From Autodesk 2018: Autodesk’s New and Improved BIM Software

 

 

 

From Autodesk 2018: Autodesk’s New & Improved BIM Software 

 

 

 

Designers today work with colleagues and clients around the globe and need design tools that are built with collaboration in mind.
A new iteration of Autodesk’s Collaboration for Revit service—software that complements the company’s signature modeling and rendering program—seeks to make working together more effortless than ever. Called BIM 360 Design, the product will launch this month and build on Autodesk’s previous efforts to facilitate collaboration in Revit by enhancing data sharing and permission structures.

 

Read about this update here: http://www.metropolismag.com/homepage/autodesk-bim-360-design/pic/38934/

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

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From Autodesk 2018: Announcing BIM 360 Design, Next Generation Design Collaboration from Autodesk

 

 

 

From Autodesk 2018: Announcing BIM 360 Design, Next Generation Design Collaboration from Autodesk

 

 

Earlier this week, Autodesk announced their next generation BIM 360 platform will be the industry’s first unified design-to-construction platform. They also released BIM 360 Design Collaboration for Revit (C4R) subscribers.

Read about this update on the Autodesk blog here: https://projectdelivery.autodesk.com/blog/announcing-bim-360-design/?utm_source=social&utm_source=None&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Bonfireshares&utm_content=0  

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Drones: FAA Approvals and the LAANC Rollout

 

 

Drones: FAA Approvals and the LAANC Rollout

 

While planning out a flight, has anyone else filled out the application through the FAA to fly within controlled airspace? If you have, sometimes that process takes at least 90 days for approval. That is a long time within a project lifecycle, especially when you are trying to utilize drone flights to speed up some processes.

Never fear, the LAANC Rollout is here! LAANC is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability.

LAANC will enable access to controlled airspace near airports designated by the FAA through approved LAANC UAS Service Suppliers. The following companies are currently approved LAANC UAS Service Suppliers: AirMap, Project Wing, Rockwell Collins and Skyward.

So how does this affect me, the drone pilot? Through an approved UAS Service Supplier, drone pilots can receive near real-time airspace authorizations. This will allow us to quickly plan out operations and sometime soon, pilots will be able to provide automatic notification of intended flights to the nearby airports. Here is how that workflow will look:

• FAA provides airspace data to the UAS Service Suppliers
• UAS Service Suppliers create interactive maps of controlled airspace
• Drone Pilot will request digital authorization through the UAS Service Supplier Application
• UAS Service Suppliers will send the approved authorization information back to the FAA
• Air Traffic Control will use the information to view when and where a scheduled drone flight will take place and in case of an emergency, air traffic control can reach the pilot and ground the drone.

-Written by Justin DeVore, ATG AEC Technical Specialist

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

 

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.

Free GIS Resources

 

 

 Free GIS Resources 

By Rob Bigelow, Infrastructure Industry Specialist, ATG West 

 

Geographic Information System (GIS) data is everywhere and is ready to be utilized by engineers and businesses of all sizes and capabilities. Thanks to the enormous popularity of programs like Google Earth and technology like drones and LiDAR, the need for this data keeps growing every day. Fortunately for those of us in the Infrastructure world, the availability is growing even faster.

Whether it’s utilities, structures, raster imagery, or even non-stationary entities like demographics, everything on this planet is begging to be mapped.

 

Engineers, planners, architects, and surveyors can use this GIS data from the preliminary stages to final design.

    

 

But the big question is… where do I find it? An even better question is… where do I find it FOR FREE?

Here’s a list of websites you can go and download a plethora of FREE GIS DATA, ready to use with your Infrastructure software like Civil 3D, Map 3D, and Infraworks! (Please note, these links and the data available may change at any point. There are many more resources available, but this should give you a good start).

USDA NRCS Data Gateway – great resource for high resolution vector and raster layers.
https://datagateway.nrcs.usda.gov/ 
• PLSS
• TIGER Census and Demographic
• TIGER Transportation
• Climate
• Elevation and Topographic
• Hydrography and Hydrology
• Ortho Imagery
• NAIP Imagery
• Soils

 

 

USGS – The National Map – This is a great hub for national topographic information and associated tools.
https://viewer.nationalmap.gov/launch/
• Current and Historical Topo Maps
• Map Services
• GIS Applications and Tools
• Boundaries
• Imagery

 

US Census Bureau – Find geographic data and products that give you valuable demographics to use for detailed analysis and marketing.
https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/
• TIGER/Line Shapefiles
• KMLs
• TIGERweb
• Cartographic boundary files
• Geographic relationship files,
• Thematic Maps

 

OpenData – Cities and municipalities are compiling their GIS data into various OpenData collections. Just do a Google search for “<your city> OpenData”, and if your city participates in sharing the data, you should find some great free GIS resources. Here are a couple examples…
Albuquerque NM http://data-cabq.opendata.arcgis.com/
Phoenix AZ http://maps-phoenix.opendata.arcgis.com/
• All types of GIS data
• Shapefile format
• KML format
• CSV format

 

 

Natural Earth – Free global vector and raster map data, maintained and created by many volunteers.
http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads
• Shapefiles
• Tiff and TFW files
• Various data themes
• Small, Medium & Large scale data
• Community blogs and forums

 

Other GIS Lists
https://freegisdata.rtwilson.com/ – This page catalogs over 300 links to websites that contain free GIS data.
http://gisgeography.com/best-free-gis-data-sources-raster-vector/ – A weeded-out list of 12 links to popular websites containing free GIS data

 

Applied Technology Group is a Platinum Autodesk Business Partner. Founded in North Little Rock, Ark., in 1992 as a local computer services company, ATG has grown to become a leading design technology partner with the purpose of assisting customers in maximizing the value and adoption of advanced technologies so they can perform competitively in the AEC sector. ATG collaborates with customers across the Gulf South, Midwest and Southwest through partnerships with 3DR, Autodesk, Leica, Microsoft and Panzura. Learn more about our company at www.atgusa.com.

 

Autodesk and the Autodesk logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries.