What’s new in AutoCAD 2020 for govies?

It’s that time of year again! Spring is here and Autodesk has commenced its steady roll-out of 2020 software releases. First off is AutoCAD 2020. Released in late March 2019, AutoCAD 2020 includes interesting and exciting new features. With a…

A cure for America’s aging infrastructure problem

It’s no secret that U.S. infrastructure is aging. Consistently low scores on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Infrastructure Report Card (a D+ in 2017 – the same grade the U.S. received in 2013) show a nation struggling to…

TrueScan3D: Using drones, laser scanning and Infraworks to cut surveying time

Developing a detailed model is an important early step in any construction project. Creating that realistic, and meticulously accurate model of a project not only uncovers potential project issues that might have been missed in earlier, rougher sketches, but also…

BIM and GIS integration: 5 compelling public sector use cases

In late 2017, Autodesk and Esri announced a partnership to build a bridge between their respective BIM and GIS technologies. Here on GovDesignHub we also discussed what this means for government infrastructure design/build projects, most notably the ability to synthesize information from both BIM…

10 “can’t miss” infrastructure sessions from Autodesk University 2018 – now on-demand

If you couldn’t attend Autodesk University (AU) 2018, not to worry, hundreds of the sessions are now available to view on-demand, for free. For govies on tight budgets, this is great news. Even better, many of them sessions, particularly those…

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…

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…

Autodesk and Esri make good on promise to connect BIM and GIS

You may recall in late 2017 Autodesk and Esri announced a partnership to build a bridge between their respective BIM and GIS technologies. Earlier this Spring we discussed what this means for government infrastructure design/build projects, most notably the ability…

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…

What the Autodesk and ESRI Partnership Means for Government Infrastructure

Late in 2017, Autodesk and ESRI announced a new partnership to “advance infrastructure planning and design”. The relationship was positioned to help build a bridge between building information modeling (BIM) and GIS technologies. But what does this relationship mean for…