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Autodesk, Inc. has announced that Dunham Associates, a Minnesota-based mechanical and electrical consulting engineering firm, has been selected to receive a Revit BIM Experience Award. The firm is being recognized for its adoption of building information modeling (BIM) and the use of Revit MEP software for the design and documentation of large-scale projects. Dunham Associates is also being honored for supporting a collaborative, multi-discipline approach based on a shared Revit MEP model, and for the use of Revit MEP software for sustainable design.

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The Open Design Alliance (ODA) announces the release of version 2.7 of the ODA software development platform, underlying DWGdirect and DGNdirect.

In addition to many improvements to core components, DWGdirect 2.7 includes significantly improved rendering performance and a beta version of a new SpaModeler module, which seamlessly integrates Spatial ACIS 3D modeling engine to provide three-dimensional solids editing, visualization, and more.

Newforma Inc., a software company addressing the project information management (PIM) needs of the design and building industry, announced that, as a result of a successful completion of an early release program with nine Newforma customers, Newforma Project Center Sixth Edition will become generally available in mid-February, 2009. Sixth Edition advances Newforma's support for the multi-step, multi-party, highly interactive and highly involved processes of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). In particular, Sixth Edition now supports the complex process of LEED certification administration and the emerging digital workflows required for BIM-based design. In addition, Sixth Edition incorporates over 60 requests for enhancements from Newforma customers. A complete description of all the new and expanded functionality in Newforma Project Center Sixth Edition can be found at, the Newforma user community site.

U.S. COST, a provider of estimating and cost management software, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2008 updates to the Success-formatted RSMeans MF1994 and MF2004 cost databases for seamless integration with Success Estimator. These cost databases reflect years of RSMeans costing experience and are updated annually.

Cadac Organice, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and developer of Organice, a SharePoint based engineering document management solution, has implemented Organice at Vocon, enabling them to manage their AutoCAD files and to navigate their project documents.

An entire library filled with construction elements and a vast amount of expert information – this strong synergy with its great utility for constructors - is now offered by two important market partners.

Informative Graphics Corporation (IGC), a leader in content visualization, collaboration and redaction technology, officially releases Redact-It Desktop 1.1 for removal of sensitive content and privacy information such as social security numbers, names and phone numbers before making documents more widely available. The software dramatically reduces the time it takes to redact, review and release documents for public access, eDiscovery and other processes. Redact-It Desktop 1.1 applies powerful redaction capabilities to Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel, the most widely used software programs in the world, while providing OCR (Optical Character Recognition) processing of documents to convert PDFs and TIFFs into text-searchable files. Redact-It never alters source files, saving the redacted renditions as easily distributable TIFF or PDF files.

Esperient Corporation, a pioneering developer of 3D authoring tools for visual computing and next generation web applications, is pleased to announce a host of new features designed to further integrate Esperient Creator into Architectural workflows. With the construction industry contracting under the impact of the global recession, competition for visualization projects is on the increase and studios need to be able to distinguish their offerings through exemplary execution and innovation in service and delivery. The new features are designed to help visualization professionals stand out against their competitors.

Nemetschek North America announced that A&A Co., Inc., its distribution partner in Japan, has released its localized version of Vectorworks 2009.

Prior to this release A&A Co., which has been serving the Japanese market for more than 20 years, has only offered the Vectorworks Fundamentals and Designer products.
The timing of Japanese release happened to coincide with the new year.

COADE announced the release of PVElite 2009, the company’s popular software for pressure vessel and heat exchanger design and analysis. Code updates include ASME Section VIII Div. 2 2007 A-08 and its databases, the ASME Code 2008 updates, and British and EN code material updates. Also included are ASME VIII-1 Appendices 1-10 and 1-9 and improved ASME Division 1 Nozzle MAWP calculations. New Chinese structural steel capabilities have also been added.

Intergraph will now resell DNV Software's Nauticus Early Design software as part of its integrated SmartMarine Enterprise solution to speed ship and offshore platform design and increase accuracy by seamlessly transitioning from the conceptual design and rules calculation phase to detailed and production design without the need to remodel.

First Trace has launched an online Engineering Survival Center to assist Engineering Enterprises through these difficult economic times at The Engineering Survival Center was developed to provide managers with valuable economic advice, informative articles, process management tips, and a free Cost Reduction Assessment to calculate the savings possible with the proper engineering solution.

Geometric Limited announced the release of 3DPaintBrush version 1.2.
3DPaintBrush is an innovative visualization and rendering tool that helps create near photo‐realistic images, animations, and videos from 3D models in real‐time. It can be used to repurpose 3D models and create digital content for architectural and interior design, industrial and product design, presentations, marketing collateral
and for many other applications.

LightWave v9.5 has the following new features: improved rendering quality and speed, with major upgrades to the radiosity sampling system and interpolated modes. Also, there are new disk-based caches for radiosity: the Static Cache, for animations where only the camera moves; and the Animated Cache, where any element of the scene can move.

Around the Web

Moody Nolan and Antoine Predock Architect PC Selected for Design Shortlist for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture Feb 2, 2009, PR Newswire

Eight Architects Selected to Receive the 2009 American Institute of Architects' Young Architects Award 

As-built answers (blog) January 31, 2009 - Soft Story Retrofit - Why do I need an As-Built?



AutoCAD Map 3D
Date: February 10 - 12, 2009
Place: Seiler Instrument St. Peters, (St. Louis) Office
1375 Triad Center Drive, Saint Peters, MO 63376 USA

This course is designed to enable new users to learn in-depth features and functions of AutoCAD Map 3D software and how to create, mange and analyze mapping data.

daratechPLANT 2009
Date: February 23 - 25, 2009
Place: Hilton Americas
Houston, TX USA

Owner/Operators in Chemicals/Petrochemicals, Energy/Power, Oil & Gas and Shipbuilding industries rely on the world’s leading plant asset lifecycle management event for unmatched knowledge sharing. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of CIOs, CTOs, CSOs and other senior engineering, operations, maintenance and IT leaders. If it affects the plant industries, it is covered at daratechPLANT. Gain unparalleled strategic insights. Discover best-of-breed solutions to maximize ROI in an ever resource constrained world. Get a glimpse into the future from the people shaping it. Connect with your peers at top-caliber receptions.

AGC's 90th Annual Convention
Date: March 4 - 7, 2009
Place: San Diego, CA USA

AGC's vision is to promote a better industry for the professionals who build America's future.AGC serves our nation's construction professionals by promoting the skill, integrity and responsibility of those who build America.

World of Asphalt 2009 Show and Conference
Date: March 9 - 12, 2009
Place: Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL USA
World of Asphalt features two prestigious educational conferences, the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) Asphalt Pavement Conference and the People, Plants and Paving Training Program, in addition to extensive exhibits of the latest innovations and technologies in asphalt-related equipment, products and services.

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