December 03, 2007
Geospatial at Autodesk University 2007
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by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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In a demonstration, the user could pull into the dynamic model road segments or guardrail objects like Tinkertoys. The integration of construction data, i.e. calculation of quantities, changes in the field and generating as-built documents makes a huge improvement in the way infrastructure is built. Geospatial location data is widely used in this process.

Tristan Randall, VDC specialist for Parsons Brinckerhoff, spoke on “4D Project Implementation for the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge.”

The $6 billion project on the busiest toll bridge in North America calls for new construction of an OBG/self anchored suspension bridge and the demolition of the existing cantilever structure, as a result of the 1999 earthquake. Timeline for completion extends from 2004-2013.

The owner of the project, CALTRANS, will be coordinating with various government agencies and multiple prime contractors.

The bridge required a complex design including a seismic retrofit, and detour structure for traffic so they can use the structure while the new bridge is being built.

Parsons has created a 4D model based on contractor schedules, on call services, modeling updates and maintenance, and GIS data.

Project workflow includes the following:

  • 2D AutoCAD drawings
  • 3D model - 3D Studio Max
  • GIS data – Global Mapper
  • 4D model – Navisworks JetStream

  • On the Exhibit Floor


    An interesting product that makes use of GPS information as well as LiDAR XYZ coordinates, and digital image (RGB) data is
    InteliSum Inc.’s (life dimensional 3D) Camera. This product is a significant advancement in laser scanning and surveying, offering an accurate, fast and cost-effective way to survey and do 3D modeling at far less cost than traditional laser scanning and 3D modeling.

    InteliSum’s patented 3-D InteliCamera™ technology fuses LIDAR XYZ coordinates, digital image (RGB) data, and geophysical position (GPS) data consisting of longitude, latitude and altitude, to create Life Dimensional™ image (LD3™) files, which are essentially an LD3 scene with intelligence, where each pixel has the visual quality of a digital photograph, plus an XYZ coordinate and GPS position.

    The InteliSum’s software fuses the LiDAR data, digital RGB and GPS data into Intelipixels through a series of processes such as control, logging, co-registration, concatenation, and compilation processes. Multiple views of an object plus 3-dimensional objects and environments are easily captured with the software.

    The InteliSum software suite consists of four components: an LD3Viewer free software application that can be shared along with LD3 files for the viewing of LD3 photos, wire frame and point cloud data in 3D. LD3 Executive incorporates 3D survey tools into the viewer functionality, plus has the ability to create annotations and save JPG files. LD3 Designer and LD3 Modeler are for complete desktop surveying functionality, data manipulation, 3D object insertion and co-registration of datasets.


    I’ve written about
    Adapx before, yet the company continues to rapidly evolve with its new digital pen and paper software. AU saw the first public demo of Capturx for Autodesk products, which is scheduled for release at the end of Q1 2008. Capturx for Autodesk consists of digital pen, digital paper and a plug-in that prints drawings on digital paper. Users can collect data in the field and create annotations on any DWF drawings. This is accomplished using a Bluetooth connection on the digital paper.

    Capturx for ArcGIS 9.2, which allows you to use the digital pen and paper to create features and annotations in ArcMap, is coming soon. Data can flow directly from the field to a database, reducing the need for re-keying information and causing errors.

    If a user wants to use both the Autodesk and ArcGIS versions of Capturx, plus possibly the Microsoft version, they would buy a license of each, but be able to use the same pen. The product is application sensitive so it will recognize which application you are using to do your work, and will keep the work done in other applications saved. You can also dock your pen for future use or to download onto a laptop or other computer.

    Top News of the Week

    Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM); together with a consortium of state, local, federal, academic, and private partners, has begun a strategic planning process to foster statewide coordination of geographic information systems (GIS) activities in Florida, and is seeking the input of the GIS community over the next several months.

    Several opportunities will be made available for GIS stakeholder involvement in the development of the strategic plan. A survey designed to collect information on organizational needs and experiences with geospatial program coordination can be completed by visiting the
    project website and following the link for the survey. The survey will be available until December 7, 2007.

    Google announced the release of version 2.0 of Google Maps for mobile, its innovative and widely used mobile mapping and local search application. New in v2.0 is a beta version of Google's "My Location" technology, which uses cell tower ID information to provide users with their approximate location, helping them determine where they are, what's around them, and how to get there.


    Aerial survey specialist,
    BlueSky, has acquired a unique collection of over 100,000 oblique aerial photographs tracking Britain’s development throughout the late twentieth century. The historically important photographs dating back to the 1960s include major construction projects such as the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, Gatwick Airport and the development of the London Docklands including the Millennium Dome site. Covering most major UK cities and towns, transport and utility infrastructure and commercial property developments, the images form an invaluable and fascinating record of the UK’s development and will appeal to both a professional and amateur audience.

    TerraGo® Technologies announced that three Latin America companies specializing in geospatial technologies and services have joined the company’s reseller and distribution channel providing Map2PDF products and services worldwide. The new resellers include: GeoDesign Internacional, Geosystems, and Geosolucion, SA.


    ESRI received a Positive rating in a recent report from Gartner, Inc., the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry. The report, MarketScope for Energy and Utility Geographic Information Systems, 2H07, by Bradley Williams and Jeff Vining and published October 17, 2007, was created for energy and utility customers so they may have a better understanding of the most appropriate geographic information system (GIS) software products available on the market. This is the first publication of the report, which will be published annually.

    Geographic information system (GIS) industry leader ESRI continues to expand its international operations with the opening of ESRI Asia. The new office will allow ESRI to better support its regional distributors, partners, and customers.

    In recognition of the expanded needs of the civil marketplace,
    Carlson Software has formally formed a Civil Engineering Division incorporating its civil software development team and a specialized sales force headquartered in strategic locations throughout the U.S. and abroad.

    Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager spatial tools for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce the 2008 schedule for its comprehensive
    2-day MAPublisher training course. This 2-day class offers in-depth MAPublisher training that will enable MAPublisher users to maximize their use of MAPublisher and fully exploit its features and power.

    You can find the full GISCafe event calendar here.

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    -- Susan Smith, Managing Editor.


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