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Better Data Builds Better Bridges

On August 1, 2007, when a section of an eight-lane bridge on Interstate 35W in downtown Minneapolis plummeted into the Mississippi River, killing more than a dozen people, Visiting Associate Professor Zhigang Shen—like many hearing the news—was appalled:…

Interior, Agriculture Departments Partner to Measure Conservation Impacts on Water Quality

October 22, 2014 - in Analysis, Planning, Projects, Water

ALTON, Ill., Oct. 21, 2014—The United States Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new partnership…

Smartphone App Could Enhance Urban Infrastructure

September 15, 2014 - in Planning, Transportation

While Strava was originally designed by its creators as a convenient means for urban athletes to record the particulars of their journeys on either…

Portland Transit Defines Data Access

June 22, 2014 - in Transportation

Days before TriMet hosts its first open-source "data hackathon," nine new mobile tools to help rider riders navigate Oregon's largest public transit system have popped up in the agency's App Center. Even amid budget and ridership troubles in recent years,…

Turning Sensor Data into Decisions in Chicago

June 22, 2014 - in Analysis, Sensors

Last year, in an ornate downtown Chicago ballroom, the seeds were planted for a new multidisciplinary research network with an ambitious purpose: to understand and improve cities. By mixing together experts in computer science, public health, education, architecture,…

Tracking Global Urbanization

June 20, 2014 - in Analysis, Corporate

The Atlas of Urban Expansion, a critical online resource for data and images tracking global urbanization, will be updated and expanded in a new 2015 edition to reflect the scope of large and fast-growing metropolitan areas around the world. At the World Urban…

Are Americans Making a Transportation Shift?

April 23, 2014 - in Analysis, Projects, Transportation

Scarcely a week seems to pass without a  new study or news story heralding a huge shift in how Americans are travelling. The number of miles each person drives annually has fallen each year since 2005. Americans took more than 10 billion trips by public transportation…

Weather Stations for Building Controls and Solar Energy

February 24, 2014 - in Corporate, Facility Management, Sensors

Gill Instruments, a world leader in ultrasonic weather monitoring systems, has expanded the MetPak multi-sensor weather station range with the introduction of a new Modbus connectivity. The new output feature has been introduced to provide industrial markets…

Harvesting Transparency with Location Intelligence

January 12, 2014 - in Column

Today government agencies at all levels are challenged with severe resource limitation, yet they are required to foster the quality of service they offer to their respective communities. The global financial crisis made it even more difficult for state and…

The UK’s Aggressive BIM Strategy Leads the World #YII2013

October 30, 2013 - in Event Coverage, Featured, Modeling

Mark Bew, chairman of HM Government BIM Working Group addressed the rail and transit group at Bentley Systems’ Year in Infrastructure Conference today in London. The United Kingdom is leading the world in their adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM)…