• Updated LN-100W 3-D positioning system from Topcon

    Wireless communication option provides greater versatility with devices such as tablets that might not be WLAN-ready.

  • Bentley updates SCADAConnect software

    Supervisory control and data acquisition data can be automatically imported into hydraulic models for the analysis and design of water distribution systems.

  • Multisource subsurface utility management

    Subsurface Utility Engineering geo-coordinates survey information, CAD data, GIS, Excel spreadsheets, and Oracle databases to identify and resolve conflicts between new construction features and existing utilities.

  • McCarthy completes $49.4 Million design-build of new San Diego County Administration Center Waterfront Park and parking structure

    Prime 12-acre waterfront property is transformed into city’s newest civic treasure with a promenade, greens, themed gardens, picnic area, children’s playground and 830-foot fountain.

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    Step-by-step: 3D modeling of water main replacement

    How an 11-phase construction sequence sped up design and regulatory approval.

  • 3D modeling for water main replacement design and regulatory approval

    Web exclusive: View an AutoCAD Civil slideshow of the 11 construction phases required to replace water mains near a floodwall for the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission.

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    Software shortcuts

    Building information modeling and horizontal assets.

  • Intelligent interaction

    Although building information modeling (BIM) is a powerful tool on any project, contractors particularly like the ability to include nonstructural elements and further expand what the model can facilitate.

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    Beyond constructability

    Imagine how much your operations and maintenance efficiency would improve if you had an owner's manual for each facility.

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    First Strike

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    Alter Ego

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    Loud and Clear

    Frequent battery replacements, missed calls, and garbled messages meant just one thing to Albert Brunson, head of public building equipment maintenance for Cumberland County, N.C.: time to update his mobile communications system.

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    Clear as mud

    If clarifying a detail is as easy as reading a note on the construction plan sheet, why do contractors make so many requests for information?

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    Ease the Data Crunch

    Gathering data with geoprocessing technologies such as global positioning systems, virtual reference stations, geographic information systems (GIS), and CAD is challenging enough. Integrating the vast amount of spatial information derived from two or more of these technologies to make critical...

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    Connecting the dots

    Geographic information systems evolve with each advance in computer and telecommunications technology.

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    Backhoes go high-tech

    Most of the backhoe-loader manufacturers have been busy lately improving their new product offerings. We take a closer look at: new M Series 2 backhoe-loaders from Case; Caterpillar's E-Series, a three-machine lineup of backhoes introduced at this year's World of Concrete Show; and Terex's TX970B...

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    Dollars well spent: staying on top of technology

    Parcel data, regional and community maps, facility as-builts, building permits, and other collected data are the longstanding capital of public works departments. Systems to manage and better analyze these pieces of information, however, have advanced with technology, and public agencies need to be...

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    Making upgrades

    I love my Mac. At least I do when it works. Most people are very loyal to their computers, but I'm on a Mac at work and a PC at home. So really, I can go either way as long as the machine does what I want it to do. But computers often require upgrades. We're about to move into Mac OSX here at the...

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    Modeling with CFD


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