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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

New Features of Autodesk’s Civil 3D and InfraWorks

 
May 3rd, 2018 by Susan Smith

Autodesk holds some informative webcasts for the civil community entitled “Civil Community Webcasts.” One recent one was entitled “What’s New in Civil 3D and InfraWorks.”

Bay Bridge East Span Seismic Safety Project
To prove the project was viable, the California Department of Transportation shared detailed 3D designs with potential contracting firms.

Eric Chappell, Civil Community Evangelist for Autodesk, hosted this webinar with Dan Philbrick, director of Civil Infrastructure Products, Dave Simeone, Civil 3D project manager, and Sarah Cunningham, InfraWorks product manager.

Chappell recommends the InfraWorks tool for doing preliminary design and decisions. “This year we’re focusing on continuing to drive detailed design in both InfraWorks and the platform for BIM.”

The use of Civil 3D with or without InfraWorks is valuable and both are in the same civil collection.

What’s new in InfraWorks 2018.0

Sarah Cunningham noted that they changed the name of the product and took “360” out of the name.

An InfraWorks Customer Council meets with Autodesk once a month. “They tell us about challenges,” said Cunningham. “They bounce ideas off one another. Many people aren’t sure how to implement InfraWorks yet. This group has been able to talk about how they’re using it. We’re starting to hear some interesting things: 1. Continues to be used for road and highway design 2. CAD managers are hearing from designers that they want more engineering data from the InfraWorks model, increasing in frequency. They want it to be more than a pretty picture in visualization, more toward engineering design. The Corridor project in Norway, winner of the Infrastructure in Excellence Awards 2016, was about planning a corridor and using InfraWorks for large scale planning projects. They want to use InfraWorks for more preliminary design now that planning phase is done.”

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Acquisition of Viewpoint by Trimble Aims to Extend Construction Management Offering

 
April 26th, 2018 by Susan Smith

At Portland headquarters, Manolis Kotzabasakis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer delivers news of the planned acquisition.

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AECCafe Special Coverage: Reality Capture Fast-Tracks Infrastructure Design

 
April 18th, 2018 by Susan Smith

In recent years we have seen an explosion of the use of reality capture by traditional CAD and building information modeling companies. Its ability to capture existing conditions and create 3D models out of photographs or laser scans, without seams makes it a great fit for the AEC industry. Technologies used include 3D laser scanning, mobile and aerial LiDAR, and photogrammetry. This resulting point data is reconstructed into a 3D model. While accurate, LiDAR only captures 3D data leaving color out. Photogrammetry uses photographs to reconstruct a 3D image.

ReCap Enhancements

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AutoCAD 2019 Comes with Seven New Toolsets

 
April 13th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Autodesk’s AutoCAD 2019 just added seven new specialized toolsets to its subscriber program. These toolsets include specialized features and libraries for mechanical design, architecture, 3D mapping, and more; plus, greater mobility with the new web and mobile apps; and take advantage of new features and performance enhancements, included with new subscriptions to AutoCAD 2019 available March 22, 2018.

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New View on Sustainability: 3D Printed Housing for Underserved Populations

 
April 6th, 2018 by Susan Smith

In a day and age where affordable housing is at a premium, along comes the company ICON, a construction technologies company with the primary goal of revolutionizing homebuilding. How do they propose to do that?

First permitted 3D printed home in Austin, TX

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Colorado DOT Beta Tests ikeGPS Spike Integration for Mobile Measurements

 
March 29th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Field data capture and asset inspection activities just got easier with the integration of ikeGPS’s Spike into Esri’s latest version of Survey123. Esri recently introduced its new software release of Survey123 for ArcGIS mobile application with Spike, a laser measurement solution offered by ikeGPS. Spike allows users to measure hard-to-reach physical objects from a distance simply by taking a photo with their smartphone or tablet. Survey123 with Spike runs on Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets.

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Choice is Key as GRAPHISOFT Extends Licensing Options for ARCHICAD

 
March 22nd, 2018 by Susan Smith

Campbell Yule, director, Global Business Development spoke to AECCafe Voice about the new subscription model offered by GRAPHISOFT.

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Indoor Reality Captures and Processes Large Indoor Spaces

 
March 15th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Just when you think that the advancements in indoor mapping have come a long way, along comes another fascinating product.

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In the Near Future: Tekla Software 2018 for Steel

 
March 8th, 2018 by Susan Smith

In a recent Webinar, presenters Tiina Lehtinen, marketing manager, Trimble; Oxana Kyllonen, application manager, Trimble; and Eric Beyer, product manager, Trimble outlined the sneak preview of Tekla Software 2018 for Steel.

The new Tekla Structures 2018 is designed to be more productive with your drawings and modeling.

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AECCafe Voice’s Reality Capture Questionnaire

 
February 28th, 2018 by Susan Smith

Reality Capture has taken the AEC world by storm in recent years with its ability to capture existing conditions and create 3D models out of photographs or laser scans, without seams. Technologies used include 3D laser scanning, mobile and aerial LiDAR, and photogrammetry. This resulting point data is reconstructed into a 3D model. While accurate, LiDAR only captures 3D data leaving color out. Photogrammetry is another method by which Reality Capture is achieved. This type of Reality Capture uses photographs to reconstruct a 3D image.

An image in Bentley’s ContextCapture photo planning that shows operation (gray), 
target (yellow), and forbidden (red) zones.

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