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Terraced outdoor spaces.

Crucial multidisciplinary coordination was conducted with a building information model.

Section looking west.

The hollow structural steel members were also conduit for wiring and plumbing.


Epicor Software Corporation, a provider of enterprise business software solutions for the midmarket and divisions of Global 1000 companies, announced that leading world economist and former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Dr. Alan Greenspan will be the guest keynote speaker at Perspectives 2007, the company's annual global customer conference, scheduled to be held this year at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida, October 14- 17.

Ash Bridge Media LLC and Alkemedia Productions LLC., launched CADCAMNETtv (CCNtv), the first-ever CAD News Video Broadcast across the Web.

CCNtv provides CAD industry news in a ‘TV news’ format, allowing viewers to quickly catch up with the latest industry announcements, and also watch some superbly produced user case studies’ and interviews. With the combined expertise of CADCAMNet editors, plus the production and video direction capabilities of Alkemedia Productions LLC., the newscast is high quality, relevant to CAD users, and pleasing to watch.

ECAD, LLC, a new engineering consulting company located in Columbus, Ohio, is now offering on-site training courses for basic MicroStation and GEOPAK Road to engineering firms in the Mid-West.

ECAD, LLC offers engineering firms field experience training to their design teams on-site, and at their convenience. Flexible schedule and training content is available along with follow-up support. Training can even be based on current projects to minimize down time.

Intergraph SmartPlant(R) Enterprise for Owner Operators version 3.8, a preconfigured engineering automation environment for plant operators, has gained "Powered by SAP NetWeaver(R)" qualification from SAP AG.

has released DataCAD version 12, the latest edition of its professional-level, 2D/3D AEC CADD software for architectural design, photo-realistic rendering, and construction document creation. DataCAD 12 features hundreds of enhancements to boost design and drawing efficiency for architects, interior designers, landscape architects, exhibit designers, builders, contractors, criminal investigators, and graphic designers.

Graphisoft announced that Graphisoft ArchiCAD® 11 BIM Experience Kit is immediately available for download on both the Windows® and Macintosh® platforms. BIM Experience Kit Overview – the four main areas include product, interactive learning, assessment and rewards: The Experience Kit includes a 30 day limited, fully functional version of ArchiCAD 11. Files may be saved for future sessions. Innovative technology allows users to convert files to be compatible with commercial versions of ArchiCAD upon purchase. Users benefit from the assurance that their files can be taken forward in projects, so the time spent on learning is not lost.


CH2M HILL, a global full-service engineering, construction and operations firm, has been recognized for the second year as the top U.S. environmental firm in Engineering News-Record's (ENR) annual Top 200 Environmental Firms list.

New Products

Rasterex Software
announces the new release of their software for raster editing and raster to vector conversion, with support for AutoCAD 2008/AutoCAD LT 2008 and Windows Vista. Download free trial version for evaluation.

This release covers all versions of AutoCAD from 2000 to 2008 and AutoCAD LT from 2002 to 2008. It can also be used with other Autodesk products, like Mechanical Desktop, Architectural Desktop and AutoCAD Map.

Primavera Systems, Inc., announced the immediate availability of Primavera 6.0 (P6), a new version of its flagship enterprise project and program management software. P6 is an integral part of the comprehensive Primavera solutions suite for project- driven organizations. Some new features include: Web-Based project management: Fully Web-based capabilities enable quick deployment and use, and provide robust collaboration for planning and control.
Highly interactive Gantt charts and screen layouts: Lightening fast drag-and-drop, timescale snap zoom, grouping and filters.
An intuitive interface: Easy-to-use functionality that matches each user's role and level of experience.

COADE announced the release of CADWorx fieldPipe 2008, an enhanced edition of the package that integrates CADWorx Plant Professional from COADE with fieldPipe for Leica fieldPro to produce AutoCAD-based, laser-precise 3D models, site designs, spool drawings and design verification from any field site. This new release links design information directly to process and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID's), which allows users to see components existing in the P&ID and to select and place those components directly into the model, automatically linking the two.

has announced immediate availability of its unique, web-based, proprietary service that adds a layer of automation to the arduous RFI and submittal process undertaken by architects, contractors and engineers. Attolist does not drastically change how people work, but rather employs excellent ways to improve the process ten-fold by adding automation and the power of customized database management to the current work process. Additionally, attolist will send late RFI and submittal email notices making sure job site issues are resolved. It also creates transmittals automatically, eliminating the time-consuming need to manually create multiple transmittals for different consultants.

Maxon Computer has introduced the newest generation CINEMA 4D package for architectural visualizations. In addition to the seamless connectivity to Allplan, the new Architecture Edition boasts such features as extensive object and material libraries and the new Virtual Walkthrough tool. Coupled with the numerous new features already in CINEMA 4D R10, including improved scene management and Interactive Render Region, the Architecture Edition gives architects a powerful tool for creating impressive visualizations.

Around the Web

Frank Lloyd Wright's spirit lives on at Taliesin West, July 25, 2007, CNET - Famed architect's western headquarters house an architecture school and carry on his legacy of great design

For Architects, Personal Archives as Gold Mines
July 23, 2007, Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times - Frank Gehry, 78, is among a small but influential number of celebrity architects who are considering selling their archives — which can include tens of thousands of objects, from multiple large-scale models and reams of drawings to correspondence and other records — even as they continue to practice.

Accela User Conference
Date: August 6 - 9, 2007
Place: Orange County, CA USA
It all comes together August 6 - 9 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, where the Accela community unites to move beyond the boundaries of what we believe is possible. The largest event for users all year, the User Conference is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect with the people, products, and trends at the forefront of the government technology industry. Let’s work together to build new opportunities!

2007 Building Codes Seminar
Date: August 7, 2007

Accela is excited to partner again this year with the International Codes Council (ICC) to present the 2007 Building Codes Seminar. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a highly experienced building official and receive 0.6 ICC CEU credit just for attending. The seminar is designed for those with intermediate-level building code experience. There is no cost to attend, and breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Webcast: Making the Move from 2D to 3D
Date: August 7, 2007
Internet Event
Productivity has never been more important. Today, you need to see and experiment with your next project before its real. Simply designing only in 2D is no longer enough.
Now you can discover how the power of 3D can take your designs to the next level with Autodesk® Inventor™ 2008 software at INCAT’s Autodesk Live technology webcast event taking place at the comfort of your desk.

NeoCon Xpress
Date: August 22 - 23, 2007
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA USA
NeoCon Xpress will set the stage for the West Coast preview of the newest commercial interiors products fresh from NeoCon World’s Trade Fair. NeoCon Xpress is an Xtraordinary event created for today’s progressive design professional. At last, the stylish and sophisticated A&D and FM communities of L.A. have an Xclusive event designed to unite people, products and ideas for two stimulating days.

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