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May 2008 » Feature Articles
Learn about upcoming user conferences and relevant articles about design, analysis, and modeling software used by civil engineers.
CE News Staff

Design, analysis, and modeling software used by civil engineers is constantly advancing. To help you stay informed, CE News provides updates regularly. Learn about upcoming user conferences and relevant articles here.


User conferences
The following software developers offer annual user conferences, usually featuring hands-on training, technical and application presentations, networking opportunities, partner exhibits, and introduction of new products. Many conferences provide industry-specific training, as well as highlight industry issues and technology trends. Check company websites for conference details, cost, and registration.

Autodesk—Autodesk University, Dec. 2-5, 2008, in Las Vegas, brings together a worldwide community of professionals—product users, instructors, software developers, and tools suppliers—to participate in a proven model of learning and networking. The 2008 conference is expected to feature about 600 sessions, divided into 20 tracks. Also available will be PowerTracks designed to focus on specific aspects of each of Autodesk’s products or the industries they cover and to give attendees an in-depth learning experience.

Bentley Systems, Inc.—BE Conference, May 28-30, 2008, in Baltimore—themed Best Practices for Sustaining Infrastructure—allows attendees to share best practices among peers who are working smarter through pragmatic innovations developed "organically" among Bentley users. Different from previous BE Conferences, the 2008 event will include only minimal lecture-based Learning Path sessions from Bentley Institute. Track sessions consist of projects and technology in 10 areas.

Carlson Softare—Carlson’s first user conference, held April 14-15, 2008, in Lexington, Ky., included training tracks on SurvCE, Civil, Survey, Mining, and Construction, plus an elective track covering a variety of subjects. Attendees learned both fundamentals and advanced tools from the experts. Plans for the next user conference are under consideration. Check the company’s website for updates.

ERDAS—An ERDAS User’s Group Meeting was held at the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing’s 2008 Annual Conference, April 28-May 2, 2008, in Portland, Ore. Product managers, support engineers and sales staff presented ERDAS’ latest enterprise, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and visualization technology. Additionally, there was a special focus on the new capabilities of LPS 9.2, medium-format digital frame processing and enterprise photogrammetry workflows. ERDAS plans to make this an annual event.

ESRI—The ESRI International User Conference, Aug. 4-8, 2008, in San Diego, is billed as the largest GIS conference in the world. Attendees from more than 120 countries learn new skills, share information, and discover best practices, tips, and tricks. The ESRI Survey & Engineering GIS Summit, held during the conference, showcases how GIS software integrates with surveying and engineering tools to provide more complete business solutions and field processes.

Georgia Tech - CASE Center—The GT STRUDL 20th Annual Users Group Meeting & Training Seminar, June 23-26, 2008 , in Las Vegas, offers technical presentations about how GT STRUDL is being used on engineering projects around the world. Attendees will learn how to use new features in the latest version of GT STRUDL, as demonstrated by Georgia Tech - CASE Center’s Research & Development team.

Intergraph—Intergraph 2008, June 2-5, 2008, in Las Vegas, gives attendees a greater understanding of Intergraph’s full range of technology and services, best practices in specific industries, and fresh ways of thinking to get the most from Intergraph technology. The conference provides opportunity to meet Intergraph developers and subject matter experts, as well as Intergraph partners.

MWH Soft—The MWH Soft Sixth Annual International Geoengineering Conference, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2008, in Boulder, Colo., offers workshops, technology demonstrations, and presentations associated with the latest advances in water distribution and sewer collection modeling, optimization, and management.

Wallingford Software—Wallingford Software’s North American User Group Meeting, Oct. 1-2, 2008, in San Diego, includes user case studies, product and new feature demonstrations, discussions of what’s next for each product, and user feedback sessions. Presentations on integrating modeling systems and new stormwater applications will also be included.

Wolfram Research, Inc.—At the International Mathematica User Conference, Oct. 23-25, 2008, in Champaign, Ill., Wolfram Research. will celebrate 20 years of innovation and excellence with presentations by Stephen Wolfram, senior Wolfram Research staff, and selected world leaders in science and technology.


Reference index
CE News publishes articles about design, analysis, and modeling software regularly to help readers keep up-to-date on features, functions, and trends. Following is a list of articles published in CE News between Jan. 2006 and April 2008. To access an article online, click on the title below.

Software systems improve wastewater collection: Establishing dynamic, optimal sewer line cleaning cycles using GIS, Robert R. Reid, P.E.; Peter V. Sevcik, P.E.; and Harry C. Lorick, P.E., April 2008 (online only)

Changing the landscape: 3-D CAD modeling is emerging as the standard civil engineering design solution, Mark J. Scacco, P.E., April 2008

Product Guide: Software, April 2008

Air space obstacles: Design visualization tools change the face of airport engineering, Reva Garmise, Feb. 2008 (online only)

Fast-track design: Custom training helps a small firm quickly adopt dynamic modeling software to handle growing workload, Joe Hedrick, Feb. 2008

Modeling water quality impacts of stormwater runoff: Why hydrologic models aren’t sufficient, A. Jones-Lee, Ph.D.; and G. Fred Lee, Ph.D., P.E., DEE, Feb. 2008

Technology approach: Airport planning firm offers best practices for upgrading civil engineering technology, Bob Endres, Jan. 2008

Ohio River Bridges Project: Engineering collaboration on an unprecedented scale, Jackie Cissell, Dec. 2007

BIM and civil engineering: It’s time to pay attention, Shanon Fauerbach, P.E., Dec. 2007

Civil engineering technology: The state of practice, Shanon Fauerbach, P.E., Nov. 2007

Wastewater plans: Computer modeling helps utility anticipate infrastructure needs for the next 50 years, Eric Onderak; Clinton Cantrell, P.E.; and Brandon Vatter, P.E., Oct. 2007 (online only)

Gateway to better decisions: A GIS-based, integrated management system provides real-time access to distributed information, Todd Anderson, Oct. 2007

Harnessing information technology: Chief information officers discuss strategies to improve economic productivity at annual workshop, Anne-Marie Walters and Christopher Frangione, Sept. 2007

Product Guide: Software, Sept. 2007

Integrated technologies connect project participants: Re-engineer work processes by combining positioning, communication, and information management innovations, LaVonne Frazier, Aug. 2007

Closing the loop: Combining CAD and GIS data before and after design creates an efficient cyclic process, Pete Kelsey, July 2007

Don’t use an elephant gun to shoot flies: Proper stormwater design ’engine’ selection guarantees better use of time, Angus W. Stocking, L.S., July 2007

New & Noteworthy: Software products, June 2007

Breaking through communication barriers: Firms use 3-D visualization technology to improve client and public understanding of projects, Reva Garmise, March 2007

New & Noteworthy: Software products, Feb. 2007

The virtual team: Five tips for using your firm’s global resources for local project delivery, Peter Z. Armata, Jr., Nov. 2006

Anatomy of a successful bid: 3-D visualization technology helps TBE streamline the review board process, Reva Garmise, Aug. 2006

Digital decisions: Information technology tools enhance the role of engineering judgment in analysis and design, W. Allen Marr, P.E., Aug. 2006

GIS for site planning: Improving speed and precision, James J. Devellis, P.E., July 2006

Adding another dimension: ’Slow and steady’ describes how this firm transitioned to 3-D design, Bob Breedlove, P.E., June 2006

Growing with the flow: Hydraulic models enable phased, wastewater infrastructure expansion to support development in southern San Diego County, Thomas C. Davies, P.E., May 2006

Investing in innovation: Balancing the costs and value of changing technology, Bill Amadon, CPA; and King Nelson, May 2006

Transitioning to 3-D Design: Model-based design helps bridge the gap between engineering and construction work for efficient and profitable collaboration, Terry Bennett, P.L.S.-L.P.F., April 2006

Bringing critical data into view: Enhancement of EPA’s Window to My Environment website is expected to improve access to environmental information, Jim Romeo, March 2006

New & Noteworthy: Software products, Feb. 2006


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