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Infrastructure Modeler: Autodesk’s Visual Model Management Tool

When Autodesk first released their conceptual design tool for infrastructure as a technical preview through Autodesk Labs, the need for the software was quickly validated when more than 5,000 customers downloaded it and immediately began working with it. The…

The Trust for Public Lands Launches ParkScore

Today, the Trust for Public Lands has launched a rigorous ranking of the top city park systems among the 40 largest U.S. cities. The park rating system…

Hexagon’s Acquisition of myVR Provides Mobile 3D Model Viewing

May 22, 2012 - in Corporate, Featured, Modeling

Hexagon AB today announced the acquisition of myVR, provider of software for photorealistic 2D, 3D, and 360-degree visualization of interactive maps over…

Hexagon's Acquisition of myVR Provides Mobile 3D Model Viewing

May 22, 2012 - in Corporate, Featured, Modeling

Hexagon AB today announced the acquisition of myVR, provider of software for photorealistic 2D, 3D, and 360-degree visualization of interactive maps over low-bandwidth connections. The Norwegian company compresses large 3D models for viewing on many platforms,…

Informing Design

May 16, 2012 - in Column, Design/Engineering, Featured

Geographic information systems (GIS) technology and design have long been intertwined, hard to separate, and competitive. Born from landscape architecture, GIS was seen as the place for mapping, planning, and analysis, while computer-aided design (CAD) was…

Trimble Breaks Ground and Uses Their Own Integrated Products for Construction

Today, Trimble broke ground on a new operations center in Westminster, Colo., with Gov. John Hickenlooper one of many to turn a shovel. The event was presided over by Steven Berglund, president and CEO of the company, who asserted that while the company is…

Transgranular Perspiration is Not Sandy Sweat: New Discoveries in Ceramic Tiles at smartgeometry 2012

Since the early 2000s, the smartgeometry conferences have been held in venues as august and varied as San Francisco, London, Barcelona, and Copenhagen. At first glance, Troy, New York—this year's location—seems a little out of place in that lineup, but…

Point Clouds Emerge from the Shadows, No Longer ‘Always the Bridesmaid’

May 7, 2012 - in Column, Featured

How do you know when a new technology reaches maturity? When everyone knows what it is? When everyone uses it? When it is no longer the subject of special conversations, conferences, articles etc.? I am not sure, I don’t have the answer; this is not a rhetorical…

Point Clouds Emerge from the Shadows, No Longer 'Always the Bridesmaid'

May 7, 2012 - in Column, Featured

How do you know when a new technology reaches maturity? When everyone knows what it is? When everyone uses it? When it is no longer the subject of special conversations, conferences, articles etc.? I am not sure, I don’t have the answer; this is not a rhetorical…

Geospatial Technology in 5 to 10 years

May 7, 2012 - in Column, Featured

I was asked to write this forward-looking piece for the United Nations Programme on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM), which is an inter-governmental mechanism to consult on issues related to global geospatial information. Contributors were asked…