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Infrastructure Showcase: Co-Winners of the 2016 Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award

January 3, 2017 - in Articles, Featured, Showcase

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) announced co-winners of the fifth annual Sidney Freedman Craftsmanship Award, which recognizes PCI-certified plants for excellence in manufacturing and craftsmanship of architectural precast and glass fiber-reinforced…

Collect Data Once, Use Whenever Needed: Mobile-Mapping Systems Create Quick and Detailed 3D Models of Infrastructure

January 2, 2017 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

Complete mobile-mapping systems combine sensory information into 3D models that include point clouds, imagery and geolocated data that can be used for…

Final Thoughts: The Tools Are Nothing Without the Engineer

December 19, 2016 - in Articles, Column

In the September/October 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure, I described showing up for my first day of work back in the early 1970s with my slide…

A Scenic, Secure Thriller: Elk Falls Park Suspension Bridge Provides Sensitive Access to Canadian Treasure

December 19, 2016 - in Articles, Featured

By Angus W. Stocking, L.S. Elk Falls, beautifully cascading for 89 feet (27 meters), is the centerpiece of Elk Falls Provincial Park on Vancouver Island. By all accounts, it’s one of Canada’s most-scenic waterfalls, but for most of the park’s existence,…

From the Editor: Celebrating the Work We Do

December 19, 2016 - in Articles, Column

Timing is everything, and I couldn’t have timed my joining Informed Infrastructure any better. The AEC industry continues to grow at a rapid rate, and the key technologies such as BIM, reality capture and even virtual and augmented reality are finally growing…

BIM Breakthrough: Historic Grand Paris Express Employs BIM on Monumental Scale

December 6, 2016 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

When the original Paris Metro system was built more than a century ago, it connected all the most vital parts of the city. But Paris has changed a lot in 116 years. Now outlying neighborhoods are home to Europe’s largest business district, the world’s…

Engineer Spotlight: Differentiate Your Business to Achieve Success

December 5, 2016 - in Articles, Column

As a brief personal background, I created RAM International back in 1998, which was one of the first companies to incorporate an entire building model into one dataset with a Windows interface, setting the stage for a lot of the AEC technology that exists…

Optimizing Time with VDC:Steel

December 5, 2016 - in Articles, Feature, Featured

By Josh Zimmerman Project teams are beginning to integrate services inhouse, including steel fabrication, to optimize overall cost and shorten timelines. In the past, the steel fabricator hired a detailing firm, who then created its own model and set of drawings.…

Structural Solutions: Proper Communication – Engineers Need It Just Like Everyone Else

December 5, 2016 - in Articles, Column

I’m sure there are many readers of this column who can remember when the telephone was the only substitute for an in-person meeting—it wasn’t that long ago. Today, we have myriad ways to communicate through the internet: talking to multiple people at…

Future Forward Interview: Learn from Nature to Build Smarter Infrastructure

December 2, 2016 - in Interview

Anil Ahuja, P.E., is a seasoned engineering professional and author of the recently released book, Integration of Nature and Technology for Smart Cities, which explores trends and paradigms in the smart building and smart city sectors, offering a new approach…