Atlas Pipe Piles delivers straight-seam ERW pipe piling for deep foundation projects across North America. Our straight-seam piles offer exceptional benefits for the entire project team, with superior load-bearing capacity and 30% less weld area compared to spiral-weld piles. Atlas pipe piles are prime product with total coil traceability and non-destructive testing inspections, made to ASTM A252 and A500 specifications. All Atlas pipe piles are 100% Made & Melted in America and meet the strictest Made in America and Buy American standards.
L.B. Foster Company signed an agreement to market AlumaBridge orthotropic bridge decking as the manufacturer’s exclusive North American sales channel. The lightweight extruded deck panels are designed with a solid road surface to minimize tire noise, improve skid resistance, and produce a smooth ride. The deck incorporates a skid-resistant epoxy bonded aggregate wearing surface. According to the company, aluminum bridge deck sections minimize traffic interruption and improve installation time significantly, compared with typical cast-in-place concrete bridge deck construction. The lightweight deck panels can be shipped by truck and arrive at the project site ready to install. Photo: AlumaBridge, LLC
Tensar North American Green launched a new website (www.tensarnagreen.com) that the company said provides an enhanced user experience and easy access to erosion control products and systems information, project case studies, installation videos, and literature. Website visitors can register at www.tensarnagreen.com to gain full access to online tools and resources including installation guides, product specifications, design software, installation details, and more. The site includes ECMDS 5.0 software for project evaluation, design, and specification, as well as a distributor locator tool.
NVIDIA introduced a GPU rendering appliance that accelerates ray tracing, enabling professional designers to interact with computer models with high visual fidelity. The NVIDIA Iray Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) combines hardware and software to accelerate the work of NVIDIA Iray — a photorealistic renderer integrated into design tools such as Dassault Systemes’ CATIA and Autodesk’s 3ds Max. Iray VCA uses eight of NVIDIA’s most powerful GPUs, each with 12 GB of graphics memory, which together deliver 23,040 CUDA architecture cores.
The National Asphalt Pavement Association provided funding to David Timm, Ph.D., and Ben Peters of Auburn University to develop MultiCool V2.0. MultiCool calculates the rate of cooling for an asphalt mat during construction. Time, date, location, and weather information can be calculated automatically and the user need only add details about the mixture and the surface it is being placed atop. The program then returns a chart showing how quickly each lift will cool and when the next lift can be placed. It can be downloaded for Android devices through the Google Play app store or visit the website below to access the desktop or mobile Web version.
North American Specialty Products’ StraightShot restrained-joint PVC pipe features the company’s Certa-Lok mechanical joining system, which provides a smooth, flush joint without the need for the time-consuming and costly fusion process required with HDPE and fusible PVC pipe. According to the company, StraightShot is ideal for guided boring and gravity sewer projects where precise grading is critical as well as slip lining and micro-tunneling applications. StraightShot is available in 1-, 2-, and 3 meter lengths and in outside diameters of 8 or 15 inches, both in DR14.
Reinforced Earth® MSE retaining structures are an economical way to meet ordinary and extraordinary earth retention and load support needs for highways and bridges, railroads and mass transit systems, waterfronts, airports, loading docks, industrial and mining facilities and commercial and residential developments. Each wall is a coherent gravity structure, custom-engineered by The Reinforced Earth Company to project-specific requirements including applied loading, foundation conditions, and aesthetics. The key components of a Reinforced Earth wall are galvanized steel high adherence reinforcing strips or reinforcing ladders, granular backfill and precast concrete facing panels. The frictional bond between the backfill and the reinforcements is permanent and predictable and there is a reliable mechanical connection between reinforcements and facing panels.
2015 Design Software Suites
Autodesk introduced its 2015 Suites for buildings, civil infrastructure, and oil and gas projects: Autodesk Building Design Suite, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite, and Autodesk Plant Design Suite. In addition, Autodesk said its InfraWorks 360 family of offerings now includes enhanced roads and highways capabilities and new features to help civil engineers model and visualize more realistic bridge design concepts. New features available in all of the 2015 Design Suites include an updated, modern interface; one-button access to Autodesk BIM 360 for better integration with the cloud; and enhanced point cloud capabilities that include improved control over point cloud datasets and enhanced display settings.
Bluebeam Software released Revu 12 for PDF-based mark-up, measurement, and collaboration. New or improved features include Capture, which allows users to add multiple photos from the field or an image library; AutoMark, which allows users to create bookmarks and page labels by combining multiple page regions, such as sheet labels and sheet numbers, and then adding prefixes, suffixes, and symbols; and Batch Link can link up entire document sets automatically by creating an unlimited number of hyperlinks by file name, page label, or page region. Revu 12 also can set separate X and Y scales on a PDF.
Nemetschek Scia introduced Scia Design Forms, an open design technology that allows civil and structural engineers to write their own checks and engineering calculations, which can then be linked to Scia Engineer, the company’s finite element analysis software. According to the company, with Scia Design Forms, engineering firms can centralize design tasks into one integrated workflow, see exactly what formulas and methods are being used for a check, modify code checks, and remove the dependency on any one software vendor.
Tekla acquired SVS Innovations’ construction software business and its Field3D mobile technology to further strengthen Tekla’s position in mobile BIM applications development. Field3D is a 3D collaboration software solution for BIM that works on mobile devices, enabling stakeholders in a construction workflow to access complete 3D model information for an entire building on smartphones and tablets. According to Tekla, Field3D can fluently manage 3D models on mobile devices regardless of model size.
Trimble’s Scan Explorer Extension for SketchUp Pro enables architects, engineers, and geospatial professionals to create models from 3D scanning data, connecting high-resolution field data from Trimble scanners with professional modeling software. Streamlined tools and one-touch features allow users to extract construction points and lines that are used as a guide to simplify and expedite the modeling process. The extension includes a simple-to-use edge extraction tool, allowing users to decipher important cues from the scan data directly into their model building space.
Oldcastle Precast Inc. acquired the assets of KriStar Enterprises Inc. The purchase includes three manufacturing locations in California and all related intellectual property. KriStar developed stormwater management products to meet the evolving demands of federal, state, and local regulations. Oldcastle Precast will focus on marketing these solutions to regulators, owners, and civil and environmental engineers nationwide. Oldcastle Precast said it will offer the largest breadth of product in the industry, including the FloGard Dual Vortex, FloGard PerkFilter, and Bio-Mod brands.
Hollow structural sections (HSS) are structural elements that help engineers solve complex design issues. HSS are particularly well-suited for structures with large load demands, including vertical columns, diagonal bracing, long spans and seismic applications. With exceptional functional performance and flexibility, HSS are a superior, cost-effective alternative to open sections and built-up, welded box sections. Atlas Tube offers the broadest size range of HSS in North America — including the new ASTM A1085 specification — and is the exclusive provider of Jumbo HSS.
Imetrum signed a distribution agreement with RESPEC — an integrated consultancy and services firm with substantial experience in mining — to make Imetrum’s Video Gauge camera-based structural monitoring system available to the North American civil, structural, geotechnical, and mining communities. The Video Gauge is able to track a wide variety of structures. According to the company, movement can be monitored to less than 0.1 mm and recorded video data can be stored for analysis later, or processed and transmitted for realtime monitoring, with the aim of providing richer data and a quicker, more cost-effective method of assessing structural and geological movement.