What is the wingspan of a Boeing B757-200 with retrofitted winglets? Such questions are posed daily by airport operational staff, planners, engineers and many other professionals in the aviation industry. Aircraft Data Viewer provides the answer to this question and more. With an aircraft library presenting key data and graphical illustrations for more than 450 aircraft models, industry professionals need not look any further.
As a resource, Aircraft Data Viewer appeals to not only those involved in the planning and design of airport facilities, but also operational staff on the ground. With the latest release, users can now choose between a Single license with either hardware (USB dongle) or software protection, or alternatively a Network license using software protection. Designed to increase flexibility, these solutions make it possible to easily share Aircraft Data Viewer within a department, between departments, or even between sites.
Aircraft Data Viewer runs directly in Windows, without the need for any other type of software or CAD platform. Data can be stored as PDFs or sent to a printer, perfect for projects, meetings or presentations. Implementing a reliable shared source such as Aircraft Data Viewer is an easy contribution to safer airport operations.
Aircraft Data Viewer allows users to compare the dimensions of up to five aircraft on the fly. In addition, aircraft can be listed and ranked on selected criteria such as minimum turning radius or jet blast impact.
To learn more about Aircraft Data Viewer visit our product page: Aircraft Data Viewer details
Our M.O. at Transoft is to develop innovative solutions that provide transportation engineers confidence and peace of mind when they’re working on road and highway projects. Vehicle accessibility and safety, among other concerns, are of paramount interest to our customers. For that reason we’re always appreciative when we see others with similar interests. Volvo has become a name synonymous with ‘safety’ and is certainly no stranger to innovation, with plans next month to release 2 world first’s in vehicle safety features for their top selling XC90 SUV.
Dating back to the invention of the three point seatbelt, Swedish auto giant, Volvo, has always been known to be the leader in vehicle safety technology. So it comes as no surprise that it’s taking vehicle safety features to another level. The automaker will take a turn into the future when it reveals its new XC90 luxury SUV next month. Two innovative safety features, which Volvo is touting to be ‘world-firsts’, will be introduced: auto braking when turning in front of an oncoming vehicle, and run-off road protection.
The auto braking feature will kick in when the driver is turning in front of an oncoming vehicle, the XC90 brakes automatically when it detects a potential crash in order to avoid collision. The run-off road protection feature detects when the vehicle is about to drift off the road and will tighten the front seatbelts and apply extra steering torque pulling the vehicle back on track.
The automaker’s vision is that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020. It plans to incorporate more safety features in every new car launched after the XC90. The new features for the XC90 will be available at dealerships in the spring of 2015. To see a full list of all the new safety features visit this link here.
When it comes to world first’s, that’s something we know a thing or two about as well, having a long history of innovations including the world’s first vehicle swept path solution for Autodesk® Revit®. Released in 2013, AutoTURN® for Autodesk® Revit® allows architects to efficiently generate dynamic vehicle swept paths along roadways, driveways, parking lots, entrances and exit ways all within the Revit environment. To see the software in action, watch the video and a recorded webcast by clicking the links below. If you’re the reading type, click here to visit the product page.
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What do Al Gore, the FHWA, Lieutenant Sulu and the Brusaw’s have in common?
They all look at the bright side of things – solar to be exact. Idaho inventor, Scott Brusaw, developed an idea to create solar panels meant for roads, parking lots, bike trails and eventually highways. The idea sparked (pun intended) after Scott’s wife, Julie, watched “An Inconvenient Truth” featuring former Vice President Al Gore. Since then funding has been provided by FHWA and through crowdsourcing efforts on Indigogo, albeit suffering a slow start. Only after George Takei, Lieutenant Sulu of Star Trek fame, mentioned Brusaw’s company on the hit TV show MythBusters did the floodgates open and the company saw donations pouring in.
Here is a short excerpt from the article:
"We need to rebuild our infrastructure," said Brusaw, the head of Solar Roadways, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, about 90 miles northeast of Spokane, Washington. His idea contains "something for everyone to like."
"Environmentalists like it," he said. "Climate change deniers like it because it creates jobs."
While the idea may sound outlandish to some, it has already garnered $850,000 in seed money from the federal government, raised more than $2 million on a crowd-funding website and received celebrity praise.
Solar Roadways is part of a larger movement that seeks to integrate renewable energy technology — including wind, geothermal and hydropower — seamlessly into society.
The Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group based in Washington, D.C., described companies like Solar Roadways as "niche markets" in the booming alternative energy industry.
Next year Vancouver will be welcoming you to the 5th International Symposium on Highway Geometric Design!
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Thanks to all those who submitted paper abstracts – the response has been fantastic!
Check out the blog to find the best patio in the city and look for upcoming posts about the symposium program, things to see and do in Vancouver and information about participating next June.
Be sure to stay in the know and see you in 2015! Check out the ISHGD 2015 website here!
We’re about ready to meet up once again at our 2nd annual Transoft Solutions User Group (TSUG) event. This year’s event promises to build on the momentum from the previous TSUG which attracted nearly 100 attendees from across the nation. And this year we’re expecting even larger crowds!
To accommodate our users spread across the continent, we’ve decided to hold 2 TSUG’s this year to make it more accessible for all to attend. One will be held in Philadelphia on October 22, 2014 and the other in Los Angeles on November 5th, 2014.
TSUG will consist of keynote speakers, engaging case studies, interactive discussions, product demonstrations and training, and of course there will be plenty of time for networking and Q&A. Food and beverages will be served.
Don’t miss this chance to hear from your peers and learn more about current best practices and how leading-edge transportation engineering solutions can help you and your teams. To find out more about the event and to reserve your spot, visit the event website: www.transoftusergroup.com
In the latest version of AutoTURN the Place Vertical Simulation feature provides designers the ability to evaluate the vehicle profile against a basic ground profile.
Conflicts between the vehicles’ ground clearances and the terrain are highlighted immediately.
The conflict detection capabilities will check and report any conflicts between geometry in the vehicle profile and clearances. Also additional clearances (overhead and ground) can be setup to account for an extra safety buffer.
Finally the ability to setup and track specific points of the vehicle such as fuel tanks, trailer kick stands, etc. enables the user to customize the vehicles’ profile and review specific critical points of it.
In the Wild West of Montana, outside of the bigger towns and cities, there are a lot of traditional four-way stop intersections where semi-trucks and cars co-exist. Like the Wild West of old, there is no sheriff to decide who has right-of-way when two vehicles meet at a stop sign.
In the town of Lame Deer, MT, about 100 miles from Billings, there are two main roads that see the most traffic: Highway 212 and Cheyenne Avenue. The people living on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation wanted to see safety improvements to the existing four-way stop. The Helena, Montana civil engineering firm of Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA) was chosen to develop designs that matched what the tribal council was seeking. A roundabout was an option that gained traction right from the beginning.
RPA was contracted by the Montana Department of Transportation to develop options for how the intersection could be improved. “(MDT) were on board with the roundabout from Day 1,” said Scott Randall, an engineer with RPA. “They thought it was the best approach to fix the safety concerns at this intersection. The main approval had to come from tribal council.”
As the Manager of Engineering Services for Valley Traffic Systems across western Canada and Sales in Alberta, Daryl Sarauer has a lot on his plate. He worked as an employee of the Kiewit/Flatiron Joint Venture working on important projects like the Port Mann Bridge. Presently he is transitioning to his new role with Valley Traffic Systems where he will lead a dynamic team of engineers, planners and designers whose #1 job is keeping the driving public safe.
Sarauer has been involved in transportation engineering right from the start of his engineering career. He remembers using one of the earliest versions of GuidSIGN.
“When I started off as a young engineer I worked at the City of Edmonton in the transportation operations branch,” said Sarauer. “We designed and built signs throughout the city. Ultimately, our department created symbols and worked with GuidSIGN, probably in its earliest versions.”
“We created everything from the overhead guide signs that led the motorist to way point destinations to freeway designs to temporary detour designs and temporary traffic control measures,” he said. “After my experience with the City of Edmonton, I moved to the private sector where I worked for a private sign manufacturing company. Now I’m working as a contractor and we still work with the guide signs and the temporary detour designs, so GuidSIGN plays an important part in my work.”
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