Courtesy Sidewalk Labs Replica analysis of Main Street in Kansas City, Mo.

Courtesy Sidewalk Labs Replica analysis of Main Street in Kansas City, Mo.

According to a GeekWire article, the city of Portland, Ore., has agreed to serve as a pilot location for Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs’ latest technology, Replica. Announced in April 2018, Replica is billed as an urban planning tool that can track users’ smart devices without personal identification “to give planning agencies a comprehensive portrait of how, when, and why people travel in urban areas,” according to Sidewalk Labs. For approximately half a million dollars, Portland will test the software for a year in exchange for the resulting dataset of tracked movement collected by Replica. Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., are also pilot cities. [GeekWire]

This week, Autodesk partner Unity Technologies launched new tool Unity Reflect that allows AEC professionals to collaborate on BIM models in real-time. Using the product billed as the first of its kind, users can export CAD and BIM data from Revit into Unity’s augmented reality and virtual reality 3D platforms, “creating an interactive 3D experience that is live-linked to the original design application.” [Unity Technologies]