Today, Autodesk announced the release of Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro. In branding other products as a cloud-based solutions, Autodesk assigns the "360" designation to InfraWorks, a software solution for civil engineering design and infrastructure project collaboration.
Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro is a "pay as you go" software as a service (SaaS) solution for which Autodesk is charging approximately $1200 per quarter (varies by country). In recognizing that civil design projects run in cyclical, "hot and cold" situations and that workforce requirements can change radically over time, Autodesk sought to offer a more flexible pricing option. The quarterly pricing will include 150 cloud credits which Autodesk describes as a "unit of measurement to perform tasks such as a vertical optimization for a road design in InfraWorks 360 Pro or a simulation in Autodesk 360."
Paul McRoberts, Autodesk's vice president for the Infrastructure Modeling Product Group, said that in designing the solution he believes that Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro extends the data environment to data teams as well as public in order to all allow more stakeholders to be involved.
McRoberts also explained the this solution is data agnostic and allows the user to create a unified data model in the context of the real world. "We don't care if it’s a CAD file from Autodesk, Bentley or Intergraph or anyone else," said McRoberts.
Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro also has a direct link to access data from WeoGeo, a portal for acquiring geospatial data either free or for a fee. The WeoGeo portal allows users to extract just the data area needed in a "clip and ship" fashion. The InfraWorks 360 Pro will import GIS, satellite imagery, and point cloud data as well as files generated by Autodesk ReCap.
Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Pro will be available in August, and initially in English.
by Joe Francica on 08/07 at 06:00 AM |
The shapefiles are available for download (98 Mb) and have been since last Friday. The county, after losing a six year lawsuit with the Sierra Club regarding whether its an open record or if its software, has made the files available to all. The OC Register notes the format (shapefiles) is more "widely used" to the public than the one it uses internally (geodatabase).
- OC Register (subscription required)
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/07 at 04:00 AM |
Bucknell University has been awarded a $700,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the University’s Digital Scholarship Initiative. The grant will help support faculty development, course development and summer research in the humanities and social sciences. It will also allow Bucknell to share its resources with peer institutions through workshops and conferences.
Now, that's very cool, but what's cooler is how it might enhance GIS since the school is already a leader in that arena.
Bucknell has already established itself as a leader in using geographic information system (GIS) technology in the classroom. For example, Professor David Del Testa, history, used GIS to map and analyze the Nghe-Tinh Soviets of 1930-1931 in Vietnam, illustrating correlations between wealth and religion of those who rebelled against the French. In another example, Professor Amanda Wooden, environmental studies, and her students are using GIS to link the recent revolution and violent ethnic conflicts in Kyrgyzstan to citizens’ attitudes towards environmental issues and proximity to potential hazards. They are learning to draw parallels to the local issue of environmental activism across the Marcellus Shale region in the United States.
In addition to the Mellon Foundation grant, Bucknell continues to make a significant investment in the Digital Scholarship Initiative. The Office of Library and Information Technology recently added three new staff: two digital scholarship coordinators and a GIS specialist. The University is also creating a Digital Scholarship Center in the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library. It will serve as a dedicated space aimed at fostering collaboration between students, faculty and staff.
- press release
Teenagers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and New Hampshire bested competitors from 17 other countries to give the U.S. its sixth title at National Geographic's biennial geography championships for schoolchildren.
The team won on a question about a country's flag. Meh.
Can music teach geography? Jason Baker thinks so. His Sounds Around the World game aims to do just that. He's showing it at the National Council for Geography Education confrence in Denver this week.
At its basic level, the program is a music and geography game. Baker played some music — mariachi, for example — and the students would try to figure out where on the map the music originated.
- Baltimore Sun
The government of Singapore introduced the Singapore Geospatial Scholarship, aimed at undergrads and grads in our area of study. No details yet.
- Channel News Asia
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/07 at 03:50 AM |