GIM International: Creating a 3D Model of the Famous Budapest Chain Bridge

GIM International: Creating a 3D Model of the Famous Budapest Chain Bridge. “Two Hungarian companies designed a three-step data collection workflow to overcome the challenges in this urban surveying project, which included the use of UAVs and remote-controlled boats for Lidar and photogrammetry data. The result: a digital 3D BIM-compatible model of Budapest’s iconic bridge over the River Danube to assist in preparations for restoration and renovation work.”

Australian Financial Review: Meet the woman who saved the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Australian Financial Review: Meet the woman who saved the Sydney Harbour Bridge. “Kathleen Butler is barely remembered today. But in the 1920s, she became known as ‘The Bridge Girl’ – she even went overseas with engineers from [engineer John] Bradfield’s team to review tenders for the construction process…. Now her contribution to the successful construction of ‘The Coathanger’ is being revived, thanks in part to the University of Sydney’s decision to digitise 596 photos of the bridge’s construction from Bradfield’s three personal albums, which he had entrusted to his loyal companion and protégé in 1927.”

EurekAlert: UTA civil engineer developing app, database of Texas bridges for TxDOT

EurekAlert: UTA civil engineer developing app, database of Texas bridges for TxDOT. “TxDOT’s Fort Worth District has awarded Nur Yazdani a two-year contract worth more than $600,000 to develop a database and mobile app that will catalog the GPS coordinates and features of Texas bridges, making information easily accessible from an office or cellphone. Quick access and sharing of data among engineers, surveyors, construction crews, maintenance crews and planners are key aspects of the project.”

Google Blog: Walk the Great Wall of China

Google Blog: Walk the Great Wall of China. “Today, in collaboration with renowned Great Wall expert Dong Yaohui and curators from Gubei Water Town, Google Arts & Culture presents a new theme page enabling people to visit the Great Wall virtually. ‘Walk the Great Wall of China’ includes an exclusive 360-degree virtual tour of one of the best-preserved sections, 370 images of the Great Wall in total, and 35 stories that dive into fascinating architectural details. It’s a chance for people to experience parts of the Great Wall that might otherwise be hard to access, learn more about its rich history, and understand how it’s being preserved for future generations.”

IanVisits: 1930s photos of Twickenham sewage site unearthed

IanVisits: 1930s photos of Twickenham sewage site unearthed. “An archive of photos from the construction of a sewage works in the 1930s has been uncovered and handed to Thames Water’s archivists, and they have now been digitised. John Timms MBE donated the photos which show engineers building the supply network for the Mogden sewage works in Twickenham in the 1930s, including installing giant metal valves and excavating tunnels. Mogden is Thames Water’s third-largest sewage treatment works, currently serving more than two million customers.” An additional 4,000 photographs concerning water management/civil engineering have also been added to the Thames Water site.

National Archives: Civil War Maps from the Army Corps of Engineers Now Digitized

National Archives: Civil War Maps from the Army Corps of Engineers Now Digitized. “Civil War era and related maps from the Army Corps of Engineers have been digitized and are available to view and download from the National Archives Catalog. The records are part of the Civil Works Map File series from Record Group 77, Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers. The records make up the Z file unit.”

Afloat Ireland: Minister Noonan Launches Waterways Ireland Historical & Cultural Digital Archive

Afloat Ireland: Minister Noonan Launches Waterways Ireland Historical & Cultural Digital Archive. “For the first time visitors will be able to search the free online catalogue and view some of the collections held in the Waterways Ireland Archive. The backbone of the archive is the Engineering Collection which is now available online. It contains the original drawings tracing the development of the waterways from their conception in the eighteenth century through to their construction and their ongoing maintenance during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Included are engineer’s plans for locks, sluices, bridges and harbours, all providing a fascinating insight into our waterway heritage.”

PR Newswire: Open-Source enVerid COVID-19 Energy Estimator Available for Building Engineers (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: Open-Source enVerid COVID-19 Energy Estimator Available for Building Engineers (PRESS RELEASE). “enVerid Systems, a leading provider of indoor air quality solutions, today shared a new tool to calculate energy, costs and carbon impact of various HVAC strategies for mitigating airborne transmission of COVID-19. The free, open-source enVerid COVID-19 Energy Estimator allows building owners, mechanical engineers, and facility managers to quickly gain a more complete picture of the risk, costs, and carbon impacts of different ventilation and filtration approaches.”

Cumbria’s M6: Photo archive shows motorway at 50 (BBC)

BBC: Cumbria’s M6: Photo archive shows motorway at 50. “It is one of the highest stretches of motorway in the country, covering 36 miles (57.9km) between Lancaster and Penrith. The road, which incorporates the Lune Gorge, was opened on 23 October 1970. Photographs of the construction of the motorway, by John Laing Construction Ltd, have been preserved in a special Historic England archive.”

Stanford News: Stanford scans storied Judah railroad map

Stanford News: Stanford scans storied Judah railroad map. “Stanford Libraries has scanned an 1861 map depicting a proposed route for the railroad that eventually connected California with the rest of the country, making the one-of-a-kind map available for online viewing by people around the world. The Central Pacific Railroad Proposed Alignment Map, which is 66 feet long and 2.5 feet wide, comprises four maps on one continuous roll. “

Daily Leader: New MDOT site shows road and bridge data

Daily Leader: New MDOT site shows road and bridge data. “A new Mississippi Department of Transportation data website can tell county residents something they already know — some state maintained roads are in lousy shape. The new website, MDOT Public Accountability Transportation Hub or PATH, provides an interactive visual analysis of historical and current statewide road and bridge conditions.”

Thames Water: New 150-year digital archive captures growth of London

Thames Water: New 150-year digital archive captures growth of London. “Thousands of never-before-seen images documenting Thames Water’s past and the growth of London are now available to the public after a mammoth archiving project. The historic photographs of iconic and critical sites, including Walthamstow reservoirs, Abbey Mills pumping station and Beckton sewage works, from across the capital span almost a century, from 1886 to 1976, and can be downloaded for free.”

US Army Corps of Engineers: USACE Opens Updated National Levee Database

US Army Corps of Engineers: USACE Opens Updated National Levee Database. “The database includes attributes of levees and floodwalls relevant to flood fighting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, repair and inspection. Because the location and characteristics of levee systems can be viewed on a map with real-time data from other sources, such as stream gauges and weather radar, it is a useful tool for a variety of public agencies and individuals including flood plain managers, emergency management agencies, levee system sponsors and citizens who live or work behind a levee. Currently the NLD includes information on approximately 33,000 miles of levee, which includes 14,500 miles of levees systems associated with USACE programs, 15,000 miles from the FEMA mid-term levee inventory and several other states and federal agencies.”