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Creating Real-time Navigable 3D Infrastructure Models

February 15, 2016 - in Design/Engineering, Feature, Featured, Modeling

Designing successful infrastructure projects is one thing. Communicating and demonstrating those designs to clients and other stakeholders before construction is another. Bringing a design to life for people without a civil engineering background is always…

Rethinking Rail Signal Design

February 12, 2016 - in Feature, Featured, Rail

Global consulting engineering firm Hatch Mott MacDonald had used a conventional CAD-based system to design rail signal systems when serving its public…

Wetlands Worth their Weight

January 31, 2016 - in Feature, Featured

Monitoring, Managing and Protecting Ecological Powerhouses “Wetland” is a generic term covering a wide variety of habitats that are wet for at least…

Miami’s Stunning New Shark Tank

January 31, 2016 - in Feature, Featured

Digitally Fabricated Formwork Achieves Efficiency and Precision PROJECT: Gulf Stream Tank at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, Fla. Size: 135 feet in diameter and 35 feet deep with more than 9,000 square feet of tank surface area holding…

Infrastructure Showcase: ACI’s Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards

January 31, 2016 - in Showcase

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) recognized 11 winners at its 2015 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Gala during the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition held Nov. 9, 2015, in Denver. The awards honor the most-creative projects in the concrete…

Structural Solutions: Engineering without a Net

January 31, 2016 - in Column

I was flipping around the cable channels a while back and happened across a show about “The Flying Wallendas.” I had heard of the Wallendas as a kid, but I didn’t realize they had been performing since the late 1700s, a remarkable seven generations.…

Managing the Model: Why Do A/E Firms Hate BIM?

January 31, 2016 - in Column

It’s possible that “hate” in this column’s title is too strong a sentiment—perhaps “have indifference toward BIM” is more appropriate. I spend a lot of time talking to owners and department managers at A/E firms, and a common chorus I repeatedly…

Executive Corner: Five Takeaways on 2015 A/E M&A Activity

January 31, 2016 - in Column

Fueled by cheap debt, a restless and activist investor climate, and a desire to accelerate growth through economies of scale and efficiencies, global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) across all industries hit an all-time high in 2015. In fact, this year…

Oversite: Reaching into the Future

January 31, 2016 - in Column

  An important part of our mission at Informed Infrastructure is to act as a resource on current practice as well as what readers can expect in the future. We do this in every issue with our “Future Forward” profile, which provides a window into applied…

Legislative Action Interview: Q&A with U.S. House Chair of Transportation and Infrastructure

January 31, 2016 - in Interview

Before the 2015 holiday recess, Congress came together on long-term transportation funding. Informed Infrastructure reached out to Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to get his feedback on this…