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Autodesk announces $100 million program to spark 3D printing investment

SAN FRANCISCO – Autodesk, Inc. has announced that it intends to invest up to $100 million in 3D printing companies over the next several years. The Spark Investment Fund, which will be operated within Autodesk, is the first of its kind for the 3D printing industry and will invest in entrepreneurs, startups and researchers who push the boundaries of 3D printing technology and accelerate the new industrial revolution.

PENETRON upgrades industry and shops in Poland

East Setauket, N.Y. – PENETRON crystalline technology helped upgrade and complete three important and recently completed construction projects in Puławy, a significant industrial center in Eastern Poland.

Bentley and Trimble advance BIM through construction modeling

LONDON and LAS VEGAS – Bentley Systems and Trimble, providers of BIM technology for engineers and contractors, have committed to leveraging construction modeling for the benefit of capital, industrial, and infrastructure project delivery. Aspects of construction modeling include modeling of temporary works, intelligent positioning, “splitting and sequencing,” detailing for fabrication, workface planning, construction work packaging, and support for distributed construction – referencing and supplementing design modeling deliverables.

EPA offers webcast: Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. — On Nov. 4, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will conduct a webcast, Innovative Financing for Green Infrastructure, as part of its Green Infrastructure Program 2014 Webcast Series sponsored by the Office of Wastewater Management. This 90-minute webcast will provide an overview of green infrastructure financing strategies and highlight a community that leveraged Clean Water State Revolving Fund resources for a flood mitigation project that provided multiple economic, environmental and social benefits.

GDP report shows increasing positivity for nonresidential construction

Washington, D.C. — Nonresidential fixed investment grew 5.5 percent in the third quarter after expanding 9.7 percent in the second quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis' Oct. 30 gross domestic product (GDP) report. It has now expanded by greater than 5 percent in four of the past five quarters. In addition, investment in equipment increased 7.2 percent, while investment in nonresidential structures increased 3.8 percent.

New AASHTO tool updates transportation revenue options

Washington, D.C. — While public officials continue to discuss ways to fund a new surface transportation authorization, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has updated its popular matrix of revenue generating options with new easy-to-understand graphics.

VIATechnik creates intelligent 3D model for reconstruction of Cedars-Sinai Steven Spielberg Building

Chicago — VIATechnik, a Chicago-based engineering firm, has partnered with Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and LCS Constructors, Inc. on a reconstruction project of the Steven Spielberg Building. Construction is nearing completion on this cryogenic lab and storage facility. The space has been transformed to include 80 liquid nitrogen freezers with chilled beams, as well as cutting edge research and laboratories.

DHS Science and Technology Directorate unveils new goals

Washington, D.C. — Dr. Reginald Brothers, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary for Science and Technology, announced the new visionary goals for the department’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). These visionary goals will drive S&T’s strategic plan.

MWH Global to be featured in a Special Edition of H2’s Modern Marvels highlighting the Panama Canal project

Broomfield, Colo. — MWH Global announced that it will be sponsoring Radiant Features of Los Angeles in their filming of a special edition of H2’s Modern Marvels series that will focus on the Panama Canal expansion project. The special edition episode of Modern Marvels will focus on the engineering challenges that were faced as a part of updating the 100-year-old Panama Canal.

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