Freeway to the Future

by Keith Bentley, CEO; Bentley Systems, Exton, PA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 6, Pg. 58-61

Document Type: Feature article


A new network model is emerging introducing a new step between servers and desktops: middleware servers with querying software. The new network architecture, combined with the use of both intranets and the Internet, will extend engineering data from worksations to any computer with a Web browser. The use of project web pages and of Java allows a wider range of computers to access data that otherwise would be unavailable to many members of project teams, thereby increasing the flow of information. Using 3-D models in lieu of traditional CAD drawings, enabled by new hardware and software, holds the potential of changing the way engineers work.

Subject Headings: Internet | Three-dimensional models | Project management | Computing in civil engineering | Computer software | Team building | Highways and roads

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