May 23, 2005
How Drawings Should Look
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Welcome to AECWeekly! AECCADCON, Inc., a reseller for both Bentley and Autodesk products, has come up with a nifty productivity toolset for MicroStation called LandscapeDesign Version 1. LandscapeDesign allows the landscape professional to produce professional presentation drawings from directly within MicroStation. Read about it in this week's Industry News.

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How Drawings Should Look

By Susan Smith

AECCADCON, Inc., a reseller for both Bentley and Autodesk products, has come up with a nifty productivity toolset for MicroStation called LandscapeDesign Version 1. LandscapeDesign allows the landscape professional to produce professional presentation drawings from directly within MicroStation.

LandscapeDesign sets out to automate MicroStation tools geared for rendering output. There are no hand rendered processes and materials capabilities within MicroStation, although they could be created from scratch in MicroStation, which would be quite time consuming, according to Jason Kornaker, Director of Technical Services for AECCADCON.

This is a good tool for those who need presentation graphics and rendering capabilities for presentations to zoning and planning committees but have had no simple way to get the hand rendered look that they wanted.

With LandscapeDesign, the rendered plan drawings produced by the landscape designer look as though they've been hand colored. The designer doesn't have to export their project to a third party application for final rendering. Changes made in the MicroStation file are automatically updated in the final presentation.

Designers can also apply artistic rendering materials from organized palettes, at any time during the design process. This cuts down on the need to use large directories of cells and materials. The tool palette contains planting, sitework and labeling tools, and programming to set rendering hierarchy based upon vegetation canopies so that objects don't appear on top of one another.

The product is said to be easy to learn for those familiar with MicroStation. It loads inside MicroStation and has a familiar interface. It is basically independent of all the Bentley vertical applications such as GEOPAK, TriForma, etc.

When asked if a similar product would be in the works for AutoCAD users, Kornaker said they had looked into it, but that the rendering engine for AutoCAD was “not where it needs to be right now.” They will revisit this some time in the near future.

Kornaker said that they are looking at including database intelligence, section generation and an architectural module for plan and interior rendering in Version 2.


Bentley Systems, Incorporated announced that it has formed a partnership with RAM International, a leading provider of structural design software, to distribute RAM's solutions for structural engineers and designers.

"Our partnership with RAM International," said Brad Workman, vice president Bentley Building, "will bring even more comprehensive solutions to our structural engineering and designer users - solutions that will enable them to produce better designs, faster. Bentley's comprehensive building design applications and RAM's market-leading structural products make this an obvious fit. We believe this combination will deliver fully integrated BIM solutions for the structural design market."

GiveMePower Corporation, a provider of next-generation computer-aided design (CAD), digital blueprint management and graphics development software for Windows(R) mobile, wireless, laptop and desktop computing, has been accepted into HP's Developer and Solutions Partner Program (DSPP).

1ST Pricing(TM), a Southern California-based technology company providing practical solutions to the building industry, has announced that Graphisoft North America will adopt the 1ST Pricing technology to provide real-time pricing for specified building materials in a design. The 1ST Pricing-Graphisoft add-on technology will be previewed at AIA 2005 this week in Las Vegas -- a national trade show for members of the American Institute for Architects.


Nemetschek North America, a subsidiary of holding company
Nemetschek AG of Germany, announced at the National AIA Conference that company founder, Richard Diehl, CEO, will be stepping down from that position after nearly 20 years. Ascending to the top spot will be Sean Flaherty, currently Chief Technology Officer and Vice President and the leading strategic visionary in the company's expanding product portfolio for the past ten years.

Graphisoft announced it will be exhibiting at the 2005 AIA National Conference and Exposition, to be held May 19-21 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Autodesk, Inc. in response to customer demand, announced the expansion of its Autodesk Certified Expert Program to include Autodesk(R) Architectural Desktop, the market-leading AutoCAD(R)-based design and documentation productivity solution for architects. Architectural Desktop 2006 has been updated with new features to help architects and designers create, manage and share design information more effectively, which contributes to increased profitability, reduced risk and greater efficiency in building design, construction and management.

Bentley Systems, Incorporated introduced the Bentley Institute Star Program, which recognizes and tracks the learning achievements of Bentley users.

The program includes the new online transcripts from the Bentley Institute. "By tracking transcripts online," says Chris Klein, principal of industry analyst firm ZweigWhite, "individuals measure their ongoing career development and communicate their value to company management. At the same time, managers can instantly monitor and assess professional development across the organization to determine whether its training investments are paying off."

New Products

GiveMePower Corporation and Leica Geosystems will unveil GiveMePower's new PowerCAD® SiteMaster™ 2 mobile and wireless building surveying solution at the American Institute of Architects 2005 National Convention and Design Expo this week in Las Vegas.

Using a Leica DISTO Plus Bluetooth wireless laser, PowerCAD SiteMaster speeds the production of precise, AutoCAD-compatible building surveys, area estimates and inspection drawings by up to 10 times over traditional measuring tape and paper methods, improving building measuring, construction and information management efficiencies for architects, appraisers, contractors, estimators, facilities managers, property managers, realtors and other professionals involved in the design, construction and management of buildings.

CTS has introduced an enhanced edition of its free Construction Software Selection Kit. The Kit provides construction company owners and managers with the information and tools they need to evaluate new software. Included in the Kit are detailed reviews and ratings of top software vendors, a vendor directory with pricing information, a Demo Scorecard to evaluate vendor presentations, and an invitation to attend CTS' upcoming Webinar.

Axiom announced the release of RefManager 5.0a for MicroStation V7. This version of RefManager for V7 incorporates enhancements made during Axiom's implementation of RefManager for V8 as well as a number of V7-specific enhancements and important customer requests.

Intergraph Corporation is shipping the 4.2 version of its SmartPlant P&ID

intelligent piping and instrumentation engineering software. The new version offers system editing for updates of properties on pipe systems, controlled P&ID updates for accuracy after reference data changes and display sets for combining display filters into a centrally-managed environment.


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Upcoming Events

May 19 - 21, 2005
Place: Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Las Vegas, NV USA
The AIA National Convention and Design Exposition brings together more than 22,000* architects and building industry professionals, making it one of the most successful conventions for those pursuing the architectural market. Don't miss the opportunity to reach this market at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition! Visiting the Expo floor is always one of the top reasons attendees choose AIA's annual event.
May 23 - 24, 2005
Place: Houston Omni Westside

Houston, TX USA
The aim of SPAR 2005 is threefold. First the conference will illuminate the business case for using 3D laser scanning and other dimensional control technologies to improve the efficiency and reduce the risk of capital project execution for process manufacturing, civil infrastructure, transportation, fossil and nuclear power generation, offshore construction and architectural projects through improved existing- conditions capture. Second, SPAR 2005 will help practitioners from survey firms, laser scanning service providers, engineering/construction firms as well
as asset owners and operators discover and exchange information about best practices to deploy these technologies. Third, SPAR 2005 showcases the newest technology from the world’s leading suppliers of terrestrial laser scanning hardware, software and services.
May 25 - 27, 2005
Place: Eastern Mediterranean University

Famagusta, Turkey
Conference Topics
  • Advances in testing techniques of unsaturated soils
  • Implementation of unsaturated soil mechanics to geotechnical engineering practices
  • Swelling/shrinking clays
  • Collapsible soils (Collapse sink-holes, compacted soils)
  • Dispersive soils
  • Cemented/structured soils
  • Liquefiable soils: Influence of particle crushing/cementation on the liquefaction potential
  • Contaminated soils: Hydro-mechanical behaviour of mine tailings, waste rock and landfill soils
  • Chemo-mechanical couplings in soils
  • Remediation techniques of problematic soils
  • Construction methodologies in problematic soils
  • Case histories
  • Other related topics

May 26 - 29, 2005
Place: Helsinki, Finland
Four periods of outstanding architectural achievement left their imprint on Helsinki since it was founded on the rocky Baltic shores, only two centuries ago, as the capital of Finland — then a province of the Russian Empire.

The first centers on the work of C.L. Engel, a classmate of Schinkel in Berlin, who was sent to Helsinki in the early 19th century from St. Petersburg to head the design and construction of major new buildings — churches, the university, hospitals and armories. His masterwork is the Lutheran Cathedral, set on granite rocks overlooking the old town core. Its design uniquely incorporates Byzantine massing and richness, Czarist ceremonial pomp, and Nordic Palladianism.

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