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IMAGINiT on “The challenge of managing big datasets”

Friday, January 9th, 2015

At Autodesk University 2014 held in Las Vegas in December, Joe Hedrick, Infrastructure Solutions Team Manager, IMAGINiT Technologies, spoke with GISCafe about how projects in general are becoming bigger, along with ever-increasing use of reality capture. IMAGINiT  is a provider of software, training, support and services to design and engineering companies and Autodesk Authorized Reseller and Autodesk Training Center.

The InfraWorks 360 Model Builder cloud service allows users to select a city-scale area from a map of the world in order to generate 3D city models in minutes.

The InfraWorks 360 Model Builder cloud service allows users to select a city-scale area from a map of the world in order to generate 3D city models in minutes.

“Bigger datasets, more partners and consultants are involved,” said Hedrick. “We continue to see a huge increase in people looking for ways to manage data. We’ve had several contracts with the army where they are managing everything from facility drawings to various documents and spreadsheets. In addition, private and commercial engineering and architectural firms are looking for ways to share data and projects.”

IMAGINiT will sometimes have to build tools inhouse, but mostly they use Autodesk Vault for integrations and data storage. “Commercial firms may want to tie into accounting, and we have integrations into some of the popular accounting packages out there,” said Hedrick. “We’re in the middle of a big one for the government. We are using our system and then programmatically writing to the data tables that they have in place.”

A cheaper solution to integration and managing data is Autodesk’s Fusion A360, said Hedrick. “I think it will change how we manage data. It’s going to integrate very nicely into the design platforms and apps.”

With data management, Hedrick said the biggest challenge is the size of the models. “How do you share a model that could be several gigabytes? With one of the army projects, we’re talking about 3 TB of data. How do we share that information? With pure sizes, there’s not a great way to share that amount of information. This becomes particularly difficult when you incorporate scanned data into it.” Hedrick said it used to be hard to find anyone to embrace the cloud but now the government is beginning to embrace it and the security is better. The cloud holds a lot of promise for managing large datasets and is being offered as a service in the InfraWorks 360 Model Builder cloud service.


Happy New Year and 2015 GISCafe Voice Editorial Calendar!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Happy New Year from GISCafe!

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GIS and CAD converge: interview with Autodesk’s Paul McRoberts

Monday, December 8th, 2014

In an interview with vice president, Infrastructure at Autodesk, Paul McRoberts at Autodesk University 2014, GISCafe Voice discussed the convergence of GIS and CAD technologies at the company.

The InfraWorks 360 Model Builder cloud service allows users to select a city-scale area from a map of the world in order to generate 3D city models in minutes.

The InfraWorks 360 Model Builder cloud service allows users to select a city-scale area from a map of the world in order to generate 3D city models in minutes.


GameSim announces CRADA with the NGA

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

The notion of gaming and geospatial coming together has been explored for some time. Gaming simulation and GIS software provider GameSim Inc. announced a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. (NGA). This agreement will give credence to GameSim’s 3D environment with standards and data created and validated by the NGA.

In 2013, GameSim, ranked by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S., introduced an innovative software product, Conform (, which generates a 3D representation of an environment from GIS data (vectors, elevation, and imagery) in near real-time. The integrated scene can be viewed in both 2D and 3D, or exported, into other run-time formats.

GameSim was interested in furthering their process of fusing together a single 3D environment by supporting additional data products (e.g., LiDAR, OTW video, and thermal video), to create a more accurate and rich 3D environment, while still maintaining near real-time performance. GameSim had previous experience working with these formats. The agreement with NGA through CRADA will provide the company with proper standards and data validated by NGA. In addition, GameSim and NGA will research the creation of a low bandwidth, browser-based visualization of that fused environment, according to GameSim company materials.

“We are creating a product that can fuse a variety of formats that adheres to established standards,” said Andrew Tosh, GameSim founder and president. “By collaborating with NGA it helps assure that GameSim produces a product that can meet the demands of the intelligence community, in terms of accessing their content and producing valuable visualizations.”


Thanksgiving told in maps

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Map of Thanksgiving Dinner, by Grant Snider, Incidental Comics

Map of Thanksgiving Dinner, by Grant Snider, Incidental Comics

Where Did your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From? (Story Maps)

Where Did Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From? Map (Esri Story Maps)

Where Did Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From? Map (Esri Story Maps)


TerraGo releases OpenGeoPDF technology

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

In a conversation with George Demmy, CTO of TerraGo, GISCafe Voice learned about the release of OpenGeoPDF technology, now available with TerraGo Publisher for ArcGIS, TerraGo Composer and TerraGo Toolbar.




Special GISCafe Coverage: 3D Cities: Envisioning Communities of the Future

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Cities worldwide are charged with the same challenge: that of creating or retrofitting sustainable, intelligent infrastructure. Cities need the best in design, geospatial, visualization and analytical tools to realize a viable and intelligent city design. 3D City design is architectural design times thousands, plus it must have the ability to be interwoven with other surrounding infrastructure and foster an urban conversation.

CyberCity 3D

CyberCity 3D


Bentley acquires SITEOPS civil engineering cloud software

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

[First Published in AECCafe Voice]

Mike Detwiler, Bentley vice president and Rachel Rogers, Bentley director Civil, Geospatial, and Hydraulics & Hydrology, spoke with AECCafe Voice this week about the Bentley acquisition of North Carolina-based BLUERIDGE Analytics, provider of SITEOPS civil engineering cloud software, in August 2014.

Panther_Center_3_SITEOPSMike Detwiler was CEO and co-founder of SITEOPS prior to the acquisition. He is now vice president SITEOPS Product Development at Bentley. The office will remain in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the SITEOPS staff will be retained.

SITEOPS comes to Bentley with an impressive list of engineers, developers and land planners working in the retail, real estate and AEC industries. Says Rogers, “We’ll continue to support our users and work with them to help take SITEOPS to the next level. Bentley and SITEOPS have highly complementary products, so we’re excited to add SITEOPS to our civil design product offerings.”

Says Detwiler, “Bentley has a global reach, which is going to benefit us tremendously.”

Rogers explained that Bentley didn’t have a site optimization technology that SITEOPS brings, which is breakthrough technology in the cloud. The addition of SITEOPS empowers site development professionals to move beyond engineering to optioneering, which enables the exploration of engineering alternatives and their costs.

Detwiler added that SITEOPS engineering and optioneering can offer site design options, costs management and 3D modeling.

Inaugural ASPRS UAS Conference 2014 held in Reno

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The inaugural ASPRS UAS Conference was held October 20-22 in Reno, Nevada, bringing together a diverse group of technologists, pilots, surveyors, vendors and consultants to talk about this emerging technology. 500 attendees and 50 exhibitors were in attendance.


Master of Ceremonies, Lewis Graham of GeoCue, opened with his comments on the importance of miniaturization, connectivity and sensors in the UAS market.

“Miniaturization and connectivity and sensors. Sensors will communicate in intelligent ways, software in background to make that happen,” said Graham. In addition, “Sense and avoid” type of technology/ software makes decisions based on proximity of the aerial system.”

The confluence of miniaturization, guidance and control systems, motors, sensors, on the photogrammetry side, new technologies out of robotic vision, taking point clouds of photos and taking information from this all conspire to bring UAS to the forefront and make it a force to be reckoned with.

Pix4D City Construction

Pix4D City Construction


Special Coverage: UAS: Disruption in the Skies

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Unmanned Aerial Systems is one of the disruptive technologies of this century. Whomever would have thought that small flying planes, that look very much like the hobbyist planes that people fly remotely, would someday take the role of carrier pigeons in delivering packages and also providing aerial surveillance, both on a government and citizen level.

Trimble UX5

Trimble UX5


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