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…

Josh Watkins, Water Utility Manager for the City of Redding, on the use of digital design in public utilities

Choosing to work in public service comes with the reward of getting to help provide essential services and necessary infrastructure to constituents. But it also comes with some incredible challenges, tight budgets and the knowledge that mistakes made in the…

The power of Named Views in AutoCAD 2019 – part II

Named views can be an amazing tool in the AutoCAD designer’s toolbox.  I outlined a few of the powerful features available with them in my previous article: The Power of Named Views in AutoCAD 2019 – Part 1.  Be sure…

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…

How reality capture can make renovations easier for government agencies

As any surveyor or field engineer knows, capturing existing field conditions for an infrastructure project or building renovation is a tedious, manual, often analog, and inaccurate process – not to mention dangerous. Renovation projects are a particular challenge since the…

How public utilities are benefitting from fully integrated distribution design

The utilities industry is at an inflection point. A rapidly retiring workforce, urbanization, increased sustainability initiatives, and aging infrastructure, are creating significant challenges that must be solved through efficient operations and new technologies. One area ripe for digital transformation is…

The power of Named Views in AutoCAD 2019

Named Views have been in AutoCAD since the early days – and their power is undeniable!  AutoCAD 2019 has truly ramped up their value with some time savers and added paper space features.  There’s a reason the AutoCAD gurus have…

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…

APWA top public works leader, Paul Woodard, on his career and work for the City of Janesville

Each year, the American Public Works Association (APWA) compiles a list of the top leaders in public service and highlights their contributions to their constituents, organizations, and communities.  One of the names on this year’s list was Paul Woodard, the…

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…