Manage data better: the new features in Vault 2021

There’s a time of year that CAD geeks (like me) look forward to with great excitement, but network and infrastructure administrators (also, like me) dread. It happens every spring when the good folks at Autodesk release the new versions of…

Model better: the new features in Revit 2021 for architects

Every spring, we at CADD Microsystems get very excited since this is the time of year that Autodesk releases new software. That means new features to dig into that will increase capabilities and improve workflows for our clients. There are…

What could America’s post-COVID-19 infrastructure plan look like?

Infrastructure plans are the hot potato of government politics. No sooner is an idea floated to fix our nation’s D+ grade infrastructure then it’s dropped. However, with a focus on driving economic recovery after the current COVID-19 pandemic is over,…

Affordable Housing and Military Construction Get a Boost from Space Technology

In our previous conversation with Jacobs’s Digital Delivery Director, Kurt Maldovan, we discussed how Jacobs is developing radical innovations in additive manufacturing that could make living on a whole different planet a reality.  But these technologies, which are so critical…

Jacobs Explains Why Additive Manufacturing is a “Gamechanger” in Outer Space and at Home

Space may be the final frontier, but when human exploration of other planets becomes a reality, we will need to find ways to build homes and shelters there, much like we do for ourselves here on Earth. Doing so, however,…

Taming the “Wild, Wild West” of National Guard Facilities Data Storage

The Army National Guard is a distributed and complicated organization that has multiple divisions and units in each of the fifty states, three territories and the District of Columbia. However, while these agencies are overseen by a centralized federal organization…

How to Get Started in Civil 3D

Even for civil engineering veterans who have successfully transitioned their project workflows to Civil 3D, odds are that there is still room to go back and learn—or at least refresh—some of the fundamentals of the program that could help expedite…

Surveying with drones – saving governments time and money without sacrificing accuracy

Since exploding onto the scene, drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are transforming the construction world. Indeed, construction is anticipated to be the largest commercial use case for drone technology. From civil infrastructure projects to buildings and facilities, drones drive…

Five government digital design predictions for 2020

The past few years have been exciting ones for the government digital design community. The adoption of next generation building information modeling (BIM) solutions and new 3d modeling technologies have drastically increased the capabilities of the people that design, build…

The topics and technologies that took center stage at Autodesk University 2019

Autodesk University 2019 drew more than 12,000 digital design professionals to Las Vegas for four days of sessions, certification, networking, and product showcases. If you couldn’t make it this year, here’s a recap of some of the highlights, plus links…