Civil + Structural design tools

    2017 Be Inspired Awards will take place in Singapore at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference. Image: courtesy of Bentley Systems

    Bluebeam releases Revu 2017

    Bluebeam, Inc. released Revu 2017, delivering new and enhanced workflow automation tools that span the entire project life cycle and maximize workflow efficiency. Bluebeam Revu provides mobile and cloud-based solutions for paperless workflows that utilize PDF files to share metadata, hyperlinks, bookmarks, images, attachments and 3D data downstream. By leveraging an open-source format, Revu enables a common data environment that allows architects, engineers, estimators, contractors, and building owners to maintain data integrity, improve project communication, and streamline processes.

    The following new features and enhancements were developed based on customer requests and industry research, Bluebeam said:

    • New takeoff tools empower estimators to create higher-quality, PDF-based bids with greater accuracy and speed.
    • Expanded batch processing tools allow architects and engineers to quickly and efficiently apply digital signatures and professional seals across a batch of multiple files without opening, signing, and saving individual documents one at a time.
    • New Automatic Form Creation increases efficiency across a broad set of needs including RFIs, submittals, contracts, and permits.
    • Streamlined Measurement and Count Tool enhancements enable construction professionals to eliminate redundancies, utilize takeoff data downstream, and seamlessly manage project documents.
    • Enhanced 3D navigation and functionality visually convey complex concepts to project partners, while the ability to embed 360-degree photos allow teams to quickly assess and document jobsite progress.

    Bluebeam Revu 2017 Standard, CAD, and eXtreme editions are available at and through the company’s worldwide reseller network.

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    Bentley Systems issues call for submissions to the 2017 Be Inspired Awards

    2017 Be Inspired Awards will take place in Singapore at Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Conference. Image: courtesy of Bentley Systems

    Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced its call for submissions to the 2017 Be Inspired Awards program. The awards, which are judged by independent juries of industry experts, recognize infrastructure projects for BIM advancements that improve project delivery and/or asset performance. The deadline for submitting entries is May 1, 2017.

    The Be Inspired Awards are an integral part of Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, which takes place Oct. 10-12 in Singapore at Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands, one of the most iconic buildings in Asia. The structural design of Marina Bay Sands was done by Arup and was the 2010 Be Inspired Award winner for Innovation in Structural Engineering.

    All Bentley users are invited to enter their projects in the Be Inspired Awards program, no matter what phase the project is in — preconstruction/conceptual, design, construction, or operation. The three finalists chosen for each Be Inspired Awards category will win a trip to Singapore to attend the conference as a guest of Bentley Systems. The finalists will present their projects in the Be Inspired Awards finals portion of the conference before the judges, industry thought leaders, and more than 100 members of the media.

    The Be Inspired Awards recognize BIM advancements in the following 17 categories, several of which are new this year:

    • Bridges
    • Buildings and Campuses
    • Construction
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Manufacturing
    • Mining and Offshore Engineering
    • Municipal Operations
    • Process and Power Plants
    • Project Delivery
    • Rail and Transit
    • Reality Modeling
    • Roads
    • Road and Rail Asset Performance
    • Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance
    • Utilities Transmission and Distribution
    • Water and Wastewater Plants
    • Water Networks

    The conference will also feature several new Industry Forums, including Buildings and Campuses, Industrial, Rail and Transit, Roads and Bridges, Urban Systems, and Utilities and Water.

    For additional information about the Be Inspired Awards program or to nominate a project, visit

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    Trimble announces Tekla 2017 software for more collaborative workflows

    Tekla Structural Designer 2017 expands its foundation design capabilities. Engineers can now choose between pad, pile cap, mat, and piled mat foundations all within the same modelling environment.

    Trimble released three new versions of its software for structural engineering, fabrication, and construction teams — Tekla Structures 2017, Tekla Structural Designer 2017, and Tekla Tedds 2017.

    “In these new Tekla versions, we focus on improving communication and modeling methods because these are directly tied to the productivity of core tasks within large workgroups and projects,” said Jari Heino, general manager of Trimble’s Structures Division. “The software provides a variety of completely new tools for users to expand their scope of work and collaborate with project stakeholders to ensure that the entire team is on the same page.”

    Tekla Structures 2017

    For general design, the new version of Tekla Structures BIM software offers more control over direct modification, which allows users to create an accurate structural model quicker and easier, the company said. There is a faster organizer for finding and fixing parts, and improved tools for instant information reporting. With the basepoint, engineering offices and architects can now work together in a BIM workflow with consistent and correct common coordinates. Efficient collaboration with architects is now possible with a new plugin that allows live algorithmic modeling for Tekla Structures using graphical algorithm editor Rhino/Grasshopper.

    For concrete, Tekla Structures 2017 introduces a reinforcement method that gives users more flexibility to create and modify reinforcements for different types of concrete geometries. A pour unit feature helps manage and report all pour-specific information.

    For precast concrete fabrication, the new version improves information exchange between detailing and production with new data transfer links to production management. The new palletizer tool improves model-based production planning, saves time in the planning process, and prevents human errors in information transfer between detailing and production.

    For steel detailing, the new version improves modeling of steel bent plates with full support for direct modification. Users can create anything from simple bent gussets to folded profiles, spiral stringer plates, transitional duct sections, complex folded panels, and more.

    According to Trimble, enhancements in drawing production enable easier and more flexible shaping of drawings, and help ensure clear communication of design intent and fewer requests for information. The new 2D Library is a productivity tool for replacing repetitive work.

    Tekla Structural Designer 2017

    Tekla Structural Designer, an analysis and design (A&D) software, compresses design time by enabling an efficient way to quickly establish the best structural solution. Tekla Structural Designer 2017 delivers significant new features and enhancements focused on A&D workflow productivity with numerous enhancements combining to contribute significantly to the overall workflow for both steel and concrete code compliant structural design.

    The new version offers comprehensive design functionalities for the common foundation types required in steel and concrete structures. It makes foundation design more efficient by automating the number of piles required, together with comprehensive calculations and material take-off within a single model. In addition, new wind load processes speed the application of wind load on complex-shaped buildings.

    Tekla Tedds 2017

    Tekla Tedds automates repetitive and error-prone structural and civil calculations, enabling users to streamline engineering design by replacing tedious manual calculations and spreadsheets with professional and consistent output. In version 2017, Trimble added a large number of new calculations and enhancements to existing calculations across various design codes. The software now includes new steel column and base plate design for Eurocodes and U.S. codes. Tekla Tedds can be integrated with Microsoft Word to give engineers control to quickly create professional project documentation that includes calculations, sketches, and notes.

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    Maptek introduces third-generation laser scanners

    Maptek I-Site XR3, with a scanning range of up to 2,400 meters, used for surveying in a quarry.

    Maptek said its third generation I-Site XR3 and LR3 laser scanners are smaller and lighter and offer significant improvement in range capability. Compared with the company’s I-Site 8800 series, the latest I-Site XR3 and LR3 laser scanners are 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter, with 2.5 times faster data acquisition, and offer 25 percent improvement in range capability. A new high-dynamic-range panoramic camera produces high-resolution digital images for geotechnical analysis and geological mapping.

    The I-Site XR3 has a scanning range of up to 2,400 meters (7,874 feet), giving wider coverage with fewer scans and allowing survey of otherwise unattainable areas. The I-Site LR3 scanning range of 1, 200 meters (3,937 feet) is suitable for small to medium pits and quarries as well as indoor stockpile volumetrics, the company said.

    “These new products fulfil our mandate to package survey capability, digital imaging, and laser scanning in an easy-to-use system designed for harsh environments,” said Jason Richards, global business development manager, Laser Imaging Solutions. “I-Site laser scanners remain the only truly mining-tough systems rated IP65 for environmental protection.”

    The I-Site XR3 and I-Site LR3 are compatible with laser scanning applications such as Maptek Sentry for surface monitoring and PerfectDig for design conformance. Modular design allows configuration of the system to match site requirements.

    Maptek has also built and launched Sentry as a fully transportable monitoring system. Deployed in a custom trailer, the system offers a power and communications module, cellular and Wi-Fi networking, a dedicated, stable bollard for an I-Site laser scanner, and Sentry software.

    A unit optimized for underground use, the I-Site SR3, will follow onto market mid-year.

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    GSSI UtilityScan GPR system for identifying and marking utility location and depth

    GSSI’s new UtilityScan GPR system is used to idenify and mark the location and depth of subsurface utilities.

    Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. (GSSI) announced a new UtilityScan GPR system for identifying and marking the location and depth of subsurface utilities. The new UtilityScan’s compact size makes it portable and easy to maneuver in tight survey areas, the company said. This model is designed to meet the needs of electrical contractors, utility installers, and municipal and state gas and water utilities.

    UtilityScan features a new wireless antenna that can handle required data rates and is ruggedly built to withstand challenging field conditions, according to GSSI. The electrical design uses GSSI’s patented HyperStacking technology, which has proven to increase depth penetration in challenging soils while also providing high near-surface data resolution. The unit has a backup Ethernet connection if Wi-Fi is not desired or allowed on a particular jobsite or facility.

    The UtilityScan also can be equipped with the new LineTrac accessory, which helps locate specific power sources situated underground, including AC power and induced RF energy present in conduits. Coils that detect power radiated from electrical cables are combined with GSSI’s GPR radar into a single box. The accessory lets users produce an overlay on the radar data that represents the presence of AC power and/or induced RF energy present in conduits.

    The new model uses a wireless tablet-based system and an app-based user interface. The tablets feature a built-in GPS, which can be used for providing location information in the radar data file. Two tablet options are available, including the fully-rugged Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 and the consumer-based NVIDIA SHIELD tablet.

    The UtilityScan weighs 34 pounds. When folded, it is 22 inches by 19.25 inches by 12.5 inches and can fit in the back of a small vehicle or in some overhead airplane compartments. The case is manufactured using a structural foam injection molding process, which results in parts that are light but strong and rugged. The basic cart configuration is designed for use on prepared surfaces, including concrete, asphalt, or compacted dirt. A cart upgrade is available for use on grassy areas, unpaved trails, and wooded areas.

    The system design accommodates existing GPS systems used for surveying applications. The UtilityScan system has a built-in GPS pole mount for attaching survey poles with external GPS systems and software that can communicate with the GPS systems via Bluetooth.

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    Leica ConX simplifies collaboration, data transfer for construction

    Leica ConX can be remotely connected to internet-enabled survey and machine-control solutions to remotely receive and share information wirelessly.

    Leica Geosystems’ new Leica ConX is a cloud solution and web interface to seamlessly integrate, manage, and analyze surveying and machine control workflows for heavy construction projects. ConX allows users to share and visualize positioning, reference model, and constructed data. Field and machine control solutions connected to ConX can remotely receive and share information, and the web interface for visualizing the data is available anywhere with internet access.

    ConX is designed to increase collaboration and simplify the data handling of machine control operations by integrating workflows, enabling remote control of connected machines and real-time data exchange from the office to the field and back.

    According to the company, benefits include the ability to:

    • visualize and validate data used and generated onsite in 2D and 3D localized on interactive maps to collaborate and communicate with everyone onsite;
    • share updates and corrections to reference model data in real time across the project to guarantee transparency and quick reaction to design updates;
    • convert formats to integrate third-party platforms, increase connectivity, and integrate existing workflows;
    • monitor machine control operations remotely by assigning work and providing positing and reference data to operators and grade checkers to avoid costly rework and errors; and
    • report productivity for the work that has been performed to validate what work has been completed and that the results are to specification.

    “The digitization of the construction industry is driving major improvements in productivity, data acquisition, and jobsite safety,” said Doug Eggert, product manager at Leica Geosystems. “This can, however, bring practical issues of how to manage, share, and analyze all of the data. We have developed ConX as a cloud solution to seamlessly manage 3D model, positioning, quality assurance, and productivity data across the jobsite and bring it back to the office so field surveyors, machine operators, designers, and project stakeholders can get the job done right with a little less stress.”

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    Autodesk releases Revit LIVE 1.7

    Custom building materials are now supported in Revit Live, giving customers greater flexibility to create unique visualizations. Image: Igor Macedo Barros Bahiense, Autodesk Revit Live beta tester and student

    In July 2016, Autodesk introduced Autodesk Revit Live (formerly Autodesk LIVE) — a cloud-based service that transforms a Revit model into an immersive experience in just one click. In October 2016, Autodesk announced the next milestone in the evolution of Revit Live with support for VR gear from HTC Vive or Oculus Rift with just two mouse clicks. In February 2017, Autodesk released Revit Live 1.7.

    According to the company, the name change reflects the integrated functionality within Revit and the ability to extend BIM to immersive visualization and virtual reality. The new name — Autodesk Revit Live — first appeared on March 9 on the product center website (, with the full implementation of the name change to take effect in April with the next product release.

    In addition, Autodesk announced the following:

    • Support for Revit LT — previously available only for users of Revit.
    • Level of Details geometry generation and material instancing have been added, resulting in a 20 percent performance improvement for users when working with large models (e.g., a hospital complex) and virtual reality.
    • Custom building materials are now supported in Revit Live, giving customers greater flexibility to create unique visualizations.

    According to Autodesk, Revit Live allows users to explore Revit/Revit LT models within minutes with automated data preparation in the cloud, turn a BIM model into an immersive visualization with a simple workflow, take a Revit/Revit LT model into a virtual-reality environment, and automatically transfer and access BIM data in the model.

    Information provided by Autodesk (