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To all of the engineers, public information officers, project managers, 3D visualizers, landscape and aesthetic designers, artists and other professionals focusing on making transportation and other civil engineering projects look better through design or public outreach, this podcast is for you.

Published by Civil FX, a 3D visualization firm focusing exclusively on civil engineering projects by using Unity 3D, Unreal Engine (UE4) and other design technology to bring projects to life. Learn more at www.civilfx.com

We Make Civil Engineering Look Good | Working to Make Transportation and other Civil Engineer Projects Better through Outreac Sam Lytle

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To all of the engineers, public information officers, project managers, 3D visualizers, landscape and aesthetic designers, artists and other professionals focusing on making transportation and other civil engineering projects look better through design or public outreach, this podcast is for you.

Published by Civil FX, a 3D visualization firm focusing exclusively on civil engineering projects by using Unity 3D, Unreal Engine (UE4) and other design technology to bring projects to life. Learn more at www.civilfx.com

    Using 3D Tools to Solve Infrastructure and Transportation for State DOTs (AEC Next/Spar 3D Conference)

    Using 3D Tools to Solve Infrastructure and Transportation for State DOTs (AEC Next/Spar 3D Conference)

    State Departments Of Transportation (DOTs) are critically important agencies whose work includes, but is not limited to, planning, maintaining and improving the complex infrastructure of a state’s land, air and sea-based travel systems. However, given the scale and complexity of the projects they work on, they face unique challenges that are intrinsic to the job’s nature.
    Whether it’s reaching places that are somewhat risky in order to collect data and perform structural assessment or accessing terrain that is potentially unstable to map its features, DOTs professionals need to make use of tools that will provide them with the data they need, but will also be in alignment with workforce safety regulations in the field. Therefore, many DOT’s have been using different categories of technologies and 3D tools in order to perform their tasks and collect the information they need (drones, 3D modelling, etc.), but also to achieve a higher level of public engagement with the work they do.
    With that in mind, today’s episode is the audio format of the AEC Next/Spar 3D Conference called How are DOT’s Using 3D Tools to Solve Infrastructure and Transportation Challenges?, moderated by Jeremiah Karpowicz and focused on some of the new technologies, as well as their use in infrastructure and transportation. The panel is made up of Sam Lytle, the founder and owner of Civil FX, Kourosh Langari, a civil engineer at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Jennifer Wells, a State Bridge Inspection Engineer at the Minnesota DOT, and Nick Johnson, Chief of Project Management at the Nevada DOT.
     
    Resources Mentioned
    How are DOT’s Using 3D Tools to Solve Infrastructure and Transportation Challenges? - Webinar on Youtube
    Kourosh Langari - LinkedIn / Kourosh.langari@dot.ca.gov / California DOT
    Jennifer Wells - LinkedIn / jennifer.Wells@state.mn.us / Minnesota DOT
    Nick Johnson - LinkedIn / njohnson@dot.nv.gov / Nevada DOT
    Sam Lytle - LinkedIn / sam@civilfx.com / Civil FX
    Jeremiah Karpowicz - LinkedIn / jkarpowicz@divcom.com
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    Announcing the CEMENT Podcast Network

    Announcing the CEMENT Podcast Network

    In today’s fast-paced and connected world, most professionals are almost always on the go and do not have the “free time” to sit down and grab the latest issue of one of the many technical magazines, newspapers, and newsletters available on their specific field. Therefore, podcasts have shifted from an entertainment tool to an easy-access resource that allows professionals to keep up to date with the latest trends within their industries.
    On today’s episode, Sam sits down once again to talk to Anthony Fasano, from the Engineering Management Institute, to announce his newest podcast network within the civil engineering arena, called the Civil Engineering Media & Entertainment Network (CEMENT). Made up of different content channels - from podcast episodes to Youtube videos - focused on different aspects of civil engineering, CEMENT will be the only place you need to go to learn about the industry and its sub-disciplines, as well as the different skill sets an engineer should have, both technical and social.
    The goal is to provide civil engineers with easy access to great content they may be interested in, as well as industry news they should keep up with in order to be successful and resourceful. The newest content channel is the This Week in Civil Engineering podcast, which is a news-related show to tell you what is going on in the world of civil engineering, nationally and internationally. The show is coming soon and It’ll be only 10-15 minutes a week, which will give you the chance to keep up with industry news while you take your 15-minute walk in the morning or just have a good breakfast.
     
    Resources Mentioned
    Civil Engineering Media & Entertainment Network (CEMENT) - Here
    The Civil Engineering Podcast - Here
    The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast - Here
    The Structural Engineering Channel - Here
    This Week in Civil Engineering (Coming Soon!) - Here
    The episode of the Geotechnical Engineering Podcast with ASCE National President Dr. Kancheepuram N. Gunalan - Here
    EMI’s Contact web page for content and episode ideas - Here
    Civil Engineering Collective - Here
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    Civil FX - Youtube Channel
    Civil FX - Website

    • 30 min
    Reaching Millions with Virtual Reality to Save Lives with Jessi Acuna of the Regional Flood Control District (CCRFCD)

    Reaching Millions with Virtual Reality to Save Lives with Jessi Acuna of the Regional Flood Control District (CCRFCD)

    With a “bowl-like” geographical shape and a soil that does not absorb too much water, Las Vegas has a tendency to experience much more floods than any other place in the country, making it a necessity to not only develop and invest in infrastructure, but also to educate its residents about the dangers of driving through flooded roads. And, while this is precisely one of the goals of the Regional Flood Control District in Clark County (CCRFCD), the teaching methods they are currently using are truly innovative: they are using Virtual Reality to educate people about these risks.
    Jessi Acuna works with the Regional Flood Control District as a public information coordinator, doing a lot of public outreach and promoting campaigns in order to educate the general public about the many different aspects of flood safety. The District's last survey found out that 60% of young drivers decide to drive through flooded roads instead of turning around, what motivates her to primarily focus on elementary and high school students.The District’s educational program has had a massive success since it was first launched in 2019, and its Youtube video that uses VR to mirrors what happens in real floods has had more than 3 million views.
    According to Jessica “only 1 foot to 2 feet of water is necessary to sweep your pickup truck away”. Thus, listen to this episode to learn more about this wonderful work that Jessi is doing, as well as her thoughts on how VR can be an useful tool in the future.

    Resources Mentioned
    Regional Flood Control District - Website / Youtube / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
    Youtube Video: VRFlood - A 360VR Flood Experience
    Flood VR Experience - Website
    Arizona Flood - Here
    Civil FX’s Distracted Driving VR - Distracted Driving Simulator
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    Civil FX - Youtube Channel
    Civil FX - Website

    • 35 min
    The Value of Geospatial Data in Civil Engineering with Carrie Wiley of Nearmap

    The Value of Geospatial Data in Civil Engineering with Carrie Wiley of Nearmap

    Today’s guest is Carrie Wiley, a technical sales engineer who has been working with Nearmap for over a year now. Nearmap is an Australia-born company focused on imagery technology and location data, that provides frequently-updated and high-resolution geospatial data of countries like Australia, the United States, Canada and New Zealand.
    Carrie’s interest in the subject began while still in her sophomore year, when she took a GIS (Geographic Information System) course. Although she has always been interested in computer programming courses, the GIS course turned out to be the most valuable one for her, given that she went on to use the knowledge she had acquired in this course in her very first job at a large public agency. Then, she had the opportunity to pursue a master’s program in Geoinformatic, when she got even closer to the capabilities and utilities of GIS.
    Within Nearmap, she is part of the technical sales engineering team, where she has the opportunity to work with the customers, figuring out how they can integrate imagery into their workflows, in addition to being able to work and interact with other teams within the company itself. Nearmap has significantly changed the geospatial data industry within a relatively short time period, and there’s more yet to come due to features such as Artificial Intelligence. Therefore, check out this episode to get a much more detailed view on the subject and don’t forget to register for Nearmap’s customer event called NAVIG8, taking place on virtual mode this year, in early August.
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    Get in touch with Carrie via LinkedIn here.
    Find out more about the interesting work Nearmap is doing here.
    Register for Nearmap’s NAVIG8 2020 event here.
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    • 38 min
    Blockchain in Civil Engineering with Terry Walters (Part 2)

    Blockchain in Civil Engineering with Terry Walters (Part 2)

    Today’s episode is the second part of our two-episode series with Terry Walters, a technology evangelist at HW Lochner. This final episode focuses on Terry’s work in Blockchain and how this can be truly useful in civil engineering, especially in the discipline of transportation engineering. Roughly speaking, Blockchain is a series of records cryptographically linked together, which makes it easier to spot any attempt to fake or alter the original data. This trait in itself can be useful, and in fact makes things much more dynamic and safe, in the transportation and shipping industries, in which there’s a huge need to keep track of things, both constantly and accurately.
    In the first episode, Sam and Terry talked about how technology as a whole, from software development to capabilities, will have a huge impact on the field. In this episode, Terry brings to light the specific details and nuances on how blockchain technology can be effectively used in civil engineering.

    Get in touch with Terry: twalters@HWLochner.com or twalters@mochimo.org
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    • 25 min
    Evangelizing Technology in Civil Engineering with Terry Walters (Part 1)

    Evangelizing Technology in Civil Engineering with Terry Walters (Part 1)

    This week’s episode is the first part of a two-episode series with Terry Walters. Terry has been a technology evangelist at HW Lochner since 2014 and he lives in a RV, traveling all over the country and visiting various offices along the way. His passion for technology started out when he was just five years old, after getting his first computer, and, even though he ended up in the transportation segment of the civil engineering world, he always had his interest in technology on the side.

    In this first episode, Sam and Terry discuss where the field of civil engineering is going as a result of the extremely fast development cycles of software. They discuss interesting facts, such as the relation between machine learning and civil engineering, both the field as a whole and its practitioners, and how young engineers can better prepare for their careers ahead, given the world’s current tech-driven development.
    Get in touch with Terry: twalters@HWLochner.com or twalters@mochimo.org
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    Civil FX Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/civilfxstudios
    Civil FX Website: www.civilfx.com

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