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Autodesk Uses their Tools to Visualize the Hyperloop

Jordan Brandt, technology futurist at Autodesk, came up with a concept proposal for how the Hyperloop could be built, taking advantage of the expertise of his many colleagues and using Autodesk software. The concept of the Hyperloop, a high-speed intra-city…

Wearable Computing and the Internet of Things

September 11, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

It is hard to go anywhere now and not see individuals or whole crowds of people staring at their “device”. I was walking past an outdoor café the…

Does the term GIS mean anything at all?

August 1, 2013 - in Column, Modeling

I have recently been reading a series of national and state GIS articles and user needs documents, all of which talk about the need for a National GIS…

Autodesk Takes an Integrated Workflow Approach to Infrastructure Projects

July 16, 2013 - in Featured, Interview, Modeling

Increasingly, Autodesk is focused on connecting the different pieces within their Infrastructure Design Suite to better facilitate and coordinate the work being done across the lifecycle of infrastructure projects. Informed Infrastructure (I2) editor Matt…

Pitney Bowes Refocuses on the Operational Intelligence of Location

June 10, 2013 - in Analysis, Interview

Pitney Bowes teamed with Autodesk in January of 2012 to bring their GIS and BIM/CAD products more closely together. The partnership has been focused on technology integration, and has rolled out several  solutions, including one focused on state and local…

Indoor Location: The Mobile Revolution Starts Now

June 6, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

The future of mobile location-based services lies in its rapid adoption of indoor technologies. For more than 20 years, the use of global positioning system, or GPS, has been the gold standard for outdoor navigation. The satellite-based navigation system has…

Hitting the Point: A Simple Guideline for Contracting 3D Mapping Professionals

May 24, 2013 - in Column, Modeling

Recently, a few technologically specific themes have surfaced in the contemporary business world that all of us can relate to. Whether you are a surveyor, engineer, analyst, or somewhere in gray the topics of “the cloud”, “big data”, and “data mining”…

DataAppeal Makes Data Visualization Accessible

May 15, 2013 - in Analysis, Interview

There’s a great deal of change regarding how we monitor, analyze and understand our urban environments, and the volume of data that we can now access is central to this trend. However, not everyone that has data has the skill to unlock insight, and this…

Model-based Design Powers China Dam Construction

April 30, 2013 - in Energy, Feature, Featured, Modeling

Harnessing power from moving water has the benefit of slowing and controlling flow in order to prevent natural disasters, providing water for human consumption and crop irrigation, slowing soil erosion, and supplying clean power. Hydropower is a low-cost source…

Sensor Sensibility: Communications Design Considerations for Energy Efficiency

April 17, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

One of the key design constraints in the deployment of a sensor network is the optimization of power consumption and energy efficiency. A problem familiar to those working with embedded devices is the need to eke out every possible capability while working…