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Tekla announces 2014 Global BIM Award winners

Atlanta — Tekla, a Trimble company and global provider of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to the architectural, engineering and construction markets, announced the winners of its 2014 Tekla Global BIM Awards. The winners were chosen by a jury of international BIM experts and public vote.

Interior Department announces new tools to help communities build resilience to climate change

Washington, D.C. — Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the release of two new hubs of datasets that are part of the Climate Data Initiative (CDI), a key feature of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to help local and state leaders build greater community resilience in the face of climate change. Jewell announced that hundreds of datasets from numerous federal departments and agencies have been consolidated into two thematic CDI data hubs for “Ecosystem Vulnerability” and “Water,” and are now available online to the public for free.

Researchers develop software to quickly produce 3D building models

Enschede, Netherlands — Researchers at the University of Twente have developed software which enables users to quickly produce 3D models of buildings for relatively little money. The software can automatically generate 95 percent of the detailed 3D building models, thus reducing production costs and lead time.

KBR, Inc. announces major business transformation

Houston — Global engineering, construction and services company KBR, Inc. announced the results of a major Strategic Review, which will see the company become a more streamlined, empowered and accountable global organization with three strategic focus areas.

FAA grants five more commercial UAS exemptions

Washington, D.C. — The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology. The four companies that received exemptions want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections.

Best Master's Programs publishes 2015 ranking of 50 best online master's in engineering programs

Raleigh, N.C. — Online graduate school guide, Best Master's Programs has published a ranking of the fifty best schools for online master's in engineering degrees. The ranking, which can be viewed at www.bestmastersprograms.org/rankings/best-online-masters-in-engineering-programs, lists the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology as the top school, followed by Arizona State University and North Carolina State University in second and third place.

MDOT evaluates bridge deck epoxy injection

Hancock, Mich. — The Michigan Department of Transportation has partnered with BridgeGuard, a concrete bridge evaluation company, to analyze the effectiveness of epoxy injection into concrete bridge decks. The epoxy injection research program was initiated as an opportunity for the Michigan DOT to repair existing infrastructure in a cost effective manner. Initially, seven bridges in Michigan were identified for the program.

2015 Bottom Line Report estimates $163 billion needed annually to fix nation’s transportation system

Washington, D.C. — The “2015 Bottom Line Report” on transportation investment needs, released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the American Public Transportation Association, estimates that to meet current demand it will require an annual capital investment over six years by all levels of government in the amount of $120 billion in the nation’s highway and bridge network and $43 billion in America’s public transportation infrastructure.

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