Outtakes on BIM


Central Park Prague Development has teamed up with A69 Architects to create the most ambitious residential complex in Prague’s history. The opening is scheduled for April 2008. Located on a 16-hectare green area, the project design features residences and terraced townhouses, representing the highest standard of modern living. The project is located in Prague’s Third District, a main focus of urban development. Central Park Prague is the city’s first project based on the so-called hybrid concept, which has been very successful in cities around the globe. The project blends landscaping with architecture, combining the features of apartments and family houses, and complemented by services that rival the finest hotels.

Graphisoft Inc. is seeking qualified CAD software resellers who wish to tap into the fast-growing market for Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.

The new Graphisoft Reseller Program offers companies new revenue opportunities through selling and supporting ArchiCAD, an industry-leading building design, simulation and collaboration software solution for the architectural and construction industries.

Autodesk, Inc. and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the results of the 2007 Autodesk/AIA Green Index, an annual survey that measures how AIA member architects in the United States are practicing sustainable design, as well as their opinions about the green building movement. The index shows that green building has taken a firm hold on the industry and has captured the attention of both architects and their clients. The 2007 Autodesk/AIA Green Index survey reports 70% of architects say client demand is the leading driver of green building and that the primary reason these owners and developers are demanding greener buildings is for reduced operating costs.

At the 2007 Greenbuild Expo, Autodesk, Inc. and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) presented an update on their ongoing collaboration to expand the use of technology to facilitate adoption of sustainable design and green building. Autodesk also showcased a technology concept for a new sustainability analysis dashboard, that could be used in combination with the Revit platform for building information modeling (BIM) to provide architects, engineers and designers with real-time graphical feedback about the impact of their design decisions on the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating of a project.


Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2008, the Company reported revenues of $12,417,000 compared to $12,045,000 in the prior-year period. The Company reported net income of $489,000, or $0.02 per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $36,000, or $0.00 per fully diluted share, in the same period of the prior year


Deltek, Inc., provider of enterprise applications software for project-focused organizations, announced that it has received the 2007 Achievement in Customer Excellence (ACE)(TM) Award for "Customer Support Satisfaction." The program's sponsor, CustomerSat, recognized 16 organizations this year.

New Products

Bentley has just released version 8.9.3 of ProjectWise Lifecycle Server, a standards-based engineering data warehouse with a supporting suite of software applications that addresses engineering automation and total lifecycle asset information management needs. Built on ISO 15926, the open industry data model and format, ProjectWise Lifecycle Server offers unprecedented interoperability—providing the ability to share data with not only Bentley applications but also those of third parties.

Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced the launch of five new productivity tools for Revit Architecture. Avatech originally developed these tools to increase the productivity and efficiency of their Revit implementation clients. Today, Avatech is releasing these five tools to all members of the Revit community: Room Renumber, Door Mark Update, Change Case, RevitCity Browser and an updated Revit Earth Connector for Google Earth. Developed by Avatech’s Software Development Solution Group, these plug-ins to Revit are available now for free download here.

CADSoftTools released a beta version of its Batch Print, the printing program that responds to the extended requirements of the industrial and home using. The main purpose of Batch Print is complete automation of printing process of user's drawings. This program is able to print a wide range of file formats representing vector and raster graphics. It provides wide capabilities for filtering drawings and printing settings customization for further 'one click' printing.

MAXON released a dramatically enhanced version of its CINEMA 4D software. Sporting a wealth of new features added to the core CINEMA 4D program, the update also takes in a number of enhancements that have been made to CINEMA 4D's optional modules. Especially the connection to Nemetschek’s new version Allplan BIM 2008 guarantees loss-free transfer from CINEMA 4D R10.5.

SmartDraw.com announced the release of SmartDraw 2008.1, an updated version of its latest software. The new release now features more than 35,000 maps from around the world, as well as revamped image charts.

"Now users can search maps virtually anywhere in the world, using live data from the Internet," said Paul Stannard, CEO of SmartDraw.com. "We've added provinces for countries in the European Union and Australia, as well as new maps for countries in Central America, Asia, and the Middle East. The integration with Google Earth allows users to incorporate regions and even satellite images into their illustrations."

IronCAD, LLC announced the release of IRONCAD Version 10. A provider of 3D design productivity solutions, IronCAD’s latest software release combines history-based parametrics and direct geometry manipulation into a modeling system that gives users greater design freedom. Among the list of improvements and new features in IRONCAD Version 10 are major improvements to large assembly performance in 3D and 2D, a redesigned interface, updated capabilities for advanced rendering and more.

Reed Construction Data Canada has announced the launch of Building Reports Online, a subscription service for the construction industry providing an online interface to access project information at any stage throughout the construction cycle.

This new service is available through Reed's Daily Commercial News, a daily source for Canadian construction news, project leads, events and resources serving Ontario, and the Journal of Commerce online (www.joconl.com), a similar source serving Alberta and British Columbia.

The Advanced Tutorial Series for Revit Architecture 2008 has been published.
Lay Christopher Fox goes in depth with Autodesk® Revit Architecture 2008 Advanced in this 8.75 hour, 95 lesson expansion of the Essentials Series. Topics covered include: Worksets, Design Options, Family Creation, Parameters, Phases, Advanced Components, Collaboration, Rendering, Advanced Drafting, Graphic Controls and Links. For a complete lesson outline please visit the Overview web page.
The series is available Online, on DVD and as a DVD Bundle with the Revit Arch. 2008 Essentials. Go to this site to view a sampler from this series, view pricing and to download the lesson outline.

Axium, a provider of financial and project management software solutions for architectural and engineering firms, announces the addition of a new Inquiry feature for their Ajera and PORTFOLIO products. The new Inquiry feature will be available in the 3.5 update due out in mid November.

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC) announced the beta release of its Redact-It(TM) Enterprise Server software for Microsoft(R) SharePoint(R) portal server. Redact-It removes sensitive content and privacy information like social security numbers, names and phone numbers before making documents available to a wider audience.

Concrete Canada trade exposition and conference
Date: November 28 - 30, 2007
Place: the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building, Toronto, Canada
Concrete Canada is a construction trade exposition and conference held on November 28 – 30, 2007 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. This Show will facilitate and accelerate the exchange of ideas, best practices, and product knowledge with a combination of educational seminars and exposition for this vital industry.


The Future of Professional Practice
Date: December 2 - 4, 2007
Place: Capital Hilton
Washington, DC USA
The American Institute of Architects invites you to share your knowledge and expertise with fellow practitioners and allied professionals as part of a special conference on the future of architecture practice. We are inviting speaker proposals from industry leaders and forward-thinking professionals who are on the cutting edge of practice, technology, collaboration, research, training, and mentoring as we discuss trends that are changing the way architects practice.


Academic Medical Centers - Capital Projects and Facility Management
Date: December 3 - 4, 2007
Place: San Diego, CA USA
This academic medical center-focused conference details the new capital project and facility management models that are 1) integrating collaborative, high-productivity processes for education, research, and patient care; 2) anticipating technology advances in medical equipment; 3) creating flexible infrastructures for long-term facility viability; and 4) delivering optimum total-spend (capital plus operations) outcomes. Specifically, you’ll get the new standards for project development, integrated facilities planning, space-use flexibility, efficient project delivery, construction cost escalation mitigation, LEED decision-making, and the reduction of operating costs.
Email AMC2007@tradelineinc.com to get full program details as they become available.

Register through November 02 2007 SAVE $150 USD


Ecobuild Fall / AEC-ST
Date: December 10 - 13, 2007
Place: Washington, DC USA
Ecobuild Fall and AEC-ST Fall is an annual event that goes beyond green to cover the breadth of green building, sustainable design, renewable energy, environmental planning processes and information collaboration strategies for commercial, industrial, institutional and residential construction.
Attendees include the federal government, design and construction decision-makers from the public sector and private practice, AEC professionals, owners, developers, and facility managers - the entire project team in one place, at one time.


Construction SuperConference
Date: December 12 - 14, 2007
Place: Palace Hotel
2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 USA
The Construction SuperConference, now in its 22nd year is recognized as the preeminent legal construction conference. With the guidance of the Advisory Board and the expertise and feedback from past participants and long-time supporters of the conference, a program has been established that will provide insight into some of the most complex legal and business issues facing the construction industry.


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