Category Archives: Civil/Transportation

Cities around the world are seeking "digital twins" to plan, analyze, operate and design. Pau, France, is on the cutting edge with its 3D model (mesh). On the right of these images is the actual city. On the left is the 3D mesh, that can serve as the spatial foundation for a digital twin.

Twinning Pau: Multi-Platform 3D for a Royal City 

Helicopter, UAS, and terrestrial data give the ancient city of Pau a modern 3D “twin.” Featured image: Cities around the world are seeking “digital twins” to plan, analyze, operate and design. Pau, France, is on the cutting edge with its 3D model (mesh). On the right of these images is the actual city. On the...

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Another Curveball: Coronavirus and Geospatial

Out of the blue, we’re facing another curveball. The current global concern (COVID-19, aka the Coronavirus) was generally not anticipated, and the situation changes daily. It was hoped that, by the time this is published, the situation would have calmed dramatically—but sadly it has taken a turn for the worse. Thus far disruptions have only...

Smart Maps Guide COVID-19 Investigations and Actions

As hundreds of millions of eyes stay glued to the rising toll and reach of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), map-based dashboards have become a compelling, near real-time way to monitor the outbreak. They’ve also substantiated the message that everyone must take precautions and alter daily interactions. When the World Health Organization (WHO) declared...

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3D Site: Road Construction amid Frustrated Residents

In a residential subdivision in Saskatchewan, a 3D site plan appeases frustrated residents as well as a tight construction deadline. Many homeowners are attracted to the yin and yang lifestyle of having a cozy country home with easy access to the excitement of a vibrant city. A Canadian residential subdivision in Saskatchewan seems to capture...

CAD+GIS for AEC – Finally “Going Steady”

The new release of Autodesk Civil 3D includes the Connector for ArcGIS. An Esri-Autodesk partnership, launched in 2017, takes yet another big step, and one that should make a lot of civil design professionals very happy. The sidelong glances, the flirting, the occasional dating … such has been the on-again/off-again relationship between these two giants...

The Future of Autonomous Transport

Geospatial technologies play a pivotal role for the Transport Systems Catapult, the UK’s not-for-profit innovation center for intelligent mobility. The town of Milton Keynes is at the heart of the UK’s transport revolution. It’s home to several tech start-ups and major transport-related brands, such as Network Rail (the UK’s rail authority), Leica Geosystems, Mercedes, VW,...