Technologies transforming construction may leave the timid behind 
Building information modeling, 3D printing and high-definition 3D laser scanning are among the technologies that are changing the construction industry bit by bit, writes Brian Fraley. Each change may be subtle, but collectively these technologies are transformative to the degree that companies failing to keep up will eventually become obsolete, he contends. Construction Equipment Guide (3/2)
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Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

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Australian infrastructure seen lagging in use of BIM 
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Australia is lagging in the use of building information modeling for infrastructure even though BIM is commonly used for buildings, according to Rob Malkin, Autodesk's director of architecture, infrastructure, engineering and construction for Asia-Pacific. "Australia needs clear communications and road maps in delivering BIM from both federal and state governments. The use of new technology can open up new funding models by the lowering of risk that BIM brings to projects, which also drives efficiencies, thus delivering better value to the community," Malkin said. Sourceable (3/2)
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Trimble acquires infrastructure software company 
Linear Project, a company that provides scheduling software for infrastructure projects such as highways, pipelines and railways, has been acquired by Trimble. Trimble began working with Linear last year to develop 3D constructible model interoperability between its Business Center-HCE office software and Linear's Tilos software. (U.K.) (3/6)
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FARO Technologies acquisition marks move into cloud 
With an eye to integrating point cloud data into CAD and building information modeling, FARO Technologies has acquired kubit. The developer of software for surveying and as-built documentation has a portfolio that includes development of a scan-to-BIM tool for Revit, which is considered a potential competitor with ClearEdge3D's EdgeWise BIM Suite. AEC Magazine online (U.K.) (3/5)
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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Basic questions can highlight value of 3D laser scanning 
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3D laser scanning for surveying can prove its worth if clients are willing to give it a try, writes Keith Jones of Professional Engineering Consultants. But that isn't always the case. However, answering a few basic questions pertaining to cost, accuracy, capabilities and limitations can clear matters up and highlight the value, he explains. Point of Beginning(3/2015)
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Peer-reviewed computer models can bypass seismic building codes 
Performance-based design will be used when a 32-story tower in Portland, Ore., is built. The method allows engineers to show through their computer-modeled design that the structure will hold up against seismic activity and bypasses the need to follow traditional building codes. The design is peer-reviewed. The Oregonian (Portland) (3/5)
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Photos: River habitat diversity project a surveying challenge 
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Cbec eco engineering was assigned to do a detailed channel survey and develop a two-dimensional hydrodynamic model for Northern California's Dry Creek to provide for more habitat diversity. However, the task posed challenges that could be addressed only with a small, unmanned survey vessel capable of linking with a robotic total station. Benjamin Taber of cbec explains the solution