Build better infrastructure – the new features in Civil 3D 2021

Another release of Civil 3D just became available, just as you probably finished installing the latest 2020 “fix.”   That was somewhat sarcastic, but I do some see much needed improvements to Autodesk Civil 3D 2021 and all other 2021 products. …

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…

Four ways that BIM and GIS integration benefits infrastructure projects

In a recent article on their Infrastructure Reimagined online publication, Autodesk’s Infrastructure Technical Marketing Manager, John Sayre, talks about the recent Esri User Conference in San Diego. During his time at the conference, John learned how GIS can be used to…

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…

The future of AEC: why we need to close the gap between BIM and GIS

If you’re heading to Autodesk University this year or plan to catch up with the sessions on-demand after the event, then you’ll notice that many of the sessions focus on the intersection of engineering and GIS. Much of this is…

As transportation planning booms, agencies turn to BIM

Transportation planning continues to be a critical priority for state and local governments. Issues such as sustainability and the environment, accessibility for all riders, and transit efficiency are driving numerous initiatives across the country, reports Deltek. For example, in June…

What’s new in AutoCAD 2020 for govies?

It’s that time of year again! Spring is here and Autodesk has commenced its steady roll-out of 2020 software releases. First off is AutoCAD 2020. Released in late March 2019, AutoCAD 2020 includes interesting and exciting new features. With a…

A cure for America’s aging infrastructure problem

It’s no secret that U.S. infrastructure is aging. Consistently low scores on the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Infrastructure Report Card (a D+ in 2017 – the same grade the U.S. received in 2013) show a nation struggling to…

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…

BIM and GIS integration: 5 compelling public sector use cases

In late 2017, Autodesk and Esri announced a partnership to build a bridge between their respective BIM and GIS technologies. Here on GovDesignHub we also discussed what this means for government infrastructure design/build projects, most notably the ability to synthesize information from both BIM…