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Autodesk BIM Strategy Incorporates Broader Geographies

December 16, 2012 - in Interview

Autodesk has been hard at work to develop products that contribute to sustainable design within many of its divisions. Matt Ball spoke with Phil Bernstein, Autodesk vice president of AEC Industry Strategy and Relations, about the current state of sustainable…

The “Social Network” of Machines

December 6, 2012 - in Column

The past decade has clearly been the era of social networks, with revolutionary impact on nearly everything, from social behaviour to mapping and response…

The "Social Network" of Machines

December 6, 2012 - in Column

The past decade has clearly been the era of social networks, with revolutionary impact on nearly everything, from social behaviour to mapping and response…

Interior Location and Mapping: Prompted by Innovations that Improve Position and Navigation

December 2, 2012 - in Feature, Featured

Imagine if the mapping of the interior of buildings would have benefitted from the explosive growth of navigation that has come from ubiquitous GPS receivers. Decades of GPS position and tracking data have greatly improved the mapping of our world, but unfortunately…

Smarter Driving Key to Sustainable Transportation Planning

November 26, 2012 - in Feature, Featured, Transportation

In the popular mind, smarter, greener, and more sustainable transportation is generally equated with mega-projects like high speed rail, light rail, long tunnels for rail transport and, well, new subways and other versions of railway transportation. London’s…

Achieving Model-Based Design for the Smart Grid

November 12, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Sensors

Smart Meters and SCADA Contribute a Big Data Perspective Smart meters and intelligent electronic devices provide granular data about the state of the utility network in near real-time. The availability of such data is in no small part what is making the smart…

Autodesk Embraces Model-First Approach Across Products

November 12, 2012 - in Interview

Autodesk has been hard at work to add more cross-product integration to their portfolio to make it easier to incorporate model-based design throughout various workflows. The aim is to make it easy to transition that design work, and their Infrastructure Modeler…

Sewer Heat Recovery Provides Low-Cost Recycled Energy

October 24, 2012 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Water

In every urban area, heat that humans have generated to shower, wash clothes, cook, and so on flows underground — in the sewers, making them very warm. Today, sewers represent the largest source of heat leakage in buildings. Even toilet water, which is at…

Trimble Builds on SketchUp as Both a Platform and Solutions

October 22, 2012 - in Interview

Trimble has been on an acquisition streak in the geospatial technology market for some time, particularly in the surveying and construction arena. The acquisition of SketchUp from Google caught many by surprise, with much speculation on the plan. Informed…

Examining the Concept of Informed Infrastructure

October 18, 2012 - in Column

While later columns will most often look at the details, I thought this first column should be devoted to the variety of concepts that might be attributed to Informed Infrastructure. Clearly it goes beyond the site’s byline of “Extending design to include…