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 TIGER, the Transportation Investment-Generating Economic Recovery grant program established by the U.S. Department of Transportation eight years ago. Since then, the program has provided a combined $5.1 billion dollars to 421 projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and tribal communities.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently announced that $500 million dollars will be made available this year for 40 TIGER recipients, with a focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural.
Examples of this year’s TIGER awards include $19 million dollars to construct a cap over a below-grade portion of Interstate 579 in downtown Pittsburgh; Brownsville, Texas, receiving $10 million dollars to rehabilitate a regional bus maintenance facility that will also serve as a new passenger transfer station; and several grants went to projects supporting the movement of freight to boost economic competitiveness.
That was today’s Top Story. I’ll be back with more news after this interview clip of Greg Bentley, the CEO of Bentley Systems, at the SPAR 3D Expo and Conference.
The newest issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine has been published, and you can sign up for a free print subscription and check out the digital flipbook version at the Web site.
Highlights from this issue include a column from world-renowned seismic safety engineer Kit Miyamoto, a spotlight on women in engineering, and really interesting feature articles about a creative stormwater solution in California and how drones were used to model Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. Check it out.
Here’s a video clip showing a virtual reality tour of a proposed transit station in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Just another reminder of where technology is taking us.
In industry headlines, drone software company Pix4D introduced its first hybrid processing solution, allowing users to process locally in Pix4Dmapper Ag and on the Pix4Dcloud.
Thinkbox Software released Sequoia 1.1, a new version of its standalone point-cloud meshing application that nearly doubles the software’s previous performance speed.
And the Global Infrastructure Hub and Norton Rose Fulbright produced a tool for governments and stakeholders in developing economies to assist in building a pipeline of viable public-private partnership infrastructure projects.
For today’s Final Thought, here’s an amazing video from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization about a revolutionary and high-tech stormwater filtration system recently installed near Minneapolis. It blew me away …
That’s it for this broadcast. I’m Todd Danielson, and this … was your GeoSpatial Stream.