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    Upcoming Webcast: OpenRoads Designer – Adapting to Change

    It’s been said, the only constant is change! As our industry’s processes, workflows, and technologies evolve to meet time and budgetary constraints, OpenRoads Designer offers a broad set of tools and a comprehensive modeling environment that allow design professionals to utilize new technology and easily incorporate new forms of data, all while interactively designing in a model that’s parametrically enabled by their own design intent.

     

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    Introduction to Designing Corrugated Metal Pipe (CMP) Stormwater Detention Systems
    (Print PDH from the May/June 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    The two essential functions of a stormwater management system are to control the 1) quality and 2) quantity of runoff leaving a site. There are various ways to do this; a common method is with an aboveground system in the form of a detention pond, but these take up usable land space. This is not a major issue in rural areas, but in urban environments, land space is expensive, and a loss of land space results in lost revenue.

    As a result, engineers and developers often turn to underground solutions, which take many forms. One of the most common is an underground detention system made from corrugated metal pipe (CMP). These systems are employed on a site to reduce the quantity of stormwater runoff leaving a site by temporarily storing the runoff that exceeds a site’s allowable discharge rate and releasing it slowly through time.

    Designing CMP detention systems is a complex task. This article is not intended to be a complete design guide; it is intended to address three questions engineers often have regarding designing CMP detention systems.

    As seen in the May/June 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Understanding the Impact of Pipe Stiffness on Long-Term Deflections
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    Pipe stiffness in the pipe industry is a standard test that is performed on actual pipe samples to determine their ring stiffness. Many product specifications in the pipe industry require a minimum target pipe stiffness be achieved as a requirement for that standard.

    As seen in the March/April 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Designing Dam Embankments with Articulating Concrete Block Systems (Print PDH from the January/February 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Dams are called “installations containing dangerous forces” in International Humanitarian Law; there is potential for great destruction to people, property and the environment in the event of a dam failure. The forces that make dams dangerous also provide essential benefits such as drinking water, flood control, power production, irrigation and recreation. Holding a balance between destructive forces and essential benefits lies, to some degree, in protecting the dam from soil erosion when an overtopping event occurs.

    As seen in the January/February 2017 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Design and Evaluate Viable Roadway Design Alternatives in Less Time (Archived Webcast)


    Join the webcast to see how you, other project team members, and clients can work through and evaluate multiple viable alternatives quicker than ever before. OpenRoads ConceptStation allows users of all backgrounds to efficiently and rapidly sketch out roadway designs, which will not only return immediate cost feedback, but also render in a real-time immersive environment.

    You can also include your project’s real-world existing conditions and true traffic simulations to help facilitate better communication and decision making in working towards your optimal design.

    Planners, engineers, designers, managers, and even contractors can all now evaluate more options during their respective (planning, preliminary design, and pre-bid) phases of the project.

     

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    Comparing Autodesk InfraWorks to Bentley OpenRoads ConceptStation (Archived Webcast)

    As the engineering industry continues to move to reality-based modeling platforms, next-gen products from multiple vendors are becoming more widely used. In this webinar Autodesk’s InfraWorks will go head to head with Bentley’s OpenRoads ConceptStation in a comparison of the features and functions that matter most to you.

    Presented by industry experts with years of experience, you’ll see first-hand how these products stack up and you’ll get insight into which is best for you.

     

     

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    Infrastructure challenges and future needs – Is BIM the answer? (Archived Webcast)

    Although it should not be acceptable that infrastructure still gets a grade of D+, the fact remains that there is a funding gap. The first step to addressing this gap is BIM.

    BIM can protect taxpayers from waste and would help to stretch limited federal appropriations. There is evidence the industry is moving toward a BIM approach as Dodge Data & Analytics details in the 2017 Value of BIM in Infrastructure SmartMarket Report.

    Join this webcast to get a first look at the report and hear a discussion on what must happen to address the infrastructure gap for projects today, and what must be considered to support infrastructure systems of the future.

     

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    System Based Steel Building Solutions: Integrating aesthetics, performance, sustainability (Archived Webcast)

    Today’s broad range of structural steel building systems presents an expansive design portfolio to building owners, architects and structural engineers. This course reviews the cost and performance based criteria for system selection, range of system types, finishing options, and questions of sustainability.

     

     

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    Helical Design: Code Compliance and Effects of Seismic Activity (Archived Webcast)

    Helical piles and anchors have been used in construction applications for more than 175 years. The first recorded use of helical piles was in 1836 by Alexander Mitchell in England. The helical pile industry has seen substantial growth in the last 20 years as most practicing engineers have recognized the strength, versatility, and many applications of the system.
    The popularity of helical piles has grown so much, the International Code Council (ICC) established acceptance criteria AC358 for helical piles in 2007. ICC inducted helical piles into the International Building Code in 2009. However, helical piles were barely mentioned in undergraduate and graduate civil engineering studies.
    The presentation will cover the design, applications, and building code requirements of helical piles.

     

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    Recommendations for Bioretention Media Qualification (Print PDH from the November/December 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Engineered bioretention media is optimized to filter and/or infiltrate stormwater runoff through a plant-soil-microbe complex. A successful bioretention installation involves oversight—not just onsite, but having a framework in place for transferring raw materials to a blended, commercially installed product. Read this “instruction manual” on how to successfully implement a bioretention media strategy. Then take the accompanying quiz to receive continuing education credit.

    As seen in the November/December 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    You have DRONED your project, now what?(Archived Webcast)

    Drone technology is improving rapidly, and it is becoming a common part of infrastructure workflows. But ordering and flying a drone to collect data, although cheaper and easier than previous methods, is still a costly expense, and it can be wasted if project teams don’t know what to do with the data after they’re collected. This webcast will detail how to import ContextCapture models into SITEOPS to create surface models of existing conditions that can be used quickly and efficiently before, during and after the project work.
    Attendees will Learn how to export SITEOPS design and ContextCapture data to LumenRT to create unmatched 3D visualizations; discover how SITEOPS, ContextCapture and LumenRT workflows allow users to look at more design options in less time than ever before; and learn how to illustrate to stakeholders how your project design will impact the surrounding community.
    The featured speaker will be David Settlemyer, P.E., the senior product engineer of SITEOPS for Bentley Systems, and the webcast will be beneficial for DOTs, land-development professionals, project managers, civil and structural engineers, consulting engineers, design professionals, contractors, and public and transportation officials.

     

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    Getting the Most out of your Bridge Model (Archived Webcast)

    Get more out of your 3D bridge model. 3D bridge models with Bentley’s OpenBridge Modeler go beyond traditional visualization.
    Create your 3D bridge model and use it through structural design, analytical calculations, and more with OpenBridge Modeler. OpenBridge Modeler reads and references information from roadway and survey teams to create a 3D model of the structure taking the surrounding infrastructure and environment into consideration.

     

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    Tilt-Up Design and BIM:The Value Proposition (Archived Webcast)

    Building Information Modeling (BIM) has certainly been in the recent design and construction news for use in everything from simple interference detection to more elaborate uses like coordination war rooms and 4D and 5D visualization. Most of these case studies involve particularly large scale projects with significant coordination issues and fast schedules. But can that same BIM process be leveraged for tilt-up design and construction to add value to our projects in a meaningful, yet cost efficient way.

    Fitzpatrick Engineering Group has been using BIM for design of steel buildings since 2006. In 2012, we changed the way steel is delivered to our projects by leveraging our structural design data early in design and shortened delivery of steel to our projects by eight weeks. In 2014, we brought those processes and concepts to our design of tilt-up buildings.

    In this session, Doug Fitzpatrick, P.E. will share how his firm is merging tilt-up and steel frame design and leveraging BIM to provide better coordination, error checking, 3D visualization, automated panel drawings, and quantity take-offs during design for cost tracking. Lessons learned from a recent project will be shared and discussed

     

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    CH2M Fairhurst Joint Venture Helps Make Scottish Highway Design a Reality with the Help of Reality Modeling (Archived Webcast)

     

    CH2M designed a challenging 43 km section of the A9 between Glen Garry and Dalraddy for Transport Scotland.  They relied on Bentley’s OpenRoads technology and ProjectWise among others to overcome the challenging design considerations.  But when it came to communicating their design, CH2M turned to the use of 3D reality modeling to help convey their designs to the public and other non-technical stakeholders who are not used to interpreting technical plans and profile drawings.  Learn how Bentley’s ContextCapture and LumenRT software had a tremendous positive impact on CH2M’s ability to explain their design proposals, especially when addressing resident’s or stakeholder’s concerns about the possible visual impact of the project.

     

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    Differentiate Your Firm or Organization with Rapid Conceptual Modeling in Real-World Environment(Archived Webcast)

    The need for accelerated project delivery requires successful civil and transportation designers to jump start projects with real-world data, rapid conceptual designs, and better decision making processes. Join the webinar to see hear Kevin Schlereth, PE, Principle Technologist, HNTB, discuss how HNTB uses OpenRoads ConceptStation to increase design productivity, identify potential high-risk items, and minimize project development costs.

     

    OpenRoads ConceptStation combines engineering modeling tools with associated costs to facilitate better decision making in the conceptual design phase. Engineers and designers, like Kevin, are able to evaluate more options during the planning and pre-bid stage of the project to help differentiate their firm from the others.

     

     

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    Combining AutoCAD Civil 3D and Infraworks 360 for Improved Civil Infrastructure Design Workflows (Archived Webcast)

    This webcast follows the completion of a benchmarking study that assessed the combined workflows between AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks 360. Our presenters will discuss the different steps in a typical civil infrastructure project workflow where the combined strengths of these products save time and improve design outcomes. The practitioners will relate how they gain new insights, speed design work and improve on stakeholder outreach and communication with clients. Presenters will share anecdotes from project work along with lessons learned.

     

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    Advancing Civil Infrastructure Design Workflows (Print PDH from the May/June 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    This benchmarking study discusses the workflow between AutoCAD Civil 3D and InfraWorks 360 and how they are being used alongside one another in daily practice. Our reviewers use the software on a daily basis, producing work for civil engineering projects and pushing the software through its paces on a wide variety of projects.

    As seen in the May/June 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    100-Year Bridges: Design Practices and Performance Benefits of Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel (Archived Webcast)

    Hot-dip galvanizing has been used as a means of corrosion protection for more than 150 years, and new technologies and creative chemistries continue to evolve the coating. As FHWA, state DOTs, and local municipalities strive to build the 100-year bridge, what role does hot‑dip galvanizing play? When best design practices are followed, hot‑dip galvanized steel can provide a sustainable and cost effective 100‑year bridge life.

    This webcast will explore some of the specific design practices to avoid pitfalls such as warpage and distortion and connection points, as well as address new research on galvanized slip critical connections and the final report of the galvanized bolts on the Bay Bridge in Oakland, CA.

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    Part 2: Monitoring Dust at California’s Salton Sea: Sensing and Verifying the Effectiveness of Engineering Treatments (Print PDH from the January/February 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    This PDH looks at an ongoing project taking place at California’s Salton Sea, which demonstrates that using cutting-edge remote sensing techniques to analyze and monitor land surfaces and air quality can be both challenging and fascinating. Formation Environmental (FE) is working with the Imperial Irrigation District and other multi-disciplinary team members in modeling, monitoring, and mitigating the effects of the 2003 agreement that will transfer 303,000 acre-feet of newly conserved water annually from agricultural to urban use.

    As seen in the January/February 2016 issue of Informed Infrastructure Magazine.

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    Part 1: Southern California’s Shrinking Salton Sea: Mapping, Managing and Mitigating New PM10 Air Pollution Sources (Archived Webcast)

    The Salton Sea Air Quality Program is focused on monitoring and mitigating dust emissions from exposed Salton Sea playa. Remote sensing is a key component of this program, and will be used to map playa surfaces, vegetative cover, and active dust source areas. Learn how satellite, aerial and UAV images all contribute to this effort and how they are being processed using Trimble eCognition image analysis software. The presentation will also discuss dust control pilot projects, such as Surface Roughening, and the remote sensing techniques used to inform design and evaluate dust control effectiveness.

     

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    Part 2: Seismic Assessment and Strategies – Lessons and Solutions from Recent Disasters (Print PDH from the September/October 2015 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    Although structural engineers aren’t first responders, they’re well equipped to assess whether or not it’s safe for people to return to homes, businesses, schools and critical-services buildings. Miyamoto International Inc. is quick to respond to major earthquakes with recent experience in Haiti, Japan, New Zealand and Nepal. Read this fascinating report of lessons learned along with the cutting-edge techniques that are being deployed.

    As seen in the September/October 2015 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Part 2: How BIM Changes the Game for Transportation (Print PDH from the July/August 2015 issue of Informed Infrastructure)

    This PDH takes stock of the current adoption of BIM for civil projects and documents some of the advantages of BIM for transportation projects and practice. There are benefits along the lifecycle of an asset, which translates to growing acceptance of BIM for new projects as well as ongoing operations.

    As seen in the July/August 2015 issue of Informed Infrastructure magazine.

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    Part 1: Taking Control of BIM Before it Takes Control of You (Archived Webcast)

    The movement toward building information modeling (BIM) for civil projects is taking hold worldwide. Firms and project managers that have made the leap are reaping rewards by winning new work and managing projects with more efficiency. Owners are making the move to mandate BIM for projects, given better cost controls and improved project quality.
    In this Webcast, our presenters will discuss the ways in which BIM has made an impact, and specifically how project managers can advance their work and their careers with the conceptual, analytical and visionary tools that BIM provides. Our presenter will share some of the rewards they’ve seen that have advanced workflows, and outline the approaches improving their ability to deliver projects more quickly with more control on costs.

     

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    Part 1: Dr. Kit Miyamoto Lessons from the Earthquake Zone (Archived Webcast)

    How do countries reduce earthquake disaster risk to achieve maximum resiliency? In the aftermath of major earthquakes, how have different nations overcome the incredible challenges of disaster reconstruction? Are we doing enough to be prepared?

    Listen in as Dr. Kit Miyamoto, S.E., CEO of Miyamoto International and a California Seismic Safety Commissioner, shares lessons learned from his personal experience on the ground in the immediate aftermath of major seismic events.  Hear his firsthand accounts from his experiences responding to earthquakes including Gorkha – Nepal 2015, Tohoku – Japan 2011, Christ Church – New Zealand 2011 and Leogane – Haiti 2010.  Learn how government policies can impact the nation’s resiliency.

     

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    2015 A/E M&A Outlook – Industry Consolidation Rolls On

    Fueled by an improving national economy and design climate as well as a pent-up demand for industry ownership transition, A/E M&A activity has seen a resurgence of buyers and sellers. Whether though global mega-combinations or mid-sized mergers, the underlying structural forces impacting consolidation and competitive positioning remain intact. How will it all shake out? In this webinar presentation, Steve Gido, Principal of ROG+Partners,will assess the current M&A environment, highlight recent notable transactions, analyze valuation trends, and discuss the health of the M&A market heading into 2015.

     

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    Part 2: Enhancing Collaboration to Improve Steel Building Project Efficiency (Print PDH)

    This linear process obviously calls for a lot of data transmittal, interpretation and recast-ing in different formats — it’s a workflow derived from paper-based practices going back decades. And it’s become apparent that the process fails to capture the savings and efficiencies made possible by modern design practices based on 3-D models.

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    Part 1: Structural Steel Fabrication Package: A Paradigm Shift (Archived Webcast)

    The process of preparing the fabrication package for steel buildings has remained essentially unchanged for 30 years. Alternative construction methods like design-build, Integrated Project Delivery, and early fabricator involvement have shortened the delivery of steel to the job site but have not made the process more efficient.

     

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