Category Archives: AEC

Teledyne Geospatial Partners with Seabed 2030

VAUGHAN, Canada, Sep 30, 2022 – Teledyne Geospatial is proud to have partnered with Seabed 2030 in the Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project (TESMaP).

Aerial view of HT-HH, showing new multibeam depth data overlaid on a satellite image

In April this year, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) and The Nippon Foundation announced a mission to discover the undersea impacts of the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai (HT–HH) volcanic eruption, which produced the biggest atmospheric explosion recorded on Earth in over a century. Supported by The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, TESMaP had two phases, led by NIWA: phase one saw scientists survey the area around the volcano with RV Tangaroa. As part of phase two, SEA-KIT International’s Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Maxlimer was used to conduct further mapping inside the caldera.

For the duration of TESMaP, Seabed 2030 and Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Ocean Mapping Fellows utilized software provided by Teledyne CARIS (based in Fredericton, New Brunswick)—a Seabed 2030 partner with over 40 years of experience in developing hydrographic and marine geospatial software. The software was integral to the project as they facilitated the monitoring of data quality and coverage, with new data being used for comparative studies against previous maps to assess the effects of the eruption on marine life and seafloor composition. Software provided by Teledyne CARIS will also be used to process the data to generate the final products.

“As the leading developer of hydrographic and marine GIS software, Teledyne CARIS’ contribution to TESMaP has been invaluable,” commented Seabed 2030 Project Director Jamie McMichael-Phillips. “We are grateful for the provision of this software which has truly been a force multiplier in processing data as part of scientific research—and ultimately—our understanding of the ocean.”

“We are passionate about delivering products that assist in the provision of meaningful, actionable data,” said Karen Cove, director of products, Teledyne CARIS. “Our partnership with Seabed 2030 and support of TESMaP underscores our commitment to the ocean environment and engaging in projects pursuing greater understanding.”

About Teledyne Geospatial

Teledyne Geospatial unifies the hardware and software expertise of both Teledyne CARIS and Teledyne Optech. The new group provides customers with innovative integrated solutions. Offerings include turnkey systems, lidar and sonar integrated workflows and a range of systems and solutions that support holistic, precision data collection.

Infotech Joins buildingSMART USA

to Support Open Data Standards for Civil Infrastructure

GAINESVILLE, FL, Sep 30, 2022 – Infotech, a leader in infrastructure construction software solutions, announced today that the company joined buildingSMART USA to support the advancement of digital project delivery and open data standards for civil infrastructure. As a member, Infotech will contribute to the development and use of open data standards as well as the adoption of digital transformation in the infrastructure construction industry.

buildingSMART is the international authority for the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard, which is an open standard for interoperable file transfers through different software platforms for design, construction and fabrication. buildingSMART USA (bS-USA) is the United States chapter focused on proactively facilitating the active use and dissemination of open data standards for civil infrastructure.

“Knowledge sharing of construction project data is a critical step across all phases of a project from concepts and planning to asset management,” Chad Schafer, Infotech vice president of revenue, said. “But this exchange of data only works right now if the software all project stakeholders use is the same or from a single vendor – and even then, it may not work well. Shifting to open data standards moves our industry away from being locked into proprietary data standards that do not support a full adoption of digital project delivery.”

In 2021, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) officially endorsed the use of IFC file formats as the standard data schema. This support and adoption by AASHTO created an opportunity for major progress toward interoperability and the data exchange standard for Building Information Modeling (BIM) across state transportation agencies. As the official contractor for AASHTOWare Project, and as a new member of bS-USA, Infotech will focus on supporting the foundational needs for the industry to fully adopt open data standards at both the state and local levels.

“The transportation industry is quickly adopting 3D modeling in the design and construction phases, and some agencies are even supporting the 3D model as the legal document, but quantity takeoffs, bidding, and solicitation are still dependent on 2D PDFs or paper plans,” Ron Gant, Infotech sr. business consultant for BIM and digital delivery, explained. “This results in redundant or error prone processes, so supporting data standards like buildingSMART’s IFC data exchange for efficient transport of the design model to all phases of the project helps provide a true digital delivery throughout the full project life cycle.”

Infotech is taking steps to incorporate openBIM in its owned products. Infotech is currently developing an agnostic BIM Viewer with IFC in the Bid Express service at Bidx.com, which is the most widely-adopted online bidding software for Departments of Transportation, used by 44 state agencies. Still in the research and development phase, Infotech is developing an option to incorporate an IFC file with a solicitation to incorporate a 3D model as the legal document in Bidx.com. Once finalized, Infotech will pilot this with a champion agency to gather feedback from an agency and contractors.

“IFC for infrastructure is not going to be a fast-paced change in our industry,” Schafer added. “During this process, Infotech is proud to be a contributor to the necessary shift for civil infrastructure and help drive adoption for a common data standard as we work to create significant strides toward full digital project delivery.”

About Infotech

Info Tech, Inc., DBA Infotech (Infotech) bridges innovation and integrity by developing cutting-edge digital solutions for the infrastructure construction industry and providing expert statistical and econometric consulting services across multiple industries. Infotech’s two core businesses, Infotech Systems and Infotech Consulting, use technology and data to bring transparency, integrity and efficiency to the people they serve. Informed by DOT relationships and decades of experience, Infotech develops software solutions that bridge the gaps between owners, consultants, contractors, and other project stakeholders. Infotech is the developer of Appia, Bid Express, and Doc Express, as well as the official contractor for AASHTOWare Project.

For more information on SaaS offerings, visit infotechinc.com. For more information about Infotech’s expert statistical and econometric consulting services, visit infotechconsulting.com.

StructionSite Expands Partnership with Autodesk

Integrates with Construction Cloud

OAKLAND, CA, and NEW ORLEANS, LA, Sep 30, 2022 – StructionSite, Inc., the leading provider of intelligent project tracking software for the construction industry, today announced a new integration with Autodesk Construction Cloud, a portfolio of software and services that combines advanced technology, a builders network and predictive insights for construction teams. The collaboration makes it easier than ever to make the most out of StructionSite’s tools and Autodesk Build within a single workflow. This new integration further strengthens the cohesive interoperability between StructionSite and Autodesk as part of the companies’ ongoing commitment to provide powerful, modern tools to the construction industry. The integration was announced at Autodesk University, held September 27-29 in New Orleans.

“We are thrilled to expand our relationship with Autodesk by enabling Autodesk Construction Cloud customers to pull their StructionSite images right into their workflows,” said Matt Daly, CEO and co-founder of StructionSite. “This data enhances the insights they glean from Autodesk Build in a really compelling way for more intelligent, more accurate project tracking.”

StructionSite provides easy-to-use AI-powered site documentation tools, including 360° images and videos, to track project progress from every angle. StructionSite automatically organizes images by time, date, and location to make it simple for teams to find exactly what they need to make informed decisions, document work, prevent rework, provide context for change orders, and keep projects on schedule. Its software reduces project costs and increases jobsite efficiency by providing visual data of jobsites to all relevant teams and partners, regardless of where they are located.

Partnership for a Stronger, More Efficient Industry

StructionSite is well-known in the industry for its open platform and push for partner integrations. Unlike others in the space that have adopted a siloed approach for their software, StructionSite wants to ensure that construction firms can fully utilize and elevate their existing systems and tech investments by enabling them to work together seamlessly. The integration with Autodesk Build extends the companies’ existing work, which included several integration points with BIM 360®, including the ability to automatically archive StructionSite photos into BIM 360 and leverage the Partner Card integration to view an instance of StructionSite within BIM 360. Now, users can achieve the same data sharing with Autodesk Build and Autodesk Docs.

Benefits of the new StructionSite-Autodesk Build integration include:

  • Single sign-on to StructionSite with Autodesk Construction Cloud credentials: This makes it easier than ever to see StructionSite images within the Autodesk experience.
  • Photo archiving into Autodesk Build: In a StructionSite Project, all photos on a sheet can automatically archive to a corresponding documents folder in Autodesk Build, Autodesk Docs, or BIM 360.
  • Drawings imported directly from Autodesk Build: The StructionSite app allows users to search and find a PDF drawing in Autodesk Build Project Files or in Autodesk Docs and import it to StructionSite. This ensures that images can be mapped to project drawings.
  • Public and private project sharing in Build Insights: Use a Public or Private Project Sharing Link from a StructionSite project to create a public or private Partner Card within the Autodesk Build Insights or BIM 360 Project Home dashboards. This allows for the right people to have access to the right information when they need it.

Additional features, including the ability to submit and edit RFI’s and Issues that sync in Autodesk Build, as well as an Autodesk BIM comparison, will be added in the coming weeks.

“StructionSite allows builders to capture and evaluate the real-world status of their job sites better than they ever could before,” said James Cook, director partner integrations at Autodesk Construction Solutions. “Marrying that visual information with the processes, BIM, and other data customers trust to Autodesk Construction Cloud helps builders make better decisions in real-time.”

About StructionSite

StructionSite is removing the gray area from construction by giving builders smarter tools and unbiased data about the status of their projects. With their intelligent project tracking platform, teams get in-depth insights into the status of work completed on a jobsite. Using their iOS or Android application, walk the jobsite recording a 360° video and our AI-powered algorithms map them to the project drawing. SmartTrack translates the photo data into regular updates of installed work, providing actionable insights for your team.

Learn more at www.structionsite.com.

Bentley Partners with Genesys International

EXTON, PA, & MUMBAI, India, Sep 29, 2022 – Bentley Systems, Inc., the infrastructure engineering software company, and Genesys International, a pioneer in advanced mapping and geospatial content services, today announced that Genesys’ 3D City Digital Twin Solution for Urban India – the first city digital twin project launched by any Indian company – will be powered by OpenCities 365, Bentley’s infrastructure digital twin solution for cities and campuses. This massive mapping and surveying project has begun and will capture most of urban India.

Digital Twin of G South Ward located in Worli, Mumbai, India. Image courtesy of Genesys International.

Genesys previously partnered with Bentley to successfully pilot an earlier digital twin solution that enabled the smart inventory management of telecom infrastructure using Bentley’s OpenTower iQ software. The robust solution provided operators with accurate and up-to-date information on planning and installing 5G towers, which saved time as well as the cost of conducting labor-intensive tower inspections.

“The Genesys 3D City Digital Twin Solution for Urban India, powered by Bentley’s OpenCities 365, will enable us to create and curate city-scale digital twins that empower government and private entities across India to improve their execution, efficiency, and strategizing capabilities using the 3D data,” said Sajid Malik, chairman and managing director at Genesys International. “This extraordinary solution enables capturing the as-built assets from the field and bringing them to the office in a reality model. We are impressed with the technical capabilities of Bentley’s digital cities portfolio and see it as a key differentiator that will help proactively improve our existing digital capabilities through a continued partnership between Bentley and Genesys International.”

Oyster Maps, Genesys’ In-house-developed 3D digital twin platform showcasing multiple datasets in parallel on a single window. Image courtesy of Genesys International.

Once a 3D digital twin for each of the cities is ready, engineering and application data layers can be added based on an end-user’s requirements. These 3D city digital twins will enable local governments to improve public services, including urban governance, disaster management, emergency response, and tourism. Additionally, it will help governments deliver more resilient and sustainable environments for their citizens through enhanced urban development, optimized road, rail, utility, and water network upgrades, location-based services, and other smart city initiatives. On the private corporate front, processes followed in verticals such as telecommunications and broadband infrastructure, city gas distribution, e-commerce, construction, autonomous navigation, renewable energy and various other verticals will be served and modernized by these 3D digital twins. The openness of Bentley applications provides Genesys further benefit because the software can connect with other asset management systems, such as third-party geospatial information systems, to capture and read that data.

Kaushik Chakraborty, Bentley’s vice president, regional executive, Asia Pacific, said, “We are extremely happy to contribute to this massive mapping project of national importance with our technology and services. The 3D cities digital twin project will enable our public agencies, service providers, and citizens to deliver or avail services, plan and execute projects, make informed decisions, and improve their quality of life.”

Chakraborty added, “The initiative will also drive the adoption of digital technology in the infrastructure segment. The output from this project will serve as the foundation for initiatives that we can launch to sustain the economy and environment.”

About Bentley Systems

Bentley Systems is the infrastructure engineering software company. They provide innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment. Their industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organizations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Their offerings include MicroStation-based applications for modeling and simulation, ProjectWise for project delivery, AssetWise for asset and network performance, Seequent’s leading geoprofessional software portfolio, and the iTwin platform for infrastructure digital twins. Bentley Systems employs more than 4,500 colleagues and generates annual revenues of approximately $1 billion in 186 countries.

For more information, visit www.bentley.com.

About Genesys International

Genesys International Corporation Ltd. is an advanced mapping and geospatial content company. With a team of 2000+ professionals and three decades of rich geospatial experience, Genesys works with leading Big Tech, Utilities, Infrastructure, State and Local Governments including the United Nations.

Its Genesys Constellation is one of the most advanced sensor networks built for India aiding in the process of capturing and creating the Digital Twin of entire Urban India at high speeds and accuracy.

For more information, visit www.igenesys.com.

Autodesk Introduces Forma, Flow, Fusion Industry Clouds

NEW ORLEANS, LA, Sep 28, 2022 – Autodesk is supporting and advancing its customers’ digital transformation journeys by connecting workflows in the cloud for better outcomes and workflows. At Autodesk University, Autodesk is introducing three industry clouds: Autodesk Forma, Autodesk Flow and Autodesk Fusion. Part of the Autodesk Platform, these industry clouds will connect processes to drive new ways of working.

  • Autodesk Forma, the industry cloud for AEC, unifies building information modeling (BIM) workflows for teams who design, build, and operate the built environment. The first Forma offering will help customers extend the BIM process into planning and early-stage design.
  • Autodesk Flow, the industry cloud for M&E, connects customer workflows, data, and teams across the entire production lifecycle from earliest concept to final delivery. The first cloud product available on Flow will focus on Asset Management, giving users the ability to manage assets throughout the entire production process.
  • Autodesk Fusion, the industry cloud for D&M, connects customer data and people across the entire product development lifecycle from top floor to shop floor. Fusion 360, together with Autodesk Fusion 360 Manage with Upchain, and Prodsmart make up the initial cloud offerings within Autodesk Fusion.

“Fusion 360 is the best example of where we’re taking our industry clouds, providing a connected environment that flows up and down a project lifecycle,” said Raji Arasu, Autodesk CTO. “As we build out each industry cloud, a central cloud information model will give every collaborator the right data at the right time on the device of their choice.”

Underpinning these three clouds is Autodesk Platform Services, the set of cross-industry APIs and services formerly known as Forge. Autodesk Platform Services provides customers with the ability to customize solutions, create innovative workflows, and integrate other tools and data with our platform.

Live in New Orleans and online for audiences everywhere, Autodesk University 2022 includes mainstage sessions, panel discussions, thought leadership presentations, and industry case studies, along with Autodesk product briefings and trainings. There are more than 450 classes led by industry and product experts offering insights into the future of design and make. AU also offers free year-round access to learning content, professional development, and inspirational industry talks. Learn more about Autodesk University 2022 here.

About Autodesk

Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Their technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to more mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps their customers to design and make a better world for all.

For more information, visit autodesk.com.