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…

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…

BIM helps the construction of the MD Anderson Cancer Center weather Hurricane Irma

Each year, the companies and organizations that are utilizing digital design solutions in creative and innovative ways are recognized and rewarded with Autodesk AEC Excellence Awards. The award categories include infrastructure, construction and building design, with small, medium, and large…

How to get the most out of Autodesk University 2019

Each year, Autodesk sponsors an enormous user’s conference and exposition called Autodesk University (AU). The event brings together more than 10,000 professionals from construction, manufacturing, architecture, engineering and media creation to learn more about their digital design solutions and capabilities,…

Five technologies improving construction site safety

The construction industry is one of the deadliest businesses in the world. According to OSHA, one in five of all worker fatalities in 2017 occurred in the construction industry. Falls are the biggest cause of death (39%) but other factors…

Why Government Users Should Move to BIM

The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries have realized the benefits of moving from CAD solutions to the more advanced, more capable Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions that are now available on the market. Today, BIM is becoming increasing relied…

How automation can make drone surveying a reality for government users

As we’ve discussed previously on the GovDesignHub, drone surveying can enable government organizations realize tremendous cost savings in contrast to traditional surveying methods. That’s because drones allow users to rapidly capture accurate, bird’s eye imaging that simply wasn’t possible before…

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…

Best Practices in 3D Design from the Wisconsin DOT

The next time you’re on the highway, take a moment to consider all the features along the road that had to be built to get you from Point A to Point B: there’s the guard rails, the slope off of…