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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…

Winter Storm May Cause Problems for East Coast Energy Infrastructure

January 22, 2016 - in Corporate, Energy, Planning

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s ( www.eia.gov ) new “Today in Energy” brief looks at how you can track which power plants, oil refineries,…

Statoil Signs New Multiyear Agreement with AVEVA for AVEVA Everything3D

Cambridge, UK, Jan. 19, 2015—AVEVA today announced that it has entered a multiyear agreement with Statoil ASA for AVEVA Everything3D (AVEVA E3D). The…

Autodesk Speaks to the Disruption in Construction #AU2015

December 1, 2015 - in Construction, Event Coverage, Featured

Stacy Scopano, senior industry strategy manager for construction at Autodesk, spoke to a packed room this morning about disruptions in construction and the future of making things. Construction attendance is increasing at AU with 1,100 people this year as…

Designing Infrastructure with Resilience from Disruptions and Disasters

September 30, 2014 - in Design/Engineering, Modeling, Projects

When infrastructure is resilient, it is able to bounce back after a disruption at an acceptable cost and speed. When resilient infrastructure is interdependent, cascading failures between infrastructure systems may be eased or possibly even avoided. This ideal…

Can Cities Manage Disruptive Technology?

May 30, 2014 - in Maintenance

“More than ever in history, a successful city thrives on the kind of disruption new technology brings,” said New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio last week, but the sentiment has been expressed by many public officials, particularly when they are trying to…

Saskatchewan Utilities Work to Reduce Damage to Buried Lines

March 10, 2014 - in Energy, Maintenance, Projects

SaskPower, SaskEnergy and SaskTel say they are expanding efforts in 2014 to reduce the number of incidents where damage occurs to buried power, natural gas and telecom lines. The three Crown utilities say they have seen, on average, a rising trend of infrastructure…

The Business Case for a Resilient City

September 3, 2013 - in Smart Cities

Resilience – the ability to withstand, bounce back from, and emerge stronger from shocks and stresses – is a trait that cities can learn. Resilient systems have five components, in good times and times of stress: the capacity for robust feedback loops…

Why the U.S. Power Grid’s Days Are Numbered

August 30, 2013 - in Energy

There are 3,200 utilities that make up the U.S. electrical grid, the largest machine in the world. These power companies sell $400 billion worth of electricity a year, mostly derived from burning fossil fuels in centralized stations and distributed over 2.7…

What are the Implications of Autonomous Vehicles?

July 12, 2013 - in Transportation

As scientists and car companies forge ahead — many expect self-driving cars to become commonplace in the next decade — researchers, city planners and engineers are contemplating how city spaces could change if our cars start doing the driving for us. There…