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01. Workstation upgrades

HP Inc.’s upgraded HP Z440 and Z640 desktop workstations incorporate Intel’s new Xeon processor E5-1600 v4 product family. According to HP, enhancements include up to 4.0 GHz dual core performance; faster memory speeds, up to 2,400 MHz max memory speed with DDR4; up to 8 cores/16 threads; and optimized AVX behavior. The Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 v4 product family also offers new technologies, such as the Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, enabling better single- and dual-core turbo performance, and Intel Transactional Synchronization Extensions, delivering performance gains for multi-threaded applications hampered by memory locks.

HP Inc.
www.hp.com

 

02. Integrated construction workflows

Topcon Positioning Group and Bentley Systems announced a new level of direct communication between Bentley’s design applications and Topcon mobile workforce products with the upcoming MAGNET 4.0 release. With the direct communication from MAGNET Enterprise to Bentley’s ProjectWise, users of Topcon’s family of MAGNET and 3D-MC software solutions can access or receive i-models created by Bentley’s OpenRoads design modeling technology. This integration will allow for direct import and export of i-models in MAGNET Field and MAGNET Office products. Users will be able to deliver any MAGNET project files as i-models into ProjectWise to capture “as constructed” conditions of infrastructure projects.

Topcon Positioning Group
www.topconpositioning.com

Bentley Systems
www.bentley.com

 

03. Shotcrete guide

The American Concrete Institute published ACI 506R-16 Guide to Shotcrete. The new guide provides information on materials and properties of both dry-mix and wet-mix shotcrete. Most facets of the shotcrete process are covered, including application procedures, equipment requirements, and responsibilities of the shotcrete crew. Other aspects, such as preconstruction trials, craftsman qualification tests, materials tests, finished shotcrete acceptance tests, and equipment, are also discussed. A wide variety of applications and details of the shotcrete placement process are covered, including history, equipment selection, material requirements, formwork, crew composition and qualification, proper placement techniques, types of finishes, QA/QC testing, and sustainability.

American Concrete Institute
www.concrete.org

 

04. Web-based model viewer

Leica Geosystems released TruView Global 2.0, which integrates point cloud, 3D model, and panoramic imagery and now supports multiple communities of users from a single installation. Leica TruView Global allows access and navigation of 3D point clouds and related project data without any 3D software access or experience. The panoramic viewer does not require the download of plugins or other software. The portal is accessible from any web-enabled device, such as personal computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Organizations only need to install and maintain one master server, which allows several communities of users on diverse projects securely separated.

Leica Geosystems

leica-geosystems.com

 

05. Entry-level workstation

Lenovo added the ThinkStation P410 to its workstation portfolio. The ThinkStation P410 features the latest high-performance Intel Xeon E5-1600 v4 processors with Intel Turbo Max 3.0 Technology. With the ability to also support the NVIDIA Quadro M5000 graphics card, P410 delivers mainstream workstation performance with entry-level affordability, Lenovo said. The company also launched the free Lenovo Performance Tuner (LPT), which provides power management, resource monitoring and tuning, graphics management, and BIOS management based on specific software demands on the hardware. Users can designate an application to run on the specific processor core(s) they want to fine tune the system workload.

Lenovo
www.thinkworkstations.com

 

06. Fixed wing UAV

Sentera, LLC’s Phoenix 2 Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) weighs 4 pounds and can be hand-launched in just a few steps. It can carry multiple sensor options for up to an hour of flight time. The autopilot constantly auto-calculates and auto-optimizes according to the grid pattern, mapped preflight, to ensure the data collected meets specifications. The Phoenix 2 accepts multiple sensors, including the Sentera Double 4K Sensor, providing true RGB and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data in a single flight; the Sentera Quad Sensor, a multi-spectral six-band imager with red edge capabilities; the Sentera-Q for high-resolution orthomaps; and the Radiometric Thermal Sensor, which builds high-resolution true temperature maps.

Sentera, LLC
www.sentera.com/phoenix-2

 

06. Fixed wing UAV

Sentera, LLC’s Phoenix 2 Fixed-Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) weighs 4 pounds and can be hand-launched in just a few steps. It can carry multiple sensor options for up to an hour of flight time. The autopilot constantly auto-calculates and auto-optimizes according to the grid pattern, mapped preflight, to ensure the data collected meets specifications. The Phoenix 2 accepts multiple sensors, including the Sentera Double 4K Sensor, providing true RGB and normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data in a single flight; the Sentera Quad Sensor, a multi-spectral six-band imager with red edge capabilities; the Sentera-Q for high-resolution orthomaps; and the Radiometric Thermal Sensor, which builds high-resolution true temperature maps.

Sentera, LLC
www.sentera.com/phoenix-2

 

08. Intelligent compaction data management

The Transtec Group announced that Veta 4.0 is now available and offers enhancements to the map-based intelligent construction data management tool used by the highway construction industry. Veta standardizes, displays, analyzes, and reports data collected by several types of intelligent compaction (IC) and paver-mounted thermal profiling technologies during construction. The latest version includes a revamped user interface, more flexible data options, and expanded file import capabilities. Veta 4.0 allows users to import laser test rolling data in addition to IC and thermal profile data. The software can also now identify the format of available data and generate the most advanced outputs possible.

The Transtec Group
www.intelligentcompaction.com

 

09. Rusted steel overcoat

Tnemec Company, Inc. introduced a single-component, mastic waterborne acrylic coating for use on minimally prepared sound rusted steel and previously coated surfaces in a wide range of environments. Series 118 Uni-Bond Mastic is a rust-inhibitive tie coat that can be used with acrylic and solvent-borne urethane and fluoropolymer finish coats. Series 118 has been specified as an overcoat for steel water tanks, vessels, and other industrial and architectural metal substrates. Surface preparation consists of power washing steel at 5,000 psi and some mechanical hand or power tool cleaning to remove loose rust, scale, and deteriorated coatings to obtain a sound surface for coating.

Tnemec Company, Inc.
www.tnemec.com

 

10. Integrated scanning data

Topcon Positioning Group announced increased integration in the Autodesk and Topcon reality data workflow that is designed to increase project efficiency. Raw scan data from the Topcon GLS-2000 laser scanner can now be taken directly into Autodesk ReCap 360 and ReCap 360 Pro with no intermediate software conversion steps necessary. This integration is designed to streamline point cloud analysis to quickly identify conflicts, measure variations, and make adjustments at various stages of a construction project. Once in ReCap 360 or Pro, reality data captured with the Topcon GLS-2000 is ready for consumption in any Autodesk software solution such as AutoCAD, Revit, InfraWorks, and others.

Topcon Positioning Group
www.topconpositioning.com

Autodesk
www.autodesk.com

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