AEC TECH NEWS: FINLEY updates software platform to SOFiSTiK and Autodesk
FINLEY Engineering Group recently implemented SOFiSTiK, a seamless BIM workflow for structural engineering. All necessary steps from modeling through to generating reinforcement sheets for civil and structural engineering projects can be carried out using a smart data transfer between Autodesk and SOFiStiK software.
Flint hires Arcadis to plan water distribution system improvements
The City of Flint, Mich., selected Arcadis to prepare a Water Distribution System Optimization Plan under a contract worth approximately $800,000. The plan is intended to guide improvements for the distributed water quality, sustainability and long-term operation of the city’s aging water system.
Arcadis study: China ranks first, U.S. second in generating significant GDP from built assets
The U.S. continues to trail China in generating the highest financial returns to its economy and gross domestic product (GDP) from built assets, according to the 2016 Global Built Asset Performance Index released by Arcadis. The index ranks how tangible buildings and infrastructure contribute to each country’s GDP across 36 of the world’s largest economies.
New tech uses electricity to track water, ID potential problems in concrete
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland have developed a new technique for tracking water in concrete structures, allowing engineers to identify potential issues before they become big problems.
50K Coalition receives $294,000 NSF grant to improve U.S. engineering diversity
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $294,500 grant to support a pilot program sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The project will be implemented by the 50K Coalition, a 40-organization collaborative formed by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, NSBE, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.