August 01, 2005
At Last, an Inexpensive 3D Modeling Tool
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Upcoming Events

July 31 - August 2, 2005
Place: Perdido Beach Resort

Orange Beach, AL USA
The leadership is looking for destinations for the 2005 and 2006 Annual Conventions. A poll at the convention produced the following results: 1st Choice - Perdido Beach Resort, 2nd Choice - A Cruise departing from New Orleans, 3rd Choice - Marriott.s Grand Hotel What.s your opinion? Email the AIA Office at and let us know where you want the Alabama Council Convention to be held in 2005 and 2006. It.s your organization - speak your mind...

August 1 - 2, 2005
Place: The Westin Horton Plaza

San Diego, CA USA
The new management and business models for capital projects and facilities management are leaner, more leveraged, more highly automated, lower-cost, more efficient, and increasingly data-driven. Bottom-line, they are raising capital productivity, lowering overall infrastructure expense, and moving corporate and institutional thinking toward a more integrated approach to infrastructure planning and management (capital and operations). Attend this conference to learn the big money-saving strategies for capital programs and operations that are being pursued, and build on the advanced management thinking and lessons learned of others. This is
a unique opportunity to evaluate your plans and programs against “new-model” features concerning performance metrics, processes, contracting philosophies, data collection and management, technology use, organizational models, staffing skill-sets, and “total spend” formulas.

For more information go to or contact Bill Nothofer @ 925-254-1744 x 19 or via email at
August 3 - 5, 2005
Place: Hilton Suites

Nashville, TN USA
August 4 - 6, 2005
Place: Seatlle, WA USA
AIA Seattle welcomes all colleagues to join in a knowledge-seeking quest – a gathering and exchange among practice and education communities within and beyond the territory of the AIA Northwest + Pacific Region. Using geographic diversity as a laboratory for learning, conference attendees will focus on knowledge from case study submittals based on significant projects from around the region, chosen for both design excellence and a range of achievements required for design success.
August 4 - 21, 2005
Place: Rainier Square Atrium

1333 5th Ave, 1st Floor, Seattle, WA USA
Rainier Square Atrium, 1333 5th Ave, 1st Floor A primary role of the architect in society is to create designs that enhance the communities they serve. For architects, “built models” are central to the creative process and fundamental to making a design into a reality. For the community, architectural models are strong visual representations that help communicate possibilities for the future. In August 2005, we present IDEAS IN FORM, a non-competitive, juried exhibition open to both professionals and students. By bringing together a variety of models—from foam and wood structures to computer generated 3-D presentations—IDEAS IN FORM illustrates the beauty, power and potential of architectural models, as it uses
them to convey the story of how “process” becomes “place.”

August 10 - 13, 2005
Place: Governor Hotel

Portland, OR USA

Portland calls itself the city of “books, beer, bikes, and blooms.” So get ready for a fun-filled, educational CACE Annual Meeting that will challenge you to take center stage for your successes and to laugh at your mistakes within the warm embrace of your colleagues and exchange stories with new and old friends..

While enjoying the city, CACE members can walk through some of the areas that prompted Portland’s selection as America’s favorite walking town by Walking Magazine. There will be time to sip the Northwest’s best java and quench your thirst at one or more of the 25 craft breweries that have earned the city its nickname, “Munich on the Willamette.”

The 2005 CACE Annual Meeting will feature thought-provoking speakers and workshops for new and seasoned component leaders. Would you like to know what the national trends are for membership organizations? Are you still trying to solve that dilemma that woke you up at 3:00 a.m.? Do you need help to prioritize yesterday’s “to-do” list with today’s crisis? Have you figured out what your role will be in creating “one AIA”? This meeting will help answer these questions and give you the opportunity to explore Portland, learn from your peers, network, and hear stimulating speakers.

If you would like to extend the pleasure and value of your time with CACE this August, please consider a pre-visit to Seattle. AIA Seattle invites everyone to attend the
AIA NW + Pacific Region Conference, “Knowledge by Design,” August 4–6; the conference will focus on advancing the practical value of the AIA Knowledge Initiative.

August 18, 2005
Place: Lexington Conference Center

Lexington, KY USA
Avatech Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AVSO.OB), presents CAD TRAINING CAMP at the
Lexington Convention Center, August 18th, 2005, which includes a day of
Autodesk 2006 product training from Avatech's renowned industry specialists.
Attendees will each participate in six unique sessions:
  • AutoCAD 2006 Quick Update
  • Inventor 10 Quick Update
  • 12 Hidden Secrets of AutoCAD Productivity
  • Mastering the Use of Styles in Inventor
  • The Productivity Power of AutoCAD Palettes
  • The Vault: Essential Guide for Data Management in Inventor
  • CAD TRAINING CAMP provides all materials, breakfast, and a networking lunch
    as part of registration. In addition, participants can test their knowledge
    against Avatech's Technical Support guru, Todd Stuart, at Stump the
    Expert-with a chance to win a USB Drive.
    August 19 - 20, 2005
    Place: San Francisco, CA USA
    A day long program with a second day site tour, Mega Projects of the West Coast sets itself apart by focusing on Bay Area mega projects then concluding with a tour of one of the projects. Beginning at 7:00am with breakfast, day one quickly transitions into ten 45 minute sessions, to finish the day around 5:30pm. The site tour on day two begins at 8:00pm and ends around 12:30pm. Recent highlights include the Bay Bridge East Span in Oakland including a site tour, the BART Warm Springs Extension and the Lower Northwest Interceptor Program.
    August 25 - 26, 2005
    Place: Arizona Biltmore Resort

    Phonix, AZ USA
    August 27 - WMR Design Awards Banquet on Saturday


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