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Autodesk, Inc. announced the winners of its Platinum Club 2005, a prestigious group of channel partners awarded for their top sales performance and excellent customer service in fiscal year 2005. AEC CADCON was recognized as a Platinum Club winner for the second year in a row. Platinum Club winners were recognized and awarded in front of their peers and Autodesk senior management at the Platinum Club awards ceremony in Las Vegas, NV.

Avatech Solutions, Inc. announced it has won three of Autodesk's prestigious Platinum Club Awards. Avatech received the Top Revenue award for the Atlantic Region, the Top Revenue award for the Gulf Coast Region, and the MSD Growth award for the Atlantic Region.

Equitrac announced it has attained Gold Certified status in the Microsoft Partner Program with a competency in ISV/Software Solutions, underscoring Equitrac's expertise and total impact in the technology marketplace.

Sage Software (formerly Best Software) announced that its customer support department for the Timberline Office product suite has been named a Finalist in the Best Customer Service Organization category in the third annual American Business Awards competition. More than 20,000 businesses currently rely on Sage Software's Timberline Office, a suite of fully integrated financial and operations software created specifically for construction and real estate professionals.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced BE Careers Network, an upgrade to its former Bentley Education Network (BEN) that focuses on increasing the number of students entering the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) field. BE Careers Network's first initiative is the BE Careers Program, which is designed to help students understand and become familiar with computer-aided design and architectural design software, and enable colleges and universities to cost-effectively incorporate AEC technology into their curriculums.

New Products

Autodesk Inc. announced that Pulte Homes, Lennar Homes, Centex Homes, Beazer Homes, Fulton Homes, Hacienda Builders and other leading U.S. homebuilders have deployed the industry-leading Autodesk Buzzsaw project collaboration service to facilitate and manage the bidding process with subcontractors and external supply chains.

Autodesk Inc. announced plans to support Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.'s (SCEI) next generation computer entertainment system, "PLAYSTATION®3", unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last week.

Rasterex Software, a provider of software for viewing, printing and mark-up, announces the release of version R7.1 of RxView and RxHighlight.

RxView allows users to view & print more than 250 different file formats (2D & 3D CAD, plot-files, PDF files, Office documents, raster images etc.), without the need to have the expensive design software accessible to the user.

IMSI®, developer and publisher of consumer, business and precision design software solutions, announced the release of the latest version of its leading home design software program, FloorPlan 3D Design Suite.

This new version of FloorPlan is the most intuitive and efficient FloorPlan for home design and remodeling projects. Usability enhancements to the program include graphics accelerator card support, improved import and editing of 3DS objects, as well as improved landscaping and camera tools.

Upcoming Events

June 1 - 4, 2005
Place: Westin Harbour Castle Hotel

Toronto, Canada
From June 2-4, 2005, up to 1,000 civil engineers from approximately 30 countries will gather together at the largest Civil Engineering Conference ever held in Canada.

In addition to the General Conference, the program includes five specialty


1st. Specialty Conference on Infrastructure Technologies, Management and Policy

2nd. Specialty Conference on Coastal, Estuary and Offshore Engineering

6th. Construction Specialty Conference

6th. Transportation Specialty Conference

9th. Environmental Engineering Specialty Conference


An International Civil Engineering History Symposium

An indication of the importance of this Conference is the attendance of many high level representatives of Federal, Provincial and Municipal Government bodies with Infrastructure Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal playing major roles.

Leading the Conference will be the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s first woman President, Ms. Cathy-Lynn Borbely and Honorary Conference Chair Mr. Rick Ducharme, Chief General Manager of the Toronto Transit Commission.

To be held on Toronto’s magnificent waterfront at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, this event is a must for Civil Engineers!!
June 1 - 3, 2005
Place: Baton Rouge, LA USA
The technical program from June 1st to the 3rd consists of 6 plenary lectures in the mornings; 15 keynote lectures in the afternoons; and 156 technical presentation sessions. The help of the technical committees of the ASME-MD, ASME-AMD, ASCE-EMD, and SES was solicited for planning and populating many of the sessions. Internationally recognized leaders in diverse fields of engineering mechanics and materials have been chosen as the plenary speakers.
June 2, 2005
Place: !!! This is an online Web conference. !!!

Washington, DC USA
A live interactive Web conference that you can join from your office.

The AIA Design-Build documents apply an entirely new approach to design-build contracting that is more flexible and more owner-friendly than in the past. The new documents depart from other AIA documents in several significant ways. In addition two new documents are added to the family: an agreement between the owner and a design-build consultant, and a form for acknowledging substantial completion of the design-build project.

This live Web conference presents the important features of each new document for you to understand how to use them in your practice to perform a variety of design-build services, whether you are serving as the design-builder, the owner’s consultant, or the design-builder’s architect.

For a fraction of the cost of traditional conferences – and with no travel time or expenses – you can join from your office with the use of a computer, and monitor. Use an LCD projector and a speaker phone for an entire group to participate for the same registration cost
June 6 - 8, 2005
Place: Santa Barbara, CA USA
The 2005 Maya API Developers Conference is learning at its best! Three full days of total submersion in the world of Maya API ( Application Programming Interface) – breathe, eat, sleep, and learn. Take advantage of a packed conference program and a unique opportunity to network with Alias software developers and your industry peers. Learn directly from Alias software developers and gain their insight into the Maya API. Attendees will also benefit from sessions offered by industry experts to gain an understanding of how others in the industry have solved their production challenges. Presenters include
Alias software developers and Alias customers working in the Film, Broadcast, and Games industries. With a maximum attendance of 100, you''ll be sure to have a great opportunity to learn while you mingle.

Attendees should be familiar with the C++ programming language to make the most of the conference.
June 7 - 9, 2005
Place: Cairo, Egypt
The conference and the symposium will be held in Cairo, Egypt to increase the attendance of foreign engineers and others in related fields. It is anticipated that those from countries will take advantage and visit Egypt to have more interaction and knowledge transfer with the local groups.
June 7 - 9, 2005
Place: Seattle, WA USA
Learning Objective:
With expert guidance, participants investigate the use of color to create a sense of unity in a design project, in a practical workshop setting.

Additional Information:
Betty Merken will guide exploration of how color can enhance design details and create a sense of unity within the design project. Attendees will learn how to use limited palettes from standard material selections to create a pleasing color aesthetic, with attention to how color affects people and the built environment. Develop color palettes in in-class workshops, for application to your design.
June 8 - 10, 2005
Place: Maastricht, Netherlands
June 9, 2005
Place: 1100 Virginia Drive

Fort Washington Expo Center, Fort Washington, PA USA
The First Annual Synergis Technology Expo, hosted by Synergis Engineering Design Solutions and Autodesk, is an opportunity for design and engineering professionals to learn how the latest design automation tools can successfully impact their work efficiency. Industry experts in Manufacturing, Building Design, Government, Infrastructure (Civil/GIS), Data Management and Education will educate attendees on the latest Autodesk solutions through more than 30 breakout sessions. Attendees will increase their familiarity and skill level with the AutoCAD 2006 family of
products while understanding industry trends and how to overcome technical challenges.
June 13 - 15, 2005
Place: Westin Tabor Center

Denver, CO USA
NAHB is proud to present the 2nd Design Institute for Builders. During this exceptional design education event, you'll learn the latest in residential housing design trends from the industry's top professionals, tour beautiful award-winning homes and communities that display the best in cutting-edge architectural design, and learn how to profitably apply these design ideas to the homes you build.

June 14 - 15, 2005
Place: 6350 N. River Road

Hyatt - Rosemont, Rosemont, IL 60018 USA
Production System Design and Work Structuring June 14-15, 2005.
This seminar provides an overview of Lean Construction and its underlying theory, principles and techniques. The seminar will focus on the design, operation and improvement of the Last Planner System™ of production control and the continuing practice of work structuring. This session is a must for people and companies considering or adopting Lean Construction.

We suggest participants read "The Goal" by E. Goldratt. Additional pre readings will be returned by email to registrants.

The seminar will be held in at the Hyatt Rosemont near the Chicao O'Hare Airport. For reservations, phone 847 518 1234 and ask for the Lean Construction Institute rate. The seminar begins at 8 am each day and closes at 4:30 on the 15th and 4:00 on the 16th. Breaks, lunches and workbooks are provided participants. Dress is casual.
June 15 - 16, 2005
Place: Helsinki, Finland
There have been several initiatives and road maps over the past few years by various government agencies, industry associations, and private companies throughout the world in pursuit of accelerating technological integration and automation in the construction industry. However, these initiatives and road maps have never been integrated or compared with each other, even if the potential for a more effective global cooperation in the field of construction industry is remarkable. In order better to
leverage the R&D that is currently underway, we are planning a “ Global Summit on Construction Industry R&D Strategies and their Transnational, Co-operative Implementation,” in conjunction with the CIB 2005 World Conference.

This first-ever summit will identify the common industry-wide challenges that can be addressed globally. The goal of the Summit is to develop transnational strategies that will accelerate the adoption and implementation of automated technology solutions, which will result in a more customer-oriented construction process with increased business value. In short, the Summit will align goals and leverage our collective resources in the field of the construction industry.

June 20 - 23, 2005
Place: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Orlando, FL USA
Ecobuild, with a long standing success in Asia, is proud to announce the the debut of its' newest event...Ecobuild America, the world's foremost green conference and exhibition. Ecobuild America 2005, the environmental systems technology conference and exhibition.

Ecobuild America will address the estimated $15 billion worth of green buildings currently in design or under construction in the US, representing 12-15% of total public construction and 2% of private sector construction. Although the $15 billion is less than 5% of the total $315 billion US annual construction for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, this category is growing at a rate of about 75% annually.It covers the breadth of commercial, industrial, institutional and residential green building techniques, construction products, renewable energy resources, and sustainable growth design
and planning processes. Ecobuild America will be accompanied by product educational sessions for design and construction professionals will feature the latest innovations in green building materials and energy and technology, with particular emphasis on sustainable growth, green building, and environmental design. This gathering promises to feature the most comprehensive congregation of green building programs and technologies ever assembled — a showcase for this rapidly expanding and dynamic industry.

Delphi Inc., a leading research, publishing company and event producer in Tokyo organizes the Japanese event which is sponsored and supported by the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport; Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry; Japan Ministry of the Environment; Tokyo Metropolitan Government; The Japan Institute of Architects; Architectural Institute of Japan; the Building Contractor's Society; The Institute for Environment and Energy Conservation; New Energy and Technology Development Organization (NEDO); and the Japan Ecology Foundation.
June 23, 2005
Place: UW College of Architecture & Urban Planning

Seattle, WA USA
The AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable, in partnership with colleagues at the UW Department of Achitecture, Pomegranate Center, and Fremont Public Association, have big ideas for the 2005 Summer Solstice Procession - with a series of events that commenced with a late-March visit to Marra Farm, in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood.
June 26, 2005
Place: Kansas City, MO USA
The Concrete Home Building Councils' Plant Tour is a multi-day event featuring educational programs and behind-the-scenes tours of cement-based building materials and manufacturing facilities. Attendees have the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country while learning the inner workings of the concrete industry as a whole.

The Plant Tour gives attendees a broad view of the regional differences in production and building trends, a working knowledge of all types of cement-based materials, and an understanding of how to implement the most up-to-date industry trends into their own businesses.

This two day event will leave you with a superior understanding of the residential concrete construction market. The event will start on Sunday, June 26 with a Golf Touranment at the St. Andrews Golf Club followed by a Concrete Reception at 6:00pm at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. Don't miss out on this great event and tour. Take a look at the week's activities!

June 27 - 29, 2005
Place: The Westin Seattle Hotel

Seattle, WA USA
Tunneling is both an art and a highly scientific endeavor, requiring a broad range of capabilities and experience and a willingness to try state-of-the-art materials, equipment, and techniques.

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