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At a joint press conference, Autodesk, Inc. and Bentley Systems, Incorporated, two of the leading providers of design and infrastructure software, announced an agreement to expand interoperability between their portfolios of architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) software. Autodesk and Bentley will exchange software libraries, including Autodesk RealDWG, to improve the ability to read and write the companies' respective DWG and DGN formats in mixed environments with greater fidelity. In addition, the two companies will facilitate work process interoperability between their AEC applications through supporting the reciprocal use of available Application Programming Interfa ces (APIs). With this agreement, the companies aim to improve AEC workflows by enabling broader reuse of information generated during the design, construction, and operation of buildings and infrastructure, and by enhancing the ability of project teams to choose among multiple software sources.

Acquisitions/Agreements/Alliances

The Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program has announced an agreement with RISA Technologies, leader in building design software. The venture will expand RISA’s software to incorporate wood design features, allowing greater flexibility in the selection of materials for non-residential buildings.

Autodesk announced that it has selected CADD Microsystems, Inc. as Reseller of the Quarter for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The designation recognizes the reseller not only for its sales performance and dedication to customer service, but also for the growth of its operations and its investments in the business of selling Autodesk software. Autodesk selected CADD Microsystems from among more than 100 resellers throughout the Americas.

BDP has acquired the Dutch masterplanning, urban design and landscape design practice Khandekar. A new company, BDP.Khandekar now operates from two design studios in Holland, and is working on major masterplanning projects in Holland, Belgium, and India. It will also add unique talent and experience to BDP’s urbanism offer in the UK and internationally, especially in the areas of urban regeneration, new settlement planning, sustainable development, and waterside development.

Announcements

Graphisoft's ArchiCAD BIM Experience Kit won a Stevie Award for Best Professional Education software as part of the 2008 International Business Awards competition. The company's technology was also named a finalist in the Best Training software category.
More than 2,600 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories. Winners of The International Stevies, considered the "Oscars" of the business world, will be honored at an international gala in Dublin, Ireland, September 8.

Green Building Alliance (GBA) announced a total of $140,000 in Product Innovation Grants for three projects that seek to develop and introduce new and enhanced green building products. This is the second round of Product Innovation Grants awarded since GBA initiated its Green Building Product Initiative; a total of ten Pennsylvania recipients have received more than half a million dollars. The inaugural round of grants was awarded in December 2007.

Autodesk, Inc. announced it will be working with the city of Salzburg, Austria, as the first pilot city in Autodesk's new Digital Cities initiative. The announcement was made with the Mayor of Salzburg at the AGIT 2008 conference in Salzburg.

The Digital City initiative is Autodesk's unique technology designed to provide a collaborative environment for visualizing, analyzing and simulating the future impact of urban design and development at a city-wide scale. Autodesk has chosen to work with Salzburg, one of the great cultural and historic centers of Europe, to help them integrate their city data into a highly detailed 3D model of their city. This combination of city data with realistic visualization and simulation tools can allow Salzburg to view and interact with the city landscape, as well as analyze the impact of future urban planning, tourism and economic development projects before they are built.

Primavera Systems, Inc., provider of project, portfolio and resource management software, is contributing $1 million to support the humanitarian and educational programs of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF).

With recent industry surveys indicating that businesses want to be more environmentally responsible, Oce Business Services is sharing recommendations to help enterprises implement more eco-friendly practices across the document lifecycle (document creation through disposal). Oce has been ranked by the Black Book of Outsourcing as a Top 50 outsourcing vendor cited by clients for demonstrating the "highest green credentials."

The Open Design Alliance (ODA) announces the launch of “Education and the ODA,” a program aimed to stimulate research in CAD/CAM and other engineering software applications by educational organizations.

Educational institutes, groups, and students interested in or already performing CAD/CAM research can register as ODA Educational Members free of charge. Educational Members have free access to ODA software libraries, and depending on the educational project and application, in special cases the source code can be made available at the discretion of the ODA Board of Directors.

New Products

Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced the release of Bentley Gas V8 XM Edition facilities design software for gas distribution networks. Bentley Gas helps engineers and GIS professionals in gas utilities and contractors serving utility owner-operators design, document, and manage gas distribution networks more efficiently by unifying CAD and GIS capabilities, and by providing a built-in, intelligent, gas distribution data model. The streamlined workflows that result ensure high-quality infrastructure data, reliable as-built data, and significant time savings in the creation of new designs and maintenance of existing infrastructure.

On Center Software, the leading provider of electronic plan viewing, takeoff, estimating and production tracking software for the construction industry, announced the launch of its podcast series. The series host is Greg Duyka, On Center Software senior product application specialist, who shares insights on topics such as solutions for everyday estimating issues, and how to properly determine production rates and labor budgets through use of a simple “time trial.”

Dexter + Chaney will exhibit the new Spectrum Mobile module in its Spectrum Construction Software at the NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) Show October 5-7 at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center in Chicago (booth #523). It also will offer a “sneak preview” of the revised Work Order module, which will be officially launched in late 2008.

Specsources, Inc., a provider of interior design furniture specification software, announced that it has officially launched SpeCAD, an AutoCAD software plug-in which interfaces directly with Specsources web-based furniture specification writing software.

Beck Technology released DProfiler with RSMeans 2008 Version 1.0. The newest release of DProfiler, the worlds first and only macro BIM application, was born out of the ideas from a February Users’ Roundtable event. The program has undergone huge improvements in ease of use and costing flexibility.

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium (ITC) announced the release of IntelliCAD 6.5, the latest software release in the IntelliCAD 6 family that continues the tradition of delivering new features while at the same time enhancing performance, quality, and reliability.

IntelliCAD 6.5 delivers polar tracking and spell checking features, supports the DIESEL programming language, works with many additional image file formats, implements enhanced performance in several key areas, and benefits from an upgraded user interface with all-new 24-bit color.

For organizations that need to improve global collaboration, Oracle has released Oracle's AutoVue Enterprise Visualization 19.3.With this latest release, Oracle is making technical information such as product specifications and Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings available to all users, wherever this information may reside, and without requiring costly authoring applications.
AutoVue 19.3 includes a new, streamlined and action-oriented user interface, making it easier for technical and non-technical users to view, review and collaborate on documents, and extending AutoVue to a broader set of enterprise users.
With Oracle's 'Applications Unlimited' program, AutoVue customers may take advantage of new capabilities that enhance supply chain collaboration, improve enterprise business processes and serve industry-specific needs.

To support its vision for Building Information Modeling (BIM) and strengthen its expanding portfolio of solutions to support sustainable design, Autodesk is making two extensions for AutoCAD MEP and Revit MEP available to mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineers to design more efficient building mechanical systems. The MEP Analysis Extension, available as a free* technology preview from Autodesk Labs, is a set of 25 utilities that MEP engineers can use to better understand how a building system will perform before it’s built, ultimately helping MEP engineers reduce energy costs and environmental impact while improving the performance of building systems. The HVAC Load Calculation Extension, available for Autodesk Subscription customers of AutoCAD MEP and Revit MEP, performs peak cooling and heating load analysis for commercial buildings so that engineers can properly size HVAC equipment. Both extensions can function as stand-alone applications, but also work in conjunction with both AutoCAD MEP and Revit MEP.




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