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THE KEY TO INNOVATION

"One of the key technology trends is the push for aerial intelligence," says Terry D. Bennett, owner and chief innovation strategist at Infra Foresight Consulting.
"On-demand capture via drones with sensors for photogrammetry, thermal or multispectral imagery, and laser scanning are
producing powerful workflows that dramatically shrink the built
environment capture-to-analysis timeline," says Bennett.
With this technology, firms can gain more and better insight
in far less time than the past.
Another new technology gaining traction is software and
intelligent data that produce 3D digital twins-digital mirrors
of the physical world. With this capability, firms can create digital models that get closer every day to duplicating the physical
world in a virtual environment.
"This opens doors to powerful capabilities and downstream uses
in planning, design, construction and operations," Bennett says.
With the ability to extend and enhance these digital twins into
augmented reality and virtual reality environments, interact with
and interrogate them using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine
learning, or iterate on their future with generative design software, the engineering industry can try an unlimited number of
alternatives or account for multiple variables or criteria and build
stakeholder consensus simultaneously, according to Bennett.
Another technology trend is the internet of things (IoT), in
which countless devices, products, sensors and other objects are
interconnected via the internet.
"IoT technologies are very much happening right now," says
James Stanger, chief technology evangelist at CompTIA. "We
have tracked technology implementations, and IoT is on the top
at almost 30 percent of companies we polled."
As a result, there is a need for additional network support to
manage the IoT devices.
"All IoT devices generate a lot of traffic that needs to be managed," says Stanger. "That traffic creates data that needs to be
turned into information. So, we need not only network pros to
manage the traffic with software-defined networking solutions,
but also data analysts."
One firm, Pennoni, is significantly expanding their offerings
to help clients better manage valuable assets.
"For our smaller municipalities, private companies, schools
and health care providers, we are looking for ways to help them
incorporate asset management principles," says Markus Weidner,
chief innovation officer at Pennoni. "We offer smart solutions

COURTESY OF VOLKERT, INC.

INTERNET OF THINGS

Drone footage during the restoration of the Historic Walnut Street Pedestrian
Bridge spanning the Tennessee River in Chattanooga. Volkert is providing design
and construction engineering and inspection services to the City of Chattanooga
for the rehabilitation and improvements.

"For our smaller municipalities, private companies, schools and
health care providers, we are looking for ways to help them
incorporate asset management principles."
MARKUS WEIDNER
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER
PENNONI

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Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019
Contents
From Acec to You
Market Watch
Legislative Action
The Private Side
Powering Forward
Website Brilliance
Creating Compelling Proposals
Latest It Innovations
Restorative Spirits
The Infinity Loop
Mergers and Acquisitions
Members in the News
Business Insights
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Intro
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Cover2
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Contents
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 2
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 3
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - From Acec to You
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 5
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Market Watch
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 7
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Legislative Action
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 9
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - The Private Side
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 11
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 12
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 13
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 14
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 15
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 16
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 17
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Powering Forward
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 19
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 20
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 21
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 22
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 23
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Website Brilliance
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 25
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 26
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 27
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Creating Compelling Proposals
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 29
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Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 31
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Latest It Innovations
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 33
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 34
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 35
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 36
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 37
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Restorative Spirits
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 39
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 40
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 41
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - The Infinity Loop
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Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Mergers and Acquisitions
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 47
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Members in the News
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Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 50
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - 51
Engineering Inc. - September/October 2019 - Business Insights
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