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Illuminating Above and Below: LiDAR and GPR Form a Dynamic Data-Collection Duo

September 30, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

Mobile mapping platforms that capture detailed 3D views of infrastructure with LiDAR sensors are on the rise as an accepted best practice, particularly for new projects that alter or add to existing infrastructure. The ability to survey and capture what exists…

Infrastructure Innovations: Virtual Reality as a Tool for Modern Business

September 30, 2015 - in Column

For a long time, the concept of virtual reality (VR) was relegated to science fiction and entertainment such as Star Trek or The Matrix. Although a holodeck…

September – October 2015 Infrastructure SHOWCASE: American Galvanizers Association

September 30, 2015 - in Showcase

The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Excellence in Hot-Dip Galvanizing Awards. More than 100 projects…

Executive Corner: The Dilemmas of A/E Family Ownership

September 30, 2015 - in Column

During the last several years, there has been increased consulting demand for ownership transition as well as mergers and acquisitions for family owned A/E and environmental-consulting firms. These inquiries have cut across the gamut of family ties: husband/wife-,…

Structural Solutions: The State of the Engineer Address

September 30, 2015 - in Column

Adversities and challenges, particularly when they don’t end well, provide the opportunity to reflect on decisions and figure out what happened. Governments have “state of the union” addresses that explain perceived difficulties in the market as well…

Strike a Balance: Moving from Smart Grids to Smart Operations

September 30, 2015 - in Column

As computing technology became more mainstream, smaller and more connected in the early years of the 21st century, the opportunity for a smart grid became achievable. More information accessed more quickly could only improve situational awareness and lead…

Managing the Model: Five Major Benefits of Using Modeling for Construction Projects

September 30, 2015 - in Column

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software has changed the way many companies work—there are extreme benefits to using BIM for construction projects and design. You likely know that BIM is an “intelligent” model that offers more-efficient collaborative…

Oversite: New Tools Measure and Model What Can’t Be Seen

September 30, 2015 - in Column

In every infrastructure project, whether renewal or new construction, there’s a need to gather a lot of site-specific information prior to embarking on preliminary design. The rigor and detail put into this process often can have high stakes for how successfully…

Ordnance Survey Ireland Creates an Authoritative National Spatial Data Infrastructure

September 25, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Ireland’s national mapping agency, has developed a standardized, authoritative digital referencing framework that enables consistent referencing and integration of national data related to location. This visionary framework,…

Autodesk Unveils Latest Releases of Civil Engineering Products

September 9, 2015 - in Event Coverage, Feature, Featured

Autodesk hosted a briefing for their mid-year product releases, detailing new InfraWorks  360 and Civil 3D features, productivity enhancements, and performance. Eric Chappell, community evangelist for InfraWorks 360 spoke about some of the new features released.…