Sensors, software, and LEED calculator

December 2009 » Products » NEW & NOTEWORTHY

MEMS accelerometers for infrastructure monitoring
HP introduced inertial sensing technology that enables development of digital micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) accelerometers. A MEMS accelerometer can be used to measure vibration, shock, or change in velocity. Deploying many of these detectors as part of a complete sensor network will enable real-time data collection, management, evaluation, and analysis to improve safety, security, and sustainability for a range of applications such as bridge and infrastructure health monitoring, geophysical mapping, mine exploration, and earthquake monitoring. The HP sensing technology enables a new class of ultrasensitive, low-power MEMS accelerometers. As much as 1,000 times more sensitive than high-volume, commercial products, sensors based on this technology can achieve noise density performance in the sub 100 nano-g per square root Hz range to enable dramatic improvements in data quality, the company said. The MEMS device can be customized with single or multiple axes per chip to meet system requirements.
HP — www.hp.com

Pipe and precast concrete LEED calculator
Hanson Pipe & Precast developed a proprietary LEED calculator that quantifies its products’ contribution to two LEED credit categories — recycled content and regional materials. Hanson calculates the complete report, leaving no further steps or costs for project owners. The calculator provides the mileage and the exact LEED-approved recycled content percentages of products, both in weight and dollar amount. Once the owner or contractor requests the LEED data and provides the necessary project information, the calculation is typically completed within a few business days. Hanson encourages its customers to request the information prior to the project start date.
Hanson Pipe & Precast — www.hansonpipeandprecast.com

Bentley adds geotechnical and geoenvironmental capabilities
Bentley Systems, Inc., acquired gINT Software, which developed gINT Enterprise to centrally manage subsurface data through multi-project reporting and extended querying power. According to Bentley, gINT Enterprise facilitates reuse of subsurface mapping information. ‘Intra-operating’ software from Bentley will introduce information modeling that extends to conditions below the ground, and Bentley’s new i-model will facilitate full integration of geotechnical workflows within information modeling. With the phased rollout of gINT Enterprise, Bentley said that infrastructure professionals can expect to report on and query subsurface data from an unlimited number of projects; standardize how an organization’s data is entered, imported, stored, and reported; share data with related software programs including CAD, GIS, contouring, and modeling applications; and visualize gINT data using the software’s extension for ArcGIS.
Bentley Systems, Inc. — www.bentley.com

A/E business software
BQE Software Inc., a provider of business management software for professional services organizations, acquired Orange Loft LLC, the makers of ArchiOffice and EngineerOffice, which help architects and engineers manage workflow, including project management, contact management, document management, and AIA-compliant billing. These functionalities extend BQE’s reach in the architecture and engineering business sector by delivering a complete solution. BQE Software acquired all of Orange Loft’s assets, including the company’s ArchiOffice and EngineerOffice products, and other intellectual property such as the AccountantOffice, BuilderOffice, and DesignerOffice brands.
BQE Software Inc. — www.bqe.com

Data-exchange tool for design files
Trimble and Autodesk, Inc., collaborated to develop a fully automated data-exchange tool enabling information from an AutoCAD Civil 3D model to be imported directly into the Trimble Business Center-HCE (Heavy Construction Edition) data management software. The new, free, downloadable software extension, called the AutoCAD Civil 3D Importer for Trimble Business Center-HCE, provides the ability to import DWG files that contain AutoCAD Civil 3D native design objects into the Trimble Business Center-HCE software. The AutoCAD Civil 3D model information is then used by the Trimble Business Center-HCE to prepare, manage, and distribute data for use with Trimble’s range of site-positioning and grade-control products for earthmoving, grading, and finishing operations. Using the extension, contractors can reduce data preparation time and costs and provide rich, first-hand information to the field, including corridor model sections, alignments, station equations, profiles, feature lines, finished grade and subgrade surface information, and advanced point objects.
Autodesk, Inc. — www.autodesk.com/civil3d-trimble
Trimble — www.trimble.com/tbc-hce


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