CAD & GIS News for Govies 10/23

CAD News for Govies is a weekly feature on Acronym that scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a regular source of CAD and GIS news, information and ideas that impact the public sector. Here’s the latest round-up:

Integrated Design Workflow Videos using Revit 2013 and 2014

New to Revit? Need a refresher? Check out these new one-hour integrated design workflow video tutorials from What Revit Wants.

Use This Urban Design Tool to Prototype a Different Street Outside

A new citizen-planning tool Key to the Street, lets users take a photograph of a site using a phone and immediately start sketching and filling in features. For example, citizens who come across a part of a city that could do with a facelift perhaps by adding trees or a sidewalk can sketch it out right there. Ideas can then be shared with public officials and others. The goal is to improve cities and educate the public about what's happening with particular locations, says Jessica Lowry, who created the web-based tool and who is working with the city of Austin on the project. As well as drawing ideas of their own, people can also look up what the city is planning for a spot (if anything).

Check out this video to learn more or read more here.

Survey: Government Continues to Pursue Cloud Solutions

On Oct. 15, Unisys announced the results of a survey of 109 state and local government IT professionals regarding cloud computing. The survey found that about half of government leaders are either deploying a cloud solution (32 percent) or thinking about deploying a cloud solution (14 percent).

The survey also asked respondents why they pursued the cloud. About 25 percent said it was savings on hardware and software maintenance that attracted them to the cloud, while about 20 percent said they were attracted to the ability they would have to “meet the demands of a growing mobile workforce.” About 46 percent of respondents reported they have or are planning to implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs. Read more from Government Technology.

How Analytics Is Making NYC's Streets and Buildings Safer

The most populous city in the United States — with 8 million residents — faces huge fiscal challenges, which is driving city officials to make tough decisions on which citizen services to support. However, an eight-member team of data analysts is helping agencies apply data and analytics to better manage and allocate those resources. Dubbed the “Mayor’s Geek Squad,” members of The Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics have created the DataBridge, a common data source from which agencies can access and extract a trove of agency regulatory data. For example, the New York City Fire Department is applying data and analytics to change the way FDNY conducts daily building inspections, helping the city’s 341 fire units more accurately target for inspection buildings that are potential fire risks. The Risk Based Inspection System mines information from databases across the city to help prioritize the 50,000 buildings firefighters inspect annually. Meanwhile, the NYC Department of Buildings has judiciously applied data analytics to handle illegal conversion complaints, city officials said. The city receives 20,000 to 25,000 complaints of illegal conversions every year. An illegal conversion is an apartment or house with residents living above maximum occupancy, often remnants of formerly legal spaces that have been divided making them unsafe for occupancy. A single-family home, for example, could be subdivided to house 30 individuals in crowded, unsafe conditions. Read more from GCN.

Civil, Building and Manufacturing “Problem Solved” Free Virtual Event

Mark your calendars! On October 31, IMAGINiT technologies is hosting a free virtual event featuring insights, tips and best practices that can help you maximize designs and processes. Course include Five Things you Didn’t Know About Revit and Model Quality, Civil 3D Configuration – Best Practices, Slow System, Large Files – Solutions for Civil, and more. Register here and view the complete list of sessions.

How to Create a Mechanical System in AutoCAD MEP 2014

Learn how to create an efficient mechanical system in the familiar AutoCAD-based interface of AutoCAD MEP 2014 this quick video from Autodesk: