July 18, 2005
Free Open Source Software Moves In
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Awards


Primavera Systems, Inc., announced that Gartner has rated the company "Strong Positive" in its report, MarketScope: Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) for Professional Services, 2005, dated June 22, 2005 by Matt Light, Daniel B. Stang and Nicole S. Latimer-Livingston. According to Gartner, a company designated as "Strong Positive" is a solid provider of strategic products, services or solutions. Current customers should continue investments, while potential customers should consider this vendor a strong strategic choice.


CH2M Hill, an employee-owned, multinational firm providing engineering, construction, operations, communications, security, environmental, and related services, has won a 2005 BE Award for its Marquette Interchange Design Automation project in Milwaukee, Wis. The award category was "Civil: New Technology Adoption."


Sheppard Robson, an architectural practice in the United Kingdom providing architectural, urban design, interior design, and planning services, has won a 2005 BE Award for its Ford Centre of Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) project in Dagenham, U.K. The award category was "Building: BIM for Architecture, Private Building."


The 171 17th Street building, the 500- thousand-square-foot office tower located in the ATLANTIC STATION® redevelopment, was awarded Silver certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Core and Shell Development program by the U.S. Green Building Council. The office tower is the first LEED Silver-Core & Shell certified high-rise office building in the world and the first high-rise office building in Georgia to receive any LEED certification.



New Products


@Last Software, Inc., makers of SketchUp software, announced the release of SketchUp 5. SketchUp is a simple-yet-powerful tool that enables everyone to design and communicate in 3D on both Macintosh® and Windows® platforms.


SketchUp 5 brings heaps of new features to designers worldwide, including a suite of cool new terrain tools called The Sandbox™, which creates easy ways to model terrain and similar organic shapes, add roads, building pads and parking lots. The Sandbox allows the projection of 2D geometry onto complex 3D surfaces -- with ease.


Autodesk Inc. announced that its digital content creation solutions have been used by digital artists to realize their ideas for eye-catching visual effects in many of this summer's upcoming and released blockbuster films.


Autodesk's media and entertainment solutions are used to create high-value content that is consumed through multiple mediums, such as in theatres, on television and on DVD. This year, Autodesk's systems and software helped clients shape the following films: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Cinesite), Bewitched (Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues), Fantastic Four (Meteor Studios, Pacific Title & Art Studio), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Digital Dimension), Cinderella Man (Digital Domain), Land of the Dead (Spin Productions), Seven Swords (Digital Pictures Iloura, Digital Pictures Melbourne), Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl (Hybride Technologies, The Orphanage, R!OT), Lords of Dogtown (Gray
Matter FX), Stealth (Digital Domain), The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Cinesite) and The Amityville Horror (Asylum).


Autodesk helps architects and builders create designs and manage fast, precise project execution -- from a new home on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" to comic strip hero Dilbert's ideal house featured on HGTV, to a high-school shop classroom on Discovery Channel's "Monster House."


MaxonForm add-on to ArchiCAD allows simple integration within the model, and its documentation, of "organic" design vision.


At the forefront of virtual design, ArchiCAD can now seamlessly deliver on one of the most visible trends of contemporary architecture organic building design and meet every architect's wish for total freedom to design.


While ArchiCAD's modeling, documentation and workflow robustness are widely acknowledged, now organic flexibility can be easily integrated into the model, its documentation and construction data. This is due to Graphisoft's tie-up with MAXON Computer GmbH, a leader in free-form modeling and animation software, and developers of CINEMA 4D. The result - an organic modeling software called MaxonForm, which runs on both Macintosh and PC, that has all the powerful modeling capabilities of CINEMA 4D, without rendering or animation.


Axiom, developer of time-saving MicroStation software solutions, announced the release of a new version of Microsoft Office Importer, the MicroStation software utility that imports huge quantities of spreadsheet and word-processing data into MicroStation with precision formatting.


Intergraph Corporation announced SmartPlant® Process Safety, a new software safety modeling application for conducting and managing hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies. SmartPlant Process Safety captures company HAZOP knowledge and consistently applies it across the engineering enterprise and the facility life cycle to lower operational risk and shorten schedules without compromising quality. Integrating process safety into initial engineering enables hazard identification and remediation much earlier, before change becomes limited and costly.


MWH Soft, a provider of environmental and water resources applications software, announced the release of its acclaimed Scheduler™ extension, the premier energy management solution for water distribution systems, for the H2OMAP Water GIS platform. The new extension allows water utilities worldwide to enhance business efficiency by quickly developing sound, cost-effective pumping policies that reduce operational costs and enable more reliable operations.



Around the Web


Autodesk CEO Looks for Growth Opportunities, San Jose Mercury News, July 10, 2005 Autodesk, based in San Rafael, is the leader in computer-aided design (CAD) software, which revolutionized drafting in the 1980s by bringing it inexpensively onto a personal computer. Along the way, [CEO Carol] Bartz has transformed Autodesk from a single-product firm serving architects to one that now offers an array of products at the heart of many things that are designed , from dams to buildings to Hollywood special effects.


Dangers to Underground Infrastructure, Newswise, July 11, 2005--London has responded effectively to the disruption of services following terrorist bombings July 7, but the event underscores the need for a careful examination of the vulnerabilities of the underground infrastructure of our cities, says a Cornell University engineer.



Upcoming Events


Date:
July 19 - 21, 2005
Place: Nagoya, Japan
 
Date:
July 19 - 22, 2005
Place: Williamsburg, VA USA
The 2005 Watershed Management Conference, "Managing Watersheds for Human and Natural Impacts: Engineering, Ecological, and Economic Challenges" is sponsored by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This will be the ninth in a series of specialty conferences focused on watershed management. The conference was first held in Billings, Montana, in 1965 and has been repeated every five years since. This year's conference will be held east of the Mississippi River, where the problems and challenges of urbanization and sprawl are particularly acute. Urbanization and land use change
are pressing concerns throughout the U.S. as well as other parts of the world. In addition to the traditional challenges of meeting water quantity and quality regulations and flood mitigation requirements, today's hydrologic engineers and watershed mangers must also contend with managing for sensitive species, the arrival of new water-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus, and increasingly complex regulations (e.g., TMDL's).

 
Date:
July 19 - 22, 2005
Place: Williamsburg, VA USA
he 2005 Watershed Management Conference, "Managing Watersheds for Human and Natural Impacts: Engineering, Ecological, and Economic Challenges" is sponsored by the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This will be the ninth in a series of specialty conferences focused on watershed management. The conference was first held in Billings, Montana, in 1965 and has been repeated every five years since. This year's conference will be held east of the Mississippi River, where the problems and
challenges of urbanization and sprawl are particularly acute. Urbanization and land use change are pressing concerns throughout the U.S. as well as other parts of the world. In addition to the traditional challenges of meeting water quantity and quality regulations and flood mitigation requirements, today's hydrologic engineers and watershed mangers must also contend with managing for sensitive species, the arrival of new water-borne diseases such as the West Nile virus, and increasingly complex regulations (e.g., TMDL's).
 
Date:
July 27 - 30, 2005
Place: Marco Island Marriott

Marco Island, FL USA
July 29 - Annual Tradeshow Extravaganza

July 30 - Design and Honor Awards Presentation and Dinner.
 


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