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GSA now includes a bi-directional link between Revit Structure and GSA. With this Revit users can transfer model information between Revit and GSA with minimal loss of data:
http://www.oasys-software.com/products/structural/gsa/revit.shtml
Options are accessed from the External Tools menu within Revit Structure including:
-Export a Revit model to GSA
-Update changes made in GSA back into the Revit model
-Update changes made in Revit back into the GSA model
-Create a new Revit model from GSA

Dexter + Chaney will exhibit several new functions in its Spectrum(TM) Construction Software at World of Concrete/Technology for Construction at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 22-25. The company will demonstrate the product at its new trade-show booth (#S13139), which emphasizes the Spectrum marketing theme, “Many Tasks/One Goal.”

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Michael R. Hough, 65, of Avon, Conn. died December 25, 2007. Michael worked for the Federal Highway Administration and The Maguire Group before co-founding the A/E/C SYSTEMS show, a worldwide tradeshow for the design and construction industry. Michael was a founding member of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and has lectured and written extensively on the various aspects of producing tradeshows, including authoring two books, The Profitable Tradeshow and its Second Edition. He went on to become a business consultant and private investor.

I worked for Mike Hough for a number of years, as editor of A/E/C SYSTEMS Computer Solutions Magazine. I enjoyed that association very much and always valued Mike’s matter-of-fact, frank way of dealing with issues and his sense of humor.

From AECNews: A/E/C SYSTEMS co-founder George Borkovich remembers: “Mike was the most influential person in my professional career. When no one else would step up to fund my idea for the SYSTEMS show, he recognized the importance of the subject and provided the cash to make it happen. Together we launched the first show in 1980, me handling content and him marketing and promotion. We remained partners on it for 17 years, before selling the business to Penton Media in 1997. I will miss him.”

Live distance learning courses from the Bentley Institute are led by experienced instructors via the Internet, and provide full interactive participation. You'll perform hands-on exercises, get real-time assistance from the instructor, and earn professional learning units accredited by IACET or the GIS Certification Institute.

New classes are regularly added to the schedule. For information on other courses and dates please contact Lauren Yurciw at 1-877-522-6287 X4456 or by email: Email Contact

The Open Design Alliance (ODA) announces the launch of its newly enhanced member portal and website at www.opendesign.com.

The new website delivers enhanced user experience and communication for the CAD community, ODA members, potential members, and the press. The CAD community and those interested in using DWG and DGN data can find details about the ODA, its mission, and related CAD topics discussed in white papers and press releases. Links to the latest press releases are available directly on the home page to also benefit the press. Potential members will find a comprehensive list of current ODA members and details about new membership, including membership applications.

Accenture has opened an Innovation Centre at Oracle's U.K. headquarters in Reading to accelerate the development, delivery and commercialization of innovative business solutions based on Oracle technology.

Newforma, Inc., a software company addressing the project information management (PIM) needs of the design and building industry, announced today that representatives from BNIM Architects, LMN Architects and Mackey Mitchell Architects will present “Approved as Noted: the Benefits of Adopting an Electronic Submittal Process,” at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, January 31, 2008, in a live webcast.

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Deltek, Inc., provider of enterprise applications software for project-focused organizations, announced that Taylor Macdonald has been appointed Vice President of Worldwide Channels and Sales Alliances. In this position, Macdonald will be responsible for managing and developing Deltek's global channel and sales alliance operations. Macdonald will report directly to Deltek's Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Carolyn Parent.

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest user knowledgebase for Oracle Applications, announced it has hired Mike Levin as its new executive director. Levin will be responsible for implementing OAUG's goals and objectives as established by the organization's board.

Kevin Settlemyre, a leader in the sustainable movement in the US’s Northeast, has been appointed by Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Limited to head up its North American operations, which are headquartered in Boston.

IES is not a typical software company, its international Consulting arm works side by side with project teams to provide detailed simulation analysis and develop innovative design solutions. While its integrated suite of building performance software the opens new doors to high performance green design.

Nemetschek North America congratulates VectorWorks user Raymond Beeler Architect PC for winning three American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards for its work on two library expansions. The company was awarded a 2007 AIA Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter First Honor Award and a 2007 AIA Long Island Chapter "Archi" Award for the Syosset Public Library Expansion.

The firm also received an "Archi" Award commendation from the AIA Long Island for its Baldwin Public Library Expansion.

New Products

Version 6 of the RISA-3D & RISAFloor link with Revit Structure is now available from RISATech for download. This is a full two-way link which means you can start modeling in RISA-3D or RISAFloor and send the model to Revit Structure. You can also model in Revit Structure first.

This bi-directional capability offers complete flexibility in the design process by allowing the engineer to decide where to start modeling. Visit their website for more information and to download this new link.

Solix Technologies, a leading provider of Enterprise Data Management Solutions used by large enterprise customers to manage business critical data, announced that the Solix Enterprise Data Management Suite (Solix EDMS) supports the Oracle® Database 11g, including the Total Recall and Partitioning options.

Altima Software launched an innovative software product for AutoCAD users to manage design data with search, compare, archive and file navigation capabilities: Everest Professional. Focusing on productivity, this new product will improve work flow and provide designers with more time for creativity.

Neilsoft announced the launch of CADiSON, an object oriented solution for Plant Engineering. The CADiSON suite of products is the technological leader in integrated Plant Design and Engineering. This comprehensive solution encompasses P&ID, 3D Piping, Electrical and Control Technology.

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Is Prefab Fab? MoMA Plans a Show  by Robin Pogrebin, January 8, 2007, The New York Times (registration required) - To many people the term “prefab housing” calls to mind trailer parks. Yet lately prefabricated houses — built off site and then delivered largely complete — have become fashionable at architecture schools and among an upscale segment of the housing market. They pose a considerable design challenge.


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