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3 Major Ways Transportation Agencies Are Using Google Solutions


By Emily Neal When you’re responsible for managing transportation infrastructure, field personnel and vehicles, having up-to-date information about locations and status is mission critical. To optimize resource coordination, central operations must be able to pinpoint infrastructure, assets, and employees. And communication channels must be strong to keep field workers and headquarters staff on the same page. Here’s just a few ... Read More »

NCDOT and Industry Leaders Partner for Infrastructure Solutions Educational Event


If you’re a surveyor, engineer, infrastructure designer, or transportation official and are in the North Carolina area you might want to check out this one-of-a-kind all day educational event and workshop hosted at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in Raleigh on December 18. Hosted by KnowledgeWell, the 2013 Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions Series: Innovative Strategies for Implementing Technologies & ... Read More »

6 Free Autodesk University On-Demand Classes for Govies


6 Free Autodesk University On-Demand Classes for Govies Can’t make it to Autodesk University (AU) this year? Anyone can join the AU community for free and enjoy on-demand classes from your desktop. Here are a few we’ve narrowed down that are specifically for and about the public sector. 1. Managing CAD and Enterprise Geospatial Data on a Military Installation Although this ... Read More »

CAD & GIS News for Govies 9/25


CAD News for Govies is a weekly feature on Acronym that scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a regular source of CAD and GIS news, information and ideas that impact the public sector. Here’s the latest round-up: SimCity with Real Data: Modeling Real Cities in 3D in a Web Environment Ever wondered what SimCity would look like with real-world data? ... Read More »

What’s Trending in Transportation Project Design?

By Joe Hedrick, LS, EIT Infrastructure Solutions Team Manager, IMAGINiT Technologies Some of the largest states and construction firms in the United States have begun to adopt 3D modeling software such as AutoCAD® Civil 3D® software for engineering design. Many state departments of transportation are already looking at the benefits of 3D modeling over traditional 2D programs. This trend has also begun to percolate from the national and state level down to cities and counties. DOTs and engineering consultants who have made the move to 3D have begun to explore some of the opportunities for greater efficiency, improved designs and better cost management that the use of 3D models provide. Here are some of the ways modeling software has transformed large transportation project design and development. Read More »

It’s Time to Drop the Foam Board and Better Visualize Projects before they’re Built

Ever wished you could give project teams and stakeholders a better view of what a project will look like before it’s even built? Instead of using a combination of foam board, superimposed computer graphics and aerial photographs to present a make-shift model of future projects, what if you had access to sophisticated visualization tools that can help you truly convey design intent? Read More »

Riviera Beach Cuts Costs, Increases Efficiency with Civil 3D

In Palm Beach County, Fla., the city of Riviera Beach is a growing harbor city with a population of 35,000. The city’s Department of Community Development, which is responsible for planning and zoning, building and engineering, has worked for several years to perform annual roadway restoration or reconstruction projects in an economically depressed part of town, aiming to improve property values and develop a new sense of community for the residents. The department has undertaken these roadway projects with the help of funds from federal Community Development Block Grants, and until recently, it has been forced to outsource much of the design work to consultants. But in 2007, the city adopted AutoCAD Civil 3D software, which has allowed it to take the work in-house, cutting costs and allocating internal resources more effectively. Read More »

Autodesk Suite Tools Spur Cities’ Improvements

By Nancy Mann Jackson, Guest Blogger City and county governments are always looking for ways to plan, design, build and manage transportation infrastructure projects smarter, faster and more affordably. And many of them use various Autodesk solutions to make that happen. With Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite Premium, local governments have access to a comprehensive civil engineering and transportation infrastructure solution as a single economical and convenient purchase. The suite includes six Autodesk software tools that give municipalities everything they need to plan, design, build and manage road and highway projects in house and on budget. Here’s how these Autodesk tools have helped solve transportation infrastructure challenges for some local governments. Read More »

“Shovel Ready” gets a big shove forward in Virginia!

Virginia’s Governor, Bob McDonnell, made efforts to push “Shovel Ready” projects into high gear recently by stating: "Without an adequate transportation system, almost every aspect of our daily lives and government are negatively impacted…Therefore, we must get serious and start treating transportation like a core function of government." Read More »

How one Public Sector Agency is Transforming New York’s Design and Construction Landscape

Ever wondered who is responsible for the design and construction of many of the award-winning civic facilities in New York? With a portfolio valued at over $6 billion and a staff of almost 1,200, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is the city’s primary capital construction and infrastructure project manager. DDC is also an innovator in the use of GIS and building information modeling (BIM) for which it was awarded runner-up status in the first ever [acronym] Magazine Public Sector CAD Awards, held last November in Washington, D.C. DDC employs a variety of Autodesk digital design tools to minimize errors in the design process, improve collaboration across stakeholders and reduce project complexity, while making more effective use of public funds. Included in its design arsenal are Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and AutoCAD MEP for design coordination, documentation and visualization. While Navisworks and Solibri Model Checker are also used for coordination and model conflict resolution and serve other uses as well. Read More »

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