software provides a common reference frame for a wide variety of data sources including the billions of individual measurements captured by static laser scanners or mobile mapping systems – such as 3D Laser Mapping’s StreetMapper. This single ‘arena’ allows for the integration of multiple data types and formats, including all common LiDAR datasets, within an easy-to-use environment and without the need for, or expense of, specialist hardware. 


» Maptek invests in drone aircraft   Maptek

Adelaide, Australia — Maptek has made a significant investment in DroneMetrex, an Adelaide, Australia-based startup company that has developed new technology for aerial photogrammetric mapping from small drone aircraft. The DroneMetrex system allows users to collect vast amounts of high quality digital terrain data and imagery of unmatched quality and heighting accuracy for rapid assessment and integration of data into the day-to-day processes in industries such as mining, geospatial, agriculture, infrastructure management and other applications requiring highly accurate elevation data. 



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