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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…

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…

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.…

Bridging the Gap Between Inspections and Decisions

August 27, 2015 - in Bridges, Feature, Featured

Bridge safety hasn’t always been top of mind for legislators in the United States. The impetus for creating standards and collecting information on how structurally sound the bridges in this country was the collapse of the Silver Bridge in 1967, which spanned…

Stormwater Management for the Innovation Center of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

August 12, 2015 - in Featured, Projects, Stormwater

The Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center, located in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) in downtown Buffalo, NY, is a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building with a collaborative environment designed to foster innovation and creativity.…

Self-Propelled Bridges: Offsite Superstructure Construction Reduces Interruption

August 11, 2015 - in Bridges, Feature, Featured

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is in the midst of a major project to rebuild the I-94 North-South freeway, one of the state’s most frequently used roadways. The freeway is being widened to eight lanes from the Wisconsin/Illinois border…

Drought Raises the Urgency of Stormwater Retention Solutions

August 11, 2015 - in Feature, Featured, Stormwater

Offsetting Impervious Surface Helps Recharge for the Next Emergency The state of emergency in California due to the drought continues to compound as there is little change in rain and snow patterns in the forecast. The issue is bigger than drying streams and…

Realigning the Future of Torrington, WY

August 11, 2015 - in Featured, Projects

A town of 7,000 residents of Torrington, WY has found itself surrounded and bisected by trains for nearly 30 years. The BNSF railroad runs through the middle of the town, resulting in no less than five public at-grade crossings throughout town. One of the…

Connected Traffic—Learning from Smartphones to Develop Smart Cities

August 6, 2015 - in Design/Engineering, Feature, Featured

Compared to other industries, transportation technology is like the car that stalls when the light turns green. Traffic is whizzing by on both sides, but we’re just sitting still, watching the future move forward without us. It’s not too late, however,…

Intelligent Models for Roadways—A New Way to Work

August 6, 2015 - in Feature, Featured

When COWI Norway began planning and designing a major new portion of the E16 highway project for the Norwegian Public Road Administration (NPRA), it chose to employ a building information modeling (BIM) process for all preliminary design, including roads,…