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Managing the Model: What is a “model”?

February 21, 2015 - in Articles, Column

Got a minute? I have a question for you: What is a “model”? No, I don’t mean the attractive people we see in ads and movies. And no, I don’t mean a scale replica of an SR-70 Blackbird, Godzilla or the Santa Maria, although these are a bit closer to…

Infrastructure Outlook: Plotting Directions for Civil Infrastructure

February 14, 2015 - in Column

There have been major breakthroughs in the civil infrastructure industry, with reality capture and advancements in 3-D modeling, analytics and software…

Executive Corner: Managing by the Numbers

February 14, 2015 - in Column

Although the pages of this magazine are largely devoted to the technical aspects of design and construction, this column will focus on the challenges…

Oversite: Staying Informed Requires Constant Attention

February 14, 2015 - in Column

This inaugural issue of Informed Infrastructure marks a progression from an online community to a print publication. This non-traditional trajectory is warranted given the increased interest in our areas of coverage, the revolutionary change that is taking…

Developing a Stormwater Trash Control Strategy

January 23, 2015 - in Column, Stormwater, Water

There are many types of trash and debris found in stormwater and they each have an effect on our environment and infrastructure.  If your community is interested in developing a trash control strategy, here are six key points that should be considered:1.   …

Sustainable Design and Green Building Standards Revised

December 11, 2014 - in Column

With energy resources depleting at an alarming rate, architects and engineers worldwide have realized the need to have energy and sustainable building design to ensure that a structure is eco-friendly and energy efficient. The U.S. Green building Council and…

Preparing Today’s Students to Create a Smarter Tomorrow

There is a great deal of buzz in recent years about the concept of “Smarter Cities.” Despite increasing numbers moving to urban areas, there is significant concern that our nation’s infrastructure still ranks woefully behind the rest of the world in…

Three Ideas That Are Likely to Change the Way DOTs Work

It has been 100 years since the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, or AASHTO, was conceived by visionary leaders. In this significant anniversary year, we acknowledge innovations and achievements that have changed the way transportation…

Technology-Enabled Organizational Efficiency with Greater Field-to-Office Connectivity

October 27, 2014 - in Column, Modeling, Surveying/Mapping

Higher efficiency and quality are equally needed across different industries. The global financial crisis has tightened its grip on professionals and organizations in almost all fields. As a result, several economic and environmental challenges are at play.…

Scan to BIM Still Requires Expert Modelers

September 18, 2014 - in Column, Design/Engineering, Modeling

It is interesting how an entire 3D space can be scanned into a point could model, replete with intrinsic geometry details. This technology is popularly and very efficiently used to represent the ‘As built’ environment for both new buildings and refurbishment/renovation…