Hello, and welcome to this Infrastructure-themed GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Bentley Systems and Informed Infrastructure magazine.
Today’s Top Story is Autodesk University, which was held in early December in Las Vegas, with more than 10,000 attendees. I wasn’t able to go this year, unfortunately, but here are several bits of news from the event:
Panoramic Power is collaborating with Autodesk on joint product development that combines Panoramic Power’s device-level energy platform with Autodesk’s cloud-based BIM portfolio.
Speaking of which, Autodesk unveiled new cloud-based collaboration services for the building industries. The A360 Collaboration for Revit connects building project teams with centralized access to BIM project data in the cloud, and Field Assets for InfraWorks 360 introduces cloud-based infrastructure asset management to owners and operators.
And Autodesk made its design, engineering and entertainment software free to students, instructors and academic institutions worldwide. According to Carl Bass, Autodesk’s CEO, “The way we make things is changing rapidly, and we need a workforce ready to design for new manufacturing and construction techniques.”
That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this brief message.
Informed Infrastructure and Bentley Systems have partnered to present a V1 Media Continuing Education Webcast titled “Structural Steel Fabrication Package: A Paradigm Shift.”
This Webcast will discuss a proof of concept for how structural engineers can change the way steel is delivered to a project. Construction schedules can be shortened by weeks, RFIs and change orders can virtually be eliminated, and the shop preferences of the fabricator can be incorporated to maximize the efficiency of the entire delivery system. Case studies will be presented to support this new process.
The Webcast will be held Thursday, December 18th, at 1 p.m. Eastern, and Continuing Education Credits from AIA are available. You can find a link to the Webcast at the Informed Infrastructure Web site, or click on the text immediately after this broadcast.
According to the “Urban Water Blueprint,” a report from The Nature Conservancy, one way to help bridge the gap between growing urban areas and their water needs is to better understand where cities’ water comes from.
The largest 100 cities in the world, with more than 800 million people, cover less than 1 percent of Earth’s land area, but their source watersheds cover more than 12 percent. By targeting infrastructure improvements to these particular city watersheds, hundreds of millions of people can experience better water quality.
In industry headlines, Topcon Positioning Group released its Topcon eXchange software add-on for AutoCAD Civil 3D civil-engineering design software, which converts AutoCAD Civil 3D design data into files compatible with Topcon 3D construction solutions as well as the MAGNET software system.
Neste Jacobs partnered with Intergraph to use its solutions in engineering and construction for oil and gas, petrochemical and biotechnology fields.
Intergraph also released CADWorx 2015, its AutoCAD-based solution for plant design and automation, which now allows file viewing and sharing on iPads. And Mott MacDonald is using Intergraph SmartPlant solutions across its oil and gas business.
For today’s Final Thought, I’ll close with a few clips from the Autodesk University opening keynote, captured from a live Web stream, so please forgive some pixellation:
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