After Hurricane Florence: planning communities that are protected from storm surge and flood risks

Hurricane Florence heralded another brutal hurricane season for the East Coast. The slow moving, but mammoth storm – 400 miles wide with hurricane force winds extending a 160-mile span – left losses anticipated to be between $10-60 billion in economic…

Simplifying the AEC Project Lifecycle

Our governments are continuously building things. Whether it’s a new school for a city or township, a new water treatment facility, a new highway or a military base, all levels of government—municipal, state, and federal—are tasked with building structures to…

NASA looks to build habitats on other planets using 3D printing

“If you build it, he will come”. If humans are destined to visit and colonize Mars, we’re going to need somewhere to live. But does that mean the first astronauts on Mars will also be construction workers? Will inter-planetary spacecraft…

Spotlight your agency’s achievements and win a free pass to Autodesk University

Autodesk University (AU) 2018 is coming up this November 13-15th in Las Vegas. It’s a great place to learn, build connections, and explore what technologies are shaping your line of work. The conference is also a great place to share…

Three ways to use federal year-end funds to boost digital design projects

It’s that time again, when agencies rush to spend their remaining year-end funds before the September 30th “use it or lose it” deadline. One third of federal budget dollars are spent in the last quarter of the year, sometimes in…

Mobile mapping technology revolutionizes how intel is derived from LiDAR point clouds

As the demand for geospatial data grows, mobile mapping technology has advanced significantly in recent years, allowing AEC professionals to collect extremely accurate, precise data from LiDAR sensors mounted on the back of a vehicle while driving at speeds up…

Moving beyond “good enough” – rethinking how we deliver public sector construction and infrastructure projects

What’s shaping the future of work in the AEC industry? Building information modeling (BIM), of course. In the public sector, pioneers such as the City of New York, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, New Mexico DoT, and others are…

What’s the Difference Between 3D Laser Scanning and Photogrammetry?

It’s hard to imagine a world without digital. But as you look around you, much of the physical world was designed and constructed using traditional 2D blueprints and is yet to be captured in a digital format. This creates a…

Enabling better constituent service with video

Tuesday was officially tax day. Although many Americans – especially those that are on top of things – probably completed and filed their taxes months ago, there are always going to be a sizeable segment of the population that decided…

Gaming as training

Every profession and career involves some training and professional development. Companies will hire speakers and experienced professionals to come in and address their employees. They’ll provide educational courses and classes for their staff. They’ll even help pay for part or…