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Trimble Introduces Trimble Field Points Software for Building Construction Projects

January 24, 2014 in Business, Geomatics, News, Surveying Software, Trimble

Trimble Field Points

Trimble Field Points

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 22, 2014—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today the new Trimble® Field Points software for construction field layout. The application enables contractors to create layout points in their computer-aided design (CAD) models. Trimble Field Points helps field crews to increase productivity by quickly and accurately matching the digital design on the physical construction site. This in turn can minimize errors compared with manual process and result in more accurate installation of systems and equipment in field layout work.

The announcement was made today at International Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigerating (AHR) Expo in New York and at World of Concrete in Las Vegas.

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NASA and Autodesk Collaborate on Sustainable Building Performance Monitoring

January 24, 2013 in Associate Membership, AutoCAD, Business, Geomatics, Land Surveying, Members, News, Surveying Software

Autodesk

Autodesk

New Agreement to Advance Development of Technology to Monitor and Visualize Building Performance using Building Information Models

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Autodesk and Kelar Pacific Present Building Information Modeling (BIM) Business Best Practices at Executive Dinner in September

September 9, 2011 in Associate Membership, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Business, Continuing Education, Geomatics, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software

Leaders in BIM Software and Implementation Show Construction Decision Makers How to Use BIM as a Business Driver

 

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 6, 2011 Kelar Pacific, an Autodesk Gold Partner and Design and Consulting firm, will host an educational seminar, The Business of BIM Executive Dinner, for construction executives and decision makers interested in the Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation process and how it affects commerce from business development, legal and contractual perspectives. The seminar, co-hosted by Autodesk, will take place on September 28th at Taix French Restaurant on Sunset Blvd. near Kelar Pacific’s Los Angeles office.

 

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Eagle Point Software Corporation to Offer Compatible Solutions to AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Software

April 21, 2010 in Associate Membership, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Business, Eagle Point, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software

DUBUQUE, Iowa, April 20, 2010 – Eagle Point Software Corporation today announced it will offer compatible solutions to Autodesk’s AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 software for the building design, infrastructure, and construction industries.

“We are excited to be able to quickly support the AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 release in our portfolio of add-on products that include Pinnacle Series, Data Reduction, and Surveyors’ Companion,” explains Steve Biver, Civil Product Line Manager at Eagle Point. “These products take advantage of the new features of AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011, such as 64-bit support. Our add-on products help ensure successful implementations and better use of Autodesk’s software, while giving our clients a competitive advantage.”

The Eagle Point Pinnacle Series® add-on technology dramatically improves an organization’s ability to implement AutoCAD Civil 3D and adopt new Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflows. Using links to execute the right commands, the surveying, grading, roadway design, pipe layout, and plan set preparation workflows guide users to complete work faster while consistently following the organization’s standards and best practices.

Data Reduction utilizes direct links with several supported data collectors and data collector formats to download raw instrument and coordinate data. Whether the user is downloading directly from a collector or importing a file from a PC, Data Reduction places AutoCAD Civil 3D COGO points and automated linework into the drawing.

A set of tools that streamline the survey workflow, Surveyors’ Companion leverages proven surveying technology to enable organizations to comfortably and productively move to AutoCAD Civil 3D software. Surveyors’ Companion interacts with native point, parcel, surface, alignment, and profile data.

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Professional Land Surveyor News: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Unveiled By Autodesk

March 25, 2010 in Associate Membership, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Business, Land Surveying, News, Surveying Software

Professional Land Surveyor News

Professional Land Surveyor News

Professional Land Surveyor News: AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Unveiled By Autodesk

March 25, 2010.

Today, Autodesk Unveiled its 2011 software updates for building design, infrastructure and construction industries, including the new AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011.

Jay Bhatt, senior vice president of AEC Industry Solutions said about the overall autodesk 2011 Software Portfolio:

“The building design, construction and infrastructure industries must improve productivity, while at the same time completing complex projects on time and at, or under budget,” said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president of AEC Industry Solutions. “Our new 2011 software helps support that goal by capitalizing on the enormous benefits of Building Information Modeling, and facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration from start to finish for everything from new construction and renovations on residential and business projects to large-scale infrastructure and government projects.”

Professional Land Surveyor Source – Autodesk

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011

Specific to surveying and civil engineering, AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 was unveiled with several exciting improvements and upgrades.

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RealtorsTV: National Association of Realtors Video-Existing Home Sales Down But Prices Rise

January 27, 2010 in Associate Membership, Business, Business Videos, Land Surveying, News, Videos

RealtorsTV: National Association of Realtors-Existing Home Sales Down But Prices Rise

Professional Land Surveyor News: National Association of Realtors Reports December Existing-Home Sales Down but Prices Rise; 2009 Sales Up

January 25, 2010 in Associate Membership, Business, Land Surveying, News

Professional Land Surveyor News

Professional Land Surveyor News

December Existing-Home Sales Down but Prices Rise; 2009 Sales Up

Washington, January 25, 2010

After a rising surge from September through November, existing-home sales fell as expected in December after first-time buyers rushed to complete sales before the original November deadline for the tax credit. However, prices rose from December 2008 and annual sales improved in 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – fell 16.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 5.45 million units in December from 6.54 million in November, but remain 15.0 percent above the 4.74 million-unit level in December 2008.

For all of 2009 there were 5,156,000 existing-home sales, which was 4.9 percent higher than the 4,913,000 transactions recorded in 2008; it was the first annual sales gain since 2005.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said there were no surprises in the data. “It’s significant that home sales remain above year-ago levels, but the market is going through a period of swings driven by the tax credit,” he said. “We’ll likely have another surge in the spring as home buyers take advantage of the extended and expanded tax credit. By early summer the overall market should benefit from more balanced inventory, and sales are on track to rise again in 2010. However, the job market remains a concern and could dampen the housing recovery – job creation is key to a continued recovery in the second half of the year.”

An NAR practitioner survey2 shows first-time buyers purchased 43 percent of homes in December, down from 51 percent in November. Repeat buyers rose to 42 percent of transactions in December from 37 percent in November; the remaining sales were to investors.

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Professional Land Surveyor News-EngineerSupply Becomes Authorized Topcon National Dealer

October 16, 2009 in Associate Membership, Business, CST/Berger, Keson, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Equipment, Leica, Mayline, News, Safco, Schonstedt, Seco, Sokkia, Topcon

EngineerSupply Becomes Authorized Topcon National Dealer

October 16, 2009

EngineerSupply, a leading supplier of engineering and construction equipment, is proud to announce they have become a factory-authorized, national distributor of Topcon tools and equipment. Topcon is a leading manufacturer of machine control products, precision construction lasers and optical land surveying equipment and many more products used around the world.

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Strong Gain in Existing-Home Sales Maintains Uptrend

August 27, 2009 in Associate Membership, Business, Land Surveying, News

Washington, August 21, 2009

For the first time in five years, existing-home sales have increased for four months in a row, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – rose 7.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 5.24 million units in July from a level of 4.89 million in June, and are 5.0 percent above the 4.99 million-unit pace in July 2008.  The last time sales rose for four consecutive months was in June 2004, and the last time sales were higher than a year earlier was November 2005.

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Decline in Commercial Real Estate Sectors Appears to be Slowing

August 27, 2009 in Associate Membership, Business, Land Surveying, News

Washington, August 19, 2009

Commercial real estate activity has suffered from a severe credit crunch for commercial sectors, sustained job losses and weak consumer spending, although the decline appears to be slowing.  A forward-looking indicator shows commercial real estate will remain weak into 2010, but recent actions by the Federal Reserve should improve some flow of capital into commercial lending, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

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Existing-Home Sales Up Again

July 24, 2009 in Associate Membership, Business, Land Surveying, News

Washington, July 23, 2009

Existing-home sales rose for the third consecutive month with inventory easing and home prices declining less sharply in June, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Existing-home sales – including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – increased 3.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 4.89 million units in June from a downwardly revised pace of 4.72 million in May, but are 0.2 percent lower than the 4.90 million-unit level in June 2008.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, is hopeful about the gain. “The increase in existing-home sales occurred in all major regions of the country,” he said. “We expect a gradual uptrend in sales to continue due to tax credit incentives and historically high affordability conditions. Despite the rise in closed transactions, many Realtors® are reporting lost sales as a result of new appraisal standards that went into effect May 1 of this year.”

A June survey of NAR members shows 37 percent experienced at least one lost sale as a result of the new Home Valuation Code of Conduct, with seven out of 10 reporting an increased use of out-of-area appraisers. Seventy percent of NAR appraiser members said consumers were paying higher fees, while 85 percent report a perceived reduction in appraisal quality.

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Pending Home Sales Record Fourth Straight Monthly Gain

July 1, 2009 in Associate Membership, Business, Business Videos, Land Surveying, News, Videos

Washington, July 01, 2009

Pending home sales show a sustained uptrend, rising for four consecutive months with very favorable housing affordability and a first-time buyer tax credit boosting activity, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index,1 a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in May, increased 0.1 percent to 90.7 from an upwardly revised reading of 90.6 in April, and is 6.7 percent higher than May 2008 when it was 85.0. The last time there were four consecutive monthly gains was in October 2004.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, cautions that there could be delays in the number of contracts that go to closing. “Closed existing-home sales have improved but are coming in lower than expected because some contracts are delayed or falling through from the application of new appraisal rules for many transactions,” he said. “Rises in contract activity show buyers are becoming more active even as they face much more stringent loan underwriting standards. Speedy clarification of the appraisal rules could smooth a housing market recovery and support the overall economy.”

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National Association of Realtors Reports Pending Home Sales Up for Three Months in a Row

June 3, 2009 in Associate Membership, Business, Business Videos, Land Surveying, News, Videos

National Association of Realtors Reports Pending Home Sales Up for Three Months in a Row

WASHINGTON, June 02, 2009

Record low mortgage interest rates boosted pending home sales for the third consecutive month, with some benefit now from the first-time buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index,1 a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in April, rose 6.7 percent to 90.3 from a reading of 84.6 in March, and is 3.2 percent above April 2008 when it was 87.5.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said buyers are responding to very favorable market conditions. “Housing affordability conditions have been at historic highs, but now the $8,000 first-time buyer tax credit is beginning to impact the market,” he said. “Since first-time buyers must finalize their purchase by November 30 to get the credit, we expect greater activity in the months ahead, and that should spark more sales by repeat buyers.”

The Pending Home Sales Index in the Northeast shot up 32.6 percent to 78.9 in April and is 0.8 percent above a year ago. In the Midwest the index rose 9.8 percent to 90.4 and is 11.1 percent above April 2008. The index in the South slipped 0.2 percent to 93.0 in April but is 3.5 percent higher than a year ago. In the West the index rose 1.8 percent to 94.8 but is 2.9 percent below April 2008.

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What’s Wrong With Our Cities? This Two-Minute Video Explains

May 20, 2009 in Associate Membership, General, Land Surveying, Land Surveying Videos, Videos

The Congress for New Urbanism philosophy is as follows:

Making Connections a Priority

Through grids of streets, transportation choices, and the siting of buildings along sidewalks, New Urbanism brings destinations within reach and allows for frequent encounters between citizens, in sharp contrast to sprawl (right). A key measure of connectivity is how accessible communities are to people with a range of physical abilities and financial resources.

Professional Land Surveyor Source: Congress for New Urbanism

I don’t want to give it away, but I bet you’ve either designed or laid-out one of these before. Watch the video and comment on what you think about it.

Financial Protection in the UK Building Industry (Kindle Edition)

March 21, 2009 in Associate Membership, Books, Business, General, Land Surveying

Financial Protection in the UK Building Industry (Kindle Edition)Financial Protection in the UK Building Industry (Kindle Edition)

Product Description


Financial Protection in the UK Building Industry provides comprehensive treatment of a complex aspect of construction management which is increasingly important in modern construction contracts in the UK. This book looks at the legal and economic background of providing financial protection to clients.

Also available in paperback.

 

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