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Autodesk announced a sponsorship of PechaKucha Nights, to support the design community and encourage designers to share their ideas and projects. PechaKucha Night --"PechaKucha" is Japanese for the sound of conversation -- takes place in more than 150 cities around the world.

PechaKucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo, was conceived in 2003 as a way for designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Using the PechaKucha format, presenters display 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds, allowing six minutes and 40 seconds for each presentation. The format was conceived to allow maximum diversity and minimize long-winded, overly intellectual presentations.

Autodesk, Inc., announced that it is opening a 65,000 square-foot office building in Waltham, Mass., to serve as the new headquarters for its architecture, engineering & construction (AEC) division. Autodesk intends to seek Gold LEED Certification through the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) LEED for Core & Shell and Platinum LEED for Commercial Interior programs.

Autodesk has announced the sponsorship of, the world's first biomimicry database, featuring biology-inspired design strategies. Architects, designers and engineers can access and harness nature's billions of years of evolution through this free, online public-domain library, filled with some of nature's best strategies, organized by function and explained with illustrations and in language relevant to designers.

Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced that a growing number of customers are using its professional services to effectively and efficiently implement the technology necessary to design and construct greener buildings. Avatech’s expertise in the areas of building information modeling (BIM) and sustainable design is proving key to architecture and engineering firms that need to comply with the desires of clients and new government regulations.

According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), buildings are the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, but in a new poll conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Autodesk, Inc. only 4 percent of U.S. Adults were aware of this fact. Autodesk, a leader of design innovation software and technologies, is one of more than 1,000 companies coming together in Boston at the 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to raise awareness about this important issue and present solutions to help the building industry decrease carbon emissions.

The Sustainable Sites Initiative invites public comment on a new report that offers the most comprehensive set of voluntary, national guidelines ever developed for sustainable landscapes. Titled Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks Draft 2008, it provides more than 50 prerequisites and credit options that cover everything from initial site selection design to construction and maintenance. The report is available for comment and download, with a public comment period open until Jan. 20, 2009.


Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended September 30, 2008.
For the first quarter of fiscal 2009 the Company reported revenues of $10.8 million, compared to $12.4 million in the prior-year quarter. Selling, general & administrative (SG&A) expenses decreased to $4.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2008, compared to $4.6 million, in the same period of the prior fiscal year.
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Quantapoint announced that John Wilson has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Quantapoint. The selection was made by Quantapoint’s board of directors and by Eric Hoffman, the previous CEO, and is part of Quantapoint’s strategic growth initiative. Wilson succeeds Hoffman, who will remain as Founder, and will focus full-time on the ongoing development of Quantapoint’s innovative and award-winning laser scanning technology and services.

The Open Design Alliance (ODA) announces three organizations joining the ODA as new Founding Members: Carlson Software, Inc., INFRASOFT, and Nanosoft Limited.

New Products

Adapx announced the general availability of Capturx Forms for Excel. Only Capturx enables non-technical teams to create forms in Excel, print them on ordinary paper, and have the handwritten data automatically converted back into the original Excel fields using digital pens. Capturx Forms for Excel can speed up a range of paper-based workflows, including order entry, inspections, service requests, audits, change orders, punch lists, asset reports, and more. Teams get immediate access to digital data without the extra cost or time required to send, scan, or re-type data by hand.

Trimble and Vico Software, Inc. announced the workflow integration of the Vico 5D Virtual Construction(TM) Suite and Trimble construction layout solutions. Now, contractors can create Building Information Models (BIM) in Vico's Virtual Construction software, export the data directly to the Trimble field layout solution and use the highly accurate data to lay out and construct complex buildings and structures.

Google SketchUp Pro 7 has been released, featuring capabilities for creating, modifying and sharing models. All the intuitive modeling, visualization and collaboration features of SketchUp 7, plus exporters for a long list of 2D and 3D vector file formats are included in this release. Also, users can generate tabular reports based on the entities in your models.Features include, LayOut 2 to link models to multi-page 2d presentation documents; Dynamic Components for making smarter models with custom behaviors and attributes, and Style Builder to create custom, sketchy-edge display styles for SketchUp.

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), a leader in content visualization, collaboration and redaction technology, announced the release of Brava! Desktop 2.2 and Brava Enterprise 6.1. This release is part of the newly updated Brava Suite of products, which includes the free Brava Reader, Brava Desktop and Brava Enterprise.
Brava Desktop is a simple, cost-effective viewer that runs on the Windows desktop or in Internet Explorer. It can view, print, markup and redact PDF, TIFF, Microsoft XPS and Office, CAD drawings and more. It can also publish files to PDF, TIFF, DWF or secure Content Sealed Format (CSF), which includes our unique Visual Rights technology to control whether the file can be printed, copied or measured and allow users to set an expiration date for the rendition.

Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) released two new suites of integrated sustainable analysis tools – the Architectural Suite and the Architectural Suite Plus. These two new offerings provide architects with early-stage environmental design assistance in a variety of categories, including energy consumption, carbon emissions, LEED Daylighting, solar shading and artificial lighting, enabling them to perform customized analysis for each project.

Elysium Inc., a global provider of design data exchange software, announced the release of CADfeature 8.2.1, their feature-based tool for capturing design intent and remastering design features from one computer-aided design (CAD) system to another. The latest release includes a capability for 2D drawing translation that supports view associativity with the target 3D model, and a tool that translates existing metadata for CAD files.

VizUp 3.1.8 is now available with the following features:
    Improved different parts reduction quality.
    Improved texture borders preservation function.
    Advanced shapes/groups fixation function.
    Improved prediction of a mesh quality criteria parameter.
    Improved texture border preservation function.
    Improved support of large models (more effective RAM using).
    Improved import/export of Wavefront .obj files.
    Added support of 3GB RAM address space.
    Save selected parts capability.
    StereoLitho (.STL) import/export has been released.
    Advanced reduction algorithm has been released.
    Improved textures mapping quality (advanced algorithm).
The Cadac Group, a leading Microsoft Gold Certified Partner developing Organice, a SharePoint based engineering document management solution, announces the release of the Organice Solution Accelerator. The Organice Solution Accelerator helps companies to accelerate their SharePoint deployment and to enhance their document management solution with valuable additional functionality.

WinEstimator, Inc., a global leader in the development of project cost estimating software, announced the release of WinEst Version 11. This significant upgrade of WinEst cost estimating software provides a number of new features designed to further support the adoption of WinEst in the Energy, Public Utilities, and Manufacturing market segments.

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