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TRIRIGA, provider of strategic real estate software, announced the immediate availability of TREES (TRIRIGA Real Estate Environmental Sustainability), the industry’s first and only environmental management system to measure, manage and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. With buildings accounting for 48 percent of energy consumption, TREES provides the survival kit organizations need to reduce their carbon footprints, meet environmental performance goals and prove environmental accountability to shareholders, investors, customers and regulators.


Deltek, Inc., provider of enterprise applications software for project-focused organizations, announced the company has acquired the MPM solution and all related assets from Planview, Inc.

MPM is an earned value management (EVM) software application used by government contractors and agencies to meet the complex compliance requirements for their programs issued by the US Federal Government. MPM is used by approximately one hundred organizations including 8 of the top 10 aerospace and defense contractors. The solution is compliant with ANSI/EIA-748, and it supports critical programs for Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA and Department of Transportation. MPM integrates with Deltek wInsight to create a complete earned value solution for government contractors and agencies.

Autodesk, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of 3D Geo GmbH, the privately held maker of intelligent 3D urban modeling software. Autodesk announced its intent to acquire substantially all of the Potsdam, Germany-based company's assets on August 11, 2008. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CADnection, developers of the premier solution integrating Autodesk AutoCAD and Microsoft SharePoint applications, announced that the company has signed a reseller agreement with New York based InterDyn. InterDyn sells, consults, services and supports all Microsoft Business Solutions, and will serve as a distributor of CADnection's product, which forms a seamless integration between AutoCAD - the most widely used engineering and architectural drafting program - and SharePoint - a suite of server-based capabilities for data sharing, content management, and business process acceleration.

CADCENTRE Asia Pacific has merged with ‘sister’ business group ENVIZAGE, creating a new and bigger enterprise specializing in Autodesk digital prototyping, visualization, simulation and advanced manufacturing.


ARCHIBUS Inc. announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of its most recent “Magic Quadrant for Integrated Workplace Management Systems”1 report issued July 31, 2008.

Meridian Systems, a software solutions leader for improving capital program and construction project performance, announced that Constructech Magazine has honored four Meridian customers with 2008 Vision Awards.

The Constructech Vision Awards honor companies that have realized the advantages of applying innovative technologies to their everyday businesses. The following companies were honored during an awards ceremony following Constructech’s third annual Technology Day conference:

  • Flag Luxury - Gold, Corporate Owner: Hotel; Enabler partner, Intuitive Systems
  • J Companies - Gold, Builder/GC Commercial $6-$25 million; Enabler partner, The Cram Group
  • Ryan Companies - Gold, Design-Build/Development Management; Enabler partner, Morpheus Technology Group
  • Winter Park Construction - Silver, Builder GC Commercial $101-$250 million; Enabler partner, HardHat Technologies

Satellier Inc., a leader in workshare solutions and pioneer in Building Information Modeling services (BIM) for the architecture, engineering, construction and building owner (AECO) industry, announced results from its recently conducted survey exploring the mindset of the development community and uncovering emerging trends in real estate development in India.

Bricsys announces a volume contract with German based Kemper GmbH for Bricscad V9 in combination with the application developer Dendrit Haustechnik-Software GmbH. This frame contract contains an initial order of one thousand licenses of Bricscad V9.

New Products

GlobalCAD has announced the release of LandARCH 2009, the latest update to its integrated solution for landscape designers and architects who work with AutoCAD-based software.

LandARCH is designed to boost productivity and is a major step forward in landscape design and land planning software. It includes 2D/3D design libraries, cost estimating and bill of material (BOM) tools, custom hatch patterns, complex linetypes and project management tools.

RAND Worldwide announced that its IMAGINiT Technologies division has developed the Revit Global Light Utility for Max, a utility for Autodesk 3ds Max.

Cadsoft Corporation, the leading developer of design software for the professional building market, is proud to announce the release of an Italian version of Envisioneer.

Thanks to a partnership with Tecnobit Software of Bassano del Grappa, Italy, Envisioneer will now be available to the Italian market, giving it an even greater international presence.

Nikon Instruments, Inc. added a new feature to its iNexiv VMA Automeasure software, the new Digital CAD Overlay, which allows users to easily compare an actual part to its CAD design specification. Eliminating the need for custom overlays or the purchase of large screen comparators, the new Digital CAD Overlay automatically resizes as the operator changes the zoom magnification of the system.

MultiSUITE Software has announced that their structural detailing products have been enhanced to fully utilize the improved drafting environment offered by AutoCAD 2009.
Also, for users without full AutoCAD licenses, MultiSUITE’s stand alone product called MultiSUITE CAD, which is built on AutoCAD OEM Technology, has also been fully revised.

Rasterex is the world leading provider of sophisticated software for raster editing and raster to vector conversion.
RxSpotlight is the standalone application for Windows, while RxAutoImage is the complementary solution running directly inside AutoCAD. Both solutions are now up for a major update to version R9.0.
RxAutoImage is an ARX application running directly inside AutoCAD, while RxSpotlight is the complementary solution for Windows. Both solutions are now up for a major update to version R9.0.

Adapx unveiled Capturx Forms for Excel. Only Capturx enables teams to design forms in Excel, print them on ordinary paper, and have the handwritten data automatically digitized and formatted back into the original Excel fields.

Autodesk, Inc. announced the Autodesk Lustre 2009 digital color grading system and Autodesk Incinerator 2009, the real-time system accelerator for Lustre. The Lustre system has helped shape the look of hundreds of films and TV series, including: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Casualty, Planet Earth and Galapagos. Lustre 2009 will be showcased at Autodesk booth #7-D21 during the International Broadcasters Convention 2008 in Amsterdam's RAI Convention Center, September 12-16.

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Top Women Leaders in the Building Design and Construction Industry Headline First Session of New Roundtable Series Hosted by RDK Engineers, Boston/SF, September 9, 2008 - BOSTON-- RDK Engineers has launched a new series of Roundtable sessions aimed at leaders in the building design, construction and management industry. The first RDK Roundtable, entitled “Powerful Women in the AEC Industry” will be held on September 24, 2008.


Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference
Date: September 18 - 20, 2008
Place: Chicago, IL USA

The TRADITIONAL BUILDING EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE is a unique opportunity for Architects, Designers, Contractors, Builders, Developers, Planners, and Old-House Owners to gather together in a forum that explores the profitability and sustainability of historic preservation and traditional building. In three days you can explore every aspect of the region’s rich design legacy from skyscrapers to theaters, public and commercial buildings, to the wide array of residential homes; from Arts & Crafts, Colonial, Craftsman, Greek Revival, Prairie School to Modernist.  Learn how well coordinated project teams of architects, developers, planners, building owners, and artisans utilize both high technology and centuries-old craftsmanship to maintain, restore and rehabilitate historic structures.

Build the Government
Date: September 18 - 19, 2008
Place: 3 Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, MD USA

Although there is a wealth of information available on how to sell to the government, there is very little (if any) information on how to find, bid on, build and manage a government construction project. This workshop focuses on the specific requirements and unique needs of the federal building industry - from specification through design, construction and occupancy. Informative case studies of “good, bad and ugly” projects are analyzed to determine the keys to success and methods for improvement.

BIM: Design to Reality - A Technology in Practice Series
Date: September 18, 2008
Place: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, #600, San Francisco, CA USA

Much of the value in Building Information Modeling lies within the "information" that's produced within the model through the design process - and how that information can be used throughout the construction and lifecycle of a building. Join us at this event to learn more about how local firms utilize this technology within their projects and how you can apply this technology to your own practice.

BIM & Architecture on Macintosh
Date: September 18, 2008
Place: Apple Store - La Encantada
2905 East Skyline Drive, Tucson, AZ USA

Come see why the Mac is back for professional use in the Building Industry with superior cross-platform Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications such as ArchiCAD and Solibri.

4th Annual Green Brooklyn...Green City Conference
Date: September 18, 2008
Place: Brooklyn Borough Hall
Brooklyn , NY USA

Green Brooklyn...Green City 2008 will feature workshops and discussions led by several of the city's preeminent leaders in sustainable design, green manufacturing, transportation alternatives, energy efficiency, environmental education, and sustainable food.

Get Your Hands on BIM - Workshop
Date: September 20, 2008
Place: Office of Christopher + Kacur Architects
2150 W. Washington St., Suite 501, San Diego, CA USA

During this 3 hour hands-on BIM ArchiCAD seminar, you will learn what Building Information Modeling is all about. We teach you real-world concepts and techniques you will use on every BIM-based project, from design layout to construction document production. We also include basic tips on client presentations. Using ArchiCAD BIM methodologies, you develop a "virtual building" that is used during all phases of the architectural process.

Bricsys DWG Application Developers Meeting
Date: September 23 - 24, 2008
Place: Hilton Hotel at Boston Logan Airport
Boston, MA USA

Today Bricscad V8 is probably the best DWG alternative CAD platform. It is also certainly the best alternative for porting applications. Bricscad's LISP-, SDS- (equivalent for ADS) and COM- development environment is close to 100% compatible with the AutoCAD API's. The ODA - of which Bricsys is a founding Member - has released DRX as the first alternative API for ARX. But this requires substantial modifications to the applications' source code to run on any non-AutoCAD platform.

PLM Road Map™ 2008
Date: September 23 - 24, 2008
Place: Detroit, MI USA

PLM Road Map™ 2008 is a strategic conference focused on the critical tradeoffs shaping product development. At PLM Road Map™ 2008 attendees will be challenged to shift their current thinking to a new level in a series of presentations focusing on the global transformation of product development and innovation processes. Gain insight into what impacts you and your organization, from our expert group of speakers.

BIM on Mid-Size to Large Projects - Focus on Commercial
Date: September 24, 2008
Place: USA

This webinar will review how to use BIM tools on a commercial project for design and construction documents. We will review tools for creating curtain wall designs, multi-story structures, hotlinks, consultant coordination including AutoCAD connectivity, wall assemblies and profiles as well as construction documentation including building schedules.

Southern California Chapter - San Diego
Date: September 25, 2008
Place: Balboa Park Club - Santa Fe Room
2150 Pan American Road, San Diego, CA 92101 USA

EACH PERSON MUST PRE-REGISTER AND PAY TO ATTEND THIS MEETING.  Advanced booking only.  Let’s continue to improve our planning and communication!  PLEASE – help us save time, expense, and avoid people showing up at the last minute… plan ahead and register early! 

BIM & Architecture on Mac
Date: September 25, 2008
Place: Apple Store - University Town Center
4505 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA USA

With ArchiCAD, we will show you how to build 3D BIM architectural models that can simultaneously create your construction documents or shop drawings, provide updated schedules, and enable interactive 3D animations and renderings.

BIM Road Show - New Features in ArchiCAD 12
Date: September 25, 2008
Place: Le Meridien Cambridge
20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

At this free 1.5-hour ArchiCAD 12 new features seminar, you'll meet fellow Greater Boston ArchiCAD users, get updates on the latest Graphisoft news by Greg Conyngham, and receive an overview of the new features in ArchiCAD 12, such as:

  • Multiporcessor Support
  • Curtain Wall Tool
  • Partial Structure Display
BIM Road Show - Introduction to ArchiCAD 12
Date: September 25, 2008
Place: Le Meridien Cambridge
20 Sidney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

During this free 1.5-hour informational seminar, you will learn the distinct benefits of ArchiCAD’s fast and flexible Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, and earn 1 AIA/CES Learning Unit in the process!

Our ArchiCAD experts will present a helpful overview of ArchiCAD and show you several case studies describing how architects use the "virtual buildings" created with ArchiCAD in their everyday practice

2008 Building Communities Conference
Date: September 25 - 27, 2008
Place: McAllen Convention Center
700 Convention Center Boulevard, McAllen, TX 78501 USA

The annual LRGV-AIA Building Communities Conference, provides continuing education credits for architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, and landscape architects.  Join us on September 26 & 27, 2008 at the new McAllen Convention Centre for 2 days of fun in the sun, lots of food and friends and all in a casual setting. 

AIA Iowa Annual Convention 2008
Date: September 25 - 26, 2008
Place: Polk County Convention Complex
501 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309 USA

AIA Iowa is a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) representing and serving AIA Iowa members across the state. AIA Iowa represents and serves nearly 840 individual member architects, associates, and allied members who are working in fields related to architecture. AIA Iowa currently listed 95 architectural Firm Members. Organizationally we are a local membership organization incorporated as a 501(c)6, a non-profit corporation and guided by the laws of the State of Iowa.

Get Your Hands on BIM - Workshop
Date: September 26, 2008
Place: Office of Christopher + Kacur Architects
2150 W. Washington St., Suite 501, San Diego, CA USA

During this 3 hour hands-on BIM ArchiCAD seminar, you will learn what Building Information Modeling is all about. We teach you real-world concepts and techniques you will use on every BIM-based project, from design layout to construction document production. We also include basic tips on client presentations. Using ArchiCAD BIM methodologies, you develop a "virtual building" that is used during all phases of the architectural process.

Get Your Hands on BIM - Workshop
Date: September 27, 2008
Place: Digital Vision Office & Training Center
245 Fischer Ave., Suite C3, Costa Mesa, CA USA

During this 3 hour hands-on BIM ArchiCAD seminar, you will learn what Building Information Modeling is all about. We teach you real-world concepts and techniques you will use on every BIM-based project, from design layout to construction document production. We also include basic tips on client presentations. Using ArchiCAD BIM methodologies, you develop a "virtual building" that is used during all phases of the architectural process.

Introduction to ArchiCAD 12 - Accelerating the Design Experience
Date: September 30, 2008
Place: USA

Discover ArchiCAD 12 . This live seminar introduces the basic concepts and tools of ArchiCAD. Learn how to work in a Virtual Building™ environment and how to use ArchiCAD's 2-D and 3-D tools

ArchiCAD gives users the ability to create great architecture and increase productivity. From day one, ArchiCAD has been designed by architects for architects.

BIM & Architecture on Mac
Date: October 1, 2008
Place: Apple Store - South Coast Plaza
3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, CA USA

Come see why the Mac is back for professional use in the Building Industry with superior cross-platform Building Information Modeling (BIM) applications such as ArchiCAD and Solibri.

Structural Engineers' Building Conference & Expo
Date: October 2 - 3, 2008
Place: Hyatt Regency
Atlanta, GA USA

The Structural Engineers Building Conference & Expo is the only annual conference to focus simultaneously on the most up-to-date technical issues in the successful completion of buildings, and the necessary management issues to increase your business expertise.

American Society of Landscape Architects ( ASLA ) 2008
Date: October 3 - 7, 2008
Place: Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA USA

Join the industry’s largest professional event at the American Society of Landscape Architects ( ASLA ) 2008 Annual Meeting and EXPO. Featuring the world’s leading experts in landscape architecture, the meeting includes over 120 sessions and 450 exhibitors. Connect with authorities leading the next generation of sustainable design and find out how the landscape architecture profession melds environmental, social, and economic health through green infrastructure.

2008 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference
Date: October 7 - 10, 2008
Place: Honolulu, HI USA
The 2008 AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Conference is being held in Honolulu, HI on the island of Oahu. Make your plans early as "Hawaii 2008: Crossroads of Design & Diversity" will be an "unconventional convention" -- educational sessions and programs will take advantage of the sights, sounds and beauty of the Pacific Islands, to show off our rich island heritage and diversity of people, architecture and design.
ISEIT Europe 2008
Date: October 7 - 8, 2008
Place: Pullman Paris Bercy
Paris, France

ISEIT continues to be one of the most important annual events for professionals and business managers involved in the complete lifecycle of process and power plant assets. It brings together senior executives from both EPC and Owner Operator companies to network and discuss the opportunities offered by the latest engineering IT developments.

Date: October 9, 2008
Place: Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI USA
The ninth annual Pacific Building Trade Expo will be held on Thursday, October 9, 2008 at the Hawaii Convention Center. This hallmark event, presented annually since its inception by HONBLUE, is jointly produced by the Honolulu Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Honolulu) and the Honolulu Chapter, The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI).
2008 CMAA National Conference & Trade Show
Date: October 12 - 14, 2008
Place: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel
San Francisco, CA USA
The Conference theme for 2008 is "Developing Excellence Through Leadership." Session topics can focus on business management, PM, current construction trends, technology, BIM, negotiating skills, career progression, cost estimating, and other areas.
"Ahead of the Curve, On Top of the Trends"
Date: October 12 - 14, 2008
Place: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA USA

W hen a major earthquake destroyed San Francisco in 1906 – leaving only 303 of its 28,000 buildings standing – the city became an American phoenix,” rising out of the ashes and rebuilding to become one of the country’s most populated and fascinating cities.

Construction Management Association of America Conference
Date: October 12 - 14, 2008
Place: San Francisco, CA USA

Only 60 industry suppliers will have the opportunity to reach out to this critical audience through the CMAA Trade Show.   Whether you offer hardware, software, procurement systems, tax and financial planning, marketing, consulting, CM services, equipment, insurance, human resources, recruiting, A/E services, publishing, forensic auditing, or business development, this is the year’s best opportunity to show it, explain it, and sell it.

Fourth Annual Synergis Engineering Design Solutions Technology Expo… Save the date!!
Date: October 13, 2008
Place: ACE Conference Center
800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444 USA

Learn about innovative advances in the new Autodesk 2009 product line and supporting third-party products.  A must for CAD professionals in Manufacturing, Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Geospatial.

  • Hear from Synergis, Autodesk, and industry experts
  • Join Robert Green for a three-tier technical, business, and strategy track for CAD Managers
  • Spend time face-to-face with industry professionals
  • Stay at the forefront and remain competitive with the latest trends
IFMA's World Workplace 2008 Conference & Expo
Date: October 15 - 17, 2008
Place: Dallas Convention Center
Dallas, TX USA

IFMA’s World Workplace Conference & Expo represents a multi-national, multi-disciplined discussion on the built environment, addressing challenges universal to the facility management profession in order to help you find the best solutions for your workplace

e-Buider User & Technology Conference
Date: October 15 - 17, 2008
Place: Hilton Ft Lauderdale Beach Resort
Ft. Lauderdale Beach, FL USA

This annual event presents you with countless opportunities to learn about the newest technologies and methodologies influencing how capital projects are delivered.

Presenters and attendees represent professionals from the nation’s biggest owner organizations, construction companies, architecture and engineering firms, consulting firms, and academia.

6th International Trade Fair of Municipal and Road Infrastructure
Date: October 15 - 17, 2008
Place: Plac Defilad 1, 00-901
Warsaw , Poland


The INFRASTRUCTURE Trade Fair is a B2B event, during which products and services, including state-of-the-art technological solutions for municipal and road infrastructure are presented. The trade-related events, such as conferences, symposia, and debates constitute a perfect opportunity not only for broadening one’s knowledge, but – first of all – for discussions that tackle the business’ nagging issues, and looking for best solutions. It is a place for initiating the dialogue between the representatives of private and public sector, including the decision makers responsible for allocating the funds for the development of infrastructure in our country.

Academic Medical & Health Science Centers 2008
Date: October 16 - 17, 2008
Place: San Francisco, CA USA

Major revitalization and alignment initiatives in the academic medical and health sciences arena are being built on new integrated planning models for financial, facility, and academic programs, and on the creation of successful new linkages between research, education, and clinical care programs. Successful outcomes are being achieved in the production of more highly trained healthcare professionals, faster translation of research to patient treatment, and improved financial performance.

Fourth Annual Emerging Professionals Conference
Date: October 17 - 18, 2008
Place: Don Shula Resort
Miami, FL USA

AIA Florida involves members in a statewide proactive, organized, unified effort to benefit the profession. To accomplish its mission to "unite, educate and position architects to lead the shaping of Florida's future" the state association:

Is Well Organized. Headed by a 50-person board of directors representing the 13 chapters in Florida, a staff of eight professional executives and staff support personnel keeps the organization operating and responding to member needs.

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