Project Vasari Moves to Public Beta

BIM Camp attendees will learn the skills they need to successfully implement BIM workflows into their practices, better understand how IFC-based standards benefit design teams, create sustainable and high-performing designs and collaborate through Open BIM. Attendees also receive a BIM Survival Kit, loaded with presentation materials and other resources.

The concepts taught at both locations will be identical and include:

  • Equip Yourself – What is BIM?
  • Where am I on the BIM Path?
  • Big BIM: Description and Case Study
  • Small Green BIM
  • Legal Issues in BIM
  • Site Planning Workflows with BIM
  • Plugging Structural Analysis and Design into the BIM Workflow

Autodesk, Inc. deepens its investment in sustainable operations, opening five new green office spaces this year in San Francisco, Milan, Beijing and Farnborough, UK. The company is targeting LEED certification for its new facilities, which would bring Autodesk’s total to 13 LEED-certified offices, covering 25 percent of its 1.8 million square foot real estate portfolio.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated project finalists in the 2012 Be Inspired Awards competition and the seven winners of the 2012 Be Inspired Special Recognition Awards. The awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users improving and sustaining the world’s infrastructure. Five independent panels of jurors, comprising accomplished Bentley users and distinguished industry experts, selected the 58 finalists and the Special Recognition Awards candidates from nominations submitted by organizations in 39 countries. The winners of the Be Inspired Awards will be announced at the invitation-only Be Inspired: Innovations in Infrastructure event taking place Nov. 13-14, 2012, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. All 2012 Be Inspired nominees are invited and encouraged to attend. This year’s keynote speaker is Greg Williams, executive editor, Wired magazine,a three-time National Magazine Award–winning publication focused on how ideas and innovation are changing the world. Williams, who is based in London, is an award-winning journalist, public speaker, and consultant. He also is the author of five novels, including the forthcoming The Nero Decree,due to be released in the summer of 2013.

Applied Software announced that three of its BIM experts will be lecturing at Autodesk University 2012 to help Autodesk Revit software users learn new ways to leverage the solution to improve productivity. The conference will be held at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, November 27-29, 2012.

New Products

CadFaster|Collaborate 3D CAD software has been updated for the new Vectorworks 2013 software. This easy-to-install plug-in provides design and engineering teams with the power to distribute 3D CAD and BIM models effortlessly and to invite others to view and mark them up remotely and in real time, even from a laptop or iPad.

CadFaster for Vectorworks 2013 adds high-quality, high-resolution textures, bitmap colors, and image props that will benefit landscape, lighting, and building designers looking to share the realistic shapes and appearances of their 3D models with anyone, anywhere.

AVEVA launched AVEVA Everything3D (E3D) at the AVEVA World Summit in Paris. AVEVA E3D will bring together technologies to provide a new vision enabling customers to adopt ‘Lean’ working practices spanning engineering, design and construction. This will speed overall project execution and reduce wastage. As part of AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design approach, AVEVA E3D brings significant innovations to greatly enhance new-build plant design and through-life modification projects.  Central to this is the integration of laser scan data and 3D geometry; powerful drafting tools and intuitive user interfaces for common design tasks.

Trimble introduced new additions to its industry-leading line of construction lasers—the Spectra Precision GL612 and GL622 Grade Lasers. The GL612 is a single grade laser and the GL622 is a dual grade laser. Both are rugged, automatic self-leveling lasers featuring grade capability of +/- 25 percent and can be used in a wide variety of grading, excavating and alignment applications by general and specialty contractors.

The announcement was made today at INTERGEO 2012, the world's largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.

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Professional Development Short Courses
Date: March 27 - November 23, 2012
Place: Level 8 & 9
1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia

To meet these educational needs the SBRC, with support from the NSW Government, is offering professional development short courses for professional engineers and other interested participants.  Each short course is designed to be delivered over two days, with a significant component dedicated to hands-on, interactive, or discussion based activities.  Each short course is offered on a stand-alone basis, while also remaining complimentary to the overall programme.

Bentley's SidePlate Seminar Hartford, CT
Date: October 17, 2012
Place: Marriott Hartford Downtown
Hartford, CT USA

Bentley is excited to partner with SidePlate Systems, Inc. to deliver a series of technical seminars for engineers across the United States. Along with relevant information for practicing engineers, these complimentary, 4-hour events will also include a presentation from The American Institute of Steel Construction on the state of the construction industry.

Bentley's SidePlate Seminar New York, NY
Date: October 18, 2012
Place: New York Time Square Residence Inn by Marriott
New York, NY USA

Time: Thursday, 8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Bentley is excited to partner with SidePlate Systems, Inc. to deliver a series of technical seminars for engineers across the United States. Along with relevant information for practicing engineers, these complimentary, 4-hour events will also include a presentation from The American Institute of Steel Construction on the state of the construction industry. 

Symposium On Building Envelope Technology
Date: October 22 - 23, 2012
Place: Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Phoenix, AZ USA

The Symposium on Building Envelope Technology is a two-day educational program offering cutting-edge information regarding design, construction, maintenance and repair of modern and/or older building envelopes.

The event's open, inclusive environment encourages attendees to ask questions and stimulates dialogue. Speakers offer relevant solutions by referencing real-world examples and specific case histories.

Conference on Design and Architectures for Signal and Image Processing
Date: October 23 - 25, 2012
Place: Karlsruhe

The DASIP 2012 will be organized in Karlsruhe, Germany. Karlsruhe, situated in the Rhine valley between the mountains of the Palatinate, the Vosges and the Black Forest, is a young and hospitable city in the heart of Europe. Joie de vivre, openness, Baden's traditional liberality and proverbial hospitality are among the most outstanding characteristics of its inhabitants.

Integrating Building Construction Teams Lunch and Learn Seminar, Bentley
Date: October 24, 2012
Place: The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta
210 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

Join us for Bentley’s no-cost Integrating Building Construction Teams Lunch and Learn Seminars to learn how your projects can benefit from   Work-Sharing, Content Re-use , and Dynamic Feedback .

ProjectWise is the world's leading collaboration and AEC information management solution for the design and construction of infrastructure projects while the work is in progress. This no-cost seminar will feature ProjectWise unique capabilities for building construction projects.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Infrastructure
Date: October 24, 2012
Place: Hilton Newark Penn Station
Gateway Center, Raymond Boulevard, Newark, NJ USA

When: 8:00am - 12:00pm, Wednesday October 24, 2012 
Note: There is no cost to attend the event though you have to register to participate.
To Register:
This event has been tailored to provide an insightful look at how BIM for Infrastructure enables designers and engineers to develop concepts more effectively, add value to their current offerings, and address the complications of introducing a new process into an industry that is steeped in traditionalism.

The speakers, all of whom share various roles in the industry and collectively span many disciplines, levels of experience, and degrees of implementation, will illustrate, through detailed explanations of their choice projects, how they achieved success utilizing BIM for Infrastructure. 

SPED’s 32nd Annual General Business Meeting, 2012 Corporate Member Showcase and SPED Technical Briefs
Date: October 25 - 27, 2012
Place: the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel
Houston, TX USA

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 25-27, 2012 for SPED's 32nd Annual General Business Meeting, 2012 Corporate Member Showcase and SPED Technical Briefs.  Last year, SPED gathered industry leaders to provide quality training and information sessions for Houston area pipers.  This year, we are planning Onshore and Offshore Technical Briefs as well as Oil Sands, Pipe Stress, Pipe Bending and more.

The Annual meeting, Corporate Member Showcase and Professional Piping Designer Advisory Committee (PPDAC) Reception for Level IV Pipers will be held at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor Hotel on Thursday evening. Technical Briefs are planned for all day Friday and Saturday morning at the same location.

2013 AEC Industry Trends LIVE Event
Date: October 30, 2012
Place: Sterling Systems
7440 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Suite 140, Scottsdale, AZ USA

"2013 AEC Industry Trends LIVE Event" - Tuesday, October 30th (8am-12pm) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Join Sterling Systems, Autodesk and McGraw Hill for a live look into the upcoming AEC Industry Trends for 2013, insight into Prefabrication and Modularization, new technology designed for AEC professionals and MORE!

*This is a FREE event and will include breakfast.
**Registration is required to reserve your seat. Space is limited! 

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