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Leica Geosystems: Mobile mapping

Leica Geosystems’ Pegasus:Two is a vehicle-independent mobile mapping platform that calibrates imagery and LiDAR point cloud data to deliver highly accurate and economical geospatial data in a 360° spherical view while providing two methods for extracting data — through LiDAR or via photogrammetry. A sensor platform uses six horizontal cameras, plus an optional rear camera and a skyward view camera, a single high-speed LiDAR sensor, and an external output for an additional sensor. According to Leica, the Pegasus:Two enables unlimited mobile mapping applications, from pavement analysis to geo-referencing railways systems, within the same platform. Leica Geosystems
XP Solutions: Hydrodynamic software models

XP Solutions released XPSWMM and XPSTORM version 2014. These hydrodynamic software models simulate sanitary sewer systems, stormwater systems, rivers, floodplains, and water quality for master planning, floodplain mapping, flood hazard mitigation, and sustainable stormwater control simulation. New features include river and bridge links to improve workflow by focusing the data requirements to channel inverts and cross sections, sanitary sewer analysis that allows multiple dry weather flow computations to be specified at a single node, user-defined hazard criteria, and use of GIS layers as a source for catchment data generation.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Ecosystem mapping tool

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates more than 300 data layers, which can help decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on ecosystems and communities. EnviroAtlas combines hundreds of data layers developed through collaboration between EPA; U.S. Geological Survey; U.S. Forest Service; other federal, state, and non-profit organizations; and several universities. Using web application tools, users can generate customized maps and images that show the condition of a local community’s air, water, and landscape, as well as population density and other demographic data.
Hydro International: Online separator sizing calculator

Hydro International’s online Downstream Defender Sizing Calculator allows designers to select and specify the most appropriate Downstream Defender model size with the option to generate product drawings, save project designs, and submit projects for design reviews and price estimates. The Downstream Defender is a manhole-based hydrodynamic vortex separator. The sizing calculator takes users step-by-step through the selection and sizing process with options to size by regulatory agency, target particulate pollution by particle size, or by the required Downstream Defender model, if known. The software also makes suggestions for the suitability of continuous online or offline drainage layout options.
Integrated Environmental Solutions: Energy efficiency standards software

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) said its Virtual Environment (VE) software was approved for commercial building compliance with the new California Building Regulations, Title 24. The first commercial software to be approved, the VE 2014 Feature Pack is available for the launch of the regulations on July 1. VE 2014 combines holistic design and commercial building compliance in one software pack. It will provide an alternative calculation method for demonstrating performance compliance with the non-residential provisions of the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6, and associated administrative regulations in part 1, Chapter 10 (Standards).
Koch Membrane Systems, Inc.: Water ultrafiltration system

Koch Membrane Systems, Inc.’s MegaPure hollow fiber product line is designed for high-solids water and wastewater applications, including surface water treatment, high total organic carbon water treatment, reverse osmosis pretreatment, and tertiary wastewater treatment. The MegaPure ultrafiltration system features a single-potting cartridge design that allows air scouring to penetrate the fiber bundle more completely and release accumulated solids to the bottom, where they are drained away. The cartridge uses the same reinforced fiber made popular by the company’s PURON submerged hollow fiber product line. MegaPure eliminates clarifier pretreatment in many applications, the company said.
National Asphalt Pavement Association: Thin asphalt overlays

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) published a position paper, “Thinlays: The Pavement Preservation Tool of Choice.” Thinlays are thin asphalt overlay mixes designed to be placed as thin as 5/8 inch. The association, working with state asphalt pavement associations and the National Center for Asphalt Technology, is testing several localized Thinlay mixes with a high level of recycled materials, which will be used to craft guidelines other states can use to develop sustainable thin overlays designed to best meet their local needs, conditions, and materials. According to NAPA, Thinlays can extend pavement life and provide a modest improvement in pavement strength.
Trimble: Compaction control system

Trimble introduced a GNSS-based machine control solution to improve efficiency of bulk earthworks and landfill compaction operations. Installed on a four-drum soil or landfill compactor, the Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System allows a machine operator to make more uniform and efficient passes, report compaction production data in the field, and ensure target compaction is reached with minimal fuel usage and machine wear. Trimble CCS900 offers in-field reporting options, including in-cab report generation and printing, which allows compaction production analysis to be carried out in the field so problems can be addressed immediately.

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