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Change Leader Interview: Introducing Standards to Automate Multi-Unit Construction

April 5, 2015 - in Interview

Prescient is a company that takes a technology-centric approach to standardize the building of cold-rolled steel, multi-unit construction. The company has model-based design software as well as an automated factory that churns out framing components for multi-unit…

Change Leader: Standardization Shakes Up Steel Multi-Unit Construction

April 5, 2015 - in Profile

John Vanker is founder and CEO of Prescient, a design technology and automated manufacturing company that takes a new approach to model-based design and…

Transforming What Was Wet and Wasted in Wayzata

April 5, 2015 - in Feature

Declining Mall Redeveloped to Native Wetland Conditions   By James W. Tiggelaar, PE, CCS, LEED AP   The city of Wayzata, Minn., on the north shore…

BIM Scores at San Jose Earthquakes’ New Stadium

April 5, 2015 - in Feature, Structural components

Designed to provide the best possible experience for Major League Soccer fans, Avaya Stadium is among the world’s most technically and structurally advanced stadiums. By Edgar Enchano When flying into the San Jose International Airport, you can’t help…

Consider the Benefits of Mobile LiDAR for Transportation Projects

April 4, 2015 - in Feature

Mobile LiDAR has become an effective solution for rapid data collection in recent years. For example, using mobile LiDAR imaging, the Utah Department of Transportation recently undertook a groundbreaking inventory of numerous roadway assets. Laser scanning…

Mobile LiDAR Proves Cost Effective for Pavement Mapping

April 4, 2015 - in Feature

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has used low-altitude mapping photography (LAMP), typically flown at 300 feet above mean terrain (AMT) via a helicopter, as a base for photogrammetry projects requiring high-accuracy pavement mapping…

March – April 2015 Infrastructure SHOWCASE

April 4, 2015 - in Showcase

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois holds an annual “Excellence in Structural Engineering” awards program, which recognizes creative achievement in structural engineering via innovative structural designs as well as individual contributions…

Executive Corner: A/E Industry Consolidation, Let the Good Times Roll

April 4, 2015 - in Column

It seems like almost every day, another merger or acquisition is announced between two architecture, engineering (A/E) or environmental-consulting firms. And although the global mega combinations such as URS-AECOM and Parsons Brinckerhoff-WSP draw the most…

Infrastructure Outlook: The Age of the Engineer

April 4, 2015 - in Column

Several years ago, I was talking to a friend who said, “Bill, if mankind is going to be around in 250 years, it will be because engineers make it so.” It was an intriguing concept. Certainly, our planet is being asked to support an ever-growing human population…

Managing the Model: “We Can Do It Faster the Old Way”

April 1, 2015 - in Column, Modeling

I've been hearing the title of this column, in one form or another, from engineering and architectural design firms for more than 20 years. I hear it from drafters, designers, engineers, architects, principals and owners, and it's usually in response to why…