Caron Beesley
Caron Beesley
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Caron is a writer and marketing communications consultant with a particular focus on the government sector. She has explored digital design and shared insights on the topic for over 15 years. Caron also writes about the power of digital transformation and the impact of cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data, and more.

Despite flat federal funding, infrastructure spending for airports is booming

As facilities age, passenger traffic increases, aircrafts change, and regulation and security requirements expand, airports face a multitude of development needs. While Capitol Hill can’t seem to pull together on infrastructure spending, the aviation sector is finding innovative ways 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…

Let’s talk about design and engineering data governance (or the lack thereof)

From GIS data to CAD data, spreadsheets to presentations, government agencies and departments spend a lot of time creating, managing, and organizing large volumes of data in support of civil infrastructure and construction projects. With so much work being done…

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…

Army National Guard centralizes critical facilities management data

Military installations the world over must successfully plan, contract, monitor and manage their facilities construction and maintenance. The Construction and Facilities Management Office (CFMO) at the Army National Guard (ARNG) is no different. The CFMO maintains thousands of facilities across…

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…

Making the Move to BIM is the Right Decision (Just Like CAD was 30 Years Ago)

If you’re one of the millions of people who’ve been lucky enough to hear Lynn Allen present, you’ll know her as the queen of AutoCAD tips and tricks and all-round Autodesk technical evangelist, but she also knows quite a bit…

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…

How Wexner Medical Center moved from AutoCAD to 6 million square feet of BIM

Converting six million square feet of space from 2D drawings to intelligent 3D building information models at one of the nation’s largest medical centers is no small undertaking. But that’s exactly what Joe Porostosky, Director of Facilities Information and Technology…

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…