Hello, and welcome to this Infrastructure-themed GeoSpatial Stream. I’m your host, Todd Danielson, and today’s Lead Sponsor is Bentley Systems.
Today’s Top Story is the U.S. Department of Transportation and its Fiscal-Year 2017 budget, which was announced by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in early February. President Obama is asking for $98.1 billion for the department, reflecting Foxx’s 30-year vision to take the United States “Beyond Traffic” and toward a transportation network that matches the changing geography of where people live and work; fosters innovation and adapts to evolving technology; and provides cleaner options and access to opportunity for people and communities across America.
Foxx also highlighted a $3.5 billion recommendation to advance the construction or completion of 31 rail, bus, rapid transit and streetcar projects in 18 states, which would create thousands of construction and operations-related jobs.
According to Fox, “Meeting future challenges will require a long-term vision for the transportation sector that includes more and cleaner options, and expands those options to communities across the country. This budget brings us closer to that vision.”
That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this interview clip from Bentley Systems Year In Infrastructure event.
The City of Los Angeles’ new GeoHub, created in collaboration with Esri, is one of the nation’s most complete collections of urban map data. GeoHub helps residents better understand their communities as well as city departments better coordinate construction, road paving and public-safety efforts.
According to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, “The GeoHub provides real-time access to all the data we need in one convenient place, allowing us to improve everything from pothole repair to 311 call times, make smarter urban-planning decisions, and make it easier for emergency responders to get to their next location.”
And Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief is seeking donations so it can do more work to help students in Nepal resume normal, safe lives after the April 2015 earthquake. More than 30,000 classrooms collapsed, and thousands more have been deemed unsafe. The Miyamoto non-profit engineered the repair and retrofit of this 18-classroom building, is working on four other schools now, and hopes to do as much future work as funding will allow.
In Industry Headlines, Autodesk’s InfraWorks 360 has been simplified and expanded while the price has come down. The newest release now includes the roadway, bridge and drainage modules with no additional charge or separate subscription.
Abvent introduced Twinmotion 2016, real-time visualization technology for designers and engineers working with landscapes, urban planning and buildings.
The city of Sebring, Florida, deployed TerraGo Edge for utility asset inspection and management.
Cadcorp introduced for UK housing associations a hosted Web-mapping solution that includes software, data and management services.
And Topcon Positioning Group released its 3D-MCMAX dozer machine-control system driven by dual IMUs designed to increase on-grade performance while eliminating the need for a mast on the blade.
For today’s Final Thought, I’m recommending a couple recent postings from V1 Media. First, check out the Sensors & Systems Web site and this column that asks if infrastructure is now the leading geospatial application. It covers a lot of indicators and converging factors that lead to the author’s conclusion.
Then head over to the Informed Infrastructure site, where you can now find the most-recent print issue now available in flipbook form. It’s a really easy way to consume all of the great information, and as flipbook technology improves, I think more and more people will turn to this particular form of media.
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I’m Todd Danielson, and this … was your GeoSpatial Stream.