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…

Where to go for help with Civil 3D

With the number of different variables that civil planners need to consider in any public works project, and the task of coordinating dozens of design elements coming from a wide array of engineers, architects, and other designers, all while maintaining…

Autodesk brings anytime, anywhere cloud collaboration to Civil 3D infrastructure projects

If you’re a Civil 3D user, it’s now become easier to collaborate on complex projects with teams spread across offices, contractors, and even time zones. Autodesk recently announced a new collaboration capability between Civil 3D and its BIM 360 Design…

AU 2019: See what’s in store for infrastructure and transportation design

Building and maintaining our nation’s infrastructure is a critical responsibility of the public sector. Yet, year-after-year, the U.S. continues to rank low on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Infrastructure Report Card. While there are no quick fixes (the…

It’s time to make the move – why an Autodesk subscription makes sense for the government

In February of 2016, Autodesk stopped selling perpetual licenses for its digital design solution and made the decision to follow much of the software industry by moving to a subscription model. This was a change, and – like many changes…

Three ways to get more from federal year-end funds

It’s that time again, when agencies rush to spend their remaining year-end budget before the September 30th “use it or lose it” deadline. Approximately $97 billion of U.S. federal dollars is spent this month alone, often in a wasteful manner. But for…

Why Parks and Recreation Departments Should Transition to Civil 3D

Parks and recreation projects, like many public works projects, are complex undertakings. Not only do they need to meet the high standard of public safety, but their design documents need to integrate myriad design elements created by a wide cross…

Topcon Solutions Store Shows Why Government Users Should Use Civil 3D

Government design projects have unique needs and requirements that may not need to be considered in other AEC projects. Since they’re being conducted on behalf of the taxpayer, there’s a demand to create designs that are not only functional, but…