Topcon releases deformation monitoring solution
Topcon Positioning Group released Delta Solutions deformation monitoring system. Utilizing a system of software and hardware components — Delta Link, Delta Log, Delta Watch, Delta Sat, and the MS AXII total station — Delta Solutions is designed to provide accurate and reliable monitoring measurements and associated reporting for asset protection. The system uses the Topcon MS AXII total station combined with Topcon Delta Watch software designed to monitor, manage, and evaluate monitoring data as well as optionally trigger alarms.
“As standalone software, Delta Watch delivers accurate and reliable data in a variety of reporting formats to best fit a project’s needs,” said Ian Stilgoe, vice president portfolio management at Topcon Positioning Group. “Data from the total station, GNSS receivers, leveling devices, and sensors can be processed and analyzed individually or as a network-adjusted solution. Topcon Delta Link provides hardware support communication for autonomous operation in the field. Delta Link manages each power source, maximizing system availability.”
Communications options include Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and a globally approved integrated cellular modem. Accessed via a secure web portal, Delta Log is designed to provide an intuitive interface to manage observations, target types, and measurement scheduling.
“Delta Log provides a simple platform for advanced functionality — unique Topcon features such as matrix detection are instinctively controlled through the software,” said Stilgoe. “Delta Log will continue to operate the total station should communication with the Delta Watch database fail. Once communication has been restored, data are synchronized and the main database is updated.”
Delta Watch includes the optional Delta Sat GNSS processing module, which allows for standalone GNSS monitoring or combined GNSS and total station network adjustments.
Topcon Delta Solutions are the result of a partnership formed between Topcon and deformation monitoring and tunneling specialist VMT GmbH.
Information provided by Topcon Positioning Group (www.topconpositioning.com).
Bluebeam leverages Microsoft Surface Studio capabilities
Bluebeam Inc. said its release of Revu 2016.5.2 empowers users to streamline digital workflows, increase efficiency, and unlock productivity by leveraging the new Microsoft Surface Studio and Surface Dial. The new Surface Studio from Microsoft is an all-in-one computer designed for creative workflows.
Surface Studio turns every desk into a collaborative work environment by switching between desktop- and tabletop-viewing orientations and interfacing with a variety of input tools including touch, stylus, mouse, and the new Surface Dial. This control of display orientation, and the two-handed, on-screen, interface-assisted workflows it introduces, opens the door to targeted software development tailor-made for the AEC industry.
Revu 2016.5.2 users can leverage Surface Studio’s enhancements to simplify tasks and create new value for project teams. Place Surface Dial on the screen to instantly access a radial menu of Revu tools on the page. Annotation appearance properties, undo/redo editing functionality, the Tool Chest, Markups List, Layers, and Tab Access can all be administered through intuitive scrolling. Revu and Surface Studio work together, with the work of one hand informing the functions of the other so focus can be maintained on the task being performed.
“The power of collaboration extends beyond teams to the way leading hardware and innovative software work together to go beyond what was once possible,” said Richard Lee, Bluebeam president and CEO. “Working closely with Microsoft on this integrated solution allows Revu users to immediately improve productivity.”
Information provided by Bluebeam Inc. (www.bluebeam.com).
HP unveils mini workstation with server-grade power
At Autodesk University in November, HP Inc. unveiled what it claimed is the world’s first mini workstation designed for users in CAD and other compute-intensive industries. The new HP Z2 Mini Workstation is 2.3 inches high — 90 percent smaller than a traditional business-class tower, HP said.
Building off the success of the HP Z240 SFF, the HP Z2 Mini Workstation is twice as powerful as any commercial mini PC on the market today and has the ability to support as many as six displays right out of the box, the company said.
The HP Z2 Mini Workstation, running Windows 10 Pro or Linux, comes equipped with next-generation Intel Xeon processors, NVIDIA professional graphics, and the availability of HP Z Turbo Drive for handling large files.
The ultra-compact and octagon form of the HP Z2 Mini Workstation provides users with numerous placement options: on/under the desk, behind an HP Z display, or on a wall. HP engineers created custom-designed fans and a cooling system for quiet acoustics (63 percent quieter than an HP business-class mini PC).
Information provided by HP Inc. (www.hp.com).
CH2M’s Flood Modeller Pro tapped for flood forecasting system
Natural Resources Wales, the Welsh Government’s principal adviser on issues relating to the environment and its natural resources, selected CH2M’s Flood Modeller Pro software as the core hydrodynamic modeling solution within its new flood forecasting system. The system is being built using Deltares’ Delft-FEWS software, an open data handling platform, designed for building a customized hydrological forecasting system.
“Flood forecasting is an essential component of flood risk management to reduce the impact of flood events. Early warning is crucial for efficient emergency response and contingency planning,” said CH2M Global Water Business Group President Peter Nicol. “With its short run times, model stability, and ability to retain full hydrodynamic capability and extensive range of hydraulic structures, Flood Modeller Pro is extremely well-suited for flood forecasting.”
Compatible with Deltares’ Delft-FEWS software, Flood Modeller Pro is designed to rapidly and robustly perform the calculations required to predict water levels and flows as a result of rainfall and/or extreme sea levels hours or days ahead of the event. It allows the user to forecast water levels and flow rates with confidence, depending on availability of data and response time of the system.
Flood Risk Manager at Natural Resources Wales Andy Wall said, “We are very pleased to continue our association with CH2M’s Flood Modeller Pro software, which is used as the main tool within our real-time forecasting system for river routing and hydrodynamic modeling. The flexibility, real-time performance, and resilience which this software offers are important to us in delivering a flood forecasting service in Wales, where rivers respond rapidly to extreme rainfall and where we have high-risk locations where we need to model the combined effects of high river and tidal flows.”
Flood Cloud (coming in 2017) is a new service from CH2M that enables users to undertake flood risk modeling, at any scale, in the cloud. It provides users of Flood Modeller Pro and Flood Modeller Free with a new way to run 1D, 2D, and linked 1D-2D flood models.
Powered by the Parallel Works platform, Flood Cloud delivers the on demand computational resource required to deliver the step change needed for better information on flooding, CH2M said.
Jon Wicks, technical director, Flood Modeller Suite at CH2M, said, “Flood Cloud transforms the way modelers work; freed from the constraints of local computer resources, we can focus on model set up and results analysis to enable a deep understanding of flood risk under multiple scenarios.”
Flood Cloud enables users to deliver flood modeling results quicker. Once users set up models locally within Flood Modeller Pro or Flood Modeller Free, they can send them for processing on high-performance hardware in the cloud directly from within the Flood Modeller interface. Simulations grouped together can instantly be started concurrently on dedicated processors.
Flood Cloud provides a dashboard so that users can monitor the progress of runs showing percent complete, mass balance, convergence, and status. A graphical summary is available representing flows, iterations, convergence, and mass balance. The dashboard also allows users to manage individual simulations and terminate runs early. Results can be saved to a local computer or network and be viewed and processed using the standard Flood Modeller interface.
Information provided by CH2M (www.floodmodeller.com/en-us).
Innovyze InfoWorks ICM expands hydrological and green infrastructure simulation
Innovyze released V7.5 Generation of InfoWorks ICM for urban drainage modeling that enables users to integrate river, sewer, and overland flow modeling. InfoWorks ICM dynamically integrates 1D hydrodynamic simulation of flows in rivers, open channels, and pipe networks and 2D hydrodynamic simulation of surface flooding in the urban environment and river floodplain. The combination, achieved through a coupling of 1D and 2D flow equations, provides simultaneous modeling of belowground and aboveground elements of catchments to accurately represent all flow paths, enabling true integrated river, sewer, and overland flow dynamic modeling. The software also takes interactions of natural and man-made environments into account, and simulates the impact of polluting runoff and effluent from urban areas on water quality.
InfoWorks ICM V7.5 further extends the software’s water quality modeling capabilities with the addition of more EPA SWMM low-impact development (LID) components; the ability to generate more sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) graphical results; and the advantage of having the SUDS pathways summarized in a SUDS/LID text report, including drain flow from LIDs/SUDS structures.
In addition, summary results for sediments can now be displayed in a run log file, including cumulative sediment mass balance, sediment balance for each modeled sediment fraction, sediment deposit, and initial and final bed level per river section and material sizes. Users can also take advantage of a GPU card for 2D calculations of water quality diffusion, with the ability to simultaneously run multiple simulations on the same GPU card.
A new design rainfall generator, FEH2013, has been added and the ReFH initial baseflow can now be scaled according to the subcatchment rather than catchment area. Key additional improvements include automatic calibration of the parameters of a Probability Distributed Moisture model (PDM) using the Nelder-Mead simplex minimization procedure; extensions designed to simplify object geometry; the ability to generate multiple damage curves for the same damage receptor using different periods (start and end dates) for each curve, and to create a template network and insert vertices at intersections; batch export of maximum flood contours to MapInfo MIF or TAB files or Esri Shape or ASCII Grid files; and support of the Shanghai Met radar format.
Information provided by Innovyze (www.innovyze.com).
Bentley CivilStorm and StormCAD advance stormwater simulation and reporting
Bentley Systems announced the availability of CivilStorm and StormCAD CONNECT Edition applications for analysis and design of stormwater networks. The CONNECT Edition provides a unified, common environment that advances productivity, team collaboration, and project performance, Bentley said. Key new capabilities of the CONNECT Edition releases allow users to:
- reduce model development time by automatically determining catchment areas;
- produce print-ready engineering profiles with improved annotation tables;
- streamline reporting with custom reports that automatically combine graphs, data tables, color-coded and annotated plan views, and more, into a single report;
- augment reports with the ability to record video of simulated results;
- share results and designs by publishing i-models to the Personal Share, a CONNECT Edition cloud service; and
- increase productivity with simplified workflows and a modern and intuitive user interface.
CivilStorm and StormCAD provide an easy-to-use environment for engineers to analyze, design, and operate stormwater conveyance systems, using built-in hydraulic and hydrology tools, and a variety of wet-weather analysis methods.
Information provided by Bentley Systems (www.bentley.com).