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There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Wolfram|Alpha, which is a new way to find data online.  A classic google search uses only information taken directly from the web, but Wolfram Alpha takes a bunch of facts and figures and uses various mathematical formulas to provide you with enhanced information.  For the most part, [...]

The University of Texas & ASCE is hosting a workshop about the uses of computers and IT in the field of civil engineering.  According to their website, topics include: Sensing, Mobile/Wearable Computing, Life-cycle Assessment and Sustainable Infrastructure, Design, and Cutting Edge Development. These topics sound extremely interesting to me but alas the workshop is A) [...]

A short while ago, I posted about “Wintopo”, discussing how well it converts an image to a vector file for use in AutoCAD.  Since I was getting mixed results (particularly for more complex plans), I thought I’d do a little comparison between two different programs to see if I could get some more usable results. [...]

31 Oct, 2008

Speeding Up Civil3D

Posted by: Skylar In: Civil3d|technology

I’ve recently been using a slightly older laptop at work for various small tasks in civil 3d, and I’ve come to respect the benefits of a faster computer system.  Every time I try to change viewports or layout tabs, it takes at least double the time it would take on my former desktop computer.  However, [...]

23 Oct, 2008

Akvo.org

Posted by: Skylar In: Uncategorized

If you haven’t heard of Akvo yet, you should head over to their site to take a look.  I was originally quite impressed with the idea, but I didn’t have a chance to blog about it yet. Akvo is a site that attempts to use the internet as a tool to help provide clean water [...]

05 Oct, 2008

DeskTask brings MS Outlook to your desktop

Posted by: Skylar In: technology

If you’re working in the engineering industry, you most likely need to work in Microsoft Outlook at some point or another.  I’ve been able to make Outlook and my Blackberry work very well with my workflow, using meetings and outlook’s calendar functions alongside the tasks function.  If you use Outlook on a regular basis, you [...]

26 Sep, 2008

Project 10 to the 100

Posted by: Skylar In: internet coverage|news

Google Inc.  is sponsoring a new competition to promote technologies that can improve the lives of those around the globe.  The company is offering $10 million dollars, split between up to five finalists who submit a google-worthy idea.  Here’s the challenge: If you have an idea that you believe would help somebody, we want to [...]

12 Aug, 2008

Dash – crowdsourcing traffic

Posted by: Skylar In: technology

Dash is a service that works sort of like an average GPS system. It can tell you where you are, and give you some different routes to get to a certain destination. The cool thing about it, though, is that it’s connected to the internet. The system can provide current gas prices at various locations, [...]


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