The Autodesk BIM 360 Layout app for iOS uses the BIM 360 cloud service to allow contractors to connect building information modeling to the construction layout process. With a direct connection to the Topcon LN-100 Robotic Instrument via WiFi, field users are guided to physical locations on jobsites based on points created in the 3D models that are represented in the BIM 360 Layout app. The Autodesk BIM 360 Layout app is available for download on the Apple App Store and requires a subscription to the BIM 360 web service.
AlumaBridge, LLC produces two primary aluminum deck systems — an 8-inch-deep bridge deck to replace concrete on structurally deficient bridges and a 5-inch-deep deck alternative to steel grid decks. Newly designed end extrusions run along the edges of the deck and can be modified to accommodate various panel widths. These extrusions are also designed for guard rail connections. According to the company, the strength of structural aluminum mirrors that of monolithic concrete but is corrosion-resistant and only about one-fifth the weight.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures added three length options to its HD Building solutions — 160, 180, and 200 feet. The HD Buildings are available in both gable- and round-style designs and can be mounted as a freestanding structure or affixed to other foundations, such as ponywalls or containers. HD Buildings are made from triple-galvanized structural steel tubing for the frame and a 12.5 oz., high-density polyethylene (HDPE) rip-stop fabric cover. Since there are no internal support posts, the building allows for maximum usable space.
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.
Pile Dynamics, Inc reengineered its Pile Integrity Tester for low-strain integrity testing of deep foundations, giving it a large and bright color screen, a lighter enclosure, and a USB port for data transfer. This model is available with one (PIT-V) or two (PIT-FV) channels of data acquisition, both traditional (wired). The PIT performs pulse echo tests and consists of a main unit, one accelerometer, and one handheld hammer. The PIT-FV is most often supplied with one accelerometer and one instrumented hammer, but may also be used with two accelerometers.
HP’s new HP Designjet SD Pro Scanner features a new contact image sensor technology with a dual-illuminating system and image enhancement software, helping users accurately reproduce detailed large-format documents at high speeds. It integrates with existing HP Designjet printers to add scanning and copying capabilities. The HP Designjet SD and HD Pro Scanners scan at 6 inches per second for color images and 13 inches per second for black and white images. Additionally, both scanners provide multipage PDF and scan to email, USB, and network capabilities.
American Cast Iron Pipe Company said its 60-inch Series 2500 Flex-Ring boltless restrained joint valve is the first and the largest resilient wedge gate valve in the industry without flanged ends. According to the company, benefits of the valve include significant labor savings because it takes less time to install than flanged-end valves, no flanged joint fasteners to corrode, and the ability to deflect once it’s installed, making it ideal for soil that is shifting or settling such as in locations near structures or tanks. The valve is for use on ductile iron pipe and spiral-welded steel pipe.
Sherwin-Williams Protective and Marine Coatings introduced a line of fast drying, high build, solvent-free polyurethanes for corrosion protection for the water conveyance piping market. The chemical and abrasion-resistant Poly-Cote 110 Fast Set, Poly-Cote 110 Rapid Set, Poly-Cote 115, and Poly-Cote 115FR provide a smooth, glossy finish and offer the hydrophobic properties of an epoxy while maintaining the durability, flexibility, and fast cure times of urethane. Performance characteristics of the Poly-Cote line exceed the minimum requirements of AWWA C222- 08, Polyurethane Coatings for the Interior and Exterior of Steel Water Pipe and Fittings.
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.
Aconex launched Aconex Connected BIM to manage building information modeling data and processes for project-wide collaboration between design and construction teams and handover to the owner. Designers for specific disciplines can create and modify models in their native authoring tools and use software plug-ins to publish them in the Aconex BIM Cloud. On the platform, all members of the project team can view, distribute, mark up, and contribute to model data at the object level. Team members can link each object in the model with relevant project documents, communications, and workflows.
Bentley Systems, Incorporated acquired BLUERIDGE Analytics, Inc., provider of SITEOPS site design optimization. SITEOPS uses cloud-based computing techniques to explore engineering alternatives and their costs. According to Bentley, SITEOPS performs site configuration simulations that fully assess millions of layout, parking, grading, and drainage options within hours; produces preliminary cost estimates and conceptual designs faster; optimizes site designs through advanced “optioneering;” and minimizes overall costs while ensuring engineering quality.
Rand Worldwide’s IMAGINiT Technologies division released Scan to BIM 2015.1. This latest release features automated piping tools specifically designed to save MEP engineers and scanning professionals time when identifying, placing, and connecting pipes from a point cloud to a model created with Autodesk Revit software. Auto-Pipe Finder leads users through a step-by-step process that scans a point cloud, creates pipe runs, identifies potential errors, and, through pipe adjustment tools, offers the ability to quickly correct them.
Oracle Primavera Unifier 10.0 combines Primavera Project Delivery Management, Primavera Cost Controls, and Primavera Capital Planning into one application — Primavera Unifier Project Controls. The new release also includes expanded support for mobile devices, more flexible navigation, and calculation features as well as broader browser compatibility. Users who create business process records on a mobile device can attach photos to records — such as requests for information, potential change orders, and work orders — in a single step.
Presto Geosystems introduced GEOWEB MSE design freeware for GEOWEB geocell wall applications. The software creates vegetated and non-vegetated MSE designs based on the GEOWEB system for reinforced slopes, and for gravity and geogrid-reinforced walls. The software is based on industry-standard design methods and contains specific algorithms that capture the interaction between the GEOWEB system, infill and backfill soil, and geogrid reinforcement and specific factors of safety. In addition to performing the analysis, GEOWEB MSE software creates a full graphic design analysis output and cross-sectional drawings.
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.
3D Robotics’ new 3DR Mapping Platforms consist of the 3DR X8-M (multi-copter) and Aero-M (fixed-wing) drones. Each platform is bundled with a high resolution visible-spectrum camera, protective hard case, auto-pilot-controlled image acquisition, and image processing software powered by Pix4D. Flight planning software computes flight paths over a selected area and calculates which pictures to take and when. The drones automatically capture images and geo-tag each capture, which can then be geo-referenced by the Pix4D software to create a high-resolution, orthorectified 2D mosaic map or 3D model.
Catsurveys Group Ltd.’s Mobile Ground Penetrating Radar (MGPR) combines the benefits of GPR and corrected GNSS data. The MGPR uses multiple low- and intermediate-frequency antennas to boost data quality. Double-polarized antennas cover both longitudinal and transversal scans to create underground images. The mobile system enables rapid data collection, allowing the survey to be carried out in the office, reducing project time, health and safety risks, and lowering cost when compared with traditional push GPR.