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A good lead grabs attention, arouses curiosity and alludes to the story that lies ahead. Here is a sampling of leads for trend stories, case studies, white papers and blog posts.

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Trend Stories
The Demand for Water
High Performance Green Buildings
Investing in Intelligent Infrastructure
Modeling Energy Performance to Reduce Carbon Footprints
What the Smart Grid Means for Energy Savings
The Whole Building Approach to Sustainable Retrofit

 

Case Studies

Bentley's RAM Structural System V8i Speeds Design of Biotechnology Facility

Better City Services, the Fiber-Optic Way
Democratized Design
Fleet of the Future
A Foot Hold
MOSES Minimizes Redundant Steel in ORCA Offshore’s Analysis of Self-installing Platform [NEW]
NTP increases net revenue by 10-15% integrating a2z & Salesforce.com

Philadelphia Water Streamlines Operations with Enterprise Data Management

Robin Partington & Partners Leverages Bentley Software to Create Curvilinear Park House

Wellhead platform delivered to Caspian in 23 months

Wimbledon retains advantage through co-ordinated refurbishment
 
White Papers
Bank Security: Own the Night
BIM in a Cloud
Business Travelers Demand Fast, Secure Internet
Creating a Culture of Risk Management

IPD, BIM, and Supply Chain Optimization

LMS 2.0: How to Select an Advanced Learning Management System

SOX-Compliant Data Security for Business Travelers

Winning the War for Talent

 
Blog Posts
The Best Mobile Apps for Audience Engagement [NEW]
Technology Forecast: Event Management is Moving to the Cloud [NEW]
What Meeting Planners Can Learn about Marketing from the Top Brands [NEW]
 
 

Bank Security: Own the Night
How financial institutions can apply the Broken Windows Theory of Policing to prevent criminal activity and stop losses due to fraud
Chief Security/Risk Officers (CSO/CRO) and those working in Fraud Mitigation, Loss Prevention and Operational Risk Management for financial institutions are dealing with a new era of cybercrime ushered in by the e-banking revolution. Often facilitated by insiders, cyber attacks use computer viruses and malicious code (malware) to siphon off millions of dollars every year in fraudulent wire transfers, Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) transactions and other unauthorized account activity.
A White Paper by Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, April 2010

Bentley’s RAM Structural System V8i Speeds Design of Biotechnology Fill-Finish Facility
Flad Architects Stays Ahead of Highly Aggressive 24-Month Design-Build Schedule Using 3D Models to Test Unconventional Solutions
Six weeks into the fast-track design of a $450 million, 300,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, the structural design team had to determine billet quantities for procurement. Bentley RAM Structural System V8i enabled the team to estimate tonnage and produce material takeoff lists for five separate buildings. With the steel fabricator, erector, and detailer already on board, placing the order early gave the mill enough lead time to produce the rolled steel required to start construction on schedule.
Bentley Case Study, August 2010

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The Best Mobile Apps for Audience Engagement
Look out over any audience—movie theater, classroom or keynote session—and you will see the
ghostly glow of a mobile phone screen reflected on someone’s face. While sometimes
distracting or disruptive, smartphones present a tremendous opportunity to harness and engage
an audience in real time.
Kalahari Meetings Blog, Sep 29, 2014

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Better City Services, the Fiber-Optic Way
Fiber-optic infrastructure accommodates phased construction and planned expansion

Port St. Lucie is known for its beautiful surroundings but often faces the brunt of nature. What was once a young fishing community in the 1950s, it has grown to a metropolitan area of more than 160,000 residents. With a six-month hurricane season, lightening strikes are a common feature that wreck havoc to the place and communications often get interrupted. As the place grew, with it grew problems of outages, knock out traffic signals, utilities and other services. For the municipal government, maintaining quality of service in a rapidly growing region has been the challenging task.
Geospatial Today, May 2011

BIM in a Cloud:
What structural engineers and architects need to know about cloud computing for business success

Cloud computing was once maligned as the most overhyped tech buzzword of the year in CIO magazine (McLaughlin, 2008). Yet the technology promises to be “no less influential than e-business,” according to Gartner Inc. (2008). Defined as a computing style that provides scalable IT services using Internet technology, the trend is revolutionizing the IT industry. The reason, according to Forrester Research, is the No. 1 business benefit: Pay-as-you-go cloud computing is a cash-flow-friendly alternative to on-premise installation (Schadler, 2008).
Structural Engineering & Design Professional Development Series, September 2010

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Business Travelers Demand Fast, Secure Internet
High-speed Internet access and security are important factors for discriminating business travelers

New broadband applications feed the need for speed among business travelers who work and
play online after hours. As more guests engage in high-bandwidth activities, the lodging industryis being pressured to deliver fast, reliable, secure broadband.
A White Paper by iBAHN, July 2006

Creating a Culture of Risk Management
Financial Service organizations must initiate a top-down transformation to spread risk management visibility and accountability throughout the enterprise
After the rash of corporate and accounting scandals leading up to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, a “Culture of Compliance” emerged to foster ethical behavior and decision-making. The culture of compliance goes beyond having good policies and procedures, a dedicated compliance staff, sufficient compliance resources or electronic exception reports. It articulates a sense of responsibility for compliance at every level of the organization.
A Position Paper by Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, June 2010

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The Demand for Water
Faced with climate change and population growth, more cities work to ensure the well does not run dry
Water is essential for life, but most people take it for granted until there's not enough — or too much. When reservoirs evaporate and water is rationed, people tend to take notice. When storm waters overwhelm sewer systems and pollutants float to the surface, they become alarmed. How to manage water has become a pivotal challenge, not only in regions plagued by droughts and floods but also in metropolitan areas where once-abundant supplies are becoming scarce.
The Wall Street Journal Special Advertising Section, March 11, 2011

Democratized Design
3D Visualizations help with buy-in on highway improvement projects
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) owns, manages, and maintains a state highway system that carries 86 million vehicle miles per day. Its Visual Engineering Resource Group (VERG) produces 3D visualizations that help get buy-in on highway improvement projects through strategic communication with stakeholders and the public. For the $23.2 million State Route (SR) 20 Sharpes Corner intersection, visualizations expedited the selection of the best design for reducing traffic congestion and the chance of collisions.
Civil + Structural Engineer, June 2013

Fleet of the Future
Public transit goes clean and quiet with next-generation electric buses
Nearly 20 years ago, the City of Chattanooga, Tenn., transformed public transit with the introduction of a shuttle service using battery-powered buses. Today, close to one million passengers per year ride the downtown electric shuttle, which runs a 3.5-mile route continuously with zero tailpipe emissions. The bus fleet has prevented an estimated 65 tons of pollutants since 1992.
The Wall Street Journal Special Advertising Section, 2011

A Foot Hold
Highway improvement programs on two continents often share one objective: to minimize their transportation systems’ ecological footprint by reducing carbon emissions, recycling materials, preserving forests and protecting communities. This is the new hallmark of sustainable infrastructure projects that meet the needs of society today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Roads & Bridges, September 4, 2008

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High Performance Green Buildings
New Construction that earns a sustainability seal-of-approval rapidly returns ROI through lower lifeecycle costs

It pays to go green with new construction. According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), green buildings cost no more to bild--and sometimes less--when project teams take an integrated design approach that considers sustainability goals throughout the whole building lifecycle.
Be Current, Volume 6 Issue 4

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Investing in Intelligent Infrastructure
Advanced sensing and computing technologies enable structures and systems to self-monitor, self-diagnose, and self-correct throughout their life cycle.
In a world where all infrastructure is intelligent, bridges signal for maintenance before unsafe conditions develop, rail networks predict equipment failures before trains are delayed, and levees alert authorities about flood risks before waters rise. Smart highways charge motorists a fee to avoid traffic congestion, and intelligent drinking-water distribution systems detect impurities and adjust dosing. Electricity grids monitor wind and solar power and automatically ramp up or reduce other power sources to compensate. By using advanced sensing and computing technologies to monitor conditions, diagnose problems, and correct operations—often without human intervention—intelligent infrastructure improves safety and performance.
CE News, June 2009

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IPD, BIM, and Supply Chain Optimization
Bottom-line benefits of 3D-enabled lean delivery for AEC projects

In traditional design-bid-build project delivery, workflows from preliminary design through construction closeout are linear. Paper-based documentation exchanges are sequential, and revisions cycle through the system until the design is acceptable — prior to fabrication and installation, though often after design documents are issued. Fast-track projects present a challenge to the linear flow and force specific tasks to proceed in parallel before their predecessors are completed, potentially causing rework. Under ideal conditions, design-bid-build can yield projects on time, within budget, and to the owner’s satisfaction. The reality is, AEC projects are often fraught with wasteful practices that cause delays, cost overruns, and quality concerns.
Structural Engineering & Design Professional Development Series, November 2010

LMS 2.0: How to Select an Advanced Learning Management System
Web-based teaching tools promote communication and collaboration for enhanced e-learning
Institutes of higher education rely upon Learning Management Systems (LMSs) to support quality education delivery in face-to-face, online and hybrid classroom environments. The core components of this essential academic computing software enable faculty to design and manage course content, as well as assess and track student progress.
A White Paper by Timecruiser Computing Corporation, April 2008

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Modeling Energy Performance to Reduce Carbon Footprints
How companies can improve building system operations to conserve energy, save money, and promote environmental stewardship

A recent survey of corporate energy efficiency strategies conducted by the Pew Center on Global Climate Change found that companies are striving for energy savings of 20 percent within the next decade. Driven in part by rising energy prices, these initiatives will produce an average annualized savings of 2.2 percent. The energy savings will not only help to contain or cut costs, but also contribute to reducing the corporate carbon footprint.
Be Current, Vol. 7 No. 1, January 2010

MOSES Minimizes Redundant Steel in ORCA Offshore’s Analysis of Self-installing Platform
Transport and Installation Specialist Demonstrates Validity of Dynamic Load and Structural Strength Analysis Using Bentley Software
Massive but Movable — When Centrica acquired the F3-FA field in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, it planned to develop the field for four years of production and then relocate to another field. A EUR 200 million reusable platform was crucial to the project’s success. ORCA Offshore joined a team of design, fabrication, and installation contractors to provide the naval architectural analysis for transport and installation of the nearly 9,000-ton, self-installing platform. ORCA Offshore provided motion and stability analysis, multibody dynamic analysis, structural spectral analysis, and scale model testing. Bentley’s MOSES offshore platform design and installation software simulated and analyzed the transportation and installation of the unique production platform.
Bentley Case Study, April 2015

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National Trade Productions increases net revenue by 10-15% integrating a2z & Salesforce.com
“We are handling more volume with the same staff that we had before, and it is being done quicker and more accu­rately than before with reduced labor. Our cash flow has improved, our forecasting and tracking is better, and our exhibitors and clients are happier.”
— Karin Fendrich, Chief Operating Officer, National Trade Productions, Inc.

a2z Inc. Case Study of the Month, March 2011

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Philadelphia Water Streamlines Operations with Enterprise Data Management System
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is a municipal utility providing a population of nearly 1.7 million people in three eastern Pennsylvania counties with integrated water, wastewater, and stormwater services. The utility is responsible for planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the necessary infrastructure. By integrating the rapidly growing ProjectWise data management system with the city’s geospatial database and Capital Program Integrated Tracking (CAPIT) database, the department improved the ability to search for and locate CAD files and construction photos. The USD 65,000 project significantly reduced the expense of recreating lost CAD files, which cost roughly USD 30,000 to produce.
Informed Infrastructure, July 31, 2014

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Robin Partington & Partners Leverages Bentley Software to Create Curvilinear Park House
Fronting Oxford Street in London’s elegant Mayfair district, where high-end shops mingle with exclusive residences and commercial buildings, Park House was developed to deliver an entire city block of prime, mixed-use space without overpowering its neighbors. Robin Partington & Partners (RPP) designed the GBP 135 million building with 8,140 square meters of retail space at basement, ground, and first-floor levels on Oxford Street; 15,140 square meters of Grade A office space on seven floors with a prestigious west-end address on Park Street; and 5,430 square meters of residential space for 39 private flats with a discrete east-end entrance on North Row. The building’s curvilinear, fully glazed facade presented the technical challenge of bending glass to its limit. RPP used Bentley’s GenerativeComponents to design a cladding system with the optimal number of glass panels, and an innovative solution for joining the siding and roofing.
Informed Infrastructure, March 5, 2015

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SOX-Compliant Data Security for Business Travelers:
Protect against data theft over the unsecured wired and wireless networks employees access on the road

C-level executives charged with managing risk understand that Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) mandates control of corporate and financial data to safeguard assets and protect against abuse. That mandate extends beyond the secure firewalls protecting internal information systems to the data that travels on laptops and across public networks. At greatest risk are the files traveling employees carry with them on the road, where the use of unsecured wired and wireless networks can expose data to theft and abuse.
A White Paper by iBAHN, September 2006

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Technology Forecast: Event Management is Moving to the Cloud
When Cvent filed for an initial public offering last July, the Wall Street Journal reported that
the company’s cloud-based event management platform represented 70 percent of its annual
revenue, which is projected to be about $110 million in 2013. Some pretty big numbers for a
technology that is still evolving. Below is a quick snapshot of how the cloud works and how the
meeting planner industry can leverage it.
Kalahari Meetings Blog, Dec 11, 2013

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Wellhead platform delivered to Caspian in 23 months
International Offshore Report
The Caspian Sea is earth's largest inland waterbody, bordered by five nations with strategic interests in the basin's vast natural resources. Valued at more than $4 trillion, the 25 billion metric tons of projected oil reserves for Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan comprise nearly 15% of the world's total oil reserves.
Pipeline & Gas Journal, April 1, 2010

What the Smart Grid Means for Energy Savings
Smart grids combine two-way communications with intelligent monitoring and control to reduce energy consumption
The grids that deliver electricity from power plants to consumers are geting smarter. And as the grids get smarter, they will monitor power quality in real time, distribute and rebalance loads, and detect and repair disturbances--all without human intervention.
Be Current, Vol. 7 No. 1, January 2010

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What Meeting Planners Can Learn about Marketing from the Top Brands
If you ask marketing pros what trends will change the game in 2014, you will undoubtedly hear
all about content marketing. The practice of generating custom content has grown from 18.9
percent of the marketing mix in 2012 to 34.8 percent in 2013, according to Fast Company, and
the upward trend is expected to continue.
Kalahari Meetings Blog, Dec 16, 2013

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The Whole Building Approach to Sustainable Retrofit
Advances in BIM-enabled analysis now make it possible to set ambitious energy efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction goals for existing buildings
Commercial buildings account for more than 30 percent of total energy consumption in the United States. A typical office building in the nation's heartland, for example, produces 40 pounds of CO2 per square foot. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that if commercial and industrial buildings were made just 10 percent more energy efficient, Americans would save $20 billion per year and greenhouse gas emisions would be reducd by an amount equivalent to 30 million vehicles.
Be Current, Volume 6 Issue 4

Wimbledon retains advantage through co-ordinated refurbishment
Building Information Modelling takes centre court in staging construction around championships
A four-year improvement programme at Wimbledon’s All-England Club was staged around the annual tennis championships, a feat that required collaboration among the design team, main contractor, and supplier fabricators. Initiated in 2005, the construction project included
redevelopment of the east stand of centre court, extension of the terrace to provide an additional six rows of seating, and the addition of a retractable roof for play in adverse weather conditions.
AEC Magazine, January/February 2011

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Winning the War for Talent
The new model for online recruitment sources qualified candidates more effectively by tapping exclusive online communities.
Talent is the secret weapon in a knowledge-based economy, where strategic success depends upon creativity and innovation. In today’s job market, traditional recruitment methods take too long, cost too much and produce too few qualified candidates.
A White Paper by Affinity Circles, March 2008

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