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Sensor Sensibility: Project Planning and Deployment Considerations

November 6, 2013 - in Column, Sensors

The wireless sensor network is fundamentally a distributed network of constrained devices. There are a host of considerations that must be taken into account when planning and implementing a wireless sensor network – considerations that are often overlooked…

Bentley Systems Aids Project Efficiency with Point Cloud Integration

October 24, 2013 - in Interview, Modeling

Bentley Systems has a tagline of, “Sustaining the World’s Infrastructure,” and an aligned toolset that has made inroads in the efficiency and performance…

China’s Smart City Concept Comes Together

October 17, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Smart Cities

China is in the midst of an urban planning boom for "smart cities" across the country with 193 trial cities approved and under development. Acknowledging…

Workflow Review: Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Improves the Rules and Model-based Approach for a Transportation Infrastructure Project

There’s an ongoing transition taking place within the CAD/GIS/BIM software space, with accelerated convergence of functionalities and greater interoperability between these different foundational tools. Similarly, roles within the architecture, engineering…

ikeGPS Brings Laser Measurement to the Smartphone

October 6, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Products, Sensors

ikeGPS, makers of field measurement technology and solutions for utilities, has unveiled a new product that attaches to a smartphone in order to take laser measurements. The specifications and background about the new Spike device has been posted as a Kickstarter…

Visualizing Christchurch in 3D Key to Reconstruction

October 4, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Renewal/Retrofit

The devastating earthquakes in Christchurch in the Canterbury region of New Zealand in Sept. 2010 and Feb. 2011 are still being broadly felt. The devastation in the country's second largest city were profound with the city center and several neighborhoods…

Euclideon’s Geoverse Promises to Revolutionise 3D Point Cloud Viewing

September 25, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Modeling

Brisbane-based Euclideon Unlimited has recently launched Geoverse, a 3D point cloud visualisation software that promises unlimited point cloud viewing. The impressive ability to quickly navigate terabytes of pointcloud data comes from innovations that started…

Mapping the Maya: Technology Integration Captures Cultural Heritage

September 18, 2013 - in Feature, Featured, Modeling

To set the stage of this essay I would ask each reader to think back to a time in their life when they were asked “what do I want to do when I grow up?” This simple but powerful question has been recurrent for centuries with varying answers, to the demise…

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 other day and noticed that every single person on the patio was engaged in texting, searching and scanning.…